Thursday, 28 July 2011

Cape Town Rock Band Raising Awareness for POWA

Cape Town rock band, STONECOLLAR, is doing their bit to create awareness about abuse against women with the release of an acoustic track, Turn A Blind Eye. All proceeds from the sale of the single, scheduled for release at the beginning of August to coincide with the start of Women’s Month, will go to People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). 

                ‘I think women abuse is something that affects many more households than people like to admit,’ says drummer, Bryan Nicol. ‘And for that reason I’ve always had a soft spot for the work that POWA does. When I discussed it with the band, they felt the same so we came up with this idea to do something to help POWA in their campaign.’

                Turn A Blind Eye is the fourth track on STONECOLLAR’s debut album, Trial By Fire, which launched over two months ago to rave reviews both locally and internationally. The lyrics are about someone who is aware of wrong-doing but does not have the courage or inclination to do anything about it. ‘It’s a sentiment that resonates all too strongly with what goes on with domestic violence,’ says Nicol. ‘People know it’s happening but they just keep silent.’

                STONECOLLAR recorded an acoustic version of the song for the Women’s Month campaign. The new arrangement features haunting melodies and guitar work, while still maintaining the rock and roll edge that fans have come to expect. The song will be available for purchase via download as of 1 August 2011. For more information visit the band’s website,, as of 1 August 2011. Each download is to be sold for R7 through ( ). To do their bit for the campaign, has kindly lowered their commission on the sale of this single, further benefitting POWA.

In the hopes of even further promoting this initiative, STONECOLLAR produced a music video to accompany the release of this single. It will be available for viewing on the band’s official website,, as of 1 August 2011.

As part of their awareness campaign, STONECOLLAR has also organised a special gig with Cape Town band Witness To Wolves at the Obz Cafe in Lower Main Rd, Observatory. All proceeds from the show will be donated to POWA. Entrance is R40 per person, payable at the door.

-          To preview the track pre-August, you can visit
-          For interviews with the band, contact their manager, Sean Wienand of Headline Artists, on 0721230263 / or Bryan Nicol, band member, on 0835643488 /

About POWA (

POWA was formed in 1979 by a group of women volunteers in order to provide referral services and sheltering to women who were experiencing domestic violence.  POWA was the first organization to establish a shelter for abused women in 1981. The organization also pioneered second stage (or transitional) housing for women in 2009 in Gauteng. The direct services delivery component of the organisation forms the basis of and informs all advocacy interventions, at local, nation and regional level.


STONECOLLAR is an independent 4-piece hard rock band from Cape Town who are making a name for themselves on the live music scene with their signature old school hard rock sound. Their debut album, Trial By Fire, recently launched to rave reviews, particularly in the USA and UK, and has been called “the complete package and is highly recommended for all the rock fans out there“( Their first single, SQT, has been included on a hard rock compilation album compiled by Radio Screamer in Los Angeles, USA.

Léshem Petersen – Vocals & bass
Sean Tait – Lead guitar
Clinton Jurgens – Rhythm guitar
Bryan Nicol – Drums

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