Profile: The Parlotones


parlotonesThe Parlotones are a multiplatinum-selling rock band, based in Los Angeles, California (as of September 2012). They are known for experimenting with sounds and various structures in their songs, , incorporating the typical doo-wop or traditional folk structures. The band is also famous for the face make-up worn by lead singer Kahn Morbee, used to create his on-stage character.

The band, formed in 1998 in Johannesburg, consists 0f four members:

  • Kahn Morbee (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar)
  • Glen Hodgson (bass guitar, piano, backing vocals)
  • Paul Hodgson (lead guitar, keyboard)
  • Neil Pauw (drums)



  • Episoda (2003)
  •  Radiocontrolledrobot (2005)
  • A World Next Door to Yours (2007)
  • Unplugged (CD, and DVD Live at the Emperors Palace) (2008)
  • Videocontrolledrobot (CD and DVD video compilation) (2008)
  • Stardust Galaxies (2009)
  • Live Design (Live CD and DVD video compilation) (2010)
  • Video’s (DVD video compilation with Road to the Dome documentary) (2010)
  • Eavesdropping on the Songs of Whales (Acoustic) (2011)
  • Journey Through the Shadows (2012)
  • Stand Like Giants (2013)


  • Superstars
  • Borderline Patrol (2004)
  • Dragonflies and Astronauts (2005)
  • Shake it up (2013)


  • They are spokespersons for both Live Earth and Earth Hour, along with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Prince Charles, and Rihanna
  • In 2009 the Parlotones played the Midem Talent Showcase in Cannes, France, where they met the American band Blue October. The Parlotones were subsequently invited to play their first US tour as the opening act on Blue October’s Pick Up the Phone Tour for their Approaching Normal album
  • Performed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration concert along with Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, and Shakira
  • Staged an original rock theatre production, Dragonflies and Astronauts, which was broadcast live around the world in 3D via DIRECTV and in 2D on Facebook.
  • Their song “Rock Paper Scissors”, featured on the popular American TV series One Tree Hill
  • They were the opening act for the Cape Town and Johannesburg concerts of Coldplay’s tour to South Africa
  • They have shared the stage with musical greats such as Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon, Evanescence, The Rasmus, UB40 and Staind


  • South African Music Awards (SAMA) 2006 — Best Rock Album
  • You Magazine Awards 2007 — Best Band
  • FHM Readers’ Choice 2007
  • MK Awards 2007 — Best Video
  • People’s Choice Awards 2008 — Best Music Act
  • Best Band Award — Caxton’s “Best of JHB”
  • Loerie Kraft Award 2008 (the first time that a music video has won at the Loeries)
  • International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2008 Music Video (first place) for “Overexposed”
  • International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2008 Performance (second place) for “Giant Mistake”
  • MK Awards 2009 — Best Video, Best Animation, Best Serenade
  • SAMA Awards 2009 — Best Music Video of the Year for “Overexposed”
  • SAMA Awards 2010 — Best rock album for Stardust Galaxies, best music video for “Push Me to the Floor”

You can see them perform in Cape Town at: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Hillcrest Quarry, Hope @ Paul Cluver


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