South African Rock Singer-Songwriter Mark Haze Unleashes New Grandiose Rock Opus ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’

South African Rock Singer-Songwriter Mark Haze Unleashes New Grandiose Rock Opus ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’

Seasoned South African Rock Singer-Songwriter Mark Haze is back with a grandiose Rock Opus called ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’. This blistering arena-style Rock Anthem showcases Mark’s wide vocal range and signature energy Rock ‘n Roll, guaranteed to have listeners and audiences singing along in full voice and on their feet!

On writing ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’, Mark shares that “The riff is one of the first I ever wrote. It was originally intended to be for my first proper band ‘12th Avenue’ but got shelved. When I started writing new music, I picked the riff up again, at the same time a friend whose father passed away contacted me to share how much this song meant to him. The song was written to encourage strength in character, to always fight on in the face of adversity, and to always push to do better, regardless of what life throws at you. Today this theme is more relevant than ever. Lyrically I also wrote this song from me, to me, to encourage myself to always stand steadfast, keep everything together, and fight on no matter what – to always push on and do better! As I also produced the track, I had to be extra stringent on myself, between playing the roles of artist and producer, to push myself to keep doing better and fight on for the desired result.”

‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ available on all platforms


Mark Haze “Don’t Say Goodbye”
Review By Asher Locketz
Rating 10/10

Grandiose in every sense of the word “Don’t Say Goodbye” by seasoned South African powerhouse Rock Singer-Songwriter Mark Haze is a rousing slice of tremendous song-craft that is vast in scope and panoramic in execution.

Beginning with a lilting dash of synthesiser-borne orchestration, and then exploding into what can only be described as a composition that harkens back to the grandeur of legends like Queensryche and Rush with its operatic Rock swagger and propulsive heft ‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ will have you reeling in elation!

This sweeping arena-ready piece of sonic weaponry combines orchestration, verbose percussion, sparkling leads that carry its central melody and heaving riffs into an infectious tidal wave of mammoth decadent Rock that as far as music of this sort is concerned, has yet to be paralleled.

It has been a while since I have been fortunate enough to listen to such a heavenly piece of utterly titanic Rock, and I am all the better for having been enveloped in its incandescent embrace, an embrace I will return to often!

With a superb vocal range that rivals that of the mammoth Geoff Tate, King Diamond and Geddy Lee, Mark Haze leads the proceedings herein with soaring aplomb as his searing pipes thread their way through a piece of music that will have you pumping your fists skyward in a state of euphoria.

“Don’t Say Goodbye” is the type of theatrical and colossal Arena Rock that radio craves, darn it is the type of music that I crave and dear readers it is the type of music you crave!


“Don’t Say Goodbye” is available on all platforms 25 November

‘Don’t Say Goodbye’ available on all platforms

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South African Singer-Songwriter and full-time touring musician Mark Haze is known for his wide vocal range and electric large live performances. Mark skilfully delivers a signature combination of high energy Rock ‘n Roll and silky Old-school Soul, fused with raw emotional Blues … guaranteed to have audiences singing along on their feet! On-stage Mark oozes charisma, with the distinctive ability to confidently command both large audiences, and personally connect with audiences in intimate venues – not an easy task when moving from large stages with a full band to a smaller acoustic setup where he is face to face with the audience. His powerful soaring vocals, skilled soulful guitar playing, and pulsing rhythms are a force to be reckoned with, delivering a show experience like no other – an escape into a world where nothing else matters, where you find yourself lost in the moment and his music. Each performance is treated as though it would be his last. Off-stage, Mark shows appreciation for his fans, always taking the time to meet them at every show. Mark shares that “I believe to really love music, is to find the beauty in all forms and genres and embrace it” Mark is a natural showman with influences ranging from Rock Icons like Queen, The Beatles & Lenny Kravitz, Blues Masters Eric Clapton & B.B. King, to modern artists like Bruno Mars, The Weekend, Fallout Boy & Jack Garrat. Mark is known for experimenting sonically, merging contemporary Pop & Electronic Cultures with the historic timelessness and beauty of Rock, Soul, and Blues.

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Mark and his band at that time, 12th Avenue, were the official support act for Seether, in 2008 opening for one of South Africa’s greatest exports at large venues like Grand West Arena and the Standard Bank Arena. Mark won the American Idol Experience at Universal Studios in Disney World, Orlando in 2011 (a condensed version of the hit TV show) and was the runner-up in Idols South Africa. Mark was the official support acts for Rock ‘n Roll legends Bon Jovi on their 2013 World Tour Mark had ample success on Television and Radio in South Africa, Namibia, and Malawi, with global airplay on global Radio Stations. Highlights include his single “Lonely” going to number 1 on the Algoa FM Top 40 Chart in 2014, as well as his first single “Out Of My Head” achieving the most downloaded song of 2011. His last 6 singles all hitting the SA Top 10 Chart. Mark’s debut album “Where Angels Fear to Fly” produced the hit single “Wake Up (Dreaming Of You)”, that went to number 1 on the Kia Take 40 SA Chart in 2012, and remained on the chart for a record-breaking 23 weeks. Mark had a number 1 song on Radiowave FM, Namibia’s biggest radio station with his single, “Love Can Change The World”. Mark had numerous Music Videos and behind-the-scenes documentaries feature during prime-time television on DSTV, M-Net, and SABC 3, as well as other broadcasters throughout Africa. Mark performed at major festivals like ‘Rocking the Daisies’ and ‘Ramfest’ and headlined the ‘Moon Rock Festival’. He also performed in New York at B.B. King’s Nightclub as well as the famous Underground.

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