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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: Rock's Birthday, Godessa, Urban Voices 2004, Tait, Lord Of The Dance, Prime Circle, Straits of Gibraltar benefit gig, OppiKoppi 10, The Cottage Club.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, Syd Kitchen, Kent O Shea, Sumare, Sedwick, Blood Island Raiders, Mike McCullagh, Jack Hammer Live, Sugardrive, Piet Ploos, One World June Releases, The Jack Hammer story.
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa - Seether - 'Disclaimer 2'; A Naartjie In The UK - Paul Clingman - 'Morning On The Line'; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, SA Punk*Ska*Metal*Hardcore, Battle Of The Bands, Villa Pascal, Acoustic Cafe, Hugh Masekela, Ages and David Foster.
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



Today, Monday 5 July, is Happy Birthday Rock 'n Roll day, so do something appropriate! ... SA female Hip Hop crew, Godessa, are launching their debut album, 'Spillage', with a trio of gigs at some of Cape Town's top venues ... The Southern African Arts Exchange, a non-profit organisation looking at cultural exchange within the continent and beyond, once again hosts the fourth annual Urban Voices 2004 international arts festival.

Cape Town pop-rock band, Tait, have been in the studio working on tracks for their next album, and recently returned from a successful tour up north ... The internationally-acclaimed dance company, Lord of the Dance, will resume their current SA tour in Bloemfontein following the murder of one of the crew.

Prime Circle's national tour kicked off on the 1st of July in their hometown of Witbank and will see the band travelling to no less then 15 cities and towns throughout South Africa ... New things are planned for the OppiKoppi Festival's 10th birthday from 6-9 August at Northam ... Plush and Tait will be jamming the night away to raise funds for the record attempt to swim across the Straits Of Gibraltar ... The Cottage Club is about Local Music and finding a place to hear it!

New mp3's this week from Syd Kitchen ('Perfect Condition'), Kent O Shea ('Hi My Love'), Sumare ('Sonder Jou In My Lewe'), Sedwick ('Hope Given'), Blood Island Raiders ('Fear') ..... This week's 'Celeb:Select' is from Mike McCullagh ... Jack Hammer's long overdue Live album, 'Live At The Nile', has now been released on Wolmer Records and will be distributed by Bowline

Sugardrive are back with a new album, 'Love Etc.', and everyone is looking for it ... Pieter Ploos van Amstel is the voice behind Piet Ploos .... We have all those New Releases on One World for the month of June .... And in this week's artist spotlight we have Part 1 of the Jack Hammer story by Brian Currin.

John Samson takes a look back at SA folkie Paul Clingman's 'Morning on The Line' LP ... Kurt Shoemaker takes us through 'Disclaimer 2', the newly released album by Seether .... Ripchord Studios in Cape Town are offering a once-off special recording studio rate of R900.00 per day to the first two bands to confirm a booking!

The 2004 version of the Cape Town Battle of the Bands starts on the 25th July ... Villa Pascal is presenting Danièle Pascal & Friends in 'Ah, Paris.. Paris!' ...It's only one month old and the Acoustic Cafe's walls are resonating with the best original music on the African continent

John Samson reviews Hugh Masekela's concert in London at The Barbican on 26 June ... Morgan Wolf reviews the Ages and David Foster gig at the Mercury.

There's also the usual weekly SA mp3 and album charts, recommended SA gigs, letters to Sound Solutions, Digest Classifieds, old SA and LM charts, and what's new on the shelves at Mabu Vinyl and CD, and Vibes Vinyl.

And that is some of SA music, this week ...

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1. Saron Gas - - Fragile
2. The Thula Project - SA Lullabies
3. Ipi Tombi - Original Cast Recording
4. Rodriguez - Cold Fact
5. Chris de Burgh - Live In SA
[] 6. Cashless Society - African Raw Material Vol 1
7. Freshlyground - Jika Jika
8. Blomkrag - Boerecountry
9. Moses Molelekwa - Finding One's Self
10. Rodriguez - After The Fact

Springbok Top 10 songs
15/20/25/30 Years Ago

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (04 July 1969)

1 [1] My Sentimental Friend - Herman's Hermits
2 [2] Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 [6] Time Of The Season - The Zombies
4 [5] Think It's Over - Sandie Shaw
5 [3] Hair - The Cowsills

30 YEARS AGO (05 July 1974)

1 [2] The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
2 [1] Solitaire - Andy Williams
3 [3] Waterloo - Abba
4 [6] Emma - Hot Chocolate
5 [8] There Won't Be Anymore - Charlie Rich

25 YEARS AGO (06 July 1979)

1 [1] Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith
2 [5] Some Girls - Racey
3 [2] I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
4 [6] For Your Love - Chilly
5 [3] Baby It's You - Promises

20 YEARS AGO (06 July 1984)

1 [1] Clap Clap Sound - Klaxons
2 [2] I Want To Break Free - Queen
3 [3] Footloose - Kenny Loggins
4 [10] To All The Girls I've Loved - Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
5 [8] Hello - Lionel Richie

* See 'Chart Chat' in 'Classic SA Rock' section below.


Top 50 New SA Music Titles

Available at One World

1. Kobus - '100% Skuldgevoelvry'
2. The Tripps - '20/20 Vision Volume 1'
3. David Abbate - 'All The Best'
4. Colin Shamley - 'Born Guilty & Other Stories'
5. Various Artists - 'Going Nowhere Slowly' (2CD)
6. Ezra - 'Funk 'n Roll'
7. Muse String Quartet - 'My Dance'
8. Tree63 - 'The Answer To The Question'
9. Various Artists - 'North Sea Jazz Festival 2000 - 2004'
10. Hugh Masekela - 'The Collection'
11. Rus Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls'
12. Sakhile - 'Togetherness'
13. Mahube - 'Qhubeka'
14. Louis Mhalanga - 'Tinganekwane ....'
15. Anke - 'By Heart'
16. Off The Edge - 'Site Under Construction'
17. Hawk - 'Africa She Too Can Cry'
18. The Dollyrockers - 'The Heat'
19. Mean Mr Mustard - 'Best Of'
20. Justin Bergh - 'Out Of My Hands'
21. Nianell - 'Angel Tongue'
22. Fuzigish & Frenzal Rhomb - 'The Unwanted Traveller'
23. Mzwake Mbuli - 'Mbulism'
24. Mbongeni Ngema - 'Libuyile (Songs Of Freedom)'
25. Thandiswa - 'Zabalaza'
26. Xolisa - 'Times'
27. Lusanda Spiritual Group - 'Bathi Bayamazi'
28. Various Artists - 'Tales Of Gospel SA - Choral & Contemporary'
29. Ntando - 'Kwantu'
30. Joyous Celebration - 'Joyous Celebration 8 - To Be Free'
31. Lundi - 'Ngiyabonga'
32. Rebecca & Tsepo - 'The Queen Of Gospel And The Village Pope'
33. ANC - 'Uyamemeza uJesu Uthi ANC'
34. Tribute To Tebza (Mafikizolo) - 'Tebza Wa Rock'
35. Various Artists - 'Yizo Yizo 3'
36. Mandoza - 'Mandoza' Various Artists - 'Moyo - Sophisticated African Music'
37. MacAngel - 'Summer In Berlin'
38. Adam Tas - 'My Memories In 'n Menthol'
39. Leon Schuster - '2 in 1 Special Edition'
40. Arno Carstens - 'Another Universe'
41. Oliver Mtukudzi - 'Tsivo'
42. Mzekezeke - 'Storotoro'
43. Freshlyground - 'Jika Jika'
44. Benguela - 'SUI'
45. Tait - 'Back Seat Driver'
46. Rodriguez - 'Coming From Reality'
47. Piet Botha - 'Die Mamba'
48. Mike Ratu Makhalamele - 'The Very Best Of'
49. Bushmen Of The Kalahari - '!Ngubi Tietie'
50. Tumi And The Volume - 'At The Bassline'



The 5 Sugar currently recommends...

1 Various - 'Big Red (Songs From 'Going Nowhere Slowly')'
A double-CD set of original SA songs from the new bunch of SA artists – including Seven Day Story, Wayne Pauli, The Dollyrockers, Stevan Band, Jo Day - as featured on the soundtrack of the very popular TV travel series.

2 Benguela - 'Sui'
A trippy and quite unique double-CD from Benguela, the Cape Town trio who improvised and recorded this album in front of a live audience, and then got some top producers to remix the tracks for the extra CD. Essential!.

3 Rus Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls '
An emotional collection of songs from the Ghettos and concentration camps of Europe, given sensitive, contemporary jazz arrangements by Rus Nerwich, a new, highly-rated saxophonist on the Cape Town scene.

4 Fokofpolisiekar - 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand'
Great name for a great new Afrikaans punk band from Bellville featuring the lads who were previously New World Inside. Currently building a following nationwide with this fresh blast of take-no-prisoners SA punk.

5 Colin Shamley - ' Born Guilty & Other Stories'
A very welcome reissue from David Marks' 3RD Ear label featuring lots of previously unavailable material from Colin Shamley, one of SA's finest singer-songwriters ever - a mixture of Dylan and Lenny Bruce.


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Celebrating 10 years of South African Democracy with Poetry, Music and Workshops -
21st July to the 11th August 2004 - Jo'burg, Cape Town and Durban

Southern African Arts Exchange, a non-profit organisation looking at cultural exchange within the continent and beyond, once again hosts Urban Voices 2004. This 4th annual international arts festival has a special focus celebrating 10 Years of Democracy and will provide an ideal time for enjoyment and critical reflection of the state of the arts in our continent and the world. The Festival involves spoken word, music and workshops from the 21st July to the 11th August 2004.

The event takes place in Jo'burg, Cape Town and Durban.

A Look at the Events happening:

1) International Music Concerts:
Angelique Kidjo - Benin - West Africa - In Jo'burg only
Simphiwe Dana - South Africa
Concert Dates: 23/24 July at Newtown Music Hall@8.30pm:
Angelique Kidjo - one of Africa's most acclaimed singers, who is constantly growing and evolving as a musician, combining eclectic musical influences from across the globe in her music, yet remaining a true African Diva. She is the recipient of various international music awards and last year won the MOBO award for best African Album with her Brazilian-inspired album, 'Black Ivory Soul'. In May 2004, Angelique launched her new album 'Oyaya'. This album celebrates the African roots of Latin and Caribbean music. For more see:

Simphiwe Dana - Born to a preacher father and nurse mother in a rural village in the Transkei, Eastern Cape, Simphiwe Dana is an exhilarating, fresh voice. Her soon-to-be released debut album is an awe-inspiring collection of original material reflecting her diverse influences, which include African traditional, choral and jazz rhythms.

2) Women in Reggae - The I-Three with Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt. - Jo'burg and Durban

This legendary reggae line-up is certainly one of the most spectacular concerts to celebrate national women's day and our 10-year Democracy. The I-Threes have toured the world with Bob Marley and the Wailers. The I-Threes are all successful artists in their own right. They comprise of Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, who remains the unchallenged empress of Reggae Music, as well as Judy Mowatt, who crosses both reggae and gospel genres.

Urban Voices Dates:
Jo'burg Dates: 6th/7th August, Newtown Music Hall, Newtown, Jo'burg @ 8.30pm
Durban Dates: 8th August - All Day Outdoor Women's Festival - Durban - Bat Centre - Presented in association with UrbanVoices and The Bat Centre.
Cape Town Dates: 11th August - venue to be confirmed.

3) Urban Voices International Spoken Word Festival
Dates: 30/31 July - Newtown Music Hall, Newtown, Jo'burg @ 8.30pm:

Once again Urban Voices produces a fantastic line-up of award-winning overseas and home-grown poets including the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson from Jamaica, popularly known as "LKJ", reggae's foremost poet.

On the line-up from the US is Jessica Care Moore, an award-winning poet, actor, recording artist musician and publisher who tours extensively. She has worked on stages with the likes of Gil Scott Heron, George Clinton, Dead Prez, Mos Def and many others. She has featured on Def Poetry Jam and has been the first poet ever to win the Apollo Showtime in New York, winning it five consecutive times with her powerful lyrics and is recognised as an Apollo Legend.

As a publisher, Jessica Care Moore's company has also published the first groundbreaking works of Saul Williams. Also from the US is Toni Blackman, an acclaimed hip hop poet, scholar and an accomplished freestyler. South African poets include the "Bard" of the Liberation Movement, Don Mattera, Kgafela Magogodi, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lesego Rampolokeng, Maakomele Manaka, Zee and many others.

1st August - Baxter Theatre, Cape Town @7.30pm
3rd August - Bat Centre - Durban @

Urban Voices Workshop Programme:

1) Jo'burg Music Workshop with Angelique Kidjo: Panel Discussion by Kidjo and key speakers from the SA music industry on being a recording and performing African international artist. The Workshop is free and specifically for the music industry and musicians:
21 July 2004 @ 3pm at Newtown Music Hall.

3) Jo'burg Poetry Workshop: Lesego Rampolokeng, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jessica Care Moore and Toni Blackman chaired by Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, specifically for professional and emerging poets: 29 July 2004 @3pm at Newtown Music Hall. Limited Space

4) Cape Town Poetry Workshop: Cape Town: Monday 2nd August @ 3pm at Bush Radio (BTI) 330 Victoria Rd, Salt River, Cape Town

5) Jo'burg Music Workshop topic: The Global influence of Reggae - This workshop is free and open to members of the public and the music industry. Workshop date 5 August at 3pm-- Newtown Music Hall

International Arts Festival of the Diaspora
All concert bookings: Computicket/The Door.
Indoor venues have limited capacity and patrons are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Enquiries Computicket: 011 340 8000/
Media enquiries: 27 (011)- 726 -6916
Partners: The Ford Foundation, Department of Arts and Culture, The French Institute
Media Partner: METROFM



South Africa's only recording and performing female Hip Hop crew, Godessa, are launching their much-anticipated debut album, 'Spillage', with a trio of gigs at some of Cape Town's top venues.

Shameema, together with Eloise Jones and Bernadette Amansure, or, Shame, EJ von Lyrik and Burni, as they prefer to be called, formed Godessa almost by accident in 2000 when they joined forces to work on a TV documentary and just clicked.

Since then both their debut single, 'Social Ills', and the trio themselves, have received phenomenal attention on both the international and local scenes. So much so that earlier this year Levi Strauss South Africa signed them as an Original Levi's® Music Artist. And now at last comes the (official) release of their debut album.

'Spillage' was produced by Grenville Williams and EJ at the High Voltage studio in Cape Town on Godessa's independent record label, High Voltage Records.

"It's 13 songs with one message that comes straight from the heart, spirit and soul. It has a little bit of each of us in it and a mixture of genres like reggae, funk and jazz all rolled under one hip hop umbrella", explains EJ, while Burni adds:

"We relate our experiences in life. We want to show that it's possible to fulfil your dreams, because a few years ago, this was just our dream. We produce conscious hip hop about bread-and-butter issues that concern us daily."

Shame explains how they go about tackling various controversial issues: "We do our own lyrics and we've done work specifically looking at HIV/Aids, globalisation, privatisation and crime. We try to create to an awareness about issues that people are afraid to speak about."

Released less than two weeks ago, 'Spillage' is already making waves with their track 'Nguwe' being voted as Hit of the Week on Yfm and the mp3 of that song also moving quickly up the SAmp3/MWeb charts.

Shame, EJ and Burni are currently touring Switzerland and filming a music video of their single, 'Mindz Ablaze'. They will return at the end of the month and are then returning to officially launch 'Spillage' in Jozi and Cape Town.

'Spillage' was produced by Grenville Williams and EJ at the High Voltage studio in Cape Town on Godessa's independent record label, High Voltage Records.


10th July @ +/- 21h00 - The Armchair Theatre, Observatory - R40 cover charge
Special Guests: Teba and Crosby
14th July @ +/- 21h00 - Mercury Live - R40 cover charge
Special Guests: Rudimentals (TBC)
17th July @ +/- 21h00 - Elipse Bar - R40 cover charge
Special Guests: Moodphase5ive (TBC)

Listen to Goddessa at



Cape Town pop-rock band Tait have been in the studio working on tracks for their next album, and recently returned from a successful tour up north. The third single off the band's 'Back Seat Driver' album, called 'Don't Let Me Go', was playlisted on 5fm last week.

Tait will be playing a few gigs in the Cape Town Area before embarking on one of many more trips to JHB, Bloem, and Pretoria. The band has already been booked for the next Woodstock Festival.

Tait's upcoming new single is called 'High and Mighty' and will be released on download soon!

Gigs For July:
Sat 17th July - Tait and Plush will be performing at a fundraiser at the Indie Armchair Theatre. There will be CD give-aways, and drink hampers from Aroma. Also clothing hampers and vouchers from Vertigo and Aca Joe.

Fri 30th July - Tait and The Steve Van Band re-unite at the Indie Armchair Theatre

Dates will be posted on the band's site at



The internationally-acclaimed dance company, Lord of the Dance, will resume their current SA tour in Bloemfontein following the devastating murder of Lord of the Dance merchandiser, Daryl Kempster. Michael Flatley, who flew in to SA early this morning, has confirmed that the tour will continue.

After lengthy discussions between Flatley and Attie van Wyk (Big Concerts MD), it has been decided that those dancers too traumatised to continue with the tour will be flying back to the UK tonight, and replaced by dancers from Troup 2 tomorrow.

Kempster was shot in the early hours of Sunday by unidentified gunmen, as he made his way from the theatre to the Parktonian Hotel, where he was staying, and was robbed of a laptop and a shoulder bag.

The Civic Theatre has security to escort all performers between the Theatre and the Parktonian Hotel. Daryl was offered these services but refused them. "I believe he declined security for some reason", Flatley said in a media briefing held this afternoon, and stressed that the incident should be seen as isolated.

"This incident is not to be seen as a bad reflection on South Africa. It could have happened anywhere in the world", added Flatley. He concluded that nothing is more important to him than the well-being of the dancers, and that extra security has been hired.

Mr. van Wyk said there were 28 more performances scheduled for which tickets had already been sold out in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, and the only performances not happening, are those in Bloemfontein tomorrow evening and on Wednesday.

Ticket holders for these three performances will receive a full refund.

Lord of the Dance, seen by more than 50 million people in nearly 40 countries since it started seven years ago, was two weeks into its tour of Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. It is already the country's most successful box office show playing to more than 200,000 people.



The past 12 months have seen Prime Circle tour SA extensively as well as record a top-selling album. Prime Circle have dominated the charts since the release of their first single, 'Hello', which reached number 1 on 5fm and various other stations.

Their second single, 'Let Me Go', did not disappoint either, as it too reached number 1 on the 5fm Top 40. Their latest single, 'Same Goes For You', is climbing the charts across the country. Having completed tours such as The Powerzone Road show, The Sovereign Annexation tour and The School of Rock tour, July now sees this top emerging SA band embarking on their first extensive national tour.

The tour kicked off on the 1st of July in their hometown of Witbank and will see the band travelling to no less then 15 cities and towns throughout South Africa. Some of the highlights of the tour will include the Grahamstown festival, The Oyster Festival, The Mr. Price Pro and many more.

The Parlotones, another one of SA's gems, will be joining the band on several of the shows, and various other bands will also have guest appearances. The Parlotones' debut album, 'Episoda', has been receiving rave reviews across the spectrum of the media over the past months.

This tour promises to be an unforgettable rock 'n roll experience, so make sure to catch it as it rolls into your town.

Tour Dates:

Prime Circle
6 July You Marque Grahamstown Festival
7 July Buccaneers Eastlondon
8 July Tapas al Sol Port Elizabeth
9 July Mr Price Pro North Beach Durban
10 July Al's Niteclub Knysna
12 July Settlers Gonubie

See full list of Prime Circle dates at

The Parlotones

6 July You Marque Grahamstown Festival
7 July Buccaneers East london
8 July Tapas al Sol Port Elizabeth
9 July Settlers Gonubie
10 July Al's Niteclub Knysna

See full list of Parlotones dates at


6-9 August - Brought to you by Levi's® and Vodago

New things are planned for the 10th birthday of a South African Festival icon.

Just over a month to go and a little piece of the South African bushveld is bristling with activity to prepare itself for the 10th birthday party of the OppiKoppi festival. Amongst the immediate family and inner tune-clan circle there is a very real sense of excitement build-up, not only because of the huge milestone the festival has reached, but also because there are so many new elements planned for 2004.

Since the decision was made to move the festival back to its original site, it really feels as if a new impetus has been breathed into the entire OppiKoppi team. In a way the realisation that the festival is going to stay in its unique bushveld setting has made a few strong decisions possible.

The first was the decision to build the stages for the August festivals as permanent structures. Most of the structures are thatched roofed entities fitting in neatly with the bushveld feel of the event. The biggest stage is also strategically placed to create a natural amphitheatre with the second koppie.

What this really means is the August event in the bushveld is back to stay. It also opens up the possibility of adding more events to this bushveld venue in future. During the 10th birthday celebration these stages will very unofficially be opened by friends of the festival with very specific names to pay homage to some of the heavy spirits that have touched the festival in general.

The names for the four stages to be used in 2004 are:
The James Philips Mane Stage
The Gito Baloi Maine Stage
The Most Amazing Myn Stage
D Chow Mein Stage

Another special project launched for the 10th birthday is the creation of the OppiKoppi.doc 10-year anniversary magazine. The project was run by the Laugh It Off team who nailed down interviews and write-ups from journalists, musicians, artists and other role players and squeezed this into a magazine together with great photos depicting the rise and rise of the South African tune phenomenon.

The end result is a real gem not only for OppiKoppi denizens but also for any South African music enthusiast. It will be a must-have for anyone that has ever fallen over his feet on the sacred Bushveld grounds. The book will be available at the festival but also through a few leading book retailers.

Accompanying the book in the list of special projects will be a 3 CD set released with the team from Sheer Sound. A three CD route had to be taken to play host to the wide array of genres covered by the festival. Each of the CD's are focused broadly on certain sections of the music displayed.

They are firstly a rock/blues and folkish CD, the second is a more urban music focused feel, the third is a Jazz and traditional CD. The CD's were compiled with care to make sure that the songs and artists on the CD's are the favourites of the festivalgoers over the years.
v All the artists on the CD's also have played OppiKoppi before or will be playing this year. The CD's will be made available as a set or in single items and will be available at the festival.

Different to other years, OppiKoppi festivalgoers could vote for their favourite bands over the past 6 months to come play at the 10th Birthday Festival. The only catch was that the band should have played at previous Oppikoppi Festivals.

This voting system was such a huge success and so many people voted that the line-up is stacked with headliners and only the cream of South African bands from the last 10 years. At the time of going to press the following acts have been confirmed (The administration for several others are under way and this list will grow even further.).

16 stitch
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Arno Carstens' New Porn
Ashton Nyte
Band O' Gypsys
Battery 9
Bed On Bricks
Blues Broers feat Ollie Viljoen
Buckfever Underground
Dan Patlansky
David Foster
Fake Leather Blues Band
Freshly Ground
Gert Vlok Nel
Gordon's Suitcase
Greg Giogiades en Hasjis Joshi
Jack Hammer
Jo Day
Karen Zoid
Koos Kombuis
Laurinda Hofmeyer
Liela Groenwald
Loose Cannon
Piet Planter
Prime Circle
Riku Latte
Springbok Nude Girls
Soil 7t7
The Most Amazing Show
The Narrow
Tidal Waves
Tumi and the Volume
Valiant Swart
Van der Want / Letcher

Contact Info:
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Office: 012 346 2011
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Cell: 083 308 1251



In September 2004, Gill Stramrood will attempt to become the first South African to swim between Europe and Africa, from Gibraltar to Morocco. Gill Stramrood, a graphic designer from Cape Town, has already set a number of long distance swimming records. She was the first person to swim around the Cape of Good Hope and across Saldanha Bay. She has also swum Robben Island and Dassen Island.

The 22 km swim will take her from the Rock of Gibraltar in Europe to the foot of the Acho Mountain in Africa. These two points were known in the Ancient World as the "Pillars of Hercules". This is one of the most exciting and ambitious endurance events attempted between the two continents. The eyes of South Africa will be on her.

Chairing Gill's back-up team is Mr Tony Sellemeyer, National Convenor of the Open Water Swimming Association of South Africa. Of Gill he says, "Gill has unstoppable determination and enthusiasm. She has a 100% success rate. I have no doubt that she will make this swim!"

A gig will be held in Cape Town on Saturday, 17th of July at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Observatory. Top South African bands, Plush and Tait, will be jamming the night away to raise funds for the record attempt.

Already, Vertigo, Aca Joe and Aroma have agreed to be product sponsors for the gig.

For further details:
Contact: Gill Stramrood on 082 412 9355


By Bill Knight

Thought you might be interested in a new Folk/Acoustic venue in Noordhoek, Cape Town. I became so sick of searching for places to perform, that I decided to open up my home twice a month for Musical Performances. (I shudder to use the word "Soirées" - perhaps "Skop" would be more fitting.)

The Cottage Club is about Local Music. It's about the musicians and the songwriters and the tremendous talent we are blessed with in our country. It's about the dignity of the artists and about giving them the respect they deserve. It's about providing the audience with the cream of home-grown contemporary folk music.

Join us for a home-cooked meal and an intimate performance in our cosy 25-seater venue, located in the picturesque mountain slopes overlooking the Kommetjie valley. We are neither a bar nor a restaurant, and because we're in a residential area, we've undertaken not to have loud bands, but concentrate on solo acts or small combos. Most of our performers are acoustic-based singer-songwriters.

So far we've had: Roger Lucey, Syd Kitchen, Robin Auld, Richard Tait, Matt Allison, Tony Cox.

Upcoming are: Roger Lucey, Pete Van Heerden & Ian Bell, Lee Jones & Marlene Laros, Mark Harris & Alex Bozas (Cool Bananas), Colin Shamley, Bill Knight.

The Cottage Club Charter is:

The Cottage Club is a collective dedicated to the Promotion and Performance of excellent Local Music. We meet regularly at Bill Knight's Home.

A Tribute (specified for each Show) will entitle the Member to a Meal of the Day, and an evening of the Finest Local Acoustic Music. We'll keep you on our E-Mailing list to inform you of forthcoming attractions.

This Contribution will go to cover costs, settle with the Caterer, and as Recognition to the Musician. We are not a Bar-please bring your own drinks.

We are located in a residential area, so we cannot accommodate Large Bands, Bass and Drums. Please recognize our neighbours' rights to peace & quiet, especially when leaving.

In line with this policy, we switch off the P.A. at 23:00, and continue unplugged. We have a Recording Studio in the adjacent room, so with the consent of the Musician, we can have a high quality recording of the Performance for Posterity.

Contact Bill Knight.
More details, Phone Bill on (021) 785 5052
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As mentioned last week, today, Monday 5 July 2004, is the date generally acknowledged to be the day that saw the birth of the screaming infant called Rock 'n Roll. This was the date in 1954 when Elvis Presley recorded his first hit record, a version of Arthur Crudup's 'That's Alright Mama', with Sam Phillips at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

We have had lengthy emails this week, disputing this event's right to be so honoured, but it will do just fine for us ..... now where is that 'Sun Sessions' LP...



(Based on downloads from and MWeb Entertainment)

1. [1] (1) Hemel Op Die Platteland - Fokofpolisiekar ('As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand'/Rhythm)
2. [2] (2) Noh TV - The Rudimentals ('More Fire'/Indie)
3. [5] (3) Kultuurfeestent - Kobus! ('100% Skuldgevoelvry'/ENT)
4. [6] (4) Suburbia - Mitsoo (Indie)
5. [7] (5) Silverfish - Dollyrockers ('The Heat'/Indie)
6. [8] (6) Naked - Hog Hoggidy Hog ('OINK!'/Indie)
7. [3] (3) One Moment - Antipathy (Maiden League)
8. [4] (4) Porn (acoustic) - Jo Day ('The Truth'/Indie)
9. [10] (9) FFF - Tonight We Die (Demo/Indie)
10. [16] (10) Nguwe - Godessa ('Spillage'/High Voltage)
11. [17] (11) Oppie Yaat - Kallitz ('Die Ding Ruk Mal'/Mothermix)
12. [18] (12) My Baby - Plush ('All That Is Should Be'/Indie)
13. [9] (1) Charlie Kaufman - Fallen ('Last Chance For The Forgotten'/Indie)
14. [19] (14) Midnight- 340ml ('Moving'/Indie)
15. [20] (15) Window Shopping Lover - chiaroscuro ('A Definition'/Indie)
16. [11] (11) Download - Phringe ('Mellow Drama'/USM)
17. [22] (17) What You Doing? - HappyFourTwenty (Single/Indie)
18. [13] (13) Festival Song (live) - Fly Paper Jet ('Live'/Indie)
19. [24] (19) Sky Is Falling - Serving Suggestion ('Try Whistling This'/Indie)
20. [25] (20) Ravens - Six Of Nine (Indie)
21. [28] (21) Sonskynkind - Hex ('Mensgemaak'/Afrimusiek)
22. [29] (22) Verspreide Donderbuie - Amanda Strydom ('Verspreide Donderbuie'/Indie)
23. [26] (23) Site Under Construction - Off The Edge ('Site Under Construction/Indie)
24. [-] (24) Mars Mission - The Tripps ('20/20 Vision'/Indie)
25. [30] (25) Tame - Bored (Indie)
26. [-] (26) Lonely Road - High Trailor ('Lonely Road' EP/Indie)
27. [14] (3) Multiple Oblivion - Jo Day ('The Truth'/Indie]
28. [-] (28) Alles Is OK - Zinkplaat ('Karoo Poison' EP/Indie)
29. [27] (7) All You'll Need - Luna ('Luna' /Indie)
30. [-] (30) Get Your Juices Going - Starburst (Indie)

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This week [last week] (highest position) Title - Artist (Label)

1. [1] (1) Spillage - Godessa (High Voltage)
2. [11] (2) 100% Skuldgevoelvry - Kobus! (ENT)
3. [6] (3) Quintessentially - Syd Kitchen (No Budget Records)
4. [14] (4) Die Ding Ruk Mal - Kallitz (Mothermix)
5. [15] (5) OINK! - Hog Hoggidy Hog (Indie)
6. [5] (1) All That Is Should Be - Plush (Indie)
7. [7] (1) Moving - 340ml (Indie)
8. [2] (2) Live - Fly Paper Jet (Indie)
9. [4] (4) My Dance - Muse String Quartet (Indie)
10. [3] (3) Site Under Construction - Off The Edge (Indie)
11. [12] (11) Vol 1: 20/20 Vision - The Tripps (Indie)
12. [13] (12) The Realisation Of Purpose - Sedwick (Indie)
13. [8] (2) Born Guilty & Other Stories - Colin Shamley (3rd Ear Music)
14. [9] (4) Angel Tongue - Nianell (Fresh)
15. [22] (15) Live - Die Naaimasjiene (Rhythm/Bowline)
16. [18] (16) Lick The Lion - ISLA (Indie)
17. [17] (13) Beyond The Walls - Rus Nerwich (Indie)
18. [10] (1) A Definition - chiaroscuro (Indie)
19. [16] (4) Summer In Berlin - MacAngel (Sonique)
20. [20] (1) Big Red (Songs From 'Going Nowhere Slowly') - Various (Ripchord/Bowline)
21. [24] (21) Try Whistling This - Serving Suggestion (Indie)
22. [28] (22) Mensgemaak - Hex (Afrimusiek)
23. [-] (23) Karoo Poison EP - Zinkplaat (Indie)
24. [23] (1) More Fire - The Rudimentals (Indie)
25. [19] (19) Met Die Maan Gepla - Gian Groen (Bowline)
26. [25] (1) The Heat - Dollyrockers (Indie)
27. [26] (1) As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand - Fokofpolisiekar (Rhythm/Bowline)
28. [21] (21) Funk 'N Roll - Ezra (BMG)
29. [29] (1) Muti Media - Kalahari Surfers (African Dope)
30. [27] (5) Dissolve In The Sun - Wendy New (Indie)


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Every week 5 new songs are available for exclusive download for MWeb subscribers. These tracks have never been released on mp3 before.

Non-MWeb subscribers can still listen to these tracks at the MWeb site, but you will not be able to save them onto your hard-drive. However in about two weeks' time all 5 of these songs will be available for everyone to download at

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This week's 5 New and Exclusive mp3 titles at MWeb:

Syd Kitchen - 'Perfect Condition'
A contender for the new unofficial SA national anthem, this perky little slice of folkie optimism, off Syd's "best of" CD, called 'Quintessentially', will have you feeling good in no time..."Don't be sad there's a lot of us out there, we're the army of winners and losers, don't be sad, you know it's not so bad!". ......If you can't stand the heat get into the Kitchen!!

Kent O Shea - 'Hi My Love'
Kent is the vocalist for Cape Town group Happy 420, here with a sweet and sunny solo release.

Sumare - 'Sonder Jou In My Lewe'
Find out why Sumare is regarded as one of the classiest new vocal talents on the Afrikaans music scene.

Sedwick - 'Hope Given'
This is the powerful opening rock track off Cape Town band Sedwick's new album 'The Realisation Of Purpose'

Blood Island Raiders - 'Fear' Due to popular demand we have more controlled aggression and thunder from the Raiders' power five-song EP called 'For The Sake Of Clarity'

Last week's 5 New and Exclusive mp3 titles at MWeb:

Starburst - 'Get Your Juices Going'
- Annelie, Freya, Nathalie, Karen and DJ Switch come "bursting" onto the SA pop scene with this sparky debut.

BlueScream - 'Another Man's Woman'
- Renowned SA producer, Tully McCully, rounded up some quality musicians to show the young 'uns how classic rock should sound.

The Tripps - 'Mars Mission'
- A trippy taster from Nathan Waywell's new Sci-Fi album called '20/20 Vision'.

High Trailor - 'Lonely Road'
- The High Trailors are the Perry Brothers, Jon (vocals/bass) and Simon (guitar/vocals), with Sean Smith on drums and Gary van Vuuren on guitar - here with the title track off the band's new 'Lonely Road' EP

Zinkplaat - 'Alles Is OK'
- What's this then? Optimistic young Afrikaans rock-punk off Zinkplaat's debut 'Karoo Poison' EP

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This week's recommended downloads:

1. Amanda Strydom - 'Verspreide Donderbuie'
This is the title track off Amanda's SAMA Award-winning album.

2. Bored - 'Tame'
Be warned! This is the new metal track from Bored...!

3. Luna - 'All You'll Need'
A superb taster for Gauteng audiences who will be seeing Luna live shortly.

4. Celtic Rumours - 'Africa In Motion'
The second previously unreleased track from the SA band of the '80's.

5. Roger Lucey - 'Thabane'
A recent track from one of SA's finest folkies

340ML - 'Midnight'
A typically innovative and cool track off 340ml's acclaimed new album, 'Moving'.

Serving Suggestion - 'Sky Is Falling'
A back to basics tuneful rock song from the Cape Town band's album, 'Try Whistling This'.

Hex - 'Sonskynkind'

Hex is a young female trio, comprising three related and very talented Cape musicians, whose songs and harmonies have been compared to The Roches.

Happy 420 - 'What You Doing?'
Some contemporary political pop from one of Cape Town's most sussed bands.

Off The Edge - 'Site Under Construction'
Title track taken from Off The Edge's fifth album. Kallitz - 'Oppie Yaat'
First single from the Cape Town hip hop trio's new album, 'Die Ding Ruk Mal', which is being launched next week.

Bed On Bricks - 'City'
Second mp3 release, and more urban funk from the very tasty 'Humanarium' CD.

Mitsoo - 'Suburbia'
The new single from Cape Town's finest all female punk trio.

Plush - 'My Baby'
These boys are building a very large and loyal following with their stripped-down acoustic folk-pop tunes.

Thys Nywerheid - 'Vir Funk En Vaderland'
What a great title, makes you want to hear what the hell it sounds like!


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Every week we ask a well-known SA music personality to give us a list of their top 10 South African songs: This week it is the turn of Mike McCullagh, a member of the legendary Cape Town group, McCully Workshop alongside his brother Tully. Mike now produces rock revue shows in the Cape. Over to Mike behind the Mike:


I don't really have a top 10, but have listed some songs in order of merit based on the creativity of the time and the innovative nature of the composer.

You'll notice I've included two McCully Workshop songs, as I think you'll agree, the band was way ahead of our time in terms of songwriting. In fact, when Tully and I went to America in 1980, we realised that had the band gone over there, we could definitely have made it with the right breaks.

Here is my selection:

Paradise Road - Joy
Scatterlings - Juluka
The Spaniard - Lesley Rae Dowling
Tchaikovsky One - Omega Limited .
Taxi Man - eVoid
African Sky Blue - Juluka
Buccaneer - McCully Workshop
Weeping - Bright Blue
Why Can't it Rain - McCully Workshop
Charlie - Rabbitt

Most people don't realise the difficulties we had in the '70's as bands trying to do our own stuff...the SA record companies just made you do covers ie Clout and Copperfield.




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The long overdue live album by Jack Hammer has now been released on Wolmer Records and will be distributed by Bowline. This collector's piece was recorded in February 2003 at the Pretoria venue, "The Nile Crocodile", by Lanie v.d. Walt and mixed later in the year at Wolmer Studios. Originally set for release by November 2003 on Rhythm Records but then rescheduled for early 2004, the album has now finally been released as a limited edition.

The somewhat strange thing about this album is that it is not a commercial venture but purely an artistic endeavour. It is a historical piece of music as well, as no one has previously recorded a double live set in South Africa, at least not a rock album of this nature. And thirdly, it is a bilingual album .

The album is brutally honest and captures the Jack Hammer live sound as many have come to experience it over the years. The year 2004 does mark the 20th anniversary of this legendary S.A. band.

In a rare interview, Piet Botha (The Hammer) said the following: " We were going to release this album to celebrate our 20th birthday and in a way to end a certain period in our journey. The next studio album will be different, believe me, and we probably won't be doing another Afrikaans album for a long time either."

"But most of the credit for this album goes to Lanie v.d. Walt who did an incredible job mixing these two hours of Rock and Roll music. And we didn't use any tricks like overdubs or anything -the band played a two-hour set and we recorded it just like that. I think in time it will all make sense why we did it when we did it. That's the mystical aspect of it…"

Piet continues: " Obviously many people are going to think why a "live " album? Well the truth is that we CAN record a live album and that's the crux of it. The beauty of it is that we were never interested to make money from the project, only to recover production costs. So essentially it is a work of art and not something bound by rules or trends or Television or Radio or anything. It's for our hardcore supporters and we thank them."

After their 10th consecutive appearance at Oppikoppi in August, the band is set to release their new studio work, which sees them taking a bold new direction. But that's for another time. In the meantime here is a double live CD by a band that has never compromised in the 20 years it has performed and recorded.

Full info on 'Live At The Nile' at

Ed. - See Part 1 of Brian Currin's 3-part series on Jack Hammer in our Artist spotlight section below....



Five years after the release of 'When I Died I Was Elvis', Sugardrive are back with a new album, 'Love Etc.'. The band scaled heights through '98 to 2001 that saw them win two SAMA awards, headline major festivals throughout the country, and tour Australia on the celebrated Big Day Out tour.

In April 2001, a mutual fatigue saw the members of the band agree to take some time off with guitarist Michael Westwood unable to make the return leg. In September 2003 it all came together again as Garth McLeod, Gavin Wienand and Paul E Flynn made a decision to continue the band as a three-piece.

Four weeks in the rehearsal studio encouraged the band not only to go out and hit the live scene again, but also to check into studio to capture the raw intensity and emotion of the new songs.

The result is a ten-song album that takes an apocalyptic journey through the ether of love gone good to love gone bad. After a recording gap of four years, and a sabbatical of two years, Sugardrive aims to influence the minds and souls of an audience that has seen eight years, four albums, and well over a thousand performances unfold with 'Love Etc.'

Saturday 10 July - London Calling proudly presents Sugardrive, promoting their recently released new album, 'Love Etc.' at 76 Op de Bergen corner, Browning Streets, Fairview, Jo'burg
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Pieter Ploos van Amstel, the voice behind Piet Ploos, was born in Durban (1978). He started writing and playing music in his early childhood days and went on to perform numerous times at the Durban Folk Club.

In 1997 he moved to the Free State where he played in bands such as Headrush, and Skinshed, and is currently known as the vocalist of popular English rock band Ystervark. Ystervark performed with artists such as dDisselblom, Jack Hammer, Beeskraal and Anton Goosen, and this is when his love for Afrikaans music was ignited and Piet Ploos discovered.

This young man has been playing piano since childhood, he writes his own lyrics and music, he plays electric, acoustic and classical guitar and plays the harmonica. His style is very promising and refreshing.

His music ranges between ballads, rock and controversial sounds and lyrics with an influence of Counting Crows (except it is in Afrikaans). He has just completed recording an EP on which you can find songs such as 'Pleister My Gedagtes', 'Alles in My Tuin', and 'Afrika se Kinders'. Young and old alike will enjoy his music. For more information and sounds you can visit his website where you can download some of his songs.



New releases on One World for the month of June are:


Ringo - 'Greatest Hits - Live'
The historic Pretoria State Theatre recording, now available on DVD, features the likes of Busi Mhlongo, Mandoza, McCoy Mrubata and many more local artists performing alongside Ringo.



Abdullah Ibrahim - 'Water From An Ancient Well'
This classic album from 1968 by the South African jazz piano maestro is now available as a CD reissue.

Hugh Masekela - 'Still Grazing'
These are the tracks that made Hugh Masekela a house-hold name - includes songs like 'Languita', 'Grazing In The Grass', and 'Stimela' to mention but a few of the masterpieces on this gem of a release.

Pop & Rock:

Sugardrive - 'Love etc...'
The highly-anticipated comeback album from the Johannesburg rock band that enjoyed success with albums like 'When I Died I was Elvis' and 'Sand.Man.Sky'

Tweak - 'The Lost Boys Club'
The latest album from the young Jo'burg punk-pop sensations

16Stitch - 'Beautiful Angelic Parasite'
This is the debut album from a band that has been building a strong following on the Gauteng rock scene.

Fuzigish - 'Exploited & Distorted'
A fresh and fantastic new album from South Africa's premier ska-punk outfit


Watkin Tudor Jones - 'Memoirs Of A Clone'
This very hard-to-find album from Waddy Tudor Jones was his solo work that appeared just before the release of his Max Normal album. Now available again!

Township Pop:

Mina Nawe - 'Mina Nawe'
The trendy tracks on this popular group's debut album merge the sounds of kwaito with Township pop.

Nana - 'Five Loaves And Two Fish'
With a voice like Macy Gray, mixed with some Erykah Badu, Nana comes from Swaziland and penned all the tracks on this excellent debut album.

Sydney - 'The Best Of Mama's Baby'
Thanks to Universal Records you now can get the best of Mama's Baby all in one super package.


Tima Reece - 'My Body's Crying'
Plenty of smooth and groovy sounds from this popular artist on a very worthy new album.


Paul Gwala - 'Unembeza'
This album is a must-have for Gospel fans and features Deborah Fraser on one of the tracks.

Kholeka - 'Umkhula Jehova'
The third album from the lady who brought you albums such as 'Bambelela (Hold On)' and 'Masizilungiselele (Let's Prepare Ourselves for his coming)', with some inspirational gospel tunes.


Zola - 'Bhambatha'
A superb album with a refined Kwaito and traditional flair, that shows off the more mature side of Zola, and features the genuis Ihashi Elimhlophe on the track 'Gray-town'

Mafikizolo - 'Music Revolution'
A look back at an early album by Mafikizolo when the band was first formed with some really memorable tracks like 'Imini', 'Cabasa' and many more.


Jemza - 'House Beats'
Kyllex, of the famous hit 'Intwenmnandi Kanje', has now transformed to Jemza with a different sound and hits like 'Sibungu', 'My Wonderful World' and 'My Life'.


Sarafina! Broadway Cast Recording - 'Sarafina! The Music Of Liberation'
Mbongeni Ngema fever has hit town again in the form of a Broadway Cast Recording of the famous 'Sarafina the Musical', with an additional fourteen explosive tracks.


David Kramer - 'Huistoe'
David Kramer just released a new CD called 'Huistoe', his first Afrikaans CD in 5 years, featuring twelve new songs which are thematically linked to the Karoo and Namaqualand where Kramer has spent much time searching for and working with musicians who play what he calls, "die ou liedjies" (the old music).

Naaimasjiene - 'Live'
A historic and very welcome release for this rare live recording from the legendary and controversial band which was recorded at Moeritboetie Oppikoppi Festival in Northam 1996

Skallabrak - 'Kophou International'
A rollicking and robust set of tracks on this new album by one of the more popular Afrikaans bands.

Coenie De Villiers - 'Handgemaak'
More winning pop on this acclaimed new album by one of the most respected Afrikaans artists.


Dr Victor - 'If You Wanna Be Happy'
The Doctor is back with a prescription for happiness that involves listening to the great songs on his latest album.

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By Brian Currin

"Highway's got my number, yet she keeps calling".

November 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of the band known as Jack Hammer.

This South African band has always stayed true to its original brand of Rock and Roll, and has toured and recorded over the years, never seeking the limelight but always playing their hearts out.

Jack Hammer is more than just a band - it is a roundabout of musicians. A collective that over the years has included amongst its members American Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, McCully Workshop keyboard wizard Rupert Mellor, Kwaito master producer Gabi le Roux, Not My Dog guitarist Lanie vd Walt, prog-rocker Kenny Henson, Blues Broer Simon Orange, saxophonist supremo Mike Faure, and many, many others. As band roadie Hendry Jackson (who is immortalized in the song 'Laat Die Wiele Rol') said, "I have seen many Jacks, so to speak, come and go in my time, I tell you."

Fiercely independent, they have somehow survived the strange machinery that is the SA music industry and produced some sterling original albums over the years. Since their first performance way back in 1984 the one constant factor in the band has been the man affectionately known as "The Hammer", Piet Botha.

"It all began at Slowfarm on the old Warmbaths road, just north of Pretoria, in November 1984," Botha recalls. Botha (who was born in 1955 and shares his birth date of 18th July with Nelson Mandela) began writing songs and forming bands while still at school. He hooked up in 1974 with Abner Smith at the University of Pretoria to develop an acoustic duo. "They used to play at the Keg and Tankard in Pretoria," remembers Jackson. Botha recalls this as being their first professional gig.

Botha then connected with the members of Tusk (Doc Barendse, Dino Salvatori, and Derek Riley) to establish the band Raven and later added keyboardist Gabi le Roux to fill out the sound. This hard-rocking band won the 'Beat 79' nationwide competition for new rock groups, and released the Uriah Heep-styled single, 'Wheel Of Fortune' b/w 'The Horseman', on David Marks' 3rd Ear Label.

Botha (known as JP Botha at that time and playing mainly bass) then formed the three-piece Catherine Wheel with Karlien van Niekerk and Doc Barendse. At this time, violinist Dave Tarr and drummer Colin Pratley (ex-Freedom's Children) were in a duo called Wildebeest. "We amalgamated our two bands," says Botha. Doc Barendse left and Boet Faber joined as guitarist. In 1981 the classic 'Bushrock 1' live album (recorded at Upstairs in Sunnyside, Pretoria) was released under the band name Wildebeest. 'Bushrock 1' was the Rand Daily Mail's 'Album of the Year' in 1981.

"I was part of the team with Colin Pratley, Boet Faber, Paul van Eden, Piet Botha, Deon Maree and Gilbert Lyons that put on the 'One Skin Mile from Skullgrin', a Wildebeest Bushrock Ballet, at the Conservatoire of Music, in Pretoria, in 1982," remembers longtime friend of the band and sometime manager, Moonshine Lee. "Around this time Piet, Boet Faber and myself lived on a farm in DeWildt, north-west of Pretoria, and I ended up assisting with the management of the band."

In 1983 Wildebeest was one of the first bands to mix rock music with Afrikaans lyrics and recorded the (now very rare) 'Horings Op Die Stoep' 4-track EP which featured 'Bossies', a song about the Border War, which was very much a no-no during those Apartheid times.

In November 1984, Jack Hammer was started with Boet Faber, Jan Maloney and Eric Birckenstock. The band immediately built up a new original repertoire and started performing. During the 1984 festive season the club they were booked at burnt down with all their gear. Botha, who had been planning a sojourn in the USA for some time, left, and so the first line-up was short-lived, but that's when Jack Hammer really began.

During 1985, Piet Botha lived in Los Angeles, working construction and other immigrant jobs by day, and writing and recording by night. By a stroke of luck he teamed up with a young, aspiring actor, drummer and singer from the south called Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton would do the drumming in the studio as well as vocals and Botha would do the guitars, piano, vocals and harmonica.

Twelve years later, Billy Bob Thornton would win the 'Best Actor' Oscar for his part in the film 'Slingblade', and is also well known for his marriage (now dissolved) to actress Angelina Jolie.

By the end of 1985, Botha had to return to South Africa. The first Jack Hammer album, 'Jack Of All Trades', was eventually completed in South Africa, and released by the end of 1986, as a custom album on Third Ear Records. This album has not yet been released on CD and sealed vinyl copies can fetch over R100 from collectors.

>From this time onwards the Jack Hammer band would perform all over South Africa with many different line-ups. From 1987 to 1990, the second album, 'The Judas Chapter', was written and recorded at Doc Barendse's studio. During 1991 Botha took up an offer to perform with the Silver Creek Mountain Band, and played acoustic guitar and piano, six nights a week for a whole year. ( be continued next week)


Brian Currin



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Kurt Shoemaker (Texas), John Samson (London), Tertius Louw, and Brian Currin browse through the best of SA rock - its history, its people, and its music, past, and present.

USA FOR AFRICA - Texas-based Kurt Shoemaker gives his unique views on SA music.


Power, anger, and tenderness sum up this wild album. Shaun Morgan has a surprising emotional range in his singing style, conveying convincing feelings from bittersweet and melancholic to raging anger. And Dale Stewart's bass is a palpable force in the songs that stride over the aural landscape. The other two musos are uncredited in the liner notes, but according to the SA Rock Encyclopedia they are Pat Callahan, guitars, and John Humphrey on drums--both since 2003. That makes this band Seether II, I suppose.

The unrelenting rage and anger of 'Fxxx It' is an extreme example of the emotional Sons of Nirvana style of rock that appeals to teen males as a favorite. But the rage of that song doesn't strike a responsive chord in me--unlike the less histrionic bittersweet, melancholy, reflective, or downright angry emotions of 'Broken', 'Fine Again', 'Gasoline', 'Your Bore', and 'Pride', which do hit me right.

Seether's lyrics are especially well done. Those of 'Broken', 'Fine Again', and 'Gasoline' are finely expressed thoughts, strong and tough lyrics strongly expressed. For example, 'Gasoline', coupled with the powerful driving music, is a strong shout-along song with hard but cleverly satirical lyrics. Additionally, there is a strong sense of self here. Our writer? Shaun, all tunes.

Like hundreds of thousands of others (or however many units they move), I already owned the first 'Disclaimer' CD, but eagerly bought this two-disc 'Disclaimer II' anyway. This re-release of their first album includes eight additional songs and a lengthy DVD disc. Both the video and the audio track of 'Broken' with Amy Lee are included in this package, and her voice adds beauty to the already lovely tune.

On this CD, the songs are remixed--not into dance tracks, but made a little meatier. On the DVD disc are four music videos, a 'Making of "Broken"' video, and an eight-song concert. Not only is 'Disclaimer II' powerful, angry, and tender rock, but it is an excellent value. Wind-Up has marketed Saron G - I mean Seether in cool ways. Seether's first CD had ten different album covers, now Wind-Up releases this album at $15.00 American--with eight extra good songs (not the usual okay bonus tracks), plus the extras mentioned.

Yep, plenty of rock power here venting modern teen anger. And some nice reflective songs. Tough, powerful, angry, and tender, with a cool independent attitude throughout (heavy use of the first personal pronouns: "I" and "me"). Plus some video images such as burnt wings and breaking mirrors to carry into the driving around listens. Here's hoping their next album rocks so finely again.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


A NAARTJIE IN THE UK - London-based John Samson gives his own twist on SA music:


If they made a movie about the life of Paul Clingman would it be called clingfilm? Today's review is going to be done in the style of a gig so I will be explaining each paragraph before I write it.

That first paragraph was an introduction to the review in which I made a bad pun and explained how this review would work. This next paragraph I wrote on a Saturday morning and I was trying to express something about the background of Paul Clingman.

Paul Clingman has been around for a long time, making music in the early `70's ('Morning On The Line' was released in 1973) and was one of the big names in the burgeoning SA folk scene. In the late `70's and early `80's he began exploring more of the African sounds, writing songs with Johnny Clegg and releasing an album as part of a group called Nyanga, which if you're all very good I'll review sometime.

Thank you very much, this next paragraph was written the day after I saw Vusi Mahlasela live and I was still reeling from the beauty of his gig and inspired by the way he prefaced his songs with explanations. This one looks closer at the album 'Morning On The Line', pointing out Dylan influences and mentioning a few songs in particular.

I think it would be fair to say that Clingman was influenced by Dylan (but then who wasn't) as the album is decidedly Dylan-y. There acoustic guitars, swirling organs, harmonicas and intelligent lyrics, the latter sung in a distinctive clear voice that is admittedly not as nasal, but it has that sort of lilt to it that Dylan has. There is a country feel to some of the tracks, especially 'Soft Drink Mama' which features banjo by Volker Toermer. 'In Seine Blues' is possibly my favourite on the album with a driving blues riff. For the most part though, this alum is full of quality folk music.

Thank you. This next paragraph was inspired by the names of the musicians on the album cover.

Clingman worked with such luminaries as Colin Pratley, Ramsay Mackay and Edi Neiderlander, but none appear here. One has to be content to listen to the likes of Kenny Henson (who supplies the great guitar on 'In Seine Blues'), Kevin Kruger on drums, Nippy Cripwell on bass and the Stockley Sisters on backing vocals, so one doesn't really miss the aforementioned luminaries as the latter are luminaries in their own right.
v Thanks. This is my last paragraph and it was dedicated to all those who struggle to round off a review.

Although the Dylan influence is clear, 'Morning On The Line' is a quality folk album - in fact I would go so far as to say it's one of the best SA Folk albums I've heard - that can stand on its own merits. It's an album of biting beauty that draws you in and mesmerises you with simple yet highly effective tunes, and getting back to the bad pun in the opening paragraph, I think one can classify this as Wrap music.

Thank you, thank you very much. Don't miss my next review in the SA Rock Digest a week today.

John Samson, London



John Samson takes a weekly look at the the SA pop charts from 20, 25, 30 and 35 years ago this week.

Herman's Hermits notched up a second week at the top in 1969. The song would also spend 2 weeks at the top of the Zimbabwe charts. New to the top 5 was the Zombies classic 'Time Of The Season' from the album 'Odyssey And Oracle'. The Zombies split up after the release of this album. Strangely 'Time Of The Season' did not chart in their native UK, but did make number 3 in the US.

Andy Williams' 4-week run at the top in 1974 was ended by the Hollies' 'The Air That I Breathe', a song I can't hear without thinking Freshpack rooibos (thanks to the TV ad's using of the tune). Hot Chocolate's 'Emma' was their 3rd top 10 hit, but would be the only one to go top 5. The song was a live favourite for Goth band The Sisters Of Mercy in the `80's.

Richard Jon Smith had now clocked up 9 weeks at the top in 1979, the second highest by a local act after Charisma's 12 with 'Mammy Blue'. Joy's 'Paradise Road' would equal Smith's total the following year. Chilly was a German band that had formed in Frankfurt in 1978.

1984 and we were still buying the 'Clap Clap Sound' by the bucketload as it entered its 5th week at the top. One source I've looked at dates this song back to 1961, but I've been unable to verify this. The unlikely pairing of Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and country legend Willie Nelson produce a hit that would chart worldwide. Lionel Richie's 'Hello' was accompanied by a rather cheesy video featuring a blind student. It was criticised for exploiting the blind.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Kentucky Blues - Lauren Copley
Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith (1979)

South African New Entries this week:

04-Jul-69 Montreal - Judy Page
04-Jul-75 Baby Love Affair - Buttercup
04-Jul-75 Another Love To Come - Cornelia
05-Jul-74 Give A Little Love - Little Ronnie Joyce
05-Jul-74 Baby, Baby Answer Me ( I'm Calling ) - Peter Vee
05-Jul-80 Paradise Road - Joy
07-Jul-72 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - Jessica Jones
07-Jul-72 Chicken Heart - Stone Jug
08-Jul-66 Endless Sleep - Group 66
09-Jul-71 Rain, Rain, Rain - Gentle People
09-Jul-71 Hold On To What You Got - Peanut Butter Conspiracy
09-Jul-76 Green Eyed Angel - Bobby Angel
09-Jul-76 Ramaja - Glenys Lynne
10-Jul-70 The Wedding - Jody Wayne (Featuring McCully Workshop)
11-Jul-75 Live For You - Richard Jon Smith
11-Jul-87 Whisper You Secret - Helicopters

John Samson


From this week we will be taking a look back at the LM Radio charts from 35 years ago:

LM Top 20 from 30 June 1968

1 [2] Honey - Peter Lotis
2 [1] Man Without Love - Engelbert Humperdinck
3 [5] Jennifer Eccles - Hollies
4 [3] What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
5 [14] Lazy Life - Quentin E Klopjeager
6 [6] Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company
7 [4] If I Only Had Time - John Rowles
8 [7] Cry Like A Baby - Box Tops
9 [9] Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
10 [10] Captain Of Your Ship - Reparata And The Delrons
11 [8] Something Here In My Heart - Paper Dolls
12 [11] Little Girl - Troggs
13 [13] White Horses - Jacky
14 [16] Lazy Sunday - Small Faces
15 [18] Jennifer Juniper - Donovan
16 [-] Little Red Donkey - Troggs
17 [17] Delilah - Tom Jones
18 [12] The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
19 [-] Young Girl - Union Gap
20 [15] Congratulations - Cliff Richard

LM Top 20 from 22 June 1969

1 [1] Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 [3] In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley
3 [5] Love Me Tonight - Tom Jones
4 [2] My Sentimental Friend - Herman's Hermits
5 [6] Guitarzan - Ray Stevens
6 [7] The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
7 [10] Happy Heart - Andy Williams
8 [4] Hair - The Cowsills
9 [11] Think It All Over - Sandie Shaw
10 [13] Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
11 [12] Come Back And Shake Me - Clodagh Rodgers
12 [14] Grazing In The Grass - The Friends Of Distinction
13 [8] Get Back - The Beatles
14 [16] Big Ship - Cliff Richard
15 [9] Hawai Five O - The Ventures
16 [18] Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
17 [-] Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
18 [20] Heather Honey - Tommy Roe
19 [-] The Colour Of My Life - Jefferson
20 [-] Time Is Tight - Booker T & The Mg's


Peter Lotis flew the flag for local talent in 1968, knocking Engelbert Humperdinck off the top spot with his 'Honey'. The Troggs moved into the top 20 with one 'Little Red Donkey'. This would be one of a few cases where a major International artist would have a hit in SA with a song that didn`t catch on anywhere else. Union Gap's 'Young Girl' (sometimes credited to Gary Puckett & Union Gap) was a UK number 1.

In 1969 Creedence hung on to the top spot while Elvis moved closer. Mercy was a Florida group led by Jack Sigler Jr. Jefferson, who charted with 'The Colour Of My Life', and had nothing to do with Jefferson Airplane (or any of the other versions of that name they took). It was in fact a guy called Geoff Turton who had been a member of the Rockin' Berries.

(Charts courtesy of Marius Terblanche from Ladysmith in KZN, comments by John Samson)




6 - Bill Haley (1925, died 9 February 1981)
7 - Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey in 1940), The Beatles
10 - Rodriguez (born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez in 1942)
16 - PJ Powers (born Penelope Jane Dunlop, 1960), Hotline
17 - Julian Laxton (1944), Freedom's Children, Hawk, Julian Laxton Band
18 - Piet Botha (1955), Raven, Wildebeest, Jack Hammer
19 - Brian May (1947), Queen
20 - Carlos Santana (1947)
21 - Cat Stevens (born Steven Georgiou in 1947, became Yusef Islam in 1977)
23 - Amanda Strydom (1956)
26 - Mick Jagger (1943), The Rolling Stones
26 - Roger Taylor (1949), Queen
30 - Kate Bush (1958)
30 - Buddy Guy (1936)

Some sources state that Marc Bolan was born on the 30th July 1947. This is incorrect, he was born on the 30th September 1947 (as Mark Feld) and died on the 16th September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday.

A Reader's Forum: This is a selection of the email requests, questions, searches, and other pieces of random info we receive each week at the Digest. Sometimes we can assist, other times we look to you, our collectively well-informed readers to contact these writers and help out as well. Thanks if you do....!

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Re: Those album covers:

To Recap - last week we asked if anyone could help identify these album covers from the descriptions provided by Lyle Mills, they were:

1. A massive Egyptian pyramid with a wide set of steps. A long procession of people make their way up the first flight as lightning flashes from the pyramid...

2. A sepia tone picture of a filthy toilet cubicle. The back wall is covered in graffiti, the band's name is scrawled in red. Amongst the graffiti are the words "bob dylan's dream" with a line drawn down to the toilet....

3. A black and white scene of seven people in period costume of the 1800's. Five are standing around two small tables, one of which holds a gramophone. The lead singer sits in the foreground with a panting bulldog at his feet. The seventh person is a maid holding a tray with two champagne flutes.

We received the following suggestions:

1) Hi,

The second cover described is Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stones - but it was not released in this country with the picture of the toilet ... it just had a white cover with the band and album title in script.

wishing you happiness,

2) Howdy.... the first album sounds like it's from Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" - big pyramid etc... All the Iron Maiden artwork is done by a guy by the name of Derek Riggs (Maiden fans always try and find his trademark symbol which is hidden in the posters & album covers)
Hope this helps
Aidan Harper

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Last week Martin Bode posed the question about a possible SA supergroup similar to Velvet Revolver in the US. Here's one suggestion:


Re your SA Supergroup....

How about....

Trevor Rabin - keyboards/guitar/ vocals
Larry Amos - vocals/guitar
Tom Fox - guitar/vocals
Willem Moller - guitar
Ronnie Robot - bass
Nick Matzukis (Helicopters)/Neil Cloud - drums
Duncan Faure - keyboards (his voice is now quite shot)
David Birch - background vocals (I'd put him on guitar - but I'm a bit guitar heavy)

Paul Janisch




I'm a huge fan of Sugardrive. I'm South African born, but a US resident.

Anyway, my question is, Sugardrive released a new Record called 'Love etc' on June 9th. I've been waiting 3 years for this and now that it's out, I don't see any sign of it on any South African CD shops or web pages.

I just want to know if it's available and how I can even hope to get a copy of it. I usually do my SA CD shopping through Oneworld, but they've heard no news of it.
v I hope that you can clue me in and lead me in the right direction.
thank you very much,

Ed. That new Sugardrive album is now available at One World (see the June Releases section above) at:




Please help............

Well over a year ago I saw the Diesel Wh*res at the Nile Crocodile in Pretoria. When I confronted the man behind the mike, to find out if they had a CD available, he said a digipack was coming out the following Monday. Funny man!

Since then I, or one of my associates, has been busting the balls of every CD shop in the world to find out what is happening - especially Seedy's in Hatfield.

I am now in the UK, but I ain't given up. And I hear a Wh*res CD has at last come out. Can I get my hands on it? Can I hell!

I can't access the Wh*res alleged website, and Gosatango's website just tells me "a new train is comin...." - yeah, great but f***ing when?
v So, please, can you tell me how the hell I can get their CD - I just so need this to get me through UK-hell, and remind me of one of the best live bands I've ever seen.
v Rick "Going Crazy" T

Ed. No sign of that album around Digest Towers either. SA indie distribution leaves a lot to be desired....




Here's a request that should cause some amusement.

There was a song about "a brand new pair of roller skates" This I DO NOT WANT!!

I'm looking for the skit on that track called "I have a brand new combine harvester".

Can anyone help (After they stop laughing!)


Ed. - 'Combine Harvester' was done by UK group The Wurzels in 1976 and went to #1 on the UK charts! The lyrics are here:

And a few searches on the Net revealed various sources for the CD. Good hunting!




I'm looking for the record 'We have the Rhythm' by David Kramer - the record might go by a different name





I need your help in acquiring the following titles, both South African.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy "Featuring-Part of someone/Understanding' and 'Tribute to Desmond Tutu-Give Praise where its deserved'

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you very soon.




What exactly do the words "silver magic ships" and "jumpers" mean in the Rodriguez song, 'Sugar Man'??

Where can I find a complete interpretation of this song's meaning?


Ed. - Hi Ricardo, just wanted to compliment you on that great save and winning penalty against England - good luck for the final. You can find a full interpretation of those lyrics at the official Rodriguez website at




I've been looking for demos or any old stuff by the band "Diamond Dogs" - please if anyone knows or has any demos ..... or songs of the band please contact me!

I loved the melodies and their lyrics - I think the diamond dogs were great. I remember sharing a gig with them in "Rockey Street, JHB it was the time I had my band Fat City and I remember sitting there till late with my friend Larry Amos and we loved their music. I even offered them to record them and produce them at RPM at the time, but the guys never came back to me

For anyone that wants to know what I'm up to these days - I'm busy with a the very busy and popular theatrical show in Athens called "Theotreli Prepi Na Eimaste"

Toni Gozza




I have been living in the US for about twenty years, and found your site today. It blew me away. Your research is outstanding.

I hail from Jo'burg where I played in a series of unsuccessful bands. A close friend of mine was one of the Gonks, featured on the site several times. Lots of water under the bridge. I'm rebuilding my CD collection and your site will no doubt prove to be indispensable.

Power and peace.
Michael Rudnick



I'm looking now for over 20 years for the "at home in the dark" album. I spent two times in south africa, where I met David Marx from 3rd-ear music. Unfortunately, we were not successful. Can you help me?

Bernd Wozniok

Ed. Info about this Finch And Henson album is here...

Anybody able to help Bernd out with a copy?



Hey Okes

I just want to charf youse that if youse ever go to like the movies, take your sell fone with you cause when I went the other day, they charfed that we must like switch our sell fones off and I had left mine at home, so I missed most of the movie as I had to go home and switch my fone off.

Johnny from Boksburg


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THE SPRINGBOK N*DE G*RLS 'GODDANK VER KLANK' (1994-2004) 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR - All those dates and details below.

THE DOLLYROCKERS - The Dollyrockers will be playing live at The Acoustic Café in Muizenberg on Saturday 10th of July. Doors open at 9pm and the entrance fee is R20.

ARNO CARSTENS - All his solo dates as well as Arno's gigs with the re-formed, anniversary-celebrating Springbok Nude Girls.

SUGARDRIVE - London Calling (Fairview, Jo'burg) proudly presents Sugardrive, promoting their recently released new album, 'Love Etc.' - Saturday 10 July

THE PRIME CIRCLE WINTER TOUR 2004 - The tour will kick off on the 1st of July in their hometown of Witbank and will see the band travelling to no less then 15 cities and towns throughout South Africa. The Parlotones will be joining the band on several of the shows.

GIF APPEL FESTIVAL - 23 July - Hidden Cellar Stellenbosch - Five o'clock till midnight - with: Hog Hoggidy Hog, Rudimentals, Neshamah, Cannon to a Whisper (PTA), Tonight We Die, Soulja, Half Price, My Shade, Carea and Emo Kid Josh.

CANNON TO A WHISPER - This post-hardcore band featuring 3 ex-members of Pet Flyz! are launching their debut 7-track, enhanced EP at The Nile Crocodile in Pretoria on Sat 10 July

KALLITZ - The Cape Town hip hop trio will be promoting their new 'Die Ding Ruk Mal' CD with a string of dates around Cape Town over the next few weeks.

DAVID KRAMER - The SA music star will be touring Bloemfontein and Pretoria in July 2004 and will be accompanied by his band and some of the Karoo musicians who play on the new album, 'Huistoe'

LUNA - One of the most exciting vocalists to emerge from South Africa this decade, will be performing in Gauteng and Pretoria in July this year, to promote her self-titled CD 'Luna'.

FUZIGISH - The 'Exploited and Distorted Tour '04' now heads off across the country.

PIET BOTHA - Piet has a new double CD out - 'Live At The Nile' - and a string of dates lined up in July

THE INDEPENDENT ARMCHAIR THEATRE - This week's line-up includes TZO feat Majozie and Bagga, Kallitz, and the Godessa CD launch - In Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.



LORD OF THE DANCE - The Irish dance spectacular, 'Lord of the Dance', has achieved record-breaking sales for its current South African run, so additional dates have been added to the Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town legs of the SA Tour



SYD KITCHEN - Durban-based cultural guerrilla Syd Kitchen is currently touring overseas. The 'Empire Strikes Back' tour is timed to coincide with the release of his latest album 'Quintessentially Syd Kitchen', and will see the guitarist, singer/songwriter performing in England, Wales, Norway, Denmark and the USA.

BIG SA PARTY IN LONDON - The biggest, baddest South African party event of the year is about to hit London on the 31st July 2004 at the stunning Coronet in Elephant and Castle in London to celebrate 10 years of democracy in the Rainbow Nation.

MANN FRIDAY - Riverside Studios - Hammersmith - 9 to 18 July - 8pm - box office - 0208 237 1111 - early bookings advised - new songs - new footage - live string section -

VUSI MAHLASELA - Vusi now has several European visits lined up for the rest of 2004 and is currently in the US for another tour through June/July and will appear at selected dates alongside SA music superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Then it's over to Holland for shows on 27 & 28 August at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam. These latter shows will also feature Johnny Clegg and will raise funds for the Cotlands Care Centre in Johannesburg. This will then be followed by a huge 27-date UK tour, opening for none other than Ladysmith Black Mambazo



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The 2004 version of the Cape Town Battle of the Bands (for all those "mature" '70's bands) starts on the 25th July - 29th Aug (final).

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Venue: Villa Pascal- 28 v.d Westhuizen Street Durbanville
Sunday 11 July 2004 - 18h00 for 19H00
Tickets: R70-00 (includes a glass of Swartland wine/port/champagne) You can bring your own
Tickets: R70-00. Book early!
Bookings: Eugene @ Tel: 021-9752566/ 0825694147
Dress Code: French (berets, red neck ties, striped shirts) not compulsory but nice.


120 - 124 Main Rd Muizenberg. 788 1900 - Dedicated to Original Music

Only one month old and Acoustic Cafe's walls are resonating with the best original music on the African continent. The revamped venue has rocked to the sounds of Freshlyground, The Rudimentals, Delta Blue, Breakfast Included, Madame Freak and many more. Sundays' Jazz Club has buzzed with Alvin Dyers, James Scholfield, Dave Ledbetter and Tribe and there are many tasty treats to come.

New Talent - Acoustic Café's commitment to supporting original music includes the unheard and unknown talents out there. From August, the club will host showcase evenings for aspiring bands and musicians to show off their wares and, for those who can crack it, the grand prize is a paid support act gig at the venue. We're also looking for poets, acrobats, dancers, anything as long as you're original!

Upcoming gigs
10th - Dollyrockers - Indie Rock Band
17th - Burton Lane - Acoustic Rock Band
24th - Koosh - Dram Rock Band
31st - Jo Martin And Feast Of Friends - Blues Rock Band

Any band interested in getting onto a Saturday slot can contact Aidan on +27 21 424 3810 o/h or at

Or call booking agents New Moon Productions on: 021 788 1873


By Daniel Neville

Daniel is away this week, back next week...

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Daniel Neville


Hugh Masekela @ The Barbican, 26 June 2004

After the Jazz Jamaica All-stars, an 11-piece band, had performed a couple of lively numbers, they were joined by Hugh Masekela on stage and after the first tune they did together I was tempted to entitle the review Ska-Phase as the JJA's provided a jazzy SA rhythm to Hugh's rendition of 'Mannenberg' and it was subtly stunning. However as the evening progressed, it wasn't just Ska we heard.

The first part of the concert was Hugh and the JJA's and they performed mostly jazz tunes to good effect. For the second part of the concert, they were joined by a 150-strong kids' choir and 3 strong female vocalists (nicknamed the I-Three's for reasons you'll soon see). This ensemble did South African protest songs and Bob Marley covers as well as a Hugh standard, 'Stimela'.

Now on paper this may not sound like the most exciting musical prospect around, but it worked well in a sort of Louis Armstrong meets Lee Scratch Perry in the hall of the Langley Schools kind of way. I was impressed particularly with the way the kids pronounced the Zulu words as well as the word "Passop" in the protest song 'Naants' Indod' Emnyam' which warns Verwoerd to "Passop" because the black man is coming.

These sort of songs inspired ex pats in the audience to shout out protest slogans and Hugh had to remind them that the struggle was now over, although he did concede that there were still some rough edges to protest about. In fact he handled the enthusiasm of the audience incredibly well, displaying a musical statesmanship that I have not seen in others.

In all it was a joyous evening with the audience in celebratory mood. The music was warm and uplifting, going beyond genres and labels and the artists on stage were having a great time, feeding and feeding off the audience. For someone who has until now only had a mild passing interest in Masekela, tonight went a long way towards making a fan out of me.

John Samson


The Mercury Live, Cape Town - Wednesday, 23 June
By Morgan Wolf

Ages are Gareth Lawson (vocals & guitar), Leon van der Westhuizen (bass), Riaan Niewenhuis (drums) Definition of the band: Fusion of funk&rock&jazz - they're aiming for a classic `70's rock sound Influences: The one and only Jimmy Hendrix of course. Also Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Bed on Bricks and Delta Blue

Well the gig was absolutely rocking - loud and clear!!! On a musicality, professional and stage presence level, there is nothing lacking. They jump from lulling softly to breaking down the house with a hard thump. Very AWESOME!!!

The guys are well tuned into each other and nobody is chasing the next. The jumps in their changing sound are done smoothly and with supa greasy ease. The guys on stage and the crowd were jamming in excellent style and having a definite good time too. The only complaint that I heard was that the venue was a bit small for the enormous sound coming out. Nothing wrong with getting a bit blasted.

For me it was strange to see Gareth playing for Ages. I often see him jamming in a local watering spot in Stellies and the two bands have very different feels about them. I really enjoyed the gig and will certainly go out to see them again. The guys have not yet organised a CD but when they have I certainly will buy it!!! (

David Foster's band consists of: David Foster (vocals & guitar), Ian Krynauw (didgeridoo, Harmonica, Trumpet & Accordion, Keyboards, Bekfluitjie), Jacques Steyn (bass & lead at times), Ivan Kemp (drums & percussion) Definition: Acoustic based with the innovative use of vintage organ sounds, especially the piano.
Influences: Beatles (BIGGIE), Cat Stevens, 3rd Eye Blind, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson & Willie Nelson

This set is a definite winner. David truly knows how to choose the right guys. This evening's buncha boys is the same lot used in the studio recordings and David says he certainly feels the most comfortable with them. That is also supa clear, more than crystal too.

David has a magic dictionary-way with words and a true guitar style of his own. Pictures are portrayed that carry you away on superb melodies. Each song is like a new fresh, clean breath of life. The girls were swooning and the guys didn't even care because they were just as, um, mesmerised.

Tonight was a true and real treat. I loved Ages' style and enthusiasm. It put a WHOA feeling in my bones, like when you're on the Cobra!!! Also to end on such a gorgeous note as David Foster is a real supa yummy Scooby Doo treat!!! My night could notta been BETTA.

(Morgan Wolf)



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