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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2004, New Model Army, Southern Cross 2004, Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes 2004, Johnny Clegg in London, Raga Afrika, Living Music Workshops, SA Music on BBC, Moodphase 5ive and Godessa, Dollyrockers and Buckfever Underground, Blues Room Benefit Concert, Melanie Lowe.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, Trippy Grape, Celeb Select: Amanda Strydom, Goema Captains, MacAngel, Jack Hammer, Cofield Mundi, One World February Releases.
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa; A Naartjie In The UK; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, Raga on 24 Strings, RP Studios Emerging Sounds, Kaskade, Durango95, SA Punk gigs.
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



The final line-up for the upcoming North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town has been announced ... On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th of March, Mega-Music Warehouse (now known as Newtown Music Hall) in Newtown, Johannesburg, will rock to the sounds of New Model Army, and the demand for tickets has resulted in an extra "warm-up" acoustic concert being scheduled for the 'Doors Nightclub' in Edenvale on March 17 ... Now in its sixth cycle of the calendar, the Southern Cross Festival, already regarded by many as one of the finest in South Africa, is set for its best show yet, this coming weekend (19 - 22 March).

The 2004 Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes line-up is filled with some of the best and biggest artists in South Africa, and takes place on 10 April at the traditional Kaktus venue, the Oudtshoorn sport grounds ... Raga Afrika is the name of the first ever collaboration between musicians from India and South Africa, and the group will debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town on 10 and 11 April 2004 ... This month's Living Music Workshop Series has been incorporated into one of Cape Town's premier annual festivals, the Cape Town Festival.

Amabala Records has announced that Johnny Clegg will be performing live in London for one show only at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith on June 7 ... David Marks will be part of the SA music documentary on BBC2 in London in April ... It's looking like two of the best double bills of the year so far when African Dope stars, Moodphase 5ive and Godessa, will perform live at Mercury Live in Distict 6 on Sunday March 21, and the The Dollyrockers and The Buckfever Underground share an emotional reunion when they co-headline a gig at The Mercury.

A benefit concert for Adriana van der Merwe, a 7-year old girl, living in Johannesburg who was diagnosed as having SCID, is being held at The Blues Room in Sandton on Tuesday 23 March ... Idols 2002 runner-up, singer Melanie Lowe and British friend Lucy Bodenham became a part of SA's latest crime statistics when they were mugged and robbed of a cellphone and cash while on a picnic at Giloolly's Farm, Bedfordview on Wednesday ... This week SA singer-songwriter, Amanda Strydom, shares her "favourite SA songs" list with us in 'Celeb:Select'.

In this week's MP3 section we spotlight some of the music released through Stellenbosch's Trippy Grape label ... 'Healing Destination', the album recorded by Mac McKenzie as a musical tribute to Cape Town's famous Goema music style, is to be officially released on the Mountain Records label ... MacAngel, the Cape Town-based electronic dance music producer, went to Germany to enlist the aid of Alphaville's Bernhard Lloyd in producing his newly-released dance album, 'Summer In Berlin'.

There's a spotlight feature on Piet Botha's band, Jack Hammer ... There's a good chance that you've heard Cofield Mundi's music and didn't even know it was by her, LAD takes a look at this new SA talent ... Kurt Shoemaker looks back at that first Retro Fresh compilation called 'Rocking Against The System' ... John Samson re-reviews Sharkbrother's 'Taj Mahala' album, the Digest's 'Album Of The Year' for 2000, and there's news about a return to the live scene by this enigmatic bunch.

'Raga on 24 Strings' is a concert of North Indian Classical music, at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 7 April, featuring three of the brightest stars in the firmament of Indian Classical Music today ... There was standing room only at the Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng on Sunday, March 7 during the monthly Gauteng regional finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds competition, which was won by The Abbots from Pretoria.

Arno Carstens is doing a one-off Johannesburg gig at the Showcase ... Following on the success of his year-long 'It's You, It's Me' World Tour of 2003, Axe Pulse is proud to present the masterful musical talents of international artist Kaskade, live to the South African public for the very first time ... SA Punk columnist, Daniel Neville, asks "How often do you get to see international bands in SA?" and then replies: "Well not often... but fortunately that is changing". Daniel was at the Muizenberg gig by German punk visitors, Durango95.

There's also the usual weekly mp3 and album charts, recommended SA gigs, letters to Sound Solutions, Digest Classifieds, old SA 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. Ipi Tombi - Original Cast Recording
2. Saron Gas - - Fragile
3. Freshlyground - Jika Jika
4. The Thula Project - SA Lullabies
5. Chris de Burgh - Live In Sa
6. Rodriguez - After The Fact
7. Rodriguez - Cold Fact
8. Moses Molelekwa - Finding One's Self
9. Blomkrag - Boerecountry
10. Cashless Society - African Raw Material Vol 1

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

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (14 March 1969)

1 [1] Crimson And Clover - Tommy Jones & The Shondells
2 [2] I Started A Joke - Bee Gees
3 [8] Atlantis - Donovan
4 [3] Cry To Me - The Staccatos
5 [4] Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - Johnny Rivers

30 YEARS AGO (15 March 1974)

1 [1] If You Need Me - After All
2 [2] The Peacemaker - Albert Hammond
3 [3] Little Jimmy - Gwynneth Ashly Robin
4 [4] Charly - Sean Rennie
5 [7] Dynamite - Mud

25 YEARS AGO (16 March 1979)

1 [1] Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees
2 [3] Le Freak - Chic
3 [2] My Life - Billy Joel
4 [6] Hold The Line - Toto
5 [5] I Want To See The Bright Lights - Julie Covington

20 YEARS AGO (16 March 1984)

1 [1] Red Red Wine - UB40
2 [2] Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
3 [3] Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris
4 [10] Reggae Nights - Jimmy Cliff
5 [4] Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

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


Top 50 New SA Music Titles

Available at

1. Freshlyground - Jika Jika
2. Danny K - J23
3. Skwatta Kamp - 'Mkhukhu Funkshen'
4. Tait - 'Back Seat Driver'
5. Arno Carstens - Another Universe
6. Benguela - 'SUI'
7. Mzekezeke - 'Storotoro'
8. Strydom, Amanda - 'Verspreide Donderbuie/Scattered Thunder'
9. Oliver Mtukudzi - 'Tsivo'
10. Various Artists - 'Who Left The Boks Out?'
11. Zen Arcade - 'Release'
12. Kekana, Steve - 'Best Of'
13. Various Artists - 'Meloding'
14. Swiegers, Andre - 'Turn On The Light'
15. Lee, Virginia - 'Spanish Nights And You'
16. Jonathan Butler - 'The Ultimate Butler'
17. Eden - 'Point Of No Return'
18. Sliq Angel - 'Sliq Angel'
19. Andries Bezuidenhout - 'Insomniak Se Droomalmanak'
20. Grant Nuss - 'Diversity'
21. Senyaka feat DJ Bakstina - 'Pay Back'
22. Chris Tokalon - 'Soulbird Sound Journeys'
23. Michael Payne - 'DeCOMpress'
24. My Shade - 'Bedtime Musick'
25. Rodriguez - 'Coming From Reality'
26. Watershed - 'Wrapped In Stone'
27. Soil 7t7 - 'Soil 7t7'
28. No Friends Of Harry - 'Best Of'
29. Saron Gas – 'Fragile' (Revised Edition)
30. BOO! - 'TNTLC'
31. Piet Botha - 'Die Mamba'
32. Ghetto Muffin - 'Paralyzer'
33. Various Artists - African Ivories
34. Mike Ratu Makhalamele - The Very Best Of
35. Jabu Khanyile - Wankolota
36. Swazi Tlokwe Sehume - (In Concert) Mmino Wa Thaba - My First Love
37. Jannie Du Toit - ....So Ver
38. Various Artists - Praise & Worship In Africa
39. Radio Rats - 'Into The Night We Slide'
40. Tribe After Tribe - Power
41. Chiskop - Sunday
42. Soweto String Quartet - Our World
43. Don Laka - The Best Of Kwai-Jazz
44. Skwirmish - The EP
45. De-JaVu - Lilly Dance
46. Bushmen Of The Kalahari - !Ngubi Tietie
47. Tumi And The Volume - At The Bassline
48. Old Mol - 'Rock The Bed Springs'
49. Sacha - 'Sacha' ....and many other SA titles all available at



The 5 Sugar currently recommends...

1 The Dollyrockers - 'The Heat'
2004's first big SA rock album, featuring the rock leanings of band leader, guitarist and vocalist, Greg Donnelly. With 'Lovesong', and a sizzling new version of old favourite, 'Silverfish'.

2 Soulja - '21 Gunslut'
Debut album from the Cape Town hard rock band who inpressed all when they supported Sepultura. Tough rock with strong elements of melody on songs like 'Plan My Attack', and a touch of reggae-rock with new single, 'War/No More Trouble'. Soulja are on the March.

3 Various Artists - 'African Dope Sound System'
The third in the series of fantastic compilation albums from the African Dope label to follow 'African Dope Vol 1' and 'Cape Of Good Dope'. A selection of the finest and hippest new SA break beats, electronica, ragga, dub and more.

4 Fokofpolisiekar - 'Another Universe'
Great name for a great new Afrikaans punk band from Belville 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 The Rudimentals - 'More Fire'
Dynamic debut album from Cape Town's finest ska-punk outfit. Includes the first single, 'Noh TV' and 'Gangsta'.


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'Cold Fact', the classic album from the 70s, as well as 'After The Fact', the second Rodriguez album, have been re-issued and both are now available at One World.

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With just four weeks to go to the fifth staging of the North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2004, the festival organisers, esp-Afrika and MOJO Concerts, have announced the final artist additions to the Festival bill. "Africa's Grandest Gathering", as the Festival is now known, is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year and takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April at its new long-term venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The final line-up is as impressive and diverse as those of previous years and the bill is again equally balanced between the African contingent and the many international performers who will be flying in to Cape Town from their varying countries around the world. The festival's traditional four venues - Manenbergs, Kippies, Baseline, and Rosies - have now been increased to five, so the number of acts has also been increased to ensure a relaxed spread of acts over these five stages.

The line-up now includes some more exciting names like: Al Di Meola, Tumi & the Volume, Amanda Sedgwick and Gilbert Matthews featuring Philip Harper, Kabelo aka Bouga Luv, Ursula Rucker, Dondo, TY, Tasha's World, Breakfast Included, Harold Jephta & Trio, Mark Fransman's Straight And Narrow, and Ray Phiri with Stimela.

Al Di Meola, the acclaimed jazz guitarist, is a major addition to the Festival line-up. Al Di Meola's distinguished career has seen him working with Chick Corea in the group 'Return To Forever', and later in a famous trio with guitarists John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia, with whom he recorded the legendary album, 'A Night in San Francisco'.

Ursula Rucker, who visited and performed in South Africa in 2003, is an acclaimed US hip hop poetess and is regarded as one of the premiere spoken word recording artists in the music industry today. Ursula has enchanted critics and fans across the globe with her diverse repertoire, captivating vocals, and accessible poetic verse.

Tumi & The Volume are one of South Africa's first totally live hip hop bands. The Gauteng group released their powerful debut CD, 'Live At The Bassline', in 2003. Tumi and the Volume are; Tumi (MC/poet), Volume Tiago (guitar), Dave (bass), Paulo (drums), and Kyla (violin).

The appearance of Ray Phiri with Stimela, the legendary SA African-jazz group with their original line-up, is sure to be an emotional highlight of the Festival. Breakfast Included is a popular Cape Town-based jazz group with a sound that mixes elements of African-jazz and funk. Bouge Luv-Kabelo is one of South Africa's top vocalists, and was the "K" in the name of the successful Kwaito group TKZee, before launching his solo career with hit albums like 'Rebel With A Cause'.

Amanda Sedgwick and Gilbert Matthews, featuring Philip Harper, showcases the talents of saxophonist-composer Amanda Sedgwick, one of the younger generation of musicians who have established themselves on the Swedish jazz scene. Gilbert Matthews was born in Cape Town, but was forced to flee to London in 1968 due to the political situation in South Africa. From there he continued to New York and Los Angeles, where he took lessons from, amongst others, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, before playing with artists like Ray Charles and Sarah Vaughn. Philip Harper has made over 50 recordings, both as leader - his solo albums 'Soulful Sin' and 'The Thirteenth Moon' on Muse Records - and sideman, which has earned him number one position on numerous jazz play lists and critic polls.

Tasha's World features Rotterdam-born singer, Natascha Slagtand, whose vocal talents have been compared to Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. This is due to her rootsy 'neo-soul' and organic sounds, complemented by sparse but tough hip hop beats. TY is one of London's top hip hop artists who recently released his debut album, 'Awkward' (Big Dada label), to critical acclaim. TY has grown from an underground MC to an artist who is developing a strong international reputation. While working on his second album, TY collaborated with a variety of musicians, and has recently completed tracks with Fela Kuti's drummer, Tony Allen, for his album.

Mark Fransman's Straight And Narrow features Lee Thomson on trumpet, Buddy Wells on alto and tenor saxophones, Wesley Rustin on bass, Sean 'Ou Tim on drums and samples, on vocals Melanie Scholtz and the group's leader and composer, Mark Fransman, on keyboards and samples. The group fuses the harmonic and compositional elements of South African jazz and modern 'sextet' style jazz, with the rhythmic structures of modern dance music.

The full international contingent now consists of Angie Stone; Stanley Clarke; Cassandra Wilson; Azymuth; Hiroshima; Soweto Kinch; Tasha's World; TY; Amanda Sedgwick & Gilbert Matthews featuring Philip Harper; The Toon Roos Group; Basilio Márquez with his own septet, Eclipse; The Lou Donaldson Quartet featuring the legendary jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith; The Joe Lovano Trio; Ursula Rucker; and Sadao Watanabe. Although not present at the festival as an individually billed artist, world-renowned drummer, Idris Muhammed, will also be performing with Joe Lovano and Lou Donaldson.

The full group of African artists includes Miriam Makeba & TRIO; Femi Kuti & Positive Force; Abdullah Ibrahim; Jonathan Butler who will perform with his daughter Randy Butler; Ray Phiri with Stimela; Raga Afrika (an Indo-Afro Fusion Band); Loyiso; Alvin Dyers Quartet featuring Ray Blue; Kabelo; Feya Faku and Friends; Freshlyground; Tumi & The Volume; Daryl Andrews Jazz Band; The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band; Gloria Bosman; McCoy Mrubata; the Ngcukana Brothers; The Jonny Cooper Big Band with vocalist Donald Tshomela; Sakhile with Sipho Gumede, Mabi Thabejane and Khaya Mahlangu; Mark Fransman's Straight And Narrow; Harold Jephta & Trio; Breakfast Included; 'Sax African Summit - Let Freedom Ring', with Jackie McLean and altoist Rene McLean and special guests James Moody and Gary Bartz, and also featuring Hotep Idris Galeta, Nat Reeves, Ronnie Burrage, and Okeyrema Asnate.

The confirmed Gold sponsors for the North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2004 are once again The MTN Group, SAA, SABC and Standard Bank. The Silver sponsors for the 2004 event are SA Breweries and SA Tourism. Other sponsors and/or funding principals include the Department of Arts and Culture, CD Wherehouse, Musica, MMINO, Western Cape Government, City of Cape Town, SHELL, TELKOM, SA Port Operations and Ambassade van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden.

For More Information contact the North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2004hotline at +27 83-123-JAZZ (5299) and line-up updates and other festival info can be found at

Ticket prices will be R260 (single day) and R399 (weekend).

Tickets are available at Computicket and are selling very fast and are currently way ahead of last years sales at this stage

For more information contact Thompson n Team (TNT) Tel: (021) 465-3314 Fax: (021) 461-3669 or


Friday 19 And Saturday 20 March - and Warm-up gig 17th March

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th of March, Mega-Music Warehouse (now known as Newtown Music Hall) in Newtown, Johannesburg will rock to the sounds of New Model Army. Alter-Ego Productions is once again breaking ground in the South African live music events arena by staging an alternative music icon, presenting local fans the opportunity to catch a once-in-a-lifetime performance by one of alternative rock's true living legends (remember the "Crusty" movement anyone??).

NMA's take-no-bull stance struck a chord and their songs like 'Vagabonds', '51st State', and 'Here Comes The War' stomped up the international music charts for over a decade.

To coincide with the tour in March a limited edition compilation CD is being produced for the South African market. Entitled 'Original 20', it is a collection of songs spanning the history of New Model Army from inception to date. The CD is being released and compiled by Alter Ego and will be limited to 2000 copies. This CD collection will only be available at the shows and at all branches of Look & Listen during the tour.

This special album's tracklisting is: Wonderful Way To Go, You Weren't There, Stupid Questions, Believe It, Here Comes The War, Orange Tree Roads, Green & Grey, Understand U, Whitecoats, Vagabonds, The Price, Fate, Whitelight, Master Race, Poison Street, 51st State, Stranger, Smalltown England, Great Expectations, Long Goodbye

The support bands for the NMA tour have been announced - on Friday the opening band will be Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop, followed by FuziGish.. The support band for Saturday's show will be The Parlotones.

Breaking News!! - Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, there will be a New Model Army warm-up show, on 17th March 2004, when Justin (accompanied by Dean) will play an acoustic set at the 'Doors Nightclub' in Edenvale. Tickets for this show are very limited and are priced at R100 advance.

"Warm-Up" gig tickets now available from:
The Doors Nightclub (Gauteng - Edenvale)
Alter Ego -

Tickets for the two main gigs are R185 and are now available from these outlets:
Look & Listen (Nationwide)
The Doors Nightclub (Gauteng - Edenvale)
[R]evolution Skate Store (Rosebank)
Space Station (Cape Town)

Newtown Music Hall (formerly known as Mega Music Warehouse) is located at
10 Goch Street, Newtown Johannesburg.

Go to for more info
Tel: +27 (0)11 822 1663/4


19 - 22 MARCH 2004

Now in its sixth cycle of the calendar, the Southern Cross Festival, already regarded by many as one of the finest in South Africa, is set for its best show yet!

The festival fields are spread along the pulsating Mooi River, guaranteeing excellent sports for the white water enthusiasts, while the calm pools are still a haven for the more laid-back river folk, needing to chill. The Southern Cross farm is situated in the "Hidden Valley", which is now acknowledged as one of the earliest settlement spots in our country.

Because of its association with the KZN Conservation Trust, this years' festival has been dubbed the "Year of the Leopard." It's good to know that there are resident leopards living in the valley within earshot of the music, who, in some way, might benefit from the festival's donation of 20% of the gate profits to the KZN Conservation Trust.

With the festival's reputation, outstanding sound system, stage and marquee (capable of sheltering 5 000 people) this years' programming had immense pressure on its available stage time. Consequently, it boasts probably the strongest musical line-up ever hosted at the Cross.

River stage - a semi acoustic stage offering friends the opportunity to jam, as well as a talent-spotting stage. The participating muso's are given the opportunity to bounce their sound waves off the guaranteed audience of river folk.

Poplar Grove - secluded on the banks of the river this area offers drumming circles the opportunity of their own space in which to add their rhythms to those of the ancient valley without disturbing the sleep of others.

Food stalls - a wide variety of food is on offer, from vegetarian stir-fries and potjies to breakfasts, curries, pizzas, burgers, chip and dips and coffee shops.

Craft stalls - displaying an eclectic mix of both local and imported crafts.

Activities include * Adrenaline-pumping white water rafting
Swimming and controlled fishing
Hikes and trails - bird watching
4 X 4 (Not for the faint-hearted)
Mountain biking

Musical line-up includes: Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, The Bandits, Odyssey Bobby & the Dynamites, Pan Sippi's Blues Band, Roly Struckmeyer, Richard Walne and the Burlesque, Wendy New Super Group, Zephyr, Summersalt, Guy Buttery, Nimbus Experience, Wickhead, Interritmo Drummers, Fate for Africa, 16 Stitch, Dan Patlansky, Dr Fox, Jo Day, Deluxe, Deja Vu, Redhouse, Cynosure, Cypher, Wonderboom, Cutting Jade, Liquid Sky, Tweak, One 80.

Under 12 - free
Under 16 - 1/2 price
16 and over - full price at Computicket - R230.00
Gate - R250.00
Day passes only Sunday - R100.00

How to get there
Follow the N3 to Mooi River then follow the signs to the Greyton Road and beyond.

What to bring - Sunblock, shade, good vibes, plus the usual camping comforts.



The year 2004 is indeed one of celebrations - the first ten years of Democracy in South Africa. Ten years since the Springbok Nude Girls first stepped onto a South African stage. Ten years since the first unruly band weekend took place on a Bushveld farm called Nooitgedacht in a pub called Oppikoppi. It is also the second ten years for Rock Legend Piet Botha and Jack Hammer. And then there is a little town in the Karoo called Oudtshoorn. Having played a huge role in the rise of the Ostrich feather industry which crashed in 1914, it became famous again ten years ago with the first Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.

Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes has played host to an enormous amount, and huge variety, of South African icons over the past ten years. Some of these names include Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Johnny Clegg, Miriam Makeba, Jack Hammer, Johannes Kerkorrel and Anton Goosen to name but a few.

With all this in mind it is just natural that the KKNK, and particularly Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes, will pull out all the stops come April 2004. Not only will it be a celebration of the years that passed, but also the start of something new and exciting. It was felt that with the tenth birthday it would be good to breathe some new life into Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes and the KKNK asked Snoop Mishy Mish Productions to get on board and manage the show on their behalf.

One of the first things that was unanimously agreed upon was that the tenth edition of Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes should be a show that is fresh, new and vibrant. It should also break out of the mould of being an Afrikaans show only, but instead cater to people across the scope of South Africa.

Thus, the 2004 Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes line-up is filled with some of the best and biggest artists in South Africa. In order to accommodate more of them it was also decided to add a second stage to the festivities. The show will consist of a nice mix between some of the Afrikaans stalwarts, some exciting new artists and a handful of the best in South African hip hop and rock and punk bands.

The confirmed artists are, in alphabetical order:

Bed on Bricks (with Nick Turner and co from Sons of Trout) - Bed on Bricks is Cape Town's hottest new addition to the SA music scene. Featuring some of the most popular and seasoned musicians in the country, Bed on Bricks entered the scene with a bang almost 9 months ago. Together Bed on Bricks have entertained crowds in Stellenbosch, Cape Town and surrounds. Their upbeat music brings people together, creating an atmosphere of good times, good company and true inspiration. The band's music is also distinctively Capetonian/South African.

Brasse Vannie Kaap - Brasse Vannie Kaap are one of SA's best known and most loved Hip Hop acts. Their energetic stage performance is something one just has to experience.

Kristoe Strauss - Having collaborated with the legendary Koos Kombuis, Kristoe Strauss is no newcomer to the scene. With his acoustic, sometimes pop/rock melodies combined with his strong voice, this will be worth checking out.

Ddisselblom and Koos Kombuis (an exciting new collaboration) - Ddisselblom with Koos Kombuis promises to one of the most interesting things this year at KKNK. This one is definitely worth seeing!

Finkelstiens - The Finks have been described as a tight, energetic, melodic, fast paced rock outfit and you are guaranteed to witness one of the most entertaining shows you'll ever see. With their jumping around on stage and catchy riffs and lyrics, they'll have you tapping your feet in no time.

Fokofpolisiekar - Fokofpolisiekar started out in Aril 2003. After years of just talking about starting an Afrikaans punk band and due to the state of the local music industry, these 5 friends decided to record their own EP in their own unique style. Their music strongly symbolises their perspective of normal, everyday life.

Godessa - Godessa, the trio from Cape Town was created by singer and Hip Hop activist Shameema Williams. Having visited Europe several times, Godessa is just as well known abroad as in South Africa.

Kobus! - From their humble beginnings in 2000, when their debut CD sold out within the first two weeks after release, they're about to release their 2nd CD entitled '100% Skuldgevoelvry'. Their music accentuates the new dimension which Afrikaans music is following.

Mandoza - Mandoza is especially well known for his song 'Nkalakatha', used as a theme song for both South African cricket and rugby teams. He is most probably the best known artist in South Africa. In August 2003 he entertained the crowds in Belgium where he performed at the world renowned music festival Pukkelpop.

Max Normal - In 2002 Max Normal was one of the biggest bands in South Africa. Then... they broke up. Mid-2003 they got together again due to public demand, both locally and internationally. August 2003 saw them going to The Netherlands and Belgium where they performed at the Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands.

Valiant Swart - Valiant Swart is one of SA's most legendary rock artists. His role in the KykNet drama "Song vir Katryn" recently turned him into a household favourite across the country, while he still remains faithful to his rock fans by performing the older Valiant classics.

The show takes place on 10 April at the traditional Kaktus venue; the Oudtshoorn sports grounds.

Tickets will go for a mere R77-00 and are available at Computicket and at the gate on the day of the show.

If you have a student card a ticket will only cost you R62-00.

For more information:



Amabala Records presents Johnny Clegg in London for ONE SHOW ONLY at the Carling Apollo Hammersmith on June 7th.

This will be one of the biggest South African events in London this year.

Due to other European performances there will only be one show so tickets are limited.

You can book by going to



A note to all our London readers, and all those who listen to the BBC....

The SA Music '10 Years of Democracy' Documentary will begin on BBC Radio 2 on March 31 and will run for 6 weeks. David Marks of 3rd Ear Music and the Hidden Years Archive Project was interviewed for the series.

The April 7th segment will feature a discussion on The Hidden Years Archive Project, some music from 3rd Ear Music, and part of David Marks' interview in which he talks about famous SA musicians like Jeremy Taylor, Roger Lucey, Hugh Masekela (who the BBC use as an anchor), Manfred Mann, Mutt Lange, and others.

3rd Ear Music Company (Est. 1969)/The Hidden Years Music Archive Project
(Est. 1994)



The first ever collaboration between musicians from India and South Africa will debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town on 10 and 11 April 2004. The band, Raga Afrika, fuses the Indian classical sounds of instruments like the sitar, tabla, violin, dholak, with bass, guitar, drums, and African percussion in a unique way. This year's festival is significant in that it also embodies aspects of South Africa's celebrations of its 10 years of democracy.

"The aim was to bring the Indian Classical genre and Afro Jazz genre much closer together. South Africa and India both have a wealth of musical talent and the improvisational aspects of the two genres have made it easy for the musicians to collaborate. The ancient tradition of Indian ragas have been Africanised, and moreover South Africanised", says Cape Town-born Nisaar Pangarker, initiator and producer of the collaboration.

Raga Afrika brings together 8 musicians each with their own unique style. Four of the band members are from India and four from South Africa. The listener will hear the interplay between sitar played by Calcutta-based Purbayan Chatterjee and a six-stringed jazz guitar played by Nigerian-born Kunle. The heavy bass of African percussion in the form of the two-piece congos played by John Hassan, crosses over to the high pitched sounds of the tabla of Ashis Paul to create harmony in motion.

All of this gets bound together by the ancient four-string violin played by ace violinist from Mumbai, Kala Ramnath. In the background one would hear the complements of keyboards (Abhijit Pohankar), bass (Lucas Khumalo), and drums (Frank Paco). The music has different shades ranging from spiritual to groovy that is bound to have the audiences on their toes.

"To date there have been many attempts to merge Indian classical music with the music of different parts of the world and some of them have achieved tremendous success. But one sphere which has been unexplored till now has been African music and rhythms. Where Indian music is melody-oriented, African music is rhythm-oriented and melody and rhythm go hand in hand, one non-existent without the other", says violinist Kala Ramnath, whose lecture demonstrations and compositions with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic have become much sought-after events.

Raga Afrika is pioneering in the field of fusion music, having successfully merged Indian ragas with African rhythms creating an extraordinary, yet pleasing, mix of music. It is also significant in that this is the first time that musicians from India will be performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the largest jazz event on the African continent.

North Sea Jazz Festival director, Rashid Lombard, commented, "I was so moved when I experienced the Indian and African collaboration at the SABC studios during 2003, that it sparked nostalgia of the John McLaughlin's `70's project, Shakti. Hence I have programmed the Raga Afrika project which is world class, in my opinion".

Leading jazz guitarist Kunle says, " The project is beautiful not just musically, but culturally. I believe in unity and the fusion we have created takes our music to another level. Raga Afrika combines the best elements of the two styles and delivers a completely new experience to the audience, unique to anything heard before."

"It's an honour to perform on a mainstream jazz festival alongside some of the greats in the international jazz arena. This helps to take Indian classical music to a much broader audience and enthuses people in appreciating our music."

"The North Sea Jazz Festival is a major event and we are delighted to be the first Indian musicians to be invited to perform there. Africa is alive with rhythm and it was just a matter of time for the music of the two countries to be co-joined by way of a fusion project like Raga Afrika", says Purbayan Chatterjee, a genius on sitar, who conducts an annual teaching session at the Trinity College of Music, London.

The project is an exchange of ideas, music and culture, with no dominance from either side. "In context, it is a social and political milestone and bears testimony to what can be achieved if people are free. The seeds to India's democracy were sown in South Africa with the experiences of Gandhi here.

This is therefore a homecoming to the musicians from India and the birth of a new genre of music Raga Afrika is a product of the democracy of South Africa and in essence also a tribute to democracy, peace and harmony which the people of South Africa and India have both strived for", says Nisaar Pangarker.

For further information contact:
Nisaar Pangarker (South Africa)
+27 72 5000 800
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This month's Living Music Workshop Series has been incorporated into one of Cape Town's premier annual festivals, the Cape Town Festival. Having run music workshops for such other major events like the Jazzathon Festival in the V&A Waterfront and the SA Music Week, it seemed only fitting that the Living Music Workshops join with the Cape Town Festival to create the highly exciting series for March.

The Living Music Workshop Series is aimed at promoting all forms of music, ranging from classical to pop. It also deals with the business involved in making a living in the music industry. If you want to be a singer or own your own record label, it's a lot of hard work so come to the Living Music Workshops to find out the right way to do it.

The Living Music Workshop Series, which is sponsored by the New Clicks Foundation and brought to you by CD Wherehouse, New World Productions, and Paul Bothner Music, is holding a workshop on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of March 2004 for the first time in Woodstock at the Woodstock Town Hall from 08:30am to 16:30pm.

The two-day Workshop focuses on the business of music. On day one the discussion will be about Intellectual Property Rights and copyright which will be hosted by Steve Kekana, Structure of the Record Companies hosted by Stanley Nkosi and Collecting Societies Publishing hosted by Sarona Malope.

On day two the workshop will be discussing Business Presentation, which is hosted by Sarona Malope and Contracts in the music industry hosted by Stanely Nkosi. If you are interested in making it in the music industry use this opportunity as a stepping stone in order to know what it takes to become a singer or to start your own record label. All workshops are free and booking is essential so make sure to book early to avoid being disappointed.

The month of March has a great line-up of Workshops, see all the details of those workshops at

All workshops are free. Workshops are limited to 100 people on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings are recommended and all are welcome.

For bookings and further information please contact:
Thami Jasone at New World Productions:
Ph: 021 7913985 or 7908826 fax or 073 1569839



On Sunday the 21st of March, Styles Upon Styles, in conjunction with Castle, presents two of South Africa's, and African Dope's, finest groups with Moodphase5ive and Godessa live at Mercury Live, 43 De Villiers Str in Distict 6.

Godessa, the all-female-fronted hip hop crew will be playing with their live band, which was formed in the beginning of 2003. This four-piece unit comprises Grenville Williams on bass (who incidentally is also Godessa's producer), Sean Ou Timm on drums (from the group Max Normal), Italian Ricardo Moretti on keyboard (who also plays with MoodPhase5ive) and Amon "Dub Master" China on percussion (from the now-disbanded crew Firing Squad).

Once you hear the vocal presence and beauty of Sham, Burnie and EJ von Lyrik, you will already have been converted to their lyrical trickery. With the 'Social Ills' single under their belt, the group is now about to release their debut full-length album, 'Spillage', to be released on High Voltage Entertainment, the newly formed label and production house.

Headlining the evening at 11:30 will be Cape Town's much loved Moodphase5ive. For those not in the know, Moodphase5ive is a live 6-piece funkdubhiphopjazzsoul band from Cape Town, comprising: D-Form (streetwisethespian), Ernie (vocalistics), Douglas Armstrong aka Drugless Lovestrong (trumpet & guitars), Bood Carver (bass), Riccardo Moretti (keys & congas) and Farmer Brian (beats).

Singles from their debut album 'Steady On' have charted and playlisted on every major and student station around SA, and as far afield as Canada, Portugal and Germany, and the video for the first single 'Steady On' was screened on MTV NL's 'What's New' show. The album, 'Steady On' has become a cult item among discerning hip hop fans and continues to sell well.

The band has since been working on their second studio album, 'Xe', which is due for release in April 2004 on Sony Music SA.

Mr Mo will be warming up the proceedings with an infectious mix of heady funk, old skool classics and jazz breaks, which will be followed by Godessa around 10:30. The Real Rozzano takes things further until the early hours of your Monday morning with more funk in his trunk and hip hop galore.

Date: Sunday 21st March, next day is a public holiday
Venue: Mercury Live - 43 De Villiers Str, District 6, Cape Town
Time: 9pm - 4 am
Cost: R40



Finally re-united in dual action, The DollyRockers and The Buckfever Underground will stage an emotional reunion when they share a bill at The Mercury Lounge in Cape Town on Wednesday 17 March.

"There is a chance that people have been waiting for this moment", commented one of the Mercury barmen at a press conference this morning. "I will be paid to be there, though" he continued, "so I don't think it would be very professional of me to make any real assertions. The press seem to warp things and public tend to misconstrue what they read. I don't think I want to be a part of that."

A spokesperson for the event read from a statement saying that both parties were "excited" and "ready to go" after "all this time". Having played together on at least two other occasions (the last time in December 2002), the two Cape Town-based bands have spent much of the past 14 months, 27 days and 8 hours doing other stuff.

"Am I the lost damned saviour of rock'n roll?" - Big Black Jaguar (taken from the Dollyrockers' new album, 'The Heat').

Mercury Lounge (43 De Villiers Street, Cape Town) on Wednesday 17 March. Doors open at 9pm and entrance fee is R20.


At The Blues Room - Tuesday 23 March

Adriana van der Merwe is a 7-year-old girl, living in Johannesburg, South Africa. On September 9th, 2002 Adriana was diagnosed as having SCID - severe combined immunodeficiency caused by purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) deficiency. SCID (PNP) deficiency is a very rare genetic disease, initially described in 1975; since then 32 other patients with the disorder have been documented. Since this disease is very rare, not much is known about it.

A benfit concert is being held at The Blues Room, which is located in the Village Walk shopping plaza, corner of Rivonia and Maude, in Sandton.

The Benefit for Adriana's Bone Marrow Transplant, will feature performances by: George Worthmore and the Divebombers - Dan Patlansky - Blues Dot Com - Red Hand - and special guests Tryst.

Doors open 7pm - Tickets R50 - Reserved table seating with dinner R150

You can help Adriana immediately by making a deposit into the bank account set up for Adriana's Fund:
Account Name: Adriana's Bone Marrow Transplant
Bank: Absa
Branch: Melville 634005
Acc Number: 4056358447


AND FINALLY......!!!

We received this "music-related" press release last week, thought you ought to know about this!


Idols 2002 runner-up, singer Melanie Lowe and British friend Lucy Bodenham became a part of SA's latest crime statistics when they were mugged and robbed of a cellphone and cash while on a picnic at Giloolly's Farm, Bedfordview on Wednesday.

Lowe said that two men armed with sticks approached them and demanded cash and cellphones. Lowe handed over R120 in cash and her cellphone, while Bodenham, who is deaf, handed over R70 and claimed not to have had a cellphone with her.

"Security officials became aware of what was happening and ran in our direction to help at which point the two muggers made a swift getaway," said Lowe, who is currently rehearsing for her Melanie Lowe Live The Music national tour, which starts in East London on March 25.

"Just as well the security guards noted what was happening; otherwise one of us could have got hurt."

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1. [1] (1) Met My Stukkende Kitaar - Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart (''n Jaar In Die Son'/Rhythm/Bowline)
2. [3] (2) Gangsta - The Rudimentals ('More Fire'/Indie)
3. [5] (3) To Confide In - Lazarus ('Parallax View'/Indie)
4. [4] (1) Lovesong - The Dollyrockers ('The Heat'/Indie)
5. [2] (2) The Countdown - Bluescream ('Bluescream'/Indie)
6. [10] (6) Close To Me - Six Of Nine (Indie)
7. [9] (7) Saad van 'n Psigopaat - Abel Kraamsaal ('Woorde Op 'n Wynboks'/Indie)
8. [6] (2) Blah Di Blah - Drop Dead Gorgeous ('Melt with Me'/Indie)
9. [8] (1) Fokofpolisiekar - Fokofpolisiekar ( 10. [11] (10) Gravity - James Stewart (Street Level)
11. [13] (11) Die Ding Ruk Mal - Kallitz (Mothermix)
12. [14] (12) Gimme Da Weed - Chronic Clan ('African Dope Sound System'/African Dope)
13. [7] (1) Sobriety Friend - Old Mol ('Rock The Bedsprings'/Legend)
14. [18] (14) FCK - Teba ('Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions'/African Dope)
15. [12] (9) Take You Down - Glow (Witchdoctor Records)
16. [21] (16) Parallel - Saturnine ('Silence Is Deafening'/Wicked Rock)
17. [16) (3) Let's Get Naked - Evolver ('Evolver' EP/Indie)
18. [19] (18) Living As Numbers - Zero Tolerance ('A Perfect Life'/Indie)
19. [22] (19) Musical Chairs - Serving Suggestion ('Try Whistling This'/Indie)
20. [17] (11) Afrikaner Surfer Boy - Vanessa Van ('Leef Die Droom'/Bowline)
21. [15] (7) Step Outside - Luna ('Luna'/Indie)
22. [23] (22) Gone Away - Sam Paddock (Indie)
23. [25] (23) Diengele - Kalahari Surfers ('Muti Media'/African Dope)
24. [30] (24) Something In My Eye - Boulevard Blues Band ('Tassenberg All*Stars 4'/Trippy Grape)
25. [20] (16) Bliss - Toyland ('With Every Breath'/Witchdoctor Records)
26. [24] (2) Rise - Sonar ('Bitterwaste' EP/Indie)
27. [27] (21) The Master Plan - Blood Island Raiders ('For The Sake Of Clarity'/Witchdoctor)
28. [26] (11) Antipodean Dirge - Tim Wells ('Elephant'/Indie)
29. [28] (2) Duiwel Kom Ons Haal - Springcan ('Are You Confuzed?'/Indie)
30. [29] (1) Hands Down - Track 4 ('Demo'/Indie)

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

1. [1] (1) Humanarium - Bed On Bricks (Indie)
2. [2] (2) As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand - Fokofpolisiekar (Rhythm/Bowline)
3. [4] (3) Muti Media - Kalahari Surfers (African Dope)
4. [3] (1) The Heat - Dollyrockers (Indie)
5. [9] (5) Africa She Too Can Cry - Hawk (Retro Fresh)
6. [6] (1) More Fire - The Rudimentals (Indie)
7. [8] (7) Boerecountry - Blomkrag (Indie)
8. [5] (3) 21 Gunslut - Soulja (Indie)
9. [7] (1) African Dope Sound System - Various (African Dope)
10. [10] (1) 'n Jaar In Die Son - Koos Kombuis & Valiant Swart (Rhythm/Bowline)
11. [12] (11) I-Ternal Fire - Lions Of Zion (Indie)
12. [18] (12) Never Look Back - Brian Finch (Independent)
13. [14] (2) Sui - Benguela (Open Record)
14. [11] (8) With Every Breath - Toyland (Witchdoctor)
15. [13] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
16. [15] (8) Naked EP - Hog Hoggidy Hog (3 Chord Records)
17. [16] (4) Luna - Luna (Indie)
18. [17] (1) Rock The Bedsprings - Old Mol (Legend)
19. [20] (19) High Society presents: 14 Steps towards Self Actualisation - Daniel Friedman (Independent)
20. [27] (20) True North - Spoonfeedas (Sesalos)
21. [23] (21) A Definition - Chiaroscuro (Indie)
22. [19] (2) Melt With Me - Drop Dead Gorgeous (Indie/Bowline)
23. [22] (3) Power - Tribe After Tribe (RetroFresh)
24. [24] (1) Jika Jika - freshlyground (Freeground)
25. [21] (2) Perelsvoordieswyne - Best Of - Johannes Kerkorrel (Gallo)
26. [25] (2) Hello Crazy World - Prime Circle (David Gresham Records)
27. [26] (7) Flat To Round - David Foster (Rhythm/Bowline)
28. [28] (1) Die Mamba - Piet Botha (Rhythm)
29. [-] (29) Dissolve In The Sun - Wendy New (Indie)
30. [29] (1) Another Universe - Arno Carstens (Epic)

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For the past few years, Trippy Grape has been releasing the finest and coolest in alt.Afrikaans music from its base in Stellenbosch. This week we offer up a selection of some of those fine Trippy Grape tunes, some live and some from the studio. These feature well-known names like Koos Kombuis, Spinnekop, Sons Of Trout, and the Boulevard Blues Band, and are all available for free downloading from

'Twyfelaar' - Battery 9

'Lekker By Die See' - Diff-Olie

'Onder In My Whiskyglas' (Reggae Version) (live at KKNK 2000) - Koos Kombuis

'Binneland In' (live at KKNK 2001) - Spinnekop

'Extra Larry' (live at KKNK 2002) - Sons Of Trout

'Suit (live at KKNK 2002) - 12Hz

'Forget About You' (live at KKNK 2002) - Boulevard Blues Band

'RockPop' - Diff-Olie

'Bolshie Woman' (live at KKNK 2002) - Scicoustic

'Something In My Eye' (live at Wingerdstok 2003) - Boulevard Blues Band

Trippy Grape and Boereplaas CDs are available online from One World and at Mabu CDs & Records in Cape Town (021-4237635)


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This is a new series in which we ask some of our SA music luminaries to send us a list of their own, favourite SA songs.

This week SA singer-songwriter, Amanda Strydom, shares her list with us.

1. Falling Mirror - 'Johnny Calls the Chemist'
2. Kobus! - 'Sondagmiddag'
3. Valiant Swart - 'Deur die Donker Vallei'
4. Koos Kombuis - 'Onder in my Whiskyglas'
5. David Kramer - 'Krisjan Swart'
6. Jennifer Ferguson - 'Suburban Hum'
7. Johannes Kerkorrel - 'Halala Afrika'
8. Karen Zoid - 'Deurmekaar'
9. Tananas - 'Nada'
10. Anton Goosen - 'SMS'

There are so many favourite local songs and I know you wanted only ten, but I have to add Just Jinger's 'Shallow Waters' as an encore.

Love and light!
Amanda Strydom xx




'Healing Destination', the album recorded by Mac McKenzie as a musical tribute to Cape Town's famous Goema music style, is to be officially released on the Mountain Records label. 'Healing Destination' will be issued first in South Africa and then in Germany later in 2004

A spokesman for the label said that the release comes after months of negotiation between the album's producers, Struan Douglas and Ian Harris of Afribeat Productions, the publishers and co-producers, Mama Dance, and the distributors. The spokesman added: "We are delighted that we can offer this album as it is not only an important document but we believe that our label is the home of the best Cape Jazz. Comparisons are inevitable, so let me start by saying that this is a Cape Buena Vista Social Club meets Gotan Project album".

The arrangement, which makes the album exclusively available from Mountain, legitimises a much sought-after "bootleg" version of the group's live and studio recordings. These were recorded over a period of a year, beginning with a series of sessions under the auspices of the 'The Wonder Gigs' project in June 2002.

There are several changes to the official 'Healing Destination' album, including re-mixes and re-packaging and a complete re-mastering of the album.

The list of musicians featured on the recordings is impressive. In addition to Mac's guitar playing, 'Healing Destination' features the piano playing of Hilton Schilder, Robbie Jansen on saxophone, Alex van Heerden on trumpet, drummer Clement Benny and Riedwaan Ballie on double bass. This colourful line-up changes as banjo, accordion, steel drums, violin, mandolin, mouth bow, gummy percussion or vocals are required.

The material recorded is mostly written by McKenzie or is traditional Goema. A highlight amongst the 11 tracks is a clever arrangement of the standard, 'Daar Kom Die Alibama'. There is also the title track, which is a "Goema Lounge" number featuring 3 vocalists ( Ernie Deane of Moodphase 5ive, Zolani Mahola from freshlyground and Alex van Heerden), and the moody 'Disentangled'.

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MacAngel is a Cape Town-based electronic dance music producer who visited Germany in mid-2003 to produce his second album. To do that he worked alongside Bernhard Lloyd, who is known for his work with the successful pop band, Alphaville. Lloyd's experience and production skills helped MacAngel produce the album, 'Summer In Berlin', which was launched at Sutra in February and has now been released into the SA market.

'Summer In Berlin' took 17 months to produce, and is a polished and appealing dance album that has already made an impact on the local dance scene with its fresh sound and power tunes. Four of the tracks off 'Summer In Berlin' have already appeared on 'Fashion House', a European TV series, while two of the tracks, 'International' and 'Love Is The Hunter', have been receiving SA radio play and exposure.



The year 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of the band known as Jack Hammer. This South African band have always stayed true to their original brand of Rock and Roll and toured and recorded over the years, never seeking the limelight but always playing their hearts out.

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 band was led by Piet "The Hammer" Botha. Prior to this he was also an integral part of legendary SA bands such as Raven and Wildebeest ('Bushrock I', Album of the year 1981, Rand Daily Mail).

The current line-up has been together for seven-odd years and consists of Paul van de Waal on drums (Duke), Tertius du Plessis on bass guitar (Beano) and Jonathan Martin on guitar and vocals (The Kid). Botha also released some groundbreaking albums in Afrikaans i.e. 'Suitcase Vol Winter' (1997), 'Jan Skopgraaf' (1999) and of late 'Die Mamba' (2003). This album was voted the best album of 2003 by the SA Rock Digest and has received much critical acclaim. In a poll by Huisgenoot/You magazine this album was voted in the top 5 of 2003 by accredited critics from Huisgenoot, Die Burger, Insig, Rapport, Volksblad and Die Beeld, to name a few.

The year 2004 sees the band returning to their roots, so to speak, with the release of a double "Live" CD 'Piet Botha and Jack Hammer - Live at the Nile', followed by a long-awaited studio production, 'The Pilgrim', later in the year. This will be an English album and could really broaden their horizons, even internationally.

"Jack Hammer was a rock band performing in the English language when they started and the swing to Afrikaans was a lovely and vibrant thing at the time, but now it's time to go back as it were, in order to move forward". This according to the Hammer.

The albums will be produced by Lanie van der Walt who was also responsible for "Die Mamba" and the award winning Not My Dog album, 'Braai Vibes' (SAMA best rock album 2003). Lanie was also an integral part of Jack Hammer from 1994-96 as a guitarist and songwriter, but went on to form Not My Dog. Throughout the many years of performing and recording the band has refused to compromise or bow to commercial pressure and that is why their work is timeless. This is evident when listening to their earlier work as far back as 'Jack Of All Trades'(1987).

Botha was only the second artist ever to be inducted into the SA Rock Hall of Fame, the first being James Phillips (R.I.P.). Other hyped media highlights over the years include performing with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and ZZ Top on their SA tours, and of late with the legendary Shawn Phillips, and also with Vusi Mahlasela. This year also marks their 10th anniverary gig at Oppikoppi, the most prestigious festival in the SA Rock genre.

A complete Jack Hammer discography and more history and reviews are available at



LAD, the dedicated webmaster of, throws his regular spotlight on one of the many SA bands currently affiliated to his SA music site.


There's a good chance that you've heard Cofield Mundi's music and don't even know it. The common reaction to her song 'River' is, "oh, is she South African, I thought she was from overseas..." Her style of self-penned pop/blues is captivating, soulful, red wine, cozy fire and good company music.

Cofield's album, 'Ceremony', is being extremely well received in the media and on consumer levels. It's also attracting attention from overseas markets. The first track from the album, 'River' is being played on most regional radio stations and the video is being aired on several channels.

The follow-up single, 'Shine', is being snapped up, generating as much interest as 'River' did on its release.

Cofield will be playing at:
Mercury Lounge with The Skanky Corp. on the 16th of March at 21h00 (R20 gets you in)
The Company Gardens (Cape Town Festival) at 14h00 on the 21st of March
And a free performance at CD Wherehouse in the V&A Waterfront on the 27th at 14h00 after which she'll shoot through to the Lemon Connection, Durban Road, Tygervalley, for a fantastic evening at R 30.


PS: I recently ran an interesting poll on The question was "What would you pay to see two SA bands on any given evening?"

The answers, so far, are
38%: "R30 is just fine for them and me...";
31% "R40 or more, especially if the group's have had songs on the radio";
27% "R20 is a good split for 2 bands" and
4% said that R20 was all they could afford.

Incidentally, no one has opted to vote for the "R10, SA bands don't deserve more" and "Why the hell should I pay to see them?" options.

If you're an SA band/artist and would like to appear in this slot please
Remember that you can view the wap site by pointing your mobile to:

Mobile logos and ringtones are now available at, so pop on over to the site and download your favourite band's logo/ringtone right now!

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Here are some of the February New Releases - now available from

Also, check out our special offer on the 'Urban' book series, and consider the new range of EMI Box Sets, offering 3 CD's at a reduced price.




'URBAN' '01, '02 and '03 - Various New SA Writers

One World, in association with New Africa Books, is currently offering a limited special on all three in the 'Urban' books series. The 'Urban' anthology of new writing was initially conceived and edited by Dave Chislett as new short story collections for new writers, and was later embraced by New Africa Books who began publishing an annual collection under its Spearhead imprint in 2001.

You can now buy copies of 'Urban '01', 'Urban '02', and 'Urban '03' at a special price of R249.99, a saving of R25. Purchasers will only pay one shipping charge for all three books if you choose the special offer.


Rebecca - 3 In 1
SA's top Gospel artist - Includes the albums: 'Umoya Wam' and 'Ngiyekeleni'

Amadodana Ase Wesile - 3 In 1
Includes the albums: 'Thixo Ulilanga Lethu', 'Ngeloxa Lokushiywa', and 'Jesu O Tsohile'

Pure Magic - 3 In 1
Includes the albums: 'Thul' Ulalele', 'We Bathandwa', and 'Njalo'

Lord Comforters - 3 In 1
Includes the albums: 'Konke - feat Njengoko Ndinjalo', 'Ubukhulu Bakho', and 'Hallelujah'

Alexandra Brass Band - 3 In 1
Includes the albums: 'Gumba 1', 'Diphala Vol 1', and 'Diphala Vol 2'

Solly Moholo - 3 In 1
Includes the albums: 'Motlhang Ke Kolobetswang "Die Poppe Sal Dans"', 'Ba Mmitsa Tsotsi feat Charles Damsey Wa Lengagele', and 'Ranta E Wele'



Van Zyl, Van Der Spuy & Vennote - 'Hadeda'
A flight of musical fantasy from Barry van Zyl and Nibs van der Spuy - also featuring the likes of Shawn Phillips, Neo Muyanga, Laurinda Hofmeyer, Concord Nkabinde, and Jana Cilliers

Victor Ntoni - 'Heritage'
He is a Berkeley College of Music student, a music teacher, a music conductor, an upright bass maestro, and here Victor Ntoni shows off his musical skills backed by the Heritage band with Pat Matshikiza, Linda Kekana, and Lucas Senyatso.

Pop & Rock:

Just Jinger - 'Bootleg Album'
Something very different from SA's best-selling pop-rock group.

The Parlotones - 'Episoda'
One of the most anticipated SA debut albums of 2004

Soulja - '21Gunslut'
Tough but tuneful debut from Cape Town rockers, includes 'Plan My Attack' and 'War/No More Trouble'.

Dawnay - '2nd Coming'
New selection of soul-based pop to follow up on his successful debut.

Township Pop:

Miriam Makeba - 'Reflections'
A powerful parade of the many hits that reflect Mama Africa's musical journey, with 'Pata-Pata', 'The Click Song', 'Iyaguduza', 'I Shall Sing' and plenty more.

Tsepo Tshola & Sankomota - 'Best Of'
A wonderful mixed bag from these Lesotho music legends.

Mzwakhe Mbuli - 'All The Hits'
The "Peoples Poet's" controversial imprisonment is now over and here's a selection of the songs that made him famous, with four new tracks.

Stimela - 'Trouble In The Land Of Plenty'
A sure-fire hit album and the only title that has been missing from our catalogue. Includes the hit 'What's Going On (Trouble In The Land Of Plenty)'

Malaika - 'Malaika'
An Afro-fusion band with a mixture of all traditional African Sounds, an all-round great album.

Paul Ndlovu - 'Greatest Hits'
The late Paul Ndlovu with his most unforgettable moments including 'Game No 1' and 'Tsakane'


Various Artists - 'Gospel Grooves Volume 3'
The next in the very successful compilation series, featuring artists like Brenda, Chiskop, Spokes H, and Rebecca.

Sipho Makhabane - 'Nkosi Ngibheke'
With a steady and growing following, Sipho now releases his 4th album.

Winnie Mashabe - 'Bonang Lerato'
The follow-up to the 'Motswale' album, contains 12 tracks and some sure-fire hits.

Vuma Mazibuko - 'Ngena Kimi Moya'
The debut album from this very promising gospel artist.


24-7 - 'Phushang Phushang'
A SoulCandi and Sheer production featuring a duo who have it all to make it big including some seriously catchy tunes.


Brotherman & Groove Assassins - 'The Universal Energy That Is Groove'
Plenty of funky beats and breaks for chilling or for dancing


Mahotella Queens - 'Bazobuya'
Mahlathini may have passed on, but these three famous ladies are proudly continuing their musical tradition.

Various Artists - 'We Are Growing'
A melting pot of SA music, from some better-known hits to more traditional music.

Izingane Zoma - 'Itshe Lentaba'
A group with a tradition of fine albums and well-earned success.

Izingane Amakhosi - 'Umkhuba Ulay'khaya'
A newish maskandi group from KZN who had their album produced by Khuzwayo, who has also produced Amatshitshi Amhlope.

Amatshitshi Amhlope - 'Ufile Umuntu'
Following their hit album, 'Isisho Sabadala', it has been one hit album after another for this excellent traditional outfit.

King Star Brothers - 'Babili Bathathu'
An a Capella group that can be compared to the Kings Messengers Quartet from the '60's.


The Rudimentals - 'More Fire'
Debut album from the very popular Cape Town Ska-punk group, includes 'Gangsta' and 'Noh TV'.


DNA Strings - 'El Nino'

New 11-track album from the popular instrumental group from Stellenbosch.


Jan Blohm - 'Melkstraat Confessions'
A lovely album filled with strong songs and emotional lyrics


Stef Bos - 'Donker En Licht' (2CD)
New album from the Belgian singer-songwriter, who has a long-standing South African following.


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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.


It's nice to visit with old friends who still sound young and fresh. Some of these songs I haven't heard for upwards of a year, so spinning this silver disc again feels good, not only by the joy music brings, but by the good memories the music inspires.

Retro Fresh, a subsidiary label of Fresh Music, has released full-length CD reissues of vinyl LPs by most of these groups, such as: éVoid, Via Afrika, Bright Blue, Tribe After Tribe, Ellamental, Celtic Rumours, Dog Detachment, No Friends of Harry, The Helicopters, Falling Mirror, The Dynamics, Peach, and Sweatband.

The rest of the bands represented here by hits have Retro Fresh re-release CDs on the way: Petit Cheval, Asylum Kids, The Spectres, Flash Harry, and Psycho Reptiles. These will be given the Retro Fresh treatment that routinely includes remastering and bonus tracks, and sometimes includes band photos, mp3s of extra tracks, and a music video, like 'Johnny Calls the Chemist' on Falling Mirror's CD of the same name.

Both sampler and showcase of the fine work Retro Fresh does, this is a fine compilation containing hit after hit. In fact, this CD and 'Ocean Culture' are my favourite compilations of SA groups because of how well they represent the SA music scene of different decades, and, more importantly, because they are just so good fun to listen to.

Why resist the charms of éVoid and Via Afrika? Enjoy the ballsy music of No Friends of Harry, the brilliant pop rock of Ellamental, the power of Tribe After Tribe and Asylum Kids, the songwriting perfection of The Helicopters, the eternal classic, 'Johnny Calls the Chemist', and the funky, bassy 'Monster from the Bog' closing out the visit.

It is easy to say good things about the work the Retro Fresh people do because they are true good things. Retro Fresh's rock reissue CDs always have plenty of extras, and are made complete with detailed liner notes in fat booklets. And if that were not enough, how about great layout and typesetting? I tell you what, listening to this CD is like seeing old friends again--and I encourage them to visit anytime.


Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


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


The Taj Mahal is a spectacular palace in India. Taj Mahal is also an American blues singer. So we have two well-known Taj Mahal's, but when you add an 'a' to it and it becomes Taj Mahala, it may not be as well known world-wide, but it should be.

Sharkbrother's debut (and to date only) album has the distinction of being the SA Rock Digest's first ever album of the year, coming out tops in the list of 2000 after a nail-biting race with Blk Sonshine's debut. Now as more of the sands of time have flown through that great sand glass in the sky, I thought it was time to revisit this understated classic.

'Taj Mahala' feels like a journey to the centre of the soul as the music is moody, introspective and searching. The bass plays a major role throughout and is complemented by Cobus Roussouw's detached, yet intense Leonard Cohen growl. There is a lot of space in this album that gives the sparse instrumentation room to breathe, to expand or contract as the flow takes it. All the time though there is a feeling of exploring and searching, looking for answers to questions that may or may not exist.

The album draws on a wide range of influences, the dark side of gothic wraps around traces of trip hop beats while samples of Balkan folk songs echo in some songs. Each track has a unique identity, but the undoubted centrepiece of this great album is '3rdset' which is a seventeen-and-a-half minute epic. It is a sprawling, gentle giant of a song that builds slowly from a simple drum beat, takes many varied and twisting turns with scant vocal intervention, but leaves you with your finger poised over the repeat button so that you can hear it again as soon as it's over.

Nearly four years on, this album still excites and intrigues in a way that few albums these days do. It is hypnotic, understated and gently disturbing. 'Taj Mahala' nicks your undivided attention and you don't even realise it till the CD finishes and you're left looking down the back of the sofa to see if it has fallen down there. A worthy winner of the 2000 album of the year and one that stands the test of time.


John Samson, London

Ed's note: After a long absence from the SA rock scene, we are thrilled to hear that Sharkbrother are back! The Digest received the following message from the band this week:

Since their recent release from Guantanamo Bay, Sharkbrother has decided to hit the gig trail again with an inaugural performance at Goblin's Cove, Hekpoort, on Sunday the 28th of March. The gig will start at about 1pm. Directions to Goblin's can be found at
Booking is essential. Call Charlise or Thomas at (0145) 762143.



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

Tommy James spent a second week at the top in 1969 with 'Crimson & Clover'. The song sold over 5 million copies in the US and led to Vice President Hubert Humphrey writing some of the liner notes for the band's album. Glasgow born Donovan (Leitch) was labelled "Britian's answer to Bob Dylan" and forged a successful career. 'Atlantis' jumped 5 places to number 3.

1974 saw the top 4 remain unchanged as 'After All' hung onto the top spot for its second week. Mud had been spotted by Mickie Most (who had spent a good time in South Africa) and it was through this connection that they were offered a song that Sweet had rejected. With 'Dynamite' they cracked the top 5 both in the UK and also in South Africa, however, they failed to make any impact in the States.

The Bee Gees were still at the top in 1979, enjoying a 7th week there. Chic edged a place closer to dislodging them. 'Hold The Line' was Toto's first song to trouble the charts worldwide, reaching number 5 in the US and 14 in the UK. In SA it was at 4 this week.

When 'Reggae Nights' entered the charts on 24 February 1984, Jimmy Cliff smashed Stevie Wonder's record of the longest gap between chart hits, there being a massive 5 138 days between 'Wonderful World Beautiful People' exiting the charts in 1970 and 'Reggae Nights' entering them. There had been a 4 453 day gap between Wonder's 'Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday' and his duet with Paul McCartney 'Ebony And Ivory'.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

I Don't Wanna Play House - Barbara Ray (1973)
You Asked Me To - Bobby Angel (1975)
Let Me Into Your Life - Flood (1976)
Substitute - Clout (1978)

South African New Entries this week

17-Mar-78 Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Julian Laxton Band
18-Mar-66 For You Babe - June Muscat
19-Mar-71 We're All Playing In The Same Band - Quentin E. Klopjaeger (a.k.a. Billy Forest)
20-Mar-64 True Love - Charles Jacobie
20-Mar-70 Dankie - Lance James

John Samson



15 Eddie Calvert (1922 in Preston, England, died 7 August 1978 in Johannesburg)
17 Nat "King" Cole (1919, died 15 Feb 1965)
22 Robin Auld (1959)
24 Cornelia (Moller) (1950)
25 Elton John (1947)
26 Diana Ross (1944)
27 Johannes Kerkorrel (born Ralph Rabie, 1960, died 12 November 2002)
30 Eric Clapton (1945)

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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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As you might recall I run the Flames website at

I am still looking for a number of Flames (-related) records from South Africa. I am still missing the second, third and other singles by the Flames.

Depending on condition I am prepared to pay well for these.

Here they are:
1. Maniac / Modern Casanova RAVE 45 R220
2. Is It You / Nobody Tells Me What To Do RAVE 45 R239
3. If You Need Me / You Better Move On RAVE R292

I also collect the albums in ALL their different variations.

Here is a list of South African reissues I would still like to add to the collection:
1. Burning Soul Light Blue Trutone SRMG 51232
2. Burning Soul Light Blue Trutone Star 505(CB2)
3. Burning Soul Teal (with bird) GSL 31X?
4. Soulfire Black Rave BP 103X?
5. Soulfire Multi-coloured Chartbusters CB6
6. Soulfire Light Blue Trutone Star 506(CB6)
7. Soulfire White Trutone Zimbabwe Star 715
8. ANY Cassettes and 8-Tracks relating to the Flames (even if broken)

Of course I am also interested in anything else at all, however remotely connected to the Flames, Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin.

If it's not on the website I am INTERESTED! Especially collaborations by Steve Fataar. There must be a lot of that I don't know about yet.

Best wishes to you all
Fond regards
Bas Möllenkramer




Please! I hope and I believe that you can help. I am looking for the words and notes of the songs by Margaret Singana (Ipi Tombi) of (1) 'Mama Tembu's Wedding' as well as (2) 'I never loved a Man'.

I need it for a wedding.

Thanks a lot,
Have a great day.




Apart from the fact that I still haven't found that Afrikaans kiddies CD that Mynie Grové made a few years ago, I also can't seem to find a compilation of music with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' by Annie Lennox on it either.

Do you perhaps know of one? I don't want to buy the 'Medusa' album for that one song and might just get a few others from the same era on a compilation.

It will be great if you can help me.
Ingrid Schroeder




What has become of Steve Kekana? Is it possible to still get 'The Bushman' on CD?





My name is Jona Insulani, I am 26 years old and living in The Netherlands.
I will be visiting South Africa early April and probably will stay for three months.

I'm a session guitarist and I'm proud to say I've played with Marty Friedman. Maybe you could provide me with some information where I could visit jam sessions or enter competitions.

I like to play different styles, both electric and acoustic. Maybe you could also explain me something about the music scene there.

Thanx very much and hope to hear from you soon,

p.s. if you like you could check out some of my playing:

Jona Insulani




My school would like to get involved in the SA Music week this year. Do you know any of the following:

1. What is the date of the week this year?
2. Do you know of any guest we can invite to our primary school to promote SA Music or talk on how to support SA Music?
3. Are there any activities planned for Centurion and Pretoria during that week?
4. Do you know anyone I can contact regarding this issue?

Thank you for your involvement and support to your local guys.
Keep rocking!
Marié Lubbe
083 527 3498

Ed. - Anyone know their address, Midi trust isn't it? Rosie someone....???



Hi there,

Someone was looking for Dickie Loader and the Blue Jeans.

I am the booking agent for him. Dickie is still extremely active professionally and I can put you in touch with him.

They work at least 4 to 5 nights a week in the Johannesburg area.

Let me know.
Kind regards
Jam Ally Entertainment SA
011-662-2941 (Tel )
086-672-2916 (Fax)
082-859-0838 (Cel) website:




I'm looking for contacts for any of the band members that pioneered the early days of South African Heavy Rock and Metal and/or any old albums or cassettes, e.g. Montreux, Tyrant, Lynx, Razor, Black Rose, Unchained, Osiris, Aragorn, etc.

If anyone has material or contact details etc. please contact me on "Ride Hard Ride Heavy Ride a South African!"

Marq Vas


A BOOK????


Where can I get a book which could have all the info contained on this website:

Peter Jelic

Ed. - That particular book is not yet available, but you can print it all up, if you have the time, a printer and a forest....



I am trying to get hold of Arno Carstens or his manager to get a quote for a show in August. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you
Graham King
Operations Manager

Ed. Here are those contact details for Arno's manager:
CalamityJane Advertising & Marketing
Melanie Machattie - Managing Director
7 Law Road
Three Anchor Bay
Cape Town
tel: +27 21 434 7439
fax: +27 21 434 2496
mobile: +27 82 452 2439




I just heard that that Shah Lease Theron chick has got herself and Os Car. I skeem that with all that money what them makes in Hollow Wood, she could like buy a car what runs with a engine and not one like what the Four Trekkers had.

Johnny from Boksburg


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This is an interesting new SA music business concept.

We suggest you take a good look at this opportunity.

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(Ed. - Nope, it's not spam, but genuine and potentially worthwhile, and anyone can do it!)



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Nick Taylor - 'Christian' (OST) (LP)
Falling Mirror - 'Zen Boulders' (LP)
Harari - 'Homebrew' (LP)
Harari - ' Heatwave' (LP)
Tribe After Tribe - 'Tribe After Tribe' (LP)
Basil "Manenberg" Coetzee - 'Sabenza' (LP)

Latest independent SA CD additions:

340ml - 'Moving'
Bed On Bricks - 'Humanarium' (Bowline)
Bluescream - 'Bluescream' (Independent)
Daniel Friedman - 'High Society presents: 14 Steps towards Self Actualisation' (Independent)
Chiaroscuro - 'A Definition'
Brian Finch - 'Never Look Back' (Independent)
Fokofpolisiekar - 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand' (EP) (Rhythm)
freshlyground - 'Jika Jika' (Independent)
Forest Moon - 'Forest Moon' (Independent)
Goema Captains Of Cape Town - 'Healing Destination' (Mountain)
Hog Hoggidy Hog - 'Naked' EP (3 Chord)
Kalahari Surfers - 'Muti Media' (African Dope)
Lazarus - 'Parallax View' (EP) (Independent)
Lions Of Zion - 'Iternal Fire' (Independent)
MoodPhase5ive - 'Steady On' (African Dope)
The Rudimentals - 'More Fire' (Independent)
Not The Midnight Mass - 'Live At The Planetarium' (Independent)
Nukular Stompers - 'Can Of Worms' (Independent)
Soulja - '21 Gunslut' (Independent)
Various - 'Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions' (African Dope)
Various - 'African Dope Sound System' (African Dope)
Various - 'Cape Of Good Dope' (African Dope)
Various - 'Breathe Sunshine' (Amabala)
Various - 'A Moment In Cape Town' (Revised edition) (Afribeat)
Zero Tolerance - 'A Perfect Life?' (EP) (Independent)

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2. 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand' (EP) - Fokofpolisiekar
3. 'Sui' - Benguela
4. 'The Heat' - The Dollyrockers
5. 'More Fire' - The Rudimentals

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Koos Kombuis - 'Niemandsland' (LP)
Edi Niederlander - 'Ancient Dust' (LP)
Sakhile - 'Phambili' (LP)
Tribe After Tribe - 'Power' (LP)
Tribe After Tribe - 'Tribe After Tribe' (LP)
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CAPE TOWN FESTIVAL'S STAGE OF DEMOCRACY - Monday 15 March signals the start of the week-long Stage of Democracy in the Company's Gardens. Catering for devotees of most musical genres, the event will serve as a platform for emerging musicians and musical giants alike.

- The 2004 Kaktus Oppi Vlaktes line-up is filled with some of the best and biggest artists in South Africa. In order to accommodate more of them it was also decided to add a second stage to the festivities. The show will consist of a nice mix between some of the Afrikaans stalwarts, some exciting new artists and a handful of the best in South African hip hop and rock and punk bands. The show takes place on 10 April at the traditional Kaktus venue; the Oudtshoorn sport grounds

ARNO CARSTENS LIVE IN JOHANNESBURG - 94.7 Highveld Stereo is proud to present Arno Carstens, one of South Africa's great rock stars, previously with Springbok Nude Girls, performing songs from his new solo album 'Another Universe' - 19 March 2004 - The Showcase, Banbury Crossing, North Riding

CARLO MOMBELLI AND THE PRISONERS OF STRANGE - The Groot Marico - inextricably suffused with the poetic genius of Herman Charles Bosman - once again invites you to share in a line-up of top South African musicians on the weekend of 26-28 March 2004.To enable you to participate in this creative moment, a package deal is offered, combining traditional local cuisine, and the proficiency of exceptional musical ability with world-renowned bassist Carlo Mombelli and his band The Prisoners of Strange in concert

FREESPIRIT - With multi-instrumentalist Dave Ledbetter on guitars and keyboard, Ronan Skillen and James Kaye from Starkravingsane on didgeridoo, tablas and miscellaneous percussion, Dave Ridgeway on fretless bass and percussion and Buddy Wells from Tribe on saxophones - at The Acoustic Cafe, Main Road, Muizenberg on Wednesday 24 March and at the Barleycorn Music Festival at Maynardville on Saturday 27 March.

THE DOLLYROCKERS - With The Buckfever Underground at The Mercury Lounge (43 De Villiers Street, Cape Town) on Wednesday 17th of March. Doors open at 9pm and entrance fee is R20.

FINCH AND HENSON - At The Harbour Music Club (now at The Acoustic Cafe - cnr Camp & Main roads, Muizenberg) - Wednesday 17 March at 20h30

LIQUID SKY - Liquid Sky are (to date) the only Cape Town band on the bill at the upcoming Southern Cross Festival in Mooi River. Before that, catch this hot band at Stones in Durbanville and Parow.

BED ON BRICKS - The Cape Town group's programme for March 2004 is jam-packed with a variety of venues, both indoor and outdoor.

DANIELE PASCAL - Villa Pascal recently opened at no 28 van der Westhuizen Street, Durbanville as an entertainment venue where they present monthly soirees. Danièle is celebrating 20 years of love with South Africa with highlights from all her productions since her arrival in South Africa. Ranging from blues, soul, pop and jazz, the program includes favourite evergreen standards from Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cole Porter - Sunday 21 March 2004

THE 'SCHOOL OF ROCK' TOUR - A nationwide SA tour in March, to coincide with the movie's release in South Africa, will take place with the likes of The Finks, Prime Circle, Marlowe, The Parlotones, Nemesis and Waverley

THE KLIPPIES AND COLA STUDENT SESSIONS - These Sessions are aimed at establishing a campus-centred live music circuit, primarily at UCT and Stellenbosch University and their surrounding areas. Regional bands, including Afrotone, Andy & Stef, Arbor, Fly Paper Jet, Nick Turner & Dave vd Linden, Fokofpolisiekar, Superfine, and the The Buckfever Undergroundare paired and perform together on consecutive Tuesdays at Die Mystic Boer and The Independent Armchair Theatre.

THE RUDIMENTALS - Cape Town's ska-punk sensations have lined up a string of gigs over the next few weeks.

BOO! IN EUROPE - All those dates for BOO!'s current European Tour



LIMP BIZKIT - The Limp Bizkit "Back 2 Basics" SA Tour is back on track and will now be kicking off in Cape Town on the 4th, before heading to Johannesburg on the 6th of April.

SOULFLY - Catch Max Cavelera and an all star line-up of the new Soulfly, as they tear through South Africa on the 'Prophecy' tour this March for four exclusive shows.

KASKADE - Following on the success of his year-long 'It's You, It's Me' World Tour of 2003, Axe Pulse is proud to present the masterful musical talents of international artist Kaskade, live to the South African public for the very first time. Joburg 19 March Durban 20 March CT 21 March

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS - Vodacom, 5fm Music and Big Concerts have announced the forthcoming tour of music sensation Enrique Iglesias to South Africa. Kicking off on the 27th of April in Cape Town, he will then be heading to Durban on the 29th, Sun City on the 1st, and finally Johannesburg on the 2nd of May.

COUNTING CROWS - The popular US band, fronted by Adam Duritz, will be returning to SA in March to promote their new, greatest hits album, 'Films About Ghosts'

WITCHDOCTOR RECORDS ANNOUNCES SA TOURS BY ENTOMBED, AND KATAKLYSM - Entombed, those Swedish masters of metal return to our shores for two exclusive shows in April, and Kataklysm, the Swedish masters of metal return, to our shores for two exclusive shows in May

NEW MODEL ARMY - Alter-Ego Productions is proud to announce the forthcoming tour to South Africa of this "legendary" band in March 2004

LORD OF THE DANCE - The dance spectacular, which has played to over 50 million people in 36 different countries, returns to South Africa by this March, for a whopping two-month tour.

RAGA ON 24 STRINGS - This is a concert of North Indian Classical music, featuring three of the brightest stars in the firmament of Indian Classical Music today, and takes place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 7 April 2004 at 8.15pm.



SOUTHERN CROSS MUSIC FESTIVAL - The three-day Southern Cross Music Festival is known as "The Friendly Festival" and takes place this weekend from 19-22 March 2004 in the Hidden Valley in KwaZulu Natal

THE CAPE TOWN FESTIVAL - The Cape Town Festival is the Mother City's premiere arts and cultural showcase, bringing together the best in local and international dance, visual arts, music, film, photography, spoken word, theatre and nightlife - 14 to 22 March 2004

NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL - CAPE TOWN 2004 - "Africa's Grandest Gathering" is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary in April 2004, and it will be doing so in style at its new home at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the Mother City's Foreshore. With Angie Stone, Femi Kuti, Stanley Clarke, freshlyground, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cassandra Wilson and Miriam Makeba.

SPLASHY FEN 2004 - One of our country's best loved open-air lifestyle celebrations promises the freshest ever delights for body and mind on the Easter weekend, April 8 - 12



Catch Max Cavelera and an all star line-up of the new Soulfly, as they tear through South Africa this March for four exclusive shows. The current Soulfly line up includes Max Cavalera on guitar/vocals (ex Sepultura and Nailbomb), Mark Rizzo on lead guitar (ex I'll Nino), Bobby Burns on bass (ex Primer 55), and Joe Nunez on drums.

Soulfly will be supported in Cape Town by Toyland, and in Johannesburg by Rhutz.

Tour Dates:
17th March - Dockside Superclub Cape Town
19th March - Vodaworld Johannesburg
20th March - Vodaworld Johannesburg
21st March - Bat Centre Durban

Cape Town Tickets Available From: R205.00 Ltd
There are 500 extra tickets for Cape Town available at R218.00 (only 500)
Johannesburg Tickets Available From: R218.00 Ltd
Durban Tickets Available From: R218.00 (only 500)

Online Tickets For All Shows Available from R210.00 Ltd



94.7 Highveld Stereo is proud to present Arno Carstens performing live in Jo'burg!

Don't miss this opportunity to see one of South Africa's great rock stars, previously with Springbok Nude Girls, performing songs from his new solo album, 'Another Universe'

19 March 2004 - The Showcase, Banbury Crossing, North Riding
Time: Doors open at 18h00, Performance starts at 20h45
Entrance: R60 per person
For Bookings call (011) 794 4382
Tickets will be available at the door and at Computicket



Raga on 24 Strings is a concert of North Indian Classical music featuring three of the brightest stars in the firmament of Indian Classical Music today.

The concert features the sitar played by Calcutta-based Purbayan Chatterjee, and the violin performed by Mumbai-based Kala Ramnath. The two are accompanied on tabla by Ashis Paul from Calcutta.

The concert takes place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 7 April 2004 at 8.15pm. Tickets are available from all Computicket outlets.

Profile of the musicians
Purbayan Chatterjee is recognised as one of the most accomplished sitar players of the younger generation. He is a student of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has captivated audiences the world over with his mastery of the sitar and his creative interpretations of the classical Indian repertoire with maturity beyond his years. Purbayan is also one of a few Indian musicians invited to do an annual teaching session at the Trinity College of Music, London, and the University of London where he lectures on sitar and Indian Classical music. His recent collaborations with Spanish Flamenco guitarists have been highly acclaimed.

Kala Ramnath is a senior disciple of the doyen of Indian Classical vocal music, Pandit Jasraj, with whom she toured South Africa three years back. Kala's violin playing is characterised by an immaculate bowing and fingering technique, command over all aspects of laya, richness and clarity in sur. All this innate artistry and technical brilliance combined with a rare and exquisite emotional quality are the hallmarks of her style. She has completely revolutionised the technique of playing the violin by taking this instrument so close to vocal music that today her violin is called "The Singing Violin". Kala has done extensive workshops on Indian violin technique, and also composed works for the New York Philharmonic and Roman Philharmonic Orchestras. She has also recently completed a round of fusion works with Ray Manzarek and the rock group The Doors, as well as works with Chinese, Arabian, Spanish, and Australian musicians.

Ashis Paul started his initial training in tabla at a very tender age under the guidance of his father, a renowned tabla player, Shri Tapan Paul. He is now a disciple of one of the top five tabla players in the world today, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee from the Farukhabad Gharana (school of music). He has accompanied some of the most senior instrumentalists from India at a very young age. He performs regularly for All India Radio. Ashis stands out from his contemporaries by virtue of the richness and clarity, yet gentle, tabla strokes.

For further information contact Nisaar Pangarker on 072 5000 800 or on



There was standing room only at the Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng on Sunday, March 7 during the monthly Gauteng regional finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds competition. All four finalists rose to the occasion and congratulations to The Abbots from Pretoria chosen as the winning group. The Abbots will soon be heading to RP Studios to record with Darryl Torr from Openroom Productions.

The Tempos Band Slam is a new venture, which takes place every week on the main stage after the RP Studios Emerging Sounds competition. The Tempos Band Slam is organised by the venue's owners and groups wishing to be part of this new event should contact Tempo's management directly.

For all the action in March see listings below.

Tempos - 191 Hans Strydom, Kyasands, Randburg
Event starts at 15:00 and there is a R20 cover charge

Saturday, March 20

Saturday, March 27 - Johannesburg Finals - R30 cover charge
Swallow 15
Pyramid Tongue, Skin Deep and 5 Star Channel - main stage (see below)

Also taking place is the 'Way Out There - Festival' contact Laurence on 084 582 8486 for more information. Between 11:00 and 14:00 a Volley Ball competition takes place, there will be a water slide for revellers, and in the thatch a foam party will also be held. Then after the Johannesburg finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds competition the following groups will be in action on the main stage - Pyramid Tongue, Skin Deep and 5 Star Channel.

Thursday, March 25
Nile Crocodile - R10 cover charge and action starts at 21:00
Malice in Wonderland

Perfect Manhatten - Three Rivers - R10 cover charge starting at 21:00
Running high

Sunday, April 4
Coliseum Show Bar - Caesars Gauteng

The regional finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds Competition starts at 15h00, entrance is free but you pay R10 per car as you enter Caesars Gauteng. This is a strictly over-18 venue and seating is limited.

For further information regarding the RP Studios Emerging Sounds contact Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524.

RP Studios has been sponsoring this event over the past seven years and if you visit their website - - you can see a 360 degree view of the studios. For further information contact Peter Jaquire on (011) 714 4666.


Joburg 19 March Durban 20 March CT 21 March

Following on the success of his year-long 'It's You, It's Me' World Tour of 2003, Axe Pulse is proud to present the masterful musical talents of international artist Kaskade, live to the South African public for the very first time.

He's been praised as "The best up and coming artist for 2003" from URB Magazine. For those of you who don't know Kaskade by name, you'll definitely know his latest hit single 'It's you, it's me' licensed as the soundtrack for the Axe Pulse TV and radio campaign.

The Kaskade South African debut kicks off on Friday 19th March 2004 at Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg where he will be supported by Joburg's rocking South African favourites, Frank J, Jon S & Guy (Pimp Squad) and Brad on the All Good floor, Yfm's 2Lani, Marco@115, Jason Magic, Teddy and Dani & Infinite on the main floor with Kaskade and Dror & Amit (Cohen Bros), Troye and The Milkbar Kid on the Miellie Bar Lounge floor.

Durbanites can catch Kaskade on Saturday 20th March from 21h00 at Durban's hottest new club Pop Art Café, Palm Boulevard at Gateway, Umhlanga Rocks. The line-up includes Yfm's 2Lani, Durban's Tira, Charles, Dani & Infinite (Movement, Jhb) alongside Kaskade.

The tour concludes in Cape Town on Sunday 21st March with Monday being a public holiday, from 22h00, when Kaskade will rock Greenpoint's Purgatory & Opium nightclubs (8 Dixon Road, Greenpoint). These 2 clubs are definetly the talk of the town at the moment. Both venues and the outside courtyard will be dressed up in special decor, with added lights and sound thrown in for the full effect.

Miller have also got on board so get ready for some extra surprises from this top brand. Kaskade will blow the roof off the event with the help of Shaun Duvet, Craig De Sousa, Peter Abrahams, Sean Bauer, Jody K, Jack Gorton, Grant De Sousa, Matt Blitz, Ernest, Odwa, Dani & Infinite (Movement, Jhb). One entry fee provides entry into the two clubs at R50 entry. VIP tickets are R70 and are limited to 200... Contact 082 450 4257. Also check out This event is brought to you by Axe, Miller & Anything Goes.

Tickets for The Kaskade South African Tour gigs will be available at the door.


By Daniel Neville

Sat 6 March - Muizenberg Junior School

How often do you get to see international bands in SA? Well, not often...but fortunately that is changing.

The most recent band to come to visit for a while was Durango95. Now, if you were like me, and did not know anything about this rather obscure band you would have been rather, how shall I say this, interested but not insanely amped to see them. But after I did some research into them I found that they were not so obscure after all. They have played with many a "big" band in their existence including true punk rock heroes Pennywise and political activists Anti-Flag. This coupled with downloading a few of their MP3's and taking a long critical listen to them I decided that they were going to be well worth the R50 to see them.

So after not being able to make it to the Friday night show at the Mercury Live I decided that I would definitely make the mission to see these crazy punks from Germany play their last gig on their debut tour of SA in Muizenberg.

As I walked around the corner into the road that runs parallel to Muizenburg Junior I expected to see hundreds of people gathered around outside waiting to get in. But I was rather shocked at the turnout. There could have been no more than 100 people there.

*Pause Here*

Now it's time for me to rant a bit so you can ether read the next few lines and agree with me or you could skip ahead and choose to ignore this completely. Firstly I think it is disgusting that there was such a low turnout for this show, especially because it was an international band.

People complain all the time that we don't have enough "well known bands" coming down, well that is changing thankfully and we are starting to get the exposure that we need.... and this is how we respond? By not supporting. Maybe we are not ready for all the big bands purely because we are too cheap and think R50 is too much to watch an international band (I had at least 10 people tell me they thought it was too much to pay).

Those people ironically are the ones who complain the most that the bands they want to see are not coming. Do you have any idea how much money it costs for plane tickets (R5000 per person return), Sound (R1200 a night excluding lights), Venue (anywhere between R500 and R1000) and the countless other expenses that go into organising a tour e.g. food, petrol, accommodation.

Come on guys we can support the scene better.

*Start Again Here*

But even though there was such a low turnout the band still rocked out and the small crowd that was there gave the bands the support they would have got from a 300 person-strong crowd.

The Doppler Effect were the first to be unleashed on the crowd and they did very well with their new (and permanent at last) vocalist Brett (ex Threefifty, Guz Puppy etc). They ended off their set with a very impressive new song and went off stage while the crowd cheered Glen on for forgetting the chords in a cover that they did.

Next up was the all new Skanking Nelson complete with new bassist and a new outlook on music. They were highly experimental and a very interesting act just to sit/stand and watch, big thumbs up to them for a rocking set although I'm not sure if the scene is quite ready for a band like them just yet.

After them Corea took to the stage and once again their lead vocalist made me laugh with his funny mannerisms and Niko their "screamer" emitted the coolest scream in SA to some very Korn/Deftones-influenced sounds.

Then came My Shade who are definitely my favourite metal/hardcore band in Cape Town. They succeeded in hyping up the crowd and getting everybody very amped for the final act.

Durango95, tight, professional, fast, aggressive, punk rock, German, amping, raucous. Those are just a few of the words I have chosen to describe these legends.

I feel sorry for all those who did not see them, I cannot say that they were anything special except for the fact that they somehow got everybody in that hall at about 11:45pm to start the craziest skank pit ever. If you don't believe me you should have seen the blood gushing from this guy's face after ten minutes of going loco.

The guys from Durango95 are very friendly and I think they did very well even though they have had a very hard tour. These guys have reminded me about how much we need to learn about performing on stage and the degree of professionalism we need if we want to get anywhere.

Shot to Gorilla Productions for bringing them out and shame on all of you who did not support the friendly German punks known as Durango95. [DN]


Upcoming SA Punk Gigs:

Tue 16 March - Cape Town - Company Gardens - Free, 17:45
The Rudimentals
It's the celebration of Nelson Mandela's Inauguration!

Fri 19 March - Johannesburg - Mega-Music Warehouse - R185
New Model Army Tour
New Model Army

Sat 20 March - Johannesburg - Mega-Music Warehouse - R185
New Model Army Tour
New Model Army

Sat 20 March - Cape Town - Stellenberg High School - R30, 7pm
Stellenberg High School Fest
Cutting Jade
Prime Circle
The Finkelstiens

Sat 20 March - Durban - The Winston Pub - R15, 9pm
Jo'burg invades Durban
Humphrey The Teacup (Jo'burg)
The Mel Gibson's Band (Jo'burg)
Sibling Rivalry

Sat 20 March - Cape Town - Dirty Dicks, Hout Bay - R40, 9pm
The Rudimentals
Half Price

Sun 21 March - Cape Town - Mercury Live - R20, 9pm
Cutting Jade

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