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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: 'Unite of the Stars', BOO!, Buckfever Underground, Uprising Festival, Win A Couch.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, Valiant Swart & Mel Botes ( 'Katryn'), Bridgitte ('I've Been Waiting'), Breyten Breytenbach ('Rebel Song'), The Sunshines ('Long Holiday'), and The Sixty Something Band ('Sixty Something Song'), Aidan Harper, Off The Edge, Bridgitte, The Parlotones, The Jack Hammer Story Part 3.
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa - Springbok N*de G*rls; A Naartjie In The UK - The Tripps - 'Volume 1: 20/20 Vision'; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, Guy Buttery, Valiant Swart, Francis Wildemeersch, "The Blood 'n Ink Affair", Johnny Clegg, SA Punk*Ska*Metal*Hardcore: The Uprising Festival line-up, Hollowscene, Cypher, 12th Avenue.
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



On Thursday 5 August the Sandton Convention Centre will be transformed into a dazzling celebrity hub when it hosts 'Unite of the Stars', a star-studded gala banquet in support of two of South Africa's worthiest charities ... We have all these BOO! live dates which are happening all over the place, from Europe to SA, over the rest of 2004 ... The Buckfever Underground decided not to hold a press conference with regard to both their upcoming national tour with Trike and the band's appearance at this year's Oppikoppi festival.

Concrete Dilemma (formerly known as Reject Records), an independent record/production company based in Durban, are responsible for the "rawkus", chaotic yet melodious, experience that is The (upcoming) Uprising Festival ... This weekend Sugardrive (Paul E Flynn, Gavin Wienand and Garth McLeod) return to the Mother City with their new album, 'Love etc.' and you can hear them on 104.5fm this Saturday (11:00-14:00) during Paul See's Native Noise program and see them live at The Mercury on Sat 24th.

This week's new mp3 downloads at MWeb are Valiant Swart & Mel Botes ( 'Katryn'), Bridgitte ('I've Been Waiting'), Breyten Breytenbach ('Rebel Song'), The Sunshines ('Long Holiday'), and The Sixty Something Band ('Sixty Something') ... In this week's 'Tune Us Your Top 10' it is the turn of Aidan Harper, the man behind Ripchord Studios in Cape Town and the release of the 'Going Nowhere Slowly' double CD soundtrack

Off The Edge's leader and co-founder, Peter Hanmer, has put together the best line-up ever for the band's new CD, 'Site Under Construction', which was released a few months back, but which will be officially launched on Saturday, the 14th of August ... We have some background info on Bridgitte, whose big single, 'I've Been Waiting', is available this week as an mp3 .... Katvrou talked about this and that for a bit to Kahn Moorbee, the lead man of the Jo'burg band, The Parlotones ...And Brian Currin concludes his three-part series called 'The Jack Hammer Story'

Kurt Shoemaker is away for the week, so we thought you'd enjoy his review of the Springbok N*de G*rls from a previous edition of the Digest ... John Samson reviews the new Tripps album called 'Volume 1: 20/20 Vision'

Guitar prodigy, Guy Buttery, will be re-returning to Cape Town for a few shows this month following a highly successful run at the this year's Grahamstown festival ... Valiant Swart sal op Woensdag 21 en Donderdag 22 Julie 2004 weer rock in die Hidden Cellar, Dorpstraat, Stellenbosch. ... Francis Wildemeersch is originally from Belgium, and is currently doing a few solo gigs in Belgium and South Africa

The Breath Of Fresh Air Crew have decided to start "The Blood 'n Ink Affair" series of shows with a fund raiser for one of South Africa's most talented Tattoo studios, Phoenix Tattoo Parlour ... We have the latest on the road report back from Barry van Zyl, currently touring the world as the drummer in Johnny Clegg's touring band .... Daniel Neville takes a look at the bands appearing at the upcoming Uprising Festival in Durban ... Saturday 16th July saw Mercury Live hosting hard rock bands Hollowscene, Cypher, 12th Avenue.

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

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

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

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

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (18 July 1969)

1 [1] My Sentimental Friend - Herman's Hermits
2 [2] Time Of The Season - The Zombies
3 [4] The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
4 [7] Little Yellow Aeroplane - Leapy Lee
5 [3] Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

30 YEARS AGO (19 July 1974)

1 [2] Waterloo - Abba
2 [1] The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
3 [3] Emma - Hot Chocolate
4 [4] Solitaire - Andy Williams
5 [5] Tchip, Tchip - Dan Hill

25 YEARS AGO (20 July 1979)

1 [1] Some Girls - Racey
2 [2] I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
3 [4] For Your Love - Chilly
4 [6] Logical Song - Supertramp
5 [3] Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith

20 YEARS AGO (20 July 1984)

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

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


Top 50 New SA Music Titles

Available at One World

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



The 5 Sugar currently recommends...

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

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

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

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

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


From Abstract Truth to Karen Zoid, from 'Astra' to 'Zen Boulders', from 'Ag Pleez Deddy' to 'ZX Dan'... visit the online archive for the history (and future) of South African Rock at:

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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 Sugar Music.

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Madiba calls on World Stars to "Unite" in Support of The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger

Thursday 5 August will see the Sandton Convention Centre transformed into a dazzling celebrity hub when it hosts a star-studded gala banquet in support of two of South Africa's worthiest charities.

While the Oscars are dubbed 'The Night of the Stars', South Africa's 'Unite of the Stars' promises an evening of excellent entertainment and glitzy glamour, all in support of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger - a crisis relief programme spearheaded by Tiger Brands, currently feeding over 100 000 starving children each month.

The 'Unite of the Stars' banquet dinner invites us to nostalgically relive the musical rhythms of the `70's, `80's and `90's, and celebrate the funkiest current pop sensations, in the company of world acclaimed Formula One drivers and a special touch of Bollywood Magic.

The witty and much-loved world famous TV Chef, Ainsley Harriott, and some of the country's most prominent and respected businessmen, will be the hosts for the evening. South African celebrity chef and Food and Beverage Director for Southern Sun - Billy Gallagher - will be entertaining guests' taste buds for the evening with a delectable and tantalising five course meal… Hollywood style.

There will be star-quality performances at the gala banquet, as South Africa's Danny K and Vicky Sampson join superstars Dannii Minogue, Right Said Fred, The Boogie Pimps, Human League, Bollywood superstar Sunidhi Chauhan; Kim Lian and LMC vs U2 (Did you say Human League? Really?? "Don't you want me Baaaby, don't you want me nooowwww" - Love Action Ed.).

Sunidhi Chauhan is a gorgeous singing sensation who has been dominating the Bollywood music industry with hit after hit since the tender age of 8, and is said to be following in the footsteps of Lata Mangeshkar, quoted as being "the world's most beautiful singer". With 3 top 10 singles in the South African charts, 'Bindaas' being the most current number 1, Sunidhi's rich and powerful voice is a household hit in South Africa.

Dannii Minogue is Sexy Aussie star Kylie Minogue's equally talented little sister who has released three albums, and has enjoyed a successful hit single, 'Love and Kisses'. She is also a part-time actress - having an acclaimed soap opera career in her native Australia -, and has a passion and flair for TV presenting. Over the last few years, Dannii has fronted the "BBC Electric Circus" and "Fan T.C.", as well as "It's Not Just Saturday"; "Scoop" for the ITV network; and Channel 4's "Big Breakfast"; in addition to several worldwide TV specials for Disney. She also frequently guest hosts MTV and "Top of the Pops".

British dance-pop trio Right Said Fred scored a U.S. number one single in early 1992 with perhaps the most ubiquitous novelty song of the `90's - 'I'm too Sexy'. More recently, Right Said Fred has been the voice behind what has become the bona fide South African sports anthem 'Stand Up (for the champions)', and the ever popular hit single, 'You're my Mate'.

LMC Vs U2's hit single, 'Take me to the Clouds Above', has taken the world by storm, holding the number one spot on charts worldwide and can be heard pulsating through the airwaves of South Africa's most popular radio stations. The Boogie Pimps have given the classic anthem of the `60's by Jefferson Airplane - 'Somebody to Love' - a 21st century makeover that is ready to explode. This catchy dance version is currently rocking dance floors the world over.

Kim Lian is an energetic and colourful red-head from Amsterdam, whose debut album, 'Balance', is currently being released in South Africa, as well as in several countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, launched by the catchy hit single, 'Teenage Superstar'.

Formed in 1977, Human League brilliantly pioneered the Synth Pop sound. One of the highlights of British Synth Pop is in fact not simple synthesizer melodies, but attention to vocal harmonies. This is especially true for Human League. Their first hit, 1981's 'Don't You Want Me', is still being played in clubs around the world (Don't sing, please...Ed.).

Following their stints at the 'Unite Of The Stars' gig, Dannii Minogue, Human League, Right Said Fred, LMC Vs U2, the Boogie Pimps, and Kim Lian will then also be performing at Jo'burg's Biggest Party (yet) of 2004, brought to us by 5FM, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 7 August. The proceeds of the 5FM Party - which will be hosted by popular 5FM jocks Sasha Martiningo and Ian F - will also go to Unite Against Hunger.

Some of the world's most adrenaline-inducing Formula One drivers will be giving the banquet dinner some fuel-injected pizzazz. These "Petrol Heads" are in the country for a world first: South Africa will be hosting the Altech Formula One two-seater Grand Prix at AA Kyalami on 9 August. The money raised from the Altech South African Grand Prix will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Unite Against Hunger.

You are invited to mingle with the following F1 drivers at the Unite of the Stars banquet dinner: Johnny Herbert, Zolt Baumgartner, Eddie Irvine, Joss Verstappen, Gianni Bruni, Nicolas Kaiser, Bas Leinders, Mark Webber, and Nelson Piquet:

Wine and Dine with the Stars, and savour a gourmet dinner prepared by South Africa's finest Chefs at the Unite of the Stars Gala Banquet:

Those Gala Banquet Details:

Celebrity and entertainment artist line up:
Ainsley Harriott
Dannii Minogue
Right Said Fred
Human League
The Boogie Pimps
Kim Lian
Formula 1 Heroes
Danny K
Vicky Sampson
With guest performance by Bollywood superstar Sunidhi Chauhan

Date: Thursday, 5 August 2004
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm
Dress: Smart (Dazzling)

For reservations, please contact:
Lauren Wills on 084 622 1766 or Email:

Joburg's Biggest Party Details
Date: Saturday 7 August
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Time: Doors open at 7:20pm

Artist Line-up:
Dannii Minogue
Right Said Fred
The Boogie Pimps
Kim Lian
Human league

Brought to you by 5FM, and hosted by 5FM's Ian F and Sasha Martiningo
Tickets cost R140 and are available from Computicket - visit



Thanks to the Roadshock website for info on all these BOO! Live dates which are happening all over the place for the rest of 2004.

Roadshock sums up the band as follows: "From their humble beginnings in a derelict church on the streets of crime-ridden Brixton, South African trio Boo! have risen to become one of their country's finest musical exports. Their unique fusion of African rhythms, melodic pop and contemporary dance sounds, branded "Monki Punk", have won them the devotion of audiences in the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Australia".

BOO! Will be performing live at the following venues over the next few months:

03.07. (D) NEUKIRCHEN (KNüLL), Parkrestaurant festival
04.07. (D) MUNICH, Holledau Festival
08.07. (IT) AREZZO, Arezzo Wave Love Festival
10.07. (NL) ANDIJK, Dijkpop
16.07. (BE) DOUR, Dour Festival
23.07. (NL) DEN HAAG, Paard
29.07. (ZA) JOHANNESBURG, Back2basics
31.07. (ZA) PRETORIA, Cool Runnings, Centurion
08.08. (ZA) NORTHAM, Oppikoppi Festival -10 year celebration.
14.08. (B) HOVE, Tjok Festival
17.08. (SLO) LJUBLJANA, Orto Club
20.08. (CH) LANGETHAL, Wuhrplatzfestival
24.08. (NL) NAALDWIJK, Live Alive WOS Radio Show
28.08. (NL) UTRECHT, Zin in Festival
28.08. (NL) DELFT, Westerpop
29.08. (NL) GRONINGEN, Noorderzon
03.09. (NL) OSS, Groene Engel
04.09. (NL) AMSTELVEEN, P 60
15.09. (CRO) CAKOVEC, Klub
16.09. (CRO) ZAGREB, Mochvara
18.09. (SLO) LJUBLJANA, Gala Hala-Metelkowa
01.10. (D) BERLIN, Duncker Popkomm showcase
09.10. (NL) ZIERIKZEE, Brochum
15.10. (UK) WELWYN GARDEN CITY, Doctors Tonic
21.10. (UK) SHEFFIELD, BoardWalk
22.10. (UK) MANSFIELD, The Mill
31.10. (NL) DEN BOSCH, Plein 79

The band's current album release, 'TNTLC' (Monki Punk Productions) is available at:

Email BOO! At:
BOO! website:

Courtesy Roadshock


[The following release is reprinted exactly as it was received from the Buckfever Underground "press office", apart from some necessary spacing issues]

The Buckfever Underground have decided not to hold a press conference with regard to both their upcoming national tour with Trike and the band's appearance at this year's Oppikoppi festival.

Rather, the pre-prepared script that would have guided the proceedings is being sent out to the media with this email. All media engines and agencies will be free to use the script as a basic guide from which to develop a full story.

Having in the past gone to great effort whenever an important announcement was to be made, The Buckfever Underground are being honest about the fact that the reality we perceive is ultimately in the hands of the media. Consequently, the media should be provided the appropriate amount of creative space within which to "weave the fabric of truth".

It is expected that this new course of action will achieve the multiple objectives of saving the press time, saving the band money and putting the needs of the public first.

The script follows:

The Buckfever Underground: Press Conference - 08/07/2004
By Gilad Hockman:

We are in fairly large, well lit conference room. In the room are roughly two dozen members of the local press either seated or standing around three rows of chairs set out in a semi-circular pattern. The chairs facing a long table covered with a white table cloth on top of which are several microphones belonging to various media organs. Behind the table are five chairs.

The crowd of journalists are either talking amongst themselves or readying their equipment for the press conference. Their attention turns to the appearance of a middle-aged in a grey cotton suit standing behind the table.

The middle-aged in a grey cotton suit reaches into the inside breast pocket of his jacket and removes a four-square strip of two-ply toilet paper

MAN IN SUIT (reading from the toilet paper): Ladies and gentlemen of the press. The reason for this press conference is to announce that The Buckfever Underground will be going on a national tour along with the group Trike. The tour has been named "The Laaste kans fir Afrikaans" tour. The tour will commence on July 24 and will end with an appearance at this year's Oppikoppi music festival. Any Questions? Yes, you sir...

HAGEN ENGLER: Hangen Engler, FHM. Can you give us any specifics for the tour?

MAN IN SUIT: Yes. The dates for the tour are as follows:

24 July - Die Mystic Boer, Stellenbosch
26 July - The Shotgun Sessions, Mercury Lounge, Cape Town
27 July - Mercury Lounge, Cape Town
28 July - The Independent Armchair Theatre, Cape Town
29 July - The Hidden Cellar, Stellenbosch
31 July - Die Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
2 August - Back2Basix, Johannesburg
5 August - Cool Runnings, Pretoria

The date and time of the Buckfever Underground's appearance at Oppikoppi has not been announced. Any more questions? Yes...

MICHELLE CONSTANT: Michelle Constant, SAFM. Have the band announced any strategy for the tour?

MAN IN SUIT: The Buckfever Underground will be employing their 'classic midfield-diamond formation' on stage for the dates in Cape Town, Stellenboach and Oppikoppi. For the remaining dates, they will be playing 'three in the middle with a sweeper'. We're almost out of time, any final questions?

TOM EATON: Tom Eaton, Mail and Guardian. Are The Buckfever Underground available for comment?

MAN IN SUIT: No. At present their whereabouts are unknown. I am assured, however, by persons close to The Buckfever Underground's inner circle that this tour represents part of a greater offence aimed and losing hearts and minds across the country. (pause) That is all ladies and gentlemen. Have a good day.


The middle-aged man in the grey cotton suit exits to the right.

FADE OUT..........

For further enquiries please contact Bastard Media on 021 465 8504 or email


Sun 8 Aug at Berea Rovers in Durban

Concrete Dilemma (formerly known as Reject Records), an independent record/production company based in Durban, are responsible for the "rawkus", chaotic yet melodious experience that is The Uprising Festival.

Formerly known as Punk Uprisings, the fest has happened for 4 years now and has been going strong, showing that Durban has more of an underground scene than anyone would have ever imagined. The reason the name has changed is to bring more than just punk music to the festival. Although the festival is still very much based around D.I.Y ideals that would commonly be associated with the Punk/Hardcore scene.

Concrete Dilemma does not want to label any of these bands as musicians that fit into a particular genre. All the bands playing are good at what they are doing, although you might not have heard of some of them and their songs might not be all over the radio they still absolutely rock.

The Festival will take place on Sunday the 8th of August (Mon is a public holiday) at Berea Rovers in Durban. It will kick off at around 10am and run through till about midnight. Tickets will be on sale for 50 bucks at Island Style stores, The Winston Pub and at Musikland.

For more info about the bands playing at this year's Uprising Festival, see Daniel Neville's SA Punk*Ska*Metal*Hardcore section below.

Tickets will be on sale for 50 bucks at Island Style stores, The Winston Pub and at Musikland.

If you would like any more information about anything to do with this show please call Steve on 084 5811



In March 2004 Sugardrive came to Cape Town to launch a brand new album. Unfortunately 'Love etc' wasn't ready for sale at the time but the album did receive its first radio airplay on UCT Radio's premier SA music showcase; Native Noise.

This weekend Paul E Flynn, Gavin Wienand and Garth McLeod return to the Mother City with the album. Catch Sugardrive on 104.5fm this Saturday (11:00-14:00) during Paul See's Native Noise. The band will be chatting about 'Love etc.' and playing some more unplugged songs live on the air for the Native Noise Acoustic Collection. Paul See will also be featuring Cape Town's Sky Division during the show. The interviews and live unplugged songs will be a good warm-up for the Mercury Live gig on Saturday Night.

For more information on Native Noise visit . The website has just been given a facelift and now includes a discussion forum for people to air their views. Every week an official topic will be launched on the Native Noise forum but people are encouraged to go off on a tangent and start new discussions. Current topics include "Is the SA music battle worth it?", "The value of music" and "UCT Radio's new paint job".

Another new addition to Native Noise Online is a mailing list. You can either receive weekly updates about the show or you can sign up for press releases about major shows.

The website still has all the original features so you can find photos from the live music scene, SA music news and a Cape Town gig guide. Plus you can still listen to recent shows online; you can currently listen to interviews and rare unplugged performances by Soul Proxy, Vol, Chiaroscuro, Lyderkane, Boo! and more.

Paul Seele
Host of Native Noise -Sat 11:00-14:00 on UCT Radio, 104.5fm (Cape Town)
082 440 1249




We don't normally endorse competitions, but we felt we had to let you know about this one, as it could be very interesting and profitable if you have the barest knowledge of rugby and the upcoming Tri-Nations test series between South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia (or the Boks, All Blacks and Wallabies).

Martin Myers, who is the very able and effective PR/A&R (and ER?) person at the BMG offices in Cape Town, knows just as much about South African and International sport as he does about SA and international music. That is why you can hear him on the radio on Saturday mornings at 9.45am when he assumes the role of the "Saturday Couch Commentator" on P4 Radio in Cape Town (104.9fm) with a light-hearted but straight talking discussion of the upcoming weekend's sports events.

To enter Martin's competition, you have to go to the special website at where you can win, among other sports-related prizes...a Couch! You can also mail him or send a fax, but entering via this website is really the simplest way to be eligible to win.

Yip, that's a brand new White Couch from Corricraft that seats three people - and Martin assures us that he will pay to have it delivered to anywhere in South Africa, but not further, unfortunately.

So what do you have to do to win?

Simply go to the website at and predict the points margin (and winning team natch) in the two upcoming Tri-Nations rugby tests against New Zealand. The first game is the All Blacks vs. Springboks on 24 July 2004 Christchurch 09h25 (SA time) and the second game is the Springboks vs. All Blacks on 14 August 2004 Johannesburg 15h00 (SA time)

The rules are you must predict the score difference in the Tri-nations games, as listed above and state who will win. You have to be 100% correct over two legs to win the main prize. There are also two other easy questions about P4 Radio and Die Son newspaper. Entries close on 24 July at 9.30am

You will need to go to the website at to find an entry form and you can enter as many times as you like.

On that website you can see Martin surrounded by all the spoils that will be going to the prophetic victor. Those include the actual Couch, a copy of the book by Mark Keohane called 'Springbok Rugby: Uncovered', a bulging CD hamper from BMG records which includes titles by Angie Stone, Usher, Ruben Studdard, and Joe, a genuine All Black rugby shirt, Jonah Lomu's 'Autobiography', and, finally, a 12-month Subscription to SA Rugby magazine

Sounds worth a go....

Go to and have a guess....



(Based on downloads from and MWeb Entertainment)

1. [1] (1) Noh TV- The Rudimentals ('More Fire'/Indie)
2. [3] (2) Silverfish - Dollyrockers ('The Heat'/Indie)
3. [5] (3) Naked - Hog Hoggidy Hog ('OINK!'/Indie)
4. [6] (4) Nguwe - Godessa ('Spillage'/High Voltage)
5. [7] (5) Oppie Yaat - Kallitz ('Die Ding Ruk Mal'/Mothermix)
6. [2] (2) Kultuurfeestent - Kobus! ('100% Skuldgevoelvry'/ENT)
7. [9] (7) My Baby - Plush ('All That Is Should Be'/Indie)
8. [10] (8) Midnight - 340ml ('Moving'/Indie)
9. [4] (1) Hemel Op Die Platteland - Fokofpolisiekar ('As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand'/Rhythm)
10. [8] (4) Suburbia - Mitsoo (Indie)
11. [15] (11) Ravens - Six Of Nine (Indie)
12. [13] (12) Window Shopping Lover - chiaroscuro ('A Definition'/Indie)
13. [16] (13) What You Doing? - HappyFourTwenty (Single/Indie)
14. [17] (14) Sky Is Falling - Serving Suggestion ('Try Whistling This'/Indie)
15. [18] (15) Verspreide Donderbuie - Amanda Strydom ('Verspreide Donderbuie'/Indie)
16. [19] (16) Mars Mission - The Tripps ('20/20 Vision'/Indie)
17. [12] (4) Porn (acoustic) - Jo Day ('The Truth'/Indie)
18. [14] (3) One Moment - Antipathy (Maiden League)
19. [20] (19) Site Under Construction - Off The Edge ('Site Under Construction/Indie)
20. [22] (20) Sonskynkind - Hex ('Mensgemaak'/Afrimusiek)
21. [23] (21) Lonely Road - High Trailor ('Lonely Road' EP/Indie)
22. [25] (22) Get Your Juices Going - Starburst (Indie)
23. [27] (23) Alles Is OK - Zinkplaat ('Karoo Poison' EP/Indie]
24. [28] (24) Perfect Condition - Syd Kitchen ('Quintessentially'/No Budget)
25. [-] (25) Amandla - Soulja ('21 Gunslut'/Indie)
26. [11] (9) FFF - Tonight We Die (Demo/Indie)
27. [-] (27) Sien Jou Weer (live) - Piet Botha & Jack Hammer ('Live At The Nile'/Wolmer)
28. [30] (28) Hope Given - Sedwick ('The Realisation Of Purpose'/Indie)
29. [-] (29) Fidelity - Baobab (Indie)
30. [-] (30) Bad Habits - The Chalks (Indie)

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

1. [2] (1) Quintessentially - Syd Kitchen (No Budget Records)
2. [3] (2) Die Ding Ruk Mal - Kallitz (Mothermix)
3. [5] (3) OINK! - Hog Hoggidy Hog (Indie)
4. [6] (4) Vol 1: 20/20 Vision - The Tripps (Indie)
5. [4] (1) Spillage - Godessa (High Voltage)
6. [1] (1) 100% Skuldgevoelvry - Kobus! (ENT)
7. [9] (7) The Realisation Of Purpose - Sedwick (Indie)
8. [12] (8) Beyond The Walls - Rus Nerwich (Indie)
9. [10] (9) Live - Die Naaimasjiene (Rhythm/Bowline)
10. [13] (10) Try Whistling This - Serving Suggestion (Indie)
11. [11] (3) Site Under Construction - Off The Edge (Indie)
12. [8] (1) All That Is Should Be - Plush (Indie)
13. [19] (13) Mensgemaak - Hex (Afrimusiek)
14. [7] (1) Moving - 340ml (Indie)
15. [26] (15) In Stereo - Mono (Gallo)
16. [15] (2) Live - Fly Paper Jet (Indie)
17. [21] (17) Karoo Poison EP - Zinkplaat (Indie)
18. [24] (18) Episode 1 - Spindle Sect (Indie)
19. [29] (19) Live At The Nile - Piet Botha & Jack Hammer (Wolmer/Bowline)
20. [14] (14) Lick The Lion - ISLA (Indie)
21. [16] (2) Born Guilty & Other Stories - Colin Shamley (3rd Ear Music)
22. [17] (4) My Dance - Muse String Quartet (Indie)
23. [18] (1) A Definition - chiaroscuro (Indie)
24. [20] (1) More Fire - The Rudimentals (Indie)
25. [23] (1) Big Red (Songs From 'Going Nowhere Slowly') - Various (Ripchord/Bowline)
26. [22] (4) Angel Tongue - Nianell (Fresh)
27. [27] (1) The Heat - Dollyrockers (Indie)
28. [28] (1) As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand - Fokofpolisiekar (Rhythm/Bowline)
29. [25] (19) Met Die Maan Gepla - Gian Groen (Bowline)
30. [-] (30) Nothing Works Like Water - Joint State (Indie)


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

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

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

Valiant Swart & Mel Botes - 'Katryn'
Valiant Swart and Mel Botes again provide the soundtrack to the second series of the 'Song Vir Katryn' saga, now called '@ Jinx', in which both are the leading males alongside Valiant's love interest, the very lovely 'Katryn'. Jinx is the name of the character played by Valiant and Mel is the barman at the club where the boys like to jam. This is the first track from the new series to be released as an mp3.

Bridgitte - 'I've Been Waiting'
There is a lot of interest in this new emerging Cape-based R 'n B star-in-training. This is Bridgitte's impressive opening shot off her new album 'I've Been Waiting'. You can read more about Bridgitte in the CD section below.

Breyten Breytenbach - 'Rebel Song'
One of many unforgettable moments off Breyten Breytenbach's 'Lady One' album featuring one of South Africa's finest poets reciting his poems over moody and atmospheric musical backdrops.

The Sunshines - 'Long Holiday'
This song ahs been played consistently on many SA radio stations since it was first released a few years back. But now, due to many requests, we are happy to announce that 'Long Holiday' is now available as an mp3 download and is highly recommended for anyone who loves a good pop song. Maybe you are off on holiday and need an appropriate tune to keep buzzing around in your head, like Ally MacBeal, She would love 'Long Holiday' and so do/will you.

The Sixty Something Band - 'Sixty Something'
This is the theme song from the successful SA music revue of the hit songs from the '60's, written by Mike McCullagh. This recording is from the 1995 season of 'Sixty Something' and features the late André Fourie on guitar, Venessa Nolan on keyboards, and Duck Chowles, Dennis Baker and Tiffany Griffin on vocals.

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

Soulja - 'Amandla'
In his glowing review of Soulja's album, '21 Gunslut', in 'This Day', SA music journalist Craig Canavan described 'Amandla' as follows: "Take a song like 'Amandla', a crazy conglomeration of spoken word, rap and frantic crooning (in Xhosa and English), laid down against a reggae and funk-rock hybrid that will get the most reticent of souls bouncing around like a demented pogo stick.". He's spot on (as usual), so give it a listen!

Baobab - 'Fidelity'
This 6-person group, assembled by singer-songwriter Ed Lewis, has been finishing off its debut album, 'Code 14', over the past few months. But Baobab gave us something to listen to, to tide us over until that album arrives, and we are grateful for that. The song is called 'Fidelity' and it has a naggingly infectious guitar riff, contrasting with some whiny male vocals singing "All I'm saying, is please be gentle, I am frail, but I'm not fragile". Think elements of Blur, Violent Femmes and The Pixies (all acknowledged as strong influences by the group) and you'll know why we're very interested in that upcoming album by Baobab.

The Chalks - 'Bad Habits'
Some wry lyrics over a loose punky rock sound, that's 'Bad Habits', the impressive first track off the demo debut received from this Cape Town 5-piece. Read all about The Chalks in the CD section below.

Piet Botha - 'Sien Jou Weer' (live 2003)
This is the first track to be made available as an mp3 off Piet Botha & Jack Hammer's just-released live double CD called 'Live At The Nile'. 'Sien Jou Weer' originally appeared on the classic 'Suitcase Vol Winter' album by Piet Botha back in 1997 and even received radio play at the time. This new version was recorded live in February 2003 at the Nile Crocodile in Pretoria.

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer's 'Live At The Nile' CD is now available at Sugar Music/Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town and also online at

Jo Day - 'No Warning'
There are many SA rock fans who just can't enough of Jo Day, so we have something new for you called 'No Warning'...okay? That should keep you satisfied for a while...

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This week's recommended downloads:

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

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

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

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

Blood Island Raiders - 'Fear' Due to popular demand we have more controlled aggression and thunder from the Raiders' power five-song EP called 'For The Sake Of Clarity' Starburst - 'Get Your Juices Going'
- Annelie, Freya, Nathalie, Karen and DJ Switch come "bursting" onto the SA pop scene with this sparky debut.

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

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

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

Zinkplaat - 'Alles Is OK'
- What's this then? Optimistic young Afrikaans rock-punk off Zinkplaat's debut 'Karoo Poison' EP Amanda Strydom - 'Verspreide Donderbuie'
This is the title track off Amanda's SAMA Award-winning album.

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

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

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


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Every week we ask a well-known SA music personality, musician, or fan to give us a list of their top 10 South African songs:

This week it is the turn of Aidan Harper, the man behind Ripchord Studios in Cape Town and the release of the 'Going Nowhere Slowly' double CD soundtrack, as well as the sound for most of that program's first season. Quite a busy fellow, we'd say, but not too busy to send us his list, here it is:

Hi All!

Here's my top 10 SA tunes (In no particular order!)
I chose these songs based on their production and arrangement.

1. Jo Day - I Believe In You
2. Andrew Janisch - Heart
3. Skywire - Lift Me Up
4. Kelvin Declined - Stan 229
5. Seven Day Story - Going Nowhere Slowly (Obviously!)
6. The Usual - I Believe You
7. Toxic Shame - Silent Movie
8. No Friends Of Harry - Competition Rules
9. The Dynamics - Thugs
10. Spoonfeedas - Alone


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By Leon Economides

You may or may not be familiar with the music of Off the Edge, one of South Africa's finest studio recording bands. Although the band was formed in 1983 and has released five studio albums to date, they have never played live as a group before!

If you have a copy of my 2004 desk calendar, you will find a bit of info on the band on the September 2004 calendar insert card. If you don't, I'll just tell you briefly that the band's leader and co-founder, Peter Hanmer, has put together the best line-up ever for the band's new CD, 'Site Under Construction', which was released a few months back, but which will be officially launched on Saturday, the 14th of August.

The current members who will be featured on the night include Peter Hanmer on guitars, Clint Cunningham on vocals, Sherry Jones on vocals/backing vocals, Dave Sharp on keyboards, Glen Welman on drums and Mike Dorea on bass (both of whom are new "additions" to the band - they are actually members of Clint's Creedence Clearwater Revival and U2 tribute bands).

The band has been receiving extensive coverage on SAfm and on Radio 2000, and if the response to their music is anything to go by, it's going to be a really memorable and jam-packed evening!

Rafe Lavine, famous 5fm and SAfm deejay, will introduce the band, and copies of the 'Site Under Construction' CD will be sold at the venue.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2004
Venue: The Showcase
Address: Banbury Cross Village, Hans Strydom Drive, Northwold (near Northgate and The Dome)
Telephone: (011) 794-4382
Cover Charge: R 70.00 per person (excluding meals and drinks - the Restaurant has an excellent a la carte menu)
Time: 7.30pm for 8.00pm (band will start at about 8:30pm)

Leon Economides


Download the title track from Off The Edge's 'Site Under Construction' CD at MWeb's SA Download Section



Bridgitte, whose hot, new single, 'I've Been Waiting' is one of this week's mp3 star attractions, looks like becoming a big name on the SA R 'n B scene.

She was born in Uitenhage, and relocated to Port Elizabeth while doing her matric. She grew up admiring the music of Roberta Flack, from whom she drew most of her early inspiration. Her parents, especially her father, played a big part in grooming her and her sisters, who later became the famous Syndicate Sisters.

Bridgitte and her sisters recorded their first LP, 'Smooth Lover', with Chris Gelakis, followed by the hit LP, 'Every Song Has a Beginning'. The sisters later did a tour of the Eastern and Western Cape which was very successful, and shortly after that they toured Windhoek with Judy Boucher, which was fully sold out.

In that same year they were nominated for a SAMA Award as best new group. But Bridgitte decided to leave the group to pursue her own career as a solo artist and started by doing cover-version songs for the likes of M'du and many of the better known musical names. Bridgitte has also done gigs at places like Carnival City, Emerald and Ceasar's Palace.

More recently, Bridgitte teamed up with Dr Victor, and the hit 'I've Been Waiting' was born. She has been currently doing well on the charts in the Western Cape on P4 Radio and has recently also done interviews at Radio Sonder Grense, while her 'I've Been Waiting' hit is now starting to spread nationally.



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


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



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

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

Pop & Rock:

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

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

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

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


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

Township Pop:

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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By Katvrou

The Parlotones and their thang … Katvrou talked about that for a bit to Kahn Moorbee, lead man of The Parlotones.

Your music is bloody good. Your art is uncompromising and your standard is right up there with the best. Do you make a conscious sacrifice when you decide to do music and make it your life?

Thanks for all the compliments. Well, to a large extent if that ever became reality, (i.e. we were able to make it our lives and full time professions) those sacrifices would be well worth it - right now we're sacrificing what we really want to be (full-time musicians), because we all have jobs and some are still studying. For every band that succeeds, 100 fail and you better have a back-up plan. So it's a question of "who are you owned by in the end??" - we're all 'owned' by something - right now society dictates that music may not pay off, radio owns the laclustre support of SA music and their distinct preference for American music means America owns our tastes and our airwaves.

In terms of sacrifices like gigs and being busy - that comes with the territory and it's what we love - I think if fame and money ever came our way I don't think it would change us. In fact it would make us grateful that we could achieve, doing something we love. Sure, a lot of sacrifices would be made to keep that constant, but sacrifices are made all the time. It just depends what side of the fence you choose to sit on and what angle you decide to view it from.

I often allude to 'LIFE' in general in my songs - the one song in particular is 'Exclamation' and is about making sacrifices, which ties in nicely with your question - "Do this, Do that, Do almost anything, I've had enough success??!! begging bleeding knees are pleading....I'm your radio, radio controlled robot" -

'Swallow this' from the 'Episoda' CD - is this about music standards and how it should be? Most of your tunes go down real smooth - with or without the palatable agitation, heated riffs and punching lyrics.

Well, very little support is given to local arts and culture - radio and television have so much power to influence the market because people will pretty much digest whatever is fed to them on a repetitive basis. I hear that 'Toxic' song by Britney on radio all the time and although I'm not a fan of hers I like the song - why? Because it's being shoved down my throat - so why not shove SA music down the public's throat? There's a lot of good stuff out there that people never get to hear.

What's your pet peeve in the music industry?

Local companies aren't willing to spend money on local rock bands. Yes, the risk is higher, because from a local perspective the returns are bad, but rock is international and if the band does break well into the international market, the potential rewards are massive. Look at all the great bands that have come out and still are from OZ - all because a paradigm shift occurred in OZ and local was supported from government down.

You guys are on a good level with Prime Circle, Marlowe and other groups in the Sovereign milieu. How do you keep the good blood going? Not just between the different music genres, but also between band members? Or are guys just better at it than girls? *nudge-nudge, wink-wink*

I think we're all like-minded individuals as a result of our obvious passion for music. Sure, the styles and interpretations of music may differ, but we all appreciate what each band is doing and we love the music. I think it helps that there are no big egos amongst the Sovereign milieu, so we all just get along as equals, regardless of who the bigger band is. Not to say that guys are better at it than women - if there were females present as band members, I'm sure the same down-to-earth-get-along-gang-let's-get-drunk-together-and- enjoy-the-music approach would apply - but I guess guys are generally more accommodating than girls … but hey, we do LOVE girls…

You have one of the clearest, strongest and most unbelievably unique voices I have ever come across. How the hell do you take care of your voice in this set-up of late night gigs, smoke, fatigue, erratic meals on the fly, and still manage to sound like that?

Thanks for the compliment … I guess the strength really comes in the fact that I sing and hum all the time, which may not necessarily make me a better singer, but it certainly strengthens my voice and reduces the recovery period when I do strain it. It does take strain sometimes and then I'm careful not to push it - I guess the key is practice practice practice!

What would you say to anybody who'd be offended by your lyrics in 'Inside' - all about the end of the world, especially "…might as well screw to pass the time", and "…there's half an hour left and still we're not making love" and then of course "…you still got your panties on...."?

Well I guess I'd say "I'm sorry I've offended you…" and leave it at that. But I'd make it clear that I will continue to sing those songs. Mind you, if the offendee got me on a bad night and I'd get told that some of my lyrics are offensive - I'd probably retort with "Well I find your face offensive" - hehe - *grin*

How do you write your music? Does the song come to you when you can't sleep? When you're shaving? Do you have to go look for it? Or are you one of the lucky ones who don't have to compromise with a recipe-book for song-writing?

It depends - I'm thinking of ideas and melodies all the time. Obviously other musos influence me as well, but I think the key is just to write tons of songs - you can only get better. I also like writing a song around cool one-liners. I guess it's whatever is happening in my head at the time - in fact I never actually write down lyrics. Words often look good on paper but sound like crap once vocalised, so I just sing around a melody and play with words until they sound right - that's what works for me.

What do you think are the guys in the band's strongest points?

From a personal stance they're brilliant down-to-earth and sincere people - just nice guys all round. From a musical perspective we're not the best at what we do, but there's definite uniqueness and most importantly passion for the songs - and they all have big whatnots!!!

Do you think that fans have any responsibilities regarding the bands that they adore?

Yes, I think fans should rather focus on applauding the bands they dig by adoring them and not dissing the other bands. I know how hard it is trying to make it in a band, so even if you don't like the particular style, show some respect and appreciation - focus on saying positive stuff about the bands you love - and rather reserve comment. However, if you believe your criticism to be constructive, then by all means pass it, but do it tastefully.

What's The Parlotones' favourite song to play? Well, at the moment, anyway?

Jeepers, that changes all the time and each member has their own fave. I'd say mine is either 'Overrated' or 'Exclamation' (the new one through the megaphone) - Glen likes 'Silence' (another new one), Paul likes 'Scary' (yes, yet another new one) and Neil digs 'Shame on you' (new one).

What made you sing into the loud hailer in the first place?

I saw Michael Stipe and also Matt Belamy do it - they never did it for a whole song though, and I thought it was a great idea. It sounded cool and it does have an impact - so yes, it may be gimmicky, but it's cool.

There you have it. The Parlotones in a moerse nutshell.

"Light up the stage, rewrite the book - it's your script for life ..." The Parlotones - 2004

The Parlotones are Kahn Morbee (vocals, guitar, megaphone), Glen Hodgson (bass, backing vocals), Paul Hodgson (guitar), and Neil Pauw (drums).


By Brian Currin

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', due later in the year. This will be an English album and should really broaden their horizons. 'The Pilgrim' will be the first full Jack Hammer studio album since 1996's 'Death Of A Gypsy'.

Botha has this to say, "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".

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 then 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'.

Botha was one of the first musicians inducted into the SA Rock Hall of Fame in January 2002, alongside James Phillips (who died in 1995). Other 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 the band's 10th anniversary gig at Oppikoppi, the most prestigious festival on the SA Rock calendar.

'Live At The Nile' is a double live CD, recorded at the Nile Crocodile in Pretoria, and includes renditions of most of the Jack Hammer and Piet Botha classics from over 20 years on the road. The album includes an updated version of the song 'Russian And Chips' by Wildebeest from 1981, which is based on 'The Kid He Came From Nazareth' from the highly rated 'Astra' album by Freedom's Children. There are also a few covers including 'Last Fair Deal Going Down' by Robert Johnson (a big influence on both Botha and Martin) and songs by The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Pink Floyd ('Wish You Were Here').

Botha has been making music for over 30 years and celebrates a 25 year recording career this year. And the Jack Hammer band has been pounding down the highway for 20 years and show no signs of slowing down.

Piet Botha and his band Jack Hammer are truly Legends of South African Rock.

Bushrock 1 - Wildebeest (1981)
Jack Of All Trades - Jack Hammer (1987)
The Judas Chapter - Jack Hammer (1990)
Ghosts On The Wind - Jack Hammer (1994)
Death Of A Gypsy - Jack Hammer (1996)
Suitcase Vol Winter - Piet Botha (1997)
Jan Skopgraaf - Piet Botha (1999)
The Jack Hammer Anthology - Jack Hammer (2000)
Bootleg (live) - Piet Botha & Jack Hammer (2001)
Die Hits - Piet Botha (2001)
Die Mamba - Piet Botha (2003)

Live At The Nile (live) - Piet Botha & Jack Hammer (2004)
The Pilgrim - Jack Hammer (2004)

Houtstok Rockfees (live) (1990)
Elke Boemelaar se Droom - Koos Kombuis (1994)
Oppikoppi Bushveld Blast (live) (1998)
Is - Trip (Francois Scheepers & Niel van der Spuy) (1999)
Tassenberg All*Stars 1 (live) (2000)
High On Blues (live) (2000)
Tassenberg All*Stars 2 (live) (2001)
Vloek Van Die Kitaar (2002)
Tassenberg All*Stars 4 (live) (2003)
Anton (Goosen) & Vrinne & Die Bushrockband (live) (2003)


"We found some friends, but now they're just ghosts on the wind…"

Brian Currin


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

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

Kurt is away for the week, so we thought you'd enjoy his review of the Springbok N*de Girls from a previous edition of the Digest, now that the N*de Girls are touring SA as part of the band's 10th Anniversary celebrations. Kurt will back with a new review next week...


Any look at the Springbok N*de Girls' body of work must be less complex than their music. The Nudies have volume, but also surpass sonic boom bands in musical variety - they are the band of a thousand riffs. That is not to say this ten-legged groove machine doesn't know a catchy hook or smooth groove.

The five guys of SNG are (or rather were): Adriaan Brand, trumpet and synth; Francious Kruger, drums; Theo Crous, guitar; Arno Carstens, vocals; and Arno Blumer, bass. Their original rock has breathtaking moments, and entertains even when it doesn't make one gasp, from the relative simplicity of 'Neanderthal 1' to just about any song on 'Afterlifesatisfaction', 'Surpass the Powers', or even 'Relaxzor'.

The Nudies could do it all: fast, heavy, and hard (yet not repetitive) songs, medium-tempo rock, or lovely ballads - sometimes all in the same song. Metallic blasts, thundering rock, clear singing, and precise control coupled with party enthusiasm - they don't run out of ideas through four EPs or CD singles, and four full-length CDs; hours of creativity inspiring creativity.

I doubt they'll reunite like Sugardrive, who, when in rocking and non-aural tapestry non-monochromatic moments, are themselves a fine rock band, but we still have the band Kobus with ex-Nudies Theo and Arno. Kobus is... different, engaging, and inventive. Still, a nice double CD live set from SNG as a career coda would make many fans, like this one, feel their collection is complete, Nudie-wise.

Sure, some few songs are replete with excesses, but songs like 'Giant Love Affair', 'I Love You', 'Shot', 'Supergirl', and 'X' among others, are awe-inspiring rock. The Nudies weren't one or two talents leading sidemen, but a tight rock ensemble. And though I own all their commercially available work, and though I live way over here in Texas, I still miss them.

Goddank vir klank, y'all.


Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


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


Before the `60's trips would usually have involved some form of vehicle such as a car, train, bus or donkey-drawn cart. In the '60's however, "trip" could also be used to talk about a substance-enhanced journey of the mind while the body stayed put. During the `70's when I was at school, "trip" usually involved sticking out a leg for someone to fall on. The `80's and `90's seemed to have been the wilderness years for "trip", but now in the naughties, "trip" has been re-branded. They've added the magical ingredient "PS" which not only makes your teeth whiter, but is organic and ozone friendly (batteries not included)

But wait, there's more. If you listen to The Tripps' new CD now you get the added experience of enjoying a quality album thrown in at no extra charge. Okay, so who exactly are The Tripps? Well the 2 names that jump out of the credits list are Marc Bentel and Nathan Waywell who were band mates in Amersham, and Nathan was also part of Starskii (with other Amershamer Adam Lomas). Also on the list of credits is Kevin Leicher who has worked with Henry Ate and Jack Hammer.

'Volume 1 2020 Vision' sports a B Grade Sci Fi scene on the cover, but the music inside is a good mix of relaxed rock with other musical genres thrown in for good measure. There a nice little jazzy interlude in 'Terraforming' while 'War' is full-on Industrial goth rock (which is probably where the Marq Vas vocals mentioned on the sleeve come in). The latter is in complete contrast to the chirpy 'Dr Brown' which has a `70's pop tune feel to it. 'We are Here' is a spacious quiet rock number in which Nathan's quiet vocals lure you into a decidedly relaxed state. There are Latin-tinged rhythms and guitars in 'Flight Test' which is reminiscent of `80's band Swing Out Sister and their ilk.

It really is quite a mixed bag which means that one's interest is sustained throughout and, especially on the first listen, you get to a point where you're not sure what to expect next. Although only 7 songs short, at 70 buck a shot, one can afford to buy 2 copies and listen to them one after the other (although the repeat button on your CD player may just do the trick).

So forget the car, cancel the plane ticket, put out that joint and stop causing people to fall over. The new Tripps are here with added PS to enchant and entertain you with their eclectic taste in music. Let them transport you (mechanically or herbally) to a musical Forbidden Planet, just don't fall down.

P.S. Why do people say you trip someone UP, when they end up falling DOWN?

John Samson, London



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

It was not 4 weeks at the top for Herman's Hermits which equalled The Troggs' 'You Can Cry If You Want' and Tommy James & The Shondell's 'Crimson & Clover' in the longest stay at the top for the year to date. Leapy Lee was leaping into the top 5 and apparently he got the nickname Lee from leaping around a lot. Despite his prancing about, Lee Graham (to his mum) was at number 4.

Abba's 'Waterloo' was not the first Eurovision Song Contest winner to top our chart. Vicky Leandross' 'Come What May' had won the competition in 1972 and topped our charts the same year. However, of the 6 winners that charted in SA, these would be the only 2 chart toppers with 3 others peaking at 7 (these being by Dana, Johnny Logan and Bucks Fizz). The other winner, Brotherhood of Man's 'Save All Your Kisses for Me' made number 4.

Racey were into a second week at the top in 1979, but the newcomer to the top 5 was Supertramp. Supertramp had been given a dream start in the music business when a Dutch millionaire gave financial backing to Richard Davies to form a band. However, it was only once the backing was removed that the band began to get noticed. Goes to show that money isn't everything (or the lack of money is the root of all Supertramp hits)

So mesmerised was the SA public by the 'Clap Clap Sound' in 1984 that they seemed unable to seek out new music as the top 5 remained unchanged for a second week running. It was the Klaxton's 7th week at the top, and Queen's 4th at number 2.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Kentucky Blues - Lauren Copley

South African New Entries this week:

19-Jul-74 Joey - Barbara Ray
20-Jul-73 My Childen, My Wife - Gus Whyburd
20-Jul-79 Magic Carpet Ride - Buffalo Featuring Peter Vee
21-Jul-67 Silence Is Golden - Square Set
22-Jul-66 16 Candles - Jody Wayne
22-Jul-77 Seabird - Pendulum
23-Jul-71 He's Gonna Step On You Again - John Kongos
23-Jul-76 Sonder Jou - Ian & Dix
24-Jul-70 I'll Walk With You - Sean Rennie
25-Jul-75 Net Soos Ek Die Telefoon Neersit - Caroline Du Preez
25-Jul-75 Ek Verlang Na Jou - Sonja Herholdt

John Samson


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

LM Top 20 from 24July 1968

1 [2] Jennifer Eccles - Hollies
2 [18] Sunglasses - Hilary
3 [-] Macarthur Park - Richard Harris
4 [15] Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
5 [6] Young Girl - Union Gap
6 [5] Lazy Sunday - Small Faces
7 [3] Lazy Life - Quentin E Klopjeager
8 [1] Honey - Peter Lotis
9 [4] Man Without Love - Engelbert Humperdinck
10 [12] Jennifer Juniper - Donovan
11 [-] Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
12 [-] Joanna - Scott Walker
13 [-] Baby Come Back - Equals
14 [7] What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
15 [8] Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company
16 [10] White Horses - Jacky
17 [-] This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
18 [9] Little Red Donkey - Troggs
19 [-]Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick
20 [16] Baas Jack - Al Debbo & Nico Carstens

LM Top 20 from 20 July 1968

1 [2] The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
2 [1] In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley
3 [3] Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 [5] Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercey
5 [6] Big Ship - Cliff Richard
6 [4] Gitarzan - Ray Stevens
7 [7] Grazing In The Grass - The Friends Of Distinction
8 [13] Frozen Orange Juice - Peter Starstedt
9 [16] Theme From Romeo And Juliet - Henry Mancini
10 [10] Heather Honey - Tommy Roe
11 [17] These Eyes - Guess Who
12 [14] Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
13 [9] Happy Heart - Andy Williams
14 [20] Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
15 [18] Time Is Tight - Booker T & The Mg's
16 [8] Proud Mary - Creedance Clearwater Revival
17 [12] The Colour Of My Life - Jefferson
18 [-] The Lights Of Cincinatti - Scott Walker
19 [11] Love Me Tonight - Tom Jones
20 [-] Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells


There was a major shake-up to the charts in 1968 as there were no less than 6 new entries, the highest being actor Richard Harris' 'McArthur Park' which came crashing in at number 3, just behind Hilary's 'Sunglasses' which had jumped a massive 16 places. The Equals featured a young Eddy Grant who would chart as a solo artist in the early `80's. There was also a Lazy convention at positions 6 & 7 with 'Lazy Sunday' and 'Lazy Life' relaxing at their respective positions.

Simon & Garfunkel knocked Elvis off the top in 1969. The King had spent 2 weeks at the top. Scott Walker meanwhile repeated his 1968 feat and had a new entry this week, however 'The Lights Of Cincinatti' only debuted at 18, 6 places lower than 1968's 'Joanna'. Henry Mancini was the biggest climber, jumping 7 places to 9.

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




19 - Brian May (1947), Queen
20 - Carlos Santana (1947)
21 - Cat Stevens (born Steven Georgiou in 1947, became Yusef Islam in 1977)
23 - Amanda Strydom (1956)
26 - Mick Jagger (1943), The Rolling Stones
26 - Roger Taylor (1949), Queen
30 - Kate Bush (1958)
30 - Buddy Guy (1936)

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I am living and working in London and while browsing the web for information on my favourite South African artists came across this resource ( ... I often put my headphones at work and listen to a song or two (my favourites being the Leslie Rae Dowling track and then Nianell's 'Who painted the moon black' ... so thanks for giving me access to stuff I wouldn't have otherwise found in CD shops here or international mp3 sites

How about some more of the classics ? ....

Like Johannes Kerkorrel's 'Halala Afrika', Bright Blue's 'Weeping', or anything from Jennifer Ferguson - also some more African stuff (I know you don't accept requests but the selection seems a little biased at present)

thanks again for a great site!
Richard h.

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I would like to know if Lesley Rae Dowling is never been in Italy, and where is possible to see her in concert if she does.

Why almost nobody knows Lesley in Italy.

I Thank You in advance and sorry for my English.
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Chiaroscuro - 'A Definition' (Independent)
Dollyrockers - 'The Heat' (Independent)
Ezra - 'Funk 'n Roll' (BMG)
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freshlyground - 'Jika Jika' (Independent)
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Godessa - 'Spillage' (Indie)
Goema Captains Of Cape Town - 'Healing Destination' (Mountain)
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Joint State - 'Nothing Works Like Water' (Indie)
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Johnny Clegg - 'Third World Child' (LP)
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THE SPRINGBOK N*DE G*RLS 'GODDANK VER KLANK' (1994-2004) 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR - All those dates and details at

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

THE PRIME CIRCLE WINTER TOUR 2004 - The tour kicked off on the 1st of July in their hometown of Witbank and will see the band travelling to no less then 15 cities and towns throughout South Africa. The Parlotones will be joining the band on several of the shows. GUY BUTTERY - Straight from a highly successful run at the Grahamstown festival this year, Guy Buttery will be re-returning to Cape Town for a few unmissable shows in July.

THE BUCKFEVER UNDERGROUND - The Buckfever Underground will be going on "The Laaste kans vir Afrikaans" national tour along with the group Trike. - The tour will commence on July 24 and will end with an appearance at this year's Oppikoppi music festival

THE KLIPPIES AND COLA STUDENT SESSIONS - The Klippies and Cola Student Sessions are back in the fairest Cape after the winter vac. Catch the best live tunes every Tuesday night - July through August - alternately at The Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town and Die Mystic Boer in Stellenbosch.

CAPE TOWN BATTLE OF THE BANDS - The 2004 version of the Cape Town Battle of the Bands (for all those "mature" '70's bands) starts on the 25th July and ends with the finals on 29th Aug.

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

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

THE INDEPENDENT ARMCHAIR THEATRE - This week's line-up includes Guy Buttery, Prime Circle Unplugged with The Parlotones, Johan Slabbert & Jak de Priester, Matt Alison - In Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.



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

Q AND NOT U SA TOUR - The Q and Not U SA tour is just a few weeks away and is set to be one of the sickest tours to hit South African shores. Rocking at venues such as Jo'burg's Carfax, Pretoria's Nile Crocodile, Cape Town's Three Arts Theatre, Durban's Wave House, and supported throughout the tour by our very own super-skankers Fuzigish.

FRANCIS WILDERMEERSCH - Originally from Belgium, Francis plays the flamenco guitar in the tradition of Paco de Lucia and sings and plays various songs in Spanish.



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

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

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



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OPPIKOPPI 10 - All systems are go for this great SA music festival's 10th birthday celebrations from 6-9 August with updates on the line-up, stages, stalls and tickets.

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Straight from a highly successful run at the Grahamstown festival this year, Guy Buttery will be re-returning to Cape Town for a few unmissable shows. This guitar prodigy needs no introduction to his Cape audiences after his numerous shows and tours and after the release of his well-received album, 'When I Grow Up...'. Guy has been busy all over the country making serious waves in the music industry, performing at all the major festivals, theatres and prestigious events.

At the tender age of 18, Guy released his highly-acclaimed debut album, 'When I Grow Up...'. Being one of the youngest nominees ever in the history of the South African Music Awards, Guy received two nominations for both 'Best Instrumental Album of the Year' and 'Best Newcomer for 2002' for the South African Music Awards (SAMA's).

In 2003, the album was also nominated by The South African Rock Digest, as one of the best albums of the year. This album captures Guy's unique performances, versatility and stunning technique.

These Cape performances will be Guy's last shows before he goes into the studio again to record his second album. Not to be missed!

22nd July - The Independent Armchair Theatre, Obz
26th July - The River Club, Barleycorn, Obz
28th July - Acoustic Cafe, Muizenberg
29th July - The Independent Armchair Theatre, Obz
1st August - The Green Dolphin, Waterfront

Listen and Buy Guy Buttery's 'When I Grow Up...' online @:

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082 361 0615



Valiant Swart sal op Woensdag 21 en Donderdag 22 Julie 2004 weer rock in die Hidden Cellar, Dorpstraat, Stellenbosch. Valiant het sy optredes vroeg in Junie 2004 hervat na verskeie maande op die stel van die tweede reeks van 'Song vir Katryn' in Johannesburg. Hierdie opvolg van die gewilde eerste reeks op KykNet sal uitsending begin op 15 Julie 2004.

Valiant sal aanhangers in Stellenbosch vermaak met van sy ouer Rock treffers soos 'Buitekant' en 'Hi-Fi op Standby'. Hy tree op saam met sy band, wat sal bestaan uit Vernon Swart op dromme, Simon Orange op klawers en Schalk Joubert op baskitaar. Kaartjies is by die deur beskikbaar teen R50. Die vertoning begin ongeveer 21h30.

Vir meer inligting, kontak gerus vir Ilse van der Merwe op 083-411 0901


Gitarra Flamenca - Cante Latina - Rumba Gitana

Francis Wildemeersch is originally from Ghent, Belgium, and is currently doing a few solo gigs in Belgium and South Africa. His music is filled with passion and emotion, true to the fire of Spain and its people!

Francis plays the flamenco guitar in the tradition of Paco de Lucia and sings and plays various songs in Spanish. For these gigs he will perform his own compositions, as well as traditional Spanish and Latin American songs. His CD will be released before the end of the year.

Concert One:
Where: Dorp Street Theatre, Stellenbosch
When: Wednesday, 21 July 2004 @ 20h30
R50 tickets @ the door or book at henna 0824750859

Concert Two:
Where: Fairhill Bistro & Theatre, Hatfield PTA
When: 25 July 2004, 13h00
Lunch included. book at 0123440140



Whether you're covered in tattoos from head to toe, or have a butterfly on your lower back then this night of pure mayhem is just for you. The Breath Of Fresh Air Crew have decided to start "The Blood 'n Ink Affair" series of shows with a fund raiser for one of South Africa's most talented Tattoo studios, Phoenix Tattoo Parlour.

Phoenix Tattoos are one of the few studios that care and look after their clientele and they are true believers in South Africa's real bands, sponsoring a handful of bands with free tattoos and piercings. It's only right then that the bands return the favour and throw a fund raising event for some of the nicest people in the world.

Be prepared for a night of tattooed rock-n-roll with the melodic, metal sounds of ATFN and the dirty rock-n-roll sounds of The SlashDogs. The entire Phoenix Tattoo Crew will be there to finish of the party in true kustom kulture style with prizes for the best tattoo.

"The Blood 'n Ink Affair" with special guests:
The SlashDogs (
..and the Phoenix Tattoo Crew.

Saturday 24th of July 2004
The Nile Crocodile, Pretoria.

For more info go to or e-mail the BOFA Group at

Mark @ Breath Of Fresh Air



The wealth of emerging musical talent just never ceases to amaze us here at Emerging Sounds. Every week we get to see and hear the new breed of bands and there are some exciting musical times ahead for all of us.

Last weekend we were in Nelspruit and let me tell you - Nelspruit rocks! The Blue Moon on Saturday, July 10 proved Nelspruit has the musical talent to make musical waves in the South African market place.

Congratulations to No Ones Arc who proceed through to the next regional finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds event taking place at the Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng on Sunday, August 1. (Visit to see photographs from the event).

For listings of who is performing where in the world of Emerging Sounds see the listings below for Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and the Vaal. Then during August we are once again in Nelspruit and Bloemfontein.

The second annual band festival taking place at Tempos on Saturday, August 28 is featuring the cream of the crop from this year's RP Studios Emerging Sounds' events - plus a surprise or two. Watch this space.


Action gets under at 15:00 and there is a R20 cover charge.

Saturday, July 24
Action gets under way from 15:00 on the main stage
Cover charge on the day is R40.
74 % Stupid
Monkey Finger
Pointing to Pieces
Winners from July 17
Then afterwards:

Guest DJ - Barney Simon
2 Years 8 Seasons

Thursday, July 22 - NILE CROCODILE - R10 cover charge
Gone by 6
Susan's Goliath
For further information contact Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524.

Friday, July 23
Running High
Plus others
For further information contact Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524.

Tuesday, July 27
Night Vibes - Caesars Gauteng
New Johannesburg leg for bands and groups based in the East and South of Johannesburg - contact the Squire on 082 770 7524.
Sunday 1 August


Entrance is free you only pay R10 parking per car at the entrance to Caesars, Gauteng.

Caesars, Gauteng will be exercising a zero tolerance attitude in terms of under age guests in this venue, with immediate effect, no ID no entrance. This is a condition of the venue's Liquor and Gaming licence.

The Coliseum Show Bar is a strictly over-18s venue only and has experienced problems in the past with under-18s trying to get into the venue. And from now on if management think you look under age and you cannot prove otherwise they will not allow you into the Coliseum Show Bar.

No One's Arc - Nelspruit
Winner of the Pta leg
Winner of the Vaal leg
Winners of the Jhb leg
One band from this event then proceeds through to the Quarterly final of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds taking place at Circus Maximus on Sunday, October 31.

Sunday 15 August
Another record deal is on offer from Sheer Music. One band from this event will record ten tracks with Darryl Torr at RP Studios which will then be released through Sheer Music.

The action gets underway at 15:00 and tickets cost R40 per person.
In action are:
10 C Short - Nelspruit
Cherry Pill - Jhb
Re-Play - Jhb
12-Gauge - Dbn
Soul Summit

For further information contact Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524.


By Daniel Neville

Sun 8 Aug at Berea Rovers in Durban

The Festival will take place on Sunday the 8th of August (Mon is a public holiday) at Berea Rovers in Durban. It will kick off at around 10am and run through till about midnight. Tickets will be on sale for 50 bucks at Island Style stores, The Winston Pub and at Musikland.

Here is more info on all the bands appearing in this rad line-up!

Hog Hoggidy Hog, alias "The Hogs" have been perfecting their brand of completely contagious ska/punk for the past years now and this has resulted in a style that is entirely their own. Although the band admits to being influenced by mainly ska and punk bands they blend different sounds and techniques to bring the audience an experience that they will not forget.

Hog Hoggidy Hog have released three albums, have toured the country briefly, and have turned heads at every show they have played at. In nine years they have only played in Durban twice so they are still very new in the eyes of the Durban Punk fraternity. Three of the members are trained jazz musicians and this influence definitely brings diversity to their style. Check out 'Oink' the new HHH album available at The Uprising Festival 2004.

The Rudimentals - American youth culture is at a high in South Africa. Pseudo U.S bands are popping up everywhere singing in phoney American accents and ranting on about useless drab topics such as girls and getting wasted. Through all the misleading hype surrounding bands like Tweak and The Finkelstiens emerges The Rudimentals, a band not afraid to recognise their roots as an African Ska outfit.

The band resides in Cape Town where they have been perfecting their sound for the last couple of years. As some of you might know ska originated in the `60's out of the dancehalls of Jamaica and helped create the popular Jamaican sound that we all know as reggae. The Rudies respect the roots of their genre and dress up in traditional ska fashion to represent the Rude Boy. Rude Boys were often seen as gangsters and trouble makers and this could be inspiration for The Rudies song 'Gangsta'. Don?t miss this band - they are amazing.

ATFN are also known as All This For Nothing, and have been jamming for around seven years and in recent time have reinvented their sound.. When they first started jamming, their sound could be described as mere melodic punk. Now they play progressive into Rock 'n Roll with loads of '80's-influenced material. Think Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath with a hint of bands like Thrice or Strung Out and you have a good idea what they sound like. Three lead guitars make ATFN the most technical band at the festival. To see the guitar players working in unison is amazing and their live performance is also way above par. (On tour from Pretoria)

A wave of progression is sweeping the International scene with a genre of music that is often hard to pinpoint. Some are calling it Post Hardcore, Emo/Core or melodic hardcore. Bands in this new genre often exceed boundaries and play music that is utterly melodic as well as brutally heavy. Cannon To A Whisper is one of those bands; born out of the ashes of Pet Flyz (One of S.A's best Indie punk bands) they are all ready to unleash their progression onto the masses. For fans of Grade, Static Lullaby and Thrice. (On tour from Pretoria)

Sibling Rivalry have to be one of the most genre-blending bands in the country at the moment, fusing elements of Ska, reggae, punk and metal to bring a sound that is very unknown to South Africa. Although they are influenced by American, European and Jamaican music they still try and keep their sound as African as possible. Their recently appointed brass section definitely adds the African edge they were looking for. Their brass players come from very different backgrounds from the rest of the band as this further diversifies their sound. They have a very energetic live performance and are dedicated to promoting a thought-provoking, socially aware message through their lyrics.

Crossing Point are the kings of Durban Hardcore and are one of the best Hardcore bands in the country. They are also straight edge which means they keep clear from all substances that harness the mind such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco. They also believe in clean living in all facets of life and they are vegetarian. The band has one of the best live performances and although they take a strong dislike to what a lot of people see as normal they are open minded and non judgmental they have been around for years and are a band responsible for a lot of change in the Durban scene. They are influenced by a lot of the world's best hardcore although punk seems to rear its head in their sound as well.

The AK Massive have been a mainstay in the Durban scene for quite some years and although they have operated in very much an underground D.I.Y fashion they have gained quite a great deal of commercial success through their music. The AK Massive have played at just about every major festival in the country (Woodstock and Splashy Fen to mention a few), and have released a string of successful EP's which have gained radio play on popular stations such as 5fm. The AK Massive could mainly be compared to bands like Rage against the Machine and The Pistols for their political analysis and outgoing non-conformity. These guys are sure to cause chaos.

Just around thirty to forty minutes away from Durban lies the sleepy hollow known as Maritzburg and every once in awhile the people are awoken to the sounds of Glow. Glow have been doing their thing for longer than most bands and it shows in their sound. It could be described as nu-metal but there is something different about it. Influenced by a wide selection of bands, their music could be described as a hybrid between bands like the Deftones and Sepultura, fusing elements of nu, old and even death metal to deliver a sound sure to kick metal lovers in the teeth.

The Mystery Girls have to be by far the oldest band playing at this year's festival (Ouch! -Ed.) and they have been doing their thing since the `70's. Their sound is what you could only describe as pure rock 'n roll. They love bands like the Clash, Pistols and the New York Dolls and they represent this era very well. This is definitely something for the golden oldies although I'm sure all the kids will love their music as well. They have an amazing live performance and really get the crowd going. They only get together for special accessions so make sure you don't miss this band.

Filthy Friend is one of those bands you just love watching because they are so entertaining. They might not have the best guitar work, their drumming might not always be in time and their singing is pretty much off key they still rock out harder than most. Every year at The Uprising we like to get a few bands whom we think are going to be absolutely amazing in a few years' time. Filthy Friend is one of those bands. For fans of Dirty punk with old school sentiments think Rancid, The Clash and Nofx.

Low Profile are the next emerging band for the festival and they fit nicely into the new school punk/ska genre that we have come to know and love from bands on Fat Wreck Chords. Think Lagwagon and Millencollen and you get a nice idea of what they sound like. Unlike Filthy Friend, Low Profile are going for a more tightly poised sound and with a little more work Low Profile could be rocking more than just the Durban scene soon.

Durban is at a serious low when it comes to personalities and people who can host events. Drab D.J voices blaring over a PA system is not exactly entertaining. The Neon Anthems (The Hosts) are a breath of fresh air when it comes to getting the crowd going. They are a two piece comedy act not afraid to rip off themselves or anyone else in the crowd. They will be introducing the bands in a way that could only be described as unconventional. A musical, comical experience is in store.

Remember... Sunday the 8th of August (Mon is a public holiday) at Berea Rovers in Durban. 10am -midnight.

Tickets will be on sale for 50 bucks at Island Style stores, The Winston Pub and at Musikland.

If you would like any more information about anything to do with this show please call Steve on 084 5811


SA Punk Gig Guide:

Sat 24 July - Cape Town - Boogaloos Skatepark Tygervally - R40, 4pm till Midnight.
Ace's and Spades Fest
14 bands - R3 per Band
Hog Hoggidy Hog
Cannon To A Whisper
Pulled from six feet
Tonight We Die
and many more....

Sat 24 July - Cape Town - Jan van Riebeeck High (Corner of Kloof and Camp Street) - R20 8pm
bandIT - Battle of the Bands
Afrikaans VS English With:
Zero Tolerance
The Special Guests
Saag My Grasperk
Captain Stu and the Llamas

Sat 24 July - Pretoria - The Nile Crocodile - R30, 9pm
The Blood 'n Ink Affair
Breath Of Fresh Air Presents… "The Blood 'n Ink Affair" with special guests
The SlashDogs
and the Phoenix Tattoo Crew.

Daniel Neville


[This is the latest on the road report back from Barry van Zyl, currently touring the world as the drummer in Johnny Clegg's touring band}

Howsit Guys,

We have a 4 hr bus drive, and we're stuck in NY traffic!
So thought I'd do that update I promised.

Since my last mail we did Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. All the shows were good - full houses, great responses. We opened the Montreal Jazz Festival - with Ladysmith Black Mambazo as special guests! - and an audience of 125,000 people!

Only downside was getting robbed in our hotel lobby in Vancouver - I lost my brand new Camcorder, along with other stuff! Actually saw the thief after the fact, on the security camera playback!

We went back to the USA a week back - Did Chicago, DC, Detroit, New Hampshire. On Friday we played the Berklee Performance Center in Boston - a great gig!

Last night we did BB Kings on 42nd St in NYC - Spent the day around the Village/Soho/Tribeca shopping and hanging out. Was a great show too - the response was awesome!

Went to Youssou N Dour's show at Roseland after we finished, which was cool - his band's sounding great.

Tonight we do Philadelphia .... Philly in our tour book!
Tomorrow we fly back to France - there is a show in Marseilles on Monday night.

Johnny's last tour here was 8 years back - so obviously nobody really knew what to expect.

It's been amazing.

Ok -
Barry (van Zyl)



Saturday 16th July saw Mercury Live hosting hard rock bands Hollowscene, Cypher and Rock Band, 12th Avenue. Hollowscene opened and launched into an awesome 30-minute set and proved that Grahamstown has some great hidden talent!

For a change it was very refreshing to hear a band that was not categorised in the much overplayed punk genres. The sound of the guitars complemented each other as there were some pretty cool guitar harmonies. Watch out for this New Metal band!

Next up was Rap-Metal band Cypher. They performed a well-executed set and even incorporated an angle grinder into one of their tracks (Chris played it with a real flair!). I think that the lead vocalist must go through quite a few T-shirts as the sparks were truly flying!

More info on the band at

12th Avenue closed off the evening with their special brand of rock and put on a great show, proving once again that they are a force to be reckoned with on the local gig circuit. For the first time in 12th Avenue gig history, Mark Haze (Lead Vocals and Lead Guitars) played a rendition of "Don't Lose Your Soul" on an acoustic guitar. This was awe-inspiring as he launched into a full electric effects-and-all solo played on the acoustic!

12th Avenue's official website at Grahamstown bands Hollowscene and Cypher are currently on their "Cape By Storm" tour.

Aidan Harper



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