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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: Rock 'n Roll's 50th, Starburst, SA Party in London, Rudimentals, Jacques Brel, Mike de Jager, Filesharing.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, Starburst, Sunscream, The Tripps, High Trailor, Zinkplaat, Bill Flynn, Jason Glover, The Awakening, "Goth - Industrial Gathering", Kerrianne Cox.
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa - Jerico - 'Kongo Kwela'; A Naartjie In The UK - Spoon Feedas - 'True North'; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, SA Punk*Ska*Metal*Hardcore, London Calling, Luna tour, RP Studios, Nimbus Experience, Clegg tour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soulja.
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



Hey! It's Rock 'n Roll's 50th birthday - want to go to Memphis, Tennessee, where it all started with Elvis, to celebrate? (this is not, repeat not, a competition, just a suggestion) ... Think about a combo of Sugababes and the Spice Girls, okay focus, that's new SA group Starburst ... The biggest, baddest South African party event of the year is about to hit London on the 31st July 2004 at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle.

The Rudimentals are spreading their infectious sounds around the country over the next few weeks on their National SA Tour ... We have details and dates for that tour as well as the upcoming Springbok Nude Girls' 10-year Anniversary SA Tour .... Cedric Vandenschrik (Christian Deni) and Stella Konik present Jacques Brel's music, life and thoughts in a simple, minimalist, intimate way in their current show

There's a new Stage Magazine on SA shelves .... SA guitarist Mike de Jager recorded a new track for former Judas Priest frontman Al Atkins' new album last week..... The RIAA would have you believe that downloading is single-handedly destroying the music business. A new study refutes the claim.

New mp3's this week from Starburst ('Get Your Juices Going'), Sunscream ('Another Man's Woman'), The Tripps ('Mars Mission'), High Trailor ('Lonely Road'), and Zinkplaat ('Alles Is Goed') ... This week's Celeb:Select: is from Bill Flynn, star of SA stage, screen, and cop shows on TV ...The adored and quite strange Cape Town group, Spindle Sect, will be launching their debut EP at the Mercury Live on Wednesday 30 June

Jason Glover has just released his debut album, 'West Road' ... 'Darker Than Silence' is the brand new, highly anticipated 15-song album by The Awakening ... The "Goth - Industrial Gathering" is the longest running and biggest attended goth - industrial annual live band/DJ event in Cape Town presented by Subterania Music.

The Australian High Commission is proud to announce the tour to South Africa of acclaimed indigenous Australian singer/songwriter Kerrianne Cox ... Kurt Shoemaker tells us all about Jerico's 'Kongo Kwela' album ... John Samson has been listening to Spoonfeedas' 'True North' album when the football's not on.

London Calling presents the launch of its weekly Punk Nights on Thursday 1 July .... Luna will be performing in Gauteng and Pretoria in July this year, to promote her self-titled CD called simply, 'Luna' ... Nimbus Experience will be putting on a full, professional, audio-visual explosion style Rock Show at The Victory Theatre on the 21st August ... There will be two Newsong Festival Promo gigs next week to get people amped for the festival itself which takes place from 25 to 28 September in Hartenbos, Mossel Bay ...

SA drummer, Barry van Zyl, has been touring the globe with Johnny Clegg and sent us a short update on their tour ... It was England vs Portugal in the semi final of Euro 2004 but, despite this, St Paul's Cathedral was packed with Mambazo fans, including John Samson .... It has already been over two weeks since Soulja returned from a very successful KZN mini campaign and they tell us about it..

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

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

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (27 June 1969)

1 [2] My Sentimental Friend - Herman's Hermits
2 [1] Proud Mary - Credence Clearwater Revival
3 [3] Hair - The Cowsills
4 [4] First Of May - Bee Gees
5 [6] Think It All Over - Sandie Shaw

30 YEARS AGO (28 June 1974)

1 [1] Solitaire - Andy Williams
2 [2] The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
3 [4] Waterloo - Abba
4 [3] Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
5 [6] Dark Lady - Cher

25 YEARS AGO (29 June 1979)

1 [1] Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith
2 [2] I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
3 [3] Baby It's You - Promises
4 [7] One Way Ticket - Eruption
5 [12] Some Girls - Racey

20 YEARS AGO (29 June 1984)

1 [1] Clap Clap Sound - Klaxons
2 [3] I Want To Break Free - Queen
3 [2] Footloose - Kenny Loggins
4 [4] 99 Red Balloons - Nena
5 [7] Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

* 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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On July 5, 1954 Elvis Presley walked into the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and recorded his first hit song, a version of Arthur Crudup's 'That's Alright Mama', with Sam Phillips at the controls. Rock historians now point to that monumental recording session as the pivotal event that officially kick-started the rock 'n' roll era.

Now, 50 years later, millions will be gathering next week to honour the occasion with a variety of events in Memphis, now known as the hometown of rock 'n' roll, its long-dead King, and his palace at Graceland.

So, apart from travelling to Memphis to join all those Elvis fans, how are you planning to commemorate this auspicious date?



Details of the upcoming SNG 10-year Anniversary Tour, as announced in last week's Digest, are now available. Arno Carstens (vocals), Theo Crous (lead guitar /vocals), Francious Kruger (drums) and Arno Blumer (bass) return as Springbok Nude Girls for a South African tour over July and August 2004, with guest artists Brendan Jury (keyboards) and Lee Thomson (trumpet).

Sony Music is re-issuing Springbok Nude Girls -' The Fat Lady Sings' (Best of) album as a new double CD package, containing the 'Best Of' CD as well as a bonus disk with rare and unreleased material from the band's recorded archives.

This new package will be known as 'Goddank Vir Klank' and is to be released on 28th June 2004.

The following gigs have been confirmed so far:
8th July - Al's - Knysna
9th July - Grahamstown Festival
10th July - Mr Price Pro - Durban
16th July - Newtown Music Hall - Johannesburg
17th July - Volksblad Festival - Bloemfontein
23th July - Zeppelins - Pretoria
30th July - The Doors - Johannesburg
31st July - Blue Moon - Nelspruit
6 - 9th August - Oppikoppi Festival (exact date TBC)

Dates in Cape Town, Windhoek & London (England) are still to be confirmed.

Guest band Marlowe will be on tour with Springbok Nude Girls.

The Goddank Vir Klank national tour is being sponsored by Mr Price, Volkswagen and 5fm.

For more information contact:
Franie Kotze - Clear Entertainment
Paul Thackwray - Sony Music

SNG website at:



The biggest, baddest South African party event of the year is about to hit London.

It will be held 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.

Join some of South Africa's hottest radio and TV personalities - like Sasha Martinengo from 5fm, Mark Pilgrim, one of South Africa's best known radio DJ`s and a Big Brother SA presenter (Jeez! Sasha and Mark...we're there man!! - Live Ed.), along with some of the hottest South African club DJ`s we could find, from all over the world together under one roof.

There's Murray Bunn, the Dutchman, Daz, Sam Fury and local lad Owen Killgallon playing the best tunes celebrating our democracy.

The special guest at the event will be "Big Bad" Brad from Big Brother SA (Wow! Unmissable!! - Delirious Live Ed.).

Doors open at 7:30 pm and were gonna party hard through till 6:00am - be there.



We have a brand new and gorgeous SA girl group on our hands (You wish! - Ed.). Think Sugababes, with an edge, meeting the Spice Girls .... well that's close to the feel and sound of Starburst, a new all-singing and dancing girl group, who have just released their debut single, 'Get Your Juices Going'.

The song, which is currently and exclusively available for downloading at Mweb's new mp3 site, has a winning pop sensibility with a funky house beat, a great hook line, and universal pop appeal. This new five-piece group consists of Capetonians Freya (lead singer), Nathalie on guitar, Anneline, Karen and DJ Switch, who is the male member of the group (Heh heh - Ed.).

For more info on Starburst and bookings you can contact their manager, Tim Culley, at 072 214 3472

Download 'Get Your Juices Going' by Starburst at MWeb:



Cape Town's favourite big ska-punk band are spreading their infectious sounds around the country over the next few weeks on their National SA Tour. Due to popular demand, Cape Town band, The Rudimentals, will be touring South Africa at the end of June, including performances in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The Rudimentals' 'More Fire Tour 2004' kicked off last week at the Independent Armchair Theatre. The tour is set to coincide with the scheduled televising of their video 'Noh TV', largely on the strength of the video having won a Stone Award at this year's National Television and Video Foundation Awards.

As the Afro-Ska band with the "Rainbow Nation" line-up, their appeal springs from their "up by your bootstraps" attitude, their infectious music and captivating stage presence. The Rudimentals reflect on everyday life, and the problems we face as Africans in their own irrepressibly positive way.

With its roots still firmly planted in the Jamaican dance halls of the `60's, the band have fused ingredients of the local, with the familiar back beat of Ska. This contemporary combination makes the music both accessible and fresh, with the final product being African Ska.

Like Ska music itself, the band has a long and gregarious history, as one would expect from nine musicians. The founding members of the band are bass player Barry Clausen, guitarist Etienne Harris, and drummer Duane Heydenrych. This crew met and glued with Zimbabwean talent Teboho (Teboes) Maidza, and out of this highly talented gathering rose The Rudimentals.

In true tradition of Ska bands, the band then took on a three-piece brass section and a keyboard player, all from The University of Cape Town Music College. Simon Bates as saxophonist, Jody Engelbrecht as trumpeter, Ross McDonald as trombonist and Dirk Meerkotter as keyboardist. With the latest addition to the band being Michael Levy on lead guitar, The Rudimentals as they are today are beginning to take the world by storm.

In two years The Rudimentals has built up a loyal following, creating dance mania wherever they perform. Look out for them in your town as they journey across South Africa for The Rudimentals More Fire Tour 2004! The group will be performing songs off their big-selling debut 'More Fire' including the first three singles/mp3's to be released off that album, 'Noh TV', 'Gangsta' and '2 Boots'.

Visit The Rudimentals official website for More Fire tour dates:

Those tour dates are:

Tuesday 29 June - Die Mystic Boer - Bloemfontein 9pm/R15
With: It's an all Rude night tonight!

Wednesday 30 June - The Mishi Jones Baseball Park - Durban -8PM/R20
With: Sibling Rivalry, Low Profile & Mr Smug

Thursday 1 July - London Calling - Johannesburg - 9PM/R30
With: Fuzigish & The Stevie Wonderfuls

Friday 2 July - Carfax - Johannesburg - 8pm/R40 before 11pm, R50 after 11pm
With: Diesel Whores, Fokofpolisiekar, The Slash Dogs & DJ King SkaSa

Saturday 3 July - Cool Runnings in Centurion - Pretoria - 8PM/R30
With: Tidal Waves, Spindle Sect, DJ King SkaSa & DJ Bob

Listen to the Rudimentals at MWeb:



'Top 40' magazine is long gone from SA shelves, but Stage Magazine has been ploughing on relentlessly, bringing us a colourful mix of SA music and live news and reviews every three months. But Stage is now going to have to contend with some new paper neighbours in those magazine racks and shelves.

Out soon is the new SA hard rock magazine called 'Make Some Noise' which will cover, 'Kerning'-style, the growing SA metal, punk, Goth, and other loud music genre, scene alongside international news and groups. The Digest's SA Punk columnist, Daniel Neville, will be a contributor to that new mag but will still be writing for the Digest as well, he assures us.

Then we heard about a new SA hip hop mag called 'Hype' which will be focusing on all the activity on the SA and international rap and hip hop scene. Till now there's only been overseas mags like 'Vibe' and 'Source', so 'Hype' is a valuable and welcome addition.

Over at 'Pulse', the Musica in-store mag, ex 'Top 40' editor and Pulse marketing man, Jason Curtis, has taken over as editor from Ami Kapelevich. Curtis plans to increase the print run and turn the magazine into a free give-away, as with the identically-named magazine that one picks up in Tower Record stores in the US. The SA version of 'Pulse' was previously free only to Musica customers who bought goods over a certain amount.

We haven't yet seen copies of 'Make Some Noise' and 'Hype', but we have seen a copy of the new June-Aug issue (#26) of Stage Magazine. There's a picture of Mean Mr Mustard on the cover and you also get a CD and poster of the band, all for R20. there's also live music reviews from all over SA, and the latest movie, CD, DVD, Playstation, book reviews and previews. There are interviews with Danny K, who was nominated for four SAMA awards this year!, and (supported by Levi's Original Music), Albert Frost and Tumi of Tumi and the Volume. Also news on new music gear, guitar tabs and 'Know Your Instruments'.

Stage will be hosting the 'Best Band in the Land' Competition to promote up-and-coming South African talent. The winners will receive an EP, produced, mixed and mastered at Ripchord Sound Studios in Cape Town and bands from all over the country can enter. Entry details are in the magazine

With all the current SA music websites and newsletters, and many newcomers on the SA Internet music info scene as well, there's plenty being written about SA music and bands and releases. Hope people are reading more then just their SMS's these days!



This musical theatre show sets out with a very simple goal: to present Jacques Brel's music, life and thoughts in a simple, minimalist, intimate way.

Jacques Brel, born in Belgium in 1929, died of cancer in 1978. He was one of the great modern troubadours in the French language - a poet, singer and composer of extraordinary passion and emotional power. He became the leading "chansonnier" - singer and songwriter - of the French scene with his extraordinary presence and powerful songs like 'Ne Me Quiite Pas', 'Amsterdam' and 'Marike'.

The result is "a show of lyrical power and beauty" (Barry Ronge, The Star Tonight)

With over 300 performances behind them, Cedric Vandenschrik (Christian Deni) and Stella Konik have proved time and again the timelessness and relevance of Brel's work.

This show was first put together in 1995 and has since received critical acclaim all over the world. The show has so far been performed as far afield as Mauritius, Reunion, Ireland, Italy, Edinburgh Festival, Zimbabwe and of course, South Africa.

The setting is simple, a pianist and a singer, exposed to the audience. A lot of the songs are sung in the original French, but a clever script, and some songs in English allows non French speakers to understand the meaning of the songs and the flow of the show bringing them closer to the true essence of Brel.

Cedric Vandenschrik (Christian Deni) and Stella Konik take a deeper look at the man behind the music with some of Brel's best work. Cedric's Belgian background is a variable that does not go unnoticed, since Brel was himself Belgian. This undoubtedly allows him to dive into the Brel Character and expose its most intimate aspects. The songs are stories, characters brought to life by the universal language of song.

Brel was a master at describing everyday situations and tying eternal emotional links with these bitter sweet characters in songs like 'Marike', 'Les Bourgeois', 'The Old Folks', and many more.

Jacques Brel's life was a great adventure. He lived intensely, following his feelings, his rebellions and his passions. His songs were stories, pictures, living tales of success, failures, adventures, friendship, dreams, disillusions, heartaches, pain. Brought up in a bourgeois family, Jacques Brel was respectively an eccentric, author, composer, performer, actor, director, always giving everything he had in whatever he did. When Jacques Brel left us, it was as though he took with him a little of the potential that lies dormant in each of us.

All those show dates are at
Tickets at Computicket



South African guitarist Mike de Jager recorded a new track for former Judas Priest frontman Al Atkins' new album last week.

The track is called 'Blood Demons & Whisky' and was written by Pete MZ Emms and published by Gulls Records in London. 'Blood Demons & Whisky' was recorded at MadHat recording studios in the UK, and the new album is due for release later this year.

Joining Mike de Jager on the track was legendary UK guitarist and songwriter, Brian Tatler, from the UK band Diamond Head. Metallica have recorded several of Brian's songs and he is presently working on a new album for his band. Last week's session at MadHat included Vaseline Rats musicians Adrian Badlands (drums) and Pete MZ Emms (bass).

Earlier this year Mike de Jager's band, the Vaseline Rats, returned from a US tour with NWBHM where they did gigs in Florida and New York.

More info:

Listen to Mike de Jager and Vaseline Rats mp3s at



By Joy Lanzendorfer, AlterNet. Posted May 14, 2004.

The RIAA would have you believe that downloading is single-handedly destroying the music business. A new study refutes the claim, saying that filesharing has no negative effect on CD sales. In a 2001 episode of "The Proud Family," a Disney Channel cartoon series, the teenager Penny gets addicted to filesharing after she is shown the wonders of a Napster-like program called EZJackster.

Crazed, she starts downloading all the music she ever wanted. Soon after, chaos erupts. Her favourite singer doesn't get his royalty check, her local record store goes out of business, the police come to her house and threaten to take her to jail, and worst of all, her mom takes away her computer. Penny practically single-handedly destroys the U.S. economy before she finally sees that filesharing is wrong.

The episode rings with Reefer Madness-era propaganda; the 1936 film promoted the idea that marijuana makes people go insane, have promiscuous sex, and dance maniacally to jazz music in seedy apartments.

Still, the episode's underlying message -- that filesharing is stopping CD sales and destroying the recording industry -- has been promoted by groups like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) ever since Napster hit the mainstream five years ago. Several studies have come out supporting the RIAA's assertions, which have been used to back up some of its actions, like filing lawsuits against people for sharing files and lobbying to have peer-to-peer filesharing categorized as a criminal activity.

But a new study by Harvard Business School and University of North Carolina is going against the popular beliefs surrounding filesharing. After tracking 1.75 million downloads over a 17-week period in 2002 and then comparing those observations to the sales of 680 popular albums, the study found that filesharing has no negative effect on CD sales.

In fact, for the most popular 25 percent of CDs, the study found that downloading boosts sales. For every 150 songs downloaded, sales of that album jumped one copy.

"Initially, we were surprised by our results, given the consistent claim that P2P hurts sales," says Koleman Strumpf, co-author with Felix Oberholzer-Gee. "But on deeper reflection, not so much. Filesharing can potentially boost sales through the user learning about new music, and this could offset the substitution for buying, as is often claimed."

Stealing or Sampling?

The response to the Harvard-UNC study has been mixed. The RIAA decried the study, calling it "inconsistent with virtually every other study done" on the subject. While previous studies have relied on surveys asking users about their downloading habits, the Harvard-UNC study was the first to directly compare actual downloads -- using server logs from OpenNap, an open source Napster server -- with album sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.

Other researchers, like Stan Liebowitz, Professor at University of Texas at Dallas, have criticised the details of the study. Among other things, Liebowitz believes the study shows the result of advertising on popular music, not necessarily the effect of downloading on the entire music industry.

"It's a study that on the surface looks pretty good, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty, serious problems arise," he says. "I don't find the results believable."

Others say the study is evidence of how little we know about the effect downloading has on music sales, and that alone is reason to proceed judiciously when creating laws about the technology.

"The only thing we can confidently say is that filesharing makes some people buy more records and some other people buy fewer records," says Fred Von Lohmann, Staff Attorney for the Electronic Freedom Foundation. "But there's no very clear data on what the ultimate balance of the situation is."

Downloading has been likened to singles, cheap recordings with one or two songs that were used to whet listeners' appetite for a full album. Like downloading, some people bought singles to get the one song they liked and others bought them to sample the music before buying the full album. Aptly enough, singles were phased out by the record industry because they were suspected of taking away from the profit margin of full-length albums.

"When you download an mp3, are you thinking of it as a substitution -- Ha Ha, now I have that CD and I don't have to buy it -- or are you thinking of it as sampling music that you like?" says Eric Garland, CEO of BigChampagne, a market research firm focusing on online media. "That's the heart of this debate. In our experience, we've found that downloading both hurts and aids the sales of CDs, and it's pretty much a wash."

According to the study, most people only download a few songs per album. Of the albums tracked, more than 50 percent of the songs were never downloaded, which the study seems to interpret as evidence that many people are sampling music.

What about the Record Slump?

There's no doubt the record industry is struggling. The RIAA says it has seen a 31 percent reduction in units shipped in all formats since 1999. According to the Harvard-UNC study, CD sales declined by 139 million copies from 2000 to 2002.

The study's most pessimistic statistical model showed that downloading had a slight negative impact on CD sales, with 5,000 downloads of an album reducing sales by a single copy. This would have accounted for only 2 million fewer sales in 2002, according to the authors.

The study points to a number of other possibilities for the slump besides downloading. For one thing, the record industry's decline happened during a recession, when all industries were suffering. For another, there's competition for the entertainment dollar from new options like DVDs and computer games. And the consolidation of radio by corporations like Clear Channel has led to less music variety and, consequently, less interest from the public.

"The radio is turning into a wasteland," says Von Lohmann. "Fewer people are relying on radio for their musical needs because of the ever shrinking playlists that most radio stations play."

The record industry has also spent the last few years catering to the 15-24 age group under the belief that young people buy the most records and are the most susceptible to advertising.

Young people are also the ones downloading music. This does not mean, however, that they would buy the CDs they are downloading if filesharing didn't exist.

"Peer-to-peer is attractive to folks who are money-poor and time-rich, like teens or college kids," says Strumpf. "But it's unlikely they would be able to buy all of that music in the absence of filesharing."

Whether they would buy the albums or not, the recording industry may have started shifting its attention to the music-buying habits of the over-30 crowd, i.e. the rest of the population. While record sales as a whole are down, adult sales have gone up the last few years. While 15-24 year olds bought 246 million records in 2003, the over-30s crowd bought 417 million albums, according to the NPD Group. Adults purchase 56 percent of all records, and that could increase to 60 percent by 2005.

P2P and Independent Musicians

With only four companies controlling mainstream music, the common belief is that filesharing brings democracy to the music industry by allowing people to have access to music they would never otherwise see. Whether this is true or not is a matter of debate. Some independent artists like Ani Difranco, (who got her start by people copying and passing around her tapes), have come out saying that illegal downloading hurts independents.

The study seems to support this belief.

"Interestingly, independent musicians are the one group who seem to be hurt from downloads, according to our results," says Strumpf. "However, this could be in part an artifact of the few downloads we observe and the poor quality of the sales data for smaller bands."

It's true that the internet allows musicians to reach audiences they otherwise could not, though connecting to that audience can prove difficult. The real differences between independent and corporate musicians may be in what they are selling.

"Many independent musicians are not in the business of selling you a plastic disc, but a relationship," says Garland. "They want a loyal fan, the person who will buy a t-shirt or a concert ticket when they come into town. That's a very different business from the kind of widgets and Coca-Cola products the four major labels are into."

These relationships can foster a loyalty in the form of support. Many people who will not bother to buy a corporate artist's CD will buy the work of an independent artist. Such displays of loyalty have insulated some independents from the effects of downloading, like Lookout! Records in Berkeley, California, which handles Green Day, The Donnas and a host of other bands.

"I don't feel like downloading has harmed our business in any way," says Chris Appelgren, President and Co-Owner of Lookout. "Independents are not the same as major labels. The people who buy our records are fans who have understanding of the size of the business, and they feel that the money does find its way to the artist. So for them, buying an album is a show of support."

Nearly everyone agrees that the artists need to be compensated for the music that people are downloading. The problem is that some see filesharing as a way of ripping artists off and some see it as a technology that, if harnessed correctly, could cut out the middleman and benefit the artists even more. But even after five years, it's still too early to tell which way downloading will go.

One thing is clear, though. Despite the efforts of the RIAA, downloading is still going strong.

"You can try to sue downloading out of existence, but it's not doing to work with tens of millions of people doing it," says Von Lohmann. "It's like prohibition. You can ban alcohol, but people are still going to drink."

Joy Lanzendorfer is a freelance writer living in Northern California.

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(Based on downloads from and MWeb Entertainment)

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

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

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


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Non-MWeb subscribers can still listen to these tracks, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week's recommended downloads:

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

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

Hex - 'Sonskynkind'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Every week we ask a well-known SA music personality to give us a list of their top 10 South African songs: This week it is the turn of Bill Flynn, star of SA stage, screen, and cop shows on TV. Over to Bill...


These are my All Time Hit SA Songs - in no specific order. There are probably many others I can't think of right now - the selection I've made is from the songs that immediately spring to mind.

1) Shabby Little Hut - The Bats
2) Getting Through To You - Rabbitt
3) For Your Precious Love - The Flames
4) The Buccaneer - McCully Workshop
5) Great Heart - Johnny Clegg and Savuka
6) Jabulani - PJ Powers and Hotline
7) Lazy Life - Quentin E Klopjaeger
8) Give Me The Good News - Crocodile Harris
9) Blokkies Joubert - David Kramer
10) Hillbrow - Johannes Kerkorrel




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The Spindle Sect will be launching their debut EP at the Mercury Live on Wednesday 30th June, presenting a grand showcase for the live energy and musical symbiosis that has been on display to the public in the last year and a half.

The Sect is going to be exploiting all the audio visual capabilities of Mercury Live as well as an enhanced 3D surround sound system - just to take their mind-vibrating set to the next level.

The six-track EP, entitled 'Episode 1', is an enhanced CD containing the 'Solid Meta Cushion' music video, the Spindle Bio, photo gallery, and out-take mp3's for the die hard fans. The public will also have the opportunity to view and buy the new Spindle Sect clothing range in association with Butanwear.

Doors open at 9pm. R30 entrance/R60 with CD. R50 CD price.
Info: 021 465 2106



Jason Glover returned to South Africa in January 2000 after six years in the U.K. where he had established himself as a musician of note. A year spent at the London School of Music brought him to the attention of many influential ears, one who described Jason as "an extremely talented songwriter with songs that will awaken every man's soul". While there Jason started a band called Aqualung performing and recording Jason's material.

After leaving the London School of Music, Jason and his band played the London circuit at popular venues such as the Orange club, Jazz café, and Subterania. He enjoyed frequent reviews in the London Time Out magazine - like "An exciting act not to be missed: Jason has a powerful, soulful voice".

Glover soon established himself as a songwriter of considerable talent with a following of loyal and discerning music lovers. His continued success culminated in a tour of the U.K. The London SA times wrote frequently about this talented South African, keeping a close and proud eye on his career.

After extensive touring in the U.K. Glover returned to South Africa for a short break, and after spending some time in S.A. decided this was where he wanted to record his album.

He spent the next few years fine-tuning his songs, performing them to various audiences, rehearsing and finding the right musicians with whom to record the album. He now has his feet firmly back on South African soil and has fast become a driving force in the local market.

Jason has just released his debut album, 'West Road', which is now available.



It is finally here. Since 1997 The Awakening have released an album a year, every year. Yet since the release of 'Roadside Heretics' in October 2002, South Africa's top alternative rock band has been ominously quiet.

A greatest hits package and solo album geared more for international release have come and gone, but still The Awakening have been ominously silent...But the silence has resulted in probably the most powerful selection of music ever unleashed by this prolific band.

'Darker Than Silence' is the brand new, highly anticipated 15-song album by The Awakening and is now in stock @ R120 [excluding postage]

Other Awakening titles still in stock:
Ethereal Menace CD
The Fourth Seal of Zeen CD
Roadside Heretics CD
Risen CD
Request CD
The Fountain EP
Sentimental Runaways

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By Dave Sass

The "Goth - Industrial Gathering" is the longest-running and biggest-attended goth - industrial annual live band/DJ event in Cape Town presented by Subterania Music. This event first reared its head in 1997, and has annually brought fine bands like The Awakening, Mr Barleycorn, Silex & Battery 9 to the masses.

We look back at previous gatherings:

1997 - The Awakening
The first Gathering was held in April 1997at The Loft in Cape Town where it attracted some 350 paying punters [with no live bands] plus guests in 1997. This took Cape Town by storm, with most of Cape Town's club-goers attending the event. The originators of the "Gathering" were Woody and Dave. The event was held once a month at the end of each month for 5 months in succession, until it was stopped due to an immense robbery at the venue. This event brought a then-partially-unknown three-piece {Ashton, AV, Thaun] The Awakening to Cape Town for the first time for their debut CD launch of the "Risen" album for two dates at the same venue, The Loft. [A reported approx 550 people over a Friday and Saturday night] DJ's were: Woody, Malcolm, Byron, Dave and Luke with the latter two DJing at every event.

1998 - Battery 9
After a few months "The Gathering" was held at Club Uranus in Cape Town. This event featured the first largely advertised Cape Town Battery 9 live gig. This was just in time for the release of the second album, "Strop" and to celebrate their first number one single [the same week it went to number one on the 5fm modern rock chart] of "Kiss the Machine". This event pulled over 400 people and also boasted an hour autograph signing period by the band on stage. To this day this gig is still fondly remembered by Paul Riekert of Battery 9. "It was just the right time for the band to come down and everything was just perfect." DJ's were Dave and Woody.

The Event re-surfaced in late 1998 as a once-off gig for the release of "Darklands Goth Fanzine Volume 2" at The Playhouse and attracted 250 people. This too, proved to be successful. Unfortunately we failed to host The Eternal Chapter that year.

1999 - 2000
No Gatherings were held and laid in hibernation until....

2001 - Mr Barleycorn
The event was laid to rest for just over two years and resurfaced again in December 2001 bringing Mr Barleycorn to Cape Town attracting close to 300 punters to the gig via normal ticket sales and VIP guest lists. After over three months of organising the gig was a roaring success. The band gave a fantastic performance of mostly new material off their soon-to-be-released second album. The CD stall was very much visited. DJ's were Minstrel, Morkhans, Dave and Lillith

2002 - Silex / Mr Barleycorn
Cape Town - 11 May - Silex
Silex played the "Goth - Industrial Gathering" in Cape Town at The Jam on Saturday 11th of May. The event was the official Cape Town CD launch of their debut album, "Legendary Beauty", released through Intervention Arts. The full six-piece performed live and went down a storm. A skeleton of a coffin was also seen burning on stage, that made management run for fire extinguishers. This time our DJ's included Minstrel, Lillith, Morkhans, Dave and Reanimator.

Pretoria - 6 December - Mr Barleycorn
We took the "Gathering" to Pretoria at Zeplins on Friday the 6th of December. This was also the second album launch entitled "Stendhal Syndrome" by Mr Barleycorn, with whom we have been working very closely since they arrived on the alternative scene. The band played with incredible passion with an especially great performance by Jon Santana. This as well was incredibly successful with attendances almost triple that of other bands of the same genre. The DJ line up was very varied with Dave and Minstrel from Cape Town, Stephan [ex-Silex] and Dale from Pretoria and Mike E Furnace from Johannesburg.

Cape Town - 14 December - Mr Barleycorn
The last "Gathering" for 2002 was held in Cape Town at Mercury Live on 14 December. This was also the second album launch entitled "Stendhal Syndrome" by Mr Barleycorn. Attendance was reportedly low because of people being on holiday, the long weekend and pre-Xmas syndrome, however it was our latest ever carrying-on party - I left at 4.30 am and the party was still going strong. We had a few technical hitches through the night but those who were there didn't really care and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Ashton Nyte and Matthew Fink of The Awakening were also there and enjoyed themselves. The DJ line-up was shortened to Minstrel, Morkhans and Dave.

2003 - The Awakening [8 March 2003]
Hosted at Mercury Live in Cape Town with The Awakening official CD launch of their 'Greatest Hits - Sacrificial Etchings' CD on Saturday, 8 March 2003. This was the new improved "Gathering" with extra lighting and sound equipment. DJ's played on state of the art anti-skip equipment. Advertised as the last "Gathering", this was our biggest attendance ever recorded since the early days of The Loft. DJ's for the night were Minstrel, Dave, Morkhans and Matthew Fink from Johannesburg. A full five-piece, The Awakening played a superb set and were rewarded with an encore. Also it was the highest recorded CD sales by any of previous the "Gathering" live bands. This was the last planned "Gathering" however due to a huge public demand, we thought that another "Gathering" may be a good idea.

2004 - 26 June 2004 - Revelus
After 15 months since our last "Gathering" we presented Cape Town's very own Goth - Metal supergroup, "Revelus" The musicians have in the past individually been in successful bands (Punk, Rock, Metal, Goth) in our local underground scene as early as the '80's (Like Pothole, V.O.D., Grämlich, Sacraphyx, G.U.N.K, Pokerface). Their debut performance was at "Goth Fest" supporting Austrian Goth band, Sanguis Et Cinis with The Awakening. A New Gothic Rock of the modern day mixing musical influences from the past and present, such as Dreadful Shadows, The 69 Eyes, Funhouse and Rammstein, this band has emerged with a sound that is a very dark, and heavy, gothic rock. This year the "Goth - Industrial Gathering 2004" included a huge sound and lighting rig never been used before and controlled pyrotechnics never before used at Mercury Live. Complete with dancing goth girls on stage.

DJ's included two veteran DJ's "Reanimator" and "Uncle Dave", Minstrel, Morkhans and Stephan [vocalist of the re-formed Silex] all the way from Pretoria.

Dave Sass
Subterania Music

Coming in Cape Town 2004:
Whiplash 2004 - 31 July [Mercury Live] featuring Arcana XXII [from South West Africa], Sacraphyx & Six of Nine DJ's: Woody, Glen, Uncle Dave

Gathering of the Tribes 2004 - 28 August [Mercury Live]



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Movers - Contains the albums: 'Best Of The Best Vol 1 and 2' and 'The Hits'
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Elite Swingsters - Contains the albums: 'Now Or Never', 'Siya Gida - We Dance' and 'Ama Elite - Di Elite'
Bayete - Contains the albums: 'Mmalo-We', 'Umathimula' and 'Umkhaya-Lo'


The Trio (Nina, Kekana & Coyote) - 'My Pride My Joy'
The best of the current township pop stars, this is a mixture of the old and the new. With some of the tracks featuring Hugh Masekela and Tshepo Tshola.

Pop & Rock:

Band O' Gypsys - 'I Want You To Know'
A welcome return for the best Hendrix-inspired heavy metal SA band ever. There is lots of interest in this album by the band's old and faithful fans.

Syd Kitchen - 'Quintessentially'
A wonderful "Best Of" collection from Syd's albums over the past 20 years including 'Africa's Not For Sissies', 'City Child', and 'Waiting For The Heave'.

Wickhead - 'If It Hurts, It's Healing'
Debut album from one of the new crop of Johannesburg rock bands, contains their massive hit 'Anthem'

Various Artists - 'Authenticated Volume 2'
A collection of tracks from some of the bands signed to the Authentic Ideas label includes Jo Day, Wickhead, Tweak, BOO! 16 Stitch and others.

Isla - 'Lick The Lion'
A rough, tough, rude and lewd debut featuring punky female folk songs in English and Afrikaans.

Nemesis - 'A Lover's Guide To The End Of The World'
Another new SA band attracting a lot of interest with their intriguingly titled new album. Highly rated.

Prime Circle - 'Hello Crazy World'
Still one of the best-selling SA pop-rock albums with the massive hit 'Hello'

Arbor - 'Tower Ape'
Newcomers to the Cape music scene with an album that is fresh and a lot of fun, as their growing fanbase will testify

Bridgitte - 'I've Been Waiting'
'I've Been Waiting' has spent five weeks at No 1 on P4 in Cape Town, and is already on Algoa - this is destined to be the biggest local hit since 'U Touch Me' a song also written by Dr Victor, who co-wrote most of the songs with Bridgitte, and who also produced the album.

The Bats - 'Good Times'

Are they still around?? Yip and they are as popular as ever - here with a new album of old favourites revisited.

Township Pop:

Various Artists - 'Kaya FM - Reflections'
A true "reflection" of the songs that have shaped the SA music industry in the past ten years and a musical celebration of SA's ten years of democracy. Features - Miriam Makeba, Oliver Mtukudzi and many more big names


St Thomas YMG Choir - 'Best Of'
A collection of some of their greatest hits which, to date, were never available on CD, a total of fifteen great tracks on one album.

Lusanda Spiritual Group - 'Ungababek' Ityala'
The sultry voice of Lusanda is still remarkable as ever -once again this is a spiritual fulfilment/journey


Trompies - 'Respect (Toasted Gona'Ganati)'
Even though critics thought they were down and out for the count, take the sounds of 'Spikiri', 'Ma-hoota', 'Jakaruumba' and 'Eugene' and you have the return of Trompies, as hot as ever

Rap/Hip Hop:

Pitch Black Afro - 'Styling Gel'
A revelation to say the least! This young lad from Meadowlands in Soweto has captured the hearts and ears of SA youth with his amazing Afro hairstyle, and witty character which defies everything theree is to defy in the current Rap music scene.

Fortune - 'Abom'rapper'
More proof that the SA Hip Hop scene is still a fertile ground, free-stylin' at its best from the very credible Ready Rolled stable that also brought you Tumi And The Volume


African Calabash - 'Journey Of Drums'
Featuring the sounds of the siqgubu, meropa, congas, bongos, djembes, tarbuka, shakers, cowbells, agogo and whistles, masterfully performed by African Calabash, the group who did the ever-popular 'African Drums'. Here accompanied by beautiful vocal melodies, African violin, Venda pipes, tablas and mbira. The sleeve, with its lovely African artwork, includes comprehensive album notes in six languages, as well as a colourful catalogue of the whole series. The CD also contains a video playable on computer.


Oneeyedmonkey - 'Presents Peter Teanet Remixed'
The king of Shangaan remixed in true SA house music fashion.


Laurika Rauch - 'My Ou Tante Koba'
The latest in a long line of emotional and beautiful albums from one of Afrikaans music's best and most enduring performers

Gian Groen - "Met Die Maan Gepla"
Gian Groen is the new marketing name for the early band, Spinnekop, although the line-up is the same. The album contains Gian Groen's best work to date, including a surprise for the English fans.

Klopjag - "15de Laan"
This album covers a variety of genres and themes and contains ten new originals by Klopjag, as well as a new version of the Lucas Maree song, "N1 Roete". Klopjag have made a big impact on the Afrikaans music market since their debut album, "13/02", which was nominated for best new artist at the Geraas Music Awards.

Various Artists - "Skittersterre Van Gister En Vandag"
30 tracks from the biggest names in Afrikaans music ever. And at a bargain price of R74.99!!

Elzabi - "Mooiplaas"
Elzabi gets her inspiration for this, her debut album, from the musical styles of Jacques de Coning, Theuns Jordaan and Laurika Rauch, and writes and composes her own songs and music. Nine of the mostly Afrikaans songs tracks on the album "Mooiplaas" are originals.

A2Zee - 'Outjie.... '
A2Zee is Abby and Zina, a two-piece girl group from Eersterivier. There are ten original songs on their debut CD - with a little jazz, kwaito, disco, and also something for the lovers.


Vincent Van Rooyen - 'Harmonica Spectacular'
The legendary Vincent brings versatility and creativity to the sound of the harmonica on an album that contains classical and Afrikaans instrumental music.


Diva In Africa - 'Classically Zulu'
Supported by ClassicFM and uniting the European Classical sound with the colours of Africa Features the Umoja Choir, Khanyo and more.


This Is Me - 'Kids Singing Kids' Songs'
A great collection of songs that kids will love to sing along to.

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The Australian High Commission is proud to announce the tour to South Africa of acclaimed indigenous Australian singer/songwriter Kerrianne Cox. She will be accompanied by fellow musician Jodi Haines.

No one caresses a note like Kerrianne Cox, one of Australia's premier indigenous artists. She has a voice you'll never forget or want to, and her songs have you tapping your fingers, shouting your joy and jumping to your feet whether you mean to or not. An accomplished songwriter as well, Kerrianne's songs sing from her heart.

Kerrianne Cox won the Ausmusic 1996 "The Next Big Thing Competition" in Western Australia. She was awarded a WAMI (Western Australia Music Inustry) in 1997 as "Best Indigenous Artist Of The Year" and in 2000, NAIDOC's (National Aboriginal Independence Day of Celebration) "Female Artist Of The Year."

In 2001 she received the Deadly Vibe Female Artist of the Year given by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Awards (NAIDOC). 2003 sees her recognised by the Australian government who awarded her the Centenary Medal for service to the country. Also in 2003, Kerrianne was awarded the ALMA (Australian Live Music Awards) Songlines Indigenous Award, and was again nominated for Deadly Vibe Female Artist of the Year.

The lyrics for her music emerge from her own life experience and include the themes of love, family life and her strong connection to the land. Kerrianne's heritage is an inspiration for her songs as she states "I want to touch people with my songs, not just as an indigenous person, but as a human being."

Kerrianne Cox has steadily built a national profile, performing at such notable events as 2002 Message Stick at the Sorry Day concert at the Sydney Opera House, season 4 of "Outback Upfront" on ABC TV (Sydney), Stompen Ground Festival, the Broome Cabaret production of the acclaimed musical "Bran Nue Dae", the Sydney Survival Concert '97, opening Perth Artrage in '98, the Pacific Circle Music Convention, Corroborree 2000, featured artist at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge attended by over 100,000.

A popular performer on the festival circuit, Kerrianne performed at events such as WOMADelaide 2003, Fairbridge, Cobargo, Adelaide, Tablelands, Woodford, Port Fairy, Brunswick Street, Bridgetown Blues and the Sydney Mardi Gras. In 2000 she headlined a national tour of the United States called, "Upstart Aussies" playing the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center in New York, among other venues. 2001 saw Kerrianne performing in Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, St. Louis, MO and Seattle, WA, appearing at the Detroit Festival of the Arts in Michigan and launching her 2nd CD, 'Opening'.

In 2002 besides the Sydney Opera House, she's played the NEMO Conference in Boston, concerts in Portland, OR and in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Broome. 2003 continued her upward career growth as a featured performer at the Western Australia International Music Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, ABC TV Australia documentary, and tours in the US and Canada.

In September Kerrianne performed at the Awesome Africa Festival in Durban, South Africa and is the subject of a documentary on Dreamtime and trancing with the San Bushmen from the Kalahari in Botswana that will be released in 2004. Kerrianne's 2004 tours will include Tasmania, NSW, SA, VIC, WA, Canada, USA and South Africa. She will also record her 3rd CD in 2004.

Kerrianne regularly conducts workshops teaching songwriting and tradition. She has a relaxed and open attitude to which adults, children, and all ages in between gravitate.



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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.


Was it Vonnegut who said something to the effect, "There's too much talk about love and not enough about respect."? With this CD I alter that notion somewhat to say there's too much talk about what's great music and not enough about pleasant music. Pleasant is nice. Pleasant does not strive to be the 'Sergeant Pepper' of a decade, pleasant equals happy music.

'Kongo Kwela' by Jerico is-pleasant, nice, happy music, a solo effort by The Rockets' slick guitarist Jerry Watt. Playing this CD makes one feel, well, perky-unless pretty instrumental dance rock loaded with good old-fashioned hooks and melodies makes one feel like visiting Rising Gorge....

The 15 tracks (three are bonus remixes) are primarily instrumental, though throughout are vocal touches, chants, children, and such. Every song is a bright skipping and dancing number of his guitar playing nice progressions over drums and bass. Jerico provides variety in tunes, tempos, and licks to keep this CD from resolving into sounding like all one song.

Some songs are covers of the Cape instrumental group The Invaders, from the Sixties, such as The Invaders' 'Shockwave'. Others are traditional (wouldn't you like to have all the royalties from 'Pata Pata'?), and one was written by Jerry Watt, the Jerico guitarist. Jerry also really cuts loose on the guitar breaks in 'Happy Days', the theme song of the Democratic Party here.

At first listen, some may wonder what separates this from Muzak versions of old favorites like 'Pata Pata', 'Qongqothwane ('the Click Song'), and 'Mama Tembu's Wedding'. It's the agile guitar-playing and the feeling Jerico gives to his sound that makes the difference. He is not a dispassionate hack running through yet another cover, but a man grinning joyously in his pictures and one who probably grins joyously while he performs, too. Also at first, a bit of song may sound like Watt is running through the scales, but no, he's making body-moving dance rock.

This is the sort of get-moving music I enjoy listening to when I am up and about doing something-like barbecuing a brisket, enjoying a tasty adult beverage, or doing chores. There are no slow weepers here-this is all happy music. One even has children chanting periodically, "Ice cream!" and how much happier can one get than enjoying ice cream? Dancing is happy, too, but finish your ice cream first. Pleasant is fun-and isn't that what music is supposed to be about?

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


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


There's a saying that goes 'If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck and sounds like a duck then it's probably a duck'. Well I decided to apply this to my copy of the Spoon Feedas' 'True North'. It looked like a copy of 'True North', including the label on the CD saying it was 'True North' it didn't walk, but if it could I'm sure it would have walked like a copy of 'True North' but it didn't sound like 'True North'. In fact it sounded like Billy Idol. So I concluded that it was almost, but not quite a copy of 'True North'.

Having kindly been sent a new copy of the CD by Sesalos Music, the band's management, I now have a copy of 'True North' that sounds like 'True North'. While the album does have some hard-edged guitars, not unlike Billy Idol's, their sound is much cleaner and doesn't have the sneer factor.

In fact it's a good old solid rock album with great melodies, guitars that fall somewhere between jangling and thundering, and a strong vocal performance. This is radio-friendly rock, but in a 'Hey this is a great station' as opposed to Radio Pop Idols kind of way.

The Feedas first came to my notice on the Radio 5 Showcase 3-CD with the track 'King With A Crown' which is a strong track. Other goodies are the opener 'Always' and 'Alone', the latter of which features some nice harmonies. And then with all good rock albums there is the Bic Lighter's sponsored track 'Rain'.

I find myself thinking a bit of REM when listening to the Spoon Feedas, not that the Feedas are REM clones, but there is an element of that sort of clean-cut intelligence, while still maintaining rock cred about the music.

So forget Billy Idol and Pop Idol and spend some idle time listening to the purity of the Spoon Feedas' 'True North' and try not to think about ducks.

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.

Creedence's 1969 run at the top lasted only 2 weeks before Herman's Hermits took over with their 'My Sentimental Friend'. This would be the Hermits' only chart-topper in SA. In the UK, they also only had 1 number 1 with their 1964 'I'm Into Something Good'. Sandra Goodrich took on the name Sandie Shaw when Adam Faith discovered her. 'Think It All Over' made top 5 in SA, but stalled at number 42 in the UK where it would be her last charting single until her 1984 cover of The Smiths' 'Hand In Glove' reached number 27.

Andy Williams enjoyed a 4th week at number 1 in 1974, despite strong competition from Abba and The Hollies. Terry Jacks was into his 11th week in the top 5, but this would be the last week there for this one-hit wonder. As in 1969, the new song on the top 5 was by a female artist who recorded under a different name to the one given her. Cherilyn Sarkarsian La Pier's sans husband Sonny hit the top 5 with 'Dark Lady'. This would be the only solo hit by the artist second only to Michael Jackson in the plastic stakes.

In 1979 Richard Jon Smith was into his 8th week at the top. 'One Way Ticket' by Eruption was one of 2 new entries into the top 5 and featured the vocal talents of Precious Wilson who hit the charts a couple of years later with her cover of 'Cry To Me'. The other new entry, Racey's 'Some Girl' was written by Mike Chapman for Blondie but was given to Racey instead. The song went to number 1 in 12 countries and sold over 5 million copies.

Were we suckers for punishment or what in 1984? 4 straight weeks at 1 for the Klaxtons! Even the illustrious Queen were unable to break that stranglehold. Kenneth Gordy, the son of Motown's head Berry Gordy did everything possible to avoid being accused of nepotism as he used to pseudonym Rockwell (the name of his former school) to sign for the label. With Michael and Jermaine Jackson on backing vocals he quickly headed up the charts with his Paranoid's Anthem 'Somebody's Watching Me' only to never be heard of again.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith (1979)

South African New Entries this week:

28-Jun-68 Sunglasses - Hilary
29-Jun-73 Time - Dealians
02-Jul-71 Sally Sunshine - Clive Bruce
02-Jul-71 Flower Of Life - Lauren Copley
02-Jul-76 Celebrate - Julian Laxton Band
02-Jul-76 That's The Way - Lionel Petersen
03-Jul-70 Round And Around - John Edmond
03-Jul-82 I Like - John Ireland

John Samson


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

LM Top 20 from 30 June 1968

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

LM Top 20 from 22 June 1969

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

Previous week's top 5 hits on LM

1 Man Without Love - Engelbert Humperdinck
2 Honey - Peter Lotis
3 What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
4 If I Only Had Time - John Rowles
5 Jennifer Eccles - Hollies


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

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

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




29 - Ian Paice (1948), Deep Purple
30 - Andy Scott [Sweet]


1 - Debbie Harry (1945), Blondie
6 - Bill Haley (1925, died 9 February 1981)
7 - Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey in 1940), The Beatles
10 - Rodriguez (born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez in 1942)
16 - PJ Powers (born Penelope Jane Dunlop, 1960), Hotline
17 - Julian Laxton (1944), Freedom's Children, Hawk, Julian Laxton Band
18 - Piet Botha (1955), Raven, Wildebeest, Jack Hammer
19 - Brian May (1947), Queen
20 - Carlos Santana (1947)
21 - Cat Stevens (born Steven Georgiou in 1947, became Yusef Islam in 1977)
23 - Amanda Strydom (1956)
26 - Mick Jagger (1943), The Rolling Stones
26 - Roger Taylor (1949), Queen
30 - Kate Bush (1958)
30 - Buddy Guy (1936)

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

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

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In Digest #253 we printed a letter in French from Henri:

It read: " Bonjour, je ne parle pas anglais excusez moi, mais je desirerai savoir qu'est devenu le groupe Clout. en france, il y a eu que leur 1er 33 tour de paru ou peut on l'avoir en CD ainsi que les autres albums merci d'avance.

Thanks to Ian McLean and Estelle Cayol for getting a translation of that request to us.

It now reads: "'I do not speak English, excuse me, but I would like to know what became of the band Clout, in France, there was only their vinyl record produced or can we have it as a CD as well as the others albums. Thanks in advance.'

Ed. - If anyone can now assist Henri, pleas email him at Clout's 20 Greatest Hits CD is available at One World

Clout Family Tree - The Roots and Branches of South Africa's All-Girl Million-Selling Pop Group



Dear Sir,

I read with interest in last week's Digest (Number 254) that the Nudes Girls are doing a" ten years on tour" and I cannot help but draw comparisons to what is going on in the U.S.A.

Currently the number one album in the States is an album called 'Contraband' by a band called Velvet Revolver (not major news, I hear readers saying, even with over 275 000 units sold in its 1st week of release.)

Wrong! the band is a super group.

Velvet Revolver brings three former members of one of rock's greatest groups Guns N' Roses i.e. Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, together with one of rock's most charismatic front men, Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots, and guitarist Dave Kushner, ex-Wasted Youth and Dave Navarro's band, among others. And, by the way, Clive Davis, the music kingpin, has a hand in the album too.

This brings me to my point, which is what about a super SA Rock group, put together by a musical visionary.

Imagine Arno Carstens on lead vocals, alongside any of Karen Zoid (guitar and vocals), Greg Donnelly of the Dolly Rockers (guitar), Albert Frost (guitar), bassist Gavin Wienand (Sugardrive), drummer Peter Cohen (Bright Blue), or add Shaun Morgan to the band from Seether or Candice on backing vocals for some eye candy.

What a wonderful music pot pourri with various songwriters submitting songs.

Far fetched or not?

I look forward to reading some readers' comments in the weeks to come.

Who said rock is dead!

Yours sincerely
Martin Bode

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Visit the South African Rock Encyclopedia for some ideas ... if you need them.



Greetings from the States!

Solomon King had a song in 1968 titled 'She wears my ring'. After this he had one more song and the title was just one word. My dead brain will not allow me to remember it. Can anyone please help ?

Also if you know where I can purchase this.

I am also wanting to purchase a song by Steve Montgomery from 1972-73 titled 'Morning'. If anyone has this please contact me.

Many many thanks.
Paul Mroz




I am looking for the following CD:
'Langarm - Sokkie Dansklub Treffers'.

My husband lost the CD. Please can you help me to find this CD. It is a great CD

Thank You



Nice site!

I would love to listen to Quinten E Klopjager - 'Lazy Life' (I think!) Round about 1973?

Chris Goldswain

Ed. - 'Lazy Life' was a big hit (#1 for 2 weeks) for Quentin E Klopjaeger (aka Billy Forrest) in SA in 1968. It was written by Gordon Haskell (King Crimson vocalist and bassist on the 'In The Wake Of Poseidon' album in 1970).

It is available on CD on the 'The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1' at:




Been going through my old cassette collection from the 80's and found one with the only title of "Face to Face" recorded from an LP in 1984 I suspect.

I spent 1984 in Jo'burg so I believe these guys are South African. As I am a volunteer on-air presenter at our local radio station I would love to play some of this for our listeners but need as much info as I can get. I hope you can help as I have so far found only one reference to Face to Face on an album for Operation Hunger from 1985.


Ed - we have a full reply from John Samson:

Hi Tracy

Face to Face was a New Romantic band in the early `80's that fashioned themselves on Duran Duran. They had 2 hits 'Here We Are' and 'Night Of The Long Knives'. Their only album was called 'Face To Face' and was released in 1984 on RPM records. It was produced by Kevin Kruger.

The band were Keith McFarlane (vocals, guitars keyboards), Simon Lefevre (lead vocals), John Lefevre (guitar, glute (whatever that is, possibly my reference should read flute) and vocals), Simon Fellows (bass) and Jarrod Aston (drums).

'Night Of The Long Knives' was the track that featured on the 'Concert In The Park' album and along with the track 'I (The Gift Of The Gibe)' featured on the soundtrack to the SA movie 'Deadly Passion'.

The track listing to their album is:

Night of the Long Knives
Girl Of Mine
Here We Are
Eyes Can Tell
With Your Love
Burning Up
Feeling So Good
The Night Is Young
I (The Gift Of The Gibe)
Lost Without Your Love
The Last Flame

A cover scan of the album appears on my list of the worst SA album covers at:

If you click on the comments button below the album you can get a bit more info from Virginia Irving who was involved with the band.

Hope this helps.




I would like to download a song from the Dr Victor CD, 'Badayo (On A Ragga Trip)' The song's name is 'Badayo'

Can you please tell me where I can get it.

Thanks in advance
Best Regards
Darryl M Swart
Walvis Bay




Did you know that 'Boys will be Boys' and 'A Croak & a Grunt in the Night' have now both been released on CD by Voiceprint (the company that also released Trevor Rabin's solo albums and his '90124' album?

There doesn't appear to be any bonus tracks nor is there any news of 'Rock Rabbitt', but enjoy!

See at URL is

Stephan Forster

The History of Trevor Rabin - Musical Genius


Ed's note: next year is the 30th Anniversary of Rabbitt's 'Boys Will Be Boys' album, surely time for a complete re-issue with bonus tracks, photos, sleeve notes, etc?




Please let me know where I can get the CD of McCully Workshop with the song 'Why can't it rain' on it.

Tony Oosthuizen

Ed. - You can go to and search for McCully Workshop... the CD is called 'McCully Workshop Inc'.

McCully Workshop

McCully Workshop Family Tree - The Roots and Branches of this Cape Town-based band




I am from Australia and some friends and myself are trying to determine the name of the artist/s and the album cover name from the following information and description of the album cover.

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

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

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

I hope you can help me, I hope this is enough information to help you.

Thanking you for your help in this matter

Lyle Mills

Ed. Please email your answers to




Heather Mac blew my brains out in '83 playing at 58 Too in Hillbrow. Had a great night which ended up wheeling my girlfriend home in a shopping trolley as the sun came up.

Looking for Ellamental's music I cam across your great site. I'm so pleased that some musicians are happy to give their stuff away in order to get exposure.

It's true that some of our SA bands rank up there with the best. It's a sin they haven't had greater international exposure or had more local airplay. I'm sorry I missed out on some of these great bands, but I'll certainly keep my eyes open (and buy a few).



EllaMental at RetroFresh



Hi there,

Where can I find the words of old Koos Kombuis' songs on the web?
I'm particularly looking for the words of the song 'Pockets of my jeans'.

Nice website you've got there.

Thank you very much in advance.
Dalene de Wit

Here are the lyrics for 'Pockets Of My Jeans' from

I saw you turn the other cheek and smile.
I saw my father walk that lonely mile.
I saw a girl with a guitar at the crack of dawn.
I saw a beggar sitting in the cold with just an old Nirvana T-Shirt on.
I saw the flames of Jupiter reach across the sky.
I saw a preacher selling expensive lies, and didn't bother to ask him why.
I saw four young men from nowhere change the world with yeah, yeah, yeah.
I saw blood against the window of a florist shop somewhere.

There's so many things I saw today, I don't know what do or say,
I'm scared of thinking what it means.
I just thought you'd like to see them too, so I bought these pictures home to you,
Stuffed in the pockets of my jeans (x3)

I heard the winter's first and only snowflake fall.
I heard the sound of rustling skirts like Degas sketches in a mall
I heard the whisper of the traffic in a hubcap down on second beach.
I heard the crying of discarded kids, somewhere desperately out of reach.
I heard the bells of freedom chime for black South Africa
I heard Americans talk like Americans, pretending to be Americans, everywhere,
Even in America.

There's so many things I heard today, I don't know what to do or say.
I'm scared of thinking what it means
I just thought you'd like to hear them too, so I bought their soundtrack back to you
Stuffed in the pockets of my jeans (x3)
I know the end is coming, and it doesn't matter when.
I know the end is a beginning, if it happens ever now and then.
Worlds collide and tears explode.
Our songs are S.O.S. percussion messages in Morse code
I know the kids can hear me, there's nothing to explain
I hear murmurs of disapproval, but they won't make me change my name again
So whatever this is all about, I'll say it straight; I'll sing it out.
We don't need no one to tell us what it means
I'm sure you got some pictures too, with no one else to show them too
Stuffed in the pockets of your jeans (x3)

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Hi there,

I am wondering if anyone has any info about Dukes Combo?

I have seen somewhere on the net that they performed in 2002 somewhere in Kwazulu Natal (from a newspaper report - I cannot remember the name.).

If anyone maybe has a contact number or e-mail address for them or knows who their manager is please let me know.

Kobus (not the band!)



Hey Okes

I was like playing a seedy the other day and it jumped. Maybe the Stylistics has got blunt. Do youse no where I can get a new one hey?

Johnny from Boksburg


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Cape Town's finest Record and CD store is now located opposite the Long Street Baths, at the intersection "Where the four streets - Long, Buitensingel, Kloof, and Orange - meet"

Mabu is now open 6 days a week and stocks SA and International Record and CD titles, and a growing list of independent SA CD and CD-R releases - including a large range of all the African Dope releases.

Latest Vinyl additions:

Hotline - 'Burnout' (LP)
Spider - 'Spider' (LP)
Mick Jade - 'Time' (LP)
Pendulum - 'Trailblazer' (LP)
Trevor Rabin - 'Wolf' (LP)
Ella Mental - 'Pressure' (EP)
Paul Clingman - 'Morning On The Line' (LP)

Latest independent SA CD additions:

Hog Hoggidy Hog - 'Oink!'

Top Sellers (in alphabetical order):

340ml - 'Moving' (Indie)
Arbor - 'Tower Ape' (Indie)
Bed On Bricks - 'Humanarium' (Bowline)
Benguela - 'Sui' (Open Record)
Chiaroscuro - 'A Definition' (Independent)
Dollyrockers - 'The Heat' (Independent)
Ezra - 'Funk 'n Roll' (BMG)
Fly Paper Jet - 'Live' (Indie)
freshlyground - 'Jika Jika' (Independent)
Fokofpolisiekar -'As Jy Met Vuur Speel sal Jy Brand' (Rhythm)
Godessa - 'Spillage' (Indie)
Goema Captains Of Cape Town - 'Healing Destination' (Mountain)
Derek Gripper - 'Blomdoorns' (Open Record)
Hog Hoggidy Hog - 'OINK!' (Indie)
ISLA - 'Lick The Lion' (Independent)
Kalahari Surfers - 'Muti Media' (African Dope)
Kallitz - 'Die Ding Ruk Mal' (Mothermix)
Syd Kitchen - 'Quintessentially Syd Kitchen' (No Budget)
Mitsoo - 'Afterglow' EP (Indie)
Not The Midnight Mass - 'Live At The Planetarium' (Independent)
Rus Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls' (Indie/Bowline)
Rus Nerwich - 'As Above So Below' (Indie)
Off The Edge - 'Site Under Construction' (Independent)
Plush - 'All That Is Should Be' (Indie)
Rodriguez - 'Cold Fact' (PT Music)
Rodriguez - 'After The Fact' (PT Music)
Rodriguez - 'Live Fact' (Sony)
The Rudimentals - 'More Fire' (Independent)
Sedwick - 'The Realisation Of Purpose' (Indie)
Serving Suggestion - 'Try Whistling This...' (Indie)
Colin Shamley - 'Born Guilty & Other Stories' (2CD set) (3rd Ear Music)
Tumi and the Volume - 'At The Bassline' (Sheer)
Various - 'Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions' (African Dope)
Various - 'African Dope Sound System' (African Dope)
Various - 'African Dope Volume 1' (Sony)
Various - 'Cape Of Good Dope' (African Dope)
Various SA Artists - 'Big Red' - From the TV series 'Going Nowhere Slowly' (Ripchord)
Zinkplaat - 'Karoo Poison' EP (Indie)

This week's best-selling CDs at Mabu Vinyl & CD are:

1. 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand' - Fokofpolisiekar
2. 'Big Red' - Songs from the TV series 'Going Nowhere Slowly'
3. 'Spillage' - Godessa
4. The Heat - The Dollyrockers
5. 'All That Is Should Be' - Plush

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This week's specials:

All Night Radio - 'Killing Floor' (LP)
Blondie & Pappa - 'Together' (LP)
Square Set - 'Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever' (LP)
Sebastian Temple - Africa Belongs To The Lion' (LP)
Tolla van der Merwe - 'Tolla van der Merwe se Weskus REP' (LP)
Various Artists - 'Concert In The Park' (2LP, sealed)
André De Villiers - 'Stallion' (LP)
Dog Detachment - 'Barriers' (LP)
éVoid - 'Here comes the ROT!' (LP)
Falling Mirror - 'Zen Boulders' (LP)

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Hi there

I am making drumsticks locally, and endorse SA Bands like Just Jinger, Prime Circle, Marlowe, Waverley, Stock-x-change, Breakfast Included with my product.

I think SA Drummers are being ripped off by ridiculous prices on quality drumsticks, and I like to change that.

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If you have a song that should be heard by the world, Street Level Music Productions and Smack!songs Publishing want to hear it.

If it's up to it, we'll pay up to 50% of your demo costs, and pitch it to our list of international labels, artists and managers.

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There is now a Musolist for SA Musicians, by SA Musicians....!

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The 'Going Nowhere Slowly' crew are still looking for new SA songs for possible inclusion on the TV series soundtrack.

So while there's still time you can send your CD and a short biog to:
Aidan Harper
PO Box 12540
Mill Street Cape Town



Ripchord is offering some special recording deals.
For the month of May only we will be charging only R900.00 per day.

Please phone Aidan on 424 3810 or 083 730 5549 to book recording space in our 16-track digital studio.

The rehearsal rooms are also cooking! - Fully air-conditioned, vocal PA etc Check the website - - from R40.00 per hour.

To book rehearsal rooms - please phone Steve on 424 3810 (o/h) or 072 519 0601

Call for music teachers:

Ripchord Studios have not only a digital 16-track recording studio but also have three air-conditioned PA-equipped practice rooms. These rooms normally operate from 5pm to 11pm, although we do have facilities for bands that wish to rehearse during the day.

We are looking for anyone who wishes to use our rooms for music tuition when bands are not rehearsing. We are situated in the middle of town on the corner of Long and Longmarket Streets (2nd Floor 157 Longmarket Street to be exact!).

Any interested parties can phone Steve or Aidan on 424 3810 o/h.

Call for songwriters:

Ripchord Studios also has a post-production facility for film work... features, commercials, music videos etc. We have two sister companies: Sting Models (who provide models, cast & characters for the film industry) and Crewsaders Film and TV Crewing Agency (who provide crew for the film sets).

We are looking for budding songwriters who are interested in writing music for commercials, soundtracks etc. and are currently putting together a showreel to market to the industry. We are looking for all genres of music.

Please call Aidan on either +27 21 424 3810 o/h or 083 730 5549 for more info. Any bands interested in making music videos can also call us on the above numbers.

Ripchord's sister company, STING MODELS, is looking for rock and pop star look-alikes! Sting supplies characters and cast to feature films, commercials and music videos.

So if you reckon you look like Robbie Williams, Britney or even Mozart - then give Heidi a call on 424 3810 for a screen test!



Have your favourite LP transferred to CD with full colour label and box printing. We restore the LP music/tracks in order to extract the original sound, before transferring them to CD. Only single copies are made and returned with the LP.

What is done...

1. Firstly, your precious LP is put through our professional record cleaning machine to ensure that we start with as pure an original sound as possible.
2. We then play the record on the very best audiophile equipment (Thorens turntable, SME arm with Shure V15-III cartridge) and capture the music at a high sample rate, into our "Top of the Range" computer.
3. The Vinyl background noise and "Fried Eggs" sounds are gently removed from the recording.
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There is a range of prices from R65.00 to R120.00 - depending on the postage costs, and the required and desired degree of cleanup on your single copy.

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

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

NEWSONG FESTIVAL - There will be two Newsong Festival Promo gigs next week to get people amped for the festival itself which takes place from 25 to 28 September in Hartenbos, Mossel Bay.

DAN PATLANSKY AND THE MISSISSIPPI MUTHERS - The Blues Room will be hosting another big Blues Bash on Wednesday 30th June 8:30pm (Village Walk Shopping Centre) featuring Dan Patlansky & the Mississippi Muthers and various guest artists.

12TH AVENUE - Retro-Rock Band 12th Avenue have been let out of the studio (where they have just finished laying down the drum tracks for their imminent EP and album) to hit the shores of Muizenberg to perform a gig on Saturday 3rd July at the newly re-vamped Acoustic Café which is now under new management.

RP STUDIOS EMERGING SOUNDS COMPETITION - Bookings are now open for bands and groups for the July weekly Johannesburg legs as well as the monthly Pretoria and Durban legs. Nelspruit and Vaal RP are in your neck of the woods during July and then in Bloemfontein during August.

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

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

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

PIET BOTHA - Back from his Mozambique jaunt, Piet has a string of dates lined up in June in Gauteng

THE INDEPENDENT ARMCHAIR THEATRE - This week's line-up includes Kallitz, Black India and Wild Eyes, Dino Miranda, Sky Division, Aeroplaza, - In Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.

THE RUDIMENTALS - Cape Town's ska-punk sensations have lined up a national tour from Saturday 26 June - Saturday 3 July - Look out for posters and flyers in your area!



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



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

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



LIVING MUSIC WORKSHOP SERIES: JUNE 2004 - The Living Music Workshop Series is back! After a month's break, the series is back with another month of informative and FREE workshops catering for all aspects of the music industry. Sponsored by the New Clicks Foundation, the June series is set to sparkle with newcomers, Thandi Swartbooi, Michael Horne, Clement Benny and Daniel Bloom, as well as an old favourite, Shane Mahoney.



OPPIKOPPI 10 - It`s all systems go for this great SA music festival's 10th birthday celebrations with updates on the line-up, stages, stalls and tickets.



London Calling presents the launch of its weekly Punk Nights on Thursday 1 July. Launching Punk Nights is Cape Town's The Rudimentals, on their More Fire Tour 2004, with Fuzigish and The Stevie Wonderfuls.

London Calling is the former Bob's Bar venue at corner 76 Op de Bergen and Browning Streets, Fairview, Joburg. Cover charge is R30. or



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

This talented 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Stellenbosch has been seducing South Africans with her powerful, yet haunting voice and piano-based sound for the past four years.

Early last year she was joined by Francious Kruger (Springbok Nude Girls) on drums, Tinus van Dyk on guitar and mandolin and Barry Steenkamp (Akkedis) on bass and electric guitar to record the self-titled seven-track 'Luna'. This piano-based debut recording is a sensual fusion of folk, blues and jazz, rich with the soulful lilt of Luna's powerful voice.

Luna will be performing songs from her debut album, as well as a selection of new material, in Gauteng and Pretoria from the 1st to the 10th of July, 2004.

1st July - Back 2 Basix, Melville, JHB - Mariska 011-7266857
2nd July - Lunar Café, Arcadia, PTA - Nohlene 083 450 9360
7th July - The Songwriters Club, Randburg, JHB - Jason 083 226 3884
8th July - Café Barcelona, Wingate Park, PTA - Chrisna 012-3453602
10th July - Lucit Candle Garden, Rietondale, PTA - Gideon 083 306 2830

"Luna remains one of South Africa's best kept secrets … It's merely a matter of time before the major record labels start queuing up … Forget the plethora of over-processed packaged pop-fodder if well-crafted songs are what you're after, then Luna's mellifluous mix of folk flavoured country rock is sure to soothe, stimulate and yes, seduce the senses." - Miles Keylock,

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There will be two Newsong Festival Promo gigs next week to get people amped for the festival itself which takes place from 25 to 28 September in Hartenbos, Mossel Bay

Wed 30 June - Superfine, Famous and 6 of 9 playing - 7pm - R20 - at Friends First Church, Milner road, Rondebosch (opposite Rondebosch Common)

Fri 2 July - Rustiband, Famous, 6 of 9 and Proxy - 7pm - R20 - at AOG Tableview, corner of Wood and North Drive

Open to everyone, the Newsong Festival itself will be four days of camping, great bands, sport, workshops, speakers and worship.

Featuring bands such as Fevertree, MIC, Serving Suggestion, Famous, Radioflyer, CAB, Sedwick, Skywire, 6 of 9, Rustiband, Crowded Solitude, One Good Reason, Surreal, Kickstand, I55 and more.

Brett Anderson (festival organiser)



Bookings are now open for bands and groups for the July weekly Johannesburg legs as well as the monthly Pretoria and Durban legs. Nelspruit and Vaal - we are in your neck of the woods during July and then in Bloemfontein during August.

The next regional final of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds takes place at the Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng on Sunday, July 4 and the next Quarterly final takes place at Circus Maximus, Caesars, Gauteng on Sunday, August 15 where a second record deal is awarded to the winning band or group on the day.

If your group or band has five original songs and aged 18 and over then phone the Squire on 082 770 7524 to enter or for further information. (Remember should your group or band get through to the Quarterly Final then you must have ten songs ready to record with Darryl Torr).

This event is open to all groups and bands irrespective of musical style including pop, rock, kwaito, hip-hop, punk, metal, r 'n b in fact all forms of music are welcome as long as the group or band comprises of a minimum of three members and a maximum of seven.

If you are serious about your music then call the Squire on 082 770 7524 and book your place in what could become musical history.

Saturday, July 3 - Johannesburg monthly finals
@ Tempos - 191 Hans Strydom, Kyasands, Randburg. Event starts at 15:00 and there is a R20 cover charge. The event is now held indoors in the thatch because it's winter In action:
· Makeshift
· Monkeyfinger
· Mugshot
· Whiplash

Saturday, July 10 & Saturday, July 17 - TBC

Saturday, July 24 - monthly Jhb final + guest DJ Barney Simon from 5fm

The August legs of the Johannesburg heats will start on Saturday, July 31 then again on August 14 with the monthly finals on Aug 21. (Oppikoppi weekend takes place Aug 7-9)

Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng from 15:00
In action:
· Bloem band
· Pta Band
· 2 x Jhb bands

This is a strictly over 18s only venue. Entrance is free but you pay R10 parking per car as you enter Caesars Gauteng.

Saturday, July 10
For further information contact Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524

Friday, July 23
In action:
· Whiplash
· Plus others

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



After much head-scratching, chin-rubbing and foot-tapping, the folks behind Nimbus Experience have come up with an idea! Yes, only one- but, it's a big one. To celebrate the third year of NE, to redirect our aims and, basically, to have a lot of fun, Nimbus Experience will be putting on a full, professional, audio-visual explosion style Rock Show! This will be happening in a theatre setting with all the toys and gimmicks that type of place allows.

We want to provide South African audiences with a world-class music experience in South Africa with totally original South African music.

It's gonna be happening at The Victory Theatre on the 21st of August, Saturday night from 8pm. We've booked the theatre, organised with Computicket, got the printer, if we can just learn to play these guitar-thingys.

Expect a fun, entertaining evening!
You can book by emailing us a request (at
Leave us contact details so we can get your tickets to you.
Or, faithful ol' Computicket (011 340-8000 or Tickets are R80.00 a head (body gets in for free! Har-di-har.)


By Daniel Neville


It's official, Donovan has left Impropriety. However the great news is that he has joined other ex-band members -namely: Rasheed, Russel (5 Star Society) and Jaques (Not Guilty) - in a new band called "NEW ALTUM" that promises to be something fresh!

With a mixture of many styles, this band should be gigging soon so WATCH FOR THEM! [ [DN]

SA Punk Gig Guide:

Wed 30 June - The Mishi Jones Baseball Park - Durban- 8pm, R20
The Rudimentals
Sibling Rivalry
Low Profile
Mr Smug

Thur 1 July - London Calling - Johannesburg - 9pm, R30
The Rudimentals
The Stevie Wonderfuls

Fri 2 July - ROCK CAFE - Witbank - 9pm, R30
The Terrorists
The Mel Gibsons Band

Fri 2 July - Carfax - Johannesburg - 8pm, R40
The Rudimentals
Diesel Whores
The Slash Dogs
DJ King SkaSka

Fri 2 July - Mercury Live - Cape Town - 9pm, R30
Fuzigish CD Launch Tour
Hog Hoggidy Hog
7th Son

Sat 3 July - Cool Runnings in Centurion - Pretoria - 8pm, R30
The Rudimentals
Tidle Waves
Spindle Sect
DJ King SkaSka
DJ Bob

Sat 3 July - Wynberg Sports Club - Cape Town - 7:30pm, R30
Fuzigish CD Launch Tour
Half Price
3 Chord Theory

Daniel Neville


Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ St Paul's Cathedral, 24 June 2002
By John Samson

England vs Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2004, the nation expects and the papers are full of Rooney. Despite this, St Paul's cathedral was packed with Mambazo fans - some as passionate about the music as some of the soccer fans. St Paul's cathedral boasts the biggest church dome after St Peter's in the Vatican so we're talking a sizeable church and I would estimate that it took in the region of 3 000 people.

Into these austere surrounds stepped 10 Mambazos and soon the building was echoing with that booming bass voice that only the Zulu seem capable of producing. Over this floated the distinctive, ululating voice of Joseph Shabalala. They started sombrely, perhaps conscious of the surroundings that have been host to many a formal occasion full of pomp and ceremony, or maybe there was a sadness hanging over the group due to the recent death of Joseph's brother Ben.

Whatever the reason, I am immediately struck by the juxtaposition of this classical, decidedly European Cathedral and the voices that I associate with rural villages in Kwazulu Natal where the sun shines in a bright blue sky and the wind blows gently through the long grass.

After the slow, beautiful start, things started to warm up as more dancing was introduced and the group's sense of humour began to shine through. There were angels in the architecture, the rich harmonies spinning in infinity and I wanted to cry out Amen! Hallelujah!

The show culminated in a frenzy of high kicking dance while the audience struggled between making a joyful noise unto the Lord and the sensibilities of High Church. But whichever side of that fence they stood I still feel they had a good time. The evening ended England 0 Mambazos 10.

John Samson


[Barry van Zyl, a top SA drummer, has been touring the world as a part of Johnny Clegg's backing band. He sent us some info on the tour]

Howsit guys!

So nice to get Rock Digest out here!

I've been on road with Johnny Clegg Band for a while now - done France, Switzerland, and London - now in USA.

We played at Humphreys On The Bay, which is right in a marina in San Diego. It is a famous outdoor venue with about 2 500 capacity. It was a good show, and Hugh Masekela opened! I also got to see/hang out with Anton Fig, (ex-SA drummer) which was great. We did two more shows in San Diego, and some in Los Angeles.

In LA we've done the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, LA and the House Of Blues in Anaheim. They are really terrific venues. We also played at the one in New Orleans in April, which was also great. The House Of Blues venues are around 1500 capacity, and well organised. Lots of edgy big name acts like the Neville Brothers, Toots and the Maytalls, Katie Melhua, Jamie Callum, Dr John and many more!

Then we moved on northwards, heading through Canada and East Coast of States. From there it was the Fillmore in San Francisco, which was amazing! A lot of music in the walls there - from Hendrix and the Dead in the '70's right up to the Chilli Peppers, Beck and so forth nowadays.

Then we did the Alladin theatre in Portland - a great audience! Last night was Seattle at the....sorry I forgot the name of theatre (That's okay! - Ed.). Arrived today in Canada and the first show is tomorrow night. We are currently holed up in a ski resort in summer! Very beautiful here in the mountains - hot as hell.

The responses to the shows have been amazing. Canada promises to be very cool.

We end in New York City around July 11, and then back to France. I will keep ya posted.

Anyway - really nice to keep in touch via the Digest

Thanx and regards to all!
Barry van Zyl


[We always enjoy receiving missives from the brave lads in Soulja who have these amazing and sometimes harrowing adventures as they move around the country spreading their new rock sounds to a growing army of fans. Here's the latest updates:}

It has already been over two weeks since Soulja returned from a VERY successful KZN mini tour. It was a whirlwind affair in the province with the palm trees that saw Cape Town's surging rock energy hit Pietermaritzburg like a Cape storm, smashing this way and that at a club called Blu32 in front of a collection of Maritzburg College old boys who would not accept defeat.

KZN MC's Ewok & Friend climbed on stage halfway through Soulja's set but after they climbed off there was no holding back a loud set, showcasing all the new material under the belt. Butch James (Sharks flyhalf - Sporty Ed.) was impressed - so impressed that he would not stay at home for our Sunday night unplugged event in Durbs.

But let's get to Saturday at The Wavehouse in Umhlanga. After RedHOUSE and Kasia warmed the crowd up in the function room which looked more like a WWII operating room with the lights on, Soulja hit overdrive. An electric set that would not compromise which led to an encore in the form of a cover by Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll', had none other than SA's boxing man Corrie Sanders, moshing about in the front row - You can imagine that no one was going to challenge the weight of this boykie...

Sunday rolled in with some rain clouds over the Durban beachfront where weary Souljas tried to catch up on sleep lost for three nights now. The slow day made for good preparation for the night ahead for the unplugged acoustic set at one of Durban's finest ''soft'' music and eating venues, HOME.

This packed out uber lekker venue doubled as a perfect spot to catch up with some of Durbs' more popular celebs and fans. Luckily, for their sake, Soulja pulled off a toit-laak-a-toiger performance and impressed - so much so that an as yet unconfirmed slot at The Mr Price Pro surfing/beach extravaganza in Mid-July has been promised by the top-level brass.

Let's not talk about the flight back to iKapa. Thanks for being patient with us SAA. Thanks to the people who made the tour possible, you know who you are fellas and dames.

And what lies ahead now? Let's see what's in the diary:

Mid-July - Durban Mr Price Pro - Wait for the full line-up, it's going to be a knockout...
Friday 23 July - The Hidden Cellar, Stellenbosch - Gif Appel Festival - >From 5 O'clock with Hog Hoggidy Hog, The Rudimentals, Neshamah, Cannon to a Whisper(PTA), Tonight We Die, Half Price, My Shade and Carea. R40-00 gets you in and it's a charitable event.

At the moment, Soulja are still working on their follow-up EP 'Stay Young', sure to blast the socks off critics when it drops.



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