Bright Blue

Cape Town band formed in 1983

Bright Blue (left-to-right): Peter Cohen, Dan Heymann, Tom Fox and Ian Cohen



  • Robin Levetan: vocals on first album only
  • Tom Fox: guitar, vocals (also in The Usual & Swamp Funk Quartet)
  • Ian Cohen: bass, vocals
  • Peter Cohen: drums, vocals
  • Dan Heymann: keyboards

  • Basil Coetzee: sax on 'Weeping'
  • McCoy Mrubata: sax on 'Yesterday Night'
  • Peter Barnett: percussion on 'Window On The World'

Open Your Eyes, Amuzine, 1996

The Blue are back and in great form. This three song CD single is hopefully a taster off a new album, but still a thing of beauty and value. The single 'Wouldn't Miss It For The World' is not only a great song but should have done the business as either a better national anthem or at minimum the new constitution song. Singing obviously about being part/past, present and now in the future of our wild and cool new democratic country, "You know I wouldn't miss it for the world, you know I've been waiting...." The other two songs are reasonable in this company, but its a good addition to your cd singles pile. Very bright!
-- Stephen "Sugar" Segerman (8)


Hungry Child
Robin Levetan wrote the song 'Hungry Child' and donated it to Operation Hunger in lieu of Bright Blue performing at the Concert In The Park.

Weeping Bright Blue
I never hear 'Weeping' without being moved by the song, it has such power. I'm an English teacher here in Texas and used the song as an introduction to reading Cry the Beloved Country. My students were also impressed with the power and meaning of the song.
Recently, I read an archived review in Sugar's Amuzine wherein he raved about a Bright Blue single, 'Wouldn't Miss It for the World'. (I've used Sugar's reviews and musical taste as guides to buying SA music and haven't been led astray yet, he's "spot on", as y'all say.) The single is not in the One World catalog, though if I inquired Andy could probably find a copy for me. What I'm getting at is, what with several nice SA reissues out or coming out, any word or update on the teaser Stephen had in Amuzine about a best of Bright Blue, Brightest Blue, being released?
I'm buying South African music as fast as I can, it's fresh and exciting to me, and if 'Weeping' is typical of Bright Blue's music, I could promise that at least one Yankee will own a copy of their greatest hits, and play it for friends.
-- Kurt Shoemaker, Texas, February 2000

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