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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: Brenda Fassie, Godessa, Valiant Swart, Marq Vas, Hemingways Awards, 'Healing Destination', Park Royal, 'Casa Del Musical', SA Music Industry Directory, 3rd Ear, Arno And Melanie.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, 'Going Somewhere Quickly', Celtic Rumour, Staige, Soul Proxy, Baobab, Fly Paper Jet, ISLA, Saturnine.
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa; A Naartjie In The UK; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, SA Punk, Delta Blue and Bed On Bricks, Open Mic at Obz Cafe, RP Studios Emerging Sounds, Sunways in London, Ratanga Benefit..
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



The Digest is sad to announce that South African pop icon Brenda Fassie has died. Our condolences to all Brenda's family, friends and fans. Brenda Fassie was a genuine South African music icon and will be eternally missed.

The big news this week, apart from the engagement of Arno Carstens to Melanie Machattie (Congrats!! - Ed.), focuses on Godessa, the all-female Cape Town hip hop trio, currently performing in Europe, who have just released their (justifiably) eagerly awaited debut album, called 'Spillage' .... Valiant Swart's soundtrack album to the 2003 TV program "Song Vir Katryn" has "sold Gold"!

Lock up your daughters as news of Marq Vas' return to SA from London is confirmed, he's at the Chiropractors Nightmare gig at Zeppelins in Pretoria on Saturday 15 May .... Find out who won when they handed out the 2004 Hemingways GO! Live! Music Awards held at a teeming Red Bishop in Beacon Bay in East London on Saturday evening.

The launch to celebrate the official release of Mac Mckenzie and the Goema Captains Of Cape Town's album, 'Healing Destination', will take place at the Cafe Distrix on the last weekend in April .... Read the heart-rending story of the plight of 74 Old Aged people living at Park Royal. Park Royal, an apartment block situated on the corner of Quartz & Wolmerans Street, Joubert Park in Central Johannesburg .... There is also a review of the charity concert held at Ratanga Junction to raise money for this cause.

See 'Casa Del Musical', a 45-minute documentary that features Cape Town jazz musician Robbie Jansen and historian Vincent Kolbe, who travelled to Cuba to explore the correlation of musical influences ...The 6th edition of the South African Music Industry Directory is scheduled for publication in July 2004 .... The 3rd Ear Music "school" of thought, hidden history, good ideas and great alternative music, has to move from 446 Currie Road, Durban, in 3 to 4 months time! ....

Our MP3 section this week features a second selection of tracks by the artists currently appearing on the 'Going Nowhere Slowly' double-CD soundtrack ... There is also a rare mp3 by the group Celtic Rumour, and a new smooth R&B ballad from a Cape Town group called Staige ... This week's 'Celeb:Select' host is David Marks

Soul Proxy has been in the studio recording their much-anticipated début album which will be nationally released later this month ... Baobab are a new band who have just released their debut CD called 'Code 14' .... The very popular Cape Town group called Fly Paper Jet have released their debut album and called it 'Live' - because it was recorded live

"ISLA" stands for "Initiative Sounds Locally Announced", but is really the creation of a fearless new Cape Town singer-songwriter called Ilsa, who calls her the music on her new album, 'Lick The Lion', BBP, which stands for "Bilingual Boere Punk"..... Katie, from, interviewed Saturnine, an up-and-coming Durban band, exclusively for the SA Rock Digest

Kurt Shoemaker reviews the recent 'Bluescream' album by Tully McCully's Bluescream band .... John Samson listens to 'Are You Ready' by the Music Corporation .... And, from this week onwards we will also be taking a look back at the LM Radio charts from 35 years ago

Delta Blue and Bed on Bricks are heading in the right direction with great upcoming plans for the year and great shows to keep your social schedule up and running ... 'The Open Microphone' now takes place every Tuesday night at the Obz cafe in Cape Town ... There are updates on the RP Emerging Sounds Competition

There is news on the second 'Clash Of The Titans' gig ...John Samson was at the Sunways' London gig at The Half Moon in Putney and sent us a review .... The last ever concert to be staged at Ratanga Junction was a charity concert on Friday 30 April.

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

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

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (09 May 1969)

1 [1] Sorry Suzanne - The Hollies
2 [3] Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt
3 [2] Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Company
4 [4] Games People Play - Joe South
5 [6] Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension

30 YEARS AGO (10 May 1974)

1 [1] Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
2 [4] Loving Arms - Dobie Gray
3 [2] Hello Girl - Dr. Marigolds
4 [3] Jolene - Dolly Parton
5 [7] Solitaire - Andy Williams

25 YEARS AGO (11 May 1979)

1 [5] Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith
2 [1] Chiquitita - Abba
3 [3] Tragedy - Bee Gees
4 [4] Heart Of Glass - Blondie
5 [7] I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

20 YEARS AGO (11 May 1984)

1 [1] Red Red Wine - UB40
2 [7] Happy Station - Fun Fun
3 [3] 99 Red Balloons - Nena
4 [2] Jump - Van Halen
5 [13] Footloose - Kenny Loggins

* 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:

The SA Rock Encyclopedia is an archive of South African pop and rock music - past, present and future - and includes sections on classic albums, rock legends, rock lists, charts, trivia, family trees, a hall of fame, weblinks and more...



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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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Brenda's manager Peter Snyman announced on Sunday that Brenda has died at the Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg.

Our condolences to her family, friends and fans.

Read more at the website:



Godessa are the Cape Town all-female hip hop trio who first burst on to the South African hip hop scene with their brilliant 'Social Ills' EP back in 2002. Although that single received overwhelming acclaim, there had been no further new release from Godessa, until now.

The group has just released its full debut album called 'Spillage' on the High Voltage label, and this 13-track album is going to make all those Godessa fans very happy. The album was produced by Granville Williams in Cape Town and early bird copies are currently available at Mabu Vinyl & CD in Cape Town

Listen to 'Social Ills' at



Bowline Distributors have announced that Valiant Swart's soundtrack album to the 2003 TV program "Song Vir Katryn" has "sold Gold"! Valiant Swart was also the leading role in the romantic drama series that caught the attention and affection of a large chunk of the SA viewing public when it was screened last year.

Peter Theunissen, the Managing Director of Bowline, released the following statement last week: "It is with great pride that we can announce the achieving of "Gold" status of Valiant Swart's "Song vir Katryn", produced by Rhythm Records and distributed by Bowline. It has been a long haul having been very close over the last six months, but continually being countered by the unpredictable retail market. We have however passed the required 25,000 unit sale mark with enough margin to feel comfortable that this status is now firmly achieved".

Looking to the future, Theunissen added: "We have seen both Valiant and Rhythm grow tremendously in both status and popularity over the past few years and Bowline is proud to have been a part of this success story. We know that this is really just the start of Valiant's career and it is perseverance, dedication and absolute commitment which has got him this far. We now look forward to Platinum!"

Rhythm Records

mp3s Buy "Song Vir Katryn" at:


The First South African V.A.S. Appearance - Saturday 15 May, Zeppelins, Pretoria

Word of Marq Vas' return from the UK is out. Fans and the curious will be keen to learn that his first public appearance has been confirmed. The Tongue himself will be acting as the MC as the Chiropractors Nightmare gig at Zeppelins in Pretoria on Saturday 15 May.

Remaining true to his intent to re-submerge himself in the SA heavy rock scene, and to bring about his own new project, Marq will be acting as MC and no doubt giving more than just a few drops of saliva away. He has V.A.S. Inc merchandise and other goodies to spray amongst the crowd along with his normal line of obscenity, profanity and straight spit.

The Chiropractors Nightmare is an Evil Spinach production, and features 6 SA metal bands.

The doors of Zeppelins open at 19H00, and a paltry 50 bucks gets you in a for a vein popping, head banging, neck snapping roller coaster ride of the heaviest rock around.

The featured bands are:
Architecture of Aggression
Funeral God

Sat 15 May: Zeppelins: 383 Pretorious Street: Pretoria: 7pm: R50

More at



Five-piece East London band "Banned Habits" (Greg Harris, Dave Collis, Steve Meise, Andrew Mogridge and Anton Visagie) captured the prestigious Best Band title at the 2004 Hemingways GO! Live! Music Awards held at a teeming Red Bishop in Beacon Bay on Saturday evening.

An appreciative crowd of around 2000 people turned out to witness a total of nine bands and four solo artists put on a show which will long live in the memory not only for atmosphere but also for the quality of play.

"Last year's inaugural event set a pretty high standard", said Daron Mann from event organisers Kei Apple, "but the artists this year just blew us away. Live music in East London is definitely in good shape at the moment. We are so proud of what all the artists put out on the night.

You know, import artists struggle to pull a crowd the size of the one our local acts did. This event is such a success and is only going to grow, there are already sponsors requesting involvement in next year's Music Awards," Daron added. Banned Habits' win earned them R5000 in cash from Hemingways Casino and a trophy from media sponsors GO! Newspaper.

Judges Buli G, Keshina Thaver and Don Bryce described their decisions as "unbelievably tough" and were very impressed by the general standard of performance. Algoa FM lunchtime DJ (and Idols semi-finalist) Buli was particularly effusive: "I had no idea there was such talent in East London. These artists compare with the very best that I've heard anywhere in South Africa."

New band "Rise" scooped the award and R3000 on offer for Best Original Song with their tune "Revolution", and Duncan Crawford also won R3000 and the trophy on offer for Best Solo Act.

Daron Mann confirmed that the evening's events had been recorded and would soon be available on CD as was the case last year. "Ben Norris from Exodus Productions kindly handled the recording and folk can contact me within a week or two if they want a copy. Ben has also generously made available an additional prize of free recording time in his studio to all category winners".

Daron also paid tribute to event sponsors Hemingways Casino and GO! newspaper for their support of original, live local music.

Earlier, following a written poll of all finalists, Settlers in Gonubie was awarded a certificate for being voted Best Live Music Venue.


104 Darling St, Cape Town - Fri. 28th and Sat 29th May 2004.

Mac McKenzie's brilliant musical tribute to the Cape Town's Goema scene, which is to be released on the Mountain Records label, is to be launched at the Cafe Distrix on the last weekend in May

A spokesman for the label said that the release comes after months of negotiation between the producers, Afribeat Productions, publishers, Mama Dance and the distributors concerned. "We are delighted that we can offer this album as it is not only an important document but we believe that our label is the home of the best Cape Jazz. Comparisons are inevitable so let me suggest that this is a Cape / Buena Vista Social Club meets Gotan Project album" he said.

The arrangement, which makes the album exclusively available from Mountain, expands on the much sought after "bootleg" version of the group's live and studio recordings made over a period of a year, which began with a series of sessions billed as the Wondergigs in June 2002. In terms of the deal, the album, entitled 'Healing Destination', will be first issued in South Africa and then later in the year in Germany.

There are several changes to the content including new tracks, re-mixes and re-packaging and a complete re-mastering of the album. The album features the giants of Cape Town's jazz scene. In addition to Mac's guitar playing, 'Healing Destination' features the piano playing of Hilton Schilder, Robbie Jansen on saxophone, Alex van Heerden on trumpet, drummer Clement Benny and Riedwaan Ballie on double bass.

Two of Cape Town's finest female vocalists, Ernie Deane (MoodPhase5ive) and Zolani Mahola (freshlyground) are added to the line-up that constantly changes as banjo, accordion, steel drums, violin, mandolin, mouth bow, gummy percussion or vocals are required.

The recorded material was mostly written by McKenzie, or is traditional goema. Highlights amongst the 11 tracks are a clever arrangement of the standard, "Daar kom die Alibama", the title track, "Healing Destination", which is a goema lounge number featuring 3 vocalists, and the moody "Disentangled".

Friday evening, doors open 7pm. for media launch, 8 pm for the public.
Saturday 8pm.

Activity - The Goema Captains Band will play in the concert venue and in the bar a DJ will play. If the weather allows we will use the outside area garden as well. The event will also serve as the launch for the new website of the record label.

Theme - The flavour of the event will be one of the carnival, goema, and jazz with emphasis on the history and vibe that surrounds Cape Jazz.

Tickets for the event are available in advance from the venue and Tel 021 4471358.

Email - ( - from 1st June)



During February and again in April 2004, SABC 3's Special Assignment featured the heart-rending story of the plight of 74 Old Aged people living at Park Royal. Park Royal is an apartment block situated on the corner of Quartz & Wolmerans Street, Joubert Park in Central Johannesburg. The building was previously owned by JAFTA (Johannesburg Association For The Aged) & due to financial constraints they unfortunately had to sell the building.

The building was purchased by a financial institution (name may not be released). Most of the 74 residents have either outlived their families, or they have lost contact with their families. They receive a mere R700 government grant, of which R350 alone must go to rent. Old age homes also don't want to accept people over 70 years old or don't have enough space.

A concerned viewer of the program, Mr Nicholas Beck, gave these residents a lifeline. Nicholas made some enquiries and after reading Bruce Wilkinson's book, The Dream Giver, he had the vision to set up the 'Dream Giver Trust Fund'.

The aim of the Fund....quite simple! Collect R1.7 million within a couple of months to buy the Park Royal building back, with many other similar projects to follow. This would ensure that the residents would have a roof over their heads and not be kicked out onto the streets on the 1st May 2004 as previously arranged with the residents by tertiary parties. How would this be achieved? Nick decided that if government can't do anything, then society surely must stand up and help. We will all get old one day...

He has since set up a number whereby every time you sms the word "DREAM" to 36833, R5 will be automatically deducted from your MTN or Vodacom cellphone contract account or pre-paid account. Of the R5, a portion will go to the service provider (company who set up the line for dreamgiver) and the rest will be deposited into the Trust's bank account.

The trust will be audited by Cape Town Company Moores Rowland & will be legally administered by Bornman & Hayward attorneys in Durbanville. This will give peace of mind to generous sponsors and cellphone users who donate money, that it will in fact be used to buy back the building for the intended purposes of housing these people. The building will be owned by the trust, which will run as a section 21(non-profit organization).

It would be appreciated if those of you with cellphones make use of them in this way... We have a wonderful Pize Up for grabs for the participants in the sms outreach... An amazing OVERSEAS trip for two!!!

There will also be various media projects and events taking place to raise funds for this worthy project. So please play your part in making a real difference in people's lives and pass this e-mail on to all your friends and contacts! Who knows, you might be in a similar situation in the future...

Any further queries can be forwarded via E-mail on or telephonically on our details above. Banking details are also available on request.

Thank You and God Bless!
Members of The Dreamgiver Trust

[Read a review of the benefit concert held at Ratanga Junction in the 'Live In SA' section below]


Tuesday, 11 May at The District Six Museum

Directed by South African Jonathan de Vries, this 45-minute documentary features Cape Town jazz musician Robbie Jansen and historian Vincent Kolbe.

The pair travelled to Cuba to explore the correlation of musical influences and styles between these two port cities which appear a world apart and yet are similar in so many ways. In what is a whistle-stop tour, we meet and hear Jansen jam with the personalities and characters of the Cuban music scene.

We are introduced to the historical variety of musical influences - jazz, salsa, rap, and African syncopation - that pulsates through Cubans' veins from a young age. The vibrant beat that pervades the film and their travels makes the pair wonder what Cape Town and its music could have achieved had it had a different history.

The film will be introduced and followed by a discussion led by Vincent Kolbe, a seminal founding trustee of the District Six Museum.

For more information contact Shamila Rahim at (021) 466 7121 or e-mail at

Time: 17h45 for 18h00
Date: Tuesday 11 May 2004
Venue: District Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Entrance: Free (donations welcome)



The MIDI Trust in conjunction with Music Africa publishes the South African Music Industry Directory. The 6th edition of the Directory is scheduled for publication in July 2004.

The South African Music Directory is published annually It is distributed to: 300 foreign embassies, the national arts media, film companies, record companies, government departments, book stores, educational institutions and many others in the industry

The Directory is an A5, +/-300 page, bound booklet, with glossy, full colour covers, listings index and advertisers index The key objective of the publication is to make information on the music industry accessible, thus increasing job and networking opportunities

It contains some 2,500 listings including 600 - 1000 artist listings in all the various music categories e.g. jazz, dance, contemporary, gospel, choral, rock, pop, traditional and many others Business listings include: record companies, distributors, artist managers and agents, promoters, recording studios, marketing & promotion, publishers, songwriters, technical services, production services, music festivals, resources, venues, and many others.

Print run is 3500

If you require further information please contact:
France Ledwaba or Cheryl Sack
Newtown Music Centre
10 Goch Street
Johannesburg 2119
South Africa
PO Box 85107
Emmarentia 2029
tel: +27 11 834-1717 fax: +27 11 834-1717
e-mail :



Subject - The 3rd Ear Music "school" of thought, hidden history, good ideas & great alternative music, has to move from 446 Currie Road, Durban, in 3 to 4 months time.

Object - To hold a large scale cake-sale or a raffle at an old school-tie-dye concert?

Many believe that 3rd Ear Music has been much more than an alternative music, publishing, production and recording facility. It's been like a free-open-school through which many hundreds of 'pupils' have passed and learnt their trade over 40-odd years; acquiring skills in music performance, live festival, concert, club and coffee-bar production, as well as collecting and recording on the fly.....being in the right place at the wrong time? (1964 to 1994) A sort of historical Outcomes Based Education company - long before its time.

It has been a school of information and good ideas - where the good ideas have become a reality for many creative people. If by default rather than design, countless SAfrican events and musicians started life-in-music with 3rd Ear. And many still operate or function in the mainstream today - for better or worse - because of this OBE Company. And when a school has to move, or is in trouble, pupils and parents sometimes volunteer to help organise a raffle, a jumble or cake-sale. Here's your chance!!!

446 Currie Road will be put on the open property market next Sunday (9th May 2004) for a cool R1.9 Million and 3rd Ear Music has 3 to 4 months in which to relocate The Hidden Years Music Archive - and 2 chances between now and next Sunday not to move. (1) Find a good excuse and buy some time to hold a concert or (2) get a set of lucky numbers. Whatever - both chances, given our lack of funds, will depend on where the lucky Lotto balls bounce.

Seriously though, this gamble or chance does not include the R53 Million that the Lotto Archive & Heritage Fund has decided not to distribute for some inexplicable reason. Could this be why we (and other historic archive collections) find ourselves in this awkward situation? The meetings and conferences attended these past 14 years all ask me to hang in there; 3rd Ear Music will be safe in time to come, I am assured by the experts.

For example the Trust Fund idea was suggested and partially tabled at the Archive Meeting in Johannesburg last week - but that'll take some time to set up. In the meantime the musicians that we need to assist and talk too are fading as fast as the photos, news clips and oxidizing tapes that we are trying to save. Time is a luxury that this Archive collection and those hidden history musicians can no longer afford. And now we have to move.

Perhaps Pallo Jordan - our recently appointed minister of Arts & Culture, a welcome and popular choice among artists - could get SAfrica's hidden history into the Archive & Heritage Lotto draw? At least with Pallo in charge Arts, Culture & Heritage should not be hidden in the drawer for too long. Archive collections now stand a better than even chance of getting funding - without having to gamble.

However, what 3rd Ear has to consider right now has got little if anything to do with taking a chance in the speculative real-estate market. What we have at stake here is our long-term 40-year investment in some valuable Intellectual Property that we need to keep surveying to make ready for level-playing-field development.

(Personally, I'm often not too sure if what we have here on tape and record is as important as some academics and the broadcast /media industry people sometimes claim. But until we can get to compete on a level playing field, we'll never know. We just shouldn't let it go. I am always reminded that The Hidden Years Archive could be as entertaining as it is culturally important and commercially viable. The value of what we own may not reflect in a share-holder's bottom-line at this time, but in an age of digital information - where history can get re-invented, regularly - what we have could be of incalculable value, someday.)

If these rooms of tapes, photos, programmes, posters and pamphlets are important, then there is little doubt that this collection of Hidden History will one day be included in text and history books; a fat lot of good that'll do when we're decomposing. 3rd Ear's legacy, heritage and history (as hidden as it may be to many) of skills development and training has been shared for decades; long before it was fashionable to do so. And what could be exciting, is that we can at least try and keep future generations informed and learning, with the music stories we have collected. This collection will eventually generate its own income. But where do we go from here until then?

What we need immediately - besides large sums of spare second-hand money - are:

2 or 3 air-tight, waterproof and environmentally regulated containers in which to secure and store the tapes, photos, posters and programmes; or what's left of the latter 3 anyway.

Some form of short-term security and investment to keep the Archive Active and Alive; my day job would be to keep issuing the CDRs and information. The Hidden Years Story (book) can wait…. History won't, because it can't!

And if all else fails - arrange the cake-sale, raffle and an old-school-tie-dye concert. Can you help and/or advise and sympathise?

David Marks

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




The Digest extends its warmest congratulations to Melanie Machattie and Arno Carstens, who announced their engagement in Cape Town last week. Melanie is the MD of Calamity Jane Advertising & Marketing while Arno needs no introduction to Digest readers....




1. [1] (1) Gravity - James Stewart (Street Level)
2. [3] (2) Vier by Vier en Visvang - Blomkrag ('Boere Country'/Indie)
3. [5] (3) Something In My Eye (Live) - Boulevard Blues Band ('Tassenberg All*Stars 4'/Trippy Grape)
4. [4] (1) FCK - Teba ('Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions'/African Dope)
5. [6] (5) Long Riders Of Nam - Brian Finch ('Never Look Back'/Indie)
6. [7] (6) Snakes And Ladders - Evolver ('Evolver' EP/Indie)
7. [8] (7) Don't Walk Away - Larry Amos ('Going Up'/Indie)
8. [2] (2) Diengele (The Generals) - Kalahari Surfers ('Muti Media'/African Dope)
9. [13] (9) Charlie Kaufman - Fallen ('Last Chance For The Forgotten'/Indie)
10. [14] (10) Drowsy Maggie - DNA Strings ('DNA Strings'/Afrimusik)
11. [15] (11) Break Down - Believable Addiction (Indie)
12. [16] (12) Jou Ma - Thys Nywerheid (Indie)
13. [17] (13) Love Is The Hunter- MacAngel ('Summer In Berlin'/Sonique)
14. [9] (1) Gimme Da Weed - Chronic Clan ('African Dope Sound System'/African Dope)
15. [19] (15) What It Takes To Breathe - Bored (Indie)
16. [18] (16) Revolution - Swim Club (Indie)
17. [21] (17) No Matter - Wendy New (Dissolve In The Sun/Indie)
18. [11] (9) Gone Away - Sam Paddock (Indie)
19. [12] (8) Living As Numbers - Zero Tolerance ('A Perfect Life?'/Indie)
20. [22] (20) I'm A Doctor - The Innovators ('Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions'/African Dope)
21. [23] (21) Cola Wars - Willem Kitshoff ('Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions'/African Dope)
22. [10] (1) Gangsta - The Rudimentals ('More Fire'/Indie)
23. [24] (23) FFF - Tonight We Die (Demo/Indie)
24. [27] (24) Things Were Meant To Be So - chiaroscuro ('A Definition'/Indie)
25. [26] (25) Driehoek - Van Zyl, Van Der Spuy & Vennote ('Hadeda'/Rhythm)
26. [30] (26) Multiple Oblivion - Jo Day ('The Truth'/Indie)
27. [20] (4) Die Ding Ruk Mal - Kallitz (Mothermix)
28. [28] (5) Parallel - Saturnine ('Silence Is Deafening'/Wicked Rock)
29. [-] (29) Change Your Face - David Foster ('Flat To Round/Rhythm/Bowline)
30. [25] (2) Saad van 'n Psigopaat - Abel Kraamsaal ('Woorde Op 'n Wynboks'/Indie)

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

1. [1] (1) Moving - 340ml (Indie)
2. [5] (2) Big Red (Songs From 'Going Nowhere Slowly') - Various (Ripchord)
3. [4] (3) A Definition - Chiaroscuro (Indie)
4. [9] (4) Blomdoorns - Derek Gripper (Open Record)
5. [8] (5) Dissolve In The Sun - Wendy New (Indie)
6. [2] (2) Never Look Back - Brian Finch (Indie)
7. [12] (7) Angel Tongue - Nianell (Fresh)
8. [3] (1) Boerecountry - Blomkrag (Indie)
9. [6] (1) True North - Spoonfeedas (Sesalos)
10. [16] (10) All That Is Should Be - Plush (Indie)
11. [7] (2) Africa She Too Can Cry - Hawk (RetroFresh)
12. [10] (1) Muti Media - Kalahari Surfers (African Dope)
13. [17] (13) Born Guilty & Other Stories - Colin Shamley (3rd Ear Music)
14. [11] (1) The Heat - Dollyrockers (Indie)
15. [15] (15) Site Under Construction - Off The Edge (Indie)
16. [19] (16) Beyond The Walls - Rus Nerwich (Indie)
17. [13] (5) I-Ternal Fire - Lions Of Zion (Indie)
18. [14] (1) More Fire - The Rudimentals (Indie)
19. [25] (19) Summer In Berlin - MacAngel (Sonique)
20. [18] (2) Sui - Benguela (Open Record)
21. [20] (1) African Dope Sound System - Various (African Dope)
22. [21] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
23. [27] (23) Live - Fly Paper Jet (Indie)
25. [23] (1) Jika Jika - freshlyground (Freeground)
24. [29] (24) Memories In A Menthol - Adam Tas (Bowline)
26. [22] (1) As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand - Fokofpolisiekar (Rhythm/Bowline)
27. [24] (1) Humanarium - Bed On Bricks (Indie)
28. [-] (28) My Dance - Muse String Quartet (Indie)
29. [26] (3) 21 Gunslut - Soulja (Indie)
30. [30] (30) Vol 1: 20/20 Vision - The Tripps (Indie)


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Last week we focused on the SABC3 Sunday evening TV programme, 'Going Nowhere Slowly', which is a consistent and worthy showcase for many SA artists. These artists get to have their songs featured on the travel program's soundtrack and the songs are also simultaneously named on-screen so you know who you are listening to.

This week again we offer a selection of tracks by some of the SA artists who are featured on the newly-released double CD soundtrack called 'Big Red - Songs From The TV series Going Nowhere Slowly'.

'Love Struck' - Jesse Jordan Band
'Above My Room' - Jo Day
'Refrigerator Man' - Woodshed
'The Orchard' - Mann Friday
'Milk Cow Blues' - Delta Blue



Ross Campbell, currently the drummer for Benguela, began his career with the Durban band Celtic Rumour. Ross explains that 'Somewhere' and another track called 'Africa in Motion' were taken from the demo tape recorded at C&G studios in Westville, Durban for R300 in 1988. These recordings happened during the lad's matric year, and they then sent the tracks on to Barney Simon, who playlisted both at the time - 'Somewhere' getting to No. 1 on his 'Alternative Rock' charts and 'Africa in Motion' to No. 3.

It was after that, that Celtic Rumour were invited to record a track, 'Slow Rain', for the 'Flying Circus' compilation up in JHB on a new label under RPM called "Umkhonto Records". These two tracks were meant to be included on the recent Celtic Rumour CD reissue on the RetroFresh label called 'Slow Rain - The Best of Celtic Rumours', but there was no space.

The players on these two tracks are: Kevin van Staden (vocals), Gary Turner (guitars), Lars Lofstrand (bass), Sean Schulze (keyboards), and Ross Campbell on drums. These tracks were re-mastered by Dave Maclean at Maclean Mastering, in Cape Town in 2003.

So here, with thanks to Ross, is the first of those tracks, with 'Africa in Motion' due to appear on in the near future as well.




Staige is an Alternative R&B duo hailing from Cape Town, comprised of M.I.C Stone (Rhyme, percussion, songwriting and production) and CK (Vocals, arrangement, songwriting and production).

The song, 'Guitar Me', which is a metaphor for "chance at love", features Full Circle, another talented rising star, and is the debut single lifted from Staige's much-anticipated forthcoming independently released EP (to be released: 3rd quarter 2004).

The lyrics for ' Guitar Me' were written by M.I.C Stone and the music was composed and produced by CK and M.I.C Stone (Staige). Vocals are by CK, Rhyme is by M.I.C Stone, and the musicians on the track are M.I.C Stone (Nylon String Guitar), Full Circle (Keyboard), James Everett (Steel String Guitar) and the instrument and vocal arrangement is by Staige.



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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 the honourable, legendary and very hard-working David Marks, writer of 'Master Jack' and many other top tunes, as well as the head honcho of 3RD Ear Music and The Hidden Years Music Archive Project.

Dave sent us 20 songs, which is fine....over to Dave:


My top 20 SAfrican songs really depends on what archive tapes / material I'm working on at the time. My hit-parade switches targets all the time...and the fact that 3rd Ear Music publishes most of these tunes is purely co-incidental.

My wish is that more people can share these Hidden Years Archive gems that I come across daily. What we need is a Radio & Road Show. But here they are - not in any particular order.

Neonboog - Koos du Plessis
Old Timer - Peter Measroch
Dry Wine - David Kramer
Weeping - Dan Heymann
Lisa se Klavier - Koos Kombuis
The Crossing - Johnny Clegg
Moonlighter - Colin Shamley
Free State Rain - Dr.Jonathan Radio Rat Handley
Ntjilo Ntjilo - Allan Silinga
Rough & Tumble Days - John Oakley-Smith & Barney Simon
It Takes a Man to Cry - Roger Lucey
The Question - Jannie Hofmeyr
Pampa Madiba - Philip Tabane
Peace Dream - Clem Tholet
Born in Africa - John Gerrard
Zambezi Zimbabwe - Tony Bird
Stimela - Hugh Masekela
Liberal Man - Jeremy Taylor
Between Us (Back from the Starship) - John Oakley-Smith
Kaapse Draai - Bill Knight

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Over the last three months top SA rock-group, Soul Proxy, has been in the studio recording their much-anticipated début album which will be nationally released later this month.

Friday, May 14th will see the band launching the self-titled album exclusively to their fans at "Roxy's Rhythm Bar" in Melville with guest MC/DJ, Barney Simon, and will also include loads of give-aways as well as the chance for fans to buy the album before it hits the shelves nationwide.

Soul Proxy burst onto the SA music-scene in 2003 with their chart-topping hit, 'Solitaire', which featured on countless local radio stations. December 2003 also found the group touring the country alongside SA's leading rock-export, Seether, and Evanescence front-lady, Amy Lee.

The band's next single, 'The Way', will be hitting national radio next Sunday, May 9th.

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If you have never heard of the band Baobab before, it is probably because they have not been around for very long and have as yet not played at any major festivals. The band has been recording their debut album for the past few months. "It's been a long-term project - we wanted to get it just right and sounding technically flawless, on an extremely low budget!"

The Baobab CD, 'Code 14', is the sum total of six exceptional musicians put together by singer/songwriter Ed Lewis. "Code 14 is like a toddler's puzzle, six pieces that fell together and gelled spontaneously into a unit. As individuals, we're talented musicians; together, we make magic!"

Think Elvis Costello, Violent Femmes, and even Blur, like a fruit salad of them all. But they definitely have their own unique flava!!!

What's next for BBB? "We will definitely be promoting the material on the new album, playing more gigs and going to kick some ass at festivals! We will take this country by storm!" says Ed.

Next gigs:
Hidden Cellar (Stellenbosch) - 12 May
Bohemia (Stellenbosch) - 19 May
Joburg (Cape Town) - 27 June



You have to be very brave to release a live album as your debut, but that is exactly what Cape Town band Fly Paper Jet have done. The four-man outfit has been building a very strong following in Cape Town due specifically to their acclaimed live gigs, and decided to do a special live concert to be captured for eternity on an album.

The result is an album that will thrill all fans of the band and allow those who are wondering what the fuss is all about to get a strong idea of what this band actually gets up to on stage. The members of the band are Ryan Cannell, Josh Ginsburg, Lance Herman, and Kurt Diedericks and they are clearly a gang who work very well together, as their performance is smooth, relaxed and hugely entertaining.

The songs swing from slow sensitive ballads to zany story songs and listening to the audiences' reactions after every song, it is not hard to understand why Fly Paper Jet have already gained such a devoted following.

The songs on 'Live' are: The Light Fantastic, Bebop, On The Table, Circus Charlie, Feeling Easy, Festival Song, Friday Night At The Palace, Summer Ending, and Marshmallows (there is also some video footage that is viewable on PC and Mac!)

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"ISLA" stands for "Initiative Sounds Locally Announced", but is really the creation of a fearless new Cape Town singer-songwriter called Ilsa, who calls her music BBP, which stands for "Bilingual Boere Punk".

With 'Lick The Lion', Ilsa has released the most out-there SA album since Kobus!'s debut in 2003. Ilsa has not been playing guitar for too long and her songs are both in English and Afikaans, and range from the strange to the absurd to the chaotic, but all reflect that critical punk element of really not caring too much about convention, style or musical virtuosity.

'Lick The Lion' (what does that mean, it sounds a bit rude...Ed.) is rough in style and rougher in content. Ilsa's songs pull no punches and head straight for the soft underbelly of contemporary SA with a range of topics discussed, mangled and left bleeding on the sidewalk. Ilsa didn't get her start at age seven singing in church choirs and is not going to get anywhere near an Idols or Project Fame audition.

Instead Ilsa is going to be performing these songs at a series of low-key gigs in a series of even lower-key venues where those who are looking for something new, meaningful and aggressive will be thrilled, charmed, and alarmed.

All the songs on 'Lick The Lion' were written by Ilsa and produced by Steven Kramer (son of David!) and, in true punk style....were recorded in just one take! Songs on the album include 'Hemp Song', 'City So Dumb', 'Zsa Zsa Gabor', 'Kite Song', 'Psycopath', and a cover of Bob Dylan's 'One More Cup Of Coffee'.

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One World, the comprehensive online SA CD store, has been redesigned and improved. Check out the store's new look and quick and easy operation. These are some of the new titles added to the store's extensive catalogue over the past month:


Steve Hofmeyr - 'Toeka - Die Nag Van Die Legendes' LIVE (DVD)
Steve Hofmeyr performs songs off his smash hit album, 'Toeka' at Carnival City in 2003 with special guests Bobby Angel, Carike Keuzenkamp, and Sunnette Bridges



Chilvers & Jasiukowicz - 'Music Artists Of SA' (CD-ROM)
The second in a series of reference guides by these two authors. The first, a book called 'History of Contemporary Music of South Africa' covered the artists in SA music from 1955 to 1992. This second volume is on CD-ROM and covers the period from 1990 to 2004 with interesting background details on various SA music artists.




Various Artists - 'North Sea Jazz Festival 2000 - 2004'
This new double CD features many of the famous names that have performed over the past five years at the most prestigious SA jazz festival, the NSJF in Cape Town. With names like Moses Molelekwa, Bheki Mseleku, Tananas, Winston Mankunku and many more.

Hugh Masekela - 'The Collection'

A worthy compilation of some of this living SA music legend's best tracks including 'Jo'Burg High', 'Lite Jive' and 'Colonial Man' to name a few.

Rus Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls'
A deep and emotional exploration of songs emanating from the ghettos and concentration camps of Eastern Europe; a mosaic of musical feeling - of bitter sadness and of sweet joy. This collection of songs, sensitively re-interpreted in the jazz idiom, and superbly performed by new Capetonian sax-star Russ Nerwich, serves to communicate triumph and joy over tragedy.

Mlungisi Gegana - 'One Step Forward'
A remarkable debut from this Eastern Cape upright bassist who is in a class of his own - the album also features Louis Mhlanga, Vusi Khumalo and Andile Yenana

Sakhile - 'Togetherness'

One World's 'Album of the Month' for April from the jazz outfit that brought us hits like 'Mantobi', 'Isililo' and many more with Shaluza Max featuring on some of the tracks

Mahube - 'Qhubeka'

Another impressive collaborative effort by some of Southern Africa's finest musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi and Steve Dyer.

Louis Mhalanga - 'Tinganekwane ....' '

A worthy follow-up to the acclaimed 'Shamwari' album by one of South Africa's finest jazz guitarists.



The Tripps - '20/20 Vision Volume 1'
The Tripps is a collaborative concept album featuring Nathan Waywell (the bassist from SA band Amersham), with Marc Bentel (Little Sister - keyboards and guitars), Kevin Leicher (Plum - drums, percussion), Melody Kaye (Evenflow - vocals), Marq Vas (Metalmorphosis - vocals), Africa (keyboards), Sasha Sonnbichler (guitars and backing vocals), and Ron Smerczak (as Lord Vader).

David Abbate - 'All The Best'
David Abbate has quietly built into one of South Africa's finest adult contemporary singer-songwriters. Without any fuss and bother, his very catchy melodies and soulful voice have permeated SA's adult-contemporary airwaves for the last decade. "All the Best" is a collection of his finest SA work

Colin Shamley - 'Born Guilty & Other Stories'
A double CD set focusing on one of South Africa's finest folkies from years gone by. Featuring Shamley's only album release 'Born Guilty' with bonus tracks as well as plenty of previously unreleased live material from this enigmatic performer.

Various Artists - 'Going Nowhere Slowly' (2CD)
A double CD collection of some of the songs featured on the soundtrack of this popular and very hip SA travel program, and a strong expose of the depth and quality of SA's contemporary pop-rock artists.

Ezra - 'Funk 'n Roll'
The debut album from Ezra Lingeveldt, one of the finalists in the first SA 'Pop Idols' competition.

Tree63 - 'The Answer To The Question'
One of South Africa's most successful rock bands, both in SA and overseas, return with another album of top quality new material.

Anke - 'By Heart'
Anke Piertrangeli was the popular winner of the second South African series of 'Pop Idols' and this is her debut album, featuring her big hit, 'Silver Lining', a great cover of 'Independent Love Song', plus some original material

Off The Edge - 'Site Under Construction'
One of South Africa's more mature rock bands release the latest in their series of original rock albums.

Hawk - 'Africa She Too Can Cry'
Eagerly-awaited reissue of the second album by SA '70's rock legends, Hawk, on the RetroFresh label

The Dollyrockers - 'The Heat'
This big-selling third album from one of South Africa's most experienced and hard-working alternative rock bands shows off their winning sound and top quality songs

Mean Mr Mustard - 'Best Of'
A collection of the best songs from this popular Johannesburg pop band; includes their cover of the song 'Build Me Up Buttercup'.

Justin Bergh - 'Out Of My Hands'
Second album from one of South Africa's most promising rockers featuring the hit 'Out Of My Hands' and 'Misunderstood' co-written with James Stewart.

Nianell - 'Angel Tongue'
The equally-classy follow-up to Namibian vocalist Nianell's smash debut, 'Who Painted The Moon', which yielded five radio hits both in SA and overseas.



Fuzigish & Frenzal Rhomb - 'The Unwanted Traveller'
A special release that features songs from the joint SA tour undertaken by top Australian punk act Frenzal Rhomb and South African ska punkers Fuzigish. This album contains rare "unreleased tracks by both bands, as well as re-mastered and re-recorded versions of 'Scratching' and 'Little Bird'.



Mzwake Mbuli - 'Mbulism'
A new album from the great and controversial SA poet who was recently released from prison. More wisdom for the people from Mzwake with his thoughts on relevant issues like rape, abortion and 10 years of democracy in SA.

Mbongeni Ngema - 'Libuyile (Songs Of Freedom)'
A new and worthy collection of SA freedom songs from the famed SA playwright.

Thandiswa - 'Zabalaza'
This debut solo album from the Bongo Maffin vocalist with some beautiful music and serious ethnic beats and also featuring Madosini on one of the tracks.

Xolisa - 'Times'
A new album from a young lady who is certainly on the move, produced by Shaluza Max, whose influence can clearly be heard on this lovely collection.

Solly - 'Best Of Solly Featuring The Original Voices'
Packed with all the hits that made Solly Moholo a star.

Vusi Ximba - 'Best Of'
Another worthy 'best of' album with all of Vusi's finest hits.

Sydney - 'Mama's Baby'
An old school classic that will serve as an enjoyable trip down memory lane for many of Sydney's SA fans.



Avante - 'Kusile'
Another inspirational release, their 5th, from the very popular Durban-based gospel outfit.

Lord Comforters - 'Thwal'isiphambano'
More blissful music on this new release from the group that brought us the hits 'Ubukhulu Bakho' and 'Ngeny 'mini'

Lusanda Spiritual Group - 'Bathi Bayamazi'
A beautiful gospel album from a group with the voices of angels.

Various Artists - 'Tales Of Gospel SA - Choral & Contemporary'
A great collection of tracks from a cross section of the genre featuring some of the biggest names in SA gospel. Essential for SA Gospel fans!

Ntando - 'Kwantu'
A mixture of gospel and pop performed in the best possible way.

Joyous Celebration - 'Joyous Celebration 8 - To Be Free'
The eighth in this very successful series of gospel from this evergreen group of SA gospel musicians and vocalists

Lundi - 'Ngiyabonga'
Lundi - 'Box Set' (3CD)
Lundi may have encountered some serious critics in the press recently, but his music speaks for itself on these two collections - check out the '3 albums in 1' box set for extra value.

Platform 1 - 'Asesabi Lutho'
A long-awaited release from the great group that brought us the hit album 'Isencane' in the early 80's

Revelations - 'House Hymns 2'
The distinctive sound of SA house music fused with gospel - a winning concept that is sure to be as successful as their first release.

Maria Le Maria - 'Moruti Ka Ntlo Ya Dimilione'
A project that was made possible by Chicco Twala, and the good news is that their second release sounds as good as their first!

Joseph Dumako - 'Kuzobamnandi'
An SA gospel album that is worth checking out due to the unique keyboard playing on the album.

Rebecca & Tsepo - 'The Queen Of Gospel And The Village Pope'
With two of South Africa's music legends on one album, a must have!

Deborah - 'Ngikuxolele'
This third album from the gospel diva is a sure hit thanks to its tranquil nature and soothing sounds.

ANC - 'Uyamemeza uJesu Uthi ANC'
A gospel concept by Chicco, dedicated (controversially) to supporting the ANC.



Tribute To Tebza (Mafikizolo) - 'Tebza Wa Rock'
A tribute album to the singer from Mafikizolo who died tragically in a recent road rage incident. The album features some of the true heavyweights in the SA industry including Bongo Maffin, Malaika, Alaska, Mafikizolo, Brown Dash, Mzekezeke, Lebo Mathosa, Trompies, Zola, and Brothers Of Peace

Various Artists - 'Yizo Yizo 3'
The third soundtrack compilation release from the massively popular TV series - features Mandoza, Brenda and Cashless Society.

Mandoza - 'Mandoza'
Third album from the kwaito star who brought us 'Nkalakatha' - reported to be his favourite album to date because he claims he has reached maturity!

Mashamplani - 'Back 2 Square 1'
The popular Mashamplani of old is back with a great new album



Mzilikazi - 'Afrika'
A former journalist with a moving album that speaks of Africa

Shabalala Rhythm
Traditional iscathamiya beats

International (SA Interest)

Various Artists - 'Moyo - Sophisticated African Music'
An impressive compilation of African music from the likes of Angelique Kidjo, Ishmael Lo and Khadja Nin. Representing SA are Shaluza Max, Gloria Bosman and Amaryoni.



MacAngel - 'Summer In Berlin'
An album produced in Berlin by one of South Africa's top dance artists.



Kaydo - 'B4 Trinity (The Story Unfolds)'
A corker of a hip hop album and a must for every fan of SA's unique hip hop sound.



Nic Stevens - 'Jonk Bly'
Nic Stevens is a talented and versatile musician, gifted songwriter, arranger as well as a vibrant artist who will in future leave an indelible mark on the Afrikaans Music environment. The rhythm of the songs ensures a successful dance CD, whilst the easiness of the melodies and lyrics will afford good listening pleasure.

Adam Tas - 'My Memories In 'n Menthol'
Adam Tas has a deep voice, and his debut album consists of 12 tracks from his creative pen. The album is new, original and promises to captivate audiences - from theatre-visitors to the more mainstream listeners. Seldom we come across a musical poet that is able to cry, laugh and love in Afrikaans, as well as Adam Tas.

Kobus - '100% Skuldgevoelvry'
The follow-up to the duo's very successful debut, featuring more alternative Afrikaans rock.

Leon Schuster - '2 in 1 Special Edition'
This special edition contains the 'Treffers Deur Die Jare' CD, and the soundtrack to his latest blockbuster film 'Oh Schucks I'm Gatvol'.

Hugo - 'Deur Die Straights'
With Hugo's debut album, the listener is taken through a variety of music with seven original tracks and six covers of well-known artists in the Afrikaans music industry such as Koos Kombuis, Johannes Kerkorrel, Koos Dup and David Kramer. Hugo's dark raunchy voice offers exceptional listening pleasure for both young and old in the Afrikaans music audience.

Skrapnel - 'Skeurwevoet'
The fifteen original songs on Skrapnel's debut are guaranteed to have you tapping your feet, grooving to the beat and perhaps pondering a thing or two.

Jak De Priester - Sally Williams Nougat
A fresh and enjoyable collection of songs from a new face and voice on the Afrikaans music scene.



Muse String Quartet - 'My Dance'
This much-anticipated debut album from the all-girl Cape Town group Muse String is a real cocktail of influences: Although there are elements of Western Classical music, the real flavour lies in the added twist of Latin American, Kwaito, and Dance music.

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Katie, from, interviewed this up-and-coming Durban band, exclusively for the SA Rock Digest)

I clearly interviewed Saturnine on a day which found them full of good mood. Normally they're the serious band but this interview demonstrates their playful, tongue-in-cheek side. Steve, Ant, Connor and Greg are passionate musos who made me laugh, cringe, and admire...

Katie: First gig for Saturnine?
A - It was at Damelin, terrible...
S - We thought we rocked but we didn't.
A - If we look at the tape now, we can see how bad it was. Our first gig with Greg in the band was at The Jam in Margate. That was cool except Greg's pants fell off.

Katie: How do you feel about being categorised as 'Emo Rock'? Don't you think there is emotion in all music?
S - Yes, thats why it's quite stupid really.
A - That's what music is, an emotion.

Katie: What do you think you need as a band to get far in the music scene?
A - To get out of the country.
S - You need to learn to suck a lot of dick...
G -...and go to gym a lot.

Katie: Where do you see yourselves in the future?
A - We would like to be touring America.
S - We'll be rich and famous!

Katie: Influences?
All - 16 Stitch, Marlowe, Tool, Slipknot, Muse, Perfect Circle...

Katie: If there was one band you could open for whom would it be?
All - A Perfect Circle
G - NOFX (ha ha)

Katie: Best/worst gig?
A - The Doors in JHB was our best gig (played at Doorstock two weeks ago). We walked in not knowing a single person and we walked out with tons of people talking to us and telling us how good the gig was. Really cool.
S - Our worst gig was at the Fox and Knob (aka Fox and Duck) was really bad!

Katie: Highlight for the band so far?
All- Greg pooing in his pants twice in one day (everyone is in hysterics now) (Yeah! Us too - Ed.).

Katie: Do you ever fight about anything band related?
A - Nothing really band related...we are 4 totally different personalities, coming together for one purpose...I think that really drives us.

Katie: How do you write your lyrics, what inspires them?
S - There's no process to writing my lyrics. I'm inspired by divine intervention, love (the fact that it doesn't exist), heaven, hell, satan,

Katie: Are you happy with the album. Are people buying it?
S - Yes, we've sold quite a few at our gigs.

Katie: Hidden Talents?
A - I'm a trapeze artist.

You can download Saturnine's first single, the amazingly original 'Parallel', at

Catch Saturnine on Saturday, May 15th, when they attack Burn (cnr of Clark & Umbilo) with support act Lucid. Entrance is R20.

Enquiries to Mike on 031 309 1643.



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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.


I turn up 'Bluescream' from two-dimensional soft to three-dimensional stereo. Not enough. Up volume until the music feels palpable. And I wonder, "So this is what happens when a melodic rockin' McCully Workshop tunesmith goes hard rock? What led him to this? Was it his companions?"

Was it Roger Kaye, vocals, who also wrote 'Dysfunctional'? Or Robin Gallagher on guitar and Kevin Gibson on drums? (Our Spaced Out man, Tully McCully, plays bass in this four man band, or, if you prefer, a three-man band with a lead vocalist.)

We've long known Tully has hard rock tendencies, and he comes by it honestly. After all, 'Buccaneer' is not a tune Barry Manilow could cover. And Tully and Friends work out on tough lyrics like "I'll drink the wine, I eat the apple from the bloody tree" from 'Closest Thing I've Got' (a song about lust which I enjoy because, well, I like lust). They give us raw power in volume and vocals in 'Keep It Coming'. And as an American, and as a citizen of the world, don't get me started talking about the profound 'After September'.

What at first sounds like a new direction for Tully develops into a recognition of his songwriting talents rocking harder. I hear some McCully Workshop in structure and melodic sense (check the harmony vocals in 'Serving My Time'), but those are silver touches among the brazen hard rock, echoes in the evolution of his style.

'Bluescream' is not a classic rock retro outing. In Bluescream, I hear the sons of 'Buccaneer' and 'Chinese Junk Man' and a rockin' man's creative growth, but this is strikingly new. Of course, as multi-talented as Tully is (or should that sometimes be, "as multi-tracked as Tully is...?"), he doesn't make CDs alone--sometimes I think he's a friend to everyone on The Cape.

Tully sounds like a perfectionist crafting and honing songs. Typical of most African rock CDs, there are no throwaway tunes here--it is either good, or is not included. 'Another Man's Woman' may not be my favorite track, but it does build to a satisfyingly fierce finish.

This classic rock guitar sound in a modern venue has plenty of slamming drums, strident and deliberate guitars, and assertive vocals. But embedded in the towering rock guitars striding the land in seven-league boots are talents and skills Tully doesn't care to shake, even when working in back to basics Saturday Night Rock ("Yeah, gimme another Windhoek, boet"). Trademark McCully Workshop background harmony vocals breeze by in the company of MW signature melodies, as in 'Freedom Bell' and 'The Countdown'.

The CD's penultimate number is a driving song titled, fittingly, 'I Want it Now', that moves you along to the big closer, 'Fast Lane'--and I'm off to road test this CD. Wall of sound? More like an eighteen-wheeler of sound.

So how did a nice guy like Tully arrive in the hard guitar world of hard rock? By hard work and experience. And I can't say he got here by peer pressure because, as a triple threat, he has no peer. Of course, Roger Kaye and Robin Gallagher are not anonymous sidemen but craft masters rocking out lyrically and musically smart tunes.

Bluescream is not good boys gone bad, but solidly rocking good guys. In fact, I'd let my sister go to a Bluescream show....


Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


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


One often talks about the Music Business but people don't often talk about the Music Corporation. One presumes that the Music Business is run by the Music Corporation. Well if we're talking about the `70's South African group called the Music Corporation, then they probably didn't run the music business, but the music they ran was the business.

The MC was a group of accomplished musicians that included the likes of Lofty Shultz, Nippy Cripwell, Eric Norgate and Sean Bergin, all of whom you have probably heard at some stage as their names regularly crop up in the list of musicians on albums.

'Are You Ready' is a mixture of original and cover versions, ranging from the beautiful hippy-esque cover of the Bee Gee's 'Melody Fair' to the `70's rock of 'Get It'. The latter was penned by the band's percussionist, Manny Franscisco, and was one of the few local tracks that featured on the popular 'Music Of Our Time' compilation. It features a great flute from Sean Bergin (also of Abstract Truth) and I always say if you've got a flute flaunt it.

The band mix rock, jazz and soul to wondrous effect. Their version of the Beatles' 'Drive My Car' is a bass-driven, brazen brass soulfest with a strong vocal that is one of the stand-out tracks for me. It could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the Beatle covers by soul legends. Allan Goldswain's 'In The Hollow Of Your Hand' is another stand-out track. It's beautiful rock with a rousing chorus. The racing organ and thundering bass underpin 'Running Down The Highway' (a cover of the New York Rock Ensemble's track) and the band join in for the chorus of 'Carrying The Heavy Load, running on down the road'.

The album finishes with an instrumental piece called 'Pots & Pans' which I think is a cover of an Eddie Davies jazz track, which, like a lot of this album, does not let up for pace nor purpose. It is somewhat reminiscent of Booker T's 'Green Onions'.

Made in 1971, this album may sound dated, but I mean that in a positive way in that it is a very good example of what was happening at the time in SA (think Otis Waygood, Abstract Truth, Hawk such like). It is certainly of that era, but there must be a reason why people often look back at that time with fond memories. Maybe it's because the music from back then is just so darn good.

Read more about the 'Music Of Our Time' compilation album at 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.

'Sorry Suzanne' spent a second week at number 1 in 1969. The song by the Hollies also jumped up a spot to number 2 this week on the LM charts (see below). The 5th Dimension had topped the US charts with their medley from the musical 'Hair'. The band was signed by Johnny Rivers who himself had 2 top 10 hits in SA in 1969 with 'Sugar Pie Honey Bunch' and 'Everyday I Have To Cry', the latter was debuting at number 19 this week.

After last week's 'Seasons In The Sun' sandwich Top 5 in 1974, Bobby Wright's version dropped down from number 5, but Terry Jacks stayed at the top. Andy Williams had been going since the early `50's but was still charting two decades later. This time it was with the Neil Sedaka-penned 'Solitaire'. The track was a US hit for the Carpenters a year later, but this later version failed to impress in South Africa.

Richard Jon Smith became the first local act to top the chart since Clout's 'Substitute' over a year before with his cover of the traditional spiritual 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore'. The song has been covered by numerous artists, most notably Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger. Another well-covered song, 'I Will Survive', made it into the top 5. This version was the definitive one by Gloria Gaynor.

With 12 weeks at number 1, 'Red Red Wine' moved into tied second place for the longest run at the top, equaling that of Charisma's 'Mammy Blue' and a week less than Johnny Nash's 'I Can See Clearly Now'. Italian dance act jumped up to number 2 with the catchy 'Happy Station'. Another jumper was Kenny Loggins' 'Footloose' taken from the movie of the same name. Not jumping was 'Jump' which was slipping.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Put Your Hand In The Hand - Alan Garrity (1971)
I Won't Give Up - Bruce Millar (1976)
Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Richard Jon Smith (1979)

South African New Entries this week:

10-May-68 Lazy Life - Quentin E. Klopjaeger (a.k.a. Billy Forrest)
13-May-83 I Loved 'Em Everyone - Billy Forrest
14-May-76 I'll Be Home - Jonathan Butler

John Samson


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

Sunday 11 May 1969

1. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - 5th Dimension
2. Sorry Suzanne - The Hollies
3. Pinball Wizard - The Who
4. Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co
5. Get Back - The Beatles
6. Windmills Of Your Mind - Noel Harrison
7. Everyday People - Sly and the Family Stone
8. In The Bad Bad Old Days - The Foundations
9. Good Times - Cliff Richard
10. Goodbye - Mary Hopkin
11. Monsieur Du Pont - Sandie Shaw
12. Boom-bang-a-lang - Lulu
13. Where Do You Go To (my lovely) - Peter Sarstedt
14. Hair - The Cowsills
15. Gentle On My Mind - Dean Martin
16. My Way - Frank Sinatra
17. Surround Yourself With Sorrow - Cilla Black
18. Teardrop City - The Monkees
19. 1st Of May - The Bee Gees
20. Hawai Five O - The Ventures

Previous week's top 5 hits

1. Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co
2. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - 5th Dimension
3. Sorry Suzanne - The Hollies
4. Where Do You Go To (my lovely) - Peter Sarstedt
5. Monsieur Du Pont - Sandie Shaw

Thanks to Marius Terblanche from Ladysmith in KZN and Tertius Louw for these LM charts



10 Donovan (Leitch) (1946)
13 Dale Stephens (1957)
15 Richie Laws (1946, The A-Cads)
18 Amanda Tiffin (1972, solo, Not The Midnight Mass)
31 Tully McCully (born Terence McCullagh, 1953, McCully Workshop, Falling Mirror, BlueScream)

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....!

Send all letters, short contributions, small band-ads, musical questions and other snippets to:




Yes you guys have a lot of mp3's on offer but there seems to be no songs off the SA rock legend Arno Carsten's new CD 'Another Universe'.

Please make many people happy and fill this gap!
I.R Dis Apointed

Ed. Dear I.R (crap pseudonym!) we only mp3 authorised tracks and this usually does not include songs on major label releases, like Arno's 'Another Universe'. But your, and many others', pleas have not gone unheeded and we will have some Arno downloads for you soon.



'Love is a beautiful song' - Where can I download this song?


Ed. - You can't, but it was released on the Various Artists compilation 'Quality Moments - Love Songs Volume 1' by Value Music (destributed by EMI) in 1999. This excellent CD, the first in a series of 3, also included 'For Your Precious Love' by The Flames, 'Cry To Me' by The Staccatos, 'I Won't Give Up' by Bruce Millar, 'Let Me Into Your Life' by Flood and 'Living Inside My Head' by John Ireland. Well worth seeking out.




I would just like to know what Brendyn Rossouw's email address is. You would probably know him as Rusti. He's from Cape Town and plays a lot with Superfine and Serving Suggestion.

I know he's bringing out a new album soon so please look out for it and do a review.





Can u help? I want South African music new and old.

I want Freddy Gwala's collection, Arthur CD's, Mashlampani CD's, Spokes h. House, DJ Fresh's 1997 to 2000 collection, and the other small groups from 1996 til 2003.

Then my native music, Ingane Zoma, Isidina Sikamahlalela, Uphuzukhemisi, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Soul Brothers, Idlozi. Chicco Twala. and many more.

Can u email me the names of the albums that u can get plz,

Thanks in advance,
Philani Ndlovu,
In The UK

Ed. - Many of those titles are currently available at:




I'm looking for the whole collection of Rodriguez for my father's 50th birthday. I would like to know where I can find the whole collection.

Please email me and tell me if you can help me and if not who can.


Ed. - 'Cold Fact', 'After The Fact' and 'Live Fact' are all available from Sugar Music in Cape Town (021-4237635) or visit 'Live Fact' is not listed on the online store yet, but it is available.

'At His Best' is an Australian pressing which can be found on import in some stores in SA or online at Amazon... good hunting...

And there is talk of a new "Best of" CD due towards the end of the year, possibly titled 'Sugar Man - The Best Of Rodriguez'.




How come u don't have Namibia listed up there with the country where a bro is from...anyway cool...

I am doing a hip hop show and would love it if u guys could hook up materials or artist contacts or inform the artist about my show so that they hook up they works and I play it on my show...

pliz holla back




I am looking for guitar chords to 'Turn Around' by Ken J Larkin and The Seagull's name was Nelson' by Des and Dawn Lindbergh.

Can u please help?

Koogan Moodley



Hi !!!!

Here's Max, from Brazil.

Does someone, around, know how can I get the stuff of an old SA Psychobilly band called PSYCHO REPTILES ?!?!

I ask it cos it's such difficult to anything about' em, and so I'd like to get some sounds theirs.





I'm a music teacher trying to find lyrics for "Mama Thembu's Wedding".
Can you help me out?




Hi Guys,

I am looking to contact Tony Moore, the drummer who I think lives in Cape Town.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts please e mail me at

Thank you.
Derek de Beer




I'm a collector of the Dutch (The Netherlands) popgroup B.Z.N.
I search for these Vinyl singles - LP's - CD's - MC's and Videotape's of B.Z.N., Anny Schilder, Tol&Tol and Jantje Smit from South Africa. Maybe you have something for me to sale.

I hope you can help me to search and find all of a part of these.

Thank you very kindly.
Hans Verkuilen
from Sint-Oedenrode
The Netherlands

Ed - BZN stands for Band Zonder Naam, band without a name... so now you know!



Hi Guys,

1) Do you perhaps have any record of either the LM or Springbok charts that featured Groups 66's Tom Hawk (Hark?) somewhere either in 1966 or 1967? I have found an old Springbok hit parade on reel to reel (just the songs- no announcements) that has a fabulous song crammed in between Tom Hawk and a song called Four and Twenty Hours. I have the lyrics to the mystery song but no title or artist/band. If I could view the actual charts I should be able to locate the title of the song and the relative band.

2) Is there truth to the rumour that the song 'Pa Pa Do Ron Ron' by The Fantastic Baggys which hit our charts in around 66/67 was actually local band The Falling Leaves? If so what about the legalities?

Kind regards,
Dick Mackridge

Ed. - Firstly, 'Four and Twenty Hours' was by The Fantastic Baggys ... and, secondly, there is a webpage dedicated to the Fantastic Baggys, which will answer all your questions, at:




I used to live in Joeys, well in the burbs of Benoni anyway. I'm writing a book of my experiences growing up as a Brit in SA.

We used to just about live in the clubs there, Dirtbox, Le Club, Moonlight Express, The Doors etc and I'd like to get in touch with anyone who used to go to any of the same clubs, search for the same import records and listen to the same radio shows.

Any help/ direction you could give me would be greatly appreciated and of course you'd get an honourary mention in the book. Please drop me a line at the above e-mail address if you think there's anything you can do

Lee Dickson




Can youse ous charf me where I can find that book by the oke what rote 'Marsta Jack' (which was rote right hear in Boksburg) where he rights about that oke what was in the B-tills? I think it's called 'Mark's Lennonist Views'. I also herd charf that he rote another one in English called 'Marks in Engels'.

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:

No Friends Of Harry - 'One Came Running' (LP)
Flood - 'Flood' (LP)
Various - Southern Songs from Radio Good Hope (2 x LP)
Zayn Adam - 'The Voice' (LP)
John Ireland - 'Thinking Aloud' (LP)
David Kramer - 'Baboondogs' (LP)

Latest independent SA CD additions:

Godessa - 'Spillage'
Sedwick The Salesman - 'The Realisation Of Purpose'

Top Sellers (in alphabetical order):

340ml - 'Moving'
Bed On Bricks - 'Humanarium' (Bowline)
Bluescream - 'Bluescream' (Independent)
Benguela - 'Sui' (Open Record)
Chiaroscuro - 'A Definition' (Independent)
Dollyrockers - 'The Heat' (Independent)
Brian Finch - 'Never Look Back' (Independent)
Fly Paper Jet - 'Live'
Fkofpolisiekar - 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand' (Rhythm)
freshlyground - 'Jika Jika' (Independent)
Forest Moon - 'Forest Moon' (Independent)
Goema Captains Of Cape Town - 'Healing Destination' (Mountain)
Derek Gripper - 'Blomdoorns' (Open Record)
Hog Hoggidy Hog - 'Naked' EP (3 Chord)
ISLA - 'Lick The Lion' (Independent)
Kalahari Surfers - 'Muti Media' (African Dope)
Lions Of Zion - 'Iternal Fire' (Independent)
Mitsoo - 'Afterglow' EP (Indie)
MoodPhase5ive - 'Steady On' (African Dope)
Not The Midnight Mass - 'Live At The Planetarium' (Independent)
Russ Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls' (Independent)
Off The Edge - Site Under Construction (Independent)
Plush - 'All That Is Should Be' (Independent)
The Rudimentals - 'More Fire' (Independent)
Colin Shamley - 'Born Guilty & Other Stories' (2CD set) (3rd Ear Music)
Soulja - '21 Gunslut' (Independent)
SteveVan - 'Getting Stronger' (Independent)
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 - 'Breathe Sunshine' (Amabala)
Various - 'A Moment In Cape Town' (Revised edition) (Afribeat)
Various SA Artists - 'Big Red' - From the TV series 'Going Nowhere Slowly' [Ripchord]
Zero Tolerance - 'A Perfect Life?' (EP) (Independent)

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

1. Moving' - 340ml
2. 'Big Red' - Songs from the TV series 'Going Nowhere Slowly''
3. 'Sui' - Benguela
4. 'Digital Inability - Benguela
5. 'The Heat' - The Dollyrockers

All these South African CD titles are available to customers not in Cape Town:
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By Email Order from:

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Mabu Vinyl & CD
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8 Kloof Street,
Cape Town

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Stadium-on-Main, Main Road, Claremont

This week's specials:

Square Set - 'Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever' (LP)
Blondie & Pappa - 'Together' (LP)
Koos Kombuis - 'Niemandsland' (LP)
Avril Stockley - 'Hold On Tight' (LP)
Miriam Stockley - 'Miriam Stockley' (LP)
V/A Musical - 'Sunset Saloon' (LP)
Supa Frika - 'Don't Sleep Around With Strangers' (LP)
Various Artists - 'Concert In The Park' (2LP, sealed)

New record accessories, now in stock at Vibes Vinyl:-
- Turntable replacement needles available from us.
- We have a wide range of 12" Maxi Singles in stock.
- Now available: soft plastic sleeves for 7" Singles.

We pay top prices for top quality.
Want Lists Welcome!

Call us at: 021-683 5676
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GEMM is your best online source for those otherwise impossible-to-find music titles on Record or CD!



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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!



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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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THE CHIROPRACTORS NIGHTMARE - Word of Marq Vas' return from the UK is out. Fans and the curious will be keen to learn that his first public appearance has been confirmed. The Tongue himself will be acting as the MC at the Chiropractors Nightmare gig at Zeppelins in Pretoria on Saturday 15 May.

DELTA BLUE AND BED ON BRICKS - These two popular Cape bands are heading in the right direction with great upcoming plans for the year and great shows to keep your social schedule up and running.

AKKEDIS AND SOUTHERN GYPSEY QUEEN - As warm-up for the prestigious Mojo Workin' Blues and Rock Festival to be held in Molteno in early December, Blue Notes Music Productions will be hosting Akkedis and the Southern Gypsey Queen at the Phoenix Hotel in Molteno on the 14th May.

GOEMA WEEKEND AT CAFÉ DISTRIX - 'Healing Destination', the debut album by the Goema captains Of Cape Town, is Mac McKenzie's brilliant musical tribute to the Cape Town Goema scene and will be launched at 104 Darling St, Cape Town on Fri. 28th and Sat .29th May 2004.

THE DOLLYROCKERS - The Dollyrockers and the Sunday Family will be performing at the Mercury Lounge, De Villiers Str, Cape Town - Tuesday 12th May - Doors open at 9.00pm and entrance fee is R20.

ARNO CARSTENS AND NEW P*RN - Arno Cartsens is taking some time out from his burgeoning career in TV commercials to perform at a series of concerts around South Africa during May.

SKA TISSUE - Maiden League Records brings you the Cape Town leg of Nelspruit's Ska Tissue's national tour.

SATURNINE - Big Band Breakout winners Saturnine are back from successful gigs at SA's top venues, The Doors (Jhb), Zeplins (Pta) and Mystic Boer (Bloem). On Saturday, May 15th, they attack Burn (cnr of Clark & Umbilo) with support act Lucid.

THE FINKLELSTIENS - The 100 gigs in 80 days enters its second phase with almost 20 shows down.

CHIAROSCURO - Live at Bishops Theatre in Campground Rd, Rondebosch on the 14th May.

THE INDEPENDENT ARMCHAIR THEATRE - This week's line-up includes The Klippies and Cola Student Sessions with Mitsoo and Zink Plaat, Son of a Thousand Blues, The A Bomb, Nirvana Tribute, Verity's Birthday Gig, Comedy All Stars - In Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.

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



BJORN AGAIN - The most successful ABBA tribute band in the world and will be returning to SA in June following their successful 2002 tour

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



KKNK has passed and it is time to focus on the rest of 2004. Delta Blue and Bed on Bricks are heading in the right direction with great upcoming plans for the year and great shows to keep your social schedule up and running.

Delta Blue returned on Sunday the 9th May from a jam-packed tour in Gauteng, playing 9 gigs over a period of 13 days. As always, the reception of the Johannesburg and Pretoria crowds was overwhelming. Delta Blue will be celebrating their homecoming with a performance in Gordon's Bay at Sirrocco's Restaurant on Saturday 15th May 2004. For bookings, phone Christina on 021-856 0229.

The day after, Bed on Bricks will be leaving on their first official Band Camp in the mountains near Tulbach. These guys plan on recording a new album in August from the 9th until the 29th (made possible with the support of Levi's®) and they will use their time together to get creative and write new material for the album. On the day of their return, Tuesday 18th of May, they will perform for Maties Surf Club at the Polo Clubhouse near Coetzenburg.

Bed on Bricks will also be performing at Sirrocco's on Saturday 22nd of May 2004. According to owner Christina Loots, their audiences have changed to a far more rock-receptive crowd, and they look forward to having Bed on Bricks there for the first time.

Then it's back to Stellenbosch-roots for Bed on Bricks, where they will perform at Bohemia on Thursday 27th of May. Bricks haven't played in Stellenbosch for almost two months. Bed on Bricks' biggest support group lies in Stellenbosch, which means that we can expect a great night at Bohemia!

Delta Blue will also be performing at the Green Dolphin in the V&A Waterfront on Sunday 6th of June, as well as at Berties Mooring in Gordon's Bay on Friday 11th of June.

For more information, please contact Ilse at any of the numbers below.
tel/fax:021-919 0863
cell:083-411 0901



Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding/double booking, the "Pay to Play" Nirvana Tribute on Saturday 15th May at The Drum Cafe had to be moved to the Acoustic Cafe, cnr Main & Camp Road, Muizenberg.

Anybody who has comps for the Drum Cafe gig may use them at the Acoustic Cafe on Sat 15th or The Independent Armchair Theatre on Fri 14th May.



With: John Phillip, Wayne Joshua Band & The Rudimentals

Thursday 13th May @ Cafe Vacca Matta
Prince Edward Street, Tygervalley
Doors Open @7.30pm
Presold Tickets: R10.00 each
R20.00 at the door
R45.00 ViP
Tickets/info: 910 1855 (Gandalf)

Contact: Aidan Harper
Mobile: +27 83 730 5549


Every Tuesday night.

This is an initiative calling all musicians, singers, songwriters and poets to get up there and strut their stuff.

The stage, the lighting, and microphone
Are set up within this peacefull zone
They're just waiting for you,
'The talented few '
To do what you do,
To show off your skills
In full public view...

'The Open Microphone' takes place every Tuesday night, starting at 7pm.

Contact Tristan to ensure your place on stage:
cell: 082 5182719

Alternatively just turn up on the night and try your luck.
R10 at the door (for all those not performing)
An OVERTONE event.



Sunday is a day Nelspruit is going to remember for quite some time.

After being hounded by bands and music fans from Nelspruit at the beginning of the year as to when the RP Studios Emerging Sounds was coming to their neck of the woods, we held the first Nelspruit event during April and ended up sending two bands to Caesars.

Five bands performed on Sunday, May 2 during the April regional finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds at the Coliseum Show Bar, Caesars Gauteng and one band walked away with the recording time at RP Studios where they will be engineered at P8 Studios with Darryl Torr.

Nelspruit is smiling this week as 10c Short impressed the judges and were awarded first prize. 10c Short will now proceed through to the second quarterly finals taking place later this year where they have the opportunity of winning the opportunity of recording an album.

The next Nelspruit leg of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds takes place during June. The Bloemfontein leg is back on track this month (see listings below) and the Vaal leg also takes place this month - for further information and to book your band in the Vaal leg of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds contact the Squire on 082 770 7524.

For the May leg of the Johannesburg RP Studios Emerging Sounds there are still openings for bands on May 15 and 22 so contact the Squire on 082 770 7524.


Saturday, May 15
Tempos - 191 Hans Strydom, Kyasands, Randburg
Event starts at 15:00 and there is a R20 cover charge
· Circle of Friends
· Fallen

Saturday, May 22
Tempos - 191 Hans Strydom, Kyasands, Randburg
Event starts at 15:00 and there is a R20 cover charge

Saturday, May 29 - JHB monthly finals
Tempos - 191 Hans Strydom, Kyasands, Randburg
· Module 69


Friday May 14 - Theatre of Rock
· Befallen
· Mind UR Head
· Viking Saints (from Bethlehem)
· Finkelstiens as part of their 100 gigs in 80 days will also be performing on the night.

For further information contact Nicky on 083 288 6886.


Friday May 14 - Winston Hotel
For further information contact Mike on 083 742 5145.


Thursday, May 27 - Nile Crocodile - R10 cover charge
· Anti Cemetery
· Nothing alike
· Kickstand


Friday May 28 - Perfect Manhattan - R10 cover charge

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


By Daniel Neville

May 1st - much as I can remember.....

It's not often that I mission out to Paarl to watch a show. But on this occasion I did...Lanners Landing is a homely place next to Butterfly world, it's really a pub with an extra room that they let bands play in. Brings in the money for the "Bush Pub" as they call it.

When I arrived I sat around talking to various types of people with TJ from antipathy, the crowd was large enough and some were slightly drunk, I don't think they worry about cops in Paarl especially the guys who told me they were bisexual and wanted to marry Brett.

Anyway...A New Day Rising opened up the evening with a very in your face "I'm in a punk band" was cool enough to kick start the evening and get people moving around. Next up was the band who have just become my favourite local act...Antipathy....these guys rocked out so hard that I found it hard to keep my legs in the pit. I hope the guy who cut his head open was ok even though he stayed in the pit for 10 minutes after there was blood streaming down his face. TJ was swinging from the roof by the time Antipathy's set was over...I then left the room for a breather.

This is where things got kinda funny and at the same time rather sick. Some drunk guy kicked a chicken! (I did say Lanners Landing was a bush pub...on a kinda farm) and after he kicked the chicken a lot of people got really angry at him for kicking the chicken and a couple of fights broke out.

This is where I lost track of the evening and why I entitled this " much as I can remember..." Because all I can remember is seeing bright lights, half of ILL System's set and a long drive home....

Ahh a true punk gig and trip to the northern side of the world can be great sometimes.


The Cape Town leg of their national tour.

Maiden League Records brings you the Cape Town leg of Nelspruit's Ska Tissue's national tour.

The band is currently embarking on a mammoth tour around South Africa, the likes of which have never been seen on these shores by a local band. Ska Tissue's pure love for the music they play has taken them as far as Australia in the past and they opened in 2003 for Fat Wreck Chords band Frenzal Rhomb in front of a packed Carfax crowd in Johannesburg.

The band are doing the national tour in the knowledge that this can only enhance their reputation and that money is not as big an option as the learning curve they are about to receive.

Make sure you see them on these select dates in Cape Town:

May 12th: The Whammy Bar, Tableview w/ Mistress Distress and New Day Horizon.
May 14th Lanners Landing, Paarl w/ Antipathy, Carea, My Shade and Polfmot.
May 15th: Detour, Wellington w/ Antipathy and Soulja. (Sponsored by, Super Unknown and Circus Ninja).
May 22nd: Dirty Dicks, Hout Bay w/ Half Price, HOAX and Antipathy (organized by drunkpunks)


This Week's Top SA Punk Gigs:

May 12 - Cape Town - Whammy Bar - R20, 8pm
Ska Tissue
Mistress Distress
New Day Rising

May 14 - Paarl - La Rochel High - R20, 8pm
Trompie is dood

May 14 - Paarl - Lanners Landing - R20, 8pm
Ska Tissue
My Shade

Daniel Neville


Sunways @ The Half Moon, 30 April 2004
By John Samson

There's an old joke about Van der Merwe wanting to build a rocket to travel to the sun. 'Won't you get burnt?' his mate asks. 'No' is the reply, 'I'll go at night'. So I figure if it's good enough for Van it's good enough for me so I headed out to see the sun at the moon at night. Although I didn't get burnt it still got hot.

It was rather like a summer's day as it started off quite mellow with Robbie Boake seemingly forgetting where the mike was as he sang to the crowd from the middle of the stage when his mike was on one side. The interesting thing about this was that it did seem to catch the audience's attention.

Once he had found the mike, Robbie settled into a great set and we were soon enjoying the midday heat. Sunways seem to occupy sparsely inhabited area of rock between full on heavy grunge and arty atmospheric rock as they were certainly capable of rocking with aplomb, but there was something more to it as they managed to conjure up emotions other than anger in one. There was a good mixture of serious and fun as they worked their way through their 45-min set. One could sense that the band were enjoying themselves and at times Robbie seemed to resemble Jack White from the White Stripes.

As the gig drew to a close, the band built to a crescendo and then slowed to a dusk-like quiet finish. It was a really impressive gig that was never completely mad, but never quite sedate, thus keeping the interest level high. One might say that a gig by Sunways at the Halfmoon would be difficult to eclipse. (JS)

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by Aidan Harper & Steve Gustave

The last ever concert to be staged at Ratanga Junction went down last Friday the 30th of April. The charity concert, organised by Phenomenon, was held to aid the residents of Park Royal in Hilbrow (see full story in 'News' section above).

Arriving at the concert, the hustle and bustle of last minute preparations added to the anticipation, as the crowd of avid youngsters eagerly awaited the first band.

12th Avenue materialized on stage amidst a cloud of smoke Minutes later, kids were rushing from their seats towards the stage, dancing and jumping up and down. They gave a great performance, warming up the crowd. After they left the stage, there was no doubt, the party had started.

As Flint took the stage the crowd went wild This group of energetic youngsters performed a dynamic set, impressing both young and old alike with their own special brand of rock.

Surreal wowed the audience as they launched into a blistering set of skater-punk, injecting new energy into the mosh-pit in front of the stage.

Punk rock veterans, Serving Suggestion, didn't disappoint the fans as they launched into their rendition of the Jungle Book's 'Bare Necessities'.

The Jesse Jordan Band played to a responsive audience, playing some old favourites. Jo' burg band One80 wrapped up the evening's worthy cause with some cool, rocking tunes.

Aidan Harper & Steve Gustave



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