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This week's contents:

Editorial: The week in brief
News: V.A.S Inc, Drum Magazine, The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival, Bed on Bricks, The Q and Not U SA tour, Tony Cox and Steve Newman, Shark victim Benefit, 'Going Nowhere Slowly' competition.
Charts: SA Rock Digest MP3 and Album Charts
New Releases: New SA MP3's and CD's, The Awakening, Black Noise, Zen Arcade, Venessa Nolan, Voel, Dan Patlansky, The View, Malcolm Lombard, Guy Buttery..
Classic SA Rock: USA For Africa - 'Imbizo' - Sharon Katz and the Peace Train; A Naartjie In The UK - 'Beaufort-Wes Se Beautiful Woorde' - Gert Vlok Nel; Vinyl Junkies; South African Rock Lists
Sound Solutions: A reader's forum - letters, info, questions and answers
Live Music: Events round-up, Karen Zoid, '100% Guitar Player', Whiplash 2004, 'Make Some Noise' magazine launch, Flat Stanley.
SA Music Links And Resources: Contact Details



Ex-Metalmorphisis hard rocker, Marq Vas, has announced the line-up of his new SA band called, V.A.S Inc. .... The new, twice the size, Drum Magazine will be hitting the shelves in September ... Details of this year's Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival which will again be held at Durban's Albert Park from 24-26 September

Cape Town funk-rockers Bed On Bricks will be kicking off their mid-year tour on the 28th of July in Stellenbosch, and will also be travelling to Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Northam ... The Q and Not U SA tour begins this week and is set to be one of the sickest tours to hit South African shores ...

Tony Cox and Steve Newman are looking for sponsorship to take their duo act to the UK ... There will be a benefit for JP Andrew (the Muizenberg shark attack survivor) on Saturday 7 August from 4pm - 8pm at the Muizenberg Pavilion ... and you can win some great prizes in the 'Going Nowhere Slowly' competition.

This week's new mp3 downloads are from The Awakening ('Death Say Yes'), Black Noise ('Rotational High'), Zen Arcade ('Beat Grinder'), Venessa Nolan ('Don't Drag Me Down'), and Voel ('Sara') ... Dan Patlansky's 16-track Blue Note debut album, 'True Blues', has just been released on the EMI SA label ... The members of Cape Town band Superfine have announced that they have officially changed their name to The View and have released their new album called 'What You Want'

Gallo Music has recently released 6 new retrospective collections compiled by Malcolm Lombard, who is a guru among South African pop music compilers ... We shine the Digest spotlight on Durban guitarist Guy Buttery, who is currently on a short tour to Cape Town .... Kurt Shoemaker is back with a review of the album, 'Imbizo', by Sharon Katz and the Peace Train ... John Samson reviews 'Beaufort-Wes Se Beautiful Woorde' by Gert Vlok Nel

The 1st lady of South African rock, Karen Zoid, will be lighting up the Mother City this winter with an 'Unplugged session' at The Baxter Theatre on Saturday the 31st of July ... '100% Guitar Player' features Steve Newman, Tony Cox & Errol Dyers at the Catalina Theatre, Durban from 28 July - 8 Aug ... Whiplash 2004 will be presented by Subterania Music on Saturday 31 July at Mercury Live, 43 De Villiers Street, Cape Town with Arcana XXII, Sacrapyhx, Six of Nine

Daniel Neville was at the Cape Town launch of the new SA hard rock magazine called 'Make Some Noise' and tells us all about it and also where you can find and buy the mag ... The Green Dolphin usually has Jazz bands playing every night of the week, but on this particular Sunday night they hosted one of the Levi`s Original Blues music events featuring Flat Stanley, and LAD from ZaZone was there.

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

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

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

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

Supplied by John Samson

35 YEARS AGO (25 July 1969)

1 [4] Little Yellow Aeroplane - Leapy Lee
2 [6] Time Is Tight - Booker T & The Mg's
3 [1] My Sentimental Friend - Herman's Hermits
4 [3] The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
5 [2] Time Of The Season - The Zombies

30 YEARS AGO (26 July 1974)

1 [1] Waterloo - Abba
2 [2] The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
3 [10] Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
4 [4] Solitaire - Andy Williams
5 [5] Tchip, Tchip - Dan Hill

25 YEARS AGO (27 July 1979)

1 [1] Some Girls - Racey
2 [3] For Your Love - Chilly
3 [4] Logical Song - Supertramp
4 [6] Honey I'm Lost - Dooleys
5 [2] I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

20 YEARS AGO (27 July 1984)

1 [2] I Want To Break Free - Queen
2 [1] Clap Clap Sound - Klaxtons
3 [4] To All The Girls I've Loved - Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
4 [3] Footloose - Kenny Loggins
5 [7] Catch Me - Marsha Raven

* 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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Since announcing his arrival back in SA from London in May, Marq Vas (ex-Meltalmorphosis) has been uncharacteristically quiet. But the reasons for his silence have now be revealed as Marq Vas has unveiled the line-up of his new rock band, V.A.S Inc.

After "extensive auditions, try-outs and shameless head hunting", Marq is proud to announce the new band to the world. The line-up is: Marq Vas (vocals), Adam Thomas (guitar), Adam Zappa (guitar), Andre Liebenberg (bass), and Tulsa Pittaway (drums).

On the musical front, V.A.S. Inc. is looking to be as hard and heavy as one might expect, considering the pedigree. However, Marq Vas was quick to explain: "This is no three chords up and down the fret board grunt project. It kind of got to the stage where the hair down to your arse routine became a little lame, so it is time for a change: new music, a new project, a new beginning."

The band has been hard at work in the rehearsal studio fine-tuning songs for their debut release and some gigs later on in the year. "We're not coming out of there until we're ready to play the skin off your face." asserts Vas, "This is not going to be some half-arsed attempt at returning to former glories, this is going to be the real thing."

The exact nature of what to expect will be revealed with the release of the first single and at the band's first shows, details of which have yet to be confirmed. However, we are assured, "rock fans can expect a treat of pretty awesome proportions". We wait expectantly!

Visit for regular updates.

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Drum magazine, one of South Africa's most famous and durable magazines, has announced that it will be changing to a new A5 format. At twice the size it will be, according to the magazine's release "a cross between 'Glamour Magazine' and The Bible", and will be hitting the SA shelves in September.

Drum still features its own unique brand of exclusive and revealing celebrity interviews, alongside the latest in international music and culture of black origin, arts, fashion, film, health, politics and much more.

If you didn't get hold of the small pocket-sized Dread Issue, you can download it now in PDF format when you subscribe to the e-Drum Newsletter. Subscriptions to the new Drum are still available online at old small Drum prices (until further notice).

Details at:


24-26 September 2004 - Albert Park - Durban - In the Zulu Kingdom

One of the key events on the KZN cultural calendar is the sixth The Standard Bank Awesome Africa Music Festival. This year the Festival will be held for the second time in Durban's Albert Park after last year's festival was applauded by organisers, the public and the community alike as being the best ever.

For the second year South Africa's primary Pan-African Festival will be held in the beautiful green surroundings of Albert Park as an example of eThekwini Municipality's commitment to their Urban Regeneration Management Programme (iTRUMP). The Festival forms the anchor for the cultural component of the exciting Celebrate Durban Week.

Last year's event was 100% incident free with the nearly 7,000 music lovers enjoying a feast of international and South African music in absolute safety in the most beautiful park setting. The Festival has developed a unique multi-cultural pan-African musical identity which includes unusual marriages of different genres and styles.

The general theme of the music focuses on collaborations with artists from the African continent and beyond - and represents a massive cross-cultural fusion of energy that attracts musicians and music lovers both nationally and internationally. This year there will be more of a focus on multi-disciplinary collaborations involving visual art, film, dance, music, cuisine and the spoken word.

This year's festival focuses on leading artists from countries who supported our struggle for freedom and include Tanzania, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Chad, Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, DRC, Singapore, France, Uganda, Reunion, Italy, Brazil, India and the United States. In addition, a massive contingent of local artists including a selection of well-established favourites and rising young forces on the music scene!

As in previous years there will be a rich selection of satellite events in the time leading up to the festival in areas in and around Durban featuring Awesome Africa participants performing with emerging and established artists. In previous years, some of the most boundary-breaking collaborations have been established in the curtain-raiser events.

2004 Themes & Special Highlights:

Drum of Freedom: An international drumming group will be joined by international & South African percussionists who will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for continuous drumming of 28 hours and 30 minutes.

Essence of the Bow: An exploration of the ancient bow instrument, a collaboration between South America and Africa will reveal the depth of this subtle musical tool.

KZN Living Legends Series Tribute 2004: On the anniversary of our Ten Years of Democracy, a KZN born statesman of South African jazz and traditional music will be honoured in a massive concert with special guests.

Joy of Jazz Stage: Features artists and collaborations from Pan-African, international & local jazz and world music.

Ten Years of Democracy Stage: Will showcase the finest local indigenous talent in Durban and KZN. Youth Culture Stage: Hosts the ultimate in international and local rap, hip-hop, kwaito and rock.

Fringe & Outreach Provincial Events: 5 special community based events in Heritage and Tourism sites. Free Educational Music Workshops: Extensive programme of "hands on" workshops with many exciting topics.

Flavours of Durban Food Court: A culinary delight featuring delicacies from all corners of KZN.

Float Parade: A multi-dimensional parade through the City Streets with the Awesome Africa theme.

Business Investment and Corporate Hospitality: An invitation only, high profile project to link business with the creative arts to promote strategic development in KZN.

Sponsors: A number of exciting new sponsors from the SME field will be unveiled, hence showing that they are putting their money and commitment where their mouths are.

Tourist Packages: Prices affordable to everyone

Film Festival: Movies relating to artists and themes taking place at the Festival.

As usual the Awesome Africa Music Festival will provide a safe, secure family atmosphere with great food, arts, parking, a children's play area and excitement for all!

For more information and details watch the press for details from August 3 or: visit the website on www.

Booking for the Awesome Africa Africa Music Festival will be open through Computicket.
For more information contact 031 2062494



Cape Town funk-rockers Bed On Bricks will be kicking off their mid-year tour on the 28th of July in Stellenbosch, and will also be travelling to Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Northam. The band will also meet up with Cape Town Afrikaans punk-rockers, Fokofpolisiekar, to do a show together at Café Barcelona in Pretoria.

The tour will end on a high note at Oppikoppi, where Bed On Bricks will play the 21h00 slot on the opening night of the festival, Friday 6th of August 2004.

Bed On Bricks have successfully toured the Free State and Gauteng once before in November 2003. In the meantime they have gained a much bigger fanbase countrywide and got nominated for a Kanna Award for Best Performance in Pop/Rock/Jazz at KKNK2004.

Bed on Bricks' music has been played on 5FM, RSG, SAFM, Red Cap Radio, FMR, Tuks FM, MFM, UCT Radio and Radio 24 in Italy - of which some tracks are currently officially playlisted on some of these stations.

The band is currently preparing for their second album, 'If You See Kay', which will be recorded from the 9th of August at Paris Studios in Fishhoek.

Bed On Bricks upcoming dates:

Wed 28 July - Ambiorix - Stellenbosch
Thu 29 July - Die Mystic Boer - Bloemfontein
Sat 31 July - Back 2 Basix - Johannesburg
Mon 2 August - Tings 'n Times - Hatfield, Pta
Wed 4 Aug - Café Barcelona - Pretoria (with Fokofpolisiekar)
Fri 6 august - Oppikoppi, Northam, Gauteng

For more information, please contact Ilse van der Merwe at 083-411 0901.

Listen to Bed On Bricks mp3s at



The Q and Not U SA tour begins this week and is set to be one of the sickest tours to hit South African shores. Rocking at venues such as Jo'burg's Carfax, Pretoria's Nile Crocodile, Cape Town's Three Arts Theatre, Durban's Wave House, and supported throughout the tour by our very own super-skankers Fuzigish; the folks at Wrench Productions have put together a blazing tour for Washington DC's Q and Not U, guaranteed to get even your gran-momma's feet a-shufflin'.

Q and Not U have been making waves internationally with their innovative and unique brand of rock, unashamed of their strong punk roots. Flying over straight from their European tour, much momentum will have been built to bulldoze through their first ever SA tour. So hurry off and tell your friends and family that they'd better come witness this rock n' roll spectacle at the end of July/beginning of August or there's gonna be trouble. Yes.

Q and Not U will also be supported at the various shows by top SA rock acts such as Fokofpoliesiekar, Diesel Whores, Cannon to a Whisper, and Hog Hoggidy Hog,

Discounted presale tickets are available online from but tickets will also be on sale at the door,

The brand new SA alternative music magazine, Make Some Noise, have climbed on board as main media sponsor. This magazine promises to be amazing, boasting contributors such as Derek Green of Sepultura fame, so check it out when it is launched in July,

Wrench Productions have put together a competition where there are Q and Not U hampers full of tickets, t-shirts, CD's, stickers and button badges up for grabs so get on over to or to enter.

CD's are available from all good music shops, including their critically acclaimed "Different Damage", plus mp3's are up and ready for your listening pleasure at , as well as

Tune into your local radio station and Barney Simon's show on Sunday evenings on 5FM for up to date news on the tour and to hear their music.

SA Tour Dates:

Friday 30 July - Johannesburg - CARFAX
Q and not U
The Stevie Wonderfuls
The Diesel Whores

Saturday 31 July - Pretoria - The Nile Crocodile
Q and not U
Cannon To A Whisper

Wednesday 4 August - Durban - Gateway
Q and not U
Crossing Point
Sibling Rivalry

Thursday 5 August - Grahamstown - Tap Huis
Q and not U
Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley

Friday 6 August - Cape Town, Plumstead - 3 Arts
Q and not U
Hog Hoggidy Hog

Saturday 7 August - Tygervalley, Cape Town - Boogaloos
Q and not U
Hog Hoggidy Hog

Wrench Productions
Cell: +27 82 580 0707
Tel: +27 11 609 1929
Fax: +27 11 609 3536



Dear all,

Steve and I have decided to tour the UK this Feb/Mar of 2005. It's been a much textured and eventful 21 years since the two of us trudged around England playing the acoustic clubs. We did so well back then that I marvel at how long it has taken us to decide to go back as a duo (we've both been back as individuals).

Back then, wherever we played, mouths would drop open in astonishment that such a guitar duo could come out of South Africa. We did the support acts for people such as Martin Simpson and Duck Baker who in the interim have become huge over there. Often, we blew the main performer right off the stage and in terms of CD sales, outsold all the acts we were supporting!

We have no doubt we will have an even more powerful effect on the UK audiences now than we did in 1983. There are still repercussions echoing in some of the longer standing clubs who booked us immediately on contacting them again. Why it has taken this long to take the duo back is because besides playing together we both had very definite ideas as to where we wanted our personal music to go and although we have continued to play together for 23 years now, as some of you well know, we were highly active with other projects and we have both released a steady stream of recordings.

Now though, the two of us can see the immense value in the duo as it has proved itself over and over and the reactions of people young and old, even after all these years, continues to astonish us. So before we get too old and cranky to go traipsing through the English countryside, for the next ten years we want to make a sustained effort at opening the world's platforms to what we do.

Steve has already made a dent with Tananas on the Womad platform and I did some great shows at a couple of international guitar festivals in 2002. I have been working some months now on a tour of the UK and Ireland for Feb/Mar of 2005. The aim is to get the duo there and to play as much as possible. At the same time we would be exposing the duo to many people who are looking for acts for other festivals and clubs and so I hope to keep the kettle steaming along so that we get to perform overseas on a regular basis.

However, this first tour is taking some setting up with absolutely non-existent funds to do so. It is abundantly clear that if we want to, firstly get over there, make a salary and do the job we need to do, we are going to need a substantial amount of money up-front for the following without which it would simply be impossible. 1. Accommodation R15 000 2. Transport a. hired vehicle R19 800 (GBP300 per week) b. fuel R5000 c. return flights R12 000 TOTAL R51 800

Many venues will put us up but we still need a base to operate from for which we will have to pay. Transport is air-tickets and a hired vehicle to get around (this works out immensely cheaper than British rail and bus). We hope to be playing no less than 30 to 45 concerts; I have 21 booked already. The pay we will earn from these shows will vary from venue to venue but nothing less than £150 or 80% of the door takings.

The prolific arts centres pay up to £500 a show, so once we're there the earning potential is very good. Funding from our government seems to be an absolute dead duck for artists such as Steve and I. We are so far out of the commercial and p.c. loop we have almost become invisible. I have applied so many times for various projects and been turned down so many times with the lamest of excuses that I have been convinced that it is an absolute waste of time.

And so the reason for this letter: we are looking for patrons and sponsors; those out there who know us and know what we are all about and who would get a great deal of satisfaction from watching us blow an English audience away and know that they played a hand in getting us there.

We will accept any donation no matter how small with great and humble thanks. Steve and I are available to those corporate people out there (and anybody else for that matter) who may want to consider using the duo for a function in return for whole or part sponsorship etc.

If you feel this is a project you would like to see happen and help unleash two SA guitar nuts onto an unsuspecting UK audience and beyond, you can drop me a line and kindly make a deposit into the following account.
J. Cox - Steve and Tony UK Tour 2005 FNB - Melville Br code: 256505 Acc: 62068131467

Yours in music,
Tony Cox
+27 11 673 7752
+27 (0)82 444 9444

Ed. - See details of Steve Newman, Errol Dyers and Tony Cox performing together in their show called 100% Guitar Player at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from 28 July - 8 Aug in the Live section below.



There will be a benefit for JP Andrew (the Muizenberg shark attack survivor) on Saturday 7 August from 4pm - 8pm at the Muizenberg Pavilion.

Compere Mark Sampson and a fantastic -up of musicians, including Robin Auld, Starkravingsane, Heather Mac, Mark Harris, Alex Bozas, Zouk, Dr Jo & The Love Handles, West Charles.

Spot prizes and raffles and food and drink on sale.

Tickets are R25 for adults and R15 for those under 18 years old.




There's a "Going Nowhere Slowly" competition currently running with some great prizes. Here's what you need to do:

First you have to buy the CD (if you don't already have this excellent 2-CD collection of the best in current SA pop rock as featured on the TV travel series).

You can order the CD online at
It is also available at all good music stores.

Then you must visit the website which is at and there you must fill in the entry form. The qualifying question will be about the 'Going Nowhere Slowly - Big Red' CD! Good Luck!!!

There are 3 competitions - Entries for competition #1 must be in before the end of July!

The competition 2 winner will be announced at the end of the series.

Many thanks to the companies for sponsoring prizes! Visit their websites (maybe you'll find some answers... )

Competition 1 (Closes at the end of July!)

The prize is for 2 people organised by the Active Garden Route group and it includes:
2 nights Tranquility Lodge in Nature's Valley.
2 nights Buffalo Hills Game Reserve near Plettenberg Bay
2 nights Lightleys House Boats on the Knysna lagoon
Flights by kulula
Car hire with Tempest Car hire

Knysna Elephant Park hosted the walking with the elephants
Bungy jump at Bloukrans / Bridge Walking tour with Face Adrenalin
Half day mountain biking trip in the Knysna forest Deep South Eco Adventures
Sailing cruise on the luxury Outeniqua yacht in Knysna with Springtide Charters.
Blue Lounge cruise on the Keurbooms River with Ocean Blue Adventures
Sea Kayaking with Ocean Blue Adventures
Do the Knysna thing and have Oysters for lunch in Knysna Whale and dolphin watching cruise in Plett' with Ocean Blue Adventures
Tree Top Canopy tours in the Tsitsikamma with Storms River Adventures

The winners will be notified via e-mail/telephone.



(Based on downloads from and MWeb Entertainment)

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

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

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


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

The 5 new songs made available for downloading every week at MWeb have never been officially released before on mp3, and can only be downloaded by MWeb subscribers for the first 2 weeks.

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

The Awakening - 'Death Say Yes'
Ashton Nyte, South Africa's most enduring Goth rocker, returns with that trademark growl and a blend of "hard rock, sombre beauty and aggressive, yet introspective passion" on the opening track from The Awakening's new album, 'Darker Than Silence'.

Black Noise - 'Rotational High'
Cape Town's longest-running and hardest-working hip hop outfit have a new album out soon called 'Rotational High', and this is the title track, bursting with the energy and intelligence we've always associated with Black Noise

Zen Arcade - 'Beat Grinder'
Shades of Zep in this power track from Zen Arcade, still one of Johannesburg's finest rock bands. 'Beat Grinder' is off the band's 2003 album, 'Release'.

Venessa Nolan - 'Don't Drag Me Down'
Another impressive song from this Cape Town singer-songwriter's acclaimed debut album, 'Burn' from 2001.

Voel - 'Sara'
Not a cover of the Fleetwood Mac or Starship songs with similar titles, but rather some funky Afrikaans pop with some cool harmonica and organ sounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This week's recommended downloads:

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

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

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

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

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

Jo Day - 'No Warning'
There are many SA rock fans who just can't enough of Jo Day, so we have something new for you called 'No Warning'...okay? That should keep you satisfied for a while... Syd Kitchen - 'Perfect Condition'
A contender for the new unofficial SA national anthem, this perky little slice of folkie optimism, off Syd's "best of" CD, called 'Quintessentially', will have you feeling good in no time..."Don't be sad there's a lot of us out there, we're the army of winners and losers, don't be sad, you know it's not so bad!". ......If you can't stand the heat get into the Kitchen!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

This week's selection is from Martin Myers who is the sports "Couch Commentator" on P4 radio when he is not being the BMG label's man in Cape Town

Hi All,

These are the South African songs that really mean something to me:

Sipho Mabuse - 'Burnout' (and 'Rise' and 'Jive Soweto')
Stimela - 'Whispers In The Deep'
Via Afrika - 'Hey Boy'
eVoid - 'Taximan'
Bright Blue - '2nd Avenue'
Harari - 'Genesis'
Brenda Fassie - 'Weekend Special' (and 'Bongani')
Vusi Mahlasela - 'Miyela Afika'
The Usual - 'Shape That I'm In'
Tribe After Tribe - 'As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel)'
Ella Mental - 'See Yourself (Clowns)'
Stimela - 'Zwakahla' (Come To Me)'
David Kramer - 'Royal Hotel'
Brandon October - 'Temptation'
Egyptian Nursery - 'God's Window'


Note to all readers: The 'Tune Us' section is open to contributions from all and any SA music fan, celebrity or artist, who would like to send us a list of their Top 10 favourite SA songs of all time.

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Dan Patlansky's 16-track Blue Note debut album, 'True Blues', has just been released on the EMI SA label. The album was recorded at M2 Studios Auckland Park, Johannesburg over a two-week period in May/June 2004, and the selected players were carefully chosen to complement each of the tracks performed. "I wanted to have as much personality and energy coming from the individual players as possible," Patlansky explains, " in order to be able to capture as many facets of the blues as possible."

Produced by Rael Birns (of the famed Waldorf String Band) and multi-SAMA award winning co-producer Peter Pearlson, who were given a free hand by EMI Music in the production, 'True Blues' is abundantly textured and passionately performed.

The album features Patlansky's long time playing partners from The Mississippi Muthers - Gordon Legg (drums) and Mike van Tonder (bass guitar) - on three tracks. Added to the mix is American drummer, Mike Canfield, whose inclusion on the album was entirely motivated by Canfield himself.

"He phoned Rael and asked if he could be involved in the project," Patlansky explains, "Rael turned him down initially saying, 'sorry I've already booked Barry van Zyl for the project and I can't go back on my word'. When Barry van Zyl became unavailable for the first four days of studio time, Rael gladly brought Canfield into the project for the days that Barry was unavailable"

"Mike understands blues so well," Dan continues. "He learnt from playing with some of the greats and he brought such a lovely vibe to the songs that he played on. He also contributed ideas, arrangements and song structure, as did Barry van Zyl together with top bassist, Nippy Cripwell, so playing with them was as big an honour as it was a pleasure," Patlanksy acknowledges.

The involvement of Nippy Cripwell, a local legend in blues and jazz circles, has most certainly added a further richness and depth to the recording as is the case on some of the tracks, of great backing vocals by Kathy van Rensburg, keyboards by Gus Rose, harmonica by John Zerbinis, Dobro by Sez Adamson and mandolin by veteran guitarist, Alistair Coakley (Hotline).

A horn section comprising Adam Howard (trumpet), Bez Roberts (trombone) and Kevin Davidson (tenor saxophone), was brought in on three of the album tracks, superbly arranged by Coakley, with Coakley guesting on a further two, where Patlansky and he played solos against one another with the only clear winner being the collective participation of both.

On receipt of the final mix by EMI Music, managing director, Irving Schlosberg, initiated the procurement of Patlansky to the prestigious Blue Note label, confirming Patlansky's status as one of South Africa's most exciting new artists. Whether you are a fan of the blues or someone who humours a hint of jazz, 'True Blues' is definitely an album to look out for.

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The members of Cape Town band Superfine have announced that they have officially changed their name to The View. A band spokesperson explained: "We needed to do this because there is another more established band in LA called Superfine, and with our plans to travel to the States this year we decided to do this now and avoid future conflict. So after many months of deliberation, contemplation and procrastination we finally settled on The View. We like it, hope you do too"

The band's new album has also arrived and it is called 'What You Want' and it is being released and launched on July 30th at The Valve in Cape Town 'Something', the first single off the new album, has already been playlisted on 5fm.

Details of the 'What You Want' Album Launch:
30 July 2004 - The Valve - 32 Parliament Str, R30 - 9pm

Tickets for the launch are R30 and you can reserve yours now by calling or smsing your details to 084 818 5423. (If you book now you also receive R30 off the album!). All superclub members receive automatic booking (so you're assured of a place) and the R30 off the album. (That means you get our new full length debut album for only R80!!) But only at the launch so make sure you buy it there. We will also be giving away free tickets and CD's to selected superclub members (You'll be notified via sms if you're a winner.)

Upcoming gigs:
4 - 13 August 2004 - Joburg tour with Fevertree


By Brian Currin

Malcolm Lombard is a guru among South African pop music compilers. He has been involved in a large number of CD compilations over the past few years or more, including 'The Best Of SA Pop' series and the 'Yesterday's Best' series (Volume 4 of 'Yesterday's Best' is currently a work-in-progress). He has also added his magic touch and passion for perfection to the retrospectives of artists like 4 Jacks & a Jill, The Bats, Billy Forrest, Gene Rockwell, Gwynneth Ashley Robin and many, many more.

Malcolm's compilations almost always include copious sleeve notes, rare photos, quotes and comments from the artists themselves and detailed discographies of single and album releases with dates and catalogue numbers.

Gallo Music has recently released 6 new retrospective collections compiled by Lombard - they are::

Cornelia - By Request
Lauren Copley - By Request
John Edmond - By Request
Sally Vaughn - Glory Glory Hallelujah and other great Country Hits
Anita Briel - Op Haar Beste
Herbie & Spence - Op Aanvraag

The research and dedication that Lombard puts into the track selections and sleeve notes will leave nobody disappointed. The dedicated fan of SA Pop music from the `70's will be very impressed with the detailed information and discography listings. All the artists' hits are included as well as a number of album tracks and in some cases rare single b-sides or even previously unreleased bonus tracks.

The casual fan who remembers the big hits of the `70's like Lauren Copley's 'It's Too Late Now', John Edmond's 'Jock Of The Bushveld', Herbie & Spence's theme from the TV show 'Heidi' or Cornelia's 'Picking Up Pebbles' will find all those here and also discover a wealth of original songs and unique cover versions.

Who knew, for example, that Lauren Copley sang in Afrikaans? Or that her recording of Terry Dempsey's 'Daydreamer' was used as a demo to convince David Cassidy to record it and turn it into a huge hit worldwide.

Lombard has also released, through Universal, a Connie Francis compilation, 'The Incomparable Connie Francis'. This CD does not include her hits like 'Stupid Cupid' or 'Where The Boy Are' but rather brings together tracks from Connie's jazz and Broadway repertoire, including many of her own personal favourites.

Lombard's sleeve notes are extensive and include comments from Ms Francis herself. A complete discography of her South African single, LP and CD releases is also included (even 78's!) with catalogue numbers.

So to all you fans of the pop music of yesteryear out there, give eternal thanks that nostalgia is alive and well and that people like Malcolm Lombard care enough to keep those memories intact.




20-year-old multi-instrumentalist Guy Buttery has been a music addict since day one. Accumulating music of all styles since a very young age, Guy also plays various styles of music, whilst developing his own. He has many artists who have influenced and enlightened him but says that Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Ralph Towner, George Winston and Steve Newman stand out the most.

Many of his original pieces use unorthodox guitar techniques. Guy can be seen using his left hand to play the rhythm section of a song whilst his right hand will come over the neck of the guitar to play the bass line or melody. Extensive uses of harmonics, unusual percussive methods on the guitar and slap harmonics are often incorporated into his compositions.

These techniques often give the impression of two or even three instruments being played at once. Almost all of his songs are written in an alternate tuning, many of them created by Guy himself. This allows for new shapes, patterns and even sounds to project from his instrument. Guy also plays the mandolin and sitar.

In his short while of performing publicly, Guy has had the honour of performing with musicians and bands such as Landscape Prayers, Perez, Tony Cox & Steve Newman, Nibs van der Spuy and Gito Baloi (Tananas), whilst also playing at all major music festivals and theatres around the country.

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

In 2003, the album was also nominated by the South African Rock Digest as one of the best albums of the year. The album features great guest artists such as Nibs van der Spuy [acoustic guitar] and Logan Byrne [upright bass] (both of Landscape Prayers) and ex-Pistolfish, current Ketamine guitarist, Barry Corden.

This album captures Guy's unique performances, versatility and stunning technique and he continues to write music, incorporating his innovative style and extreme passion.

The Daily News recently described Guy as "the most exciting player I've seen in the last ten years, who is destined for greater heights."

The Saturday Independent said: "...I closed my eyes and imagined a small band of wizened African minstrels that might be playing strange, esoteric instruments. When I opened my eyes, Guy Buttery was still there. A lone person, having a conversation with wood and steel in an empty room."

Guy Buttery is currently on a short tour to Cape Town - the remaining Cape Town Dates are:
26th July - The River Club, Barleycorn, Obz
28th July - Acoustic Cafe, Muizenberg
29th July - The Independent Armchair Theatre, Obz
1st August - The Green Dolphin, Waterfront

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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.


Sharon Katz and the Peace Train make lively music. Even when the lyrics dwell on discrimination, AIDS orphans, war, and death, an idealistic strain runs through her tunes, suggesting that life for all can improve if we work at it. And to judge by her résumé describing her working with children, the mentally handicapped, and prisoners, Ms. Katz has done more than talk about what the government should do.

At first, the pictures of Katz's slick show-womanship and colorful costumes put me off, but now I sense that she is sincere, not merely capitalising on her South African origins. In short, I have come to realise her heart is in the right place: just to the left of centre.

'Imbizo' is African-inflected, Western-styled township pop loaded with socially aware lyrics. Sharon and band sing of serious topics without burdening us. To urge the listener to contemplate her hot topics, Peace Train plays pleasant, bouncy, and accessible music. Peace Train does not sound like Mango Groove, and Mango Groove has their own sound different from Peace Train's, yet both ensembles could easily cover each other's songs.

Outstanding tunes on this cultural gathering of hearts and minds and musos? 'Crazy Life' shows the chops of her tight and brassy band. 'Sanalwami' lifts the spirit in lively fashion. 'Heartland Express' begins by joyfully singing of African cultures, then reminds us of the devastation of AIDS. 'Accra' slows the pace down some, and turns our mood even more reflective. So far, the album's consistent high quality is impressive.

In the praise song for Mr. Mandela, 'Mandela', I feel love and respect in Sharon's voice. Then there's the rollicking, driving 'Peace Train', which is neither Cat Steven's nor Bright Blue's song, but its own climb-on-board-dancing song-nothing blue about it. 'Sala Ngoana' turns our hearts and minds melancholy as it sings, ".where do the women hide/Now that the children, left all alone now/Drown in the tide"? 'Bayangesaba' soars above petty distrust and gossip. Most songs on 'Imbizo' are co-written by Sharon Katz and friends, though a couple are traditional Zulu songs-in fact, the Zulu presence is strong on this deep, thoughtful, and musical work.

But when Ms Katz drifts away from African and human issues, away from appealing to hearts and minds into merely pleasant tunes, she loses me. This happens with 'Take Me Home' and 'Simple Things', straight-forward mellow relationship songs teetering over the chasm of schmaltz. But the closing song, 'Sweet Rhythms', is saved by a leave-'em-dancing finish.

Eight out of eleven tracks are smart songs, musically and lyrically. Sharon Katz's lively personality and her tight ensemble band make Sharon Katz and the Peace Train bright South African ambassadors to the world.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas


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


BW - Beaufort-Wes. BW - Beautiful Woorde. BW - Black White. The last of these refers to the cover of GVN's album which has a slightly out-o- focus ou (probably Gert himself) standing on a station platform. Although the term Black & White is used to describe these sort of pictures, it seems to be more grey than black and white.

On first listen, the music seems grey as well as Nel has a rather monotonous voice and the instrumentation is understated. But a few more listens and you realise that this is the most intriguing shade of grey you're ever going to hear. Nel's voice sounds a bit like Marlon Brando's Godfather doing an impersonation of Bob Dylan. It has a plumy nasal quality that may put some off, but after a few listens I got used to and began to get a sense of empathy in a sort of depressed buddy telling you why he's depressed kind of way.

Apart from his guitar playing, Gert is joined by such luminaries as Valiant Swart (who also produces) and Schalk Joubert. Together they create a sparse platform for Gert's voice and lyrics, but there is a real cyclical feel to the music that becomes somewhat hypnotic. This is especially so on 11 minute epic, 'Waarom Ek Roep Na Jou Vanaand', which seems to be rambling streams of consciousness about his no longer liking Koos Du Plessis' music (although I may be wrong about that). Although I use the word rambling, there is again a strange fascination with what he's saying, even though he talks about Tintin books and 'Tintin In Tibet' being the only book in which Tintin cries.

The length of this song in particular, but also the streams of consciousness quality to the lyrics in general add to the Dylan effect in the voice. Gert seems to sing very personal songs about his surroundings, which name check numerous places in South Africa. But there's more to it than singing place names. The words are not easy to understand straight off (made more difficult if Afrikaans is not your first language), however I think you can either spend hours trying to unravel their meaning, or just enjoy them as sounds that form an integral part of the music. The former will obviously be more satisfying, but enjoyment can be gained from both.

BW se BW is an understated gem that needs a lot of listening to in order to enjoy the multitude of pleasures that it has to offer. It has its own strange charm that draws you into GVN's grey world where one suddenly realises that there are many different shades of grey and where black and white is still very much an interesting art form.

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.

Last week I mentioned that Leapy Lee was so named because he was always leaping around. Well this week in 1969 he leaped into the top spot, dislodging Herman's Hermits who had to be content with 3rd spot behind Booker T & The MG's whose instrumental 'Time Is Tight' was used in a 1968 film called 'Uptight' which was directed by Jules Dassin.

Abba maintained the top spot in 1974 while Gordon Lightfoot made huge strides upwards. Canadian born, Lightfoot had hit our charts in 1971 with 'Me And Bobby McGee', but this had failed to chart in the UK or the US. 'Sundown' proved to be his only US chart topper. Despite health problems in 2001, he released his 20th album in May this year.

It was the 3rd week at 1 for Racey in 1979. 'Some Girls' would be their highest charting song in the UK, reaching number 2 there. The Dooleys was a family band comprising 7 family members in total. They were the largest UK family act to chart in the UK. 'Honey I'm Lost' made number 24 in the UK.

There was great rejoicing in South Africa when the charts were announced this week in 1984 as Queen finally knocked 'The Clap Clap Sound' off the top spot after the latter had spent a massive 7 weeks there. Rumour has it that Nelson Mandela sent Freddie Mercury a congratulatory telegram from his prison cell. Hi-NRG was growing in popularity in the mid `80's and Marsha Raven's 'Catch Me' was one of a few of the genre that charted.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Kentucky Blues - Lauren Copley

South African New Entries this week

26-Jul-74 Heartbeat - Jody Wayne
26-Jul-80 Alaska - Malie Kelly
27-Jul-73 He (Can Build A Mountain) - Peter Vee
28-Jul-78 My Life's In Good Hands - Gene Rockwell
29-Jul-77 I Believe In You - Sharon Tandy & Graham Clarke
29-Jul-83 Live On - Pierre De Charmoy
30-Jul-65 Ciao - Gene Rockwell
31-Jul-82 I Found Love - Alida White (from the TV series 'Westgate')
01-Aug-75 Please Stay - Jonathan Butler

Note: The TV series 'The Villagers' has a connection with 2 of the above new entries as Graham Clarke whose duet with Sharon Tandy was a new entry and 'I Found Love' by Alida White was featured in the TV series 'Westgate' which starred Gordon Mulholland who also starred in 'The Villagers'.

John Samson


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

LM Top 20 from 28 July 1968

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

LM Top 20 from 27 July 1968

1 [4] Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercey
2 [9] Theme From Romeo And Juliet - Henry Mancini
3 [5] Big Ship - Cliff Richard
4 [1] The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
5 [7] Grazing In The Grass - The Friends Of Distinction
6 [2] In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley
7 [8] Frozen Orange Juice - Peter Starstedt
8 [10] Heather Honey - Tommy Roe
9 [14] Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
10 [3] Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
11 [11] These Eyes - Guess Who
12 [15] Time Is Tight - Booker T & The Mg's
13 [6] Gitarzan - Ray Stevens
14 [12] Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
15 [18] The Lights Of Cincinatti - Scott Walker
16 [20] Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
17 [-] In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
18 [17] The Colour Of My Life - Jefferson
19 [-] Turn Around - Ken J Larkin
20 [-] Bad Moon Rising - Creedance Clearwater Revival


Local lass Hilary moved into the top spot in 1968 with 'Sunglasses'. With The Bats' tribute to the rugby team coming in at number 13, local acts made up a quarter of the top 20. (Positions 1,11,13,16 and 19). The Lazy's stuck together at numbers 10 and 11 while Hugo Montenegro's theme from the Clint Eastwood movie 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly' moved back into the charts after a 3 week absence.

Mercey took over the top spot from Simon & Garfunkel in 1969. In contrast to 1968, Ken J Larkin's new entry at number 19 was the only local song in the charts. Other new entries were 'In The Year 2525' by Denny Zager and Rick Evans from Nebraska in the US and Creedence's 'Bad Moon Rising' replaced their outgoing hit 'Proud Mary'.

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




26 - Mick Jagger (1943), The Rolling Stones
26 - Roger Taylor (1949), Queen
30 - Kate Bush (1958)
30 - Buddy Guy (1936)


5 - Iain Mckenzie (Zen Arcade)
7 - Rupert Mellor (McCully Workshop)
8 - Vicki Sampson
8 - Karen Zoid (1978)
10 - Ian Anderson (1947) (Jethro Tull)
10 - Karen Zoid (1978)
10 - Neill Solomon (The Uptown Rhythm Dogs, The Passengers)
15 - Debbi Lonmon (Little Sister)
16 - Lionel Bastos
16 - Madonna (born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, 1958)
18 - Keith Hutchinson (1955) (Hawk)
19 - Ian Gillan (1945) (Deep Purple)
19 - Lorne Shields (1948)
20 - Robert Plant (1948) (Led Zeppelin)
20 - Gwynneth Ashley Robin (born Gwynneth Joubert 1960, died May 1976)
24 - John Ireland (born John Griffith, 1954)
28 - Johnny Gibson (1947)
29 - Steve Hofmeyr (1964)
29 - Michael Jackson (1958)

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

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LM Radio Photographs, leaflets, advertisements, record sleeves and recordings of jingles, intros, outros etc... I am compiling a history of LM Radio for publication and am looking for anything which can help me compile a comprehensive history. I would be happy to pay the costs for copying or photographing anything. I will also of course acknowledge the source.

I would be grateful for any help received.
Chris Turner



Dear Sir,

I don't know whether you can help me or not.
I am a big Smokie fan and I am trying to collect concert posters of their concerts from around the world and was wondering if you had any or know of where I could get one from there recent tour of South Africa.

I would of course expect to pay for the poster and postage. I would really be very very grateful if you could help me.

Thanking you in anticipation and looking forward to hearing from you.
Kindest Regards from Scotland,
Mr J.Anderson,
17 Caledonian Place,
Eastfield Road,
Dumfries & Galloway,
United Kingdom.




Can you help me find 3 double LP's (24 Golden Oldies) on CD?

Songs include 'Yesterday Man' by Chris Andrews, 'Locomotion', 'Whiter Shade Of Pale', 'Wedding Song', 'My Boy Lollipop', 'Simon Says'.


Ed. - I'm afraid those LP's have never been re-issued on CD... more's the pity, they were great collections...



Hi and thanks for the great site,

SA has produced loads of wonderful artists over the last several decades and yet there is so little information on the Internet dedicated to this music, you're doing a super job!

I'm looking for mostly alternative rock released in the 80's and 90's and was wondering if you could give me some pointers as to where to find these, or if you know anyone who has copies of these songs or albums:

No Friends of Harry - 'One Came Running' and 'Into the Valley'
The Getout - 'Emerge and See'
The Outsiders - the song 'Bemine' (NOT the 'Static mix on the album 'The Outsiders')
Various Artists - 'In From the Cold'

I'm also looking for a song called 'Duel' by a Press Ganged - \'m pretty certain it was about the only song they ever released although I may be mistaken.

Also anything by - The Gathering and Ten Drops of Valium

Don't you feel that SA really needs a quality rock music radio station - one that doesn't play rap, hip-hop, any form of dance and no teeny bopper pop?!

Best regards




I had a tape version of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' with Bernie Millar.

Car stereo chewed up the tape. In need of another copy but no dealer in UK has heard of it.

Can anyone help?

Jackie Lees

Ed. - The concept album 'The Ancient Mariner' with lyrics by Lee Johnson and music by Robert Schröder featured vocals by Bernie Millar (ex Circus), Glenda Hyam Millar (ex Clout), Crocodile Harris, Des Lindberg, Cornelia, Roy Bulkin and Alvon Collison with narration by none other than actor Oliver Reed! This album which was released by Gallo in 1980 has not been re-issued on CD.




I heard a rooma that one of the okes in the band Naaimasjiene was in trouble with Sars for not paying tax. Is it like a new law that if you don't pay your tax you get this strange disease?

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:

Jonathan Butler - 'Jonathan Butler' (LP)
Various - 'The History Of Rock - The SA Connection' (LP)
Flood - 'Flood' (LP)
John Ireland - 'Thinking Aloud' (LP)
Petula Clark - 'Live In SA' (2LP)
Soundtrack - 'District Six - The Musical' (LP)
Koos du Plessis - 'Herbegier' (LP)
Malapoets - 'Life Is For Living' (LP)
Spider - 'Spider' (LP)
Hotline - 'Burnout' (LP)
Des Lindberg - 'Come Near And Listen' (LP)

Latest independent SA CD additions:

Baobab - 'Code 14' (Indie)

Top Sellers (in alphabetical order):

340ml - 'Moving' (Indie)
Arbor - 'Tower Ape' (Indie)
Bed On Bricks - 'Humanarium' (Bowline)
Benguela - 'Sui' (Open Record)
Chiaroscuro - 'A Definition' (Independent)
Dollyrockers - 'The Heat' (Independent)
Ezra - 'Funk 'n Roll' (BMG)
Fly Paper Jet - 'Live' (Indie)
freshlyground - 'Jika Jika' (Independent)
Fokofpolisiekar -'As Jy Met Vuur Speel sal Jy Brand' (Rhythm)
Fudge - 'Blind Perceptions' (Indie)
Godessa - 'Spillage' (Indie)
Goema Captains Of Cape Town - 'Healing Destination' (Mountain)
Derek Gripper - 'Blomdoorns' (Open Record)
Hog Hoggidy Hog - 'OINK!' (Indie)
ISLA - 'Lick The Lion' (Independent)
Joint State - 'Nothing Works Like Water' (Indie)
Kalahari Surfers - 'Muti Media' (African Dope)
Kallitz - 'Die Ding Ruk Mal' (Mothermix)
Syd Kitchen - 'Quintessentially Syd Kitchen' (No Budget)
Mitsoo - 'Afterglow' EP (Indie)
Not The Midnight Mass - 'Live At The Planetarium' (Independent)
Piet Botha and Jack Hammer - 'Live At The Nile' (2 x CD)
Rus Nerwich - 'Beyond The Walls' (Indie/Bowline)
Rus Nerwich - 'As Above So Below' (Indie)
Off The Edge - 'Site Under Construction' (Independent)
Plush - 'All That Is Should Be' (Indie)
Rodriguez - 'Cold Fact' (PT Music)
Rodriguez - 'After The Fact' (PT Music)
Rodriguez - 'Live Fact' (Sony)
The Rudimentals - 'More Fire' (Independent)
Sedwick - 'The Realisation Of Purpose' (Indie)
Serving Suggestion - 'Try Whistling This...' (Indie)
Colin Shamley - 'Born Guilty & Other Stories' (2CD set) (3rd Ear Music)
Spindle Sect - 'Episode 1' (Indie)
Tumi and the Volume - 'At The Bassline' (Sheer)
Various - 'Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions' (African Dope)
Various - 'African Dope Sound System' (African Dope)
Various - 'African Dope Volume 1' (Sony)
Various - 'Cape Of Good Dope' (African Dope)
Various SA Artists - 'Big Red' - From the TV series 'Going Nowhere Slowly' (Ripchord)
Zinkplaat - 'Karoo Poison' EP (Indie)

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

1. 'Piet Botha and Jack Hammer - 'Live At The Nile' (2CD)
2. 'Oink!' - Hog Hogiddy Hog
3. 'As Jy Met Vuur Speel Sal Jy Brand' - Fokofpolisiekar
4. 'Spillage' - Godessa'Episode 1 - Spindle Sect
5. 'Sui' - Benguela

All these South African CD titles are available to customers not in Cape Town:
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Mabu Vinyl & CD
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Cape Town

Mabu buys and sells LP's, CD's, DVD's, videos, cassettes, and books.
Open Monday to Friday (10-6) and Saturday (10-1)


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This week's specials:

Tony Cox - 'In-To-Nation' (LP)
John Ireland - 'Revelation' (LP)
David Kramer - 'Baboondogs' (LP)
Tananas - 'Tananas' (LP)
Jo Day - 'One Woman' (LP)
Happy Ships - 'Happy Ships' (LP)
Kalahari Surfers - 'Living in the Heart of the Beast' (LP)
V/A - 'A Naartjie in our Sosatie - Rebel Rhythms' (LP)
V/A - 'Forces Favourites' (LP)

Pop in for our ongoing in-store Specials, such as:
Purchase any 2 items priced at R 10.00 plus receive 1 FREE!
Purchase 3 or more 12" Maxi Singles and receive a 33 1/3% Discount!

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 are continuously in search of more stock and pay top prices for top quality LP's, Singles, CD's & DVD's

Want Lists Welcome!

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Tune into Fresh Music main man Benjy Mudie's "Rock Of Ages" show on Radio 2000 from 8pm to 10pm every Wednesday (repeated from 10pm to midnight on Saturdays).

With a "less talk, more rock" motto, self-confessed rock-aholic Mudie spins the finest in classic rock. The show takes in anything and everything from the-mid `60s to the `90s... so expect to hear anything from AC/DC and Aerosmith to Zeppelin, Zappa and everything in between!

Significantly, the live show also highlights the best "new" classic rock, including a much-welcomed South African rock showcase.

The Rock Of Ages website will be launched soon. Watch this space!



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

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

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

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

You can find it at:


2nd Floor - 157 Longmarket Street - Cape Town

Situated in the heart of Cape Town, Ripchord is a 16-track digital recording studio, voice bank, rehearsal facility and independant record label and recently added event co-ordination company (Facilitating events from wrap parties right up to major concerts, product launches and corporate events).

Ripchord has been instrumental in compiling the music for SABC3's "Going Nowhere Slowly" and has released a double CD compilation of music from the series (available in music stores nationwide). Aidan Harper co-wrote and produced the title track for the series.

Ripchord has access to a huge database of musician's and artists covering almost every conceivable genre of music.

Our clients include Cinergy, Atomik Pictures, Big Blue Productions, Arno Carstens, Hog Hogiddy Hog, The A-Bomb, Flat Stanley, Djina Djembe (Sidi Sangare), Springbok Nude Girls to mention a few.

The Studio boasts state-of-the-art technology coupled with a warm environment that does not stifle the creative talent. Whether creating a simple karaoke backing track or a major album, we commit ourselves to a high quality of work to provide you, the client, with an internationally acceptable product.

We have a fully qualified team of engineers, session musicians, vocal trainers, voice artists, producers and musical arrangers on hand to ensure that the end result is a slick, professionally mastered product. We are on hand to offer assistance and give advice on any aspect of the entertainment industry.

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

What is done...

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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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KAREN ZOID - UNPLUGGED - Supported by Flat Stanley - 31st July, 2004 - Baxter Theatre, Concert Hall, Cape Town.

100% GUITAR PLAYER - with Steve Newman, Tony Cox & Errol Dyers at the Catalina Theatre in Durban from 28 July - 8 Aug

ROBIN AULD - Playing acoustic versions of new and current material as well as tunes familiar to South Africans at Habenero's, Main Road, Kalk Bay on Saturday 31 July 19h00

BED ON BRICKS - The Cape Town funk-rockers will be kicking off their mid-year tour on the 28th of July in Stellenbosch, and will also be travelling to Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Northam

THE SPRINGBOK N*DE G*RLS 'GODDANK VER KLANK' (1994-2004) 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR - All those dates and details below.

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

THE PRIME CIRCLE WINTER TOUR 2004 - The tour kicked off on the 1st of July in their hometown of Witbank and will see the band travelling to no less then 15 cities and towns throughout South Africa. The Parlotones will be joining the band on several of the shows.

SUPERFINE/THE VIEW - Superfine are now known as The View and will be launching their debut album on Friday 30 July at The Valve (32 Parliament Str), Cape Town at 9:00pm - R30

WOODSHED - On Friday 6 August, one of the Cape's favourite band of all time will reunite for a once off gig at the Acoustic Cafe, cnr Main Rd & Camp Rd, Muizenberg.

GUY BUTTERY - Straight from a highly sucessful run at the Grahamstown festival this year, Guy Buttery will be returning to Cape Town for a few unmissable shows in July.

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

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

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

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

THE INDEPENDENT ARMCHAIR THEATRE - This week's line-up includes Guy Buttery, Tonite We Die, Lyderkrane, Buckfever Underground, Trike, and Tait - In Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.



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

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



BOO! - SA's top rock trio will be performing live at many venues in the following countries over the next few months

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



UPRISING FESTIVAL - Concrete Dilemma (Formally Known as Reject Records) an independent record/production company based in Durban are responsible for the rawkus, chaotic yet melodious experience that is The Uprising Festival taking place on Sun 8 August (Mon is a public holiday) at Berea Rovers in Durban.

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


31st July - Baxter Theatre, Concert Hall - Supported by Flat Stanley

The "First Lady" of South African rock, Karen Zoid, will be lighting up the Mother City this winter with an 'Unplugged session' at The Baxter Theatre on Saturday the 31st of July. Karen will be joined on stage by long-time guitarist and co-writer, Don Reinecke, and the infamous bassboy, Llewellyn John, in what is bound to be Cape Town's musical highlight of the year.

Based on the overwhelming success of the concerts at the Baxter last year, Karen decided to return to the theatre at the end of this month to give her fans what they've been begging for - a close up and intimate Zoidian experience.

Since the release of 'Chasing the Sun', Karen and the band have had a hectic schedule, touring both locally and internationally, and growing in popularity wherever they go. Earlier this year they played to a capacity crowd of 5000 at Kirstenbosch as part of the Sundowner Concerts.

Fans will be excited to learn that Karen has been working on her third album as well as a book, scheduled for release just in time for Christmas.

When Karen comes to the Baxter, she'll be supported by the ever popular Cape Town-based acoustic rock outfit, Flat Stanley, fresh from recording their upcoming debut album.

Catch Karen Zoid and Flat Stanley at the Baxter on the 31st July. Only one show.
Book now at The Levi's(r) Store in the Waterfront or at Computicket.


Steve Newman, Tony Cox & Errol Dyers
Catalina Theatre, Durban - 28 July - 8 Aug

There are a handful of guitarists in South Africa who live the life of a musician entirely and completely without ever once bending or shaping their art to fit what can only be described as rampant commercialism, yet, in the face of a largely disinterested music and radio industry have, over the years, built strong and respectable reputations, adoring audiences and a string of awards. Steve Newman, Tony Cox and Errol Dyers are just such guitarists.

Cox and Newman have become national icons of the instrument and have been acknowledged far and wide for their profound commitment to the acoustic guitar. Errol Dyers has a reputation and standing that stretches deep into the heart of the Cape. He has released several acclaimed albums and has worked extensively with Cape greats such as Bazil Coetzee, Robbie Jansen and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Cox and Dyers spent time together as a duo in the mid 1980's touring through the provinces playing pubs and clubs and vowed to someday get back together for another project. Cox brought Dyers into his show 'The World In A Guitar' that also featured Newman and it was during this time that the decision to create the trio was taken, this time including Cox's long-time partner and friend Steve Newman.

The music they have been working on is 80% original with the other 20% dedicated to musical fun and games, a concoction guaranteed to render the guitar lover's heart exhausted but blissful.

Where: Catalina Theatre, Durban
When: 28 July - 8 Aug
Time: 20h00
Booking: 031 305 6889


Presented by Subterania Music - Saturday 31 July - Mercury Live, Cape Town. - With Arcana XXII, Sacrapyhx, Six of Nine

Whiplash: injury to the neck as a result of sudden jerking of the unsupported head. Also it's a classic track by 1983 Metallica off the superb debut album, 'Kill em All'

An entire night of metal mayhem will break lose on Saturday, 31st July 2004 at Mercury Live, Cape Town. All styles of metal will be played by the DJ's. The three bands performing on the night will be Arcana XXII, especially brought down from Namibia, South West Africa, Sacraphyx [now in their 10th year in SA metal] and newcomers rocking the SA media music scene, Six of Nine.

So clearly we're set for the greatest "Whiplash" ever. The "Whiplash" Metal Festival has played in Cape Town [The Jam] and Pretoria [Zeplins] in 2002 and has already hosted 5 dynamic bands, Ill System [played both venues], Corruption of Virtue, Tyburn, Crystal Dawn, Toyland, My Shade and Rhutz.

Our DJ's will play the best in local and international music : Slayer, Ill Nino, Disturbed, In Flames, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Sepultura, Death Stars, Deftones, Soulfly, Linkin Park, Hypocrisy, Filter, V.O.D., Pantera, System of a Down, Korn, Soilwork, Godsmack, Iron Maiden, Pothole, Fear Factory, Deep Purple, Slipknot, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Dead Kennedys, and basically whatever you want to hear…..remember we have only one night to do it all in! See you there.

Event : Whiplash 2004!
Hosts : Subterania Music
Venue : Mercury Live, 43 De Villiers Street, Cape Town. 465 - 2106
Date : Saturday 31 July 2004
Damage : R30
Doors open : 9pm

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By Daniel Neville


For those of you who have not heard of Make Some Noise yet...where have you been?

For a long time now the South Africa underground music scene has been lacking a voice that can be heard loud and clear all over. Here I would like to acknowledge the SA Rock Digest because it has also provided a platform for the underground scene, but it has now grown to such an extent that its own print space was required. The mag has both local and international content with lots of cool articles and other stuff that will interest any normal core music listener.

The Cape Town launch of this new mag was a great success. I have never seen the Purple Turtle so packed on a Wednesday night. There were free copies of the mag for the VIPs and a few thrown out to the crowd during the course of the evening. The Turtle was plastered with posters advertising the launch of the mag and there was a very exited buzz in the air as people stood around reading the mag and waiting for the first band to play.

Scapegoat, a new band, opened with a very interesting set. I have never seen these guys before and their make-up was very effective, give them some time and these guys are going to be a pretty cool act. Up next was Neshamah - I only saw their first few songs but what I heard sounded like the good old Neshamah I know. Half Price closed the evening off but unfortunately I did not get to see them play.

I am very exited about this new mag and at only R20 I hope you are all going to go and find your self a copy at these select outlets:

CD Warehouse - Gateway - Durban
CD Warehouse - V&A Waterfront - Cape Town
CD Warehouse - Rosebank - Johannesburg
CD Warehouse - Sandton - Johannesburg
Rhythmic Beat - Springfield Park - Durban
Rhythmic Beat - Durban International Airport
Rhythmic Beat - Johannesburg International Airport
Rhythmic Beat - Cape Town International Airport (Duty Free)
Look & Listen - Pavilion Westville - Durban

Currently this is the only Look & Listen stocking the magazine - it is a test run to see if sales are good, then it will go to all the chains. This is mainly because L&L do not usually stock magazines. But I am sure if you request it, they will send it to a L&L close to you.

By next week Wednesday (hopefully earlier)it should be available at 60 of the major CNA chain stores across SA. It will only be sent to the smaller CNA's upon request or demand from the public. So call your local CNA and get them to order some copies for you, `cause if you let them know it's in demand they will supply it.

It will also be available to the Exclusive Books chain upon request from the public at first.


SA Punk Gig Guide:

Fri 30 July - Johannesburg - Carfax - 9pm, R60
Dischord Band Q And Not U South African Tour
Q and not U

Sat 31 July - Pertoria - The Nile Corcodile - 9pm, R60
Dischord Band Q And Not U South African Tour
Q And Not U
Cannon To A Whisper

Wed 4 August - Durban - Wave House - 9pm, R60
Dischord Band Q And Not U South African Tour
Q And Not U
Crossing Point
Sibling Rivalry

Daniel Neville



The night of 11 of July was quite cool, but the crowd and ambience at the Green Dolphin was really warm. It was my first time reviewing a gig at the Green Dolphin and I must admit that this venue puts a really great evening together. From the decor to the food and fine music. The Green Dolphin usually has Jazz bands playing every night of the week, but on this particular Sunday night they hosted one of the Levi`s Original Blues music events. I especially liked the fact that The Green Dolphin is a smoke-free venue which kept the venue nice and fresh (great for those eating food).

Guilliame De Villiers and Judette Strydom opened up the evening with a warm and effective set. Judette`s voice was more dominant than Guilliame`s, while Guilliame played his acoustic guitar with great skill. I`ve seen Guilliame perform with Skanky Corp. before and was again impressed at his musical abilities. He also managed to switch between styles (a full band and a duo) easily. Their voices complemented each other and they were the perfect opening for Flat Stanley. They will be playing at the Knysna Waterfront on the 6th Aug.

When Flat Stanley took to the stage it became obvious why the place was so packed... This band has a huge, young, hip following. Andrew has a fantastic powerful voice and the cello is a fantastic addition to the band's sound and effect. Their work is very, very captivating and filled with emotive lyrics which most people would easily identify with. The band ended off with a song which included a snippet of U2`s `Still haven`t found what I`m looking for`... which drove the crowd wild and they forced the band to play another song.

Flat Stanley will be playing with another Levi`s sponsored artist: Karen Zoid on the 31st of July at the Baxter Theatre. The band will be releasing their debut album around September (Mental note to self: BUY IT) After the album launch the band's line-up will be changing from the current 4-piece set to include a rhythm section and a drummer. The album is being recorded with all members of the new line-up.

Congratulations to The Green Dolphin, Levi`s, Guilliame and Judette and Flat Stanley for making the evening a perfect ending to the week.

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