Two shots of Tequila
The two albums reviewed this week are examples of the dynamic music
being produced by Tequila Records, one of the new and exciting
independant record companies currently working to bring SA music
and artists to the attention of the world's ears. This Jhb-based
company aims to achieve this by maintaining a smaller stable of
quality artists and focussing on new ways to produce a higher quality
of recording, packaging and marketing of these artist's music.
With artists such as Stimela, Magic Cactus, Mike Makhalemele,
The Jazz Hounds and Mauritz Lotz having already released albums through
the Tequila label, it is obvious that one needs neither a pinch of salt
nor a slice of lemon to appreciate and believe that Tequila are sure to
be a 'Major' force in the SA music scene in a very short time.
Tequila records offer a full range of hands-on activities, from album
production and co-ordination to design, layout and styling as well as
music publishing,film and video production and music promos.
A 'Pocket Lips' now on the Street where you live
Tequila also recently linked up with Ian Osrin, one of the hottest
engineers in SA and in whose Digital Cupboard studios, most of the
Tequila product is created. Osrin first came to the attention of the
SA music scene with the group Pocket Lips and their ode to the SA
kugel, "Its Amazing" which achieved SA Pop success back in the 80'S.
Since then Osrin's name has been linked to a bundle of SA albums
many of which were produced under the cordial and cool conditions
that always exist in his Digital Cupboard home studio.
Back in the 70's, if you were a music 'junkie', the best record shop
in Jhb was Street Records which was situated in Braamfontein opposite
Wits University next to Pop's Cafe. Hilbrow Record centre may have had
the superior volume of stock but the staff were mostly graduates of
the 'Eugene De Kock School of personalised service'. Street Records on
the other hand had Jon Ackerman as its proprietor and he consistently
served up a continuous flow of imported Rock, Punk and New Wave albums
which were also available in the upstairs lending library.
Jon had enjoyed a brief career as a muso with the 60's Jhb band 'The
Bassmen'.For many years Ian Osrin worked with Jon to make Street
Records the seminal Jhb record store. When Street Records closed
Osrin went on to pursue his career as a music engineer and occasional
pop star while Jon still sold records in defiance of the new CD craze.
Now these two have once again combined under the Tequila banner to
produce one of Tequila Record's newest releases, the 'Oom' album
"Beats and Peaces"
Stephen Segerman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Link to the Tequila Records site
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Oom Beats and Peaces
It is the cover of this album that immediately sets the scene for the
musical goodies contained therein. There's this laidback 'ou' with his
radio and guitar by his side, lying on his back with his head on his
arms blissfully puffing on his pipe, the smoke billowing to form the
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Stimela Out of the Ashes
Not exactly a new release this but Stimela's thirteenth album since
their formation in 1982 is definitely worth a listen. Seeing as their
last twelve albums all achieved Gold or Platinum status, this is
clearly one SA band who have battled their way through the dark days to
take their rightful place in the forefront of the SA music invasion.
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