New Romantics from Pretoria
- Jonathan Selby: Vocals
- Sheldon Thomas: Keyboards
- Craig Else: Guitars
- Johan Griesel: Bass (not on The Perfect Gift)
- Danny de Wet: Drums (later joined Wonderboom)
Musicians on 'The Perfect Gift':
- Chris Bekker: Bass Guitar
- George Spencer: Congas
- Mike Faure: Saxophone
- Ralph Martin: Chants
- Lesley Rae Dowling: Female Voice
Petit Cheval is French for Little Horse.
Where are they now?
SA Rock Digest Issue #7, 11th March 1999
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH
In issue number 5, Nick asked "where is Petit Cheval?"
Well, here is Jonathan Selby's reply written especially for the
SA Rock Digest...
I left for overseas in 1987 having become disillusioned with the "big
fish in small pond" syndrome and a rather vacuous existence of sex,
drugs and not much rock n roll. Yes, I did the "existential overseas"
thing, and then came back in '88 and studied Psychology. I qualified
with honours at UCT in the Cape (where I am now based) but decided I did
not have the coping mechanisms required to be the object of peoples
negative projections from 9 to 5. I then went on to study a Post
Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and also did a sub-major
in Information Systems. I guess I had a yearning to gain knowledge and
discover the truth! I joined Qdata as a consultant & then went full
time into my own projects. One is a Graphic Design & Advertising Agency
"The Graphic Shop" and the other is a software development company
I have not forsaken my musical talent however. I have a fully digitised
studio setup at my home and look to complete an album this year, before
the power fades in 2000! I have done some theme music for video and
radio jingles (mostly on the regional Cape radio stations) for some of
our clients and used the experience to master my digital studio.
I am married now with a little 6 month old daughter. She is my
The music I am busy composing for the album reflects the changes in my
life as well as the new peace presiding over me. It is of a more (or
less...) contemporary rock format but will, I trust, be challenging and
enjoyable to the listener. I released an album through Gallo some years
ago (while I was at varsity, 93 or 94 I think) under the name "Big On
Arrival" (BOA). It also features some female vocals by a talented
singer from the Cape, Jennifer Jones. It is a very eclectic bunch of
songs and reflects a rather unfocused stage in my life. However, it was
never marketed and I never had the time to promote it due to my studies
at the time. I think there are some gems on the album but I had a
limited budget (what else is new) and never had the opportunity to
produce the jewel I was looking for.
I will keep Brian informed about the album and I am happy to answer any
further questions and/or make contact with other subscribers should they
be interested. Thanks for the inquiry and look out for the Selby solo
PS: I do not know what the other band members are presently doing but
when last I heard Craig (lead guitar) returned to the states to form his
own band; Sheldon (keys) toured the states and is now back in SA with a
design studio; Johan (bass) is one of the country's top sound engineers;
and Danny has formed his own band (not sure of the name?) and until
awhile ago co-owned a nightclub in Jo'burg called "Wings".
-- Jonathan Selby, March 1999
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