SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #114
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16th July 2001

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - Birthdays, North Sea Jazz on TV, Fresh Music on net, Muttz Nuttz, Rodriguez
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs
3.CD REVIEWS - Karen Zoid, Off The Edge, Hot RS
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Barry Goldberg, Hotline's Help!, Piet Botha's 'Bootleg', Charts
5.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - Clubs, Roger Whittaker, Canadian Radio, SA Music in UK, Namibian Rock
6.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO - Animals and Kings at the Jam
7.LINKS
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.NEWS
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BIRTHDAY WISHES TO PJ AND PIET

Last week we wished Rodriguez a happy 59th birthday. This week 2 stalwarts of the SA rock scene ("legends" you might say), celebrate their birthdays. PJ Powers (dubbed "Thandeka", the loved one, by her fans) was born Penelope Jane Dunlop in Durban on the 16th July 1960 and has been making a name for herself in the music world since 1979 when she sang in an all-girl group Pantha which also included Debbi Lonmon (later of Little Sister) on guitar. Read John Samson's review of Hotline's 'Help' album below and visit the PJ Powers and Hotline website at: http://rock.co.za/legends/pjpowers.

Everybody always mentions in reviews that Piet Botha is Pik Botha's son, so we won't. (John Samson has pointed out that Botha is an anagram of Thabo... hmmm). Piet shares his birthdate with Madiba on the 18th July. Piet will be 46, Nelson Mandela 83. As a member of Raven, Wildebeest, Jack Hammer and as a solo artist, Piet has carved his name indelibly in the minds of fans of both good-time rock and the Alt.Afrikaans movement. And how many artists do you know have had actor Billy Bob Thornton play drums in their band? Kurt Shoemaker reviews the recent live 'Bootleg' CD below and everything you've always wanted to know about Piet is on his website http://www.pietbotha.com including a fairly recent photograph of Piet and Pik together.

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NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TV

A one-hour documentary on the North Sea Jazz Festival will be broadcast on Saturday 28th July at 9.30pm on SABC 3.

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RODRIGUEZ MESSAGE ON INTERNET
http://rock.co.za/chat.html

We checked out the website, Sugar's here in Detroit from South Africa. He arrived at 11.00am from New York and showed me all these messages.

An itinerary is being sent on South African and Australian dates and
possibly some London dates. We'll contact you further, thank you again for the Birthday cheer!

Kindest regards
Rodriguez
10th July 2001 - 02:15:25 PM

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FRESH MUSIC
http://www.freshmusic.co.za
At last after weeks of planning, endless cups of coffee, sourcing material and driving the guys at Filter Design bonkers the new Fresh Music website is up and running, so why don't you check us out at
http://www.freshmusic.co.za for tons of music, photos, rare memorabilia, biogs, gig guides and cool downloadable stuff... there is a current artist page as well as an extensive Retro section which will be constantly updated. A couple of the features are not active yet, like the video section as well as the band emails and contact addresses but these will be up and running shortly.

Any comments, snide remarks, applause or free advice is most welcome.. mail me at mailto:fresh@icon.co.za

have a fresh day
Benjy Mudie

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MUTTZ NUTTZ THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS

Muttz Nuttz played their way through to the semi-finals of the RP Studios Emerging Sounds Competition with an energetic set at Morgan's Cat in Randburg Sunday 8 July.

From the four original songs they played, it is obvious that Muttz Nuttz cannot easily be pigeon-holed. Rock, alternative, a smattering of punk... it was all there. Although they are not creating a new genre of music, the band are innovative in their songwriting; it immediately becomes obvious that they are drawing on their influences rather than imitating them. This comes as a refreshing change in a South African music scene bustling with acts sounding just like Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Greenday, etc.

Muttz Nuttz will be playing some gigs around the Gauteng area before the RP Studios Emerging Sounds Competition semi-finals, due to take place on the 7 October 2001. Do a search on Powerzone on Muttz Nuttz for dates of upcoming gigs.

Muttz Nuttz are Sta-Shaun on vox, Flodge on bass, Stevie Cow on guitars and Rob Nuttz on drums.
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2.CHARTS
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2a.THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

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

1. [2] Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
2. [3] Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
3. [1] Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
4. [6] Xero - Binary (Indie)
5. [7] Live Fact - Rodriguez (Sony)
6. [15] Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror (Retro Fresh)
7. [4] Memoirs Of A Clone - Watkin Tudor Jones Jnr (Chameleon)
8. [5] Rising Above The Madness - Lionel Bastos (SAFM)
9. [16] Merry-Go-Round - Wess-Lee (Scorpio)
10. [8] Mother's Daughter - Kate Normington (Sheer/SAFm)
11. [9] Thin Shoes In June - Felix Laband (African Dope)
12. [12] Seratonin - Fruit Fly Navigators (Indie)
13. [11] Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
14. [19] Oppikoppi Tuned - Various (Oppikoppi)
15. [14] Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
16. [17] Danny K - Danny K (Gallo)
17. [10] Dreamland - Edi Niederlander (Indie)
18. [20] Child Of The Light - Ernie Smith (Sheer)
19. [18] The Moon Is A Spoon - Sunways (Fresh)
20. [-] Waiting For The Dawn (re-issue) - Big Sky (Epic)

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2b. THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN SONGS OF THE WEEK
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

This week [last week] Title - Artist (Album/Label)

1. [4] Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
2. [5] Undying Light - Edi Niederlander ('Dreamland'/Indie)
3. [2] Crazy Over You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
4. [1] King With A Crown - Spoon Feedas ('Showcase 3:Unearthed'/Sony)
5. [3] Thank You - Lionel Bastos ('Rising Above The Madness'/SAFM)
6. [6] She Says - Cutting Jade ('Showcase 3:Unearthed'/Sony)
7. [7] Like A Holiday - Wess-Lee ('Merry-Go-Round'/Scorpio)
8. [12] Satellite Filler - Flowerheads ('Showcase 3:Unearthed'/Sony)
9. [11] Afrikaners Is Plesierig - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
10. [-] Not About You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
11. [8] Shout - Fruit Fly Navigators ('Seratonin'/Bionic)
12. [9] Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror ('JCTC'/Retro Fresh)
13. [10] These Sparks Will Fly - Wess-Lee ('Merry-Go-Round'/Scorpio)
14. [15] Long Holiday - The Sunshines ('Long Holiday' EP/Tel Michael)
15. [13] Hurts So Bad - Danny K ('Danny K'/Gallo)
16. [14] Barefoot Girl - Binary ('Xero'/Indie)
17. [16] Max Normal - Watkin Tudor Jones Jnr ('Memoirs Of A
Clone'/Chameleon)
18. [18] Fragile - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
19. [17] Oxford Rd - Roswell Kings ('Wait For Me' EP/Indie)
20. [-] Here Comes The Night - Big Sky ('Waiting For The Dawn' re-issue/Epic)

Sponsored by Networld
http://www.new.co.za
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3. NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES

POLES APART - KAREN ZOID (EMI)

Talent abounds on this release and Ms Zoid has a fantastic voice. The
Afrikaans songs featured are superb and retain their identity, while the English ones miss the crossover intended and end up sounding like Sheryl Crow songs, not bad, but a little lame, if you get my drift. Overall a worthwhile purchase if only for the great South African take on the bonus track "Taxi". Given some time I personally think that she'll make a major impact. Nice!

Rating: 7/10
Bill Botes

Reprinted from the Emerging Sounds website with kind permission of Simon Foulds. Visit http://www.emergingsounds.com.

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HOLD ON - OFF THE EDGE
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge
http://rock.co.za/sounds/holdon.mp3

An "advance" CD of the band's forthcoming album, which should be out in the latter part of the year. You know Peter Hanmer and his band Off the Edge quite well by now - we've featured the music quite regularly on The Dinosaur Days {late night Sundays on 5FM - ed} in the past and we've also had the band members in the studio for a few interviews (most recently when Peter released the new Age of Innocence album with very promising singer Sherry-Lee Jones a few months ago).

"Unfinished Business" will be Off the Edge's 4th album since the band's inception in the eighties. This time, Peter's managed to secure the services of Giselle Mynhardt, one of the finest lady singers we've heard in years. She's replaced Judy Marshall, who emigrated a short while ago. Giselle's voice, although reminding one a tad of Stone the Crows' Maggie Bell and a bit like Janis Joplin or Cold Blood's Lydia Pense, has a certain uniqueness about it that makes her a real find. She sounds as is she'd be equally comfortable singing a laid back TIE (tongue in ear) bluesy ballad as she would be belting out a serious rocker. She's not too shabby in the looks department either!

Long-time bassist Tony Groenewald is also still involved in the band. Peter Hanmer, one of the best multi-instrumentalists (especially guitar) in the country, is sounding better than we've heard him to be and the songwriting is even more impressive. This is quite an achievement when you listen to the class and quality of the band's previous album, "Just Another Band", which was released in June 2000. We've only heard a few of the tracks from the mooted album, but if they're anything to go by, then surely "Unfinished Business" should be the album to finally crack it for this exceptionally talented band.

It's all well and good that a small minority of well known and respected radio stations and jocks such as Phil Wright and Rafe Lavine are doing what they can to promote the band - it's about time others came to the party as well. South Africa also has its fair share of talent in the music field. They may not play rap, rave, techno and other puke fodder, but they certainly deserve to be heard and appreciated. After all - it works overseas - why not here? Are we that unsophisticated that we can't appreciate music unless it has lyrics about some schmuck crapping somebody out for letting his dogs out?? Look out for a full review of "Unfinished Business" in these pages when it's released.

Leon Econimedes - Dinosaur Days
http://www.dinosaurdays.co.za

AS YET UNFINISHED...

Peter played some new Off The Edge tracks over the phone for me recently which gave me goosebumps... I can't wait to hear what they will sound like on CD! One of the songs is an, as yet, untitled blues instrumental with a raw guitar sound. Peter's guitar work is really sounding superb. 'Alone' is a power ballad which new vocalist Giselle Mynhardt makes her own. Another instrumental song 'Free Flight' has also been recorded for the album.

'Spacedream' which appeared on 'The Instrumentals' CD, and is only 1 minute 15 seconds long has now been dramatically extended into a 5 section opus that is over 9 minutes in length, but this track will only appear on Volume 2 of 'The Instrumentals' series. (BC)

Off The Edge
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge

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HOT RS

Remember HOT RS (House Of The Rising Sun) from the 70s? HOT RS was the name of a faceless disco-rock studio band and also the name of their first album released in 1977. That album featured a 14 minutes plus disco-rock reworking of the classic House of The Rising Sun, made famous by the Animals in 1964. Their second album 'Forbidden Fruit' had as it's centrepiece a cover of Iron Butterfly's 1968 classic 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' cleverly combined with Frankie Vaughan's 1957 hit 'Garden Of Eden'. The 3rd album 'Heads Or Tails' was unfortunately quite disappointing.

Some famous musicians are rumoured to have played on these 3 albums released by HOT RS between 1977 and 1980. They include Trevor Rabin, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, René Veldsman, Duncan Mackay and Cedric Samson and of course anchor members Dan Hill and Kevin Kruger.

Kevin and Dan are collaborating again and are hard at work at Kaydee studios (Kevin & Dan... kaydee... geddit?) in Johannesburg on a CD titled 'HOT RS two', due out in August.

HOT RS
http://www.rock.co.za/files/hotrs_index.html

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MORE REVIEWS
For more reviews of new and recent South African CD releases and re-issues please visit:

OPEN RECORD
http://www.openrecord.co.za

AMUZINE
http://rock.co.za/reviews.htm

EMERGING SOUNDS
http://www.emergingsounds.com
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4. CLASSIC ROCK
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SHILOH'S CORNER

BARRY GOLDBERG

Goldberg was born in Chicago, Illinois and as a youngster would spend much time listening to the early rock and roll and rhythm and blues. His dream was to have a show band and retire at a very young age. When it came to the Hammond B3 few could match the diverse ability of Barry Goldberg. A close friend of guitarist Mike Bloomfield, he formed the Goldberg Miller Blues Band with Texan Steve Miller. Barry was sought after as a session keyboard player and supported Bob Dylan during the controversial appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. During this period he often backed up Mitch Ryder while later had a brief spell with a group called Chicago Loop.

He finally found base with a group called the Electric Flag which released their remarkable debut album "A long time coming". The Electric Flag performed at the Monterey pop festival with outstanding vigour and brass power. Comprising of an array of outstanding musicians, in particular Mike Bloomfield on electric guitar, drummer Buddy Miles and vocalist Nick Gravenites. The group although short lived, had an outstanding impact on the Haight Ashbury scene. Due to personal reasons, Barry left the group and proceeded to release a number of solo albums in the late sixties. It was also in this time that he focussed on song writing with Gerry Goffin while deeply immersing himself in the art of piano tutoring. He also appeared on the "Super Session" album with Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, yet after the demise of this ensemble regrouped with Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and Ric Grech from Blind Faith. The group was known as KGB but failed to make any impact on the market.

Early 1974 he released an album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama under the production of Bob Dylan. Barry Goldberg would pop up in the most obscure groups, one in particular with Scottish blues singer Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows) or across the waters with pop singer B.J. Thomas. Outstanding Hammond B3 can be heard on the album "Barry Goldberg and friends", particularly "I think I'm gonna cry", "Jimmy the fox" and "Hole in my pocket". A worthy instrumental version of Lennon and McCartney's "Fool on a hill" places Barry in a very specialised and artistic dimension when it comes to blues.

Often assisted by outstanding guitarists such as Harvey Mandel, Duane Allman and Mike Bloomfield, Goldberg continued his session work and produced albums for Musselwhite and the Rockets. Various albums such as "Barry Goldberg and Friends" (1969) and reunion albums remain collectors items for the blues aficionados. His debut album "Blowing my Mind" with a seven single of the same name seem to go unnoticed in the diverse sixties. He featured on the classic "Devil with the Blue Dress on" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder which scored a top five in 1966. He remains one of the best side men in the business and will long be remembered as a Jew with the true blues.

Shiloh Noone, Cape Town
mailto:shiloh_noone@hotmail.com
http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh

Blues and Variation
Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM
Wednesdays 10 pm

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USA FOR AFRICA
Texas-based Kurt Shoemaker gives his unique views on SA music

BOOTLEG - PIET BOTHA AND JACK HAMMER (February 2001, Pofadder Records)
http://www.pietbotha.com

I don't have an unbiased opinion about this CD, and see no reason to pretend to be objective. Hearing the music of Piet Botha and Jack Hammer, I think, "Here's one of the reasons I got into South African rock." Of course, the "South African" part can be dropped so that the statement reads, "Here's one of the reasons I got into rock."

'Bootleg' is the perfect representative Piet Botha and Jack Hammer CD. It contains live versions of older songs and some songs new to me. Piet Botha displays his strength at rock ballads, his gruff voice gentle and emotive, and it showcases him and Jack Hammer blasting fierce rockers such as 'Welcome to Azania'. We also get Jonathan Martin stepping forward for a sweet acoustic rendition of Led Zeppelin's 'Tangerine'.

On this CD, Jack Hammer is Piet Botha (vocals, guitar, piano), Jonathan Martin (vocals, guitar, cello), Tertius du Plessis (bass, on most tracks) and Paul de Waal (drums, on some tracks). What a band, talented rockers all.

As much as I do enjoy Piet's, for lack of a better term, rock ballads, his stand-out tunes are the big electric noise rockers. Nevertheless, I always begin this CD with track #1, 'The Game' (one of Bootleg's two
studio-recorded songs {originally released in 1999 on the obscure album 'Is' by Trip - ed}).

I prefer loud and fast rock, but have a high tolerance, even an appreciation for, honest, emotive songs such as Piet and Jack Hammer play. Piet's softer and more personal songs are not to be confused with Barry Manilow's smarmy music, no pieces of which stick to Jack Hammer's boot heels even though I think Barry's songs belong underfoot. Piet's slower, softer songs are authentic and intelligent songs.

The live version of 'Welcome to Azania' rocks more powerfully than the
studio cut on 'Anthology', which is a wild song there. This song contains the line 'We are not the chosen people'. I expect some listeners are infuriated by this devastating line. Powerful stuff, lyrically and musically, real music for real people, as Piet and Jack Hammer often are (See: 'Gypsy Suite' on the CD 'Death of a Gypsy').

'Midnight Angels' is a wow song. (As I listen to it, all I can say is
"Wow!"). Great lyrics, and the rock ideas are well-developed throughout its five minutes. The live versions of 'Fort Lauderdale', 'Liberty', and 'Goeienag Generaal' (another "Wow!"), also come across as more powerful and intense live than the studio takes, and those studio takes don't exactly slouch around, either.

I'm picking up enough Afrikaans to catch the gist of the songs from Piet Botha's solo CDs on this disc ('Donkermaan' and 'Goeienag Generaal'), but, oddly, can't find any Afrikaans speakers to practice the language with here in the Hill Country of Texas... Anyway, many lyrics are online at the comprehensive site, http://www.pietbotha.com.

If they had let me compile this CD it would be a two disc set. A few songs left off: 'Laat Die Wiele Rol', 'The Fisherman', 'Death of a Gypsy', and 'Street of Love'. Though 'Bootleg' represents Piet Botha and Jack Hammer perfectly, 'Bootleg' also complements Jack Hammer's 'Anthology' CD as if they were a two-CD set. 'Anthology', a collection of studio songs, and 'Bootleg', a live set, work well together in my SA rock collection.

In place of popping into Pretoria from Texas this weekend for a set or three of Jack Hammer, this live set satisfies. And that's my biased opinion.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas
mailto:kurt@sarockdigest.com

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LONDON LEKKER
London-based John Samson gives his own twist on SA music

HELP - HOTLINE
http://rock.co.za/legends/pjpowers

When John Lennon sang 'Help me if you can I'm feeling down', it was difficult to believe that he really wanted help as it was sung to the standard Beatles upbeat, cheeky grin moptop sound. When PJ Powers wraps her nicotine stained vocal chords around this classic, your guts start tingling, then you realise that your guts have been wrenched from you and you're left wandering where the hell that tingling sensation is coming from. You also wander how you can possibly help someone who has just delivered such a powerful, passionate and emotional plea.

The title track to Hotline's second album which also opens the album sets an incredibly high standard and one feels that after that, the rest of the album is bound to disappoint, but it doesn't. Following close on its heels is the hit single 'Feel So Strong' sung in collaboration with Steve Kekana. PJ's Bonnie Tyler vocals act as a counterpoint to Steve's fragile falsetto, weaved around a swirling organ sound, this is pop perfection.

There are more blazing rock tracks to follow. 'Give Me Your Love' pounds along at pace, while 'You're so Good To Me' with it's hushed, almost whispered verses and lungs-in-overdrive chorus make you want to grab your lighter and rush to the nearest stadium.

There are hints at the Afrorock sound that the group, and in particular PJ as a solo artist would embrace later on, but on the whole this is pure rock. Some highly charged guitar and drum work accompanied by the textured keyboard sounds from Bones Brettell form the solid pedestal on which the voice of PJ is proudly exhibited.

'Help' is a rock album that cries out to be heard, at times full on stadium rock; sometimes hints of Fleetwood Mac or a Foreigner ballad show through, and there are pauses for a few pop sensibilities, but the power and passion of the delivery, both vocal and instrumental, make this a South African classic.

{This album is unfortunately not available on CD. - ed}

John Samson, London, UK
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com
http://www.sarockdigest.com/london

PJ POWERS AND HOTLINE
http://rock.co.za/legends/pjpowers

WHERE IS SHE NOW?
Bobby Louw

She's still part of my band The Rock Rebels (along with Bill Flynn), and of course still gets solo gigs under her own name. When she needs a full band to back her for the solo gigs I act as her Musical Director and put a band together for her (not always all the members of the Rock Rebels).

She's been busy doing a new album for Scorpio Music (Joe Theron's company) for about the last year! I'm not involved with that, so I don't know when it's being released. When I've asked her she doesn't seem too sure either. She had originally talked about November last year! Better be good...

Bobby Louw
ROCK REBELS
http://www.bobbylouw.co.za

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SPRINGBOK RADIO CHARTS: 30 YEARS AGO
http://rock.co.za/charts

Friday, 16 July 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Funny, Funny - The Sweet
2 [2] Lonely Days And Lonely Nights - Lincoln*
3 [3] When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door - The Dealians*
4 [7] Mozart Symphony No. 40 - Waldo De Los Rios
5 [4] The Seagulls Name Was Nelson - Des & Dawn Lindberg*
6 [8] Me And You And A Dog Named Boo - Lobo
7 [10] It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
8 [5] Joy To The World - Dog Night
9 [9] I Am ... I Said - Neil Diamond
10 [6] If Not For You - Olivia Newton-John

* South African Artists

For the second week running there were no new songs in the Top 10. Lincoln were unable to get the edge on The Sweet, while the Dealians clung to the number 3 spot.

The South African were stacking up just below the top 10 with positions 11 to 15 all being local. Strongest contenders for top 10 placings were John Edmond with 'Boom Sha La La' and Gentle People's 'Rain Rain Rain'.

Tony Christie with 'I Did What I Did For Maria' and Mungo Jerry's 'Lady Rose' were the new entries into the top 20, with Lauren Copley and Fame & Price Together dropping out.

South Africans at Number 1 this week:

Kentucky Blue - Lauren Copley (1973)
(Lauren was only 15 at the time)

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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TOP 10 SA CLASSIC ROCK ALBUMS
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sarock

1.Africa She Too Can Cry - Hawk (1972)
2.Burnout - Hotline (1981)
3.African Day - Hawk (1971)*
4.Battle Hymn Of The Broken Hearted Horde - Freedoms Children (1968)
5.Boys Will Be Boys - Rabbitt (1975)
6.Live And Well - Hawk (1974)
7.A Croak And A Grunt In The Night - Rabbitt (1977)
8.In The Arena - Circus (1977)+
9.Jack Of All Trades - Jack Hammer (1987)
10.Astra - Freedoms Children (1970)*

* Available on CD from http://www.oneworld.co.za
+ Due out soon from RetroFresh

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TOP 10 ALL-TIME GREAT SA POP AND ROCK SONGS
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sapop

1.Master Jack - Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)
2.Weeping - Bright Blue (1987)
3.Hey Boy - Via Afrika (1983)
4.See Yourself (Clowns) - EllaMental (1984)
5.Special Star - Mango Groove (1989)
6.This Boy - Sweatband (1986)
7.As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) - Tribe After Tribe (1985)
8.My Kind Of Girl - Cinema (1988)
9.ZX Dan - Radio Rats (1978)
10.Who Killed Kurt Cobain (1997)

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BIRTHDAYS

JULY
16 PJ "Thandeka" Powers (born Penelope Jane Dunlop in 1960)
18 Piet "Hammer" Botha (1955)

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MORE COLD FACTS
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

RICH FOLKS HOAX

Not even the tears in heaven could wash away the injustice bestowed upon the Mexican spirit of a street poet called Rodriguez. With two brilliant albums, "Cold Fact" and "After The Fact" unfortunately only reaching the ears of the southern hemisphere (Australia / South Africa) Rodriguez became a scapegoat for the skulduggery of double minded record officials. What should have been an American legend became a Rich Folks Hoax. The earthy style of beat poet Rodriguez would crucify your mind at every note. His testimony has been fraudulently labelled as dead / burnt alive / or overdosed. Recently thanks to the determination and faith of a small internet group Rodriguez was found and raised to life. Many new converts have discovered his light.

Excerpt from an article by rock historian Shiloh Noone on Folk Music. Read the full article at: http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh.

For all the latest Rodriguez news and info, visit:

The Great Rodriguez Website
http://rock.co.za/rodriguez

Climb Up On My Music - a site dedicated to Rodriguez
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez
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5.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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NIGHTCLUBBING

You may or may not be able to tell me but are the clubs that were known as the Dirtbox and one called the King of Clubs still going? Groups like Tribe After Tribe played them, and a band I was in for a while called Days Before (we only ever made a demo tape) plus do you know anything of a group called Banned from pre-86 also.

Vernon Vidamour
mailto:silvermachine_99@yahoo.co.uk

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ROGER WHITTAKER IN KENYA

I have been looking for the CD for the 'Roger Whittaker in Kenya' album. I saw him in concert and got the album but now really want the CD or any sheet music for that album. Since he is from Africa, do you know of any way to get this CD? Is it available in Africa? Hope you can help me.

Debbie
mailto:debgizmo@hotmail.com

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KAREN ZOID

I remembered reading about Karin Zoid who you featured in SA Rock Digest #110. I have been wondering whether you might have more info regarding her. I could not find anything on the net. I am looking for an e-mail address, tel. no. or fanclub address. I will appreciate any info and would be very grateful if you can help me.

Regards
Rhinus
mailto:Rhinus@dbs1.pwv.gov.za

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CANADIAN RADIO

I want to do a radio show in Canada on contemporary African Music and I need to get in touch with artists and their producers (preferrably via e-mail) archived on your site in the hopes of securing their permission to use their material. I will highly appreciate any information provided. Thank you in advance.

Kenya Kondo
mailto:kenyakondo@ureach.com

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SA MUSIC IN UK

I am now looking to license some SA music over here in the UK. Fairly straight forward and simple licensing deals, but an opportunity open to everyone (even though we will be very selective of what we decide to release). Essentially we are looking to manufacture, promote and distribute some good music to the obviously very large SA market and elements of the UK market as well.

If you would like more detailed information please let me know, but feel free to pass this info on to any bands/labels that you think might be interested. There is some info on our website as well.
http://www.strangerthanfiction.co.uk

All the best,

Dylan Marks
mailto:dylan@strangerthanfiction.co.uk

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NAMIBIAN ROCK

Greetings from Namibia's premier metal band, ARCANA XXII

This way we'd like to establish some contacts to other musicians, magazines, distros and producers, since we are very isolated from the scene, living in Namibia.

Feel free to view our website: http://www.arcana22.de
or drop us a mail at: mailto:arcaneland@hotmail.com

We will be at the WACKEN OPEN AIR this year to start some promotion of our material and to hopefully get a spot on the next billing.

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SOUND SOLUTIONS
http://rock.co.za/soundsolutions

A Cape Town-based music resource that offers two main areas of expertise and assistance:

1) Music Searches - Assists in recommending and finding relevant music
soundtracks for television, cinema and radio commercials and
productions.

2) Music Licensing - Assists in obtaining the publishing and recording
rights for music to be used as soundtracks for commercials and other
productions.

For more info, please contact:
Stephen Segerman or Graham Katz
021 461-9541
mailto:sugar@cd.co.za
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6.LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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ANIMALS AND KINGS AT THE JAM
Thursday 28 June

What do Kings, Pigs and Dogs have in common? Well, aside from being kick-ass bands, they all rocked the roof off of the Jam on Thursday 28 June. The Roswell Kings, Hog Hoggidy Hog and Not My Dog set the Jam on fire!

The Roswell Kings opened up the show. They are one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. This hard rock band certainly knows how to perform. Andy Lund could be any top international band's frontman; he has the style and the stance to grab attention. New member to the band, talented Sven McAlpine is like the missing ingredient that once added to the pot, brings the whole dish, or in this case, band, together. Strong, powerful and resonant.

Next up was Hog Hoggidy Hog. They started off their nationwide tour to promote their album, 'Driving over Miss Davie', with this gig. Aside from guitar strings breaking, their performance was enjoyable. The punk scene is definitely growing in South Africa and we have a fine set of acts to show for it.

The evening culminated with an explosive set by Not My Dog. Every six months or so, Not My Dog make the trek to Cape Town. It is a trek that is well appreciated, as is evident by the enthusiasm the crowd displayed that evening. Although guitarist Juan Le Roux's presence was sorely missed - he couldn't join the guys on this trip, the show was still rocking. Playing songs from 'Dogumentary' and 'Jack Brown', as well as throwing in a few new ones to keep the set fresh, Not My Dog had the mosh pit fuelled and frenzied. "Up, up we lift the roof when we stand up!"

Nadia Neophytou

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AUTHENTIC GIGS

THURSDAY 19 JULY
Pestroy, Riku Latte - Rhythm and Brew, Benoni

FRIDAY 20 JULY
Speedy AKA Richard Santana - Point Break, Margate
Not My Dog, Pestroy, Breinskade, Oddball - Demolition: 96 Conrad Drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg, just off Jan Smuts

SATURDAY 21 JULY
Saron Gas, Justin Vee - Cloud 9, Umhlanga
Cutting Jade, Starseed - The Walkway, Randfontein

THURSDAY 26 JULY
57, Pestroy - Rhythm and Brew, Benoni

FRIDAY 27 JULY
Barney Simon - Rafterz, Vanderbijlpark

SATURDAY 28 JULY
Nelson - Cloud 9, Umhlanga
Barney Simon - Exit, Klerksdorp
Tweak, Starseed - The Walkway, Randfontein

For more info:
Beth Hillary
Authentic Ideas (Pty) Ltd
T: 011-646-6467
F: 011-646-6441
C: 073-152-6262
E: mailto:beth@authentic.co.za

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BASSLINE
http://www.basslinejazzclub.co.za

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FRUIT FLY NAVIGATORS

Wed 18 July - Rivets (Durban) UNPLUGGED
Sat 21 July - Cloud 9 (Umhlanga) with Saron Gas

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HARBOUR MUSIC CLUB
The Troubadour, Kalk Bay

Every Wednesday night 8:30
Entrance R15 - bar available

Rob Anderson (021) 7891021
mailto:anderson@botzoo.uct.ac.za
Nadia Scaillet (021) 4489834
mailto:noid@netactive.co.za

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HIGH STREET THEATRE

25, 26 July
DIE ANDER KANT DEEL 3 - Johannes Kerkorrel

27, 28 July
HIGH ON BLUES - Delta Blue and Frosted Orange

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JULIAN'S
http://www.julianlaxton.com
mailto:julianlaxton@artslink.co.za

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LIVE IN LONDON
http://www.sarockdigest.com/london

SA artists performing in London

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M MUSIC MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTIONS

THURSDAY 19 JULY
Picture This at 206. 21h00. R10

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY
Upbeats vs Phat Beats:
New World Inside and various DJs performing at The
Purple Turtle. R10 cover.

FRIDAY 27 JULY
Froy, Bleach, Kelvin Declined at The JAM.

SATURDAY 28 JULY
Flow and Velvet Mary at The JAM.

TUESDAY 31 JULY
New School Rock Party:
Flowerheads, Liquid Sky and DJ Sirius.
R15.

Mariska
mailto:mariskadupreez@yahoo.com
082 375 8991

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OPPIKOPPI
http://www.oppikoppi.co.za

9-12 August 2001 - Oppikoppi - Pretoria @ Fountains Valley
21-23 September 2001 - Oppikoppi - Worcester @ Kleinplasie

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RODRIGUEZ
http://www.sarodigest.com/rodriguez

August/September - South Africa & Australia

Dates & venues to be confirmed

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ROEKELOOS - GIG GUIDE
http://www.roekeloos.co.za/musiek.html

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SARON GAS

One month only - exclusive - unplugged gigs!

20th July Nile Crocodile PTA
27th July Rhythm and Brew Boksburg/Benoni
28th July Selection Lodge Springs

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SEMISANE
http://www.semisane.com

21 July Stokers Arms Newlands
8 August Independent Armchair Theatre Obs

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SUNWAYS

July
Wed 18 Mystic Boer - Bloemfontein
Fri 20 Star Of The West - Kimberley
Sat 28 Rafterz - vd Byl Park

August
Thur 9 Oppikoppi Fountains Valley Pretoria
Sat 18 Monty's - Pietersburg
Fri 24 Halfway House - Kimberley (TBC)
Sat 25 Equinox - Bethlehem
Thur 30 Tappas - Port Elizabeth (With Flatbox)
Fri 31 Barnacles - Port Alfred (With Flatbox)

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THE WHAMMY BAR
Marine Circle
Tableview
(021) 557-5692
mailto:thewhammybar@mweb.co.za
Open Mon-Sun 6:00pm till late

The Whammy Bar is a live music venue that features original SA bands.
Bands start at 10.00pm Fri & Sat.

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ZA@PLAY
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/art/music/

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ZEN ARCADE
http://www.geocities.com/zenarcade1

Wednesday July 25 - Zen Arcade are appearing live at The Bohemian, 5
Park Road (cnr Menton Road), Richmond. Admittance to the gig, which
starts at 9.30pm is FREE. That's right: for nada ... gratis and for
nothing. You won't find a better deal for cutting-edge contemporary rock music in this town.

The band is also plotting a mini-tour of the Exotic Far East Rand towns
of Benoni, Boksburg and Springs (affectionately known as Suspension
City, by its quizzical natives). Details will follow.

Zen Contact:
Paul Drosdzol
Zer02Her0
082-685-0819
mailto:drosdzol@sowetan.co.za
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7.LINKS
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LINKS PAGES:

3rd EAR MUSIC
http://www.3rdearmusic.com/links.html

A TO Z OF SA MUSICIANS
http://www.sarockdigest.com/musicians

AMUZINE
http://rock.co.za/links.htm

MUSIC.ORG
Original African, jazz, hip hop, reggae & kwaito artists
http://www.music.org.za/artists

ONE WORLD
http://www.oneworld.co.za/links.cfm

SA ROCK DIGEST
http://www.sarockdigest.com/links

VAGABOND'S WORLD
http://rock.co.za/vagabond/links

SEARCH ENGINE:

GOOGLE
http://www.google.com
Quick and accurate, highly recommended

ARTISTS:

AKKEDIS
http://www.stellenbosch.co.za/akkedis/

ALTERNATIEWE AFRIKANERS
http://www.afrikaner.co.za/tronk10/

ROBIN AULD
http://www.robinauld.co.za

BINARY
http://www.binaryonline.com

BERNARD BINNS
http://www.bernardbinns.co.za

BIG SKY
http://www.stevelouw.com

BIZARRE BAZAAR
http://www.geocities.com/bizabaza

PIET BOTHA
http://www.pietbotha.com

JOHNNY CLEGG
http://www.johnnyclegg.com

CLOUT
http://www.clout.co.za

FOUR JACKS AND A JILL
http://www.fourjacksandajill.co.za/

LIESL GRAHAM
http://www.lieslgraham.com

LIELA GROENEWALD
http://www.liela.co.za

HELLOANGEL
http://www.helloangel.co.uk

IAN HENDERSON
http://www.ianhenderson.co.za

JACK HAMMER
http://rock.co.za/jackhammer

JESSE JORDAN
http://www.jessejordan.co.za

KOOS KOMBUIS
http://www.kooskombuis.co.za

JULIAN LAXTON
http://www.julianlaxton.com

LITTLE SISTER
http://www.littlesister.co.za

BOBBY LOUW
http://www.bobbylouw.co.za

STEVE LOUW
http://www.stevelouw.com

NAKED NATIVES
http://www.nakednatives.co.za

VENESSA NOLAN
http://www.sunsetrecording.com/venessa

NOT THE MIDNIGHT MASS
http://www.sarockdigest.com/midnightmass

OFF THE EDGE
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge

PEDRO THE MUSIC MAN
http://users.iafrica.com/m/mu/musicman

RABBITT
http://www.rabbitt.co.za

RADIO RATS
http://rock.co.za/legends/radiorats

RODRIGUEZ: CLIMB UP ON MY MUSIC
A site dedicated to Rodriguez, the Sugar Man
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

SEMISANE
http://www.semisane.com

SHARKBROTHER
http://www.sharkbrother.com

SKINCAGE
http://go.to/skincage

AMANDA STRYDOM
http://www.amandastrydom.com

THE SUNSHINES
http://www.thesunshines.com

VALIANT SWART
http://www.valiant.co.za

AMANDA TIFFIN
http://listen.to/amandatiffin

NOA TYLO
http://www.noatylo.co.za

ZEN ARCADE
http://www.geocities.com/zenarcade1

ARCHIVES:

3rd EAR MUSIC
http://www.3rdEarMusic.com

RETROFRESH
http://www.freshmusic.co.za

OPEN RECORD
http://www.openrecord.co.za

SOUTH AFRICA'S ROCK FILES
The online archive for the History of South African Rock
http://rock.co.za/sarock

SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO CHARTS 1969-1989
http://rock.co.za/charts

SA ROCK DIGEST CHARTS 2000 onwards
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

NEWS:

AMUZINE
News, views, reviews and interviews
http://rock.co.za/

ARTSMART
Arts news from Kwazulu-Natal
http://www.artsmart.co.za

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/newroom/toptens/sarockdigest.shtml

EMERGING SOUNDS
http://www.emergingsounds.co.za

JAZZNEWS RENDEZVOUS
http://www.egroups.com/group/JazznewsRendezvous
This newsletter is posted weekly on Sundays and looks at the
world of Jazz in South Africa and beyond.

POWERZONE
http://www.powerzone.co.za

SA MUSIC
http://www.samusic.co.za

STAGE
http://www.stage.co.za

TAMBOER KRANTJIE
http://www.pretoria.co.za
http://www.tamboer.co.za

SHOPPING:

ONE WORLD
http://www.oneworld.co.za/
Selling South African Music to the World

RECORD COMPANIES, LABELS & STUDIOS:

AFRIMUSIK
http://www.afrimusik.com

BMG
http://www.click2music.co.za

CAVEMAN PRODUCTIONS
Kevin Shirley's virtual cave
http://www.cavemanproductions.com

FRESH MUSIC
http://www.freshmusic.co.za

MELT2000
http://www.melt2000.com

MOUNTAIN RECORDS
http://www.mountain-africa.com

SHEER SOUND
http://www.sheer.co.za

STRANGER THAN FICTION
http://www.strangerthanfiction.co.uk

SUNSET RECORDING STUDIOS
http://www.sunsetrecording.com

TL MASTERING
http://www.tl-mastering.com

RESOURCES:

BACKSTAGE
http://www.backstage.co.za/

INDEPENDENT DIGITAL
http://www.idig.za.net

RISA
http://www.risa.org.za/
Recording Industry of South Africa

SOUND SOLUTIONS
http://rock.co.za/soundsolutions

SOUTH AFRICAN SLANG
http://www.supertubes.co.za/bot_bar/surfrikan/slang_intro.html

RADIO:

CAPITAL 604
http://www.Capital604.com

SAFM (104-107KHz)
http://www.safm.co.za

5FM
http://www.5fm.co.za

BOOKS:

THE HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz (TOGA, 1994)
http://www.sarockdigest.com/book

We are happy to exchange links with any good website supporting SA music. A good website in our opinion should be informative, regularly updated and linked back to us. If you already link to us and you believe your link should be here, please contact Brian Currin at mailto:sarock@sarockdigest.com
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10.CONTACT DETAILS
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EDITORS

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http://rock.co.za

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