SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #118
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20th August 2001

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SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC WEEK
25th August to 2nd September

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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Malcolm Lombard remembers Gwynneth Ashley Robin who would have been 41 today... Lauryn Hill and Black are coming to SA in September... SA Music Week starts on the 25th... Sunways and Zen Arcade rocket up the radio charts... Woodstock Warm-up party... Tassenberg All*Stars launch their new CD... Mel Botes' debut solo album... Tertuis Louw remembers SA bands from the 60s... John Samson reviews Nick Taylor's latest CD... Texan Kurt Shoemaker looks at some of his favourite SA rock bands... Shiloh Noone discovers the fragile soul of James Carr... Rob Williams sees The Bats playing live in Australia... Fetish plays last gig at The Jam before moving to UK... and the Rodriguez Southern Hemisphere Tour now scheduled for September and October...

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - SA Music Week, Lauryn Hill, Black, Sunways, Zen Arcade
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs
3.NEW RELEASES - Tassenberg All*Stars 2, Oomblik Van Waansin - Mel Botes
4.CLASSIC ROCK - 60s bands, James Carr, Nick Taylor, Kurt's favourites
5.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - MIDI files, Ozila, Mama Tembu
6.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO - The Bats in Australia
7.ON THE WEB
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.NEWS
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SA MUSIC WEEK

It began in 1999 as SA Music Day and last year it grew into SA Music Week. From all accounts the 2000 event was generally a full and successful week, so the organizers are sticking with the seven day version for a while before going the month and year route. This year the week has been liberally stretched over two weekends (Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September) to gain maximum exposure.

As usual, there's been the usual wordage about the relevance, value and neccesity of hosting this national event. Despite all that, the fact is that this type of internal musical promotion is common to other countries with smaller markets and definitely generates increased interest and sales. So to all concerned, involved and participating in any way we say "onwards and upwards" and we hope your dedication, motivation and energy achieve the desired results and rewards!

SA Music Week
http://www.samw.co.za

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LAURYN HILL HEADS BLACK AUGUST SA BILL

Lauryn Hill, the (ex?) Fugees vocalist and multi-Grammy winner for 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" album, will be appearing live in SA for the first time in September at the three inaugural Black August South Africa concerts. With a new album on the way, Lauryn Hill will headline a world-class hip hop bill that will include SA acts MoodPhase 5 and Bongo Maffin alongside some big international names like Common, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Jeru Da Damaja, Black Thought & Scratch (The Roots), Hedrush and Imani Uzuri.

Black August was established to facilitate the international cultural exchange between youth across the globe, with a view to support and promote social consciousness and positive self-expression among the hip hop community especially in under-developed communities. Over the past three years Black August has been staged in the United States and in Cuba. The 4th annual event expands to include a three-city tour of South Africa under the auspices of Eargasm Entertainment.

The Black August South African tour will create a platform for youth to be part of a greater movement focused on developing communities to be self-sufficient. Eargasm Entertainment will use part of the proceeds to contribute to the development of hip hop in Africa by funding the production and release of an all-African hip hop compilation where the youth can express their views through the music, with the long-term creation of international cross-cultural exchange and worldwide distribution.

The venues for Black August South Africa are as follows: Westridge Stadium, Durban (August 29), The Sun Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg (1 September), and Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town (5 September).
Call the Black August info line on 082-231-0169
or check out the website: http://www.eargasmic.co.za

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BLACK TO TOUR SA

Colin Vearncombe is the voice and face of Black, whose late '80s hits 'Wonderful Life' and 'Sweetest Smile' are regular staples on many SA radio stations including KFM, 94.7, and East Coast Radio. Black will be touring SA during September and appearing in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town.

His concert schedule is as follows:

Wed 19 September: Bassline, Melville
Thurs 20 September: Bassline, Melville
Fri 21 September: Carousel Casino, Pretoria
Sat 22 September: Grand West Casino, Cape Town
Sun 23 September: Bassline, Melville

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COLOUR ME IN - SUNWAYS

Sunways' brand new single 'Colour Me In' entered the 5FM chart at no.17 last weekend, the highest debut entry of any local or international song in the last two years. The single from the band's new album 'The Moon is a Spoon' is the second radio release, and a music video for the song appears on the CD (playable on a PC).

The band have just returned from a highly successful performance at this year's Oppikoppi Festival and continue with club dates around the country before the next major festival of the year, Woodstock 3. Sunways will be performing at this year's Woodstock on Saturday 29 September and will be flying out of the country to the United Kingdom on the 2nd October. Sunways will be playing their first UK date on Wednesday 3rd October at Belfast's premiere music venue, The Empire and have many other club dates confirmed in both Ireland and London.

Catch the band at this year's Woodstock 3 as well as the 5FM concert at the Pretoria State Theatre on Wednesday 29 August. Vote for 'Colour Me In' and 'Venus in her Eyes' for SA Music Week. Send an e-mail with your name and the names of the tracks to mailto:satop40@5fm.co.za and visit the brand new Fresh Music website http://www.freshmusic.co.za for further info.

Gig dates listed below under the Gig Guide section

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SASONG FREE MUSIC COPYRIGHT WORKSHOPS

SASONG - THE SOUTH AFRICAN SONGWRITERS GUILD - welcomes song, music and lyric writers and anybody who is interested or deals with musical works, to the first SASONG MUSIC COPYRIGHT WORKSHOPS, to be held in Cape Town during 2001 SA MUSIC WEEK. We are hoping to extend the workshops to other areas of the country, depending on funds available.

Facilitated by SAMRO [South African Music Rights Organisation] and SARRAL [South African Recording Rights Limited], the workshops are free and will take place on:

Friday 24th August - 6pm to 8pm at The College of Music - [Parking as for Baxter Theatre] and Saturday 25th August - 2pm to 4pm at Guga Sithebe in Langa.

Courtesy of SAMRO and SARRAL, this is a great opportunity for songwriters to get to know how copyright works and how to register and collect royalties for published, performed or recorded songs.

SASONG's aim is to help you get your songs on the map and in the charts here and abroad. If you write songs, and if you are not already a member - become a member. Get involved and be part of shaping the future of songwriting in South Africa.

Nick Taylor - SASONG Chairman

(021) 863-3066, Fax 863-3138
mailto:sasongg@yahoo.com

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SNOWFLAKES SELL LIKE HOTCAKES

Latest news from online retailer, http://www.oneworld.co.za, is that Zen Arcade's 'Snowflake' is the 5th fastest selling CD in their catalogue. With orders coming in from London to Dallas, it looks like Snowflakes will be falling in unexpected places...

Zen Arcade has signed an agreement with Intervention Arts, who will now be distributing the album to CD stores as well as at major festivals. Retailers are invited to contact Ashton or Jonty on (011) 482 6608 or e-mail mailto:intervention@smartnet.co.za

Zen Arcade
http://www.geocities.com/zenarcade1

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THE WOODSTOCK 3 ROCK WARM UP PARTY

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2001

The Woodstock 3 Rock Warm Up Party takes place on Saturday 25 August at Roxy Rhythm Bar in Main Road Melville.

Doors open at 13h00 and no time will be wasted! We jump straight for the action with a rocking selection of some of the finest South African bands performing at Woodstock 3 this September.

Bands on the bill (in alphabetical order):
Cutting Jade, Martin Rocka and The Sickshop, Perez, Pestroy, The Phoebes, Tweak, Wonderboom, Zen Arcade

Emcee and DJ: Barney Simon

As part of the South African Music Week celebration, 5FM will be broadcasting this event live. Woodstock fans are encouraged to come let their hair down and make as much noise as possible to show the rest of the country what they are missing out on!

The Woodstock Rock Warm Up is open to over 18s only and tickets are R25 at the door. The Roxy Rhythm Bar will be opening all levels of the club and for safety reasons only 2000 people will be allowed on the property.

Beth Hillary
Authentic Ideas
T: 011-646-6467
F: 011-646-6441
C: 083-463-8712
E: mailto:beth@authentic.co.za
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2.CHARTS
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THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

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

1. [2] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
2. [1] (1) Oppikoppi Tuned - Various (Oppikoppi)
3. [4] (3) Voortvlugtend - Akkedis (SSS Records)
4. [8] (4) Best Kept Secrets - Dog Detachment (Retro Fresh)
5. [16] (5) Soul Taker - Lucky Dube (Gallo)
6. [5] (5) Kuyatsha - The Branch (Rhythm)
7. [6] (2) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
8. [3] (1) Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
9. [20] (9) African Footprint - Original Cast Recording (First Night)
10. [7] (4) Mother's Daughter - Kate Normington (Sheer/SAFm)
11. [9] (5) Live Fact - Rodriguez (Sony)
12. [10] (4) Xero - Binary (Indie)
13. [11] (1) Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
14. [12] (1) Memoirs Of A Clone - Watkin Tudor Jones Jnr (Chameleon)
15. [14] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
16. [13] (1) Rising Above The Madness - Lionel Bastos (SAFM)
17. [17] (1) Thin Shoes In June - Felix Laband (African Dope)
18. [18] (1) Dreamland - Edi Niederlander (Indie)
19. [15] (6) Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror (Retro Fresh)
20. [19] (2) Seratonin - Fruit Fly Navigators (Indie)

Sponsored by Networld
http://www.new.co.za

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

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

1. [2] (1) Glorious Gem - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
2. [12] (2) Put A Little Love - Lucky Dube (‘Soul Taker’/Gallo)
3. [4] (3) Why - Garth Taylor (‘Why?’/PT Records)
4. [16] (4) Sweet Stellenganga - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
5. [1] (1) Not About You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
6. [3] (1) Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/ EMI)
7. [5] (3) Indigo Girl - Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
8. [6] (6) Waiting For A Miracle - Dog Detachment (‘Best Kept Secrets'/ RetroFresh)
9. [7] (7) Khululuma - The Branch (Rhythm)
10. [8] (8) Conquistador - Circus (‘In The Arena’/RetroFresh)
11. [-] (11) She Can't Let It Go - Lionel Bastos ('Rising Above The Madness'/SAFM)
12. [9] (1) Crazy Over You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie & 'Showcase: 3 Unearthed'/Sony)
13. [20] (13) Stormsee - Mel Botes (‘Oomblik Van Waansin’/Janus)
14. [14] (14) Rock And Roll Man - Bedrock (‘Recovery’/Criminal Records)
15. [10] (2) Undying Light - Edi Niederlander ('Dreamland'/Indie)
16. [11] (6) She Says - Cutting Jade ('Showcase: 3 Unearthed'/Sony)
17. [13] (13) Lay Me Down - Gripp (‘Showcase 3/Sony)
18. [18] (2) Long Holiday - The Sunshines ('Long Holiday' EP/Tel Michael)
19. [19] (1) Shout - Fruit Fly Navigators ('Seratonin'/Bionic)
20. [15] (6) Afrikaners Is Plesierig - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)

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

ZIM NGQAWANA
South African music award winner (best traditional jazz album, Ingoma) Zim Ngqawana releases his second solo project The Zimphonic Suites which, following closely to his previous solo work Zimology, fuses ancient rhythms and songs with his interpretation of modern jazz.

LOUIS MHLANGA
Recent collaborations with artists like Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Caiphus Semenya and Vusi Mahlasela and solo works like "Mukai" and "Music Ye Africa" just goes to show that Louis is one of SA music's biggest names. A master of the guitar which he proves with his latest release "Shamwari".

SANKOMOTA
Old favourites Sankomota's new release has been long awaited and definitely worth it.

AKKEDIS
A rock album of the highest quality from a band that is heading for greatness. Their maturity is reflected in Afrikaans lyrics which get to the point of what its like to be a young white South African.

DOG DETACHMENT
With 16 tracks and 8 MP3s from all of the bands 3 albums this is a collectors must.

BONGO MAFFIN
Recently returning from a tour of the US one of South Africa's biggest Kwaito acts have done it again with their fine new album.

CLAIRE JOHNSTON
The long awaited and eagerly anticipated debut album from Mango Groove's leading lady. Recorded at Real World studios this a high quality and mature adult contemporary album.

One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za
Selling South African Music to the World!

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OOMBLIK VAN WAANSIN - MEL BOTES

Mel is obviously a fan of Pink Floyd. The first clue is the title of this debut solo CD from the man behind the epic 'About Time' by David's Confession released in 1999. 'Oomblik Van Waansin' loosely translated means "A Moment of Madness" or could even mean "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" (sound familiar?). The next clue is the CD cover (don't worry we will get to the music soon... it's worth waiting for). A sad man (Mel himself) sits on a hospital bed (or maybe its an army one) in the middle of the veldt and in the background stands a man surrounded by a flock of birds. Take a look at the 'Delicate Sound Of Thunder' and 'Momentary Lapse' covers again... get the picture?

This is a very difficult CD to review, not because it isn't superb, but because the usual "Brian Currin's beginner's guide to writing CD reviews" fails dismally. To say that Mel sounds like Pink Floyd meets Dire Straits in Piet Botha's lounge, though accurate, just does not do justice to this incredibly unique and powerful album.

'As' (Afrikaans for 'If') was the winning entry in the contemporary category of last year's Beeld/ Geraas and Janus Musiek's "Vuurdoopliedjiewedstryd" (Baptism of Fire Song Competition). 'Stormsee' (Storm Sea) is a stand-out track, with backing voices by Anna Davel, Jolette Odendaal and Petronel Baard, on an album of truly great songs. Mel is ably supported throughout by Clinton Waring on piano, Vinnie Henrico on drums and bassist Leon Ecroignard. Guitarist extraordinoire Mauritz Lotz duets with Mel on the closing track, an instrumental take on 'As'.

The beginner's guide to CD reviewing has the following words listed: superb, brilliant, wonderful, great, epic, incredible and powerful with the instructions that only two may be used in any one review. Now what to I do? OK, I give up... buy the album and find your own synonyms for this timeless masterpiece. (BC)

Mel Botes
http://www.rock.co.za/files/mel_botes.html
http://www.melbotes.com

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TASSENBERG ALL STARS 2 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

This CD was recorded live at the Tassenberg Stalteater at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudsthoorn earlier this year (The first CD in this series was recorded at last year's festival). If you were there at the gigs to see Valiant Swart, Jack Hammer (featuring Piet Botha & Jonathan Martin), Not My Dog, Beeskraal, Akkedis, Spinnekop, Delta Blue, Frosted Orange and Mikanic rock the KKNK then this CD will be a great souvenir. If you weren't (and I know I wasn't), then this is a perfect reminder of what we missed.

If you've always wanted to have at least one concertina-driven traditional boeremusiek song in your collection, but you know you are just too "cool" to buy a Nico Carstens, Klipwerf Orkes or Worsie Visser CD, then your worries are now over. In between the hardcore rap-metal of Not My Dog (they do a brilliant version of Led Zep's 'Immigrant Song' on their own 'Disco Very' CD), the delta blues of Delta Blue, the raw guitar rock of Valiant Swart, Spinnekop and Akkedis and the intelligent virtuosity of Frosted Orange and Mikanic appears Beeskraal with 'Strate van Pretoria' (sounding vaguely like the J Geils Band's 80s hit 'Centrefold'), 'Noord-Transvaal' and 'Zol'. I have never heard a concertina (or a banjo) rock like this before and I'm sure there can't be many boeremusiek songs about smoking 'Zol' (Marijuana)!

This CD was launched on Friday and Saturday night this past weekend at the High Street Theatre in Durbanville, and by all accounts a great time was had by all. (BC)

More info about the Tassenberg All Stars 2 CD at:
http://www.pietbotha.com/tassies2.html

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

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

EMERGING SOUNDS
http://www.emergingsounds.com

OPEN RECORD
http://www.openrecord.co.za
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4. CLASSIC ROCK
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REMEMBERING THE SA BANDS FROM THE 60s
http://rock.co.za/legends

Do you remember the bands of the 60s in South Africa? Thanks to vinyl collector extraordinaire, Tertuis Louw, and the wonder of the Internet, they will now never be forgotten. Read about The A-Cads, The Bats, The Upsetters, Mickie Most and the Playboys, Johnny Kongos and his G-Men, The Silhouettes, Dickie Loader and the Blue Jeans, the many faces of William Boardman (Billy Forrest, to you) and many, many others.

Webpages include full discographies, album covers, track listings, news clippings and many rare photos. A number of the artists themselves have contributed to the info archived on these webpages compiled by Tertius. See where drummers Kevin Kruger and Colin Pratley started out, read about Dickie Loader being backed by Freedoms Children (yes, really) and discover the early history of world-famous producer Mickie Most.

Visit: http://rock.co.za/legends and click on the "60s" (you can also choose any other decade between the 50s and now).

It is the stated philosophy of the South African Rock Files that all our websites are always "under construction" or "work-in-progress", so if you have more info than we do, just please send it on in (or put up your own website and we can link to you).

Nostalgia rules, OK!

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SHILOH'S CORNER

JAMES CARR

Out of the gospel holler of the Sunset Travellers and the Harmony Echoes came the deep and gifted soul of James Carr (born 13 June 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee). Discovered by Memphis mentor Roosevelt Jamison, while James was working day-jobs in various hospitals, he took it upon himself to act as manager for the very shy and timid James Carr. James expounded the soul of gospel with an intensity that very few of his contemporaries could emulate. A US top ten in 1966 with "Love Attack" and "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man" gave the world the most underrated voice of all time.

In 1967 he released the classic "Dark end of the Street" co-penned by Dan Penn / Chips Moman which reached the number ten place on the R&B charts. During the eighties this track re-appeared on the very Irish Commitments sound track yet public acknowledgement of Dan Penn or for that matter James Carr was plus/minus nil. During the nineties Dan Penn came out of retirement and performed some outstanding live performances with Spooner Oldham on keyboards. These live concerts were largely due to the success of the Commitments soundtrack and various hit singles by the Boxtops that featured Spooner as the songwriter. Other respected versions of this particular track could be found by Gram Parsons, Ry Cooder and Richard Thompson, guitarist for Fairport Convention.

After the death of Otis Redding, James Carr was groomed to be his natural successor, yet conflicting reports reveal that James would take up to six sessions to do one song in the studio and often clam up during vital takes. Sadly his fragile personality was increasingly disturbed by drug abuse and James's final hit "To Love Somebody" was launched in 1969. The following year Goldwax Records collapsed and James lost a fortune in royalties. As the years progressed various come-back live performances resulted in disaster such as the Japanese tour where he froze on stage.

In the nineties he re-appeared on a live album recorded in Italy and later recorded his "Soul Survivor" album which had a single release in the USA. He remains a legend of the sixties and to quote Dan Penn 'the only version of "Dark End of the Street" is James Carr'. Soul would be incomplete without at least one album by the fragile James Carr.

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

ROTATING MUSICIANS: SOME OF MY FAVOURITE SA BANDS
Piet Botha and Jack Hammer
Peter Hanmer and Off the Edge
David Birch and Squeal

Sometimes I ask myself, "Is this somewhat odd, an American enamored with the music scene of another country?" My answer to myself is always, "Shut up and listen to the great music."

These days, South African rock music provides me nearly constant company. But I don't hear it so much as the music of another country but simply as excellent music. Among the many artists whose work I enjoy are some whose CDs do a lot of rotating on my CD player.

In these three musicians and bands one can see my true taste in music. I like rock. I occasionally listen to pop, pennywhistle, folk, and so on, but rock is the true music of my people, my official musical language, if you will. Why listen to anything else? And these three bands make rock that satisfies: music made with electric guitars, drums, and the human voice.

Piet Botha and Jack Hammer -- When they rock, the guitars are like crystal monoliths (I'm trying to think of big, sharp, and clear images) and the drums thunder. When Piet and Jonathan sing and play personal songs, say 'Friend' or 'Liberty', I'm drawn into the song. Piet Botha and Jack Hammer can rock and sing a pretty and meaningful song.

I enjoy Piet's music so much, I even buy his Afrikaans CDs. Definitely one to catch performing on the Rock Route of South Africa.

Off The Edge -- Still the best music for driving the long and empty
stretches of Texas's rural roads. Peter Hanmer's soaring guitar inspires noble feelings, or serves as an excellent soundtrack to one's driving thoughts, hopes, and schemes.

Whether the band is Off The Edge or Age Of Innocence, a pretty female voice often accompanies Peter Hanmer's skillful guitar. Check out guitarist Peter Hanmer, Tony Groenewald on vocals and bass, and Judy Marshall or Sherry-Lee Jones on vocals on these incarnations of rock made real.

Peter can build a cathedral with his guitar, as he does in 'St. Aidans', where he plays guitar passages that make me think of a rock symphony without strings or horns. And he can rock or play melodically (were any of y'all waiting for that word?), and stir the emotions with his guitar.

The female vocals, Tony's singing, Peter's singing guitars, and the
rock-steady drums all combine into an effortless flow that sometimes rocks along, sometimes flies to the sky, and always sounds great.

Squeal -- Rock, pure rock, distilled to its fifth essence. Sometimes a rock trio, sometimes a quartet, but always with David Birch. Squeal is steel wires, drums, and singing -- the blood, muscle, and bone of a pure rock band. But don't think Squeal goes for the bludgeon effect, because they play with frenetic finesse instead.

Squeal has been less prolific than the two groups mentioned above, but the three Squeal releases ('Long Pig', 'Man and Woman', and 'Civilized?') are fantastic rockers. Sometimes with Barry Van Zyl on drums and Brett Barnes on bass, Squeal remains devoted to rock that can be listened to over and over.

But three CDs are not enough, David! How about a new CD, maybe a live set? The Powerzone video download of 'Man and Woman' and 'Hey Yah' from Woodstock '99 whet my interest in live rock by Squeal. We can download the EP 'Begin' at Friedjam, but how about 'Begin' on CD? I'm in line, dollars-into-Rands in hand, if David Birch and Squeal release more CDs.

The body of work that these three bands have produced adds up to a healthy stack of silver-colored plastic. But these are only three reasons out of many why I am a devotee of South African rock. Now I'm going to shut up and listen to some great music.

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

Piet Botha
http://www.pietbotha.com

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

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

FREE WHITE AND AFRICAN - NICK TAYLOR
http://www.letterfromafrica.co.za

The day I was born, Nick Taylor was at number 1 in the then Rhodesia with the U.D.I. Song (thanks to Chris Kimberly for that piece of info), and enjoying a very sucessful career. After a long hiatus, he's back with a new album and by all accounts, a successful and well-received live show.

Listening to this, one can't help feeling that it should have been pressed on vinyl as Nick certainly has one foot firmly planted in the 60s, but there are also astute observations on White South Africa in the early 21st century. The nostalgic Rock 'n Roll of 'Dancing the Night Away' and 'Lea Road Hop' will certainly keep his old fans happy and for any youngster out there, will paint a fair picture of what your parents got up to. Then you have songs like 'Packing for Paarl' and the title track which take a very positive approach to being white in the new South Africa, the sentiments in the latter being quite admirable.

I did find some of the sentimentality, particularly on the opening track 'Letter from Africa' a bit over the top, but I have put that down to the generation gap. And while on the subject of sentimentality, put aside some spare time to just sit and listen to what I regard as the highlight of the album, the slow building ballad 'Sing into your Heart', as it is one of those ballads that are so heartfelt that they hurt.

With his smooth vocals, upbeat outlook and ear for a good tune, Nick Taylor has produced an album of catchy pop 'n roll that you find yourself singing along with after a few listens. If the sleeve notes hadn't included a picture of him, I would have imagined a barefooted hippy with his long hair greased back and cascading down the back of his leather bikers jacket, beer in one hand and turning the boerewors on the braai with the other, but he looks more like my pa.

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

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

Friday, 20 August 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Co Co - The Sweet
2 [2] I Did What I Did For Maria - Tony Christie
3 [5] Rain, Rain, Rain - Gentle People*
4 [4] Hold On To What You Got - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
5 [6] Banner Man - Blue Mink
6 [7] Lady Rose - Mungo Jerry
7 [3] Funny, Funny - The Sweet
8 [12] He's Gonna Step On You Again - John Kongos*
9 [13] You - Peter Maffay
10 [9] Mozart Symphony No. 40 - Waldo De Los Rios

* South African Artists

'Co Co' clocked up it's second week at the top and The Sweet clocked up their eighth consecutive week at number 1. The challenge for the top came from Tony Christie and SA's Gentle People. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy's seemed to have stalled at number 4.

John Kongos' 'He's going to step on you again' had entered the UK charts in May of 1971 where it had ended up peaking at number 4. It took 3 months for South Africa to propel him into the top 10 of his homeland. This catchy rock tune with it's pounding afro rhythms was covered in the 1990's by Manchester's Happy Mondays.

One of the new entries into the top 20 was the strangely titled 'Joey the Lipstick Collector' by the artist formerly know as Quentin E. Klopjaeger, now simply calling himself Dennis. The man behind this was none other than Mr Pseudonym himself, the artist currently known as Billy Forrest.

It was a very good time of the year for South Africans reaching the top spot, as in five different years during this week, there was a local artists at number 1. See below for the full list.

South Africans at Number 1 this week.

The Wedding - Jody Wayne (1970)
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - Jessica Jones (1972)
Ramaja - Glenys Lynne (1976)
Paradise Road - Joy (1980)
Woodpecker from Space - Café Society (1985)

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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BIRTHDAYS

16 Lionel Bastos
19 Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) (1945)
20 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) (1948)
20 Gwynneth Ashley Robin (born Gwynneth Joubert in 1960, died May 1976)
24 John Ireland (born John Griffith in 1954)
29 Steve Hofmyer (1964)
29 Michael Jackson (1958)

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GWYNNETH ASHLEY ROBIN
Extracts from the sleeve notes for her 'Greatest Hits' CD released in 1997. Reprinted here by kind permission of Malcolm Lombard.

Gwynneth Joubert was born on 20 August 1960 as the oldest of three children. She started singing with various bands at the age of nine at her father's pleasure resort, Robinson Lake, near Randfontein. She was "discovered" by singer Jody Wayne, who was engaged for several performances at the resort. Impressed by her talent, Jody took Gwynneth under his wing and helped the young performer secure a recording contract with Teal Records. Jody also wrote and produced most of Gwynneth's recording material. Gwynneth's mother, Val, was pregnant with the family's third child. She and husband Chris decided to name the baby Ashley, should it be a girl. A boy was born and they named him Brandon. When the family had to choose a stage-name for Gwynneth, "Ashley" came to mind and "Robin" was derived from Robinson Lake - to honour the birthplace of Gwynneth's singing career.

American group, The Osmonds, were very popular locally and in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in the early Seventies (referred to as "Osmond-mania" in the press). The youngest of this musical clan, 10 year-old "Little Jimmy Osmond", had scored a worldwide million-seller with his hit Long Haired Lover From Liverpool in April 1973. Jody thought that a tribute from one young artist to another would be a successful spin-off for Gwynneth's career, since she was twelve at the time and, simultaneously, that the song Little Jimmy would appeal to thousands of Osmond fans - he was right on both counts.

Little Jimmy reached #1 on the Rhodesia's "Lyons Maid Hits Of The Week" chart for two weeks in December 1973. The song reached the #1 on Springbok's Top 20 Hit Parade in March 1974 and spent 14 weeks on the charts. Little Jimmy garnered Gwynneth two Gold Discs - one locally and one for sales in Rhodesia, where the single sold 33 000 copies - a record in that country for the sales of a single at the time. Although Gwynneth was popular locally, she enjoyed Super-Star status in Rhodesia, where she toured several times before undertaking her first country-wide tour locally. She was also popular with Rhodesian soldiers engaged in the bush war of that time, and often performed for them in the operational areas.

Her second hit, Little Soldier Blue, reached #3 on the Rhodesian charts. Little Soldier Blue peaked at no.9 on Springbok's Top 20 hit parade in July 1974 and spent 9 weeks on the charts. Gwynneth received the 1974 Springbok (mini-SARIE) Award as South Africa's Most Promising Female Vocalist. She toured Rhodesia regularly with a host of artists in the popular Meet The Stars shows, including Jody Wayne, Gert Potgieter, Alan Garrity, Barbara Ray, Murray Campbell, Neil Herbert, Don Stanton, Marie Gibson, Jonathan Butler and Lionel Petersen and she also featured as a regular guest on television there.

On 14 May 1976 Gwynneth entered the recording booth to cut her first Afrikaans single. She recorded two songs, Tesame and As Ek 'n Lied Kon Skryf. She was tragically killed a week later along with the members of her backing group (Danie Schoeman, Vic Rall and Robby Potts), in a light aircraft accident at Penge in the Eastern Transvaal.

She left an indelible mark in the hearts of the lives she touched with her music.

Malcolm Lombard

Gwynneth Ashley Robin
http://www.rock.co.za/files/gwynneth.html

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RODRIGUEZ - ALL THE COLD FACTS
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

Rodriguez will be visiting South Africa in September and Australia in October. In SA he will be playing gigs again in JoBurg, Cape Town and Durban. He will also be including Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein this time around.

Watch this space for details.
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5.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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MIDIs

I am desperately looking for 4 midi files by SA artists, namely:

1. Show me and I'll show you - by Mia? (I've also heard this song done by a male vocalist, have no idea who though, perhaps you could shed some light.
2. You touch me - by Dawnay
3. These days - by Kreesan
4. Sugar Man - by Just Jinger

Any idea where I can locate these midis? ..... and what about other South African songs?

Cheers

Desray
mailto:giggle@mjvn.co.za

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DEREK DE BEER

It is my understanding that Eddy Boyle unfortunately passed away not long ago. Poor old Eddy, he was the funniest guy in the business... along with Eddie Eckstein!!

Derek de Beer, Ottawa, Canada

Rhythm Safari
http://www.geocities.com/rythmsafari

{Derek (known variously as Umkhulu and Bokkie) was the drummer for Johnny Clegg's Juluka and Savuka and is currently living in Canada and still very much involved in music - ed}

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I'M SUFFERING!

I have since discovered that the website Tequila.co.za... a South African music production house that represents artists has a small one line to say about my hit band and song. The band is Ozila and the song title is: 'Life Saver (I'm Suffering)'. This is the "wola wola" song I am hunting for! {see last week's Digest - ed}.

Unfortunately that is all they say on it... except that it was a big hit at the time (1984)...

Please help me find this song.

Sheri Schiffer, New Zealand
mailto:kiwikatz@quicksilver.net.nz

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MAMA TEMBU'S WEDDING

I would like to know where I could get lyrics for the song 'Mama Tembu's Wedding' from the musical 'Ipi Tombi'.

Anita
mailto:mwaersce@mweb.co.za

{This song was a #6 hit on the Springbok Radio charts in 1974 for Margaret Singana - ed}

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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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THE BATS LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
16th August

To begin my story, the Tri-Nations game between the Springboks and Wallabies has just finished here in Perth {21.11pm Australian time on the 18th August - ed}. I must admit that I am almost relieved it was a draw. After having lived over here for 20 years and being a citizen and all that, my loyalties usually lie with Aussie sporting teams, but I am never disappointed if the "old country" wins. There is a rugby club on the Swan River, south of Perth called Palmyra, which has been a venue for the Boks to practice whilst on tour. They usually organise some sort of entertainment for their supporters. This time they managed to coax The Bats and comedian Derek Gordon to fly to Perth and put on a few shows. I was fortunate (and clever) enough to purchase some tickets and attend their first show on Thursday night with a group of ex-South Africans.

At a rough guess, I would say there were close to 400 people there, which is good turnout for a Thursday night. The Castle Lager and boerewors rolls were flowing freely when we arrived. I ran into Eddie Eckstein and Paul Ditchfield after arriving and had a quick chat. Eddie is not a stranger to Australia - I met him in Sydney in 1982 when he was a temporary resident and did a few comedy shows and television commercials over there. He was telling me how time marches on and that most of them were in their 60s. The show started with Derek Gordon, and within minutes he had the whole room screaming with laughter. After establishing that about 90% of the crowd were indeed ex-South Africans, he proceeded to let rip with an assortment of jokes full of South African slang. Some Aussies in the audience seemed to laugh even louder than the Jaapies!

When The Bats took over the stage, they were just as warm and wonderful as I remember them over 20 years ago. The three original members were there, Eddie, Paul and Pete Clifford, but it was sad to see the absence of Barry Jarman, who passed away only six weeks ago. His replacement, Derek, (the baby of the band at age 52) was in true Bats tradition, a total clown and versatile multi-instrumental musician (or mental musician?). They mentioned on stage that Pete Clifford had been Dusty Springfield's guitarist before he emigrated to South Africa in 1964.

The songs were all there - All I Got, The Rock Machine, Groen en Goud, Weltevrede, Shabby Little Hut and many new ones about Hansie Cronjé and the state of the New South Africa. I was amazed at the stamina of these guys - they put on a long, long show which ended at almost midnight. They said they had broken up in 1982 so that means they haven't played together for almost 20 years! They still all handled their instruments with ease, and had a certain tightness that many young groups would be envious of. Eddie as usual, did his brilliant stand-up routines with his Japanese/ Indian/ Chinese/ African accents. I hope The Bats will come back again, even if we have to install wheelchair ramps for them.

A good night was had by all!!

Rob Williams
Perth, Australia

The Bats
http://www.rock.co.za/files/bats_index.html

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340ml

Friday, 24 August Bohemian. Auckland Park 8pm
340ml, Treasure Worm, Paradox, Madcap, and more to be added soon.
Cover charge: R20

Sat. 25 Aug - Sat. 01 Sept.
SAMW (South African Music Week)
Wednesday 29 Aug. Abelarde Sanction (Brixton)
Thursday 30 Aug. Bugsy’s (Randburg)

Sunday, 02 September Bassline. Melville 3pm
Cover charge: R30

Monday, 03 September Time Square, Yeoville 9pm
Cover charge: R10

Friday, 07 September Nile Crocodile. Pretoria 9pm
Cover charge: Not known

340ml contacts:
mailto:three40ml@yahoo.com
Rui @ 082 670 1895
PO Box 221, Mondeor, 2110, JHB, South Africa

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

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BINARY
http://www.binaryonline.co.za

30th August - Mixer Melville - "XERO" 2 "ONE"
Acoustic/Plugged Binary & Strings

3rd September - RAU Spring Day

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

We turned down opportunities to play at Oppikoppi, Woodstock and
Womad. We also weren’t too keen to be the opening act for Westlife. But never fear our world tour with Metallica and Pink Floyd is still very much on the cards.

As a gentle start to this new adventure, we would encourage you to attend our next gig which takes place as follows:

24 August
20:00 sharp
The Bohemian
5 Park Road (cnr Menton)
Richmond (Auckland Park)
Johannesburg

This is a festival/showcase thingy so there are many other bands as well. It also means that if you do not pitch on time, you will lose out.

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BOHEMIA UNPLUGGED TUESDAY NIGHTS

Tuesday 21 August: Velvet Mary

For more info, or if your band is interested in playing, contact Mariska on 082 375 8991

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FETISH

Fetish will be performing live at the Jam on the 25th of August. The band is moving to the UK in September so it will be our last gig in South Africa for a while. If you wish to keep up with news from the UK we will be posting a monthly update on our website.

thanks
Fetish

http://www.fetish.org.za

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JACK HAMMER
http://www.pietbotha.com

Piet Botha and Jonathan Martin (Jack Hammer), The Ambassadors of SA Rock at Saints Atlasville, Summerfields Shopping Centre, Finch Rd, Atlasville, Boksburg. Sunday 26 August 2001 @ 20:00 sharp
Phone 011-894-7396.

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

Wed 22nd August at Sirrocco's (Gordon's Bay) for G/Bay Rotary
Fri 31st Calamarie Fees @ Struisbaai (To Be Confirmed)
Oppikoppi Kleinplasie-Worcester 21-23 September (To Be Confirmed)
Whale Festival- Hermanus 26-30 Sept

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

Wed 22 8.30 The "Cheap Seats" Rock'n'blues band. R10
Thur 23 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang". R15
Fri 24 9.00 Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers". R30
Sat 25 8.30 Final Saturday "The Legend of Eric Clapton". R55
Sun 26 2 pm Blues 'n' Ballad with "Colin Shamley". Free
Sun 26 6 pm Boogie with The "Cheap Seats" Rock'n'blues band. R10
Wed 29 8.30 The "Cheap Seats" Rock'n'blues band. R10
Thur 30 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang". R15
Fri 31 9.00 Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers". R30

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LIVE IN LONDON
SA artists performing in London
http://www.sarockdigest.com/london

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

21-23 September 2001 - Oppikoppi - Worcester @ Kleinplasie

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

Pedro Espi-Sanchis tells enchanting stories that teach children about African Music.

Where: High Street Theatre, 19 Bella Rosa Street, Belville
Time: 10:00
Reservations: (021) 914 7030/1

One child, one note: 25 August
The mermaid from Zanzibar: 5 September

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PRIMUSIC

Sunday 26: PriMusic@ Camperdown Agricultural Show
Featuring: Jason Tonkin and Alan Hobbs, Friends of PriMusic

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

September/ October - 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

24th Lytellton Manor Centurion
25th Sasolberg High School Van Der Bijl
31st Tramps Benoni

Ingrid N Roding
Frontline Entertainment Management
082 883 0535
mailto:ingrid@fem.co.za

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SUNWAYS

Sat 25 Aug - Equinox (Bethlehem)
Wed 29 Aug - 5FM Concert (Pretoria State Theatre)
Fri 31 Aug - Barnacles (Port Alfred)
Sat 1 Sept - Settler's (Gonubie, EL)
Sun 2 Sept - The Jam (Margate)
Sat 8 Sept - Cloud 9 (Umhlanga Rocks)
Sat 29 Sept - Woodstock (Heidelberg)
2 Oct onwards - UK Tour

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UP THE CREEK
http://www.upthecreek.co.za
Restaurant and Music Theatre
Tel/Fax: (012) 362-3712
mailto:upthecreek@worldonline.co.za

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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

Unplugged Dates

CD Wherehouse, Rosebank Thursday 30 August at 5pm.
The Bassline, Melville Tuesday 4 September
Up the Creek, Pretoria Friday 14 September

Very Plugged Dates

Roxy's Rhythm Bar, Melville Saturday 25 August (Woodstock warmup + 5 other bands)
Cool Runnings, Wonderboom Saturday 8 September (+ others)
Roxy's Rhythm Bar, Melville Saturday 15 September (+ others)
Bosberock Festival, Nelspruit Friday 21 September (+ others)
Bosberock Festival, Nelspruit Saturday 22 September (+ others)
Woodstock Festival, Heidelberg Saturday 29 September (+ others)

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ZER02HER0

Fri Aug 24 THE MIXER, MELVILLE: Half Man Half Beetle
Thurs Aug 30 CD WHEREHOUSE, THE ZONE, ROSEBANK 5pm: Zen Arcade
(unplugged in-store performance)
Fri Aug 31 BOHEMIAN: The Party Dolls FREE GIG!

Contact:
Paul Drosdzol
Zer02Her0
082-685-0819
mailto:drosdzol@sowetan.co.za
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7.ON THE WEB
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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 - VETSEUN
http://www.afrikaner.co.za/tronk10/
http://vetseun.freeservers.com/

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

MEL BOTES
http://www.melbotes.com

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

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/noa.html

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

ARCHIVES:

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

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

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

MESSAGE BOARDS:

SOUTH AFRICA MUSIC MESSAGE EXCHANGE
http://homepage.mac.com/spadge/message.html

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.com

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

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

RP STUDIOS
http://www.rpstudios.co.za

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

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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8.BACK ISSUES
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BACK ISSUES
http://www.sarockdigest.com/archives
Online and keyword searchable
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9.CONTRIBUTIONS
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PRESS RELEASES
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CONTRIBUTIONS
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Gloria
mailto:gloria@sarockdigest.com
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10.CONTACT DETAILS
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EDITORS

Brian Currin
mailto:vagabond@cd.co.za
http://rock.co.za/vagabond

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mailto:sugar@cd.co.za
http://rock.co.za

Postal Address:
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PO Box 521
Eppindust
7475
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South Africa

MAIN CONTRIBUTORS

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mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh

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mailto:louwt@mweb.co.za
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