SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #119
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27th August 2001

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SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC WEEK
http://www.samw.co.za
25th August to 1st September

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SA MUSIC EVERY WEEK

Being SA Music Week we thought we would dedicate this issue to mainly South African music... then we realised we do that every week, anyway.

So here at the SA Rock Digest its just business as usual... supporting SA music whilst remembering its history.

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SNIPPETS
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Semisane get the Big Brother gig... Sugarman Rodriguez returns to South Africa after 3 years... Lauryn Hill not coming to SA anymore... Emerging Sounds hold SA Music Week Workshops... Lionel Bastos hits MP3.com #1... Gallo release a CD in tribute to Solomon Linda, the man who composed 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'... Sugar shines a spotlight on Max Normal... Shiloh remembers Jackson C Frank... John Samson discovers a classic epic album... Kurt looks at 3 big SA CDs in his collection... Sugar finds a new vinyl shop in Cape Town... Nadia was at OppiKoppi and survived to tell the tale... Steve Newman plays at the Barleycorn... Selaelo Selota plays in Nelspruit... Zen Arcade play unplugged and full throttle... and Sunways plays almost everywhere...

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - Semisane get Big Brother, Rodriguez returns, SA Music Week Workhops, Max Normal, Fruit Fly Navigators, Black Plastic
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs
3.NEW RELEASES - The Story Of Solomon Linda
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Jackson C Frank, Kurt's 3 big CDs, Snakeshed
5.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - Vinyl, Band O'Gypsys
6.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO - Oppikoppi, Sunways, Zen Arcade, Barleycorn
7.ON THE WEB
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.NEWS
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SEMISANE GET BIG BROTHER

BMG Africa’s Cape Town pop rockers Semisane just got a big, big break. The young quartet was selected to record the official theme song for the massive ‘Big Brother’ reality TV show, which began airing on M-Net this weekend. The slamming track is called 'Life', and Sascha, Chris, Nic and Tikara recently spent a day in the ‘Big Brother’ house in Johannesburg, where they wrapped shooting of a music video for the song.

'Life' has already been receiving exclusive airplay on (Big Brother co-host) Mark Pilgrim's 5FM weekend shows, and will shortly be playlisted on the national pop station. The daily ‘Big Brother’ show is expected to be the biggest thing to hit South African television, ever. That’s if its success in other countries is anything to go by. 12 final contestants were chosen from thousands of entrants, and will compete for the main prize of R1 Million. So be sure not to miss all the excitement, and watch out for Semisane's 'Life' single and the first Big Brother compilation album out soon on BMG.

Semisane
http://www.semisane.com

Big Brother
http://www.bigbrothersa.com

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LIVE FACT: RODRIGUEZ TO TOUR SOUTH AFRICA

"Sugar man, won't you hurry
'Cos I'm tired of these scenes"

The Sugarman returns to South Africa in September, and this time there's no excuse for missing him.

September:
Friday 7 Carnival City
Saturday 8 Carnival City
Sunday 9 Bundu Inn, Pretoria
Wednesday 12 Pintoberg Theatre, Pietersberg
Friday 14 Rafterz, Vereeninging
Saturday 15 Kallie Human, Bloemfontein
Monday 17 Whale Hall, Mossel Bay
Tuesday 18 PE Tec Theatre, Port Elizabeth
Wednesday 19 PE Tec Theatre, Port Elizabeth
Thursday 20 DF Malan Centre, Stellenbosch
Friday 21 3 Arts, Cape Town
Saturday 22 3 Arts, Cape Town
Wednesday 26 Orient Theatre, East London
Thursday 27 BarGo, Durban
Friday 28 BarGo, Durban
Saturday 29 Woodstock 3, Heidelberg Kloof, Heidelberg

Musicians:
Sixto Rodriguez - Vocals, acoustic guitar
The Big Town Playboys:
Big Joe Louis - Vocals, Guitar
Ian Jennings - Double Bass
Mark Morgan - Drums
Wes Weston - Piano & Harp
Dave Wilson - Guitar
Nick Lunt - Baritone Sax
Lee Badau - Tenor Sax

Rodriguez
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

SA Tour info:
http://rock.co.za/sugarman

Message Board:
http://rock.co.za/rodriguez

The Big Town Playboys
http://www.bigtownplayboys.com

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO RODRIGUEZ

If you have never of Rodriguez and are wondering what the fuss is all about, then visit the Rodriguez Beginners Guide webpage at:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/begin.html

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NO LAURYN NO CRY

Eargasm Entertainment has announced that Lauryn Hill will not be appearing at the three Black August concerts during September. The new venues for Black August South Africa are as follows:
Durban (August 29) - Bargo
Johannesburg (01 September) - Standard Bank Arena
Cape Town (05 September) - 3 Arts Theatre.

International Hip-hop artists from the US will perform alongside some of South Africa’s finest selection of musicians who support the cause. The line-up includes hip-hop guru Talib Kweli, Jeru Da Damaja, Black Thought & Scratch (The Roots), Dead Prez and Imani Uzuri. Moodphase 5ive, BLK Sonshine and Bongo Maffin will be the support in JHB, and Black Noize and Moodphase 5ive will do the honours in Cape Town.

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IMPORTANT SAMW WORKSHOPS FOR ASPIRING SUPERSTARS

Dreaming of making money from your music? Well you can make it a reality. MIDI Trust in conjunction with emergingsounds.com are presenting a series of workshops at the SABC in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The following topics will be under the spotlight, as experts from within the music industry pass their knowledge onto you:

#How do you make money from your songs?
#Self-Management for musicians.
#Don’t sign until...;
#Marketing your music to the press.
#Getting your songs played on the radio.
#Promoting yourself and your music to a record company.

This is all free, so anyone from musicians to bands to those interested in finding out more about how to succeed in the South African music industry are invited to attend.

This series of workshops starts on Tuesday, August 28 at 13:00 when publishing is in the spotlight. A representative from SAMRO will discuss "What does SAMRO mean to you?" and how they can assist you in protecting your songs. Then from 15:00 Dave Alexander will talk about "Making money out of your songs."

On Wednesday, August 29 between 13:00 and 14:30 Tony Cox will be talking about "Self Management for Musos" and then between 14:30 and 16:00 Mark Rosin will discuss the topic "Don’t sign until..."

On Thursday, August 30 between 13:00 and 16:00 you will be able to find out about "Marketing Your Music to the press" by Pete Townsend. "Get Your Songs Played On the Radio" by Anthony Duke (5FM’s Station Manager) and "Promoting Yourself and Your Music to a Record Company" by Deon Maas.

So if you have aspirations of making a career from your music or would like to find out more about the music industry book your place via Simon "Squire" Foulds on 082 770 7524. These workshops are free and the information will prove invaluable for your future.

http://www.emergingsounds.com

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SAFM SONG HITS THE #1 SPOT... WORLDWIDE!

Lionel Bastos, whose latest album, ‘Rising Above the Madness’, was recorded and released by SAfm earlier this year, has achieved international online success. The album's first single ‘She Can't Let it Go’ recently rocketed to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart of MP3.com, holding the number one slot for two consecutive days. The site is the Internet's oldest and most established music distribution vehicle.

The chart is updated daily, and is based on the music listened to by millions of visitors to the site each day. There are currently in excess of a million songs available to choose from, of which around 1700 feature in the Adult Contemporary category. Over 150 000 artists are featured on the site - ranging from one-man garage bands in Japan, through to industry big guns. Bastos held the top position for two consecutive days, before being ousted by Swedish group Roxette.

MP3.com has a business model that is widely believed to be the most democratic online. Artists upload their music; visitors to the site select what they want to listen to. Their selections determine which songs do well, and which ones don't. Artists then, in turn, receive payment for the number of times their music is listened to.

"As the world's entertainment moguls are frantically searching for models that that can earn them some cash, sites like MP3.com have quietly been going about their business and putting money directly into the pockets of the artists", remarked SAfm Marketing Manager Tony Lankester. "It's great that Lionel has done so well on the site - it shows that South African artists can easily hold their own when the playing fields are levelled".

Lionel Bastos’s homepage on MP3.com can be viewed at: http://www.mp3.com/lionelb

'She Can't Let It Go' is dedicated to the victims of rape. It is being offered royalty-free to any woman's organisation worldwide that wishes to use it for promotional, fundraising, awareness or advertising campaigns. Email mailto:lionelbastos@hotmail.com for more info.

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PUNK TOUR TO SA

Two top international punk bands, Strung Out (US - Fat Wreck Chords) and Skirt Box (UK), will tour South Africa in September with Shifty (ex-SA). Ex-South African band, Shifty will be returning from the UK specifically for the tour.

The tour launches on 5FM, Barney Simon's show at 21h00, where punk lovers can hear the bands perform live on air. The first performance is at Woodstock 3 on the Blunt stage on the 29th of September, performing alongside some of SA's best punk bands including Leek and The Bouncing Uptones, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Fuzi Gish, All This For Nothing, Still Thinking, Crossing Point, Evil Eddies, Pet Flyz, The Phoebes and Waverley.

The tour continues to Durban where the bands will perform at Bar Go on the 5th of October, to Cape Town to perform at the Jam on the 6th of October and an unconfirmed venue in Stellenbosch on the 7th of October.

Tour details:
Saturday 29 September - Woodstock 3, Heidelberg Kloof (With Shifty, Still Thinking)
Tickets: R190 (ex services fees) from Ticketweb & select Musicas or R220 at the gate

Friday 5 October - Bar Go, 15 Mitchell Crescent, Greyville, Durban
Tickets: R75 (ex services fees) from Ticketweb, R80 at the door

Saturday 6 October - The Jam, De Villiers Street, Cape Town (With Shifty)
Tickets: R75 (ex service fees) from Ticketweb, R80 at the door

Sunday 7 October - Stellenbosch,
Tickets: R75 (ex service fees) from Ticketweb, R80 at the door

Tickets are available from Ticketweb and venues.
For more information on the tour check out http://www.woodstock.co.za
or email: woodstock3@authentic.co.za

Strung Out and Skirt Box are presented by Authentic Ideas (Pty) Ltd, Woodstock 3 and Bluefire. For more info, biogs and photos, please contact:

AUTHENTIC IDEAS (PTY) LTD
Beth Hillary
T: 011-646-6467
F: 011-646-6441
C: 083-463-8712
E: mailto:beth@authentic.co.za

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FFN DATES AND LIMITED RELEASE

Fruit Fly Navigators will be heading off to Pretoria for a show at Cool Runnings with a host of cool bands on Saturday 08 September. At the end of September they will be appearing at the annual Woodstock in Heidelburg from 28-30 September (FFN are scheduled for the 28th).

After the success of the recent FFN unplugged shows, the band has decided to release a limited edition CD run of a live set recorded recently at The Hilton Hotel in Durban. The ‘Unplugged & Unarmed Live At The Hilton Hotel’ CD features 11 tracks, and only 50 (numbered) copies of this album have been pressed. These CDs are on sale at FFN gigs and cost R50.

The Fruit Fly Navigators
Info: 082-7832974

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DIRE STRAITS AT THE HIGH STREET THEATRE
sorry, that should read:
HIGH STREET THEATRE IN DIRE STRAITS

The High Street Theatre opened on 19 April 2000. Since then The Theatre has become deeply involved in the promotion of arts and culture in the
community.

The High Street Theatre has won both fame and acclaim for its wide range of activities, however the existence of this vibrant theatre is constantly threatened by limited funds.

The Theatre made a range of presentations available to the public that
stimulated a demand for culture and art. Adult theatre shows included
dramas, cabaret and comedies, as well as classical and gospel concerts.

Since it opened in April 2000, The High Street Theatre has hosted artists like Stef Bos, Jennifer Ferguson, Nataniël, Marius Weyers, Amanda Strydom, Pedro Kruger, Cutt Glass, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Elzabe Zietsman to name a few. {Also the Tassenberg All*Stars CD launches and Sonja Herholdt's 'Reconstructing Alice' shows - ed}

Since The High Street Theatre has such a powerful and far-reaching influence in the community, it is incumbent for major institutions to render its support. The High Street Theatre, can and has, made a real impact on the status of art and culture in our community.

The High Street Theatre's main objective will continue if financial support is found, to the enrichment of South African culture. The following factors are vital to making this a reality:

Exposure to the public and improved public awareness
Affordable ticket prices
Emphasizing the unique capacity of theatre to develop imagination in
young people, and to assist in the shaping of healthy perceptions and
attitudes. These elements are vital to the future stability of our nation.

It is necessary for companies - however large or small - to advertise
visibly, raising their brand awareness in the community. There are many
different ways in which a corporate image may be promoted, and this
promotion can take place through a variety of avenues. The Theatre offers exciting marketing and promotional opportunities for any business, thanks to its wide range of activities appealing to audiences of all ages.

The High Street Theatre is looking for partners in the corporate sector who share our vision of making a real difference in the community. Your
sponsorship will enable The High Street Theatre to play a more definite role in the expansion of art and culture both local and national.

To facilitate administration, all funds received by The High Street Theatre, from sponsors will be channelled into a non-profitable Section 21 Company.

For more information contact Surisa on 082 926 2871 or Tel/Fax (021) 448 4558

High Street Theatre
19 Bella Rosa Street, Belville
Tel: (021) 914 7030/1

Surisa
mailto:surisa@artslink.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. [1] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
2. [3] (2) Voortvlugtend - Akkedis (SSS Records)
3. [5] (3) Soul Taker - Lucky Dube (Gallo)
4. [2] (1) Oppikoppi Tuned - Various (Oppikoppi)
5. [4] (4) Best Kept Secrets - Dog Detachment (Retro Fresh)
6. [6] (5) Kuyatsha - The Branch (Rhythm)
7. [-] (7) Tassenberg All Stars 2 (Live) - Various Artists (Trippy Grape)
8. [8] (1) Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
9. [7] (2) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
10. [10] (5) Live Fact - Rodriguez (Sony)
11. [9] (9) African Footprint - Original Cast Recording (First Night)
12. [-] (12) Africa Not For Sissy - Syd Kitchen (Indie)
13. [13] (1) Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
14. [10] (4) Mother's Daughter - Kate Normington (Sheer/SAFm)
15. [15] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
16. [14] (1) Memoirs Of A Clone - Watkin Tudor Jones Jnr (Chameleon
17. [16] (1) Rising Above The Madness - Lionel Bastos (SAFM)
18. [RE] (1) The Moon Is A Spoon - Sunways (Fresh)
19. [12] (4) Xero - Binary (Indie)
20. [-] (20) Listen - Ssshh (EuropeAfrica)

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

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3. NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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THE STORY OF SOLOMON LINDA

"Who is Solomon Linda?" I hear you ask. Only the guy who wrote one of the most well-known songs in the known universe, that's who. He died without a cent to his name in 1962 aged 53. Solomon wrote 'Mbube' in 1939 and recorded it the same year with the Original Evening Birds.

"I've never heard of 'Mbube'," I hear you cry. No? Maybe you know it better as 'Wimoweh' or 'In The Jungle' or even as 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'.

A proper CD compilation of all the recordings of this track would probably be a box set and would definitely include some of the following artists:
The Weavers (Pete Seeger's group), The Tokens (US #1 in 1961), Karl Denver (UK #4 in 1962), Bert Kaempfert (on his 'Swinging Safari' album released in 1966), Tight Fit (featuring Richard Jon Smith, UK #1 in 1982), Lebo M, Hotline, (with PJ Powers), Roger Whittaker, Timon & Pumbaa (from Walt Disney's "Lion King"), Helmut Lotti and Akkedis (in Afrikaans).

A 6-track CD 'The Story Of Solomon Linda' has recently been released by Gallo Record Company and includes the original 1939 version (I doubt this has ever been released on CD before) as well as Robert John's 1971 US #3 hit version which sold over a million copies. This CD, available from Musica for only R29.95, also includes versions by Mango Groove, Mahotella Queens, Ladysmith Black Mamabazo with Gcina Mhlophe and The Elite Swingsters.

All profits from the sales of this CD will go to his estate. So buy this CD and become part of the Solomon Linda story.

SA Classic Songs 1939-2001:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_classic_songs2.html

Where Does The Lion Sleep Tonight? by Rian Malan:
http://www.3rdearmusic.com/forum/mbube2.html

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SPOTLIGHT ON MAX NORMAL

Max Normal, the exciting new four-piece hip-trip-hoppish band from Johannesburg, have been described as "An audio-visual unit designed to enhance the vibrational frequencies of its listener or viewer". The band is: Mark Buchanan (electric bass, electric guitar), Sean Ou Tim (drums, keyboards, sampler), Simon Ringrose (turntables, backing vocals), Watkin "Waddy" Tudor Jones (vocals). Mark and Sean are certainly no strangers to the music industry, each being involved with numerous experimental, and many successful South African bands over the years.

Waddy’s talents flow in an intoxicating stream of consciousness, covering genres from beautiful melodic notes to hard-core hip-hop and rap. His character captivates his audience, mesmerizing, hypnotizing and seducing the crowd into an incredible crescendo. Simon AKA "Sibot", is the youngest member of the band, and truly is a classic DJ, in every sense of the word. This "Sultan of Scratch", turns the tables like no other, spinning through each sensational set with a rare sense of presence and style.

Max Normal fuses various elements ranging from hip-hop and jazz, through to "electronica", into a highly spontaneous theatrical performance that dazzles the mind. Their music is electrifying. Behind every successful band is a management team. In the case of Max Normal this team is headed by Alan Freeman, the man who turned 206 Louis Botha Avenue into one of the most successful clubs in SA history. The "206live" chilli brand is arguably, the most recognizable club brand in SA.

At the end of 2000, Waddy released his debut solo album entitled ‘Memoirs Of A Clone’ (Chameleon Records). The album featured the band on some of the tracks, and it was decided that a second album should be released, this time using the entire band. The new album, ‘Songs From The Mall’, was released on the 23 July 2001. Both albums were produced, recorded, and engineered, by Adrian Levi, the head of Chameleon Studios.

Following their acclaimed appearance at OppiKoppi, Max Normal have embarked on a two month, whirlwind European tour, where they will be playing at the world-renowned Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium alongside Krushed ‘n Sorted. In November, they will be heading off to New York City to seek opportunities there.

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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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SHILOH'S CORNER

JACKSON C FRANK

A well-dressed musician in a three-piece pin stripe suit and a bowler hat would slice into the folk clubs of the mid sixties in London.

Jackson's roots came from the coffee houses of New York City when he jammed with John Kay, who later found fame and fortune as the lead singer in the group Steppenwolf. Although strongly influenced by Muddy Waters and Sonny Terry, his perception of folk music got blown away when he first saw Bob Dylan performing in a folk club in New York. Yet his own confidence made claim to the fact that he could do anything Dylan could do, and even better the vocal ability. Jackson's strength was his ability to compose ballads and protest songs. In the early days he met Elvis Presley while travelling South to collect folk material for an album based on the civil war. In the winter of 1965 he made his way across the Atlantic to the UK and while aboard a luxury liner wrote a fascinating ballad called "Blues run the game". He shared a London flat with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel to the point that Paul Simon produced his first album. A young admirer called Al Stewart made his recording debut with a track called "Yellow Walls" written by Jackson C. Frank.

"Blues run the game" became a popular folk standard on the circuit, performed regularly by Bert Jansch and Jackson's girlfriend at the time, the wonderful Sandy Denny. John Peel of the BBC invited Jackson to do a live radio broadcast due to the popular demand of his songs. Then tragedy came, with bouts of depression, writer's block and the steady depletion of his bank account due to a diet of expensive guitars, hotel rooms and vehicles. Jackson left the UK and fled for Woodstock in 1969 and married a former fashion model. The downward spiral pathway gained momentum as his marriage broke up and his infant son died of cystic fibrosis. From this point onwards Jackson became addicted to the anti-depressant drugs he was prescribed, and gained weight due to a thyroid problem. He checked himself into a mental institution and later escaped and for twenty years lived on the streets of New York as a homeless man. All contact with friends and family were lost, and at one particular stage, a gang of street youths shot him while he was sitting on the porch of a mental asylum. The bullet became permanently lodged in his left eye and he lost his sight.

Thanks to a wonderful man called Jim Abbott, an American folk music fan, Jackson was tracked down to a night shelter. They found him ravaged by arthritis to the point of having to use a cane to get around. Abbott nursed him back to health and this tragic story ends with Jackson fully recovered in 1996 and constantly writing new material.

On the original Sandy Denny album, two outstanding tracks "Milk and Honey" and "You never wanted me" are featured by songwriter Jackson C. Frank. Today Jackson claims "Everyone gets a second chance, don't mess up the second time." His tracks have been featured by Tim Buckley and the most diverse of folk singers. He remains an icon of salvation for those that believe that there is no escape from the blues. He only released one album, the "Blues run the game", published by Moon Crest Records.

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

THREE BIG SOUTH AFRICAN CDs:

'African Day' by Hawk (1971, re-issued 2001)
'Physiognomy of the Soul' by Bernard Binns (1999)
'Polynation' by The Electric Petals (1995)

I frequently return to some special SA artists by whom I have but one
work. These are three albums out of many that linger in the memory
musically and lyrically, and stand the test of repeated playing.

Hawk -- 'African Day' -- This is a sophisticated rock album, though don't think I'm getting pretentious and suggesting I'm sophisticated just because I listen to it with pleasure. Also, I don't think the term "progressive" does this album justice, as it surpasses the form. In 'African Day' are musical colors, a musical journey, a message of brotherly love, along with real rock passages.

The title track flows along through movements and rhythms for over 17
minutes. A wild and rewarding musical trip of drama, drums, and
polyrhythms.

Songs like 'Look Up Brother', 'Kissed By the Sun' and 'Here Comes the Sun' soar dynamically -- if this be Afro-pop, then it is a seamless melding. Despite some musically dark moments on 'African Day', the overall mood of the album is of joy, which makes it music for all people, not just those of a certain... mature bearing.


Bernard Binns -- 'Physiognomy of the Soul' -- An entirely world-class album by an intelligent and creative man who knows his music and the studio. Even his pop songs rise above pophood.

There is a range of song here: love ballad, pop, rock, and a few sub-genres in between. Yet loud, fast, soft, or hard, 'Physiognomy' flows and holds together. The man loves the music.

I'll bet Bernard is a perfectionist who not only crafts songs
conscientiously, but agonizes over the song sequence as well. I got so used to the song order being appropriate that playing this on shuffle mode is odd.

From '80s The Helicopters maestro to 'Physiognomy of the Soul' impresario, Binns holds my interest. The first few times I listened to my compilations containing Helicopters' songs, whenever one came on I reached for the CD case to see who was playing.

A new release in the future, Bernard? A 'Best of The Helicopters', maybe?


The Electric Petals -- 'Polynation' -- There's greatness here, without using the word lightly, greatness in a burst of creativity. These musos know where they come from musically (both South Africa and the world), and make fun musical allusions to The Beatles, Dylan, The Stones, Hawk, Freedom's Children, Abstract Truth, and the ubiquitous et cetera. The wonderfully rockin' numbers are fun, too.

Replete with lyrics that make astute comments ('Maid In Africa', for one example), 'Polynation' is for both rocking and for thinking. It's rock, though -- don't get the idea that it's ponderous.

In South Africa, 'Polynation' belongs alongside 'The Best of SA Pop Volume 2' to tell someone what South African rock music is all about. In the rest of the world, this album belongs on many more CD players. 'Polynation' is meaningful music that is not obvious or preachy -- it's great rock music that can be listened to for the sheer fun of it.

These three are but three out of the many bands I've been taking another listen to lately as I continue to explore South Africa's rich music that, new or old, sounds alive. In fact, I've passed some level of musical consciousness and become aware that South Africa's music scene is more complicated, diverse, dynamic, and broad and deep than I had previously surmised back when I thought it merely complex and rich.

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

Hawk
http://rock.co.za/legends/hawk

Bernard Binns
http://www.bernardbinns.co.za

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

CLASSIC EPICS - STEVE LINNEGAR'S SNAKESHED

Despite the decidedly Oriental look to the cover, and song titles like 'Tao Ch'ang Wu Wei' this classic epic is neither Tai Chi nor feely more drum stick than chop stick and as removed from saki as it is from sakkie.

Released in 1982, this album harks back to the American rock of the late 70s. It's textured rock that is laid back and perfect for mellowing out to with a few good friends and a bottle of wine. The electric guitar, although rocking is played down and is subtly interwoven with the acoustic strumming creating a silky backdrop for the sweetly subdued, almost whispered vocal harmonies, the effect of which at times is quite startling.

There are deviations from this formula with 'Kamakua Dragons' where the
electric guitar comes more to the fore and features a harsher screech-edged vocals. The hillbilly violin on 'Lamplight Shines' adds another texture to the album. But the centre piece and indeed THE classic epic of the album is 'Desert'. A vast song, spanning over 13 minutes, it builds from a strummed intro, adds an aching landscape of electric guitar and sax and is polished with gently atmospheric and psychedelic vocal performance. There is a hint of 'Hotel California' flowing through this masterpiece.

Ignoring some questionable lyrics ('Ooh I've got a heart/ Don't hit me you tart' from 'Kamakura Dragons'), this is an album of fragile, beautiful rock that has been known to change hands on the internet at a price in excess of US$160! It's not surprising that people are prepared to pay these sums of money for an album that has the word classic written all over it (well at least once in the top left hand corner of the cover).

Snakeshed
http://www.rock.co.za/files/snakeshed.html

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, 27 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] Banner Man - Blue Mink
4 [8] He's Gonna Step On You Again - John Kongos*
5 [9] You - Peter Maffay
6 [3] Rain, Rain, Rain - Gentle People*
7 [4] Hold On To What You Got - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
8 [6] Lady Rose - Mungo Jerry
9 [14] Me And Bobby McGee - Gordon Lightfoot
10 [7] Funny, Funny - The Sweet

* South African artists

The Sweet retained the top spot for the 9th consecutive week, the 3rd with Co Co. John Kongos continued to climb the charts, jumping 4 places to number 4. The other 2 SA artists in the top 10, Peanut Butter Conspiracy and the Gentle People both lost ground, falling to numbers 7 and 6 respectively.

The first every recording of Kris Kristofferson's 'Me and Bobby McGee'
performed by Canadian Gordon Lightfoot entered the top 10. Ironically,
Lightfoot who's own compositions had been covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, made his South African chart debut with someone else's song.

Lower down the charts Groep 2 (the name Gert van Tonder and Sias Reynecke went under) entered the charts with 'Daar's niks soos ware Liefde), while Lincoln's 'Lonely Days and Lonely Nights' ended a 13 week run on the top 20.

South Africans at Number 1 this week:

Clap your Hands and Stamp you Feet - Maria (full name Carmelia Maria Neto Lopez) (1973)
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

August:
28 Johnny Gibson (1947)
29 Steve Hofmyer (1964)
29 Michael Jackson (1958)
31 Van Morrison (1945)

September:
3 Neil Cloud (1955)
5 Freddie Mercury (born in Zanzibar in 1946, died 24 November 1991)
6 Roger Waters (1943)
7 Buddy Holly (1936, died 3 February 1959)
17 David Scobie (1964)

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

All the latest info about the South African tour is at:
http://rock.co.za/sugarman

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BLACK PLASTIC:
Current SA Vinyl shops and outlets of note - the first in a series

MA BU VINYL

A comedian on TV recently explained how Hairdressing School works. He said its a two year diploma: the first week is spent learning the basics and essentials of hairdressing - cutting, perming, highlighting, washing etc. The rest of the two years is spent thinking up bad puns for the name of your salon ("Hair Today", "Curl Up And Dye" spring to mind). Thinking up a name for your new vinyl record store in Cape Town in 2001 is an equally difficult situation. Consequently, during the course of finding this new store and writing about it (a period of about 3 weeks), its official name has changed from ‘Ma Bu Vinyl’ to ’Supreme Records’, to ’Jack-Amp Records’ to ‘Mr Boo’s Records’. It is currently (and on good authority, definitely) called Ma Bu Vinyl, so that is the name we’ll use until further notice. (Watch this space, etc)

It is good to see that despite the volumes of music available on CD, DVD and MP3, there is still a huge market for vinyl. In London one can pick up pricey vinyl reprints of classic rock records at most of the larger music emporiums, and second-hand vinyl stores in areas like Soho and Camden Town do a brisk trade as well. The prices at which these albums are changing hands is good enough reason to prune your collection, shop around, and take an annual trip to London with a case full of records.

Here in Cape Town one can still find both imported and locally-pressed second hand albums at Vibes in N1 City, at the three Outlaw branches (City, Claremont and Wynberg), at the Green Point Market on a Sunday, and many other smaller sources and second-hand stores around Long Street. ‘Vinyl Junkies’ was a small shop in Kalk Bay that offered a reasonable selection of albums (mostly from owner Boogie’s own collection), but that closed down in 2000 leaving only the odd shabby copy of 4 Jacks And A Jill or Mantovani records available in sidewalk boxes in that area.

But a chance browse through the well-known second-hand shop in Kloof Street (#34, just below the Longkloof Studios and Bardeli's) led to the discovery of a new, neat and well-stocked vinyl shop lurking in its depths. Ma Bu Vinyl has been operating from this backroom for a few months and is poised to move to larger premises right next door. Owner Jacques Vosloo has assembled a worthy selection of reasonably-priced imported and SA-pressed albums and (12" and 45) singles that take a while to browse through.

Jacques buys and sells vinyl and the quality of the records is generally very good. There are always many interesting bargains to be found and there is a steady flow of new titles daily. Some early purchases included Captain Beefheart’s ‘Safe As Milk’; a reasonable copy of Tim Buckley’s final studio album, ‘Look At The Fool’, hiding in the under-R10 rack; The Flames ‘For Your Precious Love’ single in its picture sleeve; Falling Mirror’s 'Johnny Calls The Chemist' LP with the printed inner sleeve; the Carolyn Hester LP with a previously-unrecorded Bob Dylan on Harmonica, Rosemary Cloony’s ‘Cloony Tunes’, and Clout’s debut album with those white boxing gloves on the white cover.

Those titles are probably all sold by now, but there’s still a steady flow of new titles into Ma Bu Vinyl, and they are always looking to buy new stock provided it is in good condition.

Jacques Vosloo can be contacted at mailto:die_vos@hotmail.com if you are looking for a specific title. You can also phone him at - (021) 423 7635 or 082 534 6006.

This is the first in a possible series on Vinyl Record sources, shops and outlets in SA. All recommendations, suggestions and articles are welcome for inclusion, as are vinyl wish lists (you know you’ve got one!) (SS)
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5.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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MICKIE MOST

If you know of anyone who wants to buy the Mickie Most "Rave" vinyl and lives in Durban, contact me... I have it for sale...

Guy
mailto:buttery@iafrica.com

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VINYL

I would like to ask whether there are any companies in South Africa that make vinyl records. Alternatively, have you got any contacts for the ones that used to make them?

Kind Regards,

Nick Medich
mailto:nikolamedic@yahoo.com

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BAND O'GYPSYS

I'm sure you know of this band - used to be a father and three sons, say 20 years ago. The father died since and the three brothers kept going (one of them is called Lawrence). I saw them playing last at Dockyar, a pub in Centurion (the town that used to be called Verwoerdburgstad) in '99. They also played at OppiKoppi the first time it was staged in the Norhern Province.

They mostly do cover versions of Jimi Hendrix and some Doors and some
Purple. Brought out a CD (now that everybody can) perhaps in 1999.

A group of friends and myself are trying to put them up for a night as
we like their playing (I think their Hendrix covers are superb). Thus
the quest to find one of the members.

Etienne Basson
mailto:eballon@lantic.net

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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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OPPIKOPPI TUNED 2001
http://www.oppikoppi.co.za

A festival of this magnitude, featuring as many acclaimed artists and newfound talent as this one, can best be described in terms of highlights. It is physically impossible to be in three places at once - believe me, I tried! At one stage I even had to resort to dividing my hour into three slots of fifteen minutes just to try and catch it all. Even then I still missed out on special moments, like Sky 189 dropping rhymes alongside Max Normal.

In total there were six and a half stages. The half being the Travelling Wheel-bearing Blue Carpet Stage, which in essence, was a blue mat which transformed into a magic carpet of sorts, travelling all over Fountains Valley, as dancers, actors and contortionists performed on it. The Mainstay Mainstage was, of course, the largest stage. What an incredible stage! At night, with lights fully lit, it resembled a spaceship from another world. Stand too far back and the artists on it seemed to disappear, as if beamed into outer space. The half-oval shaped stage hovered over the festival grounds as a reminder of the standard to which South African music aspires, a standard we are not very far from at all. Watching Brasse Vannie Kaap, Max Normal and Bongo Maffin showed the incredibly high calibre of stage performers South Africa has.

Although not as big, the Tassenburg Old Brown Sherry Rock/ Hop stage still held its weight in musical gems. A smaller version, complete with fantastic sound and light system, this stage hosted acts like Firing Squad, Karen Zoid and, all the way from Malmesbury, Ghost.

Treasures to be found on the Bernini Dry Jazz and Folk Stage were priceless: Carlo Mombelli, Blackmilk, Aavaaz, Kaolin, to name but a few.

The STA Travel Unplugged Stage was the place to relax on the grass, sparse as it was, and appreciate the quiet music, void of loud guitars and heavy drums. The huge response drawn from stalwarts like Koos Kombuis and Valiant Swart, and newcomers like Simba Morri and Roots 2000, bore testament that a man and his guitar are a powerful thing.

The Gordon's Gin Comedy and Theatre Stage was one of the most popular. This stage, housed in a marquee, showcased some of the Cape's finest comedian exports as well as theatre productions. This stage, in its second year, is a great addition to the festival as it brings all aspects of the arts to Oppikoppi.

The Musica Progessive Dance Stage was phenomenal. Beats of all sizes were to be found within this marquee. SA’s own Blunted Stuntman and Bob and international DJs Gavin Hardkiss and Luke Vibert all dropped killer sets.

Nadia
mailto:nadsx@hotmail.com

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340ml

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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BARLEYCORN
Barleycorn Music Club, River Club, Observatory

Monday 27th August
8.00pm, R10 at the door,
for further details call Robin (021) 683 2940;

RAEL BIRAS & JOHN GNODDE, founder members of the Waldorf String Band, make an extremely entertaining string duo.

STARK RAVING SANE, a most unusual didgeridoo-driven combo playing quite
extra-ordinary and very engaging atmospheric music and gathering new fans at every outing.

STEVE NEWMAN, we've known Steve since the very earliest days of the
Barleycorn and have followed his meteoric career with almost maternal
interest! Here we have him to ourselves for an evening not to be missed!

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

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

Binary will be performing live at the Melville Mixer on Thursday the 30th August 2001. They will be playing songs from their first album ‘Corrupted File 97’ and their latest album ‘Xero’ as well as debuting new material off of their new project called ‘Myopia’, which is due for release in 2002.

Presale tickets are available from http://www.verge.co.za at a discounted rate.

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GENERATION NOW CONCERT
8 Sept 2001, Cool Runnings, Wonderboom.

Intervention Arts presents ‘Generation Now’, a rock concert at Cool Runnings, Wonderboom, featuring five of South Africa's hottest new rock acts - Cutting Jade, Zen Arcade, Primal Urge, Fruit Fly Navigators and Four Ounce Freedom. These five hot new SA rock bands will share a stage for the first time at ‘Generation Now’, the first official gathering of the next generation of South African rock heavyweights. These five bands are currently making waves in the world of SA pop/rock with frequent radio play, rave reviews at festivals, appearances on the 5FM 'Showcase 3: Unearthed’ compilation, and manic live schedules in and out of South Africa, confirming that they are indeed the next wave of South African Superstars.

Generation Now - 8 September 2001 at Cool Runnings, Wonderboom, Pretoria. Bands start at 8pm and entrance is only R30.

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HIGH STREET THEATRE
19 Bella Rosa Street, Bellville
(021) 914 7030/1

29 August - Mel Botes
31 August - Boulevard Blues Band

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

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

Dragon Mountain & Naked Natives at Churchill's, Theatre Lane, Pietermaritzburg.
1 September 2001 21h00

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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, Bellville
Time: 10:00
Reservations: (021) 914 7030/1

The mermaid from Zanzibar: 5 September

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RODRIGUEZ
http://rock.co.za/sugarman

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

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SARON GAS

31st August Tramps Benoni

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

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SELAELO SELOTA IN NELSPRUIT

Adding his considerable talents to the annual SA Music Week 2001 fever, double South African Music Award 2001 winner and Afro Jazz sensation, Selaelo Selota, will be performing in the 'Painted Faces Of South Africa' Concert at the Emnotweni Arena in Nelspruit for the very first time on Friday 31 August. In a special treat for fans, Selaleo will debut material from his eagerly anticipated forthcoming album. Selaelo recently wrapped up a recording of his new album, to be released in September 2001.

In celebration of SA Music Week 2001, there will be a pre-arranged open microphone session with aspirant musicians from the Nelspruit and surrounding areas from 7:30pm - just before Selaelo Selota's performance at 8:30pm - so be there early!

Tickets will cost R55 at the door. For more information regarding 'The Painted Faces Of South Africa Concert', please contact Carmen Alexander cell: 083 633 2398

For more information regarding this press release, please contact:
BMG Africa
Tel: (011) 242 3000 / Fax: (011) 242 3030
Edgar Mahlangu mailto:vuyisilee.mahlangu@bertelsmann.de
Maria Kounelakis mailto:maria.kounelakis@bertelsmann.de

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SUNWAYS

Wed 29 Aug - 5FM Concert (Pretoria State Theatre)
Fri 31 Aug - Barnacles (Port Alfred)
Sat 1 Sept - Settler's (Gonubie, East London)
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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TASSIES VARSITY TOUR

31 August at Cool Runnings in Wonderboom, Pretoria, and Sat 1 Sept at Roxy's in Jhb. The following bands will appear: Valiant Swart, Beeskraal, Jack Hammer, Karen Zoid and Not My Dog.

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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'S LIVE CAMPAIGN
http://www.geocities.com/zenarcade1

There are loads of opportunities to see Zen Arcade Live in the weeks to come, both performing unplugged and full-throttle:

* Thursday August 30 - 5pm - UNPLUGGED in-store performance
CD Wherehouse, The Zone, Rosebank
* Tuesday September 4 - UNPLUGGED
Bassline, Melville
* Saturday September 8 - Intervention Arts: Generation Now Fest
Cool Runnings, Wonderboom, Pretoria
With: Primal Urge, Cutting Jade, Fruit Fly Navigators, Four Ounce Freedom
* Friday September 14 - UNPLUGGED
Up The Creek, Pretoria
* Saturday September 15 - from 4pm - Spring Festival
Roxys Rhythm Bar, Melville
With: Even Flow, Three Weeks Anaemic, 340ml, Half Man Half Beetle + more!
* Friday September 21 AND Saturday September 22 - Bosberock Festival, Nelspruit
* Saturday September 29 - Woodstock Festival, Heidelberg

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

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ZER02HER0

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.ZA
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/
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

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
Please submit all press releases to Sugar at mailto:sugar@cd.co.za

CONTRIBUTIONS
Please submit all contributions, reviews, requests, searches and comments by filling in the form at:
http://rock.co.za/contact
or email Brian Currin at:
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All e-mail submissions need to be in plain text e-mail format with NO attachments, please. You may, however, include web addresses (URLs) in your e-mails which point to websites or images on-line.

E-mails in HTML format, or e-mails all in lower-case or all in CAPITALS will tend to be ignored as they can take too long to correct for inclusion in the Digest.

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If you really need to send some image files (jpgs or gifs only) or any other files, please ask first, however we will not accept ".exe" or ".scr" files under any circumstances. And any e-mails over 200Kb will also just have to be ignored... we're really sorry.

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Thanks

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

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

Postal Address:
Brian Currin
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