SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #122
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17th September 2001

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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Nudies' final tour... CD Wherehouse for Cape Town... Oppikoppi Kaapie postponed till 2002... 'Weeping' composer has narrow escape in New York... Roger Waters coming to SA next year... Karen Zoid is the new voice of SA Rock... debut CD from Dawnay... chilling insights from "Die Mystic Boer"... hot news from RetroFresh... Shiloh remembers Keef Hartley... Texan Kurt discovers Rodriguez... John Samson addresses 'The Occupant'... and the band in the sand come to Cape Town...

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CENSORSHIP

Giving your band a controversial name is a great way to increase the hit rate to your website, however due to certain over-zealous mail servers which block "undesirable" words in e-mails, all references to the Springbok N*de Girls, Diesel Wh*res and certain other band names and song titles have had to be made less offensive. We apologize if you are offended by our lack of b*lls. Fetish, anyone?

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CONTENTS
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1.HOT & FRESH - News: No more nudies, Zen Arcade, Dolly Rockers, Black, Oppikoppi, Dan Heymann, Roger Waters, Karen Zoid
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs this week, Top Selling SA CDs
3.LET'S ROCK - New releases: Wayne Pauli, Dawnay, Valiant Swart, RetroFresh
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Keef Hartley, Rodriguez, Neill Solomon
5.ROCKLINE - Forum, Requests & Feedback
6.ROCK ON - Live reviews and gig info
7.CLICK HERE - SA Rock on the web
8.BUMPF - Archives, contributions, editors and contributors
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1.HOT & FRESH
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NO MORE NUDIES

While the rest of the London Papers were emblazoned with images of the
tragedy in the USA this morning, one paper dared to be different. Taking a (fig) leaf from the Springbok N*de Girls, The South Africa Times UK's front page story announced the official break up of one of SA's biggest bands. This has brought to an end months of speculation following the departure of bassist Arno Blummer (who has moved into IT) and drummer Francois Kruger (who 'builds the most exotic furniture').

Essentially the band felt they had 'hit the ceiling of South African music' and had not had much success in breaking into the major world markets. Over and above this, The South African Times UK quotes guitarist Theo Crous as saying that 'Some of the guys don't want to be musicians'.

The Nudies are planning a farewell tour of SA's major centres while recording two bonus tracks for their "Best of" album due out shortly. However they will be playing their last ever gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on 3 October. (see http://www.sarockdigest.com/london for details). So I guess now it'll be like the old days of strict censorship when there were no N*de Girls.

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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ZEN ARCADE SUPPORT NUDISM

Zen Arcade are proud to announce that they will be joining the Springbok N*de Girls on their Farewell Tour.

ZA will perform with SNG at Blue Moon, Nelspruit, on Friday September 28.

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NUDIES SPLIT UP - OFFICIAL
[This statement was issued by Springbok N*de Girls Manager, Franie Kotze, on 5FM on September 12, 2001]

On behalf of the Springbok N*de Girls, I would like to make the following statement:

We would like to thank our management & crew, Sony Music, 5FM, our sponsors, our friends and families, all the media, all the music industry and most of all our fans in South Africa and abroad, for supporting us over the last 7 years and making it possible for us to live through the amazing experience of being professional musicians.

After all the rumours that have circulated over the past few months, we would like to make it public and confirm that the Springbok N*de Girls will break up after our final tour to be known as "The Fat Lady Sings Tour" which will run in South Africa and London over end September and through October 2001.

"The Fat Lady Sings Tour" will comprise of our hit radio singles and most popular live songs. These songs will be released by Sony Music on a CD entitled ‘The Fat Lady Sings - Best Of The Springbok N*de Girls 1995 - 2001 on October 22nd 2001, and will contain two brand new tracks, namely ‘J-59’ and ‘Dimmer’ - so expect to hear some new material from us running on radio well into 2002.

We would like to hear from our fans as to which songs they would like to hear on ‘The Fat Lady Sings Tour’ and also have released on ‘The Fat Lady Sings - Best Of The Springbok N*de Girls 1995 - 2001’ album. Please email us at: girls@n*degirls.co.za and let us know ..... !

The Future:
Arno Blumer (bass), Francois Kruger (drums) and Adriaan Brand (keyboards) will pursue their personal interests in the future, we sincerely wish them well.

Sony Music South Africa is standing by Theo Crous (lead guitar) and Arno Carstens (vocals), so who knows what the future holds ...!!

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DOLLY ROCKERS RETURN

The Suicide Annie Boys are back!

The Dolly Rockers will be returning to the live circuit together with Chicken at The Jam, De Villiers Street on Friday 21st of September.

The Dolly Rockers will be showcasing material off their new CD, ‘Glory Glory’, which will be available shortly. It has been described as down-tempo Americana and consists of 11 brand new original tracks, which were recorded at the Peak Studios in Cape Town by Pitchie Rommelaere. The band consists of Greg (vocals, guitar), Pitchie (guitars), Ant (bass) & new drummer Matt (from Diminished Return). Last week saw them jamming at Crazy Cats in Glynn Street.

Chicken (ex-Bantam Cocks) will be performing their brand of warped country & rockabilly. The band consists of Jimmy (vocals, guitar), Russell (bass), Matthew (drums) & Francois (guitars). This is for all those crackpot souls out there, with nowhere to go and who won't settle for wrong but have no clue how to get it right.

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THE COMPACT DISC WHEREHOUSE TO OPEN CAPE TOWN BRANCH

Compact Disc Wherehouse, based on the success of its two Johannesburg locations, is proudly launching a true music destination for the Cape. Opening in one of Cape Town’s premiere locations, The V & A Waterfront on September 21st 2001, the store promises to be a music experience. The store boasts over 100,000 titles of Jazz, Classical, World, Rock, as well as dance vinyl, videos, DVDs, books and magazines and a host of in-store features and events.

CD Wherehouse has transformed the Dock Rd. / Pump House venue back to it’s original historic beauty. Housed within this impressive space is over 1600 sq. meters of retail space. A partnership with Wordsworth Books will also offer rare music-related books and magazines.

More than simply a CD store, CD Wherehouse is a true music lovers destination, complete with a host of attractions that together create a meeting place for musicians and music aficionados.

In-Store Live Stage:

CD Wherehouse will regularly host South Africa’s top performers on a fully equipped stage, complete with PA equipment and an in-house engineer. Weekly free concerts and music events will promote local gigs, new CDs, DVDs, and book releases. CD Wherehouse will be the place to see, hear, and meet local and international musicians on a regular basis.

House of Coffees:

The store also includes The House of Coffees, which will offer light drinks and snacks in a relaxed café environment encouraging people to sit, linger and enjoy the in-store entertainment.

Heritage Site:

CD Wherehouse will also proudly provide one of the largest selections of South African and African music within an inspirational and informing space. An ever-growing installation will provide a historical context for Cape Town music and culture. This centre, with the support of the District Six Museum, will be a unique attraction for anyone interested in African music and culture.

Nu-Metro DVD Centre:

As if the massive selection of videos and DVDs isn’t enough, visitors can enjoy their favourite movies on a massive 3m x 3m screen installed with nine comfortable theatre seats, where guests can enjoy the latest DVD releases.

DJ Syndicate:

CD Wherehouse is proud to host one of South Africa’s top dance music retailers. DJ Syndicate’s "satellite" location will feature the best in 12" vinyl and dance compilations.

Sept 21st - 24th: Opening Week Festivities:

During the opening week of CD Wherehouse, Cape Town music lovers will be in for an amazing array of opening specials, and in-store performances. The opening live music schedule reflects the best in South African music, as well as a host of international touring artists.

All events are free and open to the public!

The schedule (subject to change) for the opening week is as follows:

Saturday Sept 15th -- The Music Awhereness Challenge: V & A

Thursday Sept 20th - Ampitheatre: 1 pm daily
This is your chance to prove your musical trivia knowledge and win valuable gift vouchers from CD Wherehouse. Join a CD Wherehouse consultant in a speed test of music trivia through the ages everyday at the V & A Amphitheatre.

Friday Sept 21st - Selaelo Selato & Judith Sephuma: 2pm
Launching his brand new CD, "Enchanted Gardens" in Cape Town, Selaelo is one of South Africa’s hottest Jazz musicians.

Saturday Sept 22nd - Colin Vearncombe (The artist commonly known as Black): 2pm
Just ahead of his only Cape Town performance, this ever-popular singer, most famous as part of Black, and the voice behind "It’s a Wonderful Life" will perform.

Rodriguez: Time to be confirmed
Dead men may not tour, but they do perform at CD Wherehouse. The Sugarman is back in South Africa, and this a rare opportunity to hear him solo and acoustic.

Sunday Sept 23rd: - Classical Breakfast with DNA Strings: 10:30am
Enjoy a breakfast special from House of Coffees while listening to the sounds of some of Cape Town’s finest classical musicians.

Live Broadcast with P4 Radio: 12:00-3:00pm
Join host Natalie Becker for a live broadcast from inside the largest CD store in the southern hemisphere.

Monday September 24th - Boo: 2pm
Another rare treat for Cape Town audiences will be the return of Boo to our shores. This will be a wonderful chance to get up close to this quirky trio.

For more information or photographs, contact: Lara Utian (021) 425 6307, 082 346 7176

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BLACK SA CONCERTS AND NEW ALBUM

UK artist Colin Vearncombe, the artist commonly known as Black, arrived in South Africa on the 15th September for a handful of performances in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Black first shot to worldwide chart prominence in the late '80s, with hits such as ‘Wonderful Life’, ‘Now You're Gone’ and ‘Sweetest Smile’, and has remained a staple of contemporary hit radio for the past decade.

Colin Vearncombe's unique and instantly recognizable voice can be heard on his new solo album ‘The Accused’ (distributed by Fresh Music) and features some stunning songs including ‘Sleeper’, ‘Number One’, and the moving ‘The Way She Was Before’.

The live performance dates are as follows:
Wed 19th - Bassline 10pm
Thurs 20th - Bassline 10pm
Fri 21st - Carousel (Pretoria)
Sat 22nd - Grand West (Cape Town)
Sun 23rd - Bassline 10pm

For more information contact Benjy Mudie @ Fresh Music:
(011) 467-3051
082-4902743
for information on the tour contact Brad @ The Bassline (011) 482-6915.

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OPPIKOPPI TUNED FESTIVAL - REPORT BACK

With final attendance figures for the festival of 6000 for the Thursday, 8000 for the Friday, 12000 for the Saturday and roughly 1500 for the Sunday, the Oppikoppi mothership has landed in "Pretunia" to stay (The intimate Easter festival will remain in the bushveld for original Oppikoppi supporters). The fact that no major incidents were recorded during the entire four-day tune celebration has further solidified support for the Oppikoppi project from all the authorities concerned. It seems as if creative and original tunes and artists are finally starting to make mainstream impact on and in areas we never even dreamed of. It also seems as if Pretoria/Tshwane is taking the lead in creating cutting edge new projects for a changing South African society.

The first photos of the festival are starting to be published on the website and you are welcome to send us your kikis to post on our website. http://www.oppikoppi.co.za

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WESTERN CAPE OPPIKOPPI POSTPONED UNTIL 2002

After serious negotiations and a great deal of shuffling behind the rock ‘n roll curtains it has been decided to postpone the Western Cape leg of the Oppikoppi tune circus to 2002. Although there has been an overwhelming amount of enquiries and public demand for the festival and the related artists to visit the Western Cape, the absolutely essential additional financial support for the festival could not be finalized in time.

Oppikoppi firmly believes that the show will grow after the ecstatic reception the first festival received during 2000. However the aim is to tweak the show to have a more Cape Town based identity whilst maintaining the size and quality that has become synonymous with South Africa’s largest music tunehaha.

Thus rather than forcing the festival to happen prematurely, the crew will wait until the volume buttons are big enough and hip-hop in the house.

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BLUE DAY FOR EX-BRIGHT BLUE MUSICIAN

Cape Town-born Dan Heymann, co-composer of the song 'Weeping' which was voted the SA Song Of The Century in the SA Rock Digest/ Amuzine poll held in 1999, narrowly escaped death in New York on Tuesday. Dan has lived in the US for the last 10 years and had an office on the 96th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He was on a subway train on his way to work when the tragic events occurred.

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ROGER WATERS WORLD TOUR 2002

Roger Waters will be starting a world tour in February 2002 which will include 2 concerts in South Africa! 28 February at the Velodrome in Cape Town and the 2nd March at the Dome in Johannesburg.

Roger was a founder member of Pink Floyd and main lyricist & composer of the classic albums 'Dark Side Of The Moon' and 'The Wall'. His double live CD 'In The Flesh' released by SonyMusic in December 2000 will give you some idea of the songs we can expect to hear (and see!).

Pink Floyd
http://rock.co.za/pinkfloyd

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KAREN ZOID
A new voice for SA rock
by Dirk Jordaan

Reprinted from http://www.news24.co.za with kind permission of the Editor.

South African rock has a new, honest voice. Her name is Zoid - Karen Zoid. It's a brave new voice, with lyrics reminiscent of Koos Kombuis and Valiant Swart. And it tells things as they really are.

There has always been a gap in Afrikaans music: Koos and Valiant were there, but a female voice lacked, one who could comment on South Africa and life in general in a satirical and gripping way.

And now that gap is filled.

Read the full story here:
http://www.news24.co.za/News24/Offbeat/Entertainment/0,4190,2-16-61_1059913,00.html

Karen Zoid
http://www.rock.co.za/files/karen_zoid.html
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2.CHARTS
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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) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
2. [2] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
3. [4] (3) Live Fact - Rodriguez (Sony)
4. [7] (2) In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI)
5. [3] (1) Voortvlugtend - Akkedis (SSS Records)
6. [9] (6) Tassenberg All Stars 2 (Live) - Various (Trippy Grape)
7. [5] (3) Soul Taker - Lucky Dube (Gallo)
8. [8] (8) Oomblik Van Waansin - Mel Botes (Janus)
9. [6] (4) Bongolution - Bongo Maffin (Sony)
10. [-] (10) Farewell Station Road - Wayne Pauli (Rhythm)
11. [11] (8) Afrika Not For Sissy - Syd Kitchen (Indie)
12. [12] (9) Listen - Ssshh (EuropeAfrica)
13. [10] (1) Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
14. [14] (1) Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
15. [13] (5) Kuyatsha - The Branch (Rhythm)
16. [15] (4) Best Kept Secrets - Dog Detachment (Retro Fresh)
17. [17] (1) Rising Above The Madness - Lionel Bastos (SAFM)
18. [16] (1) The Moon Is A Spoon - Sunways (Fresh)
19. [19] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
20. [-] (20) All I Am - Kaolin (Sheer)

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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) Up - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
2. [4] (2) Binneland In (Live) - Spinnekop ('Tassenberg All Stars 2'/Trippy Grape)
3. [6] (3) Settler - Syd Kitchen (‘Afrika Not For Sissy’/Indie)
4. [-] (4) Engel - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
5. [1] (1) Put A Little Love - Lucky Dube (‘Soul Taker’/Gallo)
6. [2] (3) She Can't Let It Go - Lionel Bastos ('Rising Above The Madness'/SAFM)
7. [3] (2) Sweet Stellenganga - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
8. [5] (2) Why - Garth Taylor (‘Why?’/PT Records)
9. [8] (8) Brave True And Strong - Bongo Maffin (‘Bongolution’/Sony)
10. [7] (1) Glorious Gem - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
11. [11] (11) Liberty - Jonathan Martin ('Tassenberg All Stars 2'/Trippy Grape)
12. [9] (1) Not About You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
13. [10] (8) Colour Me In - Sunways (‘The Moon Is A Spoon’/Fresh)
14. [17] (14) Jannie Cocaine - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
15. [12] (12) Reënvoëls - Mel Botes ('Oomblik Van Waansin/Janus) [17]
16. [-] (16) Crossing - Kaolin (‘All I Am’/Sheer)
17. [15] (6) Waiting For A Miracle - Dog Detachment (‘Best Kept Secrets'/RetroFresh)
18. [16] (1) Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
19. [18] (3) Indigo Girl - Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
20. [13] (7) Khululuma - The Branch (‘Kuyatsha’/Rhythm)

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ONE WORLD TOP SELLING SA CDs
http://www.oneworld.co.za

1. Chris de Burgh - Live In South Africa
2. Juluka - Scatterlings
3. Dog Detachment - Best Kept Secrets
4. Circus - Circus
5. Mango Groove - Best Of Mango Groove
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3. LET'S ROCK - NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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WAYNE PAULI - FAREWELL STATION RD.

A stunningly beautiful debut release from this sensitive and talented Capetonian. Full review coming soon.

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DAWNAY - U TOUCH ME - THE ALBUM (EMI/Robroy)
(press release)

The hottest act to emerge out of the South African music scene in many a while is Cape Town's Dawnay ... with the soon-to-be national Summer
Anthem 'U Touch Me'.

Being rush-released this week (through EMI ... in a scoop deal with Robroy music) is Dawnay's debut album, 'U Touch Me - The Album' featuring blistering new tracks from the star, plus a remix of 'U Touch Me'. Sure to follow up the charts are 'You're My World', 'My Baby Tonite' and 'The Real Thing'.

Dawnay has just completed shooting his first video in his hometown of
Cape Town. Directed by top film-maker John Bowey (who has worked with stars ranging from U2, Tina Turner and the Hothouse Flowers to Soweto String Quartet, TKZee, Jmmy Dludlu and Ray Phiri), it was filmed on the beaches around Cape Town, and is the ultimate 'Summer Anthem' video.

Also included in the video are snippets of Dawnay live, recently filmed by Bowey in front of nearly 10,000 rapturous fans (all singing along to 'U Touch Me') in the Velodrome in Cape Town.

'U Touch Me - the album' was co-produced by Dr Victor and Dawnay. Dr
Victor, who also co-wrote some songs, originally performed together with Dawnay in the Rasta Rebels, where Dawnay was the drummer and backing vocalist. After leaving Rasta Rebels, Dawnay put his own band together and started gigging around the country, initially in the Western Cape.

Then he wrote 'U Touch Me' ... and the rest is rapidly becoming history!

Robert Schroder of Robroy music leaves next week for the USA and UK to
market Dawnay and 'U Touch Me' internationally, where there has already
been great interest and excitement in the song.

Dawnay is set to join an illustrious list of superstars who emerged from the Cape music market, amongst them ... Richard Jon Smith, Jonathan Butler, Abdullah Ibrahim ... and now, Dawnay!

'A South African Music Original'

Patric van Blerk 082 899 2525
mailto:patric@icon.co.za

Robert Schroder / Janet Scott 011 837 7526

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DIE MYSTIC BOER "SIEN" DIE BOM KOM
(press release)

Valiant Swart, ook bekend as "Die Mystic Boer", se nuutste vrystelling laat jou onwillekeurig na jou asem snak.

En hier is die rede vir die asemsnak: Op 10 September, ‘n dag vóór die gebeure in New York, stuur sy platemaatskappy, Rhythm Records, ‘n CD met drie snitte na radiostasies. Dié kort CD dien as ‘n voorskou van sy nuutste CD wat oor twee weke uitgereik word. Die laaste snit op die CD is getiteld "Die Bom Kom". En agter op dié CD se omslag is ‘n Passasiersvliegtuig wat in ‘n ring van sterre invlieg. <http://rock.co.za/images/cdcovers/bomkom.jpg>. Alles vervaardig meer as 2 weke vóór die gebeure van 11 September in New York.

Om alles te kroon was Valiant op 11 September (die dag van die aanval in New York) aan boord van ‘n "American Airlines" vlug vanaf Heathrow na Chicago, waar hy moes aansluit by ‘n TV span vir die vervaardiging van ‘n KykNet program "Die Vyftig Dollar Gig" oor die geskiedenis van die Blues. Sy vlug is herlei na Kanada waar hy nou veilig wag op ‘n aansluitingsvlug na Chicago.

Met woorde soos ... "Ek en my broers was baie onrustig, ons was seker dat iets boos gaan gebeur ..." en ‘n refrein wat herhaal "Die Bom Kom, Die Bom Kom" en verder: "Die dag na die slag was as al wat daar was" en "die laaste vlam het ons almal kom haal", kan mens nie anders as om aangegryp te word deur die verbysterende ooreenstemming daarvan met die werklikheid nie.

Valiant "siener" Swart sal betyds terug wees uit Amerika vir optredes vroeg aanstaande maand by die Aardklop kunstefees waar hy ook sy nuwe CD, "Boland Punk", bekend sal stel. Die TV reeks waaraan hy tans in Amerika werk "Die Vyftig Dollar Gig", sal vroeg aanstaande jaar op KykNet te siene wees.

Valiant Swart
http://www.valiant.co.za

Albert du Plessis
mailto:multicdworld@mweb.co.za
082 872 1188
Rhythm Records

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RETROFRESH RELEASES
http://www.freshmusic.co.za
(newsletter)

OUT NOW!

Theses past months have seen the release of another three jaw-dropping RETRO albums:

Freshcd 115 DOG DETACHMENT - BEST KEPT SECRETS the famed stormtroopers of post punk are the latest band to get the Retro treatment. With not just a little nudging from Dog fans John Samson in London and CD Wherehouse's Andrew Rees we got together with the Armstrong brothers ... lo and behold "Best Kept Secrets" ... the definitive Dog Detachment compilation.

Painstakingly digitally remastered by the band it features all the Dog faves including "Secrets", "White Flag", Touch the sky", "Barriers" and "Waiting for a miracle" amongst others ... 16 tracks plus another 8 songs in MP3 format, a staggering 22 songs for Dogster fans worldwide! Great liner notes by Andrew Rees and rare pics from the band's photo archive round off this release from one of South Africa's all-time great bands. http://rock.co.za/legends/dogdetachment

Freshcd 116 CIRCUS - IN THE ARENA Take a flock of top hot balls-to-the-wall players and a flamboyant vocalist on a par with some of the greats and you have the recipe for great rock 'n roll... and we like it! In 1977 Circus strutted into center stage and took the country by storm, combining sheer musicianship, stunning songs and showmanship that went to the brink and back, the band recorded this, their debut (and only) album. With incisive liner notes by popologist Doug Gordon and tons of groovy pics from the band themselves (check the flares man) Circus is a must for any sensible pop-rock fan. http://rock.co.za/legends/circus

Fresh cd 117 éVOID - HERE COMES THE ROT Three years after the release of their landmark debut album éVoid had firmly rooted themselves in London and commenced the recording of this, their second album. This digitally remastered release includes all the original tracks including the funky "Dance the instinct", "Fashion War", "Altar Pop" and "Shuffle in the dust" as well as five bonus tracks: "Kwela Walk" and "Telem and Godon" (from the rare 12"), "Civil Servant", "Shoes" and "Ordinary Life".

Many éVoid fans rate this as the better album of the two with its insistent jangling African guitarwork fused with electronic beats and some of the best lyrics that the band have written. http://rock.co.za/legends/evoid

COMING SOON

Finally scheduled for a late September release is the long awaited Suck album "Time to Suck", the album has been remastered with a bonus track in the form of their version of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs". The artwork has been substantially extended with some remarkable photos, memorabilia and liner notes by 5FM's "Dinosaur Days" co-host and rock aficionado Leon Economides. Thirty odd years later is the world ready for Suck yet? http://www.rock.co.za/files/timetosuck.html

IN THE WORKS

The PEACH "On Loan for Evolution" project is on track for an October release, there will be a brand new cover (the band never liked the original anyway) plus two unreleased tracks courtesy of founder Alan Rose plus liner notes (warts 'n all) by the band's original manager and now UK Sunday Telegraph journalist Graham Boynton. http://rock.co.za/legends/peach

Up for release in early November is our first Retro compilation. "Rocking in the 80's" (working title) is a 18 track album featuring the finest rock music of the decade ... all the bands and their hits that mattered (and still do) are there: Ellamental, Tribe after Tribe, Petit Cheval, Psycho Reptiles, Celtic Rumours, The Helicopters, Bright Blue, Asylum Kids, Flash Harry, éVoid, Via Afrika and many more. This is going to be a corker!

The great news is that the Freedoms Children's "Galactic Vibes" is back on track, we have managed to locate some great pics from vocalist Brian Davidson (via the sterling efforts of his friend Werner) and we hope to have it out by year end. http://rock.co.za/legends/freedomschildren

Releases scheduled for the first part of 2002 include:
Ellamental - Uncomplicated Dreams
Sweatband - Retrospective (this could be out this year... watch this space)
Otis Waygood - Simply Otis Waygood
Via Afrika - Scent of Scandal
Lesley Rae Dowling / Unravished Brides (her first 2 albums on 1 CD)
Falling Mirror - Zen Boulders/ The Storming of the Loft (their first 2 albums on 1 CD)
Hawk - Africa She Too Can Cry
Freedoms Children - Astra
Neill Solomon - The Occupant (see review below)
The Helicopters - Retrospective

RETRO NEWS

After talks with Shifty Records label head Lloyd Ross we are proud (and pretty excited) to announce that we have done a deal in principle to reissue some of the great music that this highly influential label recorded in the 80s and early 90s. First up will be an Urban Creep compilation which the band's Ross Campbell will be putting together... all the classic Creep tracks will be included; "Seven depths of skin", "Tightroper", "SeaLevel" and much more. Expect the usual liner notes and rare pics. Also expected to get the Retro magic treatment will be albums from Jennifer Ferguson, The Genuines, Corporal Punishment and the like.

NOW AVAILABLE

Freshcd 106 éVOID - éVOID the original debut album including "Shadows","Taximan" plus two alternate mixes/versions and three new songs, rare pics, extensive liner notes. http://rock.co.za/legends/evoid

Freshcd 107 VIA AFRIKA - VIA AFRIKA the debut album featuring "Hey Boy" plus four rare US remixes, band archive photos, in-depth liner notes.
http://rock.co.za/legends/viaafrika

Freshcd 108 HAWK - AFRICAN DAY the legendary 1971 debut from Africa`s finest musical sons, includes the 17 minute epic title track, "Look up brother", "Here comes the sun" plus four bonus live tracks, long lost pics, liner notes. http://rock.co.za/legends/hawk

Freshcd 109 OTIS WAYGOOD BLUES BAND The classic debut album (commonly known as the "Black" album), includes "Fever", "Ball and chain" plus three bonus tracks, priceless pics, incisive liner notes by author Rian Malan. http://rock.co.za/legends/otiswaygood

Freshcd 110 LESLEY RAE DOWLING - CONSPIRARE (The very best of...)
18 track career retrospective from the Voice... includes "The Spaniard", "Living without conversation" and tons more... fab photos and liner notes by Dave Chislett. http://rock.co.za/legends/lesleyraedowling

Fresh cd 111 THE DYNAMICS Time to switch it on and jive again! 18 songs from one of the most infectious bands of the 80s, includes the irresistible "Thugs", "Siyabonga" and "Animal Jive" plus the normal classy packaging with pics and band history. http://www.rock.co.za/files/dynamics.html

Freshcd 112 FALLING MIRROR - JOHNNY CALLS THE CHEMIST The seminal album by, in our humble opinion, one of the greatest rock bands... ever! Experience the bizarre world of the chemist, wonder at Johnny's dark obsession with Colette, read the fascinating story of the band and the album by the Rock Digest's Stephen Segerman. All the original tracks plus two bonus songs and the very rare "Johnny calls the chemist" video (pop it into your computer folks). http://rock.co.za/fallingmirror

WEB NEWS

For those of you that haven't checked the new Fresh site out yet go to http://www.freshmusic.co.za for tons of info on Fresh Music including an extensive Retro section with rare pics, artist interviews, audio tracks, direct artist email addresses, downloadable memorabilia and coming soon a brand new video clip section.

WANTED

Still looking for any photos/memorabilia of Freedoms Children needed for the "Galactic Vibes" artwork; vinyl LP of "Astra" (the original not the PVB reissue) and the rare Freedoms Children debut single "The Coffee Song b/w Satisfaction" for remastering purposes. http://rock.co.za/legends/freedomschildren

For more information contact:
Benjy Mudie @ Fresh Music (011) 467-3051 / 082-4902743
mailto:fresh@icon.co.za
PO Box 782022, Sandton 2146 South Africa.

All Retro releases marketed by Fresh Music, distributed by BMG Africa

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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

THE KEEF HARTLEY BAND
the English glory of body drumming

The maternity ward of John Mayall gave birth in the sixties to two brass babies. One being Colosseum and the other the formidable Keef Hartley Band. It was a very young Keef Hartley who replaced Ringo Starr in Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in the early sixties. After the death of Mersey beat, Hartley listed with a London based R&B group called the Artwoods. The line-up included Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame. After one album called "Art Gallery" he was persuaded to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Hartley's powerful body drumming and faultless timing are well expressed on the albums "Crusade" and "Diary of a band".

Legend goes that John Mayall fired Keef Hartley yet the track "Hartley Quits" of "Bare Wires" by John Mayall tells a different story. Keef Harley's debut album "Half Breed" stands alongside Colosseum's "Ides of March" as a power brand of jazz / blues fusion. Utilizing the phenomenal blues ability of Miller Anderson on vocal and guitar, Keef powers into the woodwind fusion with the likes of Harry Beckett, Lyn Dobson, Chris Mercer and Henry Lowther. This group encompassed the woodwind power of the blues circuit.

Bass guitarist Gary Thain who later entered Uriah Heep maintained the rhythm of the blues while much credit must be given to the Hammond organ of Peter Dines who featured strongly on the track "Half Breed" and "Just to cry". This classic album released in 1969 on Decca label stimulated such interest across the waters that they were invited to play at the Woodstock festival. Critics compared them favourable with Blood, Sweat and Tears. Further albums worth mentioning would be the blues orientated "Battle of North West Six" and the phenomenal "Time is near" and "Seventy Second Brave".

A ten minute blues track by Miller Anderson called "The time is near" off the same album, clearly indicated the direction and motivation of this blues purist. With Keef Hartley still claiming they were a jazz band, the group disintegrated approximately 1973, with one short reunion in 1974 and the release of an album called "Dog Soldier". Keef Hartley turned his attention to carpentry and claims he no longer owns a drum kit. Gary Thain sadly overdosed in the mid-seventies while Miller Anderson has gone from strength to strength in blues.

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

Blues and Variation
Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM
Wednesdays 10 pm

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

THE BEST OF RODRIGUEZ
http://www.rock.co.za/files/rodbest.html

How could I have predicted that my enthusiasm for pop and rock from
South Africa would lead to the music of an American hispanic gentleman from Detroit, Michigan? Just when one thinks the world can't get any
stranger... it does.

The music of Rodriguez has provided a measure of comfort during this
past horrifying week. Señor Sixto's music may be of alienation, of what are euphemistically called "alternate lifestyles" these days, and of conflicts in society, but this week, to me, his songs have been about people. People from all walks of life, people like you and like me.

If I were to meet Mr. Rodriguez, I'd say to him, "Hola Señor Rodriguez,
gracias para la musica y las memorias!" ("Hello, Mister Rodriguez, thanks for the music and the memories!").

Rodriguez has written many special songs. Here are my reactions to a
few on this excellent 'Best of' set.

'I Wonder' -- When dating someone new I used to wonder how many times she might have had sex before. Then I grew past that and just hoped I'd be next. This song is a nice series of observations on people, ones I daresay all of us have made at one time or another.

'Inner City Blues' -- Clever use of an old barn dance and folk festival
standard ("Mama don't allow no fiddle playing around here....") by turning it into a modern social-consciousness song ("Papa don't allow no new ideas around here....").

'I'll Slip Away' -- A smoothly lovely song, the lyrics and his voice
flow fluidly, effortlessly, together. It's as beautiful here sung by the experienced performer Sixto just as it was beautiful when sung by a younger Rod Riguez on Impact Records before they folded. (Do musicians have to have bad luck when dealing with record companies, is that part of the deal one makes to pursue Mistress Music?). A review in Cash Box magazine, 23rd September 1967 said: "Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight."

'Crucify Your Mind' -- Such powerful and intensely well-written lyrics.
Though complicated, the words to this song flow as easily as if it was a simple folk song.

'Sugar Man' -- How do I know this is an honest song? I recognize the
scenery. I first heard this song as done by Just Jinger on their EP
'Something for Now' (in 1998), and liked it very much. I still rate their version highly, but when I first heard Rodriguez's fully-realized version, I knew right away that it was his song. How do I know it's a great song? I feel it.

Now to the question of why y'all like this guy so much, which I still
find amazing, but not surprising. Simply put, he seems to say
something y'all want to hear, he defines some of the confusion and
disappointments of life -- sort of like folk-blues, it's music about feeling bad that makes the listener feel good. Of course, he says something I want to hear, too.

His songs become friends, his voice is warm and close, but retains some
individual distance. Even when singing about themes that should be
depressing, his voice draws me in, not as an observer but as one involved.

The fact that SA loves Rodriguez doesn't puzzle me, actually. He's
good. So I don't marvel that Rodriguez is so popular in South Africa. He got lucky with y'all, and vice versa. However, I do marvel that he isn't better known here in the States. But then, I can figure out why. He's too real, too honest, too engaging.

This is a strong CD, full of high points. The songs I mentioned above
are not nearly the only great songs. Parts of 'Can't Get Away' hit me hard this week: "Born in a troubled city/ In rock 'n' roll USA/ In the shadow of the tallest building... You can't get away from it...." He sings of a diverse society, and this week the civilized world in all its multiplicity has pulled together. And the music of Rodriguez provides some mental comfort, perhaps oddly, perhaps not.

'Cause', 'Establishment Blues', 'Climb Up On My Music', 'To Whom It May
Concern', and all the rest, hell, I might as well list all the tracks on this CD. Intelligent, literate, and natural songs. Viva Rodriguez!

For intelligent, contemplative songs of much beauty and of accurate
insights to being human, some in the shadows of the dark side and night life of our world, Rodriguez is the man. So, do me a favor and go see this American. Enjoy yourself for me because I might not ever see this American play in America. Strange, huh?

Climb Up On My Music - A Site Dedicated To Rodriguez
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

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

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

THE OCCUPANT - NEILL SOLOMON & THE UPTOWN RHYTHM DOGS

Generally letters addressed to 'The Occupant' are from estate agents
desperately trying to sell your house for you in as impersonal a manner as they can manage. It's almost as though they want to sell your house, but don't really want to deal with you the person.

It seems to be this faceless, desolate lifestyle that one associates with modern inner city living that Neill Solomon has tackled with his album 'The Occupant'. It's a quite bleak and brooding album that would provide a great soundtrack to Hillbrow. With the quite aching sound of 'Junk Food and Disposable Ladies' and the starkness of the title track, the mood is sombre and conjures up images of people living the bedsit life. Unlike Leonard Cohen, Al Stewart and the like who made music for the bedsitter occupant, Solomon made music about them.

Musically this is a tightly produced album, with some notable guitar work from Solomon (especially on 'Magic Man') and outstanding sax throughout from the sadly departed Tony Hunter. A guest appearance by Kenny Henson of Finch and Henson and Freedoms Children fame adds to completeness of 'Junk Food...'. Solomon's distinct vocals have a desperate edge to them at times, adding to overall feel of the album.

However it's not all doom and gloom. Rather than get bogged down in the
depressive side of bedsit life, Solomon seems to turn this into a sort of celebration of this style of living. There's no hint of pity in the album and with some of the rhythms being sufficiently upbeat it ensures that this does not degenerate into music to slit your wrists to.

Neill Solomon really shines on this album, both lyrically and musically. He has also surrounded himself with top class musicians to create a polished album that has aged well, sounding as good today as it did in the early eighties. Not for the fans of sugary pop, but if you like your rock somewhat bleak, somewhat upbeat but never sweet, give 'The Occupant' a listen.

{This album is due for release on CD by RetroFresh sometime early in 2002 - ed}

Neill Solomon
http://www.rock.co.za/files/neill_solomon.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, 17th September 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Co Co - The Sweet
2 [2] You - Peter Maffay
3 [4] I Did What I Did For Maria - Tony Christie
4 [3] He's Gonna Step On You Again - John Kongos*
5 [5] Hold On To What You Got - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
6 [11] Daar's Niks Soos Ware Liefde - Groep Twee*
7 [9] Me And Bobby McGee - Gordon Lightfoot
8 [10] How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Bee Gees
9 [13] Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum - The Middle Of The Road
10 [15] Tom, Tom Turnaround - New World

* South African Artists

The Sweet were unmoveable at no.1, despite Peter Maffay's stubborn
challenge. John Kongos sadly dropped further. New to the top 10 came Gert van Tonder and Eddie Trautman, otherwise known as Groep Twee as well as Middle of the Road and Australia's New World. Group Twee had started out as van Tonder and Sias Reynecke, but the duo split after releasing a almost a dozen singles in 2 years. One of the casualties making way for these new entries was SA's Gentle People whose 'Rain Rain Rain' fell to no.13.

At the bottom end of the chart, Barbara Ray was enjoying her 3rd top 20 hit of the decade and Hedgehoppers (the group previously known as Hedgehoppers Anonymous) who had relocated from the UK to SA, entered the top 20 with 'Hey'. The New Seekers were winning the battle of the 'Never Ending Song of Love' charting at 14, 3 places above Delaney & Bonnie's version.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

The Wedding - Jody Wayne (1970)
Paradise Road - Joy (1980)
Hak Hom Blokkies - David Kramer (1981)
Woodpecker from Space - Café Society (1985)

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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BIRTHDAYS

16 BB King (1925)
17 David Scobie (1964)
21 Leonard Cohen (1934)
23 Bruce Springsteen (1949)

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BEAT MERCHANTS AND THE UNDERGROUND LEGENDS
A history of SA rock and roll in the 60s
by Nick Warburton & Tertuis Louw.

South African beat merchants, The A-Cads, and Canadian underground legend, Influence, share a global pedigree through their musical connections. Both groups brought together the cream of local talent and mixed it with British expats who had first-hand experience of the UK beat group scene.

Read the full story with rare pictures here:
http://rock.co.za/beatmerchants

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

Read a recent interview with Rodriguez by Alex Sudheim at:
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/art/q_n_a/010907-qna1.html
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5.ROCKLINE - FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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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.ROCK ON - LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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340ml

Saturday, 29 Sept, Woodstock 3 Festival. Heidelberg
Sunday, 30 Sept, Festival of Living Treasures (Awesome Africa).
Shongweni
Time: 11am
Cover charge: R60 day pass for Sunday. Full weekend R110.
Visit http://www.livingtreasures.co.za

340ml contacts:
mailto:three40ml@yahoo.com
Rui @ 082 670 1895

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AARDKLOP
2nd to 6th October
Potchefstroom
http://www.aardklop.co.za

CASTLE LOUD - NAG VAN DIE LEGENDES
Van die groot geeste van rock is almal op een verhoog te sien: Piet Botha, Koos Kombuis, Anton Goosen en die Bushrock Band, en Valiant Swart. En van die jonger orkeste maak ook hul stemme dik: Brasse Vannie Kaap, Beeskraal, Die Radiators en Karen Zoid. Ondersteun deur Geraas.
Joolplaas; 5 Okt Vanaf 15:00 - R40

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BARLEYCORN
http://twisted.co.za/barleycorn/
Barleycorn Music Club, River Club, Observatory

Line-up for Monday 17th Sept:
*Pete Van Heerden. An Old Trooper, Master of the fingerpickin’ Acoustic Guitar.
*Caroline Blundell and Company. Stalwart of South Africa’s First Folk Family, the Finest Acoustic Music and Vocals; with Friends & Family of equal Stature.
*Nikki Lee (Vox), Pete Stanford (Gtr), Robbie Stemmett (Bass) & Malcolm Aberdien (Drms). Our Own Nikki with an interesting mix of some of Our most Loyal Supporters.

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

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BEDROCK

Just to warn you that another storm front is on its way to the Cape, but this time it's a sandstorm in the shape of BEDROCK (The Band In The Sand)!

Following on the lamentable success that the band's latest CD, "Recovery", is experiencing - with the opening track "Rock 'n Roll Man" having peaked at #14 on the SA Rock Digest's Top Twenty of SA Music for three successive weeks in a row - the band have been booked to play a gig at Pieter Dirk-Uys' Peron Theatre at Darling on the night of Saturday, 10 November, 2001. This promises to be one huge party and we'd really like to see as many of our Cape Town friends there as possible. There are plenty of B & B's and camping sites out at Darling so why not make a weekend of it? If you haven't seen BEDROCK "live" then you're definitely going to enjoy this good, old-fashioned party.

Chow for now - confirmation of arrangements, entry fees, etc will come at a later stage.

Pete Shout

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

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

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M MUSIC MANAGEMENT

TUESDAY 18 SEPT: Bohemia Unplugged: VELVET MARY

This alternative grunge outfit is playing in
Stellenbosch on Tuesday the 18th. R2 (two) cover
charge. Music starts at 21h00. Info: 082 375 8991

SATURDAY 22 SEPT: LP SHOW AND FROY: Purple Turtle

Two of Cape Town's vibiest punk bands at the Turtle.
Bring R15 to get in. Party starts at 21h00.

TUESDAY 25 SEPT: Bohemia Unplugged: Kelvin Declined

The most decadent band you'll ever see playing in
Stellenbosch on the 25th. R2 (two) cover charge. Music starts
at 21h00. Info: 082 375 8991.

For more info, contact Mariska:
mailto:mariskadupreez@yahoo.com
082 375 8991
M MUSIC MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTIONS

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PEREZ

Mon 17 September Doodles Deli Cafe - Cape Town, Tableview
Wed 19 September Independent Armchair Theatre - Cape Town
Fri 28 September Woodstock 3

For more information contact:
Maryke Zietsman
082 922 0885
mailto:maryke@powerzone.co.za

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

Mon 17 Whale Hall, Paardekraalweg, Mossel Bay
Tues 18 PE Tech Theatre (MMM Loubser Auditorium), Port Elizabeth
Wed 19 PE Tech Theatre (MMM Loubser Auditorium), Port Elizabeth
Thurs 20 Strand Town Hall, Strand (town changed)
Fri 21 3 Arts, Plumstead, Cape Town
Sat 22 3 Arts, Plumstead, Cape Town
Wed 26 Orient Theatre, East London
Thurs 27 BarGo, Durban
Fri 28 BarGo, Durban
Sat 29 Woodstock 3, Heidelberg Kloof, Heidelberg, Gauteng

Tickets available from TicketWeb <http://www.ticketweb.co.za>

SA Tour info:
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
http://www.sarongas.com

28th September Woodstock 3
5th October St Johns College
6th October Potchefstroom
13th October Montys Pub and Grill Pietersburg
20th October Bosberok Nelspruit

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SUNWAYS

Sat 29 Sept - Woodstock 3
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

Live music venue that features original SA bands.
Bands start at 10.00pm Fri & Sat.

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

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ZEN ARCADE
http://www.zenarcade.co.za

Friday Sept 21 and Saturday Sept 22 - Bosberock Festival, Nelspruit
Saturday Sept 29 - Woodstock Festival, Heidelberg

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

JOHNNY CLEGG THE PICTURES
http://www.geocities.com/johnnycleggthepictures

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

BILL KNIGHT
http://twisted.co.za/billknight/

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
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.zenarcade.co.za

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

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

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

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

TAMBOER KRANTJIE
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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Kurt Shoemaker, USA
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John Samson, UK
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Shiloh Noone, South Africa
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Tertius Louw, South Africa
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