SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #124
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1st October 2001

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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The Nudies final tour... a new era at Bugsy's Beat Bar... Party Dolls win songwriting competition... Valiant Swart is a Boland Punk... Shiloh remembers Mick Taylor... Kurt looks at some cool SA rock band names... John Samson reviews the first Wingerd Rock CD... Its the big 5-Oh for Sting and the big 6-Oh for Paul Simon this week... The story behind Black Eyed Susan's Hate Street Dialogue... Karma gets noisy in London... CD Wherehouse in Cape Town features performances from Abdullah Ibrahim, Blk Sonshine, Wonderboom, and Watershed this week...
Rodriguez interviewed by IOL...

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CONTENTS
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1.HOT & FRESH - News: Nudies final tour, A new era at Bugsys Beat Bar, Oppikoppi updates, Reto Weber, The Party Dolls
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs this week, Top Selling SA CDs
3.LET'S ROCK - New releases: Valiant Swart - Boland Punk, New releases at One World
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Mick Taylor, Cool Rock Names, Wingerd Rock, SA charts 30 years ago, Birthdays, Hate Street Dialogue
5.ROCKLINE - Forum, Requests & Feedback: Obscure vinyl, obscure song, Mabu Vinyl
6.ROCK ON - Live reviews and gig info: Karma in London
7.CLICK HERE - SA Rock on the web: Rodriguez interview
8.BUMPF - Archives, contributions, editors and contributors
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1.HOT & FRESH
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NUDIES FINAL TOUR DATES

Springbok N*de Girls’ final 'The Fat Lady Sings' Tour, will be happening at the following venues on the following dates:

Wednesday October 3rd - Bargo, Durban
Saturday October 6th - 3 Arts, Cape Town
Saturday October 13th - Shepherds Bush, London

The band’s final album, Springbok N*de Girls - ‘The Fat Lady Sings - The Best of 1995 - 2001’, will be released on October 22 2001. The album will contain the band’s better known radio hits and live songs, and two new songs that the SNG have just recorded and are mixing at present.

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A NEW ERA AT BUGSY’S BEAT BAR

Paul Drosdzol will become the resident "music magician" (marketing maestro?) at Bugsy's Beat Bar - cnr Republic and Rabie roads, Fountainebleau, Randburg - from October 1. So look out for some interesting concepts and pulse-quickening music events from that date.

The following companies, concepts and intiatives - under Paul’s leadership - will henceforth be housed at Bugsy's:

ZER02HER0 - a band management company that looks after the interests and aspirations of these top-flight bands: Zen Arcade, The Party Dolls, 340ml, Three Weeks Anaemic and Basemental Platform.

DaKATZindaHATZ - can best be described as an urban beat collective that embraces the excitement of modern beat grooves ranging from nu-skool, hip-hop, trip-hop and ska right through to funk, drum&bass, house and other electronic dance genres. daKATZ is resident at Bugsy's every Wednesday night from October. Vital elements include hip-hoppers Basemental Platform, avantgrinders Three Weeks Anaemic, ska-dub scientists 340ml, modern beatz maestro DJ Rentboy and much, much more.

HARD&FAUST - is on every Thursday night at Bugsy's and is dedicated to, you guessed it, bands that are as hard as nails. Groups range from extreme metal and punk to hardcore and gothic.

JAZZED-UP! - bringing you the best in happening jazz on Sundays. We are not talking tinkling cocktail swing here - we are talking hard horns, burning avantbop and out-there beats and soundbombs.

BIG SATURDAYS @ BUGSY'S - celebrating the new era at Bugsy's with a huge party on SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 - starting in the early afternoon. The line-up is still to be formally confirmed but you can expect loads of exciting bands. It is fully expected that Zen Arcade, The Party Dolls, Three Weeks Anaemic, 340ml, Basemental Platform, DJ Rentboy, Humphrey The Teacup and other punk bands will be taking part and we will be running the full gamut from rock, punk through to dance, ska and hip-hop.

Look out for other BIG events @ BUGSY'S on Saturdays - we will be announcing dates and line-ups ASAP.

THE FEROCIOUS FERRET RECORDING COMPANY - Ferocious Ferret is a forward-looking record label, capturing acts across the spectrum of contemporary genres, that operates from the excellent studio at Bugsy's Beat Bar. Contact: Paul Drosdzol 082-685-0819 or Lorenz Rugheimer - 082-672-6928.

BUGSY'S: THE LIVE VENUE - Bugsy's Beat Bar is booking live acts six days a week (Tues to Sun) as a music venue. Contact: Paul Drosdzol - 082-685-0819.

BUGSY'S: THE STUDIO - The studio is open for booking from Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm. The opening rate for eight hours of recording time is R500 (inc. engineer). The rate for a live recording of an evening performance is R500 (inc. engineer). Bookings: Paul - 082-685-0819 or Lorenz - 082-672-6928.

EDUCATING BUGSY'S - We will also be introducing an educational flavour at Bugsy's with workshops with top musical heads. Anyone keen to come on board, contact Paul: 082-685-0819.

PUNCHLINE - Any other suggestions or interactions from you, the SA music fan, don't hestitate to contact us: BRING IT ON! Bugsy's belongs to YOU too.

Other points:

* Free, safe parking right outside Bugsy's.
* Reasonable drinks prices.
* Excellent front-of-house PA and superb acoustics.
* Low cover charges (ranging from R15 to R25, depending on event).
* Friendly, relaxed environment.

Paul Drosdzol
Bugsy's Beat Bar
082-685-0819

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

Very quick words of relative wisdom for all the frontier folk around Southern Africa. Look out for the first of a long list of nice gigs to get to, and into, in the not too distant future, including news on the return of the bushveld band weekends at Oppikoppi, the Vodacom Jazz
Indaba and Tuks Rag show all planned by the Oppikoppi team for the next few months.

Carel Hoffmann
Oppikoppi, (Very) Deep in South Africa

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RETO WEBER PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA
(With Zim Ngqawana and Christy Doran)

The Arts Council of Switzerland and Oppikoppi host the Reto Weber Percussion Orchestra at Tings ‘n Times in Pretoria and the Bassline in Melville on the 7th and 8th October respectively.

The three musicians who form the orchestra- Djamchid Chemirani from Iran (Persian cylindrical drum zarb), Muthuswamy Balasubramonian from India (Double drumheaded Mridangam), and Reto Weber from Switzerland (Drums, clay jar, steel drums)- have been performing around the world at festivals and concerts in Montreux, Frankfurt, Bombay, Dakar, and many others, as well as playing with Zakir Hussain, Dom Um Romao and Adama Drame amongst others in the twenty-odd years the orchestra has been making music.

Joined often by percussionists as well as outstanding Jazz soloists, the group’s universal appeal stems from the philosophy in their musical style as much as it does in the international mixture of the musicians’ origin. The result is a blend of sounds that transcends language and
cultural barriers, led by Reto Weber who is a master percussionist with musical vision and sensitivity.

For their performances in South Africa, they will be joined by Swiss guitarist Christy Doran and South African saxophonist/flautist Zim Ngqawana. Doran recently toured SA with his band "New Bag", while Ngqawana has gained an international reputation in recent years, as well as four excellent album releases.

The tour dates are as follows:

Sunday 7th Oct. 9pm.- Tings ‘n Times, Pretoria.
Monday 8th Oct. 9pm.- Bassline, Johannesburg.

Additional info & photographs can be obtained on his website http://www.retoweber.ch or by contacting:
Rob Allan
Cell: 082 321 8113
E-mail: mailto:bob@oppikoppi.co.za

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PARTY DOLLS: THE FINEST SONGWRITERS IN THE LAND
(Press release from Zero2Hero)

It is with immense pride and a huge Cheshire-Cat grin that we announce that The Party Dolls - more precisely the duo of singer/guitarist Andrew Kay and violinist Louise Drosdzol - have WON the Emerging Sounds Lyrical Songwriters competition. They triumphed over five other acts at Roxys Rhythm Bar last Tuesday night.

Thanks go out to Simon and Patric for a wonderful concept and competition.

The Dolls now have free recording time available to them courtesy Hedgehog Studios - so watch out for a Party Dolls release in the months to come.

Hearty congratulations are due ... Andrew and Louise turned in precise and heartfelt renditions of three Kay originals that brought a hush (and perhaps even the odd surreptitious tear) to the packed house.

Special mention for Earl Street: tough call, guys ... I also thought you were the canine's cojones!

ZER02HER0 does not often blow its own rather rusty trumpet (we KNOW our
acts have achieved marvelous things purely through their sheer talent,
efforts and energy) ... but we are compelled to quietly say that in The
Party Dolls we have the finest songwriters out there and in Zen Arcade we have the band with the No.1 song in the land.
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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. [3] (1) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
2. [1] (1) Live Fact - Rodriguez (Sony)
3. [4] (3) Tassenberg All Stars 2 (Live) - Various (Trippy Grape)
4. [2] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
5. [5] (5) Farewell Station Road - Wayne Pauli (Rhythm)
6. [6] (1) Voortvlugtend - Akkedis (SSS Records)
7. [7] (2) In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI)
8. [8] (8) Afrika Not For Sissy - Syd Kitchen (Indie)
9. [9] (9) All I Am - Kaolin (Sheer)
10. [-] (10) Songs From The Mall - Max Normal (Chameleon)
11. [10] (10) Oomblik Van Waansin - Mel Botes (Janus)
12. [12] (9) Listen - Ssshh (EuropeAfrica)
13. [13] (1) Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
14. [14] (1) Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
15. [11] (3) Soul Taker - Lucky Dube (Gallo)
16. [16] (1) Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
17. [15] (4) Bongolution - Bongo Maffin (Sony)
18. [17] (1) Rising Above The Madness - Lionel Bastos (SAFM)
19. [19] (4) Best Kept Secrets - Dog Detachment (RetroFresh)
20. [18] (1) The Moon Is A Spoon - Sunways (Fresh)

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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. [2] (1) Engel - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
2. [4] (2) Brave True And Strong - Bongo Maffin (‘Bongolution’/Sony)
3. [1] (1) Up - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
4. [-] (4) Life (Theme from Big Brother) - Semisane (BMG)
5. [6] (5) Crossing - Kaolin (‘All I Am’/Sheer)
6. [3] (3) Settler - Syd Kitchen (‘Afrika Not For Sissy’/Indie)
7. [5] (2) Binneland In (Live) - Spinnekop ('Tassenberg All Stars
2'/Trippy Grape)
8. [7] (2) Sweet Stellenganga - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
9. [8] (3) She Can't Let It Go - Lionel Bastos ('Rising Above The
Madness'/SAFM)
10. [13] (10) Jannie Cocaine - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
11. [9] (1) Put A Little Love - Lucky Dube (‘Soul Taker’/Gallo)
12. [19] (3) Indigo Girl - Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
13. [10] (1) Glorious Gem - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
14. [11] (2) Why - Garth Taylor (‘Why?’/PT Records)
15. [12] (1) Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
16. [15] (8) Colour Me In - Sunways (‘The Moon Is A Spoon’/Fresh)
17. [14] (12) Reënvoëls - Mel Botes ('Oomblik Van Waansin/Janus)
18. [17] (1) Not About You - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
19. [18] (6) Waiting For A Miracle - Dog Detachment (‘Best Kept
Secrets'/RetroFresh)
20. [20] (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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VALIANT SWART - BOLAND PUNK (Rhythm Records, SWART 005)
(Press release)

Na vele bespiegeling en afwagting oor die nuwe Bom wat Kom is Valiant Swart se nuwe CD, BOLAND PUNK nou beskikbaar.

BOLAND PUNK bevat 12 hermeesterde weergawes van Valiant se kragtigste punk-rock treffers van die afgelope 13 jaar, asook die veelbesproke nuwe snit 'Die Bom Kom', PLUS heropgeneemde dansweergawes van 'Die Mystic Boer' en 'International Maria'. In die omslagboekie skryf Valiant iets oor die omstandigheidgetuienis rondom die herkoms en ontstaan van elke song op die album.

Die rumours rondom hierdie CD het ontstaan nadat ‘n kortspeler van drie nuwe snitte op 10 September aan platejoggies gestuur is. Een van die nuwe snitte op die kortspeler is getiteld 'Die Bom Kom' en op die agterblad van die omslag was ‘n passasiersvliegtuig, besig om deur ‘n ring van sterre te vlieg. http://rock.co.za/images/cdcovers/bomkom.jpg

Hierdie stukkie onreine waarheid het almal se hare in pure punk styl regop geruk. Die song is reeds vóór die einde van die vorige eeu geskryf en gedurende Augustus 2001 opgeneem...

Dus, om op te som: ... BOLAND PUNK bevat tonne van die beste wat hierdie Supersuave Blonde Boland Rocker punktueel (punk intended) oor die afgelope 13 jaar aan die skerp kant van dinge gedoen het, plus ‘n bonus van drie nuut onwerpte bomme waarmee hy die skerp kant nóg skerper skuur.

‘n Absolute moet vir alle ou en toekomstige Valiant fans en kruisvaarders van ontstuimige gatskop Suid Afrikaanse Punk Rock..

Hy’s nou los... LEKKER DANS...!

Images:
Boland Punk: http://rock.co.za/images/cdcovers/valiant_bolandpunk.jpg
Die Bom Kom: http://rock.co.za/images/cdcovers/bomkom.jpg

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NEW RELEASES AT ONE WORLD ONLINE CD STORE

South Africa's finest online music retail store http://www.oneworld.co.za is proud to make available the following new releases:

Soweto String Quartet - Four (Instrumental)
The new album from the Soweto String Quartet highlights the individuality of each member. It is an album where they have decided not to interpret the music of others but rather to create their own soundscapes.

Brenda Fassie - Greatest Hits (Township Pop)
SA's queen of pop with her most definitive collection yet. This latest CD contains 20 of her outright best tracks spanning her long and illustrious career.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka - Best Of Vol 2
The second instalment in her greatest hits collection, this one contains 13 tracks, one of which, ‘Masala’, features the talents of Chicco and Jimmy Dludlu. Your collection won't be complete without it.

Wessel - So Fine (Jazz)
Smooth and sultry SA jazz which has a number of great artists contributing their talents to this fine album, McCoy Mrubata, Ernie Smith and Johnny Fourie to name a few.

Zola - Mdlwembe (Kwaito)
After achieving huge success through his hits on the excellent Yizo Yizo 2 compilation, Zola has finally released his first solo album. A fine album that makes him one of kwaito's leading men.

Zen Arcade - Snowflake (Pop/Rock)
Currently rocking SA airwaves, Zen Arcade have released what looks to be a strong contender for the rock album of the year. Coming on like Pearl Jam and Nirvana, with the class to match, we just can't get enough of these guys.

Chris de Burgh - Live In South Africa (International)
Due to the demand of his huge and passionate following we have managed to get this re-released and supplied exclusively to Oneworld. {'Live In South Africa' was originally recorded in SA in 1979 and released later that same year, re-released on CD in June 1997 with a bonus studio track, 'Riding On A Rainbow', written specially for Nelson Mandela and his new ‘Rainbow Nation’ - ed}

Rodriguez - Live In South Africa (International)
Having just finished a successful 16-date tour of SA, this live album recorded in SA on his 1998 tour is a must have. With a massive cult following around the country and among South Africans all over the world Rodriguez is about as South African as braaivleis and boerewors.

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

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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

MICK TAYLOR (the true rolling stone)

If ever fame and fortune had missed the boat, however glorious and destined it appeared to be, then surely the light should settle on the acute dexterity of guitarist Mick Taylor. We hover briefly over Hatfield, England in 1965 where a young sixteen year old guitarist, Mick Taylor would power his psychedelic display with a group called the Gods. And gods they were, for out of this ensemble came the likes of Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep), Greg Lake (King Crimson / ELP) and the Glasscock brothers (Toe Fat, Jethro Tull). Mick's love for the blues was extremely stifled in this conglomerate of talented maestros who were all desperate to expound their gifted abilities. In the winter of 1967 the group broke up, and Mick stood alone with few choices as an under-aged guitarist.

Another story was taking place in South Side London where the talented Peter Green had just departed from John Mayall's Blues Breakers to reform with Fleetwood Mac. Eric Clapton was due to arrive from an extended vacation in Greece, but alas not a slow hand to be seen. Rumour has it Mayall chain smoked the hours away at Heathrow. As a last resort John phoned Mick to assist him in this unpredictable vacuum. The story goes that a fourteen year old Mick Taylor stepped in to assist John Mayall at an open gig in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Mayall was a stickler when it came to keeping names and phone numbers and the added bonus that Mick knew John's entire repertoire got him the job. The album "Crusade" with Keef Hartley on drums is brilliantly compiled with an assortment of lead breaks, in particular "Snowy Wood", "Driving Sideways" and the laid back "Me and my baby". It was clearly evident that Mayall was keeping this young leopard in check, but when it came to his fusion album "Bare Wires", all hell broke loose. Augmented by a nucleus of musicians that would eventually form Colosseum, Mick drives his guitar into a high speed velocity of blues that caught the breath of guitar schools around the world. The opening track "Bare wires - suite" is filled with an emotion of jazz and blues. The rhythmic riff on "No replay" and Mayall's defence on "Hartley quits" allows Mick enough space to execute his freedom at will. When it came to Hawaiian / slide guitar, Mick was no slouch, as acutely expressed on the track "Sandy".

Predictably Mick had outlived his stay like all those before him, but it was good enough to entice the Rolling Stones to open the doors for Mick during the demise of Brain Jones. Ironically it was approximately four and a half weeks after he had joined the Rolling Stones, that Brian was tragically murdered. Mick's trigger like blues is sensually displayed on one of the Stones' finest albums "Exile on Main street", in particular his riff on Slim Harpo's "Shake your hips". His ability on country blues is richly expounded on the tracks "Ventilator" and "Sweet Virginia". Mick's efforts were reinforced by Keith Richard and the unknown guitarist Gram Parsons. Mick Taylor departed from the Stones at the end of 1974 to be replaced by Harvey Mandel for a short while and then Ron Wood.

Although Mick released a fine solo album during the seventies, it did not capture the blues the way we know him, but a worthy recommendation would be his live album recorded in 1995 at the 14 Below Club in Santa Monica. This album captures some dazzling performances such as a thirteen minute version of Willie Dixon's "You shook me" and a magnificent nine minute version of "You gotta move" (McDowell). The essence of this album is captured during the improvisation of Mick Taylor and saxophone legend Joe Houston. Mick Taylor was once asked if he never felt robbed of the glory and fortune that came upon the Stones in the last thirty years. He simply answered "If I haven't left, I would have ended up like Brian Jones".

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

COOL SOUTH AFRICAN NOMS D'ROCK

To use an old joke I first heard in reference to the healthy girls from a hamlet outside my hometown: What is there in SA's water that inspires so many cool band names? Or maybe it's in the Castle Lagers, the Windhoeks, and the Tassies?

Cool is hard to define, but we recognize when someone either is or isn't cool, even though we might not be able to come up with defining terms. I can, however, do some opinionated listifying.

To me, some of the coolest SA band names are Squeal, Sugardrive, Falling Mirror (trés cool), Just Jinger, éVoid, Ella Mental, The Electric Petals, and Wonderboom -- these are catchy, inspired, and neat, neat, neat. There are also Tweak, Sons of Trout (good one!), & The Pressure Cookies. These clever names suggest creativity and provoke curiosity.

Even Four Jacks and a Jill has a certain panache. If you disagree with
that, then at least you might agree that one gets an idea of their musical style from their name.

Speaking of style, I can't think of Battery 9 having any other name -- Paul Rickert and the Four Batteries? Nah. Battery 9, especially as pronounced in Afrikaans, echoes that B9 sound: tough and uncompromising.

Rabbitt is a catchy name, and now whenever I think of dassies, now that I know what a dassie is, I think of rock rabbitts. Rabbitt is a cute and cool name, and their pop idol image and rock music ranges from cute to cool, too.

Ballyhoo is a name as cool as The Smithereens. Radio Rats, like the unique Radio Rats music, works for me. The Dream Merchants sounds good, too, from wherever they took the inspiration for it (Dylan, or a science fiction novel?).

Girl groups often name themselves in a way that lets the world know they are female musos (musas?), even though they may play pure and inspired rock, not 'It's My Party' pop. South Africa's girl groups do this, too. Little Sister, Peach and Clout -- even though the names are only one or two words, these are punchy names.

What about Johnny Kongos? You don't make up a name like that, and he
didn't. "Kongos" even carries a musical hint in its coolness. Johnny
Kongos is also a name that worked well both with the rock 'n' roll of Johnny Kongos and the G-Men and with the solo-artist-with-friends rock he later created using African rhythms.

As long as I'm on the subject of singers' names, Quentin E. Klopjaeger might not be loaded with chic allure, but it certainly is memorable. Though one can't always see the Forrest for the stage names, right?

Speaking of cool and individual names, is not Valiant Swart a cool name? It takes one with a certain élan to live up to a name like "Valiant", and Valiant sure has it. Yet it takes another sort, or size, of cojones to answer in a manly voice to Kombuis. And the great Koos has just the voice, and the cojones, for that.

On the other hand, some names don't work well for me as cool names, while their music does work as cool. Springbok N*de Girls is one of those bands.

And Suck. What kind of a crude band name is that? It's not cute like
Rabbitt, not expressively aggressive like Jack Hammer. I'll understand
better when Retro Fresh releases the Suck CD "Time To Suck' because I suspect Suck's hard rock is well-matched by their blunt name.

Some names are neither swashbuckling nor milquetoast. Here, the performers make the appellation mean something to listeners. I'm thinking of the great David Kramer, of Saron Gas, and of Bedrock (though Bedrock gets points for the use of "rock" in a name that suggests rock fundamentals).

Back to the rarified atmosphere of the cool, Freedom's Children, with or without the possessive apostrophe, is a name perfectly of the times from whence the band sprung. Though firmly of an era, the name Freedom's Children, like their music, remains cool.

Among the modern bands, Beeskraal is a perfect naam for those ous.
Karen Zoid -- Karen, and that surname, catches one's eye. And the whimsical Fruit Fly Navigators? I like it.

Of course, we're here for the music and we know that names are just
handles. Nonetheless, there are a number of cool handles attached to SA
music. I've left out hundreds, and I imagine that you, cool reader, have been mentally making your own list as you have read this.

When I see a cool name on a CD, it makes me curious about the music
within. One may not be able to judge a band by its name, or by its cover art, but the name might make a buyer stop to look at the CD. However, the second CD will have to be sold by musical content, and, if you'll note, most of the artists above have sold many CDs....

(For cool SA cover artwork, check out http://www.sarockdigest.com/albumcovers/)

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

{Send in your lists of cool SA artist names, past and present, to mailto:coolnames@sarockdigest.com. Two lucky subscribers will win CDs thanks to SonyMusic SA. A copy of SNG's 'Relaxor' and a copy of Big Sky's 'Decade' are up for grabs - ed}

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

WINGERD ROCK 1 (SONGS UIT DIE BOS) - VARIOUS (Trippy Grape)

As an Engelsman, I battle to pronounce the word Wingerd and would probably battle even more should I partake heavily of the fermented fruits of the Wingerd. But hey, do I care? Not really as this summation of the Stellenbosch music scene of the mid-nineties kicks grape.

Household names like Springbok N*de Girls, Valiant Swart and Koos Kombuis rub shoulders with lesser known bands like The Led, Ark and Drain to form this eclectic collection (compiled by Dirk Uys) that ranges from heavy grunge through to country rock.

A few standout points are Nicole Holm's punky Heather Mac vocals for White Trash, the thrashy guitars of The Led and the quieter acoustic workout of Brollocks en Bittergal. I may be going out on a limb here, but I'm sure I heard shades of a raunchy David Kramer in a couple of songs, Valiant's 'Moelikheid met die Man' and dare I suggest it of the N*de Girls 'Pappa ek wil 'n Popster Word' in particular? Oh well I never wanted the freedom of Stellenbosch anyway.

But the highlight has to be Koos Kombuis' tribute to James Phillips -
'Beethoven is Dead'. With it's bluesy verses and grunge rock chorus of
'Beethoven is Dying, Beethoven is Dead' sung in Koos' distinctive
Oom-next-door tones, this poignant tribute is the stuff lumps in the throat are made of.

Koos also has the last say on the album with the funny but close to the bone 'Verslaaf'. It somewhat sums up the feel of the album and, I guess
Stellenbosch at the time, with him listing his addictions largely based
around the standard Sex 'n drugs 'n rock en roll, including whiskey, tiete en alles met an "ol"... "maar die beste van die lot is die ROCK 'N ROLL".

This well-produced, well-chosen collection of songs shows the early promise of the fast maturing Afrikaans rock scene with hardly a duff note on the CD. Although the liner notes are full of pictures of lute wielding maidens frolicking playfully with Musketeers around the Cape Dutch Gabled houses of the Stellenbosch region, this is not a case of the right place but the wrong time, rather it is a timely album from that cauldron of talent affectionately known as Sweet Stellenganga. A vine collection of tunes.

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, 1st October 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Co Co - The Sweet
2 [2] You - Peter Maffay
3 [3] Daar's Niks Soos Ware Liefde - Groep Twee*
4 [6] Never Ending Song Of Love - New Seekers
5 [8] Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum - The Middle of The Road
6 [9] Tom, Tom Turnaround - New World
7 [13] Silver Threads And Golden Needles - Barbara Ray*
8 [4] Hold On To What You Got - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
9 [5] I Did What I Did For Maria - Tony Christie
10 [7] How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Bee Gees

* South African Artists

Still no change at the top, not only the number 1 spot, but number 2 and 3 remained unchanged. Barbara Ray crashed into the top 10 at the expense of John Kongos' 'He's gonna step on you again' which fell to number 14. It was Barbara's 3rd top 10 hit in 2 years.

The classic 'Leader of the Pack' by the Shangri-La's entered the charts at number 17 along with Gert Potgieter's 'Sweet Maria' and Neil Diamond with 'I'm a Believer' (originally a hit for the Monkees, and more recently redone by Smashmouth for the Shrek soundtrack). Out went the Gentle People's 'Rain, Rain, Rain' which had had a run of 12 weeks and peaked at number 3.

Knocking on the door of the top 10 were the Hedgehoppers (formerly known as Hedgehoppers Anonymous) with 'Hey' and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Sweet Hitch Hiker'.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Clap your hands and stamp your feet - Maria (1973)
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

September
30 Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld in 1947, died 16 September 1977)

October
2 Don McLean (1945)
2 Sting (born Gordon Sumner, 1951)
3 Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans, 1941)
5 Bob Geldof (1954)
5 *Ronnie Robot (born Ronald Friedman, 1954)
8 *Jenni Lonmon
9 John Lennon (1940, died 8 December 1980)
10 Grace Slick (1939)
13 *Lionel Peterson (1947)
13 Paul Simon (1941)
14 Cliff Richard (1940)
14 *Alan Garrity (1947)
15 Chris de Burgh (1948)
18 Chuck Berry (1926)
22 *Mike Eager (1953)
24 *Peter Hanmer (1959)

* South African artists

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

THE AMAZING STORY OF HATE STREET DIALOGUE

This song was not actually written by Rodriguez, but sure sounds like it could have been. It was written by Gary Harvey, Mike Theodore ('Cold Fact' producer) and Dennis Coffey (guitarist on 'Cold Fact'). "Hate Street" actually refers to the famous "Haight/Ashbury" area of San Francisco, the famous Hippie hang-out during the late 60's "Summer Of Love".

HAIGHT STREET

Stelios wrote:
...for years the title 'Hate Street Dialogue' has been bothering me, when I listened to the song I gathered the lyrics were referring to the famous hippie street in San Francisco: Haight/Ashbury, however the title on the album is spelt "Hate". Rodriguez said (on a SA radio phone-in show in March 1998) that although the lyrics of that particular song were not written by himself they did refer to the Haight and not to the opposite of love.

PIG AND HOSE
In this song Rodriguez sings about being set free by "the pig and hose". Could this mean a policeman ("pigs" was hippy slang for cops) and a piece of hose-pipe?

"Pig" - a needle and "hose" - surgical tubing used to cause veins to stand out and allow pig to be inserted? (Nigel Walsh)

Or could "pig and hose" be a mispronunciation of "frigging ho's"

Any other ideas?

BLACK EYED SUSAN

South African Indie melodic grunge-rockers Black Eyed Susan (not be confused with Oz-Rockers "The Black-Eyed Susans") recorded the album 'Back Stabbers & Money Grabbers' in January 1998 and released it in May 1998. Included on their album is an uptempo remake of this classic 'Cold Fact' song. Not actually written by Rodriguez, this song of urban decay and loneliness fits perfectly on Black Eyed Susan's album of otherwise original material. A great version on an even greater album. If you like your rock modern-but-retro, grungy-yet-tuneful, this album is for you.

GARY W. HARVEY

4th September 2001, Darin J. Harvey wrote:

I was amazed that I finally found something about Sixto Rodriguez on the net and that I could finish a long quest with the help of your website <http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez>.

Two years ago my father, Gary W. Harvey, mentioned while I was visiting him in Detroit, that he received a check for percentage for the lyrics of a song he wrote some thirty years ago! He wasn't sure about the facts and he could only tell me the name of the song (which he thought was "Haight Street Dialog") and that he originally wrote that one for a guy named Rodriguez. But the check was for a cover version from a band of South Africa!

Back in Germany, where I live, I started my search with the weak information I had! As I couldn't find any hint for Rodriguez or that song I stopped my search after a few weeks! Now nearly two years later, I remembered my search and tried again! And yep, I got some hits!

My first hit was, that the song wasn't named "Haight Street dialog" but "Hate Street Dialogue", which brought me on the trail of "Black Eyed Susan" and finally lead me to "Sixto Rodriguez"!

So I read the facts you collected in your website and after all I could buy me a copy of 'Cold Fact' through Amazon.com, Germany (which was amazing that they could supply it in Germany). Two days later I received the album and now I really love it - as it's interesting, unique and simply good music!

It turned out that my Dad also wrote the lyrics from the song "Gommorah". He really was amazed that I could find the stuff we talked about two years ago and as I forwarded the links to him, so he could surf through by himself!

If you ever have the chance, get yourself a copy of the first Rare Earth Album "Dreams/Answer" on Verve Records! You might find some parallels as it was produced by the same team back then!

28th September 2001, Darin wrote again:

I would be pleased if you quote my e-mail on your website and your e-mag!

I'm so happy that I could expose some old stories and connection with the help of your work and website!

Meanwhile I got contact with Francois Bredenkamp from the "Black Eyed Susan" and even with Mike Theodore, the Producer of "Cold Fact".

Francois was very surprised and pleased to receive my mail and promised to send me a copy of their album. Unfortunately his band doesn't exist anymore!

This is what he wrote me:

It's a great surprise and pleasure to hear from you. We fell in love with the song lyrics and decided to make a remake. We are a South African based independent band, but unfortunately Black Eyed Susan does not exist anymore. I don't know if you are aware of this but Rodriguez is an legend in our country. He is currently touring here till the end of September and I will watch him in Pretoria this Sunday.

This was definitely the most rewarding mail we have ever received for our efforts as a struggling rock band. (Francois Bredenkamp)

A few days later I received a mail from Mike Theodore (who's still working as a producer in New Jersey, USA) and I was very amazed, as I didn't try to contact him! He got information through my Dad, that I searched for Rodriguez and Black Eyed Susan!

Since I have the Rodriguez album 'Cold Fact', I introduced it to some friends and co-workers and everyone liked it and thought it's very unique! They've been surprized that he's totally unknown here, and that he'd never made it in Germany.

Read about more other cover versions of Rodriguez songs at:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/coverversions.html

See an updated image of the Coming From Reality / After The Fact album cover at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/afterfact.html#30

Read an interview with Rodriguez at Independent Online:
http://www.iol.co.za/tempfeat/rodriguez/index.php
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5.ROCKLINE - FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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OBSCURE VINYL

I'm trying to find out if the following Bands actually released LPs in SA. If anybody has a copy of the following please let me know.

Bryan Miller's Destruction - Bryan Millers Destruction
Mike Dickman - Mike Dickman / Yesterdays paper
Electric circus - Alive at the electric jam
Infinity - Breaking loose
Koko - Man to man
Wakeford Hart - Do I have to tell you

Thanks
Alan Hilton
mailto:ahilton@mweb.co.za

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OBSCURE SONG

I am a presenter on a local regional radio station and I'd like to ask if anyone can help with information about a song from way back (60s?) called, "Non Non Latah" or "No No letar"? I think it was in Italian... I'm trying to find out who sang it and if it is still available.

Many thanks.

Errol
mailto:erbal@yebo.co.za

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MABU VINYL

Welcome to my earthy unpretentious domain. MaBU Vinyl Shop is part of the growing Long & Kloof street stretch looking straight at the resting Table Mountain. This month there are some goodies you should know about & it could turn into a regular thang so ...

South African list of what's new.
a) white sleeve promo a-side Koos Kombuis b-side Free State Music; Shifty Records. EX R40
b) Out of the blue; Skate promotions. Compilation: Quarterzone, Tony
Wood, Wunderbah, Carl Helgard, Under2flags, The Outfitters, Bionic
Automation, Illigal Gathering. EX R40
c) A Naartjie in my Sosatie; Rebel Rhythms. Compilation: Timothy,
National Wake, Stan James, Corporal Punishment, Sankomota, Roger
Lucey, Joe Azania & the Chameleons, Desert Moves, Bernoldus Niemand,
Kalahari Surfers. VG to EX R50
d) Hugh Masekela; Fontana 1969. VG to EX R75
e) King Kong - all African Jazz Opera; Gallotone 1960. Miriam Makeba - lead female. VG. Just light surface scratches but looking good R60.

South African pressings only.
a) The Shadows - Rocking Guitars; Columbia black label. EX except slight spine damage R100
b) Cliff's Greatest Hits; Columbia green label. EX R90
c) Elvis - That's the way it is; RCA 38258. EX R75
d) Elvis - Kissin Cousins; RCA 31900. EX R300
e) Elvis - Girls!Girls!Girls!; RCA 31664. EX R200
f) Jimmie Rodgers sings EP; Roulette. VG to EX R50

*postage not included

Also a free gift is up for grabs; either 'Kid Galahad' or 'Follow That Dream' (Elvis EPs excellent condition). Contact Jacques, your friendly music lover @ mailto:die_vos@hotmail.com.

Jacques Vosloo
mailto:die_vos@hotmail.com

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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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CALMER KARMA IS NOISIER
Shepherd's Bush Walkabout, 19 September

The last time I saw Henry Ate it was just (no pun intended) a rather pissed off Karma-Ann and Julian Sun playing an essentially acoustic set at the Half Moon. Quite why she was annoyed I'll never know. However tonight she was in a better mood, better voice and this time there was a rhythm section.

This additional backing made for a fuller, more raunchy sound and also freed her up somewhat to occasionally sneak out from behind her guitar and do a bit of lead vocalist strutting at the front of the stage. The audience was receptive, sang along to favourites and seemed unperturbed by a 5 minute break that occured when Julian had to replace his g-string (on his guitar in case you were wondering).

In between songs Karma still reminds me of the girl next door not quite sure how to handle all these people staring at her, but once she lets rip with THAT voice, all that melts and she's full on rock chick. One small criticism though, as much as you love your sister Karma, please don't let her sing, her voice is at best lower case, certainly not upper case.

John Samson
http://www.sarockdigest.com/london

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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

Monday night's line-up, presented by Bill Knight:

Bill Knight. Skollierock and Kaapse Bredie.
Peter Herring. Proving his worth as an emerging Songwriter.
Hilton Vermaas.        An old friend, visiting us from Oz. Wonderful warm raspy Blues and Originals.
Kristoff Steenhaut. With an interesting mix of Flemish and English
Songs, including some of his own.
Stark Raving. Two thirds of the ever popular Starkravingsane. (James is
away on his Hols.)

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

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COMPACT DISC WHEREHOUSE - THE UPCOMING WEEK’S EVENTS:
October 5-9

This coming week is a huge one, with some of the most respected names in jazz, African, and pop music appearing live at the new Compact Disc Wherehouse at the Waterfront. These up-close performances are stripped down and real, with the chance to meet the artists after each event. This week features performances from Abdullah Ibrahim, Blk Sonshine, Wonderboom, and Watershed.

All the following performances are free events and open to the public:

Friday Oct 5 @ 6PM - Wonderboom

The boys are back, getting major airplay with their new single. Wonderboom are enjoying a new wave of support. One of the most professional and energetic South African acts, Wonderboom have a unique and charismatic stage presence envied by many a younger band. The JHB-based band hasn’t been in Cape Town very recently and this is an amazing opportunity to feel the power of Wonderboom live.

Saturday Oct 6 @ 3PM - Abdullah Ibrahim (Live solo piano and CD launch)

Compact Disc Wherehouse is proud to present a very special event. In a rare live appearance, Abdullah Ibrahim will present a selection of his most loved tunes, including material from his latest releases. From ‘Manenberg’ to ‘The Wedding’, this retrospective will cover the highlights of a career spanning over 50 years. Abdullah will present many of his most-loved songs like you haven’t heard them in years, on solo piano.

The event will also include rare DVD footage, as well as the first opportunity to hear live material from Abdullah’s latest CD, ‘Ekapa Loduma’. Abdullah Ibrahim will also be available for a meet & greet with the public after the event, where he will sign CDs.

Sunday October 7th
10:30am: Classical Breakfast with Palm Strings Duo
2pm: Blk Sonshine

Compact Disc Wherehouse continues its Sunday morning traditional "Classical Breakfasts" with live classical music. This Sunday, Compact Disc Wherehouse welcomes The Palm Strings Duo to the stage. This duo performs classical guitar and violin music, and their CD is available in-store.

Sunday afternoon sees the absolutely amazing Blk Sonshine gracing the Compact Disc Wherehouse stage. Blk Sonshine are one of the most exciting and talked-about new groups to emerge in the last decade. The duo blend melodic and sometimes percussive acoustic guitars with hip-hop, jazz, and folk influences as well as a huge helping of soul from their African motherland. The result is emotional music that owes no allegiance to any one culture but instead combines and then enlarges musical boundaries.

In a live concert situation Blk Sonshine involves the crowd deeply, sometimes inciting a call and response that echoes the tribal traditions of their families in Malawi and South Africa. Masauko is a dynamic and gifted performer, fierce and passionate one moment and surprisingly tender the next. Neo is a polar opposite in many ways, a gentle but strong onstage personality with a wicked sense of humour.
For some songs Neo sings in his native Sotho tongue a particularly musical and lyrical language. Common to both songwriters is a finely developed sense of pop melody and African rhythm that is anything but common today.

Their debut album 'Blk Sonshine' was recorded at House of Blues, Encino, California during a US tour that saw them performing at the Tribute to Archbishop Tutu concert in LA alongside Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez and Hugh Masekela. The band have also recorded two tracks with Wu-Tang's RZA for an upcoming "TEKITHA" album .

Tuesday October 9th @ 1pm - Watershed

In a stripped-down acoustic set, Watershed invite Cape Town audiences to get up close and personal. This hugely popular band are making a rare Cape Town appearance and will perform a set especially for the Compact Disc Wherehouse customers.

The Gauteng-based group first attracted the attention of music fans and the industry with the release of their first single, ‘Shine on Me’, which was play-listed on all the radio stations that count across South Africa, and is still played regularly on regional stations. It was followed up by their second hit, ‘Angel’, and their current single, ‘In the Meantime’, can now be heard on radio stations across the country.

Upcoming in-store appearances from:
Johnny Cooper Big Band
Jimmy Dludlu CD Launch
Semisane

For more information, phone Lara Utian on (021) 425 6307 or
082 346 7176. Email: mailto:lu@cdwherehouse.co.za

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HI-FLYERZ
Aviation Theme Bar
Birchwood Conference Centre
Birchview Hotel
14 Viewpoint Road
Bartlett
Boksburg.

Albert Frost Sunday 7 Oct 14:00

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JAM AND 206 DATES

Friday 5 Oct
The Jam
Wonderboom make a welcome return to the Cape to remind you why they remain one of the most talented and innovative live rock
acts in the country. Don't miss this one.

Saturday 6 Oct
206
The brilliant Golliwog collective will blow your mind with their freestyle set of funk/jazz/fusion/.....
Also featuring the Old School breakbeat DJ's that you know and love.

Saturday 6 Oct
The Jam
Due to the tragic disaster in the U.S.A. two weeks ago, punk greats Strung Out have cancelled their tour to this country. As disappointed as we are about this, the show will go on with local punk bands. Final line-up will be confirmed later this week.

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

Wed 3 Jesse with "@ZERO" Main Fest @ Fishermans Cottage
Thur 4 Jesse Jordan 3 Piece "The Rock" 9 pm. Bookings advised.
Fri 5 Jesse with "@ZERO" Stormers Sports Bar 10pm-2am
Sat 6 Jesse with "@ZERO" Stormers Sport Bar 10pm-2am

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

Wed 3 Oct from 7.30 Bar and Pool night
Thur 4 Oct from 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang", R15
Fri 5 Oct from 9.00 Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers", R35
Sat 6 Oct from 8.30 "The Legend of Jimi Hendrix", R60
Sun 7 Oct from 2pm, Braai + 2 beers + Music with "Colin Shamley", R30
Sun 7 Oct from 6.30, Groove to the music of "Burglar's Dog", R15

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

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M MUSIC MANAGEMENT

Sat 6 October: New Flying Machine and Captain
Gooch at The Purple Turtle, Cape Town.

Sat 13 October: New Flying Machine at Hangklip
Hotel.

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

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

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SAINTS
Saints,
Finch Rd,
Atlasville,
Boksburg.
Phone: 011-894-7356.

Mauritz Lotz Sunday 7 Oct 20:00
Johnny Fourie Sunday 14 Oct 20:00

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SARON GAS
http://www.sarongas.com

5 Oct St Johns College
6 Oct Potchefstroom
13 Oct Montys Pub and Grill Pietersburg
20 Oct Bosberok Nelspruit

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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

Fri 26 October - Bosberock Festival, Nelspruit

Contact:
Paul Drosdzol
Zer02Her0
082-685-0819
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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:

AFRIKANER ROCK
http://vetseun.freeservers.com/

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

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

SA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
http://www.sacountrymusic.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

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

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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8.BUMPF
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