SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #126
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15th October 2001

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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Jeremy Dowson mourned... Springbok Nude Girl overload: Tornado-surviving Texan Kurt Shoemaker reviews 'Afterlifesatisfaction', a review from "Moshing" Jason Smith of the Cape Town gig last weekend and our man in London, John Samson, saw the Nudies' very last gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Saturday night... New Afrikaans music website focusses on Mel Botes and his debut CD 'Oomblik Van Waansin'...
John Samson goes Batty in a shabby little hut... and a Dutch visitor finds an obscure SA cover version of Golden Earring's Radar Love.

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CONTENTS
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1.HOT & FRESH - News: Jeremy Dowson mourned
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs this week, Top Selling SA CDs
3.LET'S ROCK - New releases: New from One World
4.CLASSIC ROCK - The mellotron & The moog, part 2
5.RUK EN ROL MUSIEK - Afrikaner Rock: Mel Botes
6.ROCKLINE - Forum, Requests & Feedback
7.ROCK ON - Live reviews and gig info: Springbok Nude Girls, Zen Arcade
8.CLICK HERE - SA Rock on the web: 3rd Ear Music
9.BUMPF - Archives, contributions, editors and contributors
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1.HOT & FRESH
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JEREMY DOWSON MOURNED

South African Arts journalist, Jeremy Dowson, passed away on Monday 8 October after a suspected hit-and-run accident in Somerset Road, Green Point. Jeremy (41), who was born in Kenya, began his career as a political writer in Durban before moving to Cape Town where he worked as a journalist and sub-editor for many of the Cape Town and national newspapers and magazines. He helped develop the Intekom Alive website before moving on to other news-based cyber-publications, and was currently working as the specialist entertainment editor at IOL.co.za

Jeremy was a member of the '80's Durban new wave band, Ivy and the Creepers. He more recently helped form the "Prozac Pop" group Jump, for whom he played keyboards and guitar, sang back-up vocals, and wrote the songs. When not pursuing his own musical career, Jeremy saved his best and most positive writing for the SA music and theatre scenes, which he covered with grace, wicked humour and suss.

Jeremy had an astute and perceptive mind, vast experience, and a broad and deep general knowledge, gifts he generously shared with anyone and everyone. But most of all, he was a warm, gentle, caring, passionate and enthusiastic person who will be sadly mourned and always missed but remembered with a smile by his very wide circle of family, friends and colleagues. A big, brilliant, bright, funny, freckled, orange light has gone out in Cape Town. (SS)

There will be a memorial service at 2pm on Monday October 15 at Goodall and Williams, 368a Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town. From 4pm on the same day, there will be a tribute gathering and wake at Cafe Manhattan, 74 Waterkant Street, Cape Town. Tea and snacks will be available, and there will be a cash bar. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Big Issue (phone 021 461 6690).

PS - we're going to give the last word to Pieter Dirk Uys, Jeremy's friend and colleague, by borrowing a part of his tribute published on the special 'Hamba Kahle Jeremy' website created in his honour by his IOL.co.za colleagues at: http://www.iol.co.za/html/whatson/tribute/index.php

"Darling Jeremy,

I will miss you so much, especially in my work as you were one of the few theatre journalists who encouraged and enjoyed pushing the edge of the envelope. We did it with 'Trekking to Teema' which became an internet novel on iol because of your vision. Look after yourself up there because you're going to be freaked out with seeing so much of Elvis, John Lennon, Garbo, Dietrich and all the other icons. And if you see Hendrik Verwoerd cleaning the angels' toilet with his tongue, pee on his shoes for me.

Pieter-Dirk Uys"
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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. [7] (1) In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI)
2. [3] (2) Farewell Station Road - Wayne Pauli (Rhythm)
3. [1] (1) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
4. [5] (3) Tassenberg All Stars 2 (Live) - Various (Trippy Grape)
5. [4] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
6. [6] (6) All I Am - Kaolin (Sheer)
7. [2] (2) Songs From The Mall - Max Normal (Chameleon)
8. [12] (1) A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG)
9. [8] (8) Afrika Not For Sissy - Syd Kitchen (Indie)
10. [20] (1) The Moon Is A Spoon - Sunways (Fresh)
11. [-] (11) Alternatief Op Sy Beste Volume 2 - Vari-Ous (Hoezit)
12. [10] (1) Voortvlugtend - Akkedis (SSS Records)
13. [11] (10) Oomblik Van Waansin - Mel Botes (Janus)
14. [13] (4) Bongolution - Bongo Maffin (Sony)
15. [14] (1) Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
16. [15] (9) Listen - Ssshh (EuropeAfrica)
17. [-] (17) Here Comes The Rot - éVoid (RetroFresh)
18. [18] (1) Showcase: 3 Unearthed - Various (Sony)
19. [-] (19) Calling My Name - Neville (Gallo)
20. [19] (3) Soul Taker - Lucky Dube (Gallo)

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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] (1) Life (Theme from Big Brother) - Semisane (BMG)
2. [7] (2) Who? (Can Relate To You) - Wayne Pauli (‘Farewell Station Road’/Bulldog)
3. [-] (3) Angel - Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
4. [3] (1) Engel - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
5. [5] (1) Up - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
6. [2] (2) Brave True And Strong - Bongo Maffin (‘Bongolution’/Sony)
7. [6] (3) Settler - Syd Kitchen (‘Afrika Not For Sissy’/Indie)
8. [4] (4) Crossing - Kaolin (‘All I Am’/Sheer)
9. [-] (9) Boesman Lambada - Funny Carp (‘Sop-Nat’/BMG)
10 [9] (2) Binneland In (Live) - Spinnekop ('Tassenberg All Stars 2'/Trippy Grape)
11. [11] (10) Jannie Cocaine - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records & 'Alternatief Op Sy Beste Vol 2'/Hoezit)
12. [-] (12) Warrelwind - Khaki Monitor (‘Alternatief Op Sy Beste Vol 2’/Hoezit)
13. [8] (2) Sweet Stellenganga - Akkedis (‘Voortvlugtend’/SSS Records)
14. [10] (3) She Can't Let It Go - Lionel Bastos ('Rising Above The Madness'/SAFM)
15. [14] (1) Put A Little Love - Lucky Dube (‘Soul Taker’/Gallo)
16. [-] (16) Strate Van Pretoria (Live) - Beeskraal ('Tassenberg All Stars 2'/Trippy Grape)
17. [15] (1) Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
18. [-] (18) Vodka - Mathys Roets (‘Alternatief Op Sy Beste Vol 2’/Hoezit)
19. [19] (12) Reënvoëls - Mel Botes ('Oomblik Van Waansin'/Janus & 'Alternatief Op Sy Beste Vol 2'/Hoezit)
20. [13] (1) Glorious Gem - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)

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

1. Brenda Fassie - Greatest Hits
2. Chris de Burgh - Live In South Africa
3. Louis Mhlanga - Shamwari
4. Juluka - Scatterlings
5. Soweto String Quartet - Four
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3. LET'S ROCK - NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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LATEST RELEASES AVAILABLE ON ONEWORLD.CO.ZA
http://www.oneworld.co.za

Sipho Gumede - Best Of Part 1 - [Jazz - From basics to classics]
The Best of Part 1 contains 14 of Sipho's best-loved tracks, new and old, including some (previously) hard-to-find titles. The album features the talents of Louis Mhlanga and McCoy Mrubata, and we can't wait for Part 2.
Buy now at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=sscd078

Various Artists - Jazz Grooves - [Jazz - The who's who of SA jazz]
A true and comprehensive reflection of SA's Jazz scene, with tracks from Abdullah Ibrahim, McCoy Mrubata and Jimmy Dludlu and female artists like Busi Mhlongo and Gloria Bosman, making it a well-balanced and winning collection.
Check it out at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdemcd5941

Oliver Mtukudzi - Neria OST - [International - Zimbabwe's finest male artist]
One of Zimbabwe's biggest stars releases a moving album that is also the Soundtrack to ‘Neria’, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning film from Zimbabwe.
Available now at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=slcd013

Ishmael - Roba Letheka - [Kwaito - Touched by the hand of Arthur]
Written with and produced by kwaito legend Arthur, Ishmael's album has no shortage of talent and experience. Features the hit ‘Avulekile Amasango’, making it another fine album that keeps the kwaito light burning brightly.
Buy now by clicking here: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdart140

Msawawa - The Hurricane - [Kwaito - Child sensation tipped for greatness]
This new young music sensation is going places with this album. Entitled ‘The Hurricane’, it is surely going to do some (aural) damage. Merging Seventies funk with the kwaito sound, it is fresh and entertaining.
Buy now: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdtuff329

Karen Zoid - Poles Apart - [Rock - The new female voice of SA Rock]
The new first lady of SA rock sings in Afrikaans and English and brings you a strong collection of songs on her debut album. Likened to the greats of the genre - Koos Kombuis and Valiant Swart.
Check it out at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdemcd5938

Valiant Swart - Boland Punk - [Afrikaans Rock - Some old, some new, all good!]
Containing 12 of his biggest hits from the past 13 years, as well as new mixes of ‘Mystic Boer’ and ‘International Maria’ and the new and prophetic track entitled ‘Die Bom Kom’, proof that Valiant is still doing it after all these years.
Buy now: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=swart005

Jabu Khanyile - Umbele - [Traditional - New solo album from "The Prince"]
More awards on the way for the man who has also worked with Bayete. SA traditional music at its best.
Available now at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdgurb020

Spokes H - Beit Bridge - [Township Pop - Continuously changing and pushing the boundaries]
From his own words ("My music is not kwaito) it is clear that Spokes H prefers not to conform. While avoiding being classified in any genre, Spokes H is looking to reward the more open-minded listener.
Check it out at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdspk508

Various Artists - Kaya FM Heart And Soul Of Jozi - [Township Pop - The year’s best compilation]
The Year’s Best Compilation? Certainly a contender. This is the sound of Johannesburg, affectionately known to its inhabitants as "Jozi"! With tracks from Hugh Masekela, Ringo, and Phuzekhemisi it is a varied album full of talent and passion, exactly like the city it defines.
Buy now: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=sspcd028

Thembinkosi feat. Rebecca - Mbonge - [Gospel - With Rebecca contributing it is sure to be huge]
SA Gospel's biggest star, Rebecca, features on this new young talent’s album. This is a must for the many fans of SA gospel music.
Buy now at: www.oneworld.co.za/index.cfm?id=cdccp2017

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

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SONIC DIVAS

Following up on the groundbreaking club/radio hit single 'There's Only U', Sonic Divas will release their new Maxi-EP ‘Skunky Funk’ through Sony music on October 29.

The EP will contain the lead single ‘Skunky Funk’ featuring Ryan V, and two new tracks featuring brand new Sonic Divas vocalists Ashleigh & Jade.

Look out for the Sonic Divas on tour around South Africa from early November.

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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 MANIC ADVENTURES OF THE MOOG AND THE MELLOTRON (PART 2)

Some of the finest hooks when it came to the mellotron could be sourced on the 1974 "Mirage" by Camel on the track "Nimrodel" where Peter Bardens intros and then blends mesmerising patterns with Andy Latimer's guitar work. So often we forget to acknowledge the Moody Blues and their achieving moment in 1968 with an album called "In search of the lost chord", Michael Pinder's spacey development on "House of four doors" and the melodic "Voices in the sky" create sinister visions which are acutely elaborated on this versatile album.

In 1967 Whitney and Chapman of the group Family released their seminal masterpiece "Music in a doll's house". Roger Chapman's voice hovers hypnotically over the track "Mellow in grey" which wreaks of subtle mellotron melody. One of the most memorable mellotron curves could be found on the track "Impressioni Di Settembre" ("The world became the world"), featured by the Italian band PFM. Flavio Premoli's grasp of the mellotron had so much stamina that is caught the attention of
lyricist Pete Sinfield (King Crimson) who strongly influenced their mid
seventies period.

The progressive rock world is inundated with moments of magic when the mellotron reached that sound higher than man's ear and would bend visions and pictures, taking you into the netherworld of fantasy and adventure. David Sinclair, keyboardist for the group Caravan, creates an aural symphony with the track "L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A hunting we shall go". His influence is strongly felt on the Decca releases of "In the land of grey and pink" and "If I could do it all over again".

The early seventies gave us the fantasia of a group called Genesis, in
particular their albums "Trespass", "Wind and Wuthering" and "A Trick of the Tail" flavour the talents of Anthony Banks. Tony's characteristic mellotron sound gave Genesis their notorious flavour during the mid seventies. During the early stages of the group, the twelve string acoustic guitar of Anthony Phillips would mould aptly with the mellotron of Tony Banks on tracks like "Stagnation", "White mountain" and "Visions of angels" off the album "Trespass".

When it came to the forerunners of techno music, German group Tangerine Dream could rightfully be labelled as the champions of electronica. The ability of Edgar Froese is powerfully expounded on the albums "Phaedra", "Rubycon" and "Stratosfear". This gifted musician would
forge a successful career with Virgin and would pay homage to the mellotron throughout his entire career.

The birth of the Moog synthesiser, or let us say the beginning of its life, started in 1964. Although various prototypes emerged in the mid fifties, the first revolutionised item was known as the Moog modular system. This analogue synthesiser was made up of various boxes linked to the keyboard. Timbres were built within to filter various harmonics (very much in the style of the North African guitar). Initially this monophonic instrument could only be utilised for studio performances due to its size. The 1968 "Switched-on Bach" released by Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos in 1941), utilised the large 3C version. During the early seventies the mini-Moog came to fame alongside the mellotron. The final climatic product that became the standard with the progressive rock revolution was the Prophet Five (a synthesiser with five voices in one). This particular instrument proved extremely popular with Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream, but it was the global electronic visionary Terry Riley with his forerunner album "A rainbow in curved air" that set the stage for this symphonic instrument.

Few would know that one of the first main stream rock musicians to endorse the Moog synthesiser was Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. The instrument was featured on "The notorious Byrd brothers" album released in 1968. Another phenomenal visionary that the world has failed to recognise is Tommy James and his group the Shondells. In 1969 he released his album "Cellophane Symphony" which strongly featured the synthesiser. In fact the title track was heavily layered with its sound effects. One of the album's best cuts, "Changes", is highly utilised by the electronic effect to give it a spacey feel.

Even George Harrison of the fab four would release his 1968 ambient album "Wonderwall" which comprised of Moog synthesiser and Indian sitar. It seemed as though the whole world was mesmerised by electronica and those that were first in, got the glory. In hindsight the man to revolutionise the Moog synthesiser would be none other than Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake and Palmer). In association with its inventor, Doctor Robert A. Moog (his surname rhymes with "vogue"), ELP released their second album "Tarkus" which featured the twenty minute title piece, becoming the band's trade mark. Keith Emerson's full potential was highly utilised on the track "Aquatarkus" which eventually resulted in the album reaching #1 in the UK and top ten in the USA.

Conclusion next week...

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

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

AFTERLIFESATISFACTION
http://www.nudegirls.co.za

Just because South Africa's Great Nude Hope have broken up doesn't
necessarily make SNG classic rock, not just yet. They're still too fresh, even though the press release for the Generation Now show at Cool Runnings Wonderboom said that the old generation of a year or two ago is making way for the new generation of rock.

I'm sure Cutting Jade, Fruit Fly Navigators, and the others are
excellent modern rock bands, and I know the generations get shorter between rock waves (is a seventh wave about due?), but I'm also sure that the musos of SNG are not ready to go quietly into the good night of classic rock or, shudder, oldie-dom.

Right up front, I need to state: SNG's music is not too loud and I do
understand the words, okay? But there are rare moments on this album when the music is harsh, even abrasive. But most of the time: brilliant. Not smart, not intelligent, but brilliant.

The CDs that came in my One World order with this CD included
Sugardrive's 'Sand.Man.Sky' and Squeal's 'Man and Woman' so you know my
musical taste runs to rock, despite occasional dangerous swerves into Four Jacks and a Jill territory and the pure pop of Carikeland. {You just had to get that in, didn't you, Kurt? - ed}

I think of SNG as The Band of a Thousand Riffs. They can cram more ideas and rock passages into one song than another band might use in an entire album. Catchy riffs are used almost as attention-getting throwaways, played, displayed, then replaced with another neat rock rhythm or novel sound, so there is never a dull moment.

Depending on the track, my opinion of SNG goes up and down -- often due
to the before-mentioned and rare harshness of the sound. Mostly, my opinion stays up. Like many, I thought they could have-should have gone all the way from Stellenbosch to the world.

The songs on 'Afterlifesatisfaction' rock hard, jam on, and even play
tender. It is an amusing juxtaposition to have Nico Carstens play accordion on 'Beautiful Girl' (and I use "amusing" with no disrespect to Mr. Nico Carstens, I'm only referring to his unexpected instrument). The song works wonderfully, better than SNG's trumpet does sometimes.
That is one of the maddening aspects of SNG. They can play a rave-up
fantastic rock song of great playing, singing, and purposeful trumpet, then follow it with a song wherein the horn becomes silly, Arno's vocal stylings become a self-caricature, and the attempts at musical creativity fall flat. The next track redeems them, however, and I rise from thinking, "What a clunker!" to thinking, "These guys are great!" When the trumpet works, it is indispensible to a song.

I play this CD regularly, even if not frequently, and I enjoy it,
though is not my favorite SNG album. The laurels of that distinction rest on the brow of the giant subway ant on the cover of 'Surpass the Powers'. 'Afterlifesatisfaction' is mostly wild rock, with a few gentle, passionate songs. Overall, it is now-music full of high-voltage energy.

I'd say that a few of the tracks that insist on grabbing my ears and
demanding to be heard are 'Spaceman', 'Supergirl', 'Martha Jones', 'Totally Committed', and 'Beautiful Girl', but that would be leaving out 'Little', 'I Love You', 'Grrr', 'Ave Maria' and others.

I just start 'Afterlifesatisfation' with track two (track 1 is a 12-second burst of sonic abrasion), and play it through, taking a trip through SNG's aural landscape.

In a way, SNG are like Stephen King. King thinks he doesn't need an editor, and SNG felt they didn't need to excise a couple of tunes. Still, 'Afterlifesatisfaction's' best songs, most of the CD, make one rise and flex with the power of fine modern rock.

SNG could have gone all the way, and I hope Arno Carstens, Francious
Kruger, Theo Crous, Adriaan Brand, and Arno Blumer still soldier on in some other incarnation with who knows what other musos and band names. There is a container ship of rock talent here. I don't think Arno and the Nudies are ready for rock redundancy yet, though the band name may be retired.

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

A SHABBY LITTLE HUT - THE BATS (1965)
http://www.rock.co.za/files/bats_index.html

In this age of Eminem and Slipknot, listening to the Bats' 'A Shabby Little Hut' is like taking a break from chatting to a mass murderer to have a chat with a four year old. The difference is that stark with The Bats playing carefree, innocent music.

The album opens with the catchy title track which, with it's Tijuana brass bits is a bright and breezy pop song which has endured and endeared itself to a generation. This Shabby Hut is 'nothing fancy but it's paradise to me'. The simple pleasures is what the song and the album concentrate on. 'Shabby Little Hut' is also the only track on the album that made it onto the 'Best of the Bats' compilation CD which shows the depth of their back catalogue (or should that be bat catalogue).

Despite not being chosen for the Best of collection, there are numerous other strong tunes on the album to make for 30 minutes of pleasurable listening. Quieter ones like 'That's why I'm Low' sit comfortably next to the more up beat songs like 'Get your baggies on'.

With some fine twangy guitar and an injection of rich brass into the tunes, the Bats were the leaders of the beat sound in South Africa. Crafting fine tunes and delivering them with a sense of showmanship and professionalism, it's easy to make comparisons to the British beat groups of the early 60's. There's even a Dylan-ish feel to the closing track 'That's us' which places this album squarely in the 60's.

It's interesting to note that The Bats were only 3 letters short of being The Beatles. So close but yet so far. Still they were our fab four and they lasted longer than the Liverpool ones. However it's now nearly four decades since this album was released and while it's great to get out into the countryside and get some fresh air, life in the city must go on. Marilyn Manson anyone?

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, 15th October 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] You - Peter Maffay
2 [2] Co Co - The Sweet
3 [4] Never Ending Song Of Love - New Seekers
4 [5] Tom, Tom Turnaround - New World
5 [3] Daar's Niks Soos Ware Liefde - Groep Twee*
6 [6] Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum - The Middle Of The Road
7 [-] Mammy Blue - Charisma*
8 [7] Silver Threads And Golden Needles - Barbara Ray*
9 [8] Sweet Hitch-Hiker - Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 [9] Hey - Hedgehoppers*

* South African Artists

Charisma came crashing into the charts with the infectious 'Mammy Blue'. Producer Grahame Beggs (produced Clout, Circus and The Flames to name a few) was the mastermind behind this SA classic. Entering the top 20 at number 7 meant that this song was surely one to watch.

But while Charisma were enjoying great success, The Peanut Butter
Conspiracy's 'Hold on to What you Got' rapidly lost favour and fell out of the top 20 from number 10. Groep Twee and the Hedgehoppers were also losing favour with both heading the wrong way on the charts. Other good news stories on the SA front though were Barbara Ray who gained a place and Lincoln who entered the charts at 15.

Otherwise it was business as usual at the top with Peter Maffay who had
broken the Sweet's stranglehold on the top spot last week, retaining pole position.

South Africans at number 1 this week:
Woodpecker from Space - Café Society (1985)

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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BIRTHDAYS

15 Chris de Burgh (1948)
18 Chuck Berry (1926)
22 *Mike Eager (1953)
24 *Peter Hanmer (1959)

* South African artists
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5.RUK EN ROL MUSIEK

This week we introduce a brand new section to the Digest featuring Afrikaans Rock artists and written (appropriately) in Afrikaans. Content supplied by http://www.musiek.co.za.

MEL BOTES
http://www.melbotes.com

Hy is een van die talentvolste nuwe kunstenaars en het pas sy Afrikaanse debuut-CD bekend gestel.

WANNEER jy met Mel Botes oor musiek begin praat, het jy tyd nodig. Dit is duidelik die grootste passie in hierdie talentvolle sanger en musikant se lewe.

Mel, wat pas sy eerste Afrikaanse CD, Oomblik van Waansin, uitgereik het, was net vyf jaar oud toe hy begin orrel speel het. In graad een het hy klavierlesse begin neem en toe hy agt, nege jaar oud was, het sy pa, Jannie, vir hom sy eerste kitaar gekoop.

"My pa se kant van die familie is baie musikaal," vertel Mel. "Ek kan onthou toe ek n kind was en ons Kersfees op die plaas by mekaar gekom het, was dit n groot musiekmaak. lnstrumente is uitgehaal en almal het gespeel. Niemand was formeel opgelei nie en het nooit eens gedink aan ‘n voltydse musiekloopbaan nie, maar dit was in ons almal se bloed."

Na skool is Mel (35) universiteit toe. "Ek was ‘n produk van my tyd," sê hy. "Jy is laat glo ‘n man moet ‘n dokter, prokureur of onderwyser word. Ek het regte studeer."

Dit was egter nie Mel se roeping nie. Hy het later oorgeslaan na personeelbestuur, ‘n kwalifikasie wat hy agter sy naam kan skryf, maar nog nooit in die praktyk gebruik het nie.

In 1987 het Mel ‘n lewe begin maak deur in kroeë en kuierplekke te speel. Hy was selfs in ‘n stadium lid van ‘n duo genaamd Mel & Dozi (ja, die Dozi). Mel het in ‘n rockgroep begin speel. maar op 29 het hy al sy aardse besitting verkoop en Europa gaan verken. Daar het hy twee jaar lank rondgetoer en musiek gemaak - van ‘n Ierse kroeg in Londen, ‘n skioord in Switserland tot die Costa del SoI in Spanje. Maar Afrika het geroep.

Terug in Suid-Afrika het Mel, ook ‘n uitstekende kitaarspeler wat die trotse eienaar van twee American Fender Stratocasters is, sy musiekblyspel David’s Confessions aan Suid-Afrikaners gebring.

"Dit is nie die land se skuld nie, maar daar is nie geld vir groot musiekproduksies nie," sê hy. "David’s Confessions het ‘n rolverdeling van vyftig, daar is driedimensionele klank, laserligte. Dit sal baie geld kos om die produksie werklik tot sy reg te laat kom."

Lees jy die omslag van Mel se CD en jy kyk na wie hy almal bedank, sien jy ook die naam van Pink Floyd se David Gilmour. "Hy is seker die grootste invloed op my musiek. Hy is my mentor en volgens my een van die grootste talente van alle tye. Ek glo ek gaan nog eendag die kans kry om hom te bedank wat hy vir my beteken het."

Die Vuurdoop liedjieskryf-kompetisie wat Mel verlede jaar gewen het het baie vir sy loopbaan beteken. "’n Deel van die prys was gratis ateljeetyd," vertel hy. "Ek het nog steeds baie van my eie geld gebruik om die eindproduk so perfek moontlik te maak. Ek is maar net een van daardie mense wat eerder twee jaar aan ‘n CD sal werk totdat dit perfek is, as wat ek iets aframmel. Ek hoop werklik daar is ‘n snit op die CD wat speeltyd op die radio sal kry en dat mense die CD gaan koop."

In ‘n perfekte wêreld sal Mel Botes genoeg geld hê om sy rockopera te skryf en op te voer. Maar dit is nie ‘n perfekte wêreld nie. Die naaste wat ons daaraan kan kom, is om Oomblik van Waansin te koop en te luister hoe werklik uitstekende oorspronklike Afrikaanse musiek klink. En duim vas te hou dat Mel se uitsonderlike talent nie net deur ‘n klein groepie mense geniet gaan word nie. Hierdie man moet gehoor word.

Ilza Roggeband
Huisgenoot 9/08/2001

Reprinted with kind permission of Ambrose van Eerden from
http://www.musiek.co.za
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6.ROCKLINE - FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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SAN FRANCISCO

I am currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, previously from
SA. In the 70's David Gresham played a song on his Springbok Hits Show.
I went through all your songs on the website and come to the conclusion it must be the 1977 song by Love Generation: San Francisco '69.
Any idea where I can found it?

Marius Fourie
mailto:marius.fourie@us.pwcglobal.com

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PARIS PRODUCER LOOKING FOR SA TALENT

I am surfing the web looking for informations about music in South Africa (especially Capetown). I am a producer in Paris, France (pop music, rock, rap, etc...). And I would like to spend some time in Capetown. I would like to know if there are good studios (protools? SSL? etc...) and as I think there are very good musicians I would like to know if you know the rates per day of guitarist, bassist, etc...

Franz
mailto:franz@m13records.com

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BOKKIE

This is Bokkie, the drummer from Juluka/Savuka. I would very much
like to get back in contact with a drummer friend of mine called Richard Pickett, who lives in Hout Bay. Please put my request out on your Digest and hopefully somebody will respond.

Sala kahle,
Bokkie.

Derek De Beer
mailto:derekdebeer@hotmail.com

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BERNOLDUS NIEMAND
http://rock.co.za/legends/jamesphillips

Do you by any chance know how to get hold of either a vinyl or (preferably) a CD version of "Wie is Bernoldus Niemand?". Everywhere I try is sold out and the album appears to be out of print.

Hilton
mailto:hiltons@inet.co.za

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RADAR LOVE
http://www.radar-love.net

I am from the Netherlands and my website is http://www.radar-love.net. I just came back from three great weeks in South Africa. I also visited Cape Town for three days. I really enjoyed the new CD store at the harbour. I even found a South African cover version of 'Radar Love' by the Langarm Sangers!!!

Take care, Patrick

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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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7.ROCK ON - LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS
Three Arts theatre, 6th October

The dilapidated-looking Three Arts theatre was the setting for the final SNG gig on South African soil. The support band Semisane kicked off the show at about 9:30 and started psyching up the half-full theatre with their radio-friendly brand of pop-rock. Playing all their recent hits, including the much talked about 'Life' from the Big Brother reality show, as well as one of their old Black Diamond songs, they performed a tight set to what I must say was an amazing lighting rig.

With singer Tikara wearing her alien looking shades and the rest of the band looking decidedly slick they finished off their set with a cool hip hop style song featuring a guest artist rapping away to the groove.
About half an hour later the lights dimmed a bit and the smoke machines went crazy. SNG guitarist Theo Crous strode onto the stage and started the opening chords of 'Spaceman' driving the now three quarter full theatre into a frenzy. The rest of the band joined him with the enigmatic vocalist Arno Carstens causing a roar from the audience as he leapt up to the microphone.

The thing that has always amazed me about the Nude Girls is the way they can take their heavier songs, and out of the indecipherable noise, create a twisting groove laden with feedback and that delay on the vocals that they are so famous for. They tore through a blistering set containing their more popular hits including the likes of 'Supergirl', 'Smiley skull of faith', 'X' and an absolutely brilliant version of 'Giant love affair'.

During 'I love you' they invited one of the members of Moodphase Five on stage {probably Lady E - ed} and Tim Parr {ex-Baxtop, EllaMental, Tim Parr Band & Colorfields - ed} and the violinist from Sons of Trout were guests on 'Little'. I don’t know if the two girls dancing topless on stage during one of the songs were exactly guests but they got a good audience response. About halfway through the set Arno took a sentimental moment to thank the people that had been involved with the Nude Girls over the span of their existence including their manager Franie Kotze, the people from Sony and of course the loads of adoring fans.

Their encore included the great 'Blue eyes' and they left the stage leaving behind an ecstatic audience and a massive hole in the South African music scene. I believe their breaking up now, despite what some people might say, is probably a good thing. In the words of their manager they had reached the pinnacle of the S.A. music scene and had not managed to crack it overseas and as the saying goes "It’s better to burn out than to fade away."

Jason Smith

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I SAW THE NUDES TODAY.... OH BOY
13th October

The English Army has just gone to war, but a crowd of South Africans stood and stared. Well actually they did more than stare, they bounced, they shouted, they whistled, screamed and sang along at the tops of their voices for tonight was the night of the Nudies. And what a night it was.

From the moment I arrived at the Shepherd's Bush Empire you could feel the expectation in the air, it was tangible. This expectation was quickly realised as the support act Anti Gravity took the stage and moved the audience from cooking to just below boiling point with their grunge rap. Then it was the turn of the Nude Girls to take the stage for the last time, an emotional moment that brought a huge roar from the 3 000 capacity crowd. Arno Carstens sporting a pair of dark glasses was rock personified, sublimely cool and in excellent growling voice while Theo Crous on guitar was simply awesome, even doing a bit of crowd surfing.

It was hard to belive that this was a band about to break up. They were
tight, they were rocking and they were determined to go out on a high. From the heavy rocking grunge through the more melodic rock of 'Smiley Skull of Faith' and even taking a little time out for a couple of great acoustic tunes by Arno and Theo they had the audience eating out of their hands and raising the roof as they sang along.

You would have been hard pressed to find a disappointed soul amongst the crowd tonight. Yes the news (of the split) was rather sad, but ending this particular chapter in South African rock with the classic 'Bubblegum on my Boots' they left us with something that will stick in our minds (nothing tacky about this lot).

And as the final whistles died down, I was reminded of the euphoric feeling when the final whistle went for the Springbok Clothed Men at that Rugby World Cup final. Exhausting but hugely satisfying. As one guy in the crowd commented 'I've never experienced anything like that in my life!' and I would agree, it was nothing short of awesomely spectacular. A fitting farewell for South Africa's finest.

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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ROXY RHYTHM BAR TO SHOWCASE ZEN ARCADE
19 OCTOBER

Friday 19 October sees the eagerly anticipated return of Zen Arcade to the Roxy Rhythm Bar in Melville. The Jo’burg based original rock quartet has quickly risen to prominence in the past few months - their debut single, 'Crazy Over You', has achieved Number 1 position on the 5fm Top 40, a rare accomplishment for a South African act. Rested and refreshed after wowing crowds in Nelspruit (where they played with the Springbok Nude Girls) and at Woodstock 3, the band promises to deliver an uncompromisingly powerful performance, showcasing songs from their critically acclaimed album, ‘Snowflake’ as well as some exciting new material.

Some critical responses to ‘Snowflake’:

"... this debut sets new standards for South African rock albums... definitely the best South African rock album of 2001." Bill Botes, http://www.emergingsounds.com

"Hopefully they can be heard internationally as well, ‘cause they are right up there." Lizl Strauss, Stage Magazine http://www.stage.co.za

"...music this inspired is so infrequent and rare." Jason Curtis, Top 40 Magazine

Fans eager for a pre-taste of Zen Arcade can tune in to 5fm at 1.30pm the same day for a rare live unplugged performance.

Date: 19 October 2001
Doors at the Roxy Rhythm Bar open at 8:00, admittance is R25

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STEVE NEWMAN AND TONY COX - GUITARS!

In South Africa, there are two names inextricably linked in people’s minds with that of guitar playing and we’re not talking average guitar players here, we’re talking exceptional. In the 21 years that have gone by since Steve Newman and Tony Cox first began playing together they have become legends of the instrument in their own right.

Each have pursued highly successful performance and recording careers, with Steve Newman and his band Tananas now on a performing circuit that is world-wide, and Tony Cox’s ‘Matabele Ants’ album having just won the ‘Best Instrumental Album’ award at the recently held South African music awards.

Needless to say, each guitarist has a string of album credits to his name. But the oddity with these two soul-mates, who share a driving passion for the purity of the acoustic guitar, back to back birth-dates, and the same second name, is that besides the now legendary ‘101 Ways To Use The Acoustic Guitar’ album, made by Mountain Records in 1983 and which put both guitar players on the map, there have only been a series of tapes made and sold at the thousands of shows that followed. A second album was never made, much to the confusion of the Cox/Newman fans and largely because at the time there was no record company in the least bit interested. Until now that is.

The well-known guitar duo hit the road again with a series of concerts that will run throughout the country from October to February next year, and they kick off at the Showcase Theatre in Johannesburg. They will have with them their new album titled ‘About Time’ recorded live in the Cape Town Planetarium by record label Instinct Africaine and set for country-wide launches early 2002.

The album revisits the tunes that helped them win guitar notoriety back in the early eighties and, judging by the reaction of the audience on these recordings, the tunes have lost none of their jaw-dropping power and instead have gained from the years of endless performance.

If guitar playing is your passion, or if you just want to experience the beauty of two great South African guitarists in full flight, do not miss this show.

Date: 23-27 October
Venue: The Showcase Theatre, Banbury Cross, Jhb
Time: 20h30
Bookings: 011 794 4382 or Ticketweb

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NEW JAM DETAILS

(Medium) Dave Chislett has resigned from the Jam and will no longer be doing their publicity and booking. The Jam, however, is not closing or anything else weird that you might have heard. The manager of The Jam and 206, Sean Wienand, will be taking over his duties there.

The mailto:live@thejam.co.za email address is still functional, the number is still (021) 465 2106, but the contact person is now Sean.

Friday 19 October 2001: THE BIG 5 @ The JAM

Five of Cape Town's hottest up-and-coming bands will be performing at The JAM on Friday 19 October.

Not only will you be hearing the coolest sounds in Cape Town, but if you're one of the first thirty people thru the door, you can get a compilation CD containing two songs of all the bands performing.

Yes, we'll be doing a live recording of the bands, putting it onto CD, and then have it ready for you to come and collect at The JAM in two weeks' time.

Bands performing:
New World Inside
Froy
Velvet Mary
New Flying Machine
Aftertaste

Cover charge is R25 and music starts at 21h00.

More info: Mariska 082 375 8991
MUSIC MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTIONS

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BARLEYCORN
http://twisted.co.za/barleycorn/
Barleycorn Music Club, River Club, Observatory, Cape Town
Mondays 8.00pm, R10 at the door
Phone Robin 683 2940 for further details

Monday night's line-up:

DEANO ABRAHAMS, MARK SANCHEZ, DAVE PLATER & INGRID play their own material in a folk-ballad format

PAUL Q plays originals and obscure covers on guitar and vocals

PAUL WILLIAMS & ZEB MALGAS, the latter a street busker who so impressed
Paul that he paid for Zeb to have guitar lessons at the Jazz Workshop and we're about to witness the results!

NICKI BATES plays some good country covers

NIGEL EVANS plays his own eclectic and amusing songs on 12-string guitar

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

Wed 17 Oct from 9.00 Blues with "Badge", R15
Thur 18 Oct from 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang", R15
Fri 19 Oct from 9.00 Blues with "Mississippi Muthers", R30
Sat 20 Oct from 8.30 "The Legend of Jimi Hendrix", His life/ His music, R50
Sun 21 Oct Summer Special: From 2Pm, Braai +2 beers + Colin Shamley, R30
Sun 21 Oct from 6.30, Groove to the music of "Burglar's Dog", free

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

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M MUSIC MANAGEMENT

CLAREMONT CIVIC CENTRE ALL AGES GIG

Wednesday 17 October

Mann Friday performing at the Purple Turtle. If you haven't seen this band before - do yourself a favour and have the party of your life! Party starts at 22h00.

Saturday 20 October

*The Rudimentals - ska band of excellence - performing at the Purple Turtle. R20 @ 22h00

* New World Inside and My Latest Ex playing at The Whammy Bar.

Saturday 27 October

* Death of Pop at The Purple Turtle. Hog Hoggidy Hog, Froy, LP Show, New World Inside, My Latest Ex, Obnoxshis and Bad Influence. Catch all these punk bands performing pop covers. R20 at the door. Music starts early.

* New Flying Machine and Velvet Mary performing at the Whammy Bar.

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

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

Not The Midnight Mass will be performing their new show 'Defrocked' at On Broadway, Somerset Rd, Cape Town every Wednesday - Saturday for the month of October with a possible extention to the first 2 weeks of November. The show is directed by Heinrich Riessenhoffer who recently directed the hit shows MEET JOE BARBER and SUIP.

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

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SARON GAS
http://www.sarongas.com

20 Oct Bosberok Nelspruit

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SUNWAYS

We are having a fantastic time here {in the UK - ed} - have played two awesome gigs so far and have masses left to play, plus people love the album.

Regards, Sarah, Robbie & Jason

Sunways are currently on a mammoth tour of the United Kingdom, including dates in and around Belfast as well as English shows. The band would like to thank their fans in South Africa for the awesome support this year at both festivals and club gigs and look forward to playing back at home again at the end of the first international tour.
Contact the band in the UK on mailto:sunwaysza@yahoo.co.uk

SUNWAYS - THE MOON IS A SPOON UK TOUR

October - Northern Ireland:

Wed 17th Lavery’s
Thur 18th Hard Rock Cafe Belfast
Fri 19th Town and Country
Sat 20th Rotterdam Belfast
Wed 24th Dufferin Arms
Thur 25th The Empire Belfast
Fri 26th Kilkenny (tbc)
Sat 27th Nerve Centre Derry

November - England:

Wed 7th Lil Backyard Club London
Tues 13th Leeds (venue tbc)
Wed 14th Leeds (venue tbc)
Thur 15th Leeds (venue tbc)
Date tbc Monarch London
Date tbc Elisma London
& 2 other London dates (dates & venues tbc)

November - Northern Ireland:
Fri 16th Menagerie Belfast
Sat 17th Maddens Belfast

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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 19 October - Roxy Rhythm Bar, Main Rd, Melville
Saturday 20 October - Bugsy's, cor. Rabie/Republic Rd, Fontainebleau

Contact:
Paul Drosdzol
Zer02Her0
082-685-0819

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KAREN ZOID
http://www.karenzoid.co.za

18 October JHB, Bourbon Street Randburg
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8.CLICK HERE
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3rd EAR MUSIC
http://www.3rdearmusic.com

The HYMAProject is about to re-issue a host of re-mastered CD's & CD-R's to order - including an album of 10 new songs from Brian Finch - recorded in September by Alan Judd at Leopard Moon in Gillits, kwaZuluNatal. (Leopard Moon is Terry Rosenberg & Alan Judd's new studio & music venture; the quality of Brian's CD - the first commercial production from Leopard Moon - solo, unplugged, acoustic & Finch as he should be heard - is quite spectacular). Brian's CD should be ready November / December.

3rd Ear Music gets many requests for re-issues of our early analogue albums - with the site averaging between 10 to 20 visits a day. Clem Tholet, Azumah, Colin Shamley, Sipho Mchunu & John Oakley-Smith are currently topping our request lists - and we are in the (rather slow) process of digitally re-mastering these fading magnetic tapes - both concert & studio recordings.

If you have, or know of any, additional hidden years information on these musicians - anecdotes, photos or stories lying around in an attic or memory bank - we would appreciate hearing from you. We are constantly adding to our growing database - a virtual Digital Forest of Information in Zeros & Ones. Perhaps saving a tree or two in the process? You can send via eMail - if possible. If it's an attachment, notify us (per eMail, fax or phone) first; we can't open attachments, unless we know what's in it & who it's from.

We will continue using the "trust system" of payment for CD orders - it has worked faultlessly so far. You order, we send; you receive, then pay. (We do have an online banking / credit facility, but I'm not too sure how it works & if indeed it is adequately secured).

Roger Lucey's double CD - 21 Years Down the Road - is starting to move. If you didn't hear it on Radio in South Africa Yesterday (pre-1994) you will unfortunately, not hear it on Radio Today - post 2000. However, this historic collection of 21 'documentary love & protest songs' is getting some airtime in Canada, Australia & the USA. Read the London Review by the SA Rock Digest's John Samson by clicking http://www.3rdearmusic.com/hyarchive/theroad.html

Poetry Africa 2000 is another essential collectors item - a limited edition double CD of poems about Durban, recited in concert by some of the worlds greatest living poets. Click: http://www.3rdearmusic.com/project/project701/poetry.html

Stephane Grappelli's 1976 Live Durban City Hall concert, is another double CD-R collection that is taking off. The proceeds of this late great foreign artists' sales goes into the HYMAProject; as do the 7 Shawn Phillips CD-R's that we have on offer. Have a look & listen @ http://www.3rdearmusic.com/reissue/reisssa.html

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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

KAREN ZOID
http://www.karenzoid.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:

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

MUSIEK
http://www.musiek.co.za

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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9.BUMPF
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