SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #131
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19th November 2001

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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Entries open for next year's SAMA Awards... Piet Botha releases new Hits CD and starts his Cape Summer Tour... New CD from Nianell... Bright Blue release retrospective CD (at last)... Shiloh tries to Guess Who... Kurt discovers the secrets of Dog Detachment... John studies Zen and the Art of Falling Mirrors... Theunis rocks with Karen Zoid... Revival upstairs @ The River Club... and Bill Knight hears Smitswinkel Calling.


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CONTENTS
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1.HOT & FRESH - News: SAMA Awards, Piet Botha, Eminent Child
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs this week
3.LET'S ROCK - New releases: Starskii, Suck, Nianell, Bright Blue
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Guess Who, Falling Mirror, Dog Detachment
5.RUK EN ROL - Afrikaans Rock: Karen Zoid
6.ROCKLINE - Forum, Requests & Feedback
7.ROCK ON - Live reviews and gig info
8.LISTEN HERE - SA Rock Radio
9.CLICK HERE - SA Rock on the net
10.BUMPF - Archives, contributions, editors and contributors
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1.HOT & FRESH
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SAMA AWARDS - ENTRIES OPEN

The 8th Annual Standard Bank South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be
taking place in April 2002. The Recording Industry of South Africa
(RISA) is proud to announce that entries for next year’s awards are open to any artist who has been resident in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana or Namibia for the last six months, provided the recording was done and released in South Africa. The awards provide artists with the opportunity to be judged by their professional peers.

The 8th SAMA’s will see the inclusion of two new public vote categories, namely: Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. The public will be invited to vote for the winners in these categories as we get closer to the event. These categories have been included in order that the greater South African public can feel part of the voting process for two very sought-after awards. An independent panel of judges appointed by the Standard Bank SAMA Steering Committee will judge the awards.

The process for the Standard Bank SAMA Awards is threefold - firstly
record companies must submit their nominee, secondly, they will be
judged by over 100 professionals in the industry; and finally, the top
five artists in each category will contest for top honours at the finals in April. Entries are open to both RISA and non-RISA members.

All interested parties are invited to submit their entry forms to the
RISA offices in Randburg. Entry forms are available from RISA, Suite 1,
150 Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Randburg. Entries must reach the RISA
offices before the 23rd of November at 12:00 midday (incomplete,
incorrect or late entries will not be accepted).

Entry forms are also available on the RISA website
http://www.risa.org.za, which should be completed, signed and returned
as soon as possible. For more information contact either Wilma De Villiers or Nono Suntele on tel (011) 886-1342 or fax (011) 886-4169.

The total number of categories will be announced soon, so watch this
space for details.

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PIET BOTHA - NUWE CD, NUWE TOER (NOV/DEC 2001)

Piet Botha en Jack Hammer het Augustus 2001 ‘n nuwe platekontrak met EMI geteken, wat vyf nuwe albums sal behels, drie in Afrikaans en twee
Engelse albums. Die eerste Afrikaanse album is pas deur EMI vrygestel
nl. ‘Die Hits’ wat ‘n samestelling is van die beste van 'Suitcase Vol
Winter' en 'Jan Skopgraaf' asook drie nuwe snitte. Die album het al
uitstekende ontvangs in die media gehad. Beeld se Dirk Jordaan het
daarna verwys as "‘n glansproduk" en Natie Botes van Die Volksblad noem
Die Hits "‘n versamelaars item", ens.

Piet Botha & Jack Hammer is legendes in Suid-Afrikaanse Musiek, en het
nooit hulle oorspronklikheid ingeboet bloot vir kommersieële sukses
nie. Daar is al baie geskryf oor die groep en hulle werk en meer
inligting kan ook op die website http://www.pietbotha.com verkry word.

Piet en twee lede van die band vertrek teen einde November op ‘n hewige
toer om die nuwe album in die Kaapprovinsie bekend te stel. Die toer
begin in Pretoria op die 23ste November by die Steak And Ale in
Centurion. Dan na Bloemfontein en af Weskus toe. Na ‘n hele rits
vertonings in die Kaap en omgewing gaan die broeders op met die Ooskus
en eindig die toer in Port Elizabeth.

Piet Botha self is baie gelukkig met sy nuwe tuiste by EMI en sê: "Dis
‘n groot verligting dat ons werke nou oral beskikbaar sal wees. Deur
die jare het soveel mense altyd kom kla dat die musiek nie vrylik op die rakke is nie. Dit sal nou verander, maar gelukkig is ons nog altyd op die langpad, dit is ons Lot dit is ons Lewe!!"

Kaap Toerskedule:

Maandag 26 November - Sterrewagteater, Bloemfontein
Woensdag 28 November - Captains Cabin, Saldanha
Donderdag 29 November - Fisherman's Cottage, Hermanus
Vrydag 30 November - Whammy Bar, Tableview
Saterdag 1 Desember - Struisbaai Hotel, Struisbaai
Maandag 3 Desember - Napier Hotel, Napier
Dinsdag 4 Desember - High Street Teater, Durbanville
Woensdag 5 Desember - Dorpstraatteater, Stellenbosch
Donderdag 6 Desember - High Street Teater, Durbanville
Vrydag 7 Desember - Sir Rocco's, Gordonsbaai
Saterdag 8 Desember - Dorpstraatteater, Stellenbosch
Sondag 9 Desember - Cool Runnings, Observatory
Dinsdag 11 Desember - Miems Restaurant, Pringlebaai
Woensdag 12 Desember - Al's Dance Club, Knysna
Donderdag 13 Desember - Tidal's, Mosselbaai
Sat 15 Desember - Hurdy Gurdy Bar, Jeffreys

Vir enige inligting:
Corene Marx by 083 3814 591 of
Piet Botha (op die pad) 072 215 8455

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EMINENT CHILD NEWS

Eminent Child is at present working on songs for the 3rd full album.
They hope to record early next year and have an album ready for the
European summer 2002. ‘Beautiful View’ looks set to be a popular track
on that album, judging by the response they get every time they play it! They are testing the material live at 'Tobie Joes’ in Port Elizabeth on Sunday evenings over this festive season and will also be playing at a large summer camp in Kimberley (N Cape - South Africa) over a week in December. Then down to Cape Town for a short tour and back to PE to start preparations for recording.

The South African based Eminent Child site is now up and running. Take a look at http://www.eminentchild.com. Of course the ever-popular
official fan site still has loads of info and fun stuff at
http://www.eminent-child.com
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2.CHARTS
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SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

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

1. [1] (1) The Fat Lady Sings (Best of 1995-2001) - Springbok Nude Girls (SonySA)
2. [8] (2) Greatest Hits - Just Jinger (BMG)
3. [18] (3) Rewind - Wonderboom (DGR)
4. [2] (1) Boland Punk 1988-2001 - Valiant Swart (Rhythm)
5. [5] (1) Farewell Station Road - Wayne Pauli (Bulldog)
6. [4] (1) A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG
7. [3] (2) Songs From The Mall - Max Normal (Chameleon)
8. [6] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
9. [9] (1) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
10. [7] (1) In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI
11. [10] (10) Die Hits - Piet Botha (EMI)
12. [12] (8) Africa's Not For Sissies - Syd Kitchen (No Budget)
13. [13] (13) U Touch Me - Dawnay (EMI)
14. [15] (14) The Coming Storm - Jazzworx (Sheer)
15. [14] (6) All I Am - Kaolin (Sheer)
16. [16] (16) Huis Toe - Beeskraal (Woema)
17. [-] (17) Time To Suck - Suck (RetroFresh)
18. [17] (8) Alternatief Op Sy Beste Volume 2 - Vari-Ous (Hoezit)
19. [-] (19) Who Painted The Moon? - Nianell (Fresh)
20. [19] (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. [1] (1) Dimmer - Springbok Nude Girls (‘Fat Lady Sings’/Sony)
2. [5] (2) Home - Just Jinger (‘Greatest Hits’/BMG)
3. [3] (2) Who? (Can Relate To You) - Wayne Pauli (‘Farewell Station
Road’/Bulldog)
4. [4] (1) Life (Theme from Big Brother) - Semisane (‘A Life Less
Strange’/BMG)
5. [2] (2) U Touch Me - Dawnay (‘U Touch Me’/EMI)
6. [11] (6) Slagtersnek - Piet Botha (‘Die Hits’/EMI)
7. [12] (7) The Coming Storm - Jazzworx (‘The Coming Storm’/Sheer)
8. [8] (8) I Confess - Venessa Nolan (‘Burn’/Rhythm)
9. [14] (9) Sun - Mondetta (‘Mondetta’/SAFm)
10. [-] (10) Shadows 2001 - Wonderboom (‘Rewind’/DGR)
11. [-] (11) Good Old Fashioned Loving - Max Normal (‘Songs From The
Mall'/Chameleon)
12. [6] (1) Angel - Watershed (‘In The Meantime’/EMI)
13. [7] (1) Up - Zen Arcade ('Snowflake'/Indie)
14. [9] (3) Settler - Syd Kitchen (‘Africa's Not For Sissies'/No Budget)
15. [-] (15) Real - Kaolin (‘All I Am’/Sheer)
16. [10] (4) Tied My Hands - Saron Gas (‘Fragile’/Muskateer)
17. [13] (13) Calling My Name - Neville (‘Calling My Name’/Gallo)
18. [16] (16) Joburg - Beeskraal (‘Huis Toe’/Woema)
19. [18] (1) Engel - Karen Zoid ('Poles Apart'/EMI)
20. [-] (20) What The Hell Did We Do - Wess-Lee ('Merry-Go-Round'/
Scorpio)

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3. LET'S ROCK - NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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FOCUS ON NEW SA BANDS - STARSKII
Author: Charne Jones

Simply put, Starskii is a hybrid of ideas resulting from two of the most accomplished musicians in South Africa, and has carefully and
unpretentiously been tailored to fit the most elaborate of tastes.
Formed in 2001, the founding members of Starskii are hardly strangers to the music scene. Adam Lomas and Nathan Waywell were both previously part of Amersham, and have thus had the opportunity to lace their musical talent with invaluable experience. Starskii is a shift in their musical pattern and upon first introduction sets the criteria for success in a toughened industry.

Starskii's debut album, ‘Communate’, is Adam and Nathan at their most
comfortable. The concept can be likened to a lyrical storybook
illustrated in melody and metaphor, and it's clear that both musicians
have (as Starskii and as individuals) found their feet in the new
project.

Two certain highlights on ‘Communate’ are the extreme 'Did You See It
Coming?' and the ballad-inspired 'Ecstasy' where Lomas reminds us that
he has his self-penned lyrics down to a vocal science. The songs blur
genre edges and have both indefinite acoustic and live performance
potential, while the album promises to deliver interesting and
unexpected aural results. Starskii's sound is lyrically solid, and sells itself in an inheritance of passion. Keep a subtle eye on the Starskii arrival, and follow the militant take-over on http://www.starskii.com

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SUCK - TIME TO SUCK

This hard rocking band was regarded as a musical menace to the SA
society of the ‘70’s with their anarchistic assault on the minds and
eardrums of the day. Now their only full album has been given a
long-awaited re-release on Benjy Mudie’s RetroFresh label with full
liner notes by Leon "Dinosaur Days" Economides.

http://www.rock.co.za/files/timetosuck.html

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NIANELL - WHO PAINTED THE MOON?

Nianell is a Namibian born-and-raised artiste. She has written and
recorded three albums to date, showcasing the exceptional quality and
control of her 3½ octave voice. Her song-writing capabilities and
proficiency on guitar and piano / keyboard merge to create outstanding
live and recorded performances.

With a performing career spanning a decade, she’s had some notable high
points - including being chosen to perform for Mr Nobel of Nobel Peace
Prize fame {Surely one of his descendants rather? - ed}. She performed
to great success in Ireland, Belgium and France in early 1999, and her
dynamic performance at The Majestic Hotel during Midem 2000
[International Music Trade Festival hosted annually in Cannes, France]
led to an equally successful performance at Forte Riga. Festival
representatives witnessed the performance and invited Nianell to the
Latvian festival held annually in Riga. Nianell currently performs
regularly in neighbouring countries, including Botswana, Zimbabwe and
Namibia. She also appears weekly at Johannesburg’s top international
hotels, performing her own music to an international audience.

2001 has seen the completion of ‘Who Painted the Moon?’, Nianell’s most
ambitious project to date. This full-length album, produced by industry
legend Mauritz Lotz, is a moving and inspiring album. Opening with the
track ‘As One’, the album is a journey into Nianell’s heart and soul,
exposing deep emotion through the vehicle of beautiful melody. From the
moving ‘Who Painted The Moon’, written during a lunar eclipse, to the
exquisite ‘Just For Tonight’, the album leads its audience into a world
of spiritual bliss. The uplifting ‘Have Faith’ reaffirms the need for
trust, respect and belief in life and love through an up-tempo and
inspiring beat.

Nianell also has as one of her long-term objectives to discover and
promote new talent from Southern Africa. In 1999 she launched Nia
Enterprises Limited. The company was registered for the purpose of
launching her international career and then to help other very talented
artists in Africa to do the same.

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BRIGHT BLUE ARE BACK - THE FULL STORY
http://rock.co.za/legends/brightblue

Anyone who has been following the career of seminal South African band,
Bright Blue, for the past 17 or so years, will know that it’s entirely
appropriate that the release of their long-awaited retrospective set
comes with the title, ‘Every Now And Then (The Best So Far: 1984 -
2001)’. For everything about Bright Blue has always been fluidity; about blurring the edges of what is expected of a band in the conventional sense ("We release music sporadically and intend doing it forever" announce the band) and, of course, extending that into their music which wholeheartedly defied the boundaries of the time becoming a forerunner of the "rainbow nation" sound.

With a name that reflected the paradox of being bright in a very blue
time {actually, it was also a tribute to Chelsea FC - Sporting Ed.},
Bright Blue created a sound that - through recordings and a raucously
rocking live show - organically fused the lilt and lurch of township
jive and the harmonies and rhythms of mbaqanga with a solid rock
musicality and smatterings of pop.

What’s more, the band - at first brothers Peter and Ian Cohen, Tom Fox
and Robin Levetan (now a Cape Town-based architect) and Dan Heymann - flew the flag of protest and liberation in astute songs about the contradictions of a life of white privilege that were, on first experience, uplifting and positive (perfectly matching the band’s paradoxical name). This was no mean feat in apartheid’s final, dark decade which was marked by the apartheid regime’s unrelenting oppressiveness; the spectre of an uncertain future; war raging in the townships; and a military call-up that many white youths found morally reprehensible.

And although a handful of other groups dipped into South Africa’s
broader musical well, few did it with such infectious results and quite in the winning way that Bright Blue managed. This they achieved by unleashing several fine recordings (among them two full albums, ‘Bright Blue’ and ‘The Rising Tide’- both still unavailable on CD) gaining some significant radio play (with tracks like ‘Window On The World’, ‘Weeping’ and ‘Second Avenue’) and moving from campus to campus, club to club, bringing their live show to staunch fans all over the country.

A mid-80’s shift to Johannesburg pushed Bright Blue to new heights and
greater exposure. Reflecting on the time, Ian Cohen said: "Moving to
Jo’burg felt like we had arrived in New York City - we were real small town boys in the big smoke. But it gave us a chance to be amongst and play with some great musicians." Among these were Louis Mhlanga, Simmi Zeko, and Sipho (Scorpion) Mandono, all of whom added to the unique sonic swirl that Bright Blue crafted.

The band’s strong connection to the anti-apartheid movement of the time
is evidenced by the song ‘Weeping’, which was penned by Dan Heymann
(although in typical Bright Blue democratic style, they are all formally credited with its composition). As Heymann recalls: "In 1986, responding to the Apartheid Government’s clamp-down on the media, I wrote the words of ‘Weeping’, over a piece of music I had composed more than a year earlier, while I was stuck in the Army".

The song was originally recorded in 1987, at Orange 338 Studio in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, by Phil Audoire and Daved Moloele. In a mad burst of creativity, Bright Blue recorded two songs in one night (‘Yesterday Night’ being the second) pausing only at about 2am to dash off to the Market Theatre to pick up the late Basil Coetzee to blow his magnificent horn on this track.

At that time without a deal (the first album, ‘Bright Blue’, was the
extent of their recordings for Trutone, though an EMI deal was soon to
follow), the group pressed up 500 vinyl singles, featuring a black and
white cover shot of Bright Blue sitting outside the Imperial Café in
Cape Town. Astonishingly, ‘Weeping’ soon made it onto the national
airwaves, despite the fact that it quite clearly contained a section of
‘Nkosi Sikelel I’Afrika’, which was then banned by the Nationalist Party government.

‘Weeping’ has been extensively covered since then, most notably by the
Soweto String Quartet and Vusi Mahlasela. A particularly poignant moment for Bright Blue was playing the song live at a Mitchell’s Plain concert for returning exiles, attended by former President Nelson Mandela soon after his release from prison in 1990.

To date however, the only Bright Blue material available on CD (besides
‘Weeping’ being included on many SA compilations), was the ‘Open Your
Eyes’ CD single from 1996. Which makes the release of ‘Every Now And
Then (The Best So Far: 1984 - 2001)’ such a welcome event for Bright
Blue fans. The compilation includes songs like ‘Who’s The Enemy’, ‘The
Rising Tide’ (a tribute to jailed SA conscientious objector David
Bruce), ‘Living In Africa’, ‘Yesterday Night’, ‘Window On The World’
and, of course, ‘Weeping’.

The album also features two new tracks, ‘World Turns’ and ‘Can You Feel
It’. ‘World Turns’, is vintage Bright Blue, with just enough sonic
twists and threads to ensure the track resides firmly in the 21st
century musical terrain. Penned jointly by the group’s remaining three
active members (Ian and Peter Cohen and Tom Fox), ‘World Turns’ pivots
on Fox’s distinctive yet subtle mbaqanga-influenced guitar piece and the chilled rhythm section provided by the Cohen brothers. But the musical ante is upped by the inspired use of gorgeous, jazz-influenced keyboards (played by Mark Goliath) and some elegant sampling.

‘Can You Feel It’ is as joyous a new slice of sound as you will hear
emanating from South Africa this year. Fast moving and showcasing Bright Blue’s feel for a groove and a blasting horn section, this is uplifting stuff that proves just how relevant the group still is today. Adding to the quality of the new material is the input of life-long friend and colleague Johan Griesel (who has been handling live sound for the likes of Steve Winwood and Jeff Beck recently) who assisted Bright Blue in mixing the two new songs.

The 1990’s saw Bright Blue moving in a new direction as the political
situation in South Africa changed. After a decade of writing,
practising, recording and touring, Bright Blue became a looser set-up,
with the band members engaged in other pursuits. Peter Cohen worked with Mango Groove, and Tom Fox, alongside James Stewart, Yoyo Buys and Paul Tizzard, produced some excellent BB-influenced sounds (and three strong albums) with Cape Town band, The Usual.

But Bright Blue never "broke up" as such, and we can expect even more
musical magic from this hugely-popular band in the future. Dan Heymann
has expressed interest in recording with the group again (properly via
the Internet). Heymann currently resides in New York, working as a
computer programmer. Until September 11th, he worked on the 96th floor
of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Fortunately, Heymann
arrived at the WTC subway station just after the first plane had crashed into the towers on September 11, and the area had already been cordoned off.

Music continues to dominate the lives of Peter Cohen and Fox who worked
under the Bright Productions banner, crafting music for soundtracks and
commercials (often with Ian’s input when time allowed). Ian, meanwhile,
continues to create music from his home studio, and he recently composed and performed the soundtrack for ‘Main Reef Road’, Nic Hofmeyer’s upcoming film about Johannesburg.

"Music is still a powerful part of our lives" the group attests, "We
want to be releasing Bright Blue stuff when we are sixty. We’ve found a
way of working that works for us all; that suits our requirements and
with the availability of digital methods of recording, we hope to keep
creating far into the future".

Tracklisting: ‘World Turns’, ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Weeping’, ‘Window On
The World’, ‘Wouldn’t Miss It For The World’, ‘One Of These Days’, ‘Open Your Eyes’, ‘The Rising Tide’, ‘Peace Train’, ‘Yesterday Night’, ‘Time On My Own (A Sentry's Song)’, ‘Where Would I Go’, ‘2nd Avenue’, ‘Who’s That Girl’, ‘Living In Africa’, ‘Who Is The Enemy’.

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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 GUESS WHO (Canada's secret weapon)

The place Kitchener, Ontario (hockey arena). Randy Bachman had just broken a guitar string and the group had to take a break. While Randy was tuning up, he started playing an edgy urgent riff. Taking it as a call to arms, Kale and Peterson jumped back on stage and began jamming. Burton Cummings was having a joint in the parking lot and oblivious to all of this, some-one asked him why he wasn't up there with the rest of the band. Cummings ran in, jumped onto the stage and asked what was going on. "We're jamming in E" yelled Bachman. "Play something". After ten minutes Cummings had run out of harmonica, piano and flute solos, Bachman said "Sing anything". Burton looked at the audience of fresh faced Canadian girls and thinking back to the gruelling American tour that they had just returned from, sang the first phrase that came into his head, "American woman stay away from me, American woman mama let me be". The crowd went into a frenzy and Cummings, drawing on their US experience added more images. "War machines and ghetto scenes" and "Coloured lights can hypnotise, sparkle someone else's eyes". By the time "American Woman" was released in the spring, 1970, it had transformed into a raging fuzz guitar, anti-war anthem which came in sync with the rising opposition to the American presence in Vietnam. The song sold more singles in 1970 than any act in the world, including the Beatles. It raced to the top of the US charts, helping the Guess Who to become one of the best selling acts of the year. Years later a psychedelic Lenny Kravitz would again smash the charts as a revived version crackled the air of the second Woodstock event in the nineties.

We turn back the clock to Winnipeg in 1964 with the release of a squeaky version of "Shakin all over" by Chad Allen and the Expressions. Although distantly removed when comparing to the quality and energy of the original by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, the Canadians were loyal enough to support it all the way to the top of the charts (eclipsing the Beatles's "Eight days a week"). The single was released under the group name Guess Who due to the fact that Canadian radio stations rarely played records by Canadian artists. Toronto's Quality Records PR man George Struth's diabolical manoeuvre proved successful. In the states it reached #22 on the Billboards charts, a first for any Canadian band. Dick Clarke wanted the band for an American tour. In 1968 the Guess Who landed a regular spot on the CBC TV show "Where its at" hosted by their ex-leader Chad Allen (who was replaced by Randy Bachman). In September 1968 producer Jack Richardson mortgaged his house to pay for the recording of their first gold single "These eyes" (#6 1969) (album "Wheatfield Soul"). The group's second RCA album "Canned Wheat" favoured strongly due to the success of two hits "Laughing" (#10 1969) and the finest of their singles "Undone" (#22 1969). By 1970 their total record sales totalled 5 million which had much to do with "American Woman" #1 and "No time" #5 off the highly acclaimed album "American Woman".

One of the Guess Who's adoring fans was the daughter of president Nixon and as a result they performed at the White House in front of prince Charles, princess Anne and first lady Pat Nixon. The concert was allowed on the condition that they deleted "American Woman" from their live set. During the height of their success, growing tension between hedonist Burton Cummings and Mormon Randy Bachman, resulted in Randy leaving to form the heavy overdrive of the rocking Bachman / Turner. Sadly the group's finest live album was recorded without Randy Bachman at the Paramount theatre, Seattle, Washington, 1972. Newly recruited guitarist Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw stepped in to energise the void. The kick-ass live show remains legendary with outstanding tracks like "Running back to Saskatoon" and "Trucking off across the sky" often chosen for compilation albums. The show opened with the high energy vocal ability of Burton Cummings and his octave wrenching "Pain Train". By the mid seventies the catchy commercial singles of the Guess Who such as "Clap for the wolf man" / "Albert Flasher", although chart toppers, had lost the flavour of the early days.

Their last album "The way they were" boasted a magnificent single "Silver Bird" and some astounding Guess Who gems such as "Palmyra", "The Answer" and "Species Hawk". Although released in the mid seventies, their album was a combination of singles recorded in the spring of 1970 at RCA's studio in Chicago. When it came to the blues strongly influenced by the Mason Dutch Blues band, the Guess Who were profound in this genre as heard on "Humpty's Blues", "Song of the dog" and "Glace Bay blues". Even the classic "American Woman" would occasionally intro with an acoustic bluesy rendition. In fact an alternate version of "American Woman" that had less fuzz guitar and more rhythm pattern captures a finer reflection of the ability of the Guess Who. Over and above the magnificent "Undone" came the understated "8:15" the energetic "Proper Stranger" and the classic acoustic dedication to folk singer Gordon Lightfoot entitled "Lightfoot". Often the albums would disperse the melodic Burton Cummings on piano with thought provoking ballads such as "Sour Suite" and "Dreams". Cummings would eventually release his first solo album in 1976 with a chart buster #10 called "Stand Tall". In 1983 Randy and Burton made their peace and re-united for one album and a concert video. Four years later the two of them toured together. Burton Cummings's 1981 album "Sweet Sweet" included a top forty hit "You saved my soul" dedicated to Randy Bachman.

(Entry reference sourced from "Before the Gold Rush" by journalist Nicholas Jennings, Penguin)

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

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

BEST KEPT SECRETS - DOG DETACHMENT (Retro Fresh FRESHCD 115)

If I had been disappointed in the music from RSA, Dog Detachment's
'Best Kept Secrets' would have redeemed all the rest. But I have been
pleased in nearly all the South African music I've acquired, so I can't say that. All I can say is that thanks to Retro Fresh these are great days to be a South African rock fan.

What I listen for in rock is beat, guitar, melody, and intelligent
lyrics. Dog Detachment has all of these on one CD covering 3 albums and
some single releases.

'Best Kept Secrets' is nearly a box set of Dog Detachment's complete
works on one CD: 16 songs, 8 mp3s, a gallery of photo files, lyric files, AND the liner notes booklet. That's nearly 100 minutes of radical melodic rock with a hard edge, with extras.

Gosh, all that's lacking to make this a perfect CD is a video of a song
performance, say 'Touch the Sky'. Can't have everything, but this CD is
loaded anyway -- and would be even if it only had the music.

I don't understand how some in the audience interpreted Dog
Detachment's music as singing of repression. According to the liner notes (by Andrew Rees), though, some people took the cool "Stormtrooper Rock" phrase in a different direction. Sure, rock is supposed to seize the listener's attention and provide a show, spectacle, or controversy. (Maybe the lead singer should have quipped, "We're more popular than Winnie Mandela."?). But Nazi-ism?

These are songs of the modern world: of despair, war, hope, and love.
But I wasn't there, so I don't know anything more than that the music and lyrics are intelligent and insightful. I'm just here now, enjoying the music.

Melodic, yet hard-edged, this is rock music to listen to over and over.

Dog Detachment
http://rock.co.za/legends/dogdetachment

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

ZEN BOULDERS - FALLING MIRROR

With a title like 'Zen Boulders' one can be forgiven for expecting a big Stones influence on Falling Mirror's 1979 debut album. However, the influence seems to come more from Pink Floyd than from Mick Jagger and the boys. Alan Faull's guitar work creates sonic landscapes of vast beauty in a similar vein to Floyd. Add to this Nielen Marais' brittle vocals that walk a tightrope between calm sensible and cracked psychotic, with a foot in each camp, but never taking sides, and you've got an album of serene psychotic beauty.

It's not only the guitar and vocals that grab one's attention, but also some wonderful piano playing that gives body and atmosphere to the album. Tracks like 'Time (is the Thief)' and 'I am the Actor' (both of which appear on the 'Shattered' compilation) benefit greatly from the added keyboards and those familiar with the version of 'Making out with Granny' on the 'Johnny Calls the Chemist' album may be interested to note that the screaming guitar intro to this classic song began life as some dramatic chords pounded on the piano.

The trade mark rock 'n roll number is 'Archie and Juggie went Down to the Store' which I don't think is as musically astute as ones that followed ('Neutron Bop' and 'Encounter in a Take Away Shop'), but lyrically surpasses the others, telling the story of America's favourite High School cartoon kids, but stripping the comic of it's innocence by having Reggie shooting Archie. All this action occurs around a cheerful chorus of 'Chom-Chom-a-Romma-Rom-Chomma-Rom-Chom'.

In 1979, the Boomtown Rats were riding high in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their song about a high school massacre in San Diego 'I don't like Mondays'. The Rats' hit was regarded as controversial, but one wonders how the world would have reacted had they heard Falling Mirror's take on the same event, choosing to entitle their song 'The San Diego Sniping Event'.

The album ends with the epic 'Boy and Girl Alone on a Throne' which starts quietly with some beautiful Hotel California-ish guitar picking but builds to a frenzied orgasm of guitar and drums that leaves one highly satisfied and reaching for a cigarette.

Although not a huge commercial success, Falling Mirror's debut gave the SA music scene something to reflect on. The album balances delicately on the rim of the teacup of the psyche, not quite reaching the safety of the saucer of sanity but also not plunging into the murky brew of drugs and madness. One can say that 'Zen Boulders' rocks. Not in a barrage of drums and guitars kind of way (other than the finale of the closing track), but more in a refined edgy mellow kind of way.

Falling Mirror
http://rock.co.za/fallingmirror

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, 19th November 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Mammy Blue - Charisma*
2 [2] Butterfly - Danyel Gerard
3 [3] Never Ending Song Of Love - New Seekers
4 [5] Get Me Some Help - Neville Whitmill*
5 [4] You - Peter Maffay
6 [9] What You Doing Sunday - Dawn
7 [10] Amen - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
8 [7] Daar's Niks Soos Ware Liefde - Groep Twee*
9 [16] Papa's Gonna Kiss It Beter - William E.*
10 [8] Co Co - The Sweet

* South African Artists

Week 5 at the top for Charisma and still counting. 'Mammy Blue' was beginning to look unmoveable at the top. Despite it's dramatic entry into the top 20 the previous week, 'Amen' by the Peanut Butter Conspiracy only managed to climb 3 positions.

Mr Chameleon Name, Billy Forrest had his first top 10 hits under the guise of William E. It was his 5th top 10 hit in 3 years and his 3rd non de plume in that period. Interestingly, despite his enduring popularity, Billy never had a number 1 hit in the period 1969 to 1989, his closest brush with the top spot was when 'We're all playing in the Same Band' (as Quentin E Klopjaeger) reached number 2.

The food and drink new entries in the top 20 came from Hot Chocolate and Marmalade, while Daniel Boone made up the trio of newies. Those exiting the top 20 included 2 South African acts, Hedgehoppers (9 weeks on the chart peaking at number 9 with 'Hey') and Gert Potgieter (7 weeks, peaking at 13 with 'Sweet Maria'). Both of these were the only top 20 hits by these act.

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Mammy Blue - Charisma (1971)
Man on the Moon - Ballyhoo (1980)

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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BIRTHDAYS

20 - Duane Allman (1946, died 29 October 1971)
20 - Joe Walsh (1947)
22 - Steven Van Zandt (1950)
26 - John McVie (1945)
26 - Tina Turner (1939)
27 - Jimi Hendrix (1942, died 18 September 1970)
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5.RUK EN ROL
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KAREN ZOID - ROCK CHICK
Theunis Engelbrecht Rapport 28/07/2001

Sy's jonk en blond en mooi en plesierig. En sy staan op 'n verhoog en sing: "All my friends are yuppie scum!!! They've got the money, but I've got the fun!" En die mense gaan mal. Hierdie vrou jaag die plesiervlakke hoër as hemelhoog op. Dit is so duidelik soos daglig.

Haar naam is Karen Zoid. Daar word met ontsag van haar gepraat as een van Suid-Afrika se min - indien nie die enigste nie - rock chick. Amper soos wat Suzi Quatro jare gelede was. Of soos Sheryl Crow.

Maar moenie vir Karen Zoid op haar leerbaadjie en donkerbril takseer nie. Sy laat Suzi Quatro na 'n deelnemer op Noot vir Noot klink.

Karen is net 22 en trek tans baie aandag met haar opwindende debuut-cd, Poles Apart. Sy kom van Johannesburg, waar sy 'n derdejaarstudent in klankontwerp aan Deon Opperman se rolprent-, teater- en tv-skool is. As sy haar donkerbril afhaal en jy haar blou oë sien, besef jy hierdie rock chick gaan nog jellie maak van baie manlike kniekoppe.

"Ek het lank rondgehang totdat my pa my oorreed het dis 'n beter opsie om te studeer," sê sy van agter haar donkerbril. Ek wou nog altyd musiek swot, maar toe beland ek by die rolprentskool. Ek sal graag betrokke wil raak by musiek vir tv en advertensies. Ek dink dis baie challenging."

Voordat sy ontdek is, het sy van haar hoërskooldae af al in rockgroepe gespeel, onder meer die vroue-punkgroep Bad Weather, wat baie deur Sonic Youth bëinvloed is. Chrisjan Fourie van Kakiebos, die man wat beroemd geraak het met sy reeks Afrikaanse kondome, het haar eenkeer in Melville hoor sing en genooi om 'in die middel van die nag' in sy program op Punt Geselsradio te sing. Dit het so goed gegaan dat mense ingebel het om te hoor waar hulle 'n cd kan kry.

Daarna het Karen se optredes in Johannesburg die tonge los gehad en die club crawlers buite hulself van opwinding. Dit was net 'n kwessie van tyd voor sy 'n aanbod sou kry om 'n cd op te neem. En toe dit gebeur, was dit nogal van die invloedryke EMI-platemaatskappy, een van die multinasionale grootkokkedore in die land.

Karen skryf al haar lirieke en sommige van haar liedjies self; die ander is geskryf deur Don Reinecke.

"Ek skryf oor goed wat ek self ervaar het en wat vir my relevant is," sê sy. "Van die liedjies het aggressie in, maar dit raak nooit gewelddadig nie. Ek skryf ook graag ballades. Vir my is liedjies skryf 'n manier om my eie lewenservaring te express."

Karen luister baie musiek en het 'n wye smaak: van sanger-liedjieskrywers soos Janis Ian tot kunstenaars soos Tananas, Dave Matthews Band, Tony Cox, Blk Sonshine, Coldplay en "musiek wat jou herinner aan jou childhood, soos Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones en Led Zeppelin.

"Ek was nog altyd 'n rebel. My ma is dood toe ek tien was. Die feit dat ek nie met 'n ma grootgeword het nie, het gemaak dat ek 'n ander mens is as wat ek sou gewees het. Toe ek 'n tiener was, was ek baie kwaad oor my ma se dood. Maar dit het van my 'n sterker mens gemaak, en ek sou seker nie vandag 'n sanger en liedjieskrywer gewees het as dit nie daarvoor was nie."

Karen hou baie daarvan om op te tree. "Live het die musiek 'n baie groter kick. Ons spring soms te veel rond en skop klankversterkers om. Vooraf weet ons nooit hoe dit gaan wees nie. En die gehore is baie gemeng: soms is dit mense van 18 tot 26, en soms is daar ook mense tussen 40 en 50."

"Ons is baie opgewonde oor Karen," sê Johan Scott van EMI. "Vir die eerste keer in 'n lang tyd is daar iets wat vars en nuut is, iets unieks wat deur niemand anders gedoen word nie. Ons sien 'n baie blink toekoms vir haar."

Karen se onmiddellike toekomsplanne is om alles te gee vir haar musiekloopbaan en die groep musikante wat in haar orkes speel. "Die band is soos 'n besigheid. 'n Mens moet 'n 100%-samehorigheidsgevoel hê. En ons wil op soveel moontlik plekke in die land optree."

'Rock chick' het natuurlik politiek onkorrek geword omdat die gebruik daarvan mans se chauvinistiese en seksistiese onderrokke laat uithang.

"Hoe voel dit vir jou om 'n rock chick genoem te word?" vra ek hierdie mooi vrou.

"Dis cool. Ek hou daarvan."

"Sy's 'n rock chick en sy kick ass," sê Johan.

"Baie mense dink rock 'n roll is op pad uit," sê Karen. "Maar dis die mense wat knoppies druk wat so sê; mense wie se vingers nog nie gebloei het soos hulle kitaar speel nie. Rock is 'n skill. 'n Craft. En ek geniet my lewe."

Karen Zoid
http://www.rock.co.za/files/karen_zoid.html

Extract reprinted with kind permission of Ambrose van Eerden. Full article and discography at http://www.musiek.co.za
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6.ROCKLINE - FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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HOCUS and ROBERT JOHN "MUTT" LANGE

After a request last week for info on the band Hocus, I found this website by Geoff Williams:
http://www.internettrash.com/users/bigbrobasement/Zone.html.

See also: http://www.rock.co.za/files/hocus.html

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5FM HITS OF THE 80s

At the end of 1989 (or 1990) 5fm had a broadcast of the top 150 songs of the decade. If I remember correctly, "Living years" by Mike & the mechanics was no 1 and other top 10'ers included "Lady in red" by Chris de Burgh and "Forever Young" by Alphaville. I am looking for the complete list of 150 hits that received broadcast on 26 December that year.

You don't by any chance know this one or know a potential source for obtaning the info? Don't try 5fm themselves, I got no reply on my request!

Thanks,
Jan-Paul Schoeman
mailto:jps@africamail.com

SA Rock Lists
http://rock.co.za/rocklists

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MANGO GROOVE

I am South African but I currently live in Canada. I have been looking for SA music here and have only found a few albums such as Johnny Clegg which I snatched up. Do you know where Mango Groove is distributed in Canada? Or how I can purchase this music. I love the SA beat and I just can't find it here. Please help.

Amanda Lake
mailto:Amanda__Lake@hotmail.com

{The best place to buy SA music outside of SA is at One World http://www.oneworld.co.za. If its available on CD, whether major distributor or independent, One World will have it - ed}

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JONATHAN BUTLER

John Engel is currently writing a book on left-handed guitar players.
One of the famous musicians he is writing about is a South African
guitarist named Jonathan Butler who now lives in the US. He was a big
pop star as a teenager in South Africa from approx. 1973 to approx.
1982. He apparently had a lot of hits over there in that period.

John received some photographs of him, but he has nothing to show for
his South African days. Would you know of a photographic archives/library in South Africa (or a local photographer) that would/could have some pictures of him?

Thank you,
Patrick Van Hautem
mailto:pvh@zabriskie.be

Please reply to:
John Engel at mailto:john.engel@online.be

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HELP THE DJ

For three years now The African Summit (African Music and Beyond) and
Forward March (What's Behind Reggae Music, Mon?) have tantalised
Canadians with music from far-flung places - from the huts of KwaZulu
Natal to the heart of the Caribbean.

I would like to thank you for supporting my endeavours to showcase
African/Black music to Canadians. My shows continue to retain some of
the highest ratings on 95.9 FM.

From now on, please send play copies to:
The African Summit
101-576 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3A 0C4
Canada
Ph:+ (204) 775-1592
mailto:mndlovu@visto.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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7.ROCK ON - LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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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

LAURIAN - laid low by laryngitis and unable to appear last week, her
reputation precedes her and we look forward to hearing some fine, gentle acoustic folk, blues and jazz from someone we hope will become a regular.
GILBERT ANDERSON - accomplished in many genres, we can expect some clever covers, fine original material and general good humour from this quietly understated player.
ANIKA - who completely defies categorisation, accompanies her own unique poetry with incisive, complex playing. if you missed her last time, don't lose the chance to catch this lady before she returns to Pretoria.

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

Wed 21 Nov from 8.30 Robin Auld, 1 night only, R20
Thur 22 Nov from 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang", R15
Fri 23 Nov from 9.00 Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers", R30
Sat 24 Nov at 8.30 "The Legend of Jimi Hendrix", R50
Sun from 1pm, Braai 'n' beer & music from Colin Shamley.
Sun from 6.30, Groove to the music of "Burglar's Dog".
Wed 28 Nov from 7 Pool 'n' Bar Night
Thur 29 Nov from 8.45 Blues rock with "Three Foot Thang", R15
Fri 30 Nov from 9.00 Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers", R30
Sat 01 Dec at 8.30 "The Legend of Jimi Hendrix", R50
Sun from 1pm, Braai 'n' beer & music from Colin Shamley.
Sun from 6.30, Groove to the music of "Burglar's Dog".

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Bill Knight presents...

SMITSWINKEL CALLING
(a journey into the Interior)

Singer-songwriter, Bill Knight, an egte Kaapenaar, layers his authentic
contemporary Cape-folk music with poetical lyrics of depth and intensity, written in a characteristic Bredie of English and Kombuistaal, providing a personal but universal insight into the not so ordinary lives of everyday people.

Bill's new solo show "Smitwinkel Calling" is an intimate and personal
presentation of the Songs, Stories and eccentric characters brewed from the water of Smitswinkel Bay; a near-mythical haven at the foot of the Cape Peninsula. Hear about Roy and the Spanish Sherry - how Bill tried to run away from Home - about Hughie and the "Blaawbeck" - and of the Legendary "Varkie" and how he saw his Gat. Sub-titled "a Journey into the Interior", "Smitswinkel Calling" is a Personal journey of Discovery and an examination of the power of Myth and Legend.

Featured in the show are a number of Bill's well-loved songs, as well as an exciting selection of new material presently being recorded for his third album.

See it first at SIROCCO'S, Gordon's Bay. Saturday 24 November 2001.
Booking absolutely essential, Ph 856-0229. (Shows are booking-dependant)

See Bill's Webpage: http://www.twisted.co.za/billknight
Or mail him: mailto:billknight@mweb.co.za

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

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M MUSIC MANAGEMENT

Saturday 24 November: Velvet Mary and Kelvin Declined at the Jam

For bookings or info on The Purple Turtle;
Bookings or info on Hog Hoggidy Hog, New World Inside, New Flying
Machine, Velvet Mary, Froy, LP Show, Flowerheads.

Contact Mariska
mailto:mariskadupreez@yahoo.com
082 375 8991
M MUSIC MANAGEMENT AND PROMOTIONS

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MONDETTA

Mondetta are Steve Newman, Gito Baloi, Wendy Oldfield (all SA), Elad
Neeman (Israel) and Julia Kim (Canada/Korea). The group’s debut album, ‘It’s A Small World’, is now available. See this great new SA musical hybrid at these venues:

Nov 23, 24, 25 - Bassline
Nov 29th - Tings & Times Pretoria
Nov 3oth/Dec 1st - Private Game Lodge, Aids Benefit gig
Dec 2nd - Des & Dawn Soiree
Dec 7th & 8th - Zanzibar - Knysna
Dec 10th - Barley Corn Folk Club-CT
Dec 12th - Riverclub
Dec 13th - CD Wherehouse, V & A Waterfront
Dec 14th & 15th - Oude Libertas wine Estate, Stellenbosch.

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RIVER CLUB REVIVAL!

Upstairs @ The River Club takes it's place again on top of the cream of Cape Town's live music venues.

The programme kicks off on Friday, 23 November with a rockin' comeback from Sons of Trout. Preview the new material from the band's awesome 3rd CD "Odd Times" from 21h30.

As live South African music fights valiantly for the stages and audiences it deserves, The River Club's re-opening of their venue represents a significant faith in and support of local music.

The weekend programme of music events at Upstairs @ The River Club will showcase the varied and brilliant talent of Cape Town's musicians, as well as hosting the finest visiting artists.

Bored of "Big Brother"? Of course, you are! Go out for quality, intelligent entertainment.

Get to Upstairs @ The River Club:

23 November - Sons Of Trout
24 November - Venessa Nolan & Mikanic
30 November - Jennifer Ferguson
1 December - Jennifer Ferguson

For further information, please contact:
The River Club (021) 488 6117 or South African Music Promotions - Surisa 082 926 2871 or Beth 082 445 4641

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

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SAINTS
Finch Rd Atlasville Boksburg
Phone: (011) 894-7356

25 Nov Karen Zoid

@20:00 Entrance: Free

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SUNWAYS

Tues 20 Marine Bar, Whitehead
Wed 21 Wolsey's Bangor

http://www.freshmusic.co.za
mailto:sunways@mweb.co.za
mailto:sunwaysza@yahoo.co.uk

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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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8.LISTEN HERE - SA ROCK ON RADIO
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SAFM (104-107KHz)
http://www.safm.co.za

THE BRUCE MILLAR SHOW - WEDNESDAY MORNINGS @10.30am
Stephen Segerman, Digest co-editor, talks to Bruce Millar about SA music news, new releases, and charts from each week's Digest.

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CAPITAL 604
http://www.Capital604.com

5FM
http://www.5fm.co.za

KFM
http://www.kfm.co.za
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9.CLICK HERE - SA ROCK ON THE NET
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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

BEDROCK
http://www.bedrockband.com

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
http://johnny.clegg.free.fr
http://www.geocities.com/johnnycleggthepictures

CLOUT
http://www.clout.co.za

DES & DAWN
http://www.desdawn.co.za

FOUR JACKS AND A JILL
http://www.fourjacksandajill.co.za/

FRUIT FLY NAVIGATORS
http://www.ffn.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

SONJA HERHOLDT
http://www.sonjaherholdt.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

THE LED
http://www.theled.co.za

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

GEORG VOROS
http://www.georgvoros.com

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

MUSIC
http://www.music.co.za

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

TOP FORTY
http://www.topforty.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

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http://www.supertubes.co.za/bot_bar/surfrikan/slang_intro.html

BOOKS:

THE HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz (TOGA, 1994)
http://www.sarockdigest.com/book

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