SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #133
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3rd December 2001

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IN THIS ISSUE
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SNIPPETS
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We gently weep for George Harrison... Falling Mirror may play live!... Best of Bright Blue tops charts after 2 weeks... New releases from Magnetik, Syd Kitchen & The Awakening and a smokin' compilation from African Dope Records... Shiloh looks at Joe Meek's influence... Kurt has some fun with SA pop... John rocks with Rabbitt... someone is looking for truth (abstract, that is)... someone else is looking for Clout (are'nt we all?)... and almost everyone (it seems) is looking for Ms Finkelstein (that's Sharon Tandy, to you)... CD Wherehouse unveils its summer season of live gigs... Zen Arcade play unplugged... and Karen Zoid starts her Cape tour...

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CONTENTS
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1.HOT & FRESH - News: George Harrison dies, Falling Mirror live?, Blue Bottles café, ReddAngel signs to UK label, Core Mag wants bands, Ohm return
2.CHARTS - Top SA Albums & Songs this week
3.LET'S ROCK - New releases: Magnetik, The Awakening, Syd Kitchen, African Dope
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Joe Meek, SA Pop songs, Rock Rabbitt
5.RUK EN ROL - Afrikaans Rock: musiek.co.za
6.ROCKLINE - Forum, Requests & Feedback: Sharon Tandy, Abstract Truth, Rubbaband
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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GEORGE HARRISON

Ex-Beatle George, born 25 February 1943, passed away at 1:30pm Thursday 29th November at a friend's Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer. Harrison's wife, Olivia and son Dhani, 24, were with him when he died. Among his compositions is the classic 'Here Comes The Sun' which was covered by SA Rock band Hawk on their 1971 'African Day' album.

Read a report here...
http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,9175,00.html

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FALLING MIRROR - POSSIBLE LIVE GIGS?
http://rock.co.za/fallingmirror

Falling Mirror duo, Nielen Mirror and Allan Faull, are planning a series of concerts at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Observatory, Cape Town in December. This surprising announcement follows on from the
successful debut CD release of the band’s cult ‘80’s album, ‘Johnny
Calls The Chemist’ on the RetroFresh label earlier this year.

Nielen Mirror presented his latest dramatic project, a two-act
performance drama called ‘Parallel Suzie’, at the same venue recently,
and is keen to get back on stage. But many are sceptical about the
chances of such a gig happening as the band only ever performed a
handful of gigs (at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay) throughout its history,
due mainly to Allan Faull’s continued reluctance to appear live.
Hopefully that has all now changed, and we can get to see this cult SA
band on stage very soon.

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NEW DURBAN MUSIC VENUE AT BLUE BOTTLES CAFÉ & BAR

3rd Ear Music will be getting down to the Point at the Blue Bottles Cafe & Bar on the Harbour every Sunday, and will be testing the waters from Sunday 9th December 2001 from 6.00pm, with a few local Troubadours, Minstrels, Maskandi, Jazz & other Folk.

The music starts at 7:00pm. There will be a nominal R10 couvert charge
to feed the musicians & staff. Sunday the 9th will be the casual launch
with a host of invited musicians in attendance. Madala Kunene with
Bernard, Ken E Henson & Richard Ellis, Dave Tarr, The Will Wallace &
Richard Haslop Blues Band with Rob van der Linde, John Gcaba, Alan Judd
& David Marks, Mim Erasmus, Syd Kitchen, Fiona Tozer & more.

The Blues Bottle is a wonderful venue with a great menu - 3 levels of
magic sea views; the harbour, the ships & the folk, and it really will
be quite laid-back and casual; featuring their Troubadours, Minstrels
and Maskandi Songwriters and some light Jazz.

Besides the musicians who will be appearing on the 9th December, those
who will feature each week over the next few months include: Shiyani
Ngcobo, Dan Chiorboli, Steve Fataar, Ezikhama EskortShabalala, Terry
Rosenberg with Alan Judd & Leopard Moon, The Bandits, Brian Finch, Colin Shamley, Rick & Gill Andrew & many others.

The plan is to present one main feature act every Sunday, introduce
somebody new and invite a few guest entertainers; so if you have a story to tell or a song and poem to frame it in please let 3rd Ear Music know. With what's going down in the world today, especially here in Durban - no musician can say that there isn't something to sing, shout, dance, laugh or cry about.

30 years of Hidden Years Music History in 5 lines - 3rd Ear Music has
mixed & matched many genres of music & ages of musician in clubs,
concerts & festivals over the years - going back to Wits University, The Troubadour & The Nite Beat in the 60's; Totum, The Free Peoples Concerts & the Market Theatre Kuif in the 70's; The Chelsea Theatre Underground & Le Chaim in the 80's; Le Plaza & Splashy Fen in the 90's.

Preference is given to dining tables - booking is recommended Tel:
031-332-2787

3rd Ear Music Company (Est. 1969)
Website: http://www.3rdearmusic.com
eMail: Hidden Years mailto:david@3rdearmusic.com
eMail: 3rd Ear Music mailto:thirdear@iafrica.com
Tel +(27)(31) 207-5314 Fax + (27)(31) 207-5305

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REDDANGEL SIGNS TO SEXY RECORDS UK

Barely a year ago, British record executive Unie Moller of Sexy Records
UK was on holiday in Cape Town, when he happened upon two young men
busking at a service station on the road to the airport. The two, known
as Redd and Angel, were performing with an old beat-up guitar, in
exchange for loose change from tourists. So impressed was Mr Moller he
signed them on the spot. Or so the legend has it...

During 2001, Redd shot into the spotlight after recording the lead rap
vocal on Semisane’s smash hit 'Life (Theme from Big Brother)’. Angel
recorded a duet with TKZee for the forthcoming ‘Trinity’ album, entitled ‘Brotherly Sisterly’. The duo’s first maxi single on Sony/Sexy Records, ‘Fabulous Day’, was released recently and is already gaining a lot of radio airplay and interest. Sexy Records have now begun work on
ReddAngel's first full album, set to be produced by FullCrew (Mark
Morrison - Return Of The Mac, Craig David).

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CORE MAG WANTS BANDS

Core, a new SA magazine featuring mainly local rock bands, is holding a
party on 8th December at Bugsy’s Beat Bar in Randburg, and are in need of some bands to appear. All interested bands should contact Chris Harrison on 082480709 asap.

Core are looking for some local talent that needs more recognition than
they’re getting. The party will feature in their launch edition. Bands
already confirmed so far are Shryke, Even Flow and Flaw 9 (who are
headlining the party).

Behind SA rock all the way
***Friends Don’t Let Friends Listen To Techno***

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OHM RETURN

Techno rock band Ohm have just returned from a successful trip at the
international Holland Dance Festival. They were part of the dance troupe who performed in Jeannette Ginslov’s Julia, the controversial and riveting multi media dance show that deals with
prostitution, pornography and drugs in Hillbrow. Ohm composed the music. The show was first performed in South Africa at The Spoornet State Drama Theatre in Pretoria last year

They were then invited by the Holland Dance Festival to perform at this
prestigious dance festival. All performances of Julia were sold out and
they received standing ovations after every show. "We enjoyed an
extremely warm reception as a band," said lead vocalist Brendan Jury.
"We were on their pop culture television station West, for five
minutes every hour for two days. It became so that people would
recognise us on the streets!"

"The Dutch are famed for having an experimental DJ scene but many
people said they had never seen a live band that mixes aspects of techno and trip hop and rock. They enjoyed the way we experiment with dance music."

Ohm play their first gig since returning from Europe at Carfax on 8
December 2001. The event entitled OHMega is also the platform for the
launch of South Africa’s first electronica record label called
www.beats.co.za. Their first CD is Sub Sahara Oscillations Volume 1 and
features music by Asqus, Wintermute and Eargasm amongst others. Asqus
and Wintermute will also be performing on the night and The Vet from
G.A.S.S will be spinning trax inbetween.

Doors open at 21h00.
Theresa Owen (www.powerzone.co.za)
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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. [6] (1) Every Now And Then (Best of 1984-2001) - Bright Blue
(Universal)
2. [4] (2) African Dope Volume 1 - Various (African Dope/Sony)
3. [1] (1) Rewind - Wonderboom (DGR)
4. [3] (2) Greatest Hits - Just Jinger (BMG)
5. [2] (2) Die Hits - Piet Botha (EMI)
6. [12] (6) Africa's Not For Sissies - Syd Kitchen (No Budget)
7. [5] (1) The Fat Lady Sings (Best of 1995-2001) - Springbok Nude
Girls (SonySA)
8. [16] (8) Who Painted The Moon? - Nianell (Fresh)
9. [20] (9) 8 Days - The Led (Rhythm)
10. [9] (2) Songs From The Mall - Max Normal (Chameleon)
11. [10] (1) Farewell Station Road - Wayne Pauli (Bulldog)
12. [7] (1) A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG)
13. [11] (1) Snowflake - Zen Arcade (Indie)
14. [13] (1) Poles Apart - Karen Zoid (EMI)
15. [8] (1) Boland Punk 1988-2001 - Valiant Swart (Rhythm)
16. [17] (16) Akasic Record - Kalahari Surfers (African Dope)
17. [-] (17) ‘n Vis Innie Bos - Anton Goosen (Gallo)
18. [14] (1) In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI)
19. [15] (15) Time To Suck - Suck (RetroFresh)
20. [19] (6) All I Am - Kaolin (Sheer)

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SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN SONGS OF THE WEEK
http://www.sarockdigest.com/charts

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

1. [8] (1) Real - Kaolin (‘All I Am’/Sheer)
2. [14] (2) World Turns - Bright Blue (‘Every Now And Then’/Universal)
3. [20] (3) Praha Paradise - Ernie (‘African Dope Vol. 1/African Dope)
4. [2] (2) Shadows 2001 - Wonderboom (‘Rewind’/DGR)
5. [1] (1) Home - Just Jinger (‘Greatest Hits’/BMG)
6. [19] (6) Fabulous Day - ReddAngel (Indie)
7. [5] (5) Woman - Tamara Dey and Fly Divas (‘The First Lady’/Gallo)
8. [3] (3) Slagtersnek - Piet Botha (‘Die Hits’/EMI)
9. [-] (9) Africa’s Not For Sissies - Syd Kitchen (‘Africa’s Not For
Sissies’/No Budget)
10. [4] (1) Dimmer - Springbok Nude Girls (‘Fat Lady Sings’/Sony)
11. [11] (11) Love And Hate - The Jesse Jordan Band (‘Trippin’/Indie)
12. [17] (12) As One - Nianell (‘Who Painted The Moon?’/Fresh)
13. [15] (13) Dig It - Kalahari Surfers (‘Akasic Record’/African Dope)
14. [-] (14) Stoute Boude - Anton Goosen & Beeskraal (‘’n Vis Innie
Bos’/Gallo)
15. [12] (2) Who? (Can Relate To You) - Wayne Pauli (‘Farewell Station
Road’/Bulldog)
16. [18] (16) What The Hell Did We Do - Wess-Lee
('Merry-Go-Round'/Scorpio)
17. [9] (9) Good Old Fashioned Loving - Max Normal (‘Songs From The
Mall'/Chameleon)
18. [7] (1) Life (Theme from Big Brother) - Semisane (‘A Life Less
Strange’/BMG)
19. [16] (2) U Touch Me - Dawnay (‘U Touch Me’/EMI)
20. [10] (9) Sun - Mondetta (‘Mondetta’/SAFm)

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3. LET'S ROCK - NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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MESMERIZE - MAGNETIK
http://www.magnetik.co.za

Brother and sister pop dance duo, Aliki and Nicos Vouris, have released a sizzling Summer dance album titled 'Mesmerize'. Originally known as JC Culture, the title of their previous album is now the band's name.

With titles like 'Happiness', 'Dance With Me', 'Heaven Is Near' and 'Mesmerized' and with mixes by Timmy T, Tobie Allen and Phil Good you know that this is an album to experience and enjoy.

The title track is pure bouncy, catchy dance pop and a highlight is a 138bpm version of Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence'. Enjoy the music..

Play it at a party or at a braai or while driving in your car... just make sure you play it. Be mesmerized.

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THE FOUNTAIN EP - THE AWAKENING

‘The Fountain’ EP is a long-awaited new release from South Africa's top
Gothic act. It features eight tracks of all-new material, including the live hit ‘Asrya’ and the growing classic ‘Cerebral Song’.

‘The Fountain’ EP is only available at gigs from mid-December.
Catch The Awakening on tour in December in Gauteng, the Western Cape
and KZN. Details: http://www.awakening.co.za

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‘AFRICA’S NOT FOR SISSIES’ ALBUM AND TOUR

"Well I don’t know about you, feel like I’m living in a zoo,
I don’t go out anymore; I just sit by my TV..
with my poodle Evie, and we bolt up the door"

There have been some unofficial copies of Syd Kitchen’s latest opus,
‘Africa’s Not For Sissies’, floating around for a while now, refusing to leave the Digest charts and stereo. But now this stunning slice of
contemporary SA kop-folk has been given a general release with a crisp
sound, a new cover, and a hearty recommendation from these parts.

To celebrate the eventual release of this 11-track album, Syd Kitchen
will be heading off on a tour that will extend into the New Year, some
of those dates alongside his Aquarian Quartet guitar gang. This comeback album, by one of SA’s most talented troubadours, reveals that his songwriting touch has not deserted him. Besides the stark message of the otherwise jaunty title track, ‘Africa’s Not For Sissies’ is as
consistently wondrous as Syd’s classic ‘80’s album ‘Waiting For The
Heave’.

Back then his prime concerns were finding hope in the dark and
depressing South African political landscape that surrounded him. ‘ANFS’ finds this soulful and sincere survivor zoomed forward to the present taking another hard look at the current state of his homeland with a bunch of moving and unforgettable songs.

Tour Details:
Dec 30 2001 - Flu Festival, Southern Cross Farm, Mooie River, KZN (With
Wesley Gibbens)
Jan 10, 11, 12 2002 - Georgian Dragon, Kalk Bay, CT.
Jan 13 2002 @ 14H00 - CD Warehouse, Waterfront, CT
Jan 14 2002 - Barleycorn Music Club, River Club, CT
Jan 16 2002 - Vegie-Table, Kalk Bay, CT
Jan 17, 18, 19 2002 - Georgian Dragon, Kalk Bay, CT
Jan 21 2002 - Barleycorn ‘Mike Smith Benefit’, River Club, CT
Jan 25 2002 - Whale Well @ Cape Town Museum, CT (With Aquarian Quartet)
Jan 26 2002 - Dorp Street Theatre, Stellenbosch (With AQ)
Jan 29 2002 - Cape St. Francis Resort, Cape St. Francis (With AQ)
Jan 30 2002 - Ford Little Theatre, PE (With AQ)
Feb 01 2002 - Cintsa Bay Game Lodge, Cintsa Bay, East London (With AQ)
Feb 02 2002 - Buccaneers, East London (With AQ)
Feb 06 2002 - Durban (With AQ) To be confirmed
Feb 08 2002 - Maputo, Mozambique (With AQ)

Syd Kitchen on the road: 0722534450
Details at: http://www.sydkitchen.com

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AFRICAN DOPE VOLUME 1 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

It was a certain Honey B who pollinated this joint release by young Cape Town label African Dope and major label Sony. The fruitful results are proudly displayed on this first compilation of the eclectic talents
currently passing the musical pipe around the African Dope studios in
Gardens. During the ‘90’s, Fletcher, the dreadlocked bear-like half of
the AD team, found himself in the midst of the burgeoning Bristol scene, when Massive Attack, Portishead ("It’s like calling a band Bellville!" he explains), Tricky and the rest of that influential posse made their various marks on the emerging UK trip-hop scene.

Fletcher kept that winning concept in mind when he and partner Roach
began accumulating the musicians and tunes that are now beginning to
appear on these African Dope albums and compilations. Names like
Moodphase5ive, Kalahari Surfers, Felix Laband, Ghettomuffin, Craig
Damster, and Anti Hero feature here in the first of what we believe will be an ongoing series highlighting the new sounds of Cape Town and South Africa.

Moodphase 5ive are naturally the pick of the pack, following the success of their ‘Steady On’ album, and five of that album’s songs - ‘Rise n Shine’, ‘Rhymedrop’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Violation’, and ‘Miles’ - appear here, in remixed forms. Then the ‘5ive’s lead vocalist, Ernie (aka Lady Ernestine), gets her own solo spot, performing the jaw-dropping soul-dub skank of ‘Praha Paradise’. This track once again leaves one (okay, me) salivating for her promised solo album.

Warrick Sony contributes three tracks off his new Kalahari Surfers’
album, ‘Akasic Record’, including the sinister groove of ‘Gangsta’,
‘Taako’ and that album’s opening world-themed ‘Dig It’. Sony also
co-wrote and produced Ghettomuffin’s ‘Paralyser’ track. The label’s
resident ‘Moby’ is Felix Laband who, we understand, has reams of his
poppy, electronic landscapes in the can. So neither of his two
contributions - ‘Wilddog’ and ‘Turn The Clock’ - are off his debut
album, ‘Thin Shoes In June’, but match that album’s quirky quality.

So this essential collection is a heady mix of some of the sounds,
styles and smoke currently emanating from the city on the southern tip
of Africa. It is also the kind of album that makes you wonder why this
gang don’t just buy a big bus, graffiti the entire surface, load up
these musicians and their equipment, and head off to spread these cool
sounds all around the country. It’s what Ken would have wanted. Buy
yourself some top class African Dope today! (9) (SSS)

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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

JOE MEEK (fringe eccentric / genius)

When the multi-layered genius of Brian Wilson released his seminal "Pet Sounds" (by The Beach Boys in 1966), this could virtually be seen as America's answer to the production wizardry of Joe Meek. Back in the fifties and early sixties, the music of the UK was rigidly structured and incredibly restrictive. At a time when the establishment was regimental and the order of the day was under the direct rule of A&R men / producers, then cometh the revolutionary saviour Joe Meek. Meek hated tradition and would launch his career with an insistence on multi-layer overdubbing - strings, vocal percussion etc. He is acknowledged as the first engineer in the UK to experiment with multi-tracking and phasing, yet his main breakthrough was to close-mic a drum kit and isolate different musical instruments. In short he jarred the system, speeded up guitar breaks which resulted in numerous clashes with the individual artists.

Known as Robert George Meek he started out engineering live road shows for Radio Luxembourg. During the early years he co-produced countless hits at IBC for artists like Shirley Bassey, Lonnie Donegan and Petula Clark. A number of these artists reached #1 in the UK like "Garden of Eden" (Frankie Vaughan 1957, covered by SA band HOTRS in 1978 as a medley with Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida") and "Cumberland Gap" / "Gambling Man" (Lonnie Donegan, 1957).

Let us now venture into the esoteric world of a man who liked to keep the needles on the metres in the red and is probably responsible for blowing more valves than any producer ever known. We focus on a UK top 20 entry called "Bad penny blues" by jazz musician Humphrey Lyttleton released in July 1956. This up front drum and piano single created the blue print for "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles. Joe's historic recordings at Lansdowne Studios {"After The Fact" by Rodriguez was also recorded here - ed} produced one of the most progressive and strange singles ever to be applied to wax, "I hear a new world" by the Blue Men, a single likened to the visionary progression of Johnny Guitar Watson's "Space Guitar". Joe would create an extra terrestrial sound that seemed to strongly reflect a fourth dimensional influence. Only 99 copies of "I hear a new world" by the Blue Men were pressed.

In 1960 he built his own recording studio in a small flat in North London at 304 Holloway Road. Meek's incredible ability to source outstanding musicians as he roamed the clubs of London in the early hours of the morning, resulted in a host of virtual groups under the auspices of names like the Fabulous Flea Rekkers, the Blue Men, Puppets, Beat Boys and the Syndicats. Meek's guitar virtuoso of merry men comprised of Alan Caddy, Heinz, Big Jim Sullivan, Clem Cattini, Chas Hodges, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Graham, Ritchie Blackmore and George Bellamy. His first independent #1 was John Leyton's "Johnny remember me". Countless singles rose up from the production flat, but over and above the reputed prominence, money always seemed to be short.

Part 2 of the Joe Meek story in next week's issue.

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

SOUTH AFRICAN POP SONGS

Pure Pop songs might not have Social Significance, but they do evoke
Significant Emotions. Pop songs don't pretend to be more than musical fun whose goals during a brief lifetime are to please, and to sell lots of discs.

In fact, sometimes songs that intend Social Significance forget musical
entertainment. Education and enlightenment are nice, but secondary to fun. When a song is pleasurable to hear AND has depth of intelligence or social conscience, THEN one has a Real Song -- even if humor is the means to hold listeners' attention.

This is a list, with commentary, of fun songs by South African artists that have the High and Noble purpose of making our time on earth a little... funner. So in no particular order...

'Shabby Little Hut' by The Bats -- Lovely melody. If a band isn't innovative and revolutionary, then they should sing a clever melody that the listeners will need a jack hammer (or Jack Hammer) to dislodge.

'Understanding' by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy -- An extended boy-humor joke, not a chick joke. The humor is the irony between the romantic, compassionate tone of the song, and the actual words. I still laugh each time I hear it, though I'm not sure my wife has listened to it closely enough to get past the faux-earnest chorus because she hasn't yet objected to the song.

'Substitute' by Clout -- How could I not include this favorite? Each time Cindi
Alter turns to the chorus I feel her well-conveyed longing. I'd quickly
give up on the other girl and go with Cindi... you know, a bird in the
hand....

'Ag Pleeze Deddy' by Jeremy Taylor -- Pure fun, entertaining fun. And for a Texan 'way over here it is instructional (yet painless) fun. One of my all-time favorites.

'Miss Eva Goodnight' by Crocodile Harris -- Dramatic vocals, catchy lyrics and hook. Why isn't there a "Best of" collection for Robin Graham? Mr. Harris sounds pop, but his tunes rise above the genre with sincerity and meaningful lyrics -- while remaining a pleasure to listen to, which is important.

'Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet' by Maria -- Both the extended version and the single release will stick with you and provide a perky walking rhythm for the day. Dangerous to listen to if you want your mind clear of catchy pop song echoes.

'Give Me Hope Joanna' by Dr. Victor, by Eddie Grant, by... -- Greatness here is aided by this uplifting song having been performed by various artists and even becoming part of a rugby anthem melody. Here's one of the many songs to enter the SA consciousness -- in other words, everyone knows it.

To give the gentle, nostalgic reader an idea of how many songs are not mentioned here, when I put on the six 'Best of SA Pop' discs and the three 'Yesterday's Best' CDs to sample the tracks, I kept thinking, "Here's a good one, there's a good one, here's another good one" -- so instead of popping them in to hear a track or two, I let all the CDs play through. It was a lot of fun.

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

ROCK RABBITT - RABBITT

Were Rabbitt made up of Trevor RABin plus a BITt? The South African public was about to find out when a post Trevor Rabbitt released 'Rock Rabbitt'. Song writing responsibility now lay solely with Duncan Faure and the threesome took no chances in the studio with Julian Laxton co-producing alongside the band, Patric van Blerk as executive producer and Greg Cutler and Laxton taking engineering credits. All of these were already stalwarts of the SA music scene.

Few bands have survived the loss of one of its major talents, and Rabbitt turned out to be no exception as they called it a day after this release. However they did leave SA with an album of rather pleasant rock tunes, featuring some fine vocals and keyboard work from Faure. There is more than a shade of Supertramp on the album and none more so than on 'Mr Muso' although this album was released a full 2 years before Supertramp released their classic 'Breakfast in America'. There is also some nice racing paced rock in 'Rock n Roll Part One and Two' and 'Without her Love' that encourages one to obey the 'PLAY LOUD' command common on albums of that era (although not found on this particular album).

The Rabbitt sound is still present throughout the album and is probably at the fore in the Beatles-ish 'Hello and Welcome' a great tune of textures and shades with beautiful harmonies and swirling chorus. This is probably the best track on the album and leads into the poignant and apt closing track 'Goodbye and So-Long' which I'm sure was responsible for the great tissue sale boom of 1977 as young girls around the country said farewell to SA favourite rock band for ever.

One can ask what could have been. What if the boys had accompanied Trevor overseas? Would we be writing about US number 1's by South African groups now? Would "Rabbitt Rules OK?" have been emblazoned on banners in a packed Wembley Stadium? What if Allan Faull had accepted the job as Trevor's replacement, would we all have been eagerly awaiting the re-release of 'Johnny Calls the Hairdresser' earlier this year? Who knows? As it happens, the 3 remaining members made a worthy farewell album that probably never got the recognition it deserved.

Rabbitt
http://www.rabbitt.co.za
http://rock.co.za/legends/rabbitt

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, 3rd December 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Mammy Blue - Charisma*
2 [2] Butterfly - Danyel Gerard
3 [3] Get Me Some Help - Neville Whitmill*
4 [4] Amen - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*
5 [5] You - Peter Maffay
6 [6] Never Ending Song of Love - New Seekers
7 [15] Cousin Norman - The Marmalade
8 [8] Papa's Gonna Kiss it Beter - William E.*
9 [11] Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - Daniel Boone
10 [19] Desiderata - Les Crane

* South African Artists

By clocking up 7 weeks at number 1, 'Mammy Blue' had now passed Elvis
Presley's 'Suspicious Minds', Dawn's 'Knock Three Times' and The Sweet's 'Funny Funny' all of which had spent 6 weeks at the top. Only The Sweet's 'Co Co' with 8 weeks was ahead of Charisma now.

Positions 2 to 6 remained unchanged and contained 2 other SA acts. The 4th SA act in the top 10 was also unchanged at number 8. Dawn, Tommy Roe and Lee Hazelwood's duet with Nancy Sinatra ('Did You Ever') made way for The Marmalade, Daniel Boone and Les Crane in the top 10. Boone came from England and was no relation to the Pat Boone family. His real name was Peter Lee Stirling.

There were no new entries in the top 20, but SA was well represented in the lower reaches of the chart with Groep Twee at 15 (dropping), Barbara Ray at 16 (holding), Peter Vee at 17 (dropping) and Dave Mills at 19 (climbing).

South Africans at number 1 this week:

Mammy Blue - Charisma (1971)

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GEORGE HARRISON (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001)

SA CHART HISTORY (1969 to 1989)
Date of entry - Title - [Highest Position] - (Weeks)

5 March 1971 My Sweet Lord [3] (11)
2 April 1971 What Is Life [4] (12)
14 March 1975 Ding Dong [20] (1)
12 March 1988 Got My Mind Set On You [5] (16)

Total of 4 songs and 40 weeks.

Amazingly no Beatles songs charted in SA during this period.

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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BIRTHDAYS

3 - Ozzy Osbourne (1948)
5 - Little Richard (1935)
5 - J.J. Cale (1938)
5 - Geoff St John* (born Geoffrey Jacobs, 1951)
8 - Jim Morrison (born 1943, died 3 July 1971)

*South African Artist
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5.RUK EN ROL
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MUSIEK
http://www.musiek.co.za

Everything you need to know about Afrikaans Pop and Rock is at the excellent musiek.co.za website.
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6.ROCKLINE - FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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LITTLE RED DONKEY

Hi I am looking for the lyrics for "The little red donkey" from the Troggs. Please help if you can. I used to live in Johannesburg SA. I am living in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA now.

All the best.

Tinus
mailto:tinusvr@hotmail.com

{The Troggs were not an SA band, but only South Africans seem to know this very obscure song, which does not appear on any Troggs "Best of" CD that I've ever seen - ed}

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MEMORIES

I am from Harare now living in Perth. Spent 5yrs in Durban from 79 to 83. Nearly every sunday was spent at Le Coq Dor in Salisbury listening to South African bands. My favourite was Omega Ltd with Louis Greef setting light to his strat every week. He is still regarded by me as one of the best. The lights would go out during a number he would douse his strat with meths set the tune with his teeth and whip the strat over the heads of the dancers with the music blazing. Absolutely unbelievable.

Another top band was the Staccatos with their "Butchers and Bakers".
I was the first person in Rhodesia to get the 7 single from Potters. Unfortunately I don't have any of my collection. Can you buy CDs of these bands?

Regards

Rob Hutson
mailto:chaos@myplace.net.au

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LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH

According to the book, History of Contemporary Music of South Africa (TOGA 1994), Abstract Truth recorded 3 albums. Is this true as I know of only 2 and your webpage also only states 2. Patrick van Blerk used to say that he knew also of 3?

George
mailto:musgsf@puknet.puk.ac.za

Reply from band member Peter Measroch:
This may sound silly but I really don't know. "Totum" had already been done when I joined the band and the only album I did with the
group was "Silver Trees", leaving SA shortly after.

The central Abstract Truth figure for continuity was really Kenny Henson and he would be the best person to speak to for that kind of history. I believe he is still in SA somewhere and should not be hard to trackdown. Try Dave Marks at the Third Ear Music website.
http://www.3rdEarMusic.com/

Best Regards,
Peter Measroch

Abstract Truth
http://www.rock.co.za/files/at_index.html

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JOBURG POPS

I used to be the lead singer in Ballyhoo. In one of my adventures outside the band I did a Joburg Pops show, I did have a CD of the show, but at sometime it has fallen into the event horizon!! Any ideas where I might get another.

Cheers

Stewart Irving
mailto:SI14552@AOL.COM

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LOOKING FOR SHARON TANDY

Do you happen to know how I might contact Sharon Tandy? It is my understanding that she is back living in South Africa. There is some interest in reissuing some of her recordings. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Nick Rossi
mailto:nrossi@prodigy.net
849 Vallejo Street
San Francisco CA 94133
USA
415-391-7060

http://www.nickrossiset.com

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SHARON AGAIN

I've been in touch ages ago about Sharon Tandy. I now have a few more of her singles. I was recently contacted by someone stating that there is some interest in re-releasing some of Sharon's work and all I can remember is that her nephew contacted me about three years back.

Do you know of any way to contact him or anyone connected to Sharon? In that way I/we could indirectly put this chap in touch with her.

Best wishes,

Alan
mailto:arkady@cix.co.uk

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AND SHARON ONCE MORE...

I'm trying to locate Sharon Tandy, and I was wondering if you may know of her current whereabouts, or possibly have contact info. I am compiling a CD anthology of her 1960s recordings, to be released on the UK reissue label Ace. It includes unissued material from her legendary sessions at Stax in the US. Obviously I would love to chat with her in this regard. I know she moved back to SA in the 1970s and got into the country field, but the trail seems to run cold after 1978. Any info you could supply as to how to get a hold of her would be most appreciated!

Regards

Alec Palao
mailto:palao@mindspring.com
http://www.acerecords.co.uk

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RUBBABAND

I have just discovered your great site and links. It evokes great memories of the terrific time that I had in JHB during the mid 70's.

I was fresh from Uganda and had heard a lot of the great Rock music that came out of SA at the time - Hawk, Freedoms Children etc. I was invited to a huge party in Sandton and witnessed a truly great rock performance from a fantastic band called "Rubbaband" (I think). They had the whole place jumping, with their hard driving US - Brit influenced twin guitar rock. I'll always remember the rivers of sweat evaporating from the crowd, running down the corrugated metal ceiling and onto their amplifiers and the band just played on.

I was introduced to the two guitarists later during their break, very nice guys - I remember the lead guitarist Dave Flockhart (Scottish, I think) and the singer Kenny Saint... both had gorgeous blonde models on
their arms (how come rock people always get the best women?).

The second half was like a dream come true for this country boy, as the band appeared back on stage this time with the lead guitarist from my favourite SA band Hawk and with Ramsay Mackay from Freedoms Children lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce on bass.

The singer from Hawk, then joined in with Rubbaband and said that he has just heard "the best new band in South Africa" and invited them to play at Hawk's Pretoria Rock Festival. I went to the gig and had a blast with Rubbaband backstage, real party animals.. they were the only band to get the crowd up and dancing until Hawk came on.

I later saw them at a gig at a school near Sandton, with a terrific new
singer called Larry Amos and I heard that they were about to record an
album. Do you know where I can buy this record and are the band still
playing?

Many thanks

Nigel Chown
mailto:nigelchown@hotmail.com

SA ROCK LEGENDS
http://rock.co.za/legends

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

I an a dutch DJ with Radio 2 doing interviews with musicians throughout the world. Clout always remained a favourite band and I would like to interview any of the band members if they can be found. I am in South Africa currently and leave on 5 December. I will be pleased if you can help me. You can reach me on email or via my South African friend Ricky Pillay on 011 618 4043 or 082 941 4043. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hans
mailto:hansrob@planet.nl

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BLONDE FROM FARGO

Actor Peter Stormare, a contributor to the Ramases Website <http://rock.co.za/ramases>, has gone into the music biz himself...

My first single is out on the net... a Xmas-tribute!
An album is due in May!
Check it out over the web!
You'll find it at:
http://www.Vitaminic.com
http://www.Musicbrigade.com
http://www.digfi.com

under Blonde From Fargo
or under Peter Stormare

I'm a cyberfan so the only way to buy it is actually over the net. Download and dance my fellow Earthpeople, or just listen for free.

Peter Stormare
mailto:stormarepeter@hotmail.com

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LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR

"Art and music alive and kicking in Muldersdrift"

We need a cash sponsor, anything which might help. We are hosting a 4-day art & music mini fest in Muldersdrift, for a full programme visit http://www.strangefish.co.za.

We have sponsorship from HMV Litho, Castle, Radio Westrand and a few newspapers online/offline, however a private sponsor pulled out and I have tried numerous companies and people but with no luck, we will still have the festival but have to cut back on extras and artists performing live in this exciting outdoor event..

The aim for the art & music mini fest is to promote local art & music talent, up and coming bands and male/female artists.

There is little time left but I am still trying my best..

If you can help or can put me into contact with someone that might, it will be greatly appreciated.

Regards
Phil
mailto:witblits@mweb.co.za
http://www.strangefish.co.za
0825607896

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SUTHERLAND
http://sutherland.8k.com

Just want to let everyone know, that Sutherland from Durban, are offering up FREE MP3s on there website. Also great place to see some pics and general info about the band...

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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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LUMIERE @ THE GUTTER CLUB CAMDEN
17 November 2001

Lumire are a London based band made up of 2 South Africans (brothers Cade & Ryan) and 1 New Zealander (Kim). Visually Ryan (on guitar) looks like Brian Molko of Placebo with dyed black hair and blue lipstick while Kim (on lead vocals) reminded me of Pulp's Jarvis Cocker with a Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran haircut. Cade (on keyboards) has an air of the Cure's Robert Smith about him. There was also a non descript bassist. Musically, the group's sound reflects the same influences that influenced their looks. They combine the poppy New Romantic sounds of early Depeche Mode and Duran Duran with the harder edged gothic sounds of Bauhaus and the Cure and add some modern industrial sounds from Nine Inch Nails and Placebo to create a thundering Gloom Rock sound.

They also know how to entertain. Kim has an aloofness about him and almost a contempt for the audience, but more in a showman kind of way than actual contempt. This done against the decor of the Gutter Club which included pictures of classic albums like 'London Calling' and Richard Hell's 'Blank Generation' being projected onto a screen. With the 80's revival coming into full swing (according to a recent NME), the combination of the music, the decor and the group's visual appearance could make them contenders in this new retro movement.

Check out the bands webpage at http://www.lumiere.org.uk

John Samson

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PARADISE IN SUMMERTIME

To cap off a resurgent year for SA rock, some of our finest practioners of this "definitely Not Dead" musical art form have decided to do the honourable thing and hit "The Road". That means that names like Just Jinger, Watershed, Semisane, Zen Arcade, Perez, Mel Botes, Benguela, Saron Gas, Piet Botha, Mondetta, Karen Zoid and others, will soon be appearing on a stage near you. To keep all those details, dates, times and venues at your fingertips, we have set up a new Gig Guide webpage to carry all that info. Bookmark it now and catch a gig or two. http://www.sarockdigest.com/archives/summer2001.html

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340ml

Wednesday, 05 December
Bassline. Melville 9pm
Thursday, 13 December
Bassline. Melville 9pm
Saturday, 15 December
St David’s Marist College (Kwanzaa Carnival in Gauteng 2001)6pm
Thursday, 20 December
Bassline. Melville 9pm
Saturday, 22 December
Lokomotiv. Maputo - Mozambique 11pm
24/25 December. Christmas Eve
Modaskavalu. Maputo - Mozambique. 3am

340ml contacts:
mailto:340ml@music.com
Rui @ +2782 670 1895 (RSA) or +25882 492 580 (Mozambique)
PO Box 221, Mondeor, 2110, JHB, South Africa

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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

RUST, folk/rock quartet with Adam Black (bass), Gary Beckman (drums),
Steve Van (guitar, vocals) and Ross Behenna (guitar, vocals) the latter two ex Junglebook Vultures

the GUITAR FOR DUMMEEZ music school showcases the talent of some of their recent graduates under the direction of Pete Stanford and Sandy Voortman

MR GRAHAM BURTON will perform "songs from the roof of a BMW" assisted by the ensemble of Herschel Mair (drums), Clive Newton (bass), Steve Murdoch and Richard Tait (guitars), and ...

VIRGIL ELLIS, recently returned from Abu Dhabi (his Gulf was not invaded) who may play solo as well as jamming with the above ensemble

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CD WHEREHOUSE - CAPE TOWN

The Compact Disc Wherehouse at the Waterfront in Cape Town has unveiled
its in-store live music program for December, with 13 consecutive days
of live music and an unprecedented line-up of free music events
throughout the month.

This line-up is a virtual ‘who’s who’ of SA musical talent, many of whom are currently touring the country, and reflects a diverse range of
genres including jazz, rock, dance, R & B, world, and classical. So this schedule offers music fans from Cape Town, and holiday visitors from SA and abroad, a unique and free opportunity to see these artists performing in these intimate and appropriate surroundings.

Upcoming highlights include the Nianell Cape Town CD launch on Dec 12th, Mondetta appearing on the 13th and the exclusive Bright Blue reunion event on December 16th. CD Wherehouse and Red Bull are also inviting the public to chill out and "cruise" with them outside at House of Coffees. Every Thursday in December, on the quay next to the dry dock, they will be offering a mellow sunset vibe, with some of the best local DJ’s spinning laid back music to accompany an assortment of Red Bull cocktail specials.

All these listed events are free and open to the public, and artists
will all be available to meet the public and sign CDs.

Event Details:
Thur. Dec 6th (6pm) - Red Bull "Sunset Cruise": Quayside at House of
Coffees W/ HomeGroove
Fri. Dec 7th (6pm) - Neville (Hot new Cape Town r&b/gospel artist)
Sat. Dec 8th (6pm) - Jimmy Dludlu (SA Jazz guitar hero)
Wed. Dec 12th (6pm) - Nianell Cape Town CD Launch (Fresh new female
vocalist)
Thur. Dec 13th (1pm) - Mondetta (SA World hybrid with Steve Newman,
Wendy Oldfield and others)
Thur Dec 13th (6pm) - Red Bull "Sunset Cruise" Quayside at House of
Coffee w/ Soul Chic
Fri. Dec 14th (1pm) - Sons of Trout (Zany Cape Town rockers with new
third album)
Sat. Dec 15th (2pm) - Breakfast Included (Acclaimed new Cape Town jazz
group)
Sun. Dec 16th (2pm) - Bright Blue (Back with a ‘Best of’ collection)
Mon. Dec 17th (3pm) - Danielle Pascale (Piaf, Brel, Christmas Carols?)
Tue. Dec 18th (2pm) - Max Normal (SA rap-pop with tracks off ‘Songs From A Mall’)
Wed. Dec 19th (2pm) - Vanessa Nolan (Rising talent with band and songs
off ‘Burn’)
Thur. Dec 20th (2pm) - Valiant Swart (The Boland Punk with his new
greatest hits CD)
Thur. Dec 20th (6pm) - Red Bull "Sunset Cruise" Quayside at House of
Coffees w/ Syndicate Records
Fri. Dec 21st (2pm) - Blk Sonshine ("Spend my time loving you, if that’s what you want me to do")
Sat. Dec 22nd (2pm) - MoodPhase5ive (You’ve never heard ‘Miles’? ‘Rise
and Shine’? ‘Geto @ Sunset’?, Where’ve you been???)
Sun. Dec 23rd (2pm) - Cape Malay Choir CD Launch (Appropriate Sunday
sounds)
Mon. Dec 24th (2pm) - Youth In Action Gospel Choir (as above, except
it’s Monday)
Thur. Dec 27th (6pm) - Red Bull "Sunset Cruise" Quayside at House of
Coffees w/ Home Groove DJ
Fri. Dec 28th (tbc) - Pieter Dirk Uys: Marlene Dietrich 100th Birthday
Party (She doesn’t look a day over 92!)
Sun. Dec 30th (11am) - Abaqondisi Brothers

Notes:
Schedule is subject to change. For more information please contact:
Lara Utian on (021) 425 6307 or 082 346 7176

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

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

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ODBALL @ EXTREMITIES

The launch of South Africa’s hardest and most progressive rock band ever happens on December 7th at Carfax. The band is Odball and the event is ‘Extremities’. Included in Extremities is an art installation by Carel Miles as well as drum ‘n bass from DJ Ricky Knite.

The doors open at 21h00 with a complimentary cocktail and soothing
sounds in what must now be considered the best venue in Johannesburg.
Carfax is located in the cultural heart of JHB and boasts (excellent
parking security to watch over cars ‘til late) and a warm and wacky
atmosphere. 23h00 ushers in the Odball live performance. This band is
guaranteed to cause skeletal damage as they manufacture and churn out
their body-bruising set ranging from grindcore to drum’ n bass to
organic metal delivered in the unique Odball fashion.

This new five-piece hybrid hails from Newtown, Johannesburg, and
features members who have all been active in the hard-edged music scene from groups like Plum, Seed, Diesel Whores and Morphattack. The foundation of the band is solid and relentless, oozing digital sounds around warped beats. Bass frequencies are hectic and the combination of the five vocalists keeps the songs provoking and colourful.

Tickets are R30 or pre-sale VIP tickets at R25 which gives you access to the VIP area and Odball Juice.

Author: PZ (www.powerzone.co.za)

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RIVER CLUB
Upstairs @ The River Club

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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ROCK ART CAFE, OUDTSHOORN
mailto:rock_art@mweb.co.za

Sat 8th Dec: Blemish
Fri 14th Dec: Zen Arcade
Fri 21st Dec: Blues Broers
Thu 3rd Jan: Mel Botes
Fri 11th Jan: Jakkie Louw & DNA Strings
Sat 12th Jan: Jakkie Louw & DNA Strings

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

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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

Well, it's eventually here. The end of a year that has been filled with many interesting performances here and we hope that you have enjoyed the line-up of entertainment that we have provided. This is the line-up of gigs until we close on the 16th of December. Up the Creek will then re-open on the 8th of January 2002.

Buskers Evening: Monday 3 December
All musicians are welcome to come and play

BLK Sonshine: Saturday 8 December
It is our great pleasure to welcome back to Up the Creek the awesome duo that is BLK Sonshine. The doors to the music venue will open at 7:30 pm and the band will begin their performance at 9:30pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for R40.00

Big Town Playboys: Friday 14 December

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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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WOLMER ROCK SHOW

Friday 7 December 2001 sees an array of bands from Pretoria North gather to celebrate in the true SA summer style of beer, braaivleis and good music. The evening will feature 6 bands all produced by Wolmer Records in the heart of Pretoria at the Bundu Inn in the tranquil setting of the Bushveld (we plan to change that), which recently hosted the Pretoria leg of the Rodriguez tour.

Newcomers Smoor, Rhutz and Diff-Olie will feature on the evening with a
reunion of old-time favourites, Thysis. Beeskraal will show what
Afrikaans rock is all about and Not My Dog who needs no introduction
will undoubtedly end the evening off on a high note.

Doors open at 16h00 and R30 gets you in. The event is open to all ages,
with strict control to the bar for over 18's. Rock 'n roll, boerewors en bier!

The line-up: 18h00 Smoor - 18h45 Rhutz - 19h30 Thysis - 20h15 Beeskraal
- 21h15 Diff-Olie - 22h15 Not My Dog

Author: Maryke Zietsman

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

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ZEN ARCADE AT THE BASELINE
http://www.zenarcade.co.za

Zen Arcade play unplugged at The Bassline on 4 December. Be there for
this great band's re-interpretation of their hit rock album, ‘Snowflake’. Expect at least one acoustic guitar and the occasional brushes. The songs are stripped down, preferring to showcase the musicianship and skilful songwriting of Zen Arcade in an intimate surrounding.

For bookings ph: (011) 482 6915.
For media information ph: 073 157 5349

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

Fri 7 Blue Moon, Nelspruit (with Semisane)
Contact Anthony/ Renate 013 752 4030

Sat 8 Cool Runnings, Wonderboom
Contacts and Bookings: 012 567 7174

CAPE TOUR STARTS 12 DEC UNTIL EARLY JAN
(Exact times and venues to be confirmed)

Wed 12 Bloemfontein (TBN)

Wed 19 Dorpstraat Teater, Stellenbosch
Contact Hettie 021 886 6107

Sat 22 Sirroco's Theatre Restaurant, Gordons Bay
Contacts and Bookings: Christina 021 856 0229

Sun 23 Hangklip Hotel, Hangklip
Contact Briers Coetzee 072 256 5124

Wed 26 Firlands, Strand
Contact Briers Coetzee 072 256 5124

Sat 29 Struisbaai (Tassenberg Rock Tour)

Mon 31, New Years Eve Beach Party, Mossel Bay
(met Theuns Jordaan & Piet Botha)
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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

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

SYD KITCHEN
http://www.sydkitchen.com

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

AMANDA STRYDOM
http://www.amandastrydom.com

THE SUNSHINES
http://www.thesunshines.com

SUTHERLAND
http://sutherland.8k.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

NEWS:

AMUZINE
News, views, reviews and interviews
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ARTSMART
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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/default.asp?affiliateid=4321

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

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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