SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #60

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CONTENTS
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1.WHAT'S NEW - Fresh, Battery 9, Off The Edge
2.ON STAGE - Jorge Carlos, Springbok Nude Girls, State Of The Nation, Garage Sound
3.NEW RELEASES - Om te Breyten, Prime Time Addiction, Lesley Rae Dowling
4.WOEMA - Voël
5.SPOTLIGHT ON - Sugar shines a light on Nagual
6.USA for SA - Kurt Shoemaker reviews the Bats
7.CLASSIC ROCK - John Samson remembers Peach
8.FORUM - John Weddepohl
9.REQUESTS - Looking for Truth, Freedom and Love
10.ON THE NET - NightShuttle, Metro Music, Plethora
11.WHAT'S ON - Oppikoppi, Little Sister, QZoo & Fruit Fly Navigators, Tumbleweeds, Authentic gigs, Ed Jordan at Baron and Beaver
12.GOOSEBUMPS - vd Want/ Lechter, Stevie Ray Vaughan
13.LINKS AND ADS
14.BACK ISSUES
15.CONTRIBUTIONS
16.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.WHAT'S NEW
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A FRESH RELEASE
Benjy Mudie reports...

Over the past few months the Freshettes have been hard at work on a number of new projects as well as overseeing several exciting international deals. The hottest ticket here at Residence au Fresh (not to mention the most played) is the debut album by BLK SONSHINE....a melting pot of Afrikan laced pop fused with soul, elements of blues and jazz, hiphop and folk (I kid you not!). The duo of guitarists/vocalists Neo Muyanga and Malawian/LA troubadour Masauko Chipembere are currently one of the most talked about artists around, their performance at this years WOMAD as well as their opening slot on the Mary J Blige tour have had the critics shaking their collective heads in disbelief...songs like the current single 'Born in a taxi', the hip hop soaked 'Crazy' and folk tinged Sotho ballad 'Bahlalefi' are defining what post millenium contemporary music should be about...great songs, stunning voices and a sincerity seldom felt in music these days. Check out the album with those great folks down at the One World site.
http://www.oneworld.co.za

Egyptian Nursery's new single, a remixed version of 'Oyebisi 'nga', is the fourth track from the award winning 'New Anthem' album and despite being ignored by mainstream radio (so what's new ... take a bow 5FM and Metro) further underlines this band's growing reputation as one of the more innovative artists to emerge from the African continent. Currently enjoying great airplay, not to mention stunning reviews, in Europe (via BMG's Blue Flame label) the album had now been picked up by Australian indie DMP and will be released there shortly. Rumour has it that the band will be in the studio shortly recording their sophomore album.

Also hot on the international market but totally unknown on their home turf (prophets without .....) are Cape Town hip hop fusionists Mr.Mann & Pointblank. Picked up by Universal Music U.S. and Toco International, Europe on the strength of an advance copy at this years Midem their debut single 'The Bermuda Triangle' is a potpourri of Cape Flats hiphop mixed with inner city urban beats, an aspiring opera singer and a sample of the baddest mo'fo in the universe, Ludwig Von Beethoven... it`s true! This pumpin' single complete with mixes and an additional ditty titled 'Kiss my Black ass' will be released sometime in the near future. An advance copy to a major national pop station evoked the standard "We don't play this kind of music" response.... mmmmm oh yes!

RETRO

We are proud to announce the birth of a brand new Fresh label.... RETRO ....catering for moi's long and passionate love for 60's, 70's and 80's pop and rock. RETRO will shortly be releasing albums by some of the classic artists of yesteryear including some never available on CD before. Over the coming months you can expect albums by Hawk ('African Day'); Otis Waygood Blues Band ('The Black Album'); Falling Mirror ('Zen Boulders'); Via Afrika ('Via Afrika'); éVoid ('éVoid' & 'Here comes the Rot') as well as a new career defining retrospective of Lesley Rae Dowling ('Conspirare').

Each album will be carefully remastered either from the original analog
tapes or in certain cases from virgin vinyl (where masters do not exist) and come complete with extensive liner notes, rare photos and extra tracks and mixes... not to mention at a good price too! In the near future we hope to bring you gems from The Dynamics, Peach, Tribe After Tribe, Flash Harry, Niki Daly as well as additional catalogue albums from the Mirror ('Johnny calls the chemist', etc), Lesley Rae Dowling (the debut, 'Unravished Brides'), Via Afrika and maybe even some Freedoms Children (if we can convince the powers that be).

Also in the planning stages for this year are companion volumes of Rerooted as well as some new off the wall multi artist collaborations ...Rerapped, Revamped and an unusual Unplugged album......but more about that later.

Best Regards
Benjy Mudie
mailto:fresh@icon.co.za

SA Rock Legends on the net:
http://rock.co.za/legends

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BATTERY 9
http://www.battery9.co.za

Some new stuff to feast your eyes and ears on. Complete 'Wrok' lyrics, 2 new sound clips from the 'Om Te Breyten' compilation album (featuring Battery 9 - of course) and a revamped Band Info section.

Emile
Webmaster
Battery 9 website
http://www.battery9.co.za

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JUST ANOTHER BAND - OFF THE EDGE
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge

Listen to MP3 snippets of the new album from Off The Edge at:
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge
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2.ON STAGE
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VX SOUND PRODUCTION and 206 (CAPE TOWN) PRESENT
JORGE CARLOS - LIVE - A DIFFERENT ORBIT

On Sunday night, June 11th, Jorge Carlos will be performing a one-off
solo set at 206, showcasing new and unreleased material, as well as
selections from his successful ‘Trip Of Africa’ album. With a new album
in the pipeline, Jorge has temporarily shifted from the experimental
dance orientated trance of ‘Trip Of Africa’ to explore, as he terms it,
a new "Funky Ambient Groove".

This more relaxed, new sound never strays too far from its trance roots,
but is here anchored by a fixed groove, a sound closer to that in
Jorge’s head, heart, eclectic experience and roots. Mixed into this
multi-instrumentalist’s musical hybrid are elements of Jeff Beck rock
guitar licks, James Brown inspired funky beats, Herb Alpert Latin roots,
Bob James and Stanley Clarke jazz touches, and djembe-based Afro-Latin
percussion.

Jorge Carlos recently completed his stint on bass with Colorfields. He
has played a series of gigs to promote ‘Trip Of Africa’ (which has been
released in Europe), and the acclaimed dance compilation sequel ‘Future
Sound Of Cape Town: The Second Coming’, for which Jorge contributed the
opening track, ‘Dye@Koke’. The next album will be recorded in his new VX
Sound Production recording studios at Sasani at the Waterfront.

Date and Time: June 11 2000 (9:00)
Place: 206, De Villiers Street
Contact details: VX Sound Production, Sasani Studios Waterfront.
Phone: (w) 021 409 2003 / (cell) 083 461 6647

Listen to MP3s from 'Trip Of Africa' at:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/jorge.html

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SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS 2000 TOUR

After a string of kick-ass performances nationwide on the Big Night Out
with Lenny Kravitz tour, South Africa's premier rock band are coming to a town near you.

The SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS launch their 2000 TOUR hot on the heels of a FNB SAMA 2000 Best Rock Album award for their latest release, 'Surpass the powers'.

The NUDIES will be unleashing their searing brand of rock 'n roll power and grace in 5 towns over a two week period before the festival season gets underway. Fans can expect the usual live mayhem and all their favourite tunes, with a few exciting new ones thrown in the mix.

The SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS are available for interviews - for more
information call Franie Kotze 082 457 9460.

Wednesday 7 June DIE MYSTIC BOER, Bloemfontein 051-4302205
Friday 9 June ROXY'S RHYTHM BAR, Johannesburg 011-7266019
Saturday 10 June CAFE BRAZIL, Pretoria 012-3462005
Thursday 15 June BAT CENTRE, Durban 031-3320451
Saturday 17 June INDIGO NIGHTCLUB, Port Elizabeth 041-5861078

"GODDANK VIR KLANK"

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STATE OF THE NATION

By now we should all have realized that voting for politicians only encourages them. But here's an opportunity to vote for something that can make a difference. The Winston State Of The Nation concert is now in its third year, and this year this major SA musical expose will be presented in both Cape Town (Three Arts, Saturday July 1) and Johannesburg (Wembley Stadium, Saturday July 8).

The SA-only line-ups for these concerts are decided through a public vote. Whichever acts are democratically selected get to perform at both concerts with full access to top class lighting, sound, and audiences. Last year, Fetish and Nine were the two bands that emerged with the "most likely to succeed" tags. So a showcase of this scale is invaluable to all and any upcoming SA musicians.

There are three ways you can cast your vote(s), you can email mailto:vote@realsa.co.za, you can visit the Real Concerts website at http://www.realsa.co.za, or you can phone the 5FM voteline at 083-910-5555. Tickets for the concerts are available through Ticketweb. So drum up some support, get you favourite act on to the Winston State Of The Nation bill, and be there to support them. Do the right thing, make a difference, and party on!

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THE LATEST GARAGE SOUND TO HIT SOUTH AFRICA IN JUNE

Dance floors in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town will vibrate to the
latest in international Garage sound at the Solanti’s Sensation over the Youth Day long weekend. Headlined by London DJ, Dominic Spreadlove and MC Creed with local maestros DJ Slender, Mbuso (from YFM), Glen Lewis and DJs @Work (Christos & Da Vinci), audiences are guaranteed a taste of the hottest dance beats. Joining the line-up will be the Mother City’s very own Lee Downs.

As one of the leading forces in London’s deep-house and Garage club scene, DJ Dominic Spreadlove promises Cape Town jammers an explosive dance experience as he exposes them to the evolution of house and Garage sounds at the Good Hope Centre on Friday, 16th June 2000. Spreadlove ís dedicated to enhancing a special vibe that can be experienced by everyone, whether black or white - rich or poor - young or old.

Also novel and not to be missed is MC Creed’s extraordinary display of his trademark style of chanting as he plays his sets of deep Garage grooves. "His unique style will blow everyone over", says seasoned dance event promoter, Triple N’s Peter White.

"South Africa ís one of the world’s important centres of dance and clubbing. In addition to the new sounds, we are expecting the beginnings of a new dance craze to take over from where the twalatza left off,' added Solanti’s Spice brand manager, Thea Motha. "We know that Solanti’s drinkers are trend leaders and love what’s hot on the club scene. The Solanti’s Sensation will be a display of the forthcoming styles for the rest of the year," continues Motha.

Completing this spectacle of dance and music are South African proponents DJ Slender, Glen Lewis, DJ Mbuso, DJ Christos, Da Vinci, and Lee Downs.

Tickets for the Solanti’s Sensation are R35-00 for normal and R50-00 for V.I.P. tickets from Computicket AND R40-00 for normal and R60-00 for V.I.P. tickets if you buy at the door and will be available from Friday, 19th May 2000.

KSP World
30 Breda Street
Oranjezicht
Cape Town
South Africa
8001

Tel: 27 21 461-8950/1
Fax: 27 21 461-8979
email: mailto:ksp@iafrica.com
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3.NEW RELEASES
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These new releases and any other South African CD can be ordered online at One World, the best SA CD store on the pla-Net.
http://www.oneworld.co.za

Om Te Breyten - Various Artists

The cream of the current Afrikaans music scene honours the stellar writings of Breyten Breytenbach. Eighteen songs that intend to expose the emotional, historical, and relevant scope of Breytenbach’s work. ‘Om Te Breyten’ achieves that and more, it clearly exposes the depth and diversity of Afrikaans music in this new era. Valiant Swart, Amanda Strydom, Lieze Stassen, Duusman, Brasse Vannie Kaap, Battery 9, Johannes Kerkorrel, Anton, Mynie, Steve. Honours all round. Breyten up your life. (SS)

Serial Boyfriend - Frank Opperman and Prime Time Addiction

Not close to what one would expect from a Frank Opperman and Michael Maxwell collaborative album. Give a listen to ‘Serial Boyfriend’s’ stunning acoustic rock tunes with angst, cynicism, humour, power and intelligence. He’s no Sinatra this Frank (so who is?), but he’s got a fresh songwriting touch and a sincere folky delivery. ‘Come Clean’ attracts each time and has picked up some radio play. Pleasantly recommended. (SS)

Lesley Rae Dowling - Clear

So let’s welcome back SA’s own ‘Stone Rose’. Lesley Rae Dowling’s ‘Clear’ album was released late in 1999, probably in time for the SAMA Awards, and won a few, notably one for its very effective cover. Lesley looked as glacially spooked as ever when accepting them, probably not used to the bright lights and big (Sun) city after spending lots of time on the family farm in the Helderberg Mountains above Stellenbosch. She took seven years to release ‘93’s ‘Unbounded Waters’, which rode on the back of local acclaim to garner a UK release on EastWest Records. EastWest waited a few months and then sent over one of their producers to work on the next album. Bad idea, bad chemistry. The project was closed and Lesley took another extended break. She travelled around Europe, cleared her head, learnt how to make wine on the farm, and kept scribbling. She also, possibly, listened a lot to the recent Fetish and Sugardrive albums. Just a guess.

In 1998 Lesley connected with the Jurgen von Wechmar who had produced many of the ‘Alternatief’ local legends including Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Springbok NGs and The Led. It took them a while to get the songs out in Von Wechmar’s home studio in Banhoek, and they used a group of local musicians who were a far cry from the A-list that worked on ‘Unbounded Waters’. But the back-to-basics approach and style worked out well, and ‘Clear’ arrived in the "end of 1999" rush. It’s a pity it did so then as this is no hurried stab at the pop charts. The cover certainly deserved its award, Dowling’s turquoise eyes transfixing and engaging from their minimalist, sharp, bright background. And it actually sets the tone for the music inside.

Eleven brooding compositions that avoid the standard verse/ chorus format for altered lyrical patterns, wrapped in some truly strong, sensitive and restrained rock arrangements. Dowling’s growly croon is as emotionally taut as ever, but there’s a new vulnerability in her voice, and a sensuality in her lyrics. ‘Touch’ boldly opens the album with a rock swagger, but ‘Size’, ‘Camp’ and ‘Jealous Heart’ settle things down with their low seductive spark. ‘Clear’ is an absorbing album that simmers throughout, always edgy but rarely exploding. When it does, towards the end on ‘Swimmer’, it feels timely. And then the delicate ‘Quiet’ wraps it all up. Semi-sweet, a little dry, mildly intoxicating. I wonder what her wine’s like? (SS)

Lesley Rae Dowling on the net:
http://rock.co.za/legends/lesleyraedowling
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4.WOEMA
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WOEMA: VoëL IS WARM!

Voël is een van die warmste verskynsels in die Afrikaanse vermaaklikheidswêreld (as 'n mens bv. die liefdesverse van heteroseksuele digteresse lees) - en nou is daar ook 'n groep met die naam Voël wat 'n great debuut-CD, '34 grade Suid', deur Afrimusik uitgereik het. Volgens beskikbare inligting kom die groep uit Bloemfontein, maar bly hulle nou almal iewers in die Kaap. Die man agter Voël is Werner Carstens (kitaar, sang en liedjieskrywer). Die groep se klank is vars, hulle rock bedonderd op 'n track soos 'Vliegtuig oor die see', en wat veral opwindend is, is dat Voël heeltemal 'n unieke musiekidentiteit het. Van spore van verwagte invloede (soos bv. Kombuis en Swart) is daar geen teken nie. Carstens het 'n sterk, individuele en oorspronklike aanslag. '34 grade Suid' bied 'n moerse lekker luistersessie van twaalf stewige songs -- en een van die beste en vermaaklikste hidden tracks wat ek nog ooit op 'n CD gehoor het! - wat 'n mens keer op keer herhaal wil hê. Dis maklik om verslaaf te raak aan Voël. Enigiemand wat van SA musiek hou, moet vinnig hardloop om hierdie CD te koop voordat die voël uit stock uit vlieg, maar 'n mens wens hierdie groep nog vele ooievaars toe met CD's in hulle snawels.

Besoek Voël se website by http://www.wijnstock.co.za/

'34 grade Suid' is 'n uitreiking van die Kaapse musiekmaatskappy Afrimusik, wat besoek kan word by http://www.afrimusik.com

Theunis Engelbrecht
mailto:theunis99@worldonline.co.za

This and any other SA CD is available online from One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za
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5.SPOTLIGHT ON... NAGUAL
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First there was just Trance, then it became Ambient Trance and now Nagual has developed (what has been termed) Tribal Ambient Trance, a genre that seems to be developing very quickly in the South African music scene of the late ‘90’s/early 00’s. The differences between these genres are not always easy to define, but Nagual’s sound has achieved a personality all of its own. Nagual (an Amerindian word describing “all things that cannot be given a name”) are a Cape Town-based foursome whose debut album has quickly established them, along with Jorge Carlos and THC, as the leading lights in the unique, new live African trance scene. The band was formed in 1996 in Cape Town where the underground trance scene was beginning to emerge. Damien (guitars and effects), Xendrick (percussion and woodwinds) and Derrick (keyboards and programming) had performed in various outfits including Transmission and Earth Dreams, while Chelley added her didgeridoo skills later. The group honed their live trance/acoustic techno over the next few years and appeared at a multitude of parties, raves, clubs and festivals, before approaching their Knysna-based producer, Howard Kenrick-Butcher, to help them develop a more condensed Ambient Trance orientation. The group entered the Eden Studios in the Reenendaal area of Knysna in July 1998 to begin recording their debut album, ‘Shamanarchy’.

The group’s mentor/patron, Dave Alexander, was tragically killed in a car crash on the way back from the Rustlers Festival and the band has remained self-managed since then. Based on the critical success of the ‘Shamanarchy’ album, the band has since begun planning the recording of its second album in a converted garage/studio in Plumstead. Xendrick left to spread the Nagual word in Europe and Lucky joined the group on marimbas, djembes and cowbells to add a more African element to their sound. They also worked with a BBC editor to produce a short video documentary on the band and its music.

The group is styled on the look and feel of the hippie era of the 1960’s but utilizes the techno and trance sounds of the 1990’s to achieve a trippy and ambient direction. The band work best as a live outfit and succeeded in capturing that live sound on the eight compositions that make up their debut album. ‘Shamanarchy’ is a calming and hypnotic album that consistently delivers the basic Trance element of their music while simultaneously exploring a wide range of influences and styles. Here, live electronic music is blended with a variety of acoustic instruments, including marimbas, guitars, didgeridoos, flutes, monochords and African drums and percussion, to produce an album that swirls through one’s consciousness like a musical dream.

The album consists of eight tracks lasting just over 50 minutes. The tracks flow into one another creating a warm patchwork of trance sound, without an obvious single jumping to the fore. From the gentle synthesizer melody that opens the album on the track ‘The Rolling Square’, through to the textured didgeridoo drone of the closing ten-minute track, ‘Perfect From The Very Beginning’, ‘Shamanarchy’ is a trippy and evocative piece of music that offers a new perspective on where popular music will be heading as the new Millennium evolves. It mixes beguiling melodies with a panorama of traditional acoustic and contemporary electric instruments. Standout tracks include the fizzy ‘Transmission’, the ska-ish ‘Cyberdredd’ and the mysterious and mystical title track. ‘Shamanarchy’ is a vocal-free collection of rolling grooves that works equally well (play loud!) as a pumped-up party/dance album as well as (turn it down!) ambient chill music. Nagual’s second album, ‘Sikedelik I’Afrika’ will be available shortly, expect anything and everything.

Stephen Segerman
mailto:sugar@cd.co.za
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6.USA FOR SA
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THE BEST OF THE BATS

If I were younger, the range of pop and rock styles these guys play would dismiss them as hacks -- mostly because they didn't rock all of the time, and even though 'Shabby Little Hut' is one of my favorite South African pop songs. Now that I'm older I hear in this collection talented guys who can play a range of styles: pop, rock, novelty, classic Tin Pan Alley, and so on.

There are no ethnic selections from their days as Impi. My guess is that music was fine but the audiences were not as...consistent as they had been with the pop sound. If anything, The Bats would fit in more with the British music hall tradition than the American bar band style because the Bats are entertainers. The range of musical styles is also accounted for by the fact that The Bats lasted a while and this is a collection of their work, not a lone moment-in-time album.

I haven't seen the Bats live, and chances are better than fair to middlin' that I will never see them perform, but based on personal accounts and their choices of material, The Bats saw themselves as entertainers rather than just "a band". Proof of this is a rousing version of 'There's No Business Like Show Business' which sounds like their mission statement. Further proof that they were entertainers, aside from entertaining songs and the liner photos that suggest a stage show, is that most of the Bats later went into acting. I'll bet their shows were nothing but fun.

As an aside, South African musicians seem to move into acting careers with some regularity. I can cite a few American musicians who became actors, but citing a few Americans and reading many entries in The History of Contemporary South African Music about a pop or rock musician going into acting are two different occurrences.

Back to the music: the tunes range from mostly melody pop ('Shabby Little Hut' and 'Who's that Girl'), rock 'n' roll ('All I Got'), to outright rock ('Hold Your Head Up'). There are a number of mainstream vocal tunes with a backbeat, songs in Afrikaans, and even a couple of novelty songs ('Fatman and Bobbin' is one). The Bats even have cricket songs on their other CD, 'Not Out', available from One World. 'The Best of the Bats' is mostly pop songs, but contains nice musical variety.

'The Best of the Bats' is a pleasant CD to listen to for the musical variety. Admittedly, the most of the songs are pop. 'The Best of the Bats' is not like listening to Four Jacks and Jill alternating with Battery 9 tracks. Most of the material appears to be original (further proof of multi-talented talented guys). Though 'Hold Your Head Up' is the Argent song, they play it differently enough to make it their version, not merely a cover.

This CD is reasonably priced, and you are assured of finding some enjoyable songs on it, almost no matter what your taste in music.

Kurt Shoemaker, Blanco, Texas
mailto:kbshoe@hotmail.com

This and any other SA CD is available from One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za

{Ed: 'The Best Of The Bats' CD includes extensive sleeve notes and individual biographies written by that gurus among SA compilers, Malcolm Lombard. Plenty of photos and a full single and album discography are also included.}
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7.CLASSIC ROCK
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PEACH - ON LOAN FOR EVOLUTION

This record really rocks. South African's own Siouxie Sioux, Angie Peach, captures all the anger and aggression of the late 70's punk movement. The album announces itself with the 1 minutes 9 second 'Look Sharp' with a roaring guitar and this is quickly followed by the catchy 'A Lot of Things' (SA Top 20 no. 7). 'It's so Luverly' is a brilliantly punky ska tune and which deviates a bit from the pure punk feel of the record. The second side opens with a dark cover of XTC's 'Complicated Game' which is available on the 'Sharp Cuts vol 3' Compilation CD. It's followed by 'Nightmare' (SA Top 20 no. 6) which I think is the standout track on the album with a superb vocal performance by Angie. I do think that Peach ran out of ideas a bit on the last 5 tracks of the second side as they seems to meander somewhat. Still, this side and a half of brillant punk tunes is worth having in any collection. Pity there was no follow up album.

John Samson, London, England
mailto:Thesamsons@aol.com

Peach on the net:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/peach_loan.html

Springbok Top 20 charts - SA Acts 1976 to 1989:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/springbok_1976_1989.html
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8.FORUM
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THE MANY FACES OF JOHN WEDDEPOHL

Lead vocals on Proudfoot & Hot RS 'Delta Queen'. Also on that project were Robert-John "Mutt" Lange, Trevor Rabin, Cedric Samson and Duncan MacKay. {Ed: now there's something we didn't know!}

Signed to CBS London in '71-'73 recorded with Shel Talmy (Producer of The Kinks, and the Who's 'My Generation'). Also Andrew Loog Oldham - Rolling Stones producer.

Sang on 'Eloise Concerto' album (Rouge).
Lead vocals for Backtrax.
Wrote & sang for City Limits. Wrote 'Shouldn't fall in Love' {#8 on the Springbok charts in November 1980 - ed} and majority of album songs.

Producer and Composer for AD Music and Film scores. Awarded BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts) for best ad music UK.
Clio New York for best international Ad Music.

Cannes gold silver bronze ads, New York Advertising awards (SAA)
London Advertising awards.

Working on finishing Solo album at present.

Best Regards
John Weddepohl

{Ed: John also sang for the Julian Laxton band in the late 70s)
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9.REQUESTS
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LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH

Can anybody help with the track list for Abstract Truth's 'Totum' and Third Eye's 'Brother' albums? I have the album cover scans up on the Rock Legends website, but my source (Dmitri from Russia!) couldn't supply any more info on these early 70s prog-rock releases.

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

Third Eye on the net:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/thirdeye.html

The Falling Mirror website has also been updated, all I need now is a cover scan for 'The Storming Of The Loft' album...
E-mail: mailto:brian.currin@new.co.za if you can help.

Listen to 3 MP3s from the unreleased 'Hammerhead Hotel' CD on the Falling Mirror website:
http://rock.co.za/legends/fallingmirror

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LOOKING FOR FREEDOM

Desperately looking for posters and/or pics of Freedom's Children
('Astra' album line-up). Can you help?

Colin Alexander
mailto:colina@armscor.co.za

Freedoms Children on the net:
http://rock.co.za/legends/freedomschildren

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LOOKING FOR LOVE

A friend of mine in Germany has told me that he has heard a brilliant
melodic rock song from South Africa called 'Sister Love' but he doesn't know the group. I know the groups Off The Edge, Little Sister and Stingray but this song is not from these groups. He means that the song is from 1995 or 1996. May be you can help, because I know there are not so much melodic rock groups in South africa.

Many thanks for your help

Christian from Austria

{Ed: The song 'Sister Love' is off the album 'Polynation' by The Electric Petals. They were around a few years ago but vanished off the SA scene, leaving this excellent album behind. A pity as the album hinted at great things. If you would like to get this album, it may be at http://www.oneworld.co.za, or if not, please email mailto:info@oneworld.co.za and Andy may be able to track a copy for you. (no, you can't have mine.. heh heh)}
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10.ON THE NET
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NIGHTSHUTTLE
http://www.geocities.com/nightshuttle/

METRO MUSIC
http://www.metro-music.com
Old vinyl, rare CDs, etc including Freedoms Children's 'Galactic Vibes'
(listed as a South "American" psych album!)

PLETHORA
http://www.angelfire.com/band/plethora
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11.WHATS ON
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OPPIKOPPI
http://www.oppikoppi.co.za

3-6 August - Northam
11-13 August - Worcester


A great deal of information regarding both festivals is available on the Oppikoppi website. A regular Oppikoppi update, with the latest news and information, can also be obtained by subscribing to the Oppikoppi mailing list from the website or by emailing mailto:oppikoppi@icon.co.za

OPPIKOPPI - FARM NOOITGEDACHT - NORTHAM
P.O BOX 56
NORTHAM
0360
PHONE: 014 - 7860597
FAX: 014 - 7860034
WEBSITE: http://www.oppikoppi.co.za
E-MAIL: oppikoppi@icon.co.za or oppikoppi@sigidi.co.za

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LITTLE SISTER
http://www.littlesister.co.za

June 15 - Lesley's Bar
June 16 - Norwood Mardi Gras
June 17 - Elmar Park Edenvale, Crn 1st Ave and Boeing Road, Edenvale
July 1 - Northmead Mall, First Street, Northmead, Benoni
July 29 - Glenn Marais, Crn Veld and Dann St, Glen Marais, Kempton Park

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QZOO
http://www.qzoo.co.za
http://www.qkumbazoo.co.za

June:
Wed 7 East London
Fri 9 Durban - The Bat centre
Sat 10 Richards Bay
Mon 12 Newcastle
Wed 14 Nelspruit - Lloyds
Fri 16 JHB - Bump Nightclub
Sat 17 Pretoria - Stardust

Supported by the Fruit Fly Navigators

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WOODSTOCK SA
22nd to 25th of September
Heidelberg Kloof - Gauteng
Contact mailto:woodstock@authentic.co.za

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TUMBLEWEEDS
5 Section Street
Paarden Eiland
Cape Town
(021) 510 6371

Friday 9th - iBoogi
Friday 16th - The Aquarian Quartet

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AUTHENTIC GIGS - JUNE, NATIONWIDE

SUGARDRIVE MINI TOUR
Saturday 10 June
Sugardrive - Burn, Durban

Sunday 11 June
Sugardrive - St Michaels on Sea, South Coast

Wednesday 21 June
Sugardrive "In the Circle" - Bassline, 7th Street, Melville

Thursday 22 June
Sugardrive "In the Circle" - Bassline, 7th Street, Melville

KARMA
Saturday 10 June
Karma - Up The Creek, Hilda Street, Pretoria

57
Friday 16 June
57, Saron Gas and DJ Jordie - Kriel High School, Kriel

WATERSHED
Thursday 22 June
Watershed, Sshhh..., Up The Creek, Hilda Street, Pretoria

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
AUTHENTIC IDEAS: 011-646-6467
EMAIL: mailto:authentic@authentic.co.za

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Ed JORDAN AND FRIENDS

My name is Steve Soal and I own a restaurant in Rosebank Johannesburg called The Baron & Beaver. Saturday Night Live with Ed Jordan and Friends features Ed Jordan and he introduces other local musicians with whom he performs. The June lineup is as follows:
3rd Ed Jordan and Candida - local session singer
10th Ed jordan and Mauritz Lotz - Guitarist supreme
17th Ed Jordan and TK - local artist making a name for herself
24th Ed Jordan and Grannysmith - New local rock bank currently in the studio working on their 1st album.

The covert charge for Saturdays is R30.00. Every Sunday afternoon in June we feature live Jazz from 14h00 to 17h00 with either Avzal Ishmael or Wessel van Rensburg who will alternate each week. There is no covert charge on Sundays.
Our address is 33 Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Tel 788 3326, Fax 788 5688.
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12.GOOSEBUMPS
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What magical music moment gives you goosebumps? It could be song, an album, a live performance or even just the intro riff of your favourite song ('Smoke On The Water', anyone?).

E-mail us and tell us about your goosebump moment.
mailto:sarockdigest@crosswinds.net

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LOW RIDING

The best ever. Van der Want & Letcher.
CD, 'Low Riding', track four. I forget what it is called.
The lyrics are about a sad breakup, somewhere in the song they sing,
"I don't even have a lock of your hair..."
It's a magical moment, and to me, the highlight of the CD.

Liza, queen of lizaland

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LITTLE WING

Stevie Ray Vaughan playing Jimi's 'Little Wing'. Definitely.

Yahya
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13.LINKS AND ADVERTS
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ARTISTS:

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

SA MUSICIANS ON THE NET FROM A TO Z
http://members.tripod.lycos.nl/Rembrandt/SAArtists.html

ROBIN AULD
http://www.robinauld.co.za

BERNARD BINNS
http://www.bernardbinns.co.za

PIET BOTHA & JACK HAMMER
http://rock.co.za/legends/pietbotha

KOOS KOMBUIS
http://www.kooskombuis.co.za

LITTLE SISTER
http://www.littlesister.co.za

OFF THE EDGE
http://rock.co.za/offtheedge

SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS
http://www.nudegirls.co.za

VALIANT SWART
http://www.valiant.co.za

ARCHIVES:

THE LEGENDS OF SOUTH AFRICAN ROCK
Where SA rock legends still live
http://rock.co.za/legends

SOUTH AFRICA'S ROCK FILES
The online archive for the History of South African Rock
http://rock.co.za/sarock

MESSAGE BOARD:

TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
Post your message on the SA Rock message board
http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb311757

NEWS:

AMUZINE
News, views, reviews and interviews
http://rock.co.za/

AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK
News, reviews and opinions
http://www.air.org.za

ARTSMART
Arts news from Kwazulu-Natal
http://www.artsmart.co.za

JOL
News, updated daily
http://www.jol.co.za

LOCAL BEAT
Entertainment news
http://entertainment.iafrica.com/localbeat/recommendedgigs

POWERZONE
News, classifieds and much more...
http://www.powerzone.co.za/

WALL OF SOUND
Up-to-date news on the International music scene
http://www.wallofsound.com

WHATS ON:

BARLEYCORN
Cape Town's Music Club
http://twisted.co.za/barleycorn/

THE BIG TREE
Gant's Centre, Strand
http://www.icon.co.za/~diner/gigs.htm

HARBOUR MUSIC CLUB
The Troubadour, Kalk Bay

Every Wednesday night 8:30
Entrance R15 - bar available

Information:
Rob Anderson (021) 7891021
mailto:anderson@botzoo.uct.ac.za
Nadia Scaillet (021) 4489834
mailto:noid@netactive.co.za

TAMBOER
Pretoria entertainment guide
http://www.tamboer.co.za

ZA@PLAY
What's on around South Africa
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/art/music/menu-music.htm

SHOPS:

MUSICA
SA's music retail chain
http://www.musica.co.za

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

OUTLAW RECORDS, CAPE TOWN
http://www.outlawrecords.co.za

Branches at:
Cape Town Central (021) 4238145
Wynberg (021) 7972482
Claremont (021) 6717887

RENEGADE MUSIC
New & Used CD's

Strand concourse Cape Town
Tel (021) 4185436

N1 City Goodwood
Tel (021) 5952436

VIBES MUSIC
N1 CITY, CAPE TOWN
Phone (021) 5953220
mailto:vibes@fast.co.za

RECORD COMPANIES, LABELS & STUDIOS:

BEATROOT MUSIC
http://www.beatrootmusic.co.za/beatrootmusic.htm

CAVEMAN PRODUCTIONS
Kevin Shirley's website
http://www.cavemanproductions.com

FRESH MUSIC
Independent multi-faceted music group
http://www.fresh.co.za

GALLO MUSIC
Supporting South African Music
http://www.gallo.co.za/

INDIE MUSIC EXPLOSION
Independent Music Site
http://www.indie.co.za/

MELT2000
Independent label
http://www.melt2000.com

MIGHTY MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
http://www.mightymusic.co.za/

MOUNTAIN RECORDS
Music from and about Africa
http://www.mountain-africa.com

MUSIC FOR THE MASSES
Off Centre * Tic Tic Bang * Season To Taste * Shrapnel
Local & imported product
mailto:tictic@iafrica.com
mailto:tasty@iafrica.com

RADIUM WRECKORDS
The home of the Radio Rats, The Glee Club, the Chauffeurs
and the Pop Guns

Radium Wreckords
Suite 207
Postnet
Private Bag X10
Flamwood
2572
Klerksdorp
mailto:jhandley@aghs.co.za

RIESTER INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
Independent SA record company
http://www.riester-records.co.za/

STREET LEVEL RECORDS
Cape Town's Independent Record Label
http://www.streetlevel.co.za/

SUNSET STUDIOS
Stellenbosch Recording Studio
http://www.freeyellow.com/members2/sunsetsound/index.html

TEQUILA MUSIC
The Home of African Music
http://www.tequila.co.za

TL MASTERING
http://www.tl-mastering.com
Digital Mastering, Editing and Remastering
mailto:prozak@iafrica.com
phone: 082 701 5096

RESOURCES:

BACKSTAGE
The Musician's Resource
http://www.backstage.co.za/

PEDRO THE MUSIC MAN
Music teacher
http://users.iafrica.com/m/mu/musicman

ROCK ARCHIVE CD-ROM
For more info or to buy/trade this CD-ROM contact:
Werner Regenthal
mailto:wrkohnse@zaz.com.br

ROCK DAY BY DAY
The history of rock as it happened
http://www.rockdaybyday.com

SA MUSIC DATABASE
Over 100 links relating to South African music
http://members.xoom.com/samusicd/links.html

SHOW VILLAGE
sound - lights - dance
http://www.showvillage.co.za

MAGAZINES:

AMUZINE
African Music Magazine
http://rock.co.za

SLY
Online magazine
http://www.sly.co.za/

STAGE
SA Music magazine
http://www.stage.co.za

RADIO:

DINOSAUR DAYS
The radio show, the CDs, the website
http://www.geocities.com/dinosaurdays/

CAPITAL RADIO 604
Remembering Capital 604 (1979 to 1996)
http://www.Capital604.com

FMC RADIO
Internet radio supporting local music
http://www.fullmoonconcerts.co.za

SAFM
South African Radio Station
http://www.safm.co.za

BOOKS:

THE HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz (TOGA, 1994)
http://www.rock.co.za/files/book_order.html

KOOS se SONGS
Koos Kombuis
http://www.oneworld.co.za

TRIVIA:

CLIMB UP ON MY MUSIC
A site dedicated to Rodriguez, the Sugar Man
http://www.rock.co.za/files/rodriguez.html

IMAGES OF ROCK
Your Ultimate Rock And Roll Experience
http://www.imagesofrock.com

POP SHOP TRACK LISTINGS
A tribute to those great Pop Shop albums
http://members.tripod.lycos.nl/Rembrandt/PopShop/PopShopHome.html

SPACE HYMNS
The only known website for Ramases
http://rock.co.za/ramases

VAGABOND'S WORLD
a rock music trivia site
http://rock.co.za/vagabond

PIOTR'S GREEN PAGES
Discographies and lyrics for the legends of rock
http://www.zetosa.com.pl/piotrus/greenpages

FESTIVALS:

SPLASHY FEN
The festival, the CD, the book, the website
http://www.splashyfen.co.za

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

RUSTLERS VALLEY
http://www.rustlers.co.za

MUSIC ON-LINE:

CDDB
CD Database Online
http://www7.cddb.com/

CDMAX
CD player for accessing the online CD database http://www.mindspring.com/~clark_tisdale/CDmax/

DIGITAL CUPBOARD
African music, MP3s and more...
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za

MP3.COM
Listen to MP3s of South African artists
http://www.mp3.com/regions/africa/south_africa/

MP3 SOFTWARE
Links to download sites
http://www.rock.co.za/files/mp3software.html

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BACK ISSUES
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South African and International -- past, present and future.

All contributions are welcome, send them to:
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