SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #86
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CONTENTS
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1.WHAT'S NEW - SA Rock Digest, Retro Fresh, Sound Solutions
2.CHARTS - Top 10 SA CDs, Top 20 SA songs, Top 20 SA Albums, Top 20 SA MP3 downloads, This week 30 years ago, Top 10 Classic SA Rock albums, Top 10 All-time Great SA Pop and Rock songs
3.ON STAGE - Aberlade Awards
4.NEW RELEASES - Four Jacks And A Jill
5.USA for SA - Ready & Willing - Little Sister
6.CLASSIC ROCK - Miriam Makeba
7.SHILOH'S CORNER - Fred Neil
8.FORUM - Napster, anyone?
9.REQUESTS - Rabbitt, Pierre de Charmoy, Amen
10.ON THE NET - Not The Midnight Mass
11.WHAT'S ON
12.LINKS
13.BACK ISSUES
14.CONTRIBUTIONS
15.CONTACT DETAILS
16.SUBSCRIPTIONS

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CONTRIBUTIONS

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http://rock.co.za/contact

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1.WHAT'S NEW
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SOUTH AFRICA'S ROCK FILES
http://rock.co.za/sarock

1 December: Added Jack Hammer 'Anthology' sleeve notes, thanks to Kurt Shoemaker
27 November: Uploaded lastest SA Rock Digest back issues
25 November: Updated Charts pages with info about birthdates, real names, etc.
16 November: Added cover scans for Freedoms Children's 'New Day', thanks to Tertius Louw
15 November: Added SA charts listed by song title, thanks to John Samson
10 November: Added a whole lot of chart statistics, thanks to John Samson and Chris Kimberly
8 November: Updated Via Afrika webpages
8 November: Updated éVoid webpages

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RETRO FRESH

The series is off to a flying start with the éVoid and Via Afrika reissues, both albums have recorded extraordinary sales in the first
week of release with sales in excess of 1000 units each. There is a
tremendous air of excitement in the stores with the éVoid charting on the CD Wherehouse, Rosebank Top 40 sales chart.... 17 years after its first release! The media too have shown remarkable interest in RETRO and I will be ending my three year self imposed silence to do interviews with both radio and press in the coming weeks... the compliments on the remastering and repackaging have been coming in thick and fast and it is both gratifying and encouraging to know that there is such support out there for what is really a labour of love! The tentative release schedule for next year is as follows:

January 22:
Otis Waygood Blues Band (the legendary "black" debut
album)... remastered with three bonus tracks, new artwork,
fantastic rare pics of the band, liner notes by author Rian Malan.

February/March:
Hawk - African Day (with rare 1970 bonus live tracks)

Falling Mirror - Johnny calls the Chemist (with two bonus tracks and possibly a CD enhanced track).

Lesley Rae Dowling - Conspirare... a new 18 track career retrospective replacing the "Best of..."

The Dynamics.. a career retrospective featuring all three classic band lineups.

Freedoms Children - Astra ... a new remastered version with possible live tracks, rare pics, etc.

Dog Detachment... a career retrospective with bonus rare tracks.

April/May:
éVoid - Here comes the Rot

Via Afrika - Scent of Scandal

The Sweatband - debut album with unreleased material.

Falling Mirror... Zen Boulders/ Storming of the Loft/ Fantasy Kid... the first three classic FM albums.

June/July:
Lesley Rae Dowling.... LRD/Unravished Brides/Split... the first three albums.

Best Regards

Benjy Mudie
RetroFresh
mailto:fresh@icon.co.za

More about all these Legends of Rock at the SA Rock Legends website
http://rock.co.za/legends

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SOUND SOLUTIONS

SOUND SOLUTIONS is a new, 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.

Where necessary, international tracks are suggested, located or
licensed. However SOUND SOLUTIONS is striving to recommend more South
African songs for these commercials. This is seen as a way of bringing
extra funds back into the SA music industry and artists’ pockets, as
well as giving SA artists the opportunity of gaining the invaluable
exposure that a song on a TV or cinema advert can bring.

You have seen the Santam ‘Yellow Umbrella’ commercial, which utilizes
the Blk Sonshine song ‘Born In A Taxi’. This track was suggested by
Sound Solutions when the rights to the desired Bob Marley song were
denied to the producers of the commerciaL. Blk Sonshine were amply
reimbursed for licensing their track, and copies of the ‘Blk Sonshine’
CD now carry a sticker announcing "As heard in the Santam TV Ad...".

For more info, please contact:
Graham Katz
(Tel) 021 418 -1920
(Fax) 021 421-5831
(Mobile) 082 674 0251
(email) mailto:g.k@iafrica.com

Stephen Segerman
(Tel) 021 461-9541
(email) mailto:sugar@cd.co.za

Sound Solutions
http://rock.co.za/soundsolutions
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2.CHARTS
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TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICAN CDs

Position. Artist - Title

1. Glen Lewis - Mid-Tempo 2000
2. Brenda Fassie - Amadlozi
3. Arthur - Mnike
4. Johannes Kerkorrel - Die Ander Kant
5. Coenie de Villiers - Karoonag 2000
6. DJ Walker (Featuring Senyaka) - Satane O' Maponapona
7. Twistyle - Who's Twistyle?
8. Henry Ate - Torn And Tattered
9. Brothers Of Peace - Presents Project A
10. Tokollo - Magesh Ndabezitha

Supplied by One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za

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THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK

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

1. [2] TajMahala - Sharkbrother (indie)
2. [5] Reconstructing Alice - Sonja Herholdt (Universal)
3. [8] In The Meantime - Watershed (EMI)
4. [1] Alternatief Op Sy Beste - Various Artists (Hoezit)
5. [3] Relaxzor - Springbok Nude Girls (Sony)
6. [18] éVoid - éVoid (CD re-issue with 5 bonus tracks)(Retro Fresh)
7. [4] Greatest Hits - Koos Kombuis (Gallo)
8. [-] Via Afrika (CD re-issue with bonus tracks) (Retro Fresh)
9. [10] Faith In Love - Coleske (Gallo)
10. [11] Something To Believe - Liesl Graham (Gallo)
11. [6] Delenta - Jenny Delenta (Renegade)
12. [7] A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG)
13. [15] Jazzin' & Jivin' - Various Artists (MELT2000)
14. [9] Tattered and Torn - Henry Ate
15. [12] Lately When She Cries - Jesse Jordan (Universal)
16. [20] Delta Blue Live - Delta Blue (Afrimusik)
17. [13] Strange World - Just Jinger (BMG)
18. [17] Tassenberg All Stars (live) - Various Artists (Rhythm)
19. [14] Miyela Afrika - Vusi Mahlasela (BMG)
20. [19] Nkalakatha - Mandoza (CCP)

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THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN SONGS OF THE WEEK

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

1. [1] Aphrodite (Feeling Much More) - Coleske ('Faith In Love'/ Gallo)
2. [6] Fall - Delenta ('Delenta'/ Renegade)
3. [-] Alright - Semisane ('A Life Less Strange'/ BMG)
4. [-] Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror (‘Shattered’/ Tusk)
5. [-] As Long As - Galatia (‘Back Together’ EP/ BMG)
6. [2] Higher Ground - Delenta ('Delenta'/ Renegade)
7. [3] Unworldly Beauty - Springbok Nude Girls ('Relaxzor'/ Sony)
8. [-] Renaissance Song - Musa Manzini (‘New Reflections’/ BMG)
9. [14] Your Song - Just Jinger ('Strange World'/ BMG)
10. [-] Two Seconds - Henry Ate (‘Torn & Tattered’/ EMI)
11. [12] Bicycle Sonder 'n Slot - Koos Kombuis ('Greatest Hits'/ Gallo)
12 [10] Smiley Skull Of Faith - Springbok Nude Girls ('Relaxzor'/ Sony)
13 [4] Nkalakatha - Mandoza ('Nkalakatha'/ CCP)
14. [9] Satisfy - Dreamshop (off EP 'Satisfy'/ BMG)
15 [15] African Dance - Mjojo ('Version 1'/ Digital Cupboard)
16. [5] Rikki Tikki Tavi - Robin Auld (‘Iron In The Sky’)
17. [17] Eastern Bridge - Jesse Jordan ('Lately When She Cries'/
Universal)
18. [13] Agitation - Blk Sonshine ('Blk Sonshine'/ Fresh)
19. [11] Slow Down - Yvonne Chaka Chaka ('Yvonne And Friends'/ Digital
Cupboard)
20. [19] A Proud People - Vusi Mahlasela ('Miyela Afrika'/ BMG)

Sponsored by Networld
http://www.new.co.za

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TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN MP3 DOWNLOADS

This week [last week] Title - Artist
(Style)

1. [6] Chaba Sena - Kennedy & Friends
(Gospel)
2. [9] Sibali - Khumbula
(African Pop Fusion)
3. [1] Margarida - Choppa
(Latino Kwaito)
4. [13] Beautiful Thing - E'smile
(African R&B)
5. [19] Crucial Situation - Don Carlos
(Reggae)
6. [2] Foreplay - Ghetto Luv
(R&B Kwaito)
7. [20] Bonita (Kyllex Mix) - Choppa
(Kwaito)
8. [4] Kom Kom - Kom Kom
(Kwaito)
9. [12] Crush - Fruit Fly Navigators
(Modern Rock)
10. [8] Voetsak, Go Once - Amaryoni
(Zulu a capella)
11. [-] Together Forever - Bad 4 Real
(Ragga Kwaito)
12. [14] Pyjama Jam - Dantai
(Kwaito)
13. [18] Abelungu - Amaryoni
(Zulu a capella)
14. [7] Wena U Bani...? - O'Da Meesta
(Kwaito)
15. [11] Udlala Ngabantu - Khumbula
(African Pop Fusion)
16. [5] Asyn - Brixton Moord & Roof Orkes
(Afrikaans Alternative)
17. [16] Colours - Solly Mabena
(African Jazz)
18. [-] The Innocent - Dr Fox
(Rock)
19. [3] Manawarile - Jungle Man
(Shangaan Reggae)
20. [RE] Is Is Chisa - DJ Chepad
(Kwaito)

Supplied by Digital Cupboard
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za

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SPRINGBOK RADIO CHARTS: 30 YEARS AGO
Friday, 4 December 1970

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
2 [4] Looky Looky - Giorgio
3 [2] Cha-La-La, I Need You - The Shuffles
4 [7] Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort
5 [3] Burning Bridges - Mike Curb Congregation
6 [8] Paranoid - Black Sabbath
7 [5] All The Tears In The World - Dave Mills
8 [6] Black Night - Deep Purple
9 [14] Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor
10 [10] Like I Do - Barbara Ray & 5th Association

Supplied by John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

South African Radio Charts 1969-1989
http://rock.co.za/charts

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SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 10 SA CLASSIC ROCK ALBUMS

1.[1] African Day - Hawk (1971)
2.[2] Africa She Too Can Cry - Hawk (1972)
3.[3] Battle Hymn Of The Broken Hearted Horde - Freedoms Children (1968)
4.[4] Boys Will Be Boys - Rabbitt (1975)
5.[5] A Croak And A Grunt In The Night - Rabbitt (1977)
6.[8] Live And Well - Hawk (1974)
7.[6] Jack Of All Trades - Jack Hammer (1987)
8.[7] Astra - Freedoms Children (1970)
9.[-] Otis Waygood Blues Band (1970)
10.[9] Galactic Vibes - Freedoms Children (1972)

As voted by visitors to the SA Rock Files website:
Go here and cast your vote:
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sarock

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SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 10 ALL-TIME GREAT SA POP AND ROCK SONGS

This week [last week] Song - Artist

1.[1] Hey Boy - Via Afrika (1983)
2.[2] Weeping - Bright Blue (1987)
3.[3] This Boy - Sweatband (1986)
4.[4] ZX Dan - Radio Rats (1978)
5.[5] Who Killed Kurt Cobain - Koos Kombuis (1997)
6.[7] As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) - Tribe After Tribe (1985)
7.[9] See Yourself (Clowns) - EllaMental (1984)
8.[6] Hold On To Love - Rabbitt (1977)
9.[10] Master Jack - Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)
10.[8] You're Living Inside My Head - John Ireland (1978)

As voted by visitors to the SA Rock Files website:
Go here and cast your vote:
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sapop
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3.ON STAGE
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ABELARDE AWARDS

At this years Abelarde Awards held on Friday the 1st of December, against very stiff competition, Sharkbrother walked away with six awards. The most prestigious of these being the Abelarde Band of 2000. This is one more than last year with the addition of the best groupie award, where our faithful fans, Joanne, Lydia and Bromwyn took the honours. The full list of awards recieved is:
* Abelarde Band of 2000
* Best Progressive Rock Band
* Best Male Vocal
* Best Songwriter
* Best Bassist
* Best Groupies

Sharkbrother would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution to making this year the success it was, the high point being the release of our second album 'Taj Mahala' to great critical acclaim. The biggest thank you must go to Taz, the owner of the Abelarde Sanction, whose commitment to providing a live music venue, where bands such as the ones honoured on Friday night, can play. It is also a venue where, due to the cult following among the bands who have played there, can meet and exchange ideas. It was also very noticeable this year that the overall quality of bands playing the Abelarde has got much better, and this can only be taken as a gauge of the state of the industry as a whole.

The full list of awards is as follows:
* Abelarde Band of 2000: Sharkbrother
* Best Alt. Rock Band: Zen Arcade
* Best Hard Rock Band: Sunways
* Best Rock Band: New Clouded Yellw
* Best Industrial/Backtrack band: A>E>B
* Best Ska Band: Ms. September
* Best Fusion/Dub Band: 340ml
* Best Instrumental Band: Improv Molars
* Best Folk Artist/Band: Left of Centre
* Best Alt. Afrikaans Band: Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes
* Best Male Vocal: Cobus Rossouw (Sharkbrother)
* Best Female Vocal: Liela Groenewald and Phillipa Sutherland
* Best Guitarist: Dries Bredenkamp (Black Eyed Susan)
* Best Bassist: Steve Savage (Sharkbrother), Alistair (Zen Arcade)
* Best Drummer/Percussion: Andrew Cleland (Zen Arcade)
* Best Songwriter: Cobus Rossouw (Sharkbrother)
* Greatest Comeback of 2000: Marc Presley and Martin Smit from A>E>B
* Greatest Contribution to the SA Music Industry: Mark Presley from Digital Cupboard
* Best Groupies of 2000: Lydia, Joanne, Bronwyn (Sharkbrother), Robyn, Lesley, Annette (Zen Arcade)
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4.NEW, RECENT AND UPCOMING RELEASES
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2000 AND BEYOND - FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (Smug Music)
Will be reviewed soon.

This and any other South African CD are available from One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za
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5.USA FOR SA
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READY AND WILLING - LITTLE SISTER (1990)

After I bought Little Sister's 'While No One Was Looking', their greatest hits, I wanted their other CDs. A natural place to start was the first Little Sister release, 'Ready and Willing'.

The personnel on this disc are:
Jenni and Debbi Lonmon (lead vocals and voice harmonica, bass and vocals, respectively)
Sandy Robbie (a tuff-looking and tough-playing guitarist -- this guy fills up the rock tracks with great chops)
Marc Bentell (keyboards and vocals)
Johnny Burnett (drums and percussion)

'Ready and Willing' was produced by Ron (Bones) Brettell, Bernie Millar, and Sandy Robbie.

To guess by the inner sleeve photo, Marc looks like a fun hambone, while Johnny Burnett looks like he has a wry outlook on life. And the Lonmon Sisters... I suspect they are a nice combination of tough and sensitive.

Little Sister's 'Ready and Willing' has: rockers, smooth ballads, a cool anthem, a serious song that was a hit, and an extended cut of the opening track, 'Little Sister' (aptly sub-titled the 'Crank Up the Guitar 12" Mix'). Not only is this CD to my taste, but my daughter spontaneously sings along to many of the tracks. To appeal to such a range is no little feat but rather is a testimony to a fine debut rock album.

I enjoy writing about songs as I listen to the album. If you know the album well I hope this is meaningful. If you don't, I hope it makes you curious about the album. I also hope that my explications are not vivisections from which the patient does not survive. Anyway here's my song-by-song, play-by-play, of 'Ready and Willing', a fine and rockin' album:

'Little Sister' -- Start the entertainment with a sterling rocker, this
isn't chick rock, it's rock, a song that it demands your attention. This one and 'A.C.T.I.O.N' are my daughter's favorite cuts on this CD.

'Young Hearts' -- Slow the pace down a notch to a pretty melody. Here it seems like the Lonmon sisters decided to show their range, going from rocker to ballad in the first two tracks on this disc.

'Ready & Willing' -- They rock again, just in case we were wondering they were going to wimp out on us after the strong open. Cool bassy break, too.

'No Man Shall Fall' -- One of my favorites on the disc. This one builds to a plaintive, sincere choir-like refrain. This is the one song written by outside songwriters.

'You Got My Heart' -- A bouncy poppy number with some nice guitar work.
While most of the songs on this CD are written by the band and the producers (the names Lonmon, Millar, Brettell, and Robbie dominate), this one was co-written with Robbie by some ou named Benjy Mudie....

'A.C.T.I.O.N.' -- A show opener? A cool song that somehow makes me think of partying at the beach even though it does not mention the coast. It only has that spirit. You, too, can sing along to the chorus the first time around. Come on everybody: "The boys want girls, but the girls want men!"

'Lovesick' -- Sandy Robbie's opening guitar right away lets us know this is a tough and aggressive tune. If doubts existed, Jenni lets the guy she's singing to know that she's had enough, she means it, "I'm just sick of you!"

'Dear Abbie (One Night of Passion)' This number avoids being depressing, emerging as poignant instead. This was also the hit from this album, and deservedly so. Jenni has a touching, convincing voice.

I consciously do not compare SA artists with artists from around the world because I view performers individually; even if working within a certain style, sincere artists are their own man or woman. But I tell you what, the Lonmon ladies can take a song that is potentially depressing and make it, as said, poignant -- unlike Janis Ian, who is so often merely a drag. Right now I'm glad I'm listening to 'Dear Abbie' instead of 'At Seventeen'. (Don't tell Janis I said that, she is such a vulnerable artiste that it would hurt her feelings.)

'Watch My Lips' -- An assertive rock song. Tell him how it is, Sisters. Like 'Lovesick' this is a get-out-of-my-life-song. Nice mix of tough song with sweet female background vocals. This song and the next one both rock hard for the big finish before the 'Little Sister' remix.

'Daddy Was a Rocker' -- The title is reminiscent of classic rock 'n' roll, but this has a modern heavy guitar 'n' pounding drums sensibility, told from the life-hardened point of view of a girl raised on the road because her father wanted to be a rock 'n' roll star.

'Little Sister (Crank Up the Guitar 12" Mix)' -- Added effects, as one might expect with an extra minute-and-a-half running length, and, also as expected and welcomed, a cranked-up guitar. So we end where we began, but with more at the end.

You know, the musicianship on this CD is great, and the production is nice and clear -- but one thing that strikes me about the Lonmon sisters is the sincerity they sing with. When rocking, loving, or breaking up, I believe them -- especially Jenni, the lead vocalist.

Gosh, and at only R60 at One World I feel like I got a deal, even with
overseas shipping.

One of the things I like about South African music is that there is a
welcome lack of throwaway filler tracks on SA CDs. This album is typical in that each track is a welcome song. 'Ready and Willing' does have the energy and advantage of being a first album, so I'll see how the other discs match up as my Little Sister buying program continues.

The Sisters are back in the studio and making a new album. This is a band whose catalogue I'll certainly end up with, from the first release to the next one.

Little Sister on the net:
http://www.littlesister.co.za

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

This and any other South African CD is available from One World
http://www.oneworld.co.za
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6.CLASSIC ROCK
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MIRIAM MAKEBA

Recorded in 1960, Miriam Makeba's debut has all the innocence of the 1940's & early 1950's popular music, yet the voice is wonderfully mature. A protegé of Harry Belafonte, Makeba (one time wife of Hugh Masakela) was one of South Africa's most sucessful singers in the international arena. From the first Xhosa cry that opens the album, you know you're listening to a major vocal talent. There's a clarity and strength to the voice that is at heart African, but can handle various other styles with ease.

Most of the songs are African songs sung in Xhosa, Swazi and Zulu, but there are a scattering of English songs, and an Indonesian song. Makeba is probably at her best singing in her native tongue, Xhosa. Her clicks, so foreign to the western ear are a delight, especially on the "The Click Song". The classic "Wimoweh", listed here as "Mbube" is a stirring rendition of the song which is also known as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Amongst the English songs is a cover of "House of the Rising Sun" which is sung with great emotion. Then there is the rather irritating Austrian tune "One More Dance", the irritation comes from the forced laughter of the male voice and not from anything Makeba does. She maintains dignity while the overacted laughter grates in the background. This is however, the only low point in the album.

This is a great easy listening album. In the words of Harry Belafonte on the cover "The combination of Makeba, the music and the musicians erupted into a kind of musical spontaneous combustion rarely encountered in a studio". High praise indeed for an album worthy of it.

By the way for those who don't know Miriams Makeba's full name is Zensi
Miriam Makeba Ogwashu ogu vama yi keti le nenxgoma sittu xa saku aga ba
ukutsha sithathe izitsha sizi khalu sivuke ngomso sizi chole ezo zinge knayo zinga bikho nfalo singamalamu singa mangamla nagithi which is apparently a string of first names e.g. Jane Mary Ellen etc.

John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com
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7. SHILOH'S CORNER
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FRED NEIL

Songwriter, musician and mentor for the likes of David Crosby, Tim Buckley, Richie Havens and many more. With baritone voice and twelve string guitar, Fred arrived from Florida to join the minstrels that hung out at the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal street, New York city.

In the early days he played the Memphis scene with Buddy Holly and wrote songs for Roy Orbison. One particular track, 'Candy man' which he wrote for Roy Orbison was chosen for the b-side of 'Crying' and gave him a certain amount of public appeal. A regular at the Night Owl café, Fred finally got acknowledged for writing the track 'Everybody's Talking' which Nilsson brought to the charts on the cult sixties "Midnight Cowboy" sound track.

One of his songs 'Dolphins' has been sung by countless folkies while Jefferson Airplane took one of his tracks 'The other side of this life' to greater heights. During the late sixties Fred eluded interviews and media, performing only in small coffee shops and pubs. Unlike Johnny Cash, Fred was quite adept in mid range vocal and a young Bob Dylan would often assist him on the harmonica in the early sixties. His backing crew in 1965 were John Sebastian (Loving Spoonful), and Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) who assisted him in most live performances.

Neil left the big city life and retired to Coconut grove in South Florida. Apart from a few benefit concerts for dolphins and whales, he remains an enigma of the sixties. A source of inspiration for the likes of Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Crosby, Stills and many more. And although his songs have been covered by a diversity of artists no one sings Freddy Neil quite like Freddy Neil.

Tracks worth exploring:
The Dolphins
Sweet Cocaine
Everybody's Talking
Candy Man
Blues on the Ceiling

Recommended Albums:
The Many Sides of Fred Neil - EMI (CD number: CCM-070-2) (USA)
Bleecker and MacDougal - Elektra (CD number: AMCY-2693) (Japan)

Shiloh Noone
Blues and Variation
Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM
Wednesdays 10 pm
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8.FORUM
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NAPSTER, ANYONE?

Just a query of all the SA artistes currently subscribing... what do they think of Napster? I know the record companies feel they are getting shafted, but Fatboy Slim's label has gone on the record saying they dunno what all the fuss is about, they pay top dollar to market a group and here is a site that does it for them for free. Me, if I find a track I like on Napster I then go out and buy the album on CD... I treat Napster as a sampler.

Vox pop, anyone?

Trevor Perks (UK)
mailto:spokesT@bigfoot.com
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9.REQUESTS
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PROJECT RABBITT

I'm doing a website on Rabbitt. I'm from the USA and I'm a college student and this is my project. I chose Rabbitt because I always liked their music. I was following Duncan Faure's career when he joined the Rollers {originally the Bay City Rollers - ed} and backtracked to his old bands and Rabbitt popped up. It was a great band! I still listen to their music today - it just has a timeless quality to it. The four of them made a great team. But they never made it to the US as a group. I'm trying to find out more about Neil Cloud and Ronnie Robot for my website because there isn't anything on their backgrounds. If you know of anything, please let me know.

T.H. Cutler
mailto:tcutler@atex.com

Rabbitt on the net:
http://www.rabbitt.co.za
http://rock.co.za/legends/rabbitt

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PIERRE de CHARMOY

Do you have info on Pierre? I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

Smah
mailto:smah@toastyshow.com

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AMEN

I desperately want to get hold of a copy of 'Amen'.
Please help!

Theresa
mailto:tstrutton@yahoo.com

{Ed: 'Amen' by the Peanut Butter Conspiracy (reached #2 on the SA charts in 1971) is available on the 'Soul Meeting' CD released by Gallo in 1997 (CDRED 617). 'Soul Meeting' also has tracks by The Flames, Flood, Una Valli, Lionel Petersen, the Staccatos, Ricardo (I Love You Daddy) and others... recommended}

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DOG DETACHMENT

I've been living in the UK for the past 10 years & have been unable to find (anywhere, including the web) 3 albums that I used to own: No Friends of Harry's first record & Dog Detachment's first 2 albums.

Do you know of any supplier that I could contact to get these records (or preferably CDs if they were ever released in that format)?

Cheers
Dorian
mailto:dorian.f@sel-pres.co.uk

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DOG AGAIN?

I was wondering if you knew whether any Dog Detachment recordings are available to buy on the web.

Regards,
John
mailto:J.P.Rosewell@rhbnc.ac.uk

{Ed: a Dog Detachment retrospective CD is planned for early in the new year.}
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10.ON THE NET
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NOT THE MIDNIGHT MASS
http://members.aol.com/thesamsons/Midnight_Mass_Home.htm

The world's first Midnight Mass Website. A fansite by John Samson.
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11.WHATS ON
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AMETHYST

Amethyst will be rocking
The Big Easy in Kensington on
Thursday 14 December and
The Global Nite Club in the Alberton Mall on
Saturday 23 December.

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AUTHENTIC GIGS

Thursday 7 December - PRETORIA
Henry Ate, Sugardrive, Plum, Battery 9, Ethel My Love, Tweak, Swamp.sound.system

Friday 15 December - DURBAN
Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Swamp.sound.system and a local Durban band
Venue: Bargo's, Durban

Saturday 16 December - MARGATE
Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: Margate Beach

Tuesday 19 December - KENTON ON SEA
FREE GIG: Midday on the Kenton-On-Sea Beachfront with Ethel My Love, Tweak and Swamp.sound.system

Wednesday 20 December - PORT ALFRED
Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: Barnacle, The Pier, Port Alfred

Friday 22 December - EAST LONDON
Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Wonderboom, Henry Ate, Swamp.sound.system and a local East London band
Venue: Settlers, East London

Saturday 23 December - PORT ELIZABETH
Sugardrive, Plum, Jimmy 12 Inch, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Wonderboom, Henry Ate, Swamp.sound.sytem
Venue: TBA

Tuesday 26 December - NATURES VALLEY
FREE GIG: Midday in Natures Valley with Ethel My Love, Tweak and Swamp.sound.system

Wednesday 27 December - KNYSNA
Wonderboom, Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: Tin Roof Blues, Knysna

Thursday 28 December - KNYSNA
Wonderboom, Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: Tin Roof Blues, Knysna

Friday 29 December - MOSSEL BAY
Wonderboom, Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Henry Ate, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: The Station, Mossel Bay

Saturday 30 December - PLETTENBERG BAY
Wonderboom, Sugardrive, Tweak, Ethel My Love, Henry Ate, Swamp.sound.system
Venue: Flashback, Plettenberg Bay

Sunday 31 December - PLETTENBERG BAY
Beach Dance Party
Venue: Plettenberg Bay Beach

FOR MORE INFORMATION
AUTHENTIC IDEAS: 011-646-6467
CLINT: 083-272-8436
NANCY: 083-310-2514
EMAIL: mailto:freshmaker@authentic.co.za

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

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BASSLINE

December:

Tues 5th: LIESL GRAHAM R30 9:30pm

Wed 6th & Thurs 7th: From Puerto Rico EFRAIN TORO (perc.), AVZAL
ISMAIL(keys), BARRY VAN ZYL (drums), CONCORD NKABINDE (bass) R50
9:30pm

Fri 8th & Sat 9th: A Camel Jazz Session with: JIMI DLU DLU R60
9:30pm

Sun 10th: THE FRANK OPPERMAN TRIO R30 9:00pm

Please note that performance starting time on Sunday is 9:00pm
Bookings: 011 - 482-6915

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

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DORP STRAAT TEATER, STELLENBOSCH

DESEMBER

Ma 4: Planke toe met poësie: Die laaste een vir 2000
Wo 6: Delta Blue
Vr 8 & Sa 9: Vuurklip met Richard van der Westhuizen & Lochner de Kock
So 10: Jazz
Ma 11 & Do 14: Rory Rootenberg
Vr 15 & Sa 16: Piet Botha
So 17: Jazz
Wo 20: Die Grafsteensangers

Navrae en besprekings by
(021) 886-6107
083 4179 389
mailto:dorpteat@xsinet.co.za

Die nuutste programinligting ook op
http://www.stellenbosch.co.za

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HARBOUR MUSIC CLUB
The Troubadour, Kalk Bay

Every Wednesday night 8:30
Entrance R15 - bar available

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

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THE JAM

December

Fri 8: Springbok Nude Girls
Doors open at 9pm and R30 couvert charge.
Sat 9: Justin Robertson
Wed 13: Jimmy 12" & Plum
Thurs 14: Sons of Trout
Sat 16: Efrain Toro and Guests
Mon 18: African Jazz Pioneers
Sat 23: Boo!
Wed 27: Cape of Storms - The highly successful double headline act of Nine and Brasse Vannie Kaap goes national this festive season ending their tour at The Jam.

For any more info, please contact us on 021-465 2106 or e-mail us at
mailto:live@thejam.co.za. Otherwise, our web-site http://www.thejam.co.za will give you all the latest info on what's up at The Jam.

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JESSE JORDAN

BIG TREE - Strand
Wednesday December 6 Rock Festival Sponsored by Bavaria 20:00-02:00
4 bands for R20

Lazy Lizzard - GEORGE
Friday 15 Dec 9pm R10

AL'S - KNYSNA
with Just Jinger
Sunday 17 Dec 9pm

BIG TREE - Strand
Tuesday December 26 Rock Festival Sponsored by Bavaria 20:00-02:00
4 bands for R20

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JULIAN'S
http://www.julianlaxton.com

Wednesdays from 9 P.M. Blues Rock with "The Julian Laxton Band"
Fridays from 9 P.M. Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers"
Saturdays from 8.30 "THE LEGEND OF CLAPTON" featuring the Julian Laxton Band.. (Book at Computicket. Info 678-2880)
Sundays from 2 P.M. Beer Braai & Music in the Garden with Colin Shamley.
Sundays from 6.30 P.M. Fusion jazz with "Highway Jam".
Sunday 31 Dec. Julian's "New Years Bash" with "The Mississippi Muthers" and Friends.(Book early)

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

Sunday 10 December, Caesars Casino, Kempton Park
From 18h00 To 20h00

Sunday 10 December, Venue: From Dusk To Dawn, 21h30,
33 De Korte St. Braamfontein, Bookings 403-1481.

Saturday 16 December, Bruma Lake Flea Market 13h00-15h00

Sunday 17 December, Caesars Casino, Kempton Park, 18h00-20h00

Friday 22 December, The Tivoli Open Air Amphitheatre, The Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth.
Bookings Call 041-5812245 / 041-5832246. Show Opens at 20h00.

Saturday 23 December, Panorama Flea Market, Jhb South.

Sunday 24 December, Caesars Casino, Kempton Park,18h00 To 20h00

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PLETHORA

9th Dec - Whammy Bar, Table View
20th Dec - Hangklip Hotel
29th Dec - Hangklip Hotel

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SARON GAS

December 5: Buccaneers (East London)
December 7: Tapas (Port Elizabeth)
December 8: Tin Roof (Knysna)
December 9: Independent Armchair (Cape Town)
December 11: The Station (Mossel Bay)
December 22: Rockerfellas (Natal South Coast)
December 23: Burn (Durban)

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SEMISANE

December:
Friday 8 & Saturday 9 - Gonubie (Settlers Sports Club)
Wednesday 13 & Friday 15 - East London (Buccaneers)
Saturday 16 - Plettenberg Bay (Flashbacks)
Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 - Knysna (Tin Roof Blues)
Friday 22 - George (Hermann's Café)
Friday 29 - Cape Town (Independent Armchair Theatre)

Further details at: http://www.click2music.co.za
Contact:
Daniel Barker (011) 242 3000
Martin Myers (021) 447 3422

Semisane on the net:
http://www.semisane.com

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WATERSHED

Tue 5 December
Industry
Rivonia
21h00

Wed 6 December
De Niro's
Sandton Sun
21h00

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12.LINKS
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LINKS PAGES:

3rd EAR MUSIC
http://www.3rdearmusic.com/links.html

AMUZINE
http://rock.co.za/links.htm

SA ROCK FILES
http://www.sarockdigest.com/links

VAGABOND
http://rock.co.za/vagabond/links

ONE WORLD
http://www.oneworld.co.za/links.cfm

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

SEARCH ENGINE:

GOOGLE
http://www.google.com
Quick and accurate, highly recommended

ARTISTS:

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

PIET BOTHA
http://rock.co.za/legends/pietbotha

JOHNNY CLEGG
http://www.johnnyclegg.com

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

LIESL GRAHAM
http://www.lieslgraham.com

JACK HAMMER
http://rock.co.za/jackhammer

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

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

JULIAN LAXTON
http://www.julianlaxton.com

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

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

RABBITT
http://www.rabbitt.co.za

RADIO RATS
http://rock.co.za/legends/radiorats

SEMISANE
http://www.semisane.com

SHARKBROTHER
http://listen.to/sharkbrother

SKINCAGE
http://www.realmusic.co.za/skincage

ARCHIVES:

3rd EAR MUSIC
http://www.3rdEarMusic.com

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

MESSAGE BOARD:

TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
Post your message on the SA Rock message board
http://www.sarockdigest.com/messageboard

NEWS:

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

AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK
http://www.air.org.za

POWERZONE
http://www.powerzone.co.za

STAGE
http://www.stage.co.za

SHOPPING:

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

RECORD COMPANIES, LABELS & STUDIOS:

AFRIMUSIK
http://www.afrimusik.com

BMG
http://www.click2music.co.za/

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

MELT2000
http://www.melt2000.com

MOUNTAIN RECORDS
http://www.mountain-africa.com

SUNSET RECORDING STUDIOS
Stellenbosch
http://www.sunsetrecording.com

RESOURCES:

BACKSTAGE
http://www.backstage.co.za/

SOUND SOLUTIONS
http://rock.co.za/soundsolutions

MAGAZINES:

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

STAGE
http://www.stage.co.za

RADIO:

SAFM (104-107KHz)
Sugar, Digest co-editor, chats to Bruce Millar every Wednesday at about 10.30am
http://www.safm.co.za

BOOKS:

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

TRIVIA:

CLIMB UP ON MY MUSIC
A site dedicated to Rodriguez, the Sugar Man
http://www.sarockdigest.com/rodriguez

SPACE HYMNS
Ramases
http://rock.co.za/ramases

VAGABOND'S WORLD
Rock Trivia
http://rock.co.za/vagabond

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

MUSIC ON-LINE:

DIGITAL CUPBOARD
African MP3s
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za

We are happy to exchange links with any good website supporting SA music. A good website 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@new.co.za

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BACK ISSUES
http://www.sarockdigest.com/archives
Online and keyword searchable

DOWNLOAD
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http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarockdigest.zip
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15.CONTACT DETAILS
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EDITORS

Brian Currin
mailto:vagabond@sarockdigest.com
http://www.sarockdigest.com
http://rock.co.za/vagabond

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mailto:sugar@cd.co.za
http://rock.co.za

Postal Address:
Brian Currin
PO Box 521
Eppindust
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Cape Town
South Africa

MAIN CONTRIBUTORS

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mailto:kurt@sarockdigest.com

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mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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