SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #90
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21st January 2001

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - Koos Kombuis in London, Sugardrive Live, Jimmy 12", Lebo M, Rock Against Rape Concert
2.CHARTS - Top Selling SA CDs, Top SA Albums, Top SA Songs, Top 20 MP3 downloads
3.CD REVIEWS - It
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Chase, Piet Botha, Jack Hammer
5.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO - Bassline, North Sea Jazz, OppiKoppi
6.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - Tribe After Tribe, John Ireland, Circus, Margaret Singana, Crocodile Harris, Springbok Hits
7.LINKS
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.NEWS
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KOOS KOMBUIS LONDON CONCERT SOLD OUT!

SA folk icon Koos Kombuis will be taking a break from raising his son
and heir to perform his debut concert in London on Tuesday night January 23 at The Walkabout in Shepherd's Bush. The response to this gig has been phenomenal and there are not many tickets left. Tickets are £8 and are only available at the door on the night.

Promoter Abie Strydom, who is the inspiration and energy behind the
event, told The SA Rock Digest: "The Koos show in London has reached
sold out status (1150 people). Never did we imagine this to be the case!

Tassies sent some wine, and between the South African Times and the TNT
magazine in London, the gig was advertised all over the UK. There are no more tickets available for pre-booking, only 100 available at the door. Hundreds of people are still fighting for tickets.

The response to this gig has led to me speaking to Carel Hoffman from
Oppikoppi to try and arrange a mini-OppiKoppi concert in London. Before
that we are planning a couple of smaller gigs in London. The smaller
gigs will hopefully feature a combination of Koos, Valiant Swart and
Akkedis. As time goes on and the gigs get better and bigger we will
hopefully expand and get more and more bands in and cater for bigger
crowds. This could lead to "a revolution" for SA bands, because they
will be paid much more than they have ever been paid as well as being
granted the opportunity to perform overseas".

The Digest will carry a full review of the KK (London) Konsert next
week. (SS)

e-mail Abie Strydom at: mailto:abie.strydom@limit.co.uk

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SUGARDRIVE LIVE!

Top SA rock band Sugardrive have begun the year in style with the
release of a new live album, ‘In The Circle’, and a four-city Australian tour including a spot on the bill for the ‘Big Day Out’ mega Oz music festival. ‘In The Circle’ was recorded live at the Blue Room in Sandton and contains live versions of both old and new songs.

The album, ‘In The Circle’ is reputedly the first live release from a
South African rock band {what about Wildebeest's 'Bushrock 1'? - Ed} and features 11 of the band’s classic tracks, mostly off the band’s two previous albums, ‘Sand.Man.Sky.’ and ‘When I Died I Was Elvis’. These include ‘Disco Lazarus’, ‘10ft High’ and ‘Michelangelo’s Holding Hands’, as well as four brand new songs and some live favourites never previously recorded. The first single off the album, ‘Meteor’ has already received airplay across the majority of the country’s premier radio stations. (SS)

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JIMMY 12" RULE NO MORE

After blazing a hard noise trail across the clubs of SA, Durban band
Jimmy 12" have shocked their fans with the announcement of their
termination following their final gig at Bargos on February 9. In an
article on Powerzone, Lisa van Wyk reported that the band members are
all moving in different musical directions {That’s how some of their
songs actually sounded! - Ed.} and that the split has been in the
pipeline for the past two months.

Drummer Adam Stanley is moving to Cape Town to study sound engineering, keyboardist Neil Breytenback will be exploring different musical avenues, brothers Gary (guitar) and Warren (bass) Hiebner will be forming a new project, and front man and
guitarist Nick Olsen has studio and band projects in the pipeline.
"Although it is exciting to move on, it is going to be sad to say
goodbye to Jimmy 12" and what we have gone through together. But the
last gig will rip." said Olsen.

Jimmy 12 Inch formed in May 1998 and played melodic, modern rock with
distinct 311, Ska and Punk influences. They gigged countrywide and
appeared at Woodstock 2000, Splashy Fen 99 and the Easter Rock Festival. They also toured with the Springbok Nude Girls and their EP,
‘Diaphoraspora’ was produced by Theo Crous (Nude Girls). (SS)

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LEBO IN DUET RELEASE WITH KEITH SWEAT

Lebo Mathosa, who took a break from top SA group Boom Shaka in 2000 to
carve out a solo career, may just have struck it big. Lebo’s recent
debut album ‘Dream’ gained her much critical and public attention which
she plans to improve on with the release of the first single off
international soul star Keith Sweat’s new album release 'Didn't See Me
Coming’. This first single, ‘I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)’ is a
beautiful duet featuring Lebo alongside Mr Sweat and is a first in its
joining a South African and international artist on a major single
release. It was mixed and produced by DJ Christos and Iggy Motshwane.

From his groundbreaking launch as the genius behind the ‘New Jack Swing’ phenomenon in 1987 with the now classic album 'Make It Last Forever, to his quadruple platinum 1996 effort ‘Keith Sweat’, to his critically acclaimed collaboration with fellow superstars Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill on the double platinum ‘LSG’, Sweat has dominated the pop and R&B worlds with an indefinable presence. He has delivered five straight #1 albums and sold a world-wide total of almost 14 million discs.

The 'Didn't See Me Coming' album is a 17-track opus featuring a host of
producers (Rodney Jerkins, Dee Dee and Andrew 'DL' Lane, Barry Salter,
Steve 'Stone' Huff, Bobby Crawford), and an assortment of stars (Busta
Rhymes and Rah Digga on 'Things', T-Boz on 'He Say She Say’, David
Hollister on 'Don't Have Me,' and Lil' Wayne on 'Why U Treat Me So
Cold'). Lebo's inclusion on this album alongside such highly acclaimed
international stars is a fitting tribute to the star qualities she
possesses. The album will be released 5 February 2001. (SS)

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INTERVENTION ARTISTS 'ROCK AGAINST RAPE' CONCERT

Pretoria rock label Intervention Arts are proud to be hosting four of
SA’s top acts in their very worthy ‘Artists Rock Against Rape’ concert
on February 3 at the popular Cool Runnings venue in Wonderboom,
Pretoria. The line-up has been chosen to best represent the variety of
rock sub genres currently in the Intervention Arts stable including Not
My Dog, The Awakening, Fuzigish, and Matthew van der Want.

The intention behind this concert is to raise awareness of this most
important issue among a young rock audience, a group notoriously difficult to reach with any serious message. The organizers are hopeful that the quality of the rock acts on display will draw these fans to the event where the charities involved in the event will have the opportunity to distribute information on safety, post-trauma counselling, rape awareness and statistics. The timing of the event is crucial, being the week preceding RAG week in Pretoria, a
time traditionally associated with the wildest excesses of the student
lifestyle and thus one of the most dangerous times of the year for young students. With the focus more on fun than preaching, but with profits going to the charities involved, this event will be the perfect warm-up to a safe and fun RAG season.

The event’s associated charities are:
P.O.W.A. People Opposed to Woman Abuse
Inter-Trauma Nexus - A Non-profit post-traumatic counselling
organization
S.H.E.P. (still to confirm) -- The Sexual Harassment Education Project

3 February 2001, Cool Runnings, Wonderboom, Pretoria
(SS)

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2.CHARTS
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2a. TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICAN CDs

Position. Artist - Title

1.Amadlozi - Brenda Fassie
2.Hei, Mevrou Brown - Laurika Rauch
3.DJ’s At Work - Channel O House Explosion
4.Die Ander Kant - Johannes Kerkorrel
5.Karoonag 2000 - Coenie de Villiers
6.Sixty - Hugh Masekela
7.Mnike - Arthur
8.Torn And Tattered - Henry Ate
9.Riviersonderend - Anton Goosen
10.African Suite - Abdullah Ibrahim

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

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2b.THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK

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

1. [2] Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
2. [1] TajMahala - Sharkbrother (indie)
3. [5] Sands Of Time - Desert Rose (Saville McLowe)
4. [RE] Gathering - Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound)
5. [4] High On Blues - Various Artists (Rhythm Records)
6. [-] Otis Waygood Blues Band - Otis Waygood Blues Band (Retro Fresh)
7. [3] Iron In The Sky - Robin Auld (Value Music)
8. [9] Blk Sonshine - Blk Sonshine (Fresh)
9. [8] Tattered and Torn - Henry Ate (EMI)
10. [10] A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG)
11. [-] Only When It Rains - Mean Mr Mustard
12. [6] Strange World - Just Jinger (BMG)
13. [7] éVoid - éVoid (Retro Fresh)
14. [-] Live - The Aquarian Quartet (Digital Cupboard)
15. [12] Fragile - Saron Gas (Musketeer)
16. [14] Relaxzor - Springbok Nude Girls (Sony)
17. [13] Greatest Hits - Koos Kombuis (Gallo)
18. [11] Via Afrika - Via Afrika (Retro Fresh)
19. [15] Global Vibes South Africa - Various (MELT 2000)
20. [18] Alternatief Op Sy Beste - Various Artists (Hoezit)

Sponsored by Networld
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2c. THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN SONGS OF THE WEEK

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

1. [12] Rise ‘n Shine - Moodphase 5ive (‘Steady On’/ African Dope)
2. [-] Dirt - 1931 Raygun (‘It’/ Nkomo)
3. [2] Finger Painting A Masterpiece - Blk Sonshine (‘Blk Sonshine'/
Fresh)
4. [6] Alright - Semisane ('A Life Less Strange'/ BMG)
5. [-] Fever - Otis Waygood Blues Band (‘OWBB’/ RetroFresh)
6. [-] Meteor - Sugardrive (In The Circle’/ Gallo)
7. [-] San Song - Desert Rose (‘Sands Of Time’/ Saville McLowe Music)
8. [4] Only Yesterday - Sharkbrother (‘TajMahala/ Indie)
9. [1] Steady On - Moodphase5ive (‘Steady On’/ African Dope)
10. [3] Remember Me - Just Jinger ('Strange World'/ BMG)
11. [5] Which Way To Go - Robin Auld (‘Iron in the Sky’/ Value Music)
12. [-] Waters Edge - Aquarian Quartet (‘Live’/ Digital Cupboard)
13. [10] Come Down - Grannysmith (‘Grannysmith’/ BMG)
14. [11] As Long As - Galatia (‘Back Together’ EP/ BMG)
15 [9] Mad Hatter - Henry Ate (‘Torn And Tattered’/ EMI)
16. [16] Higher Ground - Delenta ('Delenta'/ Renegade)
17. [13] Hey Boy - Via Afrika (‘Via Afrika’/ RetroFresh)
18. [7] Sudan - Delenta ('Delenta'/ Renegade)
19. [17] Aphrodite (Feeling Much More) - Coleske ('Faith In Love'/
Gallo)
20. [14] Shadows - éVoid ('éVoid'/ Retro Fresh)

Sponsored by Networld
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2d.DIGITAL CUPBOARD'S TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN MP3 DOWNLOADS

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

1. [10] Beautiful Thing - E'smile
(African R&B)
2. [4] Margarida - Choppa
(Latino Kwaito)
3. [1] Chaba Sena - Kennedy & Friends
(Gospel)
4. [6] Sibali - Khumbula
(African Pop Fusion)
5. [3] Colour Me In - Sunways
(Modern Rock)
6. [2] Together Forever - Bad 4 Real
(Ragga Kwaito)
7. [5] Crucial Situation - Don Carlos
(Reggae)
8. [8] Asyn - Brixton Moord & Roof Orkes
(Afrikaans Alternative)
9. [7] Voetsak, Go Once - Amaryoni
(Zulu a capella)
10. [19] Wena U Bani...? - O'Da Meesta
(Kwaito)
11. [-] Mina Ngeke Ngilunge - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
(African Pop)
12. [13] Abelungu - Amaryoni
(Zulu a capella)
13. [-] Alien Hand Symphony - asqus
(Experimental Dance)
14. [RE] Sandla Ngena La - African Roots
(African Reggae)
15. [12] Foreplay - Ghetto Luv
(R&B Kwaito)
16. [17] Kom Kom - Kom Kom
(Kwaito)
17. [RE] Makoti - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
(African Pop)
18. [-] SlipperyC - asqus
(Experimental Dance)
19. [14] Is Is Chisa - DJ Chepad
(Kwaito)
20. [15] Bonita (Kyllex Mix) - Choppa
(Kwaito)

Supplied by Digital Cupboard
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za
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3. CD REVIEWS
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IT

What does ‘It’ mean, what is ‘It’ for and what does ‘It’ sound like?

Look out for ‘It’, the simply titled but broad and brilliant collection
of songs from a variety of current, cutting edge, current, alternative
and other Cape Town artists. ‘It’ is released on the Nkomo Records
label, under the watchful eye of producers Mike Perry, Dave Maclean and
Charles Maggs. Maggs also takes full responsibility and plaudits for the evocative and 80’s-retro cover and poster design (who is that stunner on the cover?), and Maclean compiled and edited the track selection.

The intention behind ‘It’ is twofold. Essentially it is a worthy expose
of the better, new artists currently showcasing the many cultures and
styles present in the Mother City’s music. But ‘It’ is also an
anti-crime statement as evidenced by the music, lyrics and definitely
the images used on the cover and poster. An un-named young couple in the foreground of some pale yellow-tinged black and white photos of some of Cape Town’s remaining edifices symbolic of the architecture of the old regime, specially the Cape Town Civic Centre and surrounding area.

The acts featured include Moodphase 5ive (with their current Digest
chart-topper, ‘Rise ‘n Shine’), 1931 Raygun, Colorfields, David
Mayekane, Firing Squad, Benguela, Plain, Elx, Felix Laband, Hambe Kahle
Funeral Parlours, Buyabase, Project Odyssey, Nine, and Mike Perry. Some
very familiar names to the Cape rock faithful and some soon to be. A
full review of ‘It’ will follow soon. (SS)
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4. CLASSIC ROCK
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4a.SHILOH'S CORNER

CHASE

A nine piece jazz rock force that shattered the sonic and emotional possibilities of jazz. Headed by Bill Chase who had previously worked with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Stan Kenton, Bill Chase used four trumpets and in 1971 was voted number one LP in the down beat readers poll. This was probably due to the hit single 'Get it On' which reached number 24 on the charts. The group toured internationally, even coming to South Africa in the seventies and destroying the balance of a South African band called Pendulum.

The core of the band's character was rhythmic drive and a remarkable fullness in impact. Chase told Jim Szantor of Downbeat that a particular track, 'Invitation to a River', was probably their most dramatic aural which included cascading lines of brass that created kaleidoscope patterns. After releasing three albums, they reorganised an entirely new group and while on a come-back tour the small aircraft they were travelling in crashed near Jackson, Minnesota on 9 August 1974.

Worth mentioning Jim Peterik joined Survivor and released 'Eye of the Tiger' that became a number one hit. They were not a singles band and the true power of their group could be found in the album 'Ennea' and 'Pure Music'. A rather underrated guitarist called Angel South gave the jazz force a unique rock expression that caught the minds and hearts of hippie and jazz audience.

Shiloh Noone, Cape Town
mailto:shiloh_noone@hotmail.com
http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh
Blues and Variation
Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM
Wednesdays 10 pm

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4b.USA FOR AFRICA

AN APPRECIATION OF PIET BOTHA AND JACK HAMMER
http://www.pietbotha.com

Here's a highly talented rocker: Piet Botha. Piet and Jack Hammer play rock songs guaranteed to demand you listen. They can play big noise hard rock tunes such as 'Sarajevo', 'Street of Love', or 'Welcome to Azania', and equally well they can play slower, melody driven, rock songs such as 'The Fisherman', 'Good Friend of Mine', and 'April'.

Piet Botha the songwriter has a realistic outlook on the world, he's a
veteran who has seen the fight and knows how fragile peace and life, can be. Check out 'Death of a Gypsy' -- that CD is a work of art. It has consistent themes running through the songs, an internal reality, and the songs make definite comments on the individual in this sometimes cruel and lonely world. Do friends and lovers make a difference? I think Adrian and Dominique know that they do.

I get a kick out of Piet's American connection, too, that he spent time in America and played in an LA band -- with a drummer named Billy Bob no less. It is ironic that the 'Jack Hammer Anthology' CD came all the way from South Africa to Texas carrying a song that mentions Austin, Texas, a city fifty miles from here and where I lived for eight years.

Piet Botha has two solo CDs, 'Jan Skopgraaf', and ''n Suitcase Vol Winter' (both in Afrikaans). Two Jack Hammer CDs are in print, 'Death of a Gypsy' and 'Anthology'. And don't forget Wildebeest's 'Bushrock 1' because Piet plays bass and harmonica on that one.

I've said it before: this is a good time to be a South African music fan: Retro Fresh is re-releasing some excellent classic South African CDs, the new stuff all across your music scene sounds great, and Piet Botha is releasing a live album soon, titled 'Bootleg'. I can't praise Hammer's music enough. I envy you all being able to catch the man and band live.

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

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4c.JOHN SAMSON

THE JUDAS CHAPTER - JACK HAMMER
http://www.pietbotha.com

Jack Hammer's 'The Judas Chapter' opens with 'Bourbon Street' featuring a bagpipe sounding instrumentation playing a tune which is as close to
'Scotland the Brave' as Vanilla Ice's 'Ice Ice Baby' was to Queen's 'Under Pressure'. But don't panic, you haven't inadvertently put on the Greatest hits of the Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Band and the guitar and gruff vocals that follow confirm that you're in rock music territory.

The gruff voice is reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and some of the songs have a similar feel - laid back & sombre, yet insightful and carefully crafted. The guitar and saxophone work on the album are particularly prominent and notable. 'Must Have Been dreaming' is a good example of this, a melancholic bluesy number.

The album is dedicated to the memory of Derek Riley, a friend of the band, and the epic 'Mr Riley' (clocking in at over nine minutes) would feel quite at home on any of the Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd albums. It has that haunting vast sound that typified Pink Floyd's albums. Building from a quiet start to the emotional, guitar-charged chorus, this song threatens to boil over into barrage of self-indulgent grungy guitar noise, but balances delicately on the cusp keeping the listener in suspense and never being tempted into the easy way out. This classic rock tune is the centrepiece of the album and is a worthy tribute to any friend.

The overall impression of the album is one of blues-tinged rock played by highly accomplished musicians and sung by a guy with a cheese grater stuck in his throat, all combining to create a high quality album that can proudly wear the Rock Music stamp of approval.

John Samson, London, UK
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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4d. SPOTLIGHT ON PIET BOTHA
http://www.pietbotha.com

Since the 70s, Piet Botha (born 18th July 1955) has been working, playing and building a legendary reputation on the South African rock scene. He began writing songs and forming bands while still at school and then hooked up with Abner Smith at university to develop their acoustic duo. Botha then connected with the members of Tusk (Doc Barendse, Dino Salvatori and Derek Riley) to establish the band Raven. This hard-rocking four-piece won the "Beat 79" nation-wide competition for new rock groups and released the single 'Wheel Of Fortune' on David Marks' Third Ear Label.

Botha then formed Catherine Wheel with the two members of Wildebeest, namely Dave Tarr and Colin Pratley. With Botha on bass, piano and mouth organ, the group expanded to a five piece and in 1981 the classic live 'Bushrock 1' album was released. In 1984, Botha's new band, Jack Hammer, was started with Boet Faber, Jan Maloney and Eric Birckenstock, but the band's activities were put on hold when Botha relocated to the US in 1985. There he met Billy Bob Thornton with whom he began a strong friendship; Thornton also played drums and sang on the first Jack Hammer album. Twelve years later, Billy Bob Thornton won the "Best Actor" Academy Award for his part in the film 'Slingblade'.

After returning to SA in 1986, Botha restarted Jack Hammer and for the next ten years they released four excellent and acclaimed SA rock albums - 'Jack Of All Trades' (1987), 'The Judas Chapter' (1990), 'Ghosts On The Wind' (1994) and 'Death Of A Gypsy' (1996). During 1995, Eckard Potgieter decided to grow his successful CD club, Mainline Music, into an SA record company, and Wildebeest Records was born with Piet Botha very much part of their plans. Wildebeest released the Jack Hammer albums alongside albums by Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, the Transformers and the quirky Naaimasjiene.

In March 1995 Jack Hammer played support for the Gauteng leg of the Uriah Heep/ Deep Purple "Masters Of Rock" South African tour. Jack Hammer also supported one of Piet's main influences, ZZ Top, on their SA tour. In 1997, Piet Botha and Wildebeest Records released Botha's first solo album, the all-Afrikaans, "n Suitcase Vol Winter', which has received critical and public approval. A second Afrikaans album, 'Jan Skopgraaf' was released in November 1999 and Piet toured South Africa with Jonathan Martin and Tertius du Plessis during November and December 1999 to promote this album and his back catalogue.

A Jack Hammer compilation titled simply 'Anthology' was released in January 2000 and featured tracks from all 4 previous Jack Hammer albums plus 4 new recordings plus a new re-recording of their classic song 'Fort Lauderdale'. (SS/BC)

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4e.IMAGINE THAT!
An imaginary compilation from the mind of Brian Currin. These compilations are not available on CD-Rs or tapes, so please don't ask... sorry.

GYPSIES AND GHOSTS - THE VERY BEST OF PIET BOTHA AND JACK HAMMER

January's Son (original version)
Love You More
Good Friend Of Mine
Must Have Been Dreaming
Mr Riley
Fort Lauderdale (original version)
Orion
Street Of Love
Keep On Missing You
Codename Ruby
Sarajevo
Donkermaan*
Sien Jou Weer*
Suitcase Vol Winter*
Goeienag Generaal*
Blues Vir Louise*
Laat Die Wiele Rol*
Verslag*
RSVP
April

All songs by Jack Hammer except "*" by Piet Botha

Piet Botha's website is at:
http://www.pietbotha.com

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4f.SPRINGBOK RADIO CHARTS: 30 YEARS AGO
Friday, 22 January 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1.[1] Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow - The Dealians
2.[2] Looky, Looky - Giorgio
3.[6] I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds
4.[4] I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
5.[3] Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
6.[5] Zanzibar - Wanda Arletti
7.[12] Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
8.[7] San Bernadino - Christie
9.[9] Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort
10.[8] You Can Get It If You Really Want - Desmond Dekker

Supplied by John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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

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4g.TOP 10 SA CLASSIC ROCK ALBUMS

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

As voted by visitors to the SA Rock Files website
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sarock

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4h.TOP 10 ALL-TIME GREAT SA POP AND ROCK SONGS

This week [last week] Song - Artist

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

As voted by visitors to the SA Rock Files website
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sapop

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4i.BIRTHDAYS

January:
8: Elvis "The King" Presley (1935)
8: Shirley Bassey (1937)
8: David Bowie (1947)
9: Tony Groenewald (Off The Edge) (1958)
13: Trevor Rabin (Rabbitt, Yes, solo) (1954)
16: Roy Bulkin (born in 1952, died 19 January 1996)
20: Crocodile Harris (Robin Graham) (1950)

If you have any info on other artist birthdays (mostly SA-related) during January and February, please e-mail Brian at mailto:brian@sarockdigest.com
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5.LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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AMETHYST

25 January - The Big Easy, Langerman drive, Kensington
27 January - Bikers' Boogie Bar, 29 Coetzee str, Pienaarsdorp, Klerksdorp

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

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BASSLINE

JANUARY
Tues 23rd: OHM - R30 - 9:30pm
Wed 24th: TIDAL WAVES - R30 - 9:30pm
Thurs 25th: UMANJI - R30 - 9:30pm
Fri 26th & Sat 27th: ZIM NGQAWANA - R50 - 9:30pm
Sun 28th: JAZZ DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM held by EMSHISHI JAZZ ENSEMBLE
- R20 - 2pm to 6pm
Sun 28th: QUARTET LEGACY with Andile Yenana, Herbie Tsoali, Lulu
Gontsana, Sidney Mnisi - R40 - 9:00pm
Tues 30th & Wed 31st: BOO! - R40 - 9:30pm

Contact: Sydney: (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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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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HIGH STREET THEATRE, DURBANVILLE
http://www.highstreet.co.za

Andre De Villiers will be performing at the High Street Theatre in
Durbanville on the 26 and 27 January. Time: 20:00
Bookings: (021) 914 7031

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THE JAM
http://www.thejam.co.za

Contact: (021)465 2106
mailto:live@thejam.co.za.

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

Wednesdays: January 24, 31 Live & Loud at the "BIG TREE" Strand. Entrance Free!

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

Wednesdays from 9 P.M. Blues Rock with "The Julian Laxton Band". R25
Thursdays from 9 P.M. Unplugged blues with "The Muthers Limited Edition". No cover charge
Fridays from 9 P.M. Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers". R30
Saturdays from 8.30 "THE LEGEND OF CLAPTON" featuring The Julian Laxton Band. A musical review of the life and music of Eric Clapton from his school days till present. R75 per ticket. Book at Computicket. Info 011 678-2880
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". R30

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NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL

African Harvest North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2001
4 Stages - 2 Nights - over 30 African & International Acts
Website: http://www.nsjfcapetown.com
Contact: Rashid Lombard/ Clarence Ford
c/o ESP-Afrika - http://www.espafrika.com or
Email: mailto:rashid.l@mweb.co.za

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OPPIKOPPI 2001
http://www.oppikoppi.co.za

9th-12th August: Pretoria, Fountains Valley
17th-19th August: Worcester, Kleinplasie

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ROEKELOOS - GIG GUIDE
http://www.roekeloos.co.za/musiek.html
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6.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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TRIBE AFTER TRIBE
http://www.rock.co.za/files/tribe_after_tribe.html

Any idea where I can get the old Tribe After Tribe albums/CDs? I live in the US, and my old tapes are wearing out.

Thanks for any help.

Jonathan Kaye
mailto:jhkaye@aol.com

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JOHN IRELAND
http://rock.co.za/legends/johnireland

I hope that you may be able to help me. I am looking for John Ireland's music. I has been a very long time since I have had the opportunity to listen to it, and now it's gone - wiped from the face of the earth. I also live in Springs, which makes music that partly originated there, that much more special. Please, please, help.

Best regards,
Jacobus Reyneke
mailto:jacobus@8.co.za

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SA ROCK
http://rock.co.za/sarock

I am desperately trying to get some of the earlier SA stuff on CD or even in MP3 Format, (to buy of course!!); John Ireland, Circus, Ballyhoo, etc.

Regards,

Glenn Thompson, Jhb
mailto:gthompson@aharvest.co.za

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SPRINGBOK HITS
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_springbok.html

Do you know where I could see a complete listing of all the "Springbok Hits" and tracks?

Rob
mailto:bryan@wwcp.freeserve.co.uk

{You're kidding, right? - Ed}

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MARGARET SINGANA
http://rock.co.za/legends/margaretsingana

I am searching for a CD by an artist called Margaret Singana. The album is Lady Africa. Please let me know how and where I can purchase it.

Marilyn Moonesar
mailto:mmoonesar@yahoo.com

{'Lady Africa' is available at http://www.oneworld.co.za - Ed}

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WE ARE GROWING
http://rock.co.za/legends/margaretsingana

I'm looking for the lyrics to the song 'We Are Growing' {by Margaret Singana with Julian Laxton - Ed} from the "Shaka Zulu" miniseries.

I wonder if you could point me in the right direction?

Thanks

Michel Boileau
mailto:michel.boileau@sympatico.ca

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GIVE ME THE GOOD NEWS

Hello, I am a Brazilian guy and I've looked for the "Gimme the good news" lyrics, this wonderful Crocodile Harris song, and I don't find it anywhere. Could you send me it, please? I love this song, but I need its lyrics. Help me, please. Thank you.

Joel B. B. Filho
mailto:joelbbf@uol.com.br

{Ok, since you asked so nicely... - Ed}

Give Me The Good News
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If we accept the word forever
maybe we should live together
and not be scared to watch the late night news
You can't use guns to build a nation
a bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
war's the one game where we all lose
give me the good news

If I accept the word tomorrow
can I file away my sorrow
and not be scared to watch the late night news
You can't use force to sell a promise
Dictatorship was never honest

Give, give me the good news
war's the one game where we all lose
give me the good news

Publisher: McCully Music
Composer: Harris/Coxall

{This emotional song reached #14 on the SA Charts in October 1982. It was #7 in the Radio 5 Hits of the year in 1982 and the Radio 5 top SA hit of that year - Ed}
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7.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'S WORLD
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

VETSEUN
http://www.afrikaner.co.za/tronk10
Koos, Piet, Valiant, Duusman, Akkedis, Battery 9 and more...

SEARCH ENGINE:

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

ARTISTS:

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

PIET BOTHA
http://www.pietbotha.com

JOHNNY CLEGG
http://www.johnnyclegg.com

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

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

LIESL GRAHAM
http://www.lieslgraham.com

JACK HAMMER
http://www.pietbotha.com

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://www.sharkbrother.com

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

AMANDA TIFFIN
http://listen.to/amandatiffin

NOA TYLO
http://www.noatylo.co.za

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

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

JAZZNEWS RENDEZVOUS
http://www.egroups.com/group/JazznewsRendezvous
This Newsletter is posted weekly on Sundays and looks at the
world of Jazz in South Africa and beyond

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

PUTUPOT
http://www.putupot.com

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

SHOPPING:

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

ROCKINBEAT
http://rockinbeat.de/
Rare SA (and UK) albums from the 60s

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

TL MASTERING
http://www.tl-mastering.co.za

RESOURCES:

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

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

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

LYRICS:

GIPSIE
Lyrics for various South African (mainly Afrikaans) songs
http://www.gipsie.co.za

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 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.co.za

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

DOWNLOAD
Download all back issues of the Digest as a zip file (just over 1.3MB).
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarockdigest.zip
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9.CONTRIBUTIONS
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South African and International -- past, present and future.

All contributions, reviews, press releases, requests, searches and
comments are most welcome.

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10.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:
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PO Box 521
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MAIN CONTRIBUTORS

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http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh
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