SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #92
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4th February 2001

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - Piet Botha, Digital Cupboard, Dave Matthews, Robben Island, Cutt Glas
2.CHARTS - Top Selling SA CDs, Top SA Albums, Top SA Songs, Top 20 MP3 downloads
3.CD REVIEWS - Toxic Shame, Matthew vd Want
4.CLASSIC ROCK - Psychedelia, Off The Edge, Julian Laxton
5.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO
6.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - Hawk, Best Of SA Pop, Freedoms Children
7.LINKS
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS
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1.NEWS
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JACK HAMMER - BOOTLEG
http://www.pietbotha.com

New live CD compilation from Piet Botha & Jack Hammer titled 'Bootleg' has been released and is available from http://www.oneworld.co.za. This CD has been compiled from various live performances between May 1998 and April 2000. The track selection goes from acoustic duets to full-blown electric Hammer tracks ('Welcome To Azania' rocks, man). It also includes 2 studio recordings from 1998 one of which is an earlier, rawer version of 'For Annette' released on the 'Anthology' CD in January 2000.

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NOW PLAYING @ THE DIGITAL CUPBOARD GOTH-TO-GOSPEL-ARAMA
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za

If these four new MP3 highlights from this week’s Digital Cupboard Newsletter don’t illustrate the diversity of SA music available on download these days, then nothing else will..

SEMISANE PROMO
Semisane are a Cape Town based band that play melodic pop rock. If
comparisons help, think of the likes of Natalie Imbruglia and Texas and even that vastly underrated indie band, Mandalay.
A promo track featuring a medley of their first three singles.

ROBBIE JANSEN - PRAISES
The midweek biduur (prayer hour) is a sacred moment observed in the
townships of the Cape flats and the communities of the rural countryside. Cape jazz artist Robbie Jansen communicates the dignity and emotions of the biduur.

GROINCHURN - WHOAMI
Combining elements of grindcore, hardcore, spiced with a wide range of other influences, Groinchurn brings you South Africore - aggression, energy and a whole lot of noise...

IMPULSE
Peter Thafeni and his family-based church choir make up Impulse. The songs have a mostly subdued feel in keeping with their message of reconciliation. African gospel music characterised by the strength of the female voices, both solo and in harmony.

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DAVE MATTHEWS TO STAR OPPOSITE CHARLIZE THERON?

Looks like Dave Matthews might join the growing number of singers who are making a move into the world of acting {Damn, you mean like Jon Bon Jovi - Ed}. The Dave Matthews Band, er, leader, who was cast in last year's 'Where The Red Fern Grows', (a project which unfortunately ran out of funds before it could be completed) may take a role opposite Charlize Theron and Courtney Love in ‘24 Hours’. This would be of some interest to SA audiences as both Charlize and Dave spent their formative years in this country - like I said, "some interest". Dave is probably a crap actor but Charlize is a human Magnum (the ice cream, not the hand-gun*) so we’ll reserve judgement and seats.

'24 Hours' is being co-produced by Glen Ballard, who produced the Dave Matthews Band's forthcoming RCA album, 'Everyday'. That means that not only are musos becoming screen actors but their record producers are simultaneously becoming film producers. So I won't ask who is handling the soundtrack for '24 Hours', assuming Dave gets the part. To access a free download of ‘I Did It’, the first single from ‘Everyday’, please do so at: http://www.davematthewsband.com And, um, watch your screens!! (SS)

* "Are you feeling licky? Make my dairy!" to quote Dennis Pennis

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BIG NAMES TO PERFORM AT EXCLUSIVE ROBBEN ISLAND CONCERT

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Robben Island Jazzathon Concert to be held on Saturday February 17, will serve as a poignant platform for two South African musical icons whose lives and musical careers have been undeniably shaped by South Africa's apartheid heresy - Jonathan Butler and Miriam Makeba. They will be joined by Jimmy Dludlu, another of South Africa's biggest musical names. This exclusive two and a half-hour show will take place in the Robben Island prison hall with ticket sales limited to 350 seats. Tickets are available at Computicket, with auditorium seats selling at R300.00 (this includes a ferry ride to the Island.)
{How much for a ride back? - Ed}

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CUTT GLAS BREAK OUT

Cutt Glas, South Africa's only all-girl a capella group, is celebrating its tenth year with the release of a brand new album ‘Slegs Glas/Glass Only’. The award-winning group are well known both nationally as well as overseas and are renowned for their witty and popular cabaret shows. They have mastered the art of combining razor sharp witticisms with uniquely arranged South African and international hit songs.

'Slegs Glas/Glass Only' is this hard-working group’s fifth CD, and also marks a departure in that it is the first time they've arranged and recorded material specifically for the recording studio. Top producer Didi Kriel, who produced one of the first Cutt Glas shows ever, worked with the group again, resulting in a sophisticated, slick and polished piece of work.

'Slegs Glas/Glass Only' contains a selection of Cutt Glas' favourite songs, including The Everly Brothers' 'All I Have To Do Is Dream', which was the very first song the group performed. Also included on the set are superb versions of 'Rum & Coca Cola', The Eurythmics’ hit 'There Must Be An Angel' and R.E.M's 'Everybody Hurts'. A stunningly classy version of 'Basimanyana' by fellow BMG Africa singer Vusi Mahlasela is also included.

http://www.click2music.co.za
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2.CHARTS
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2a. TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICAN CDs

Position. Artist - Title

1. Fassie, Brenda - Amadlozi
2. Rauch, Laurika - Hei, Mevrou Brown
3. DJ's At Work - Channel O House Explosion
4. Kerkorrel, Johannes - Die Ander Kant
5. De Villiers, Coenie - Karoonag 2000
6. Masekela, Hugh - Sixty
7. Arthur - Mnike
8. Henry Ate - Torn And Tattered
9. Goosen, Anton - Riviersonderend - 21 Greatest Hits
10. Ibrahim,Abdullah - African Suite

Supplied by One World
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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. [3] IT - Various Cape Town Artists (Nkomo Records)
2. [5] A Life Less Strange - Semisane (BMG)
3. [2] TajMahala - Sharkbrother (indie)
4. [-] Play My Way - Matthew van der Want (Bitchin’ Pitchin’)
5. [-] Shattered - Falling Mirror (Tusk)
6. [20] Via Afrika - Via Afrika (Retro Fresh)
7. [6] Otis Waygood Blues Band - Otis Waygood Blues Band (Retro Fresh)
8. [4] Sands Of Time - Desert Rose (Saville McLowe)
9. [11] Gathering - Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound)
10. [-] Full Circle - Toxic Shame (Intervention Arts)
11. [9] Blk Sonshine - Blk Sonshine (Fresh)
12. [1] Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
13. [7] Greatest Hits - Koos Kombuis (Gallo)
14. [14] éVoid - éVoid (Retro Fresh)
15. [17] Global Vibes South Africa - Various (MELT 2000)
16. [15] Tattered and Torn - Henry Ate (EMI)
17. [13] Live - The Aquarian Quartet (Digital Cupboard)
18. [18] Relaxzor - Springbok Nude Girls (Sony)
19. [12] Iron In The Sky - Robin Auld (Value Music)
20. [16] Fragile - Saron Gas (Musketeer)

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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. [2] Dirt - 1931 Raygun ('It'/Nkomo)
2. [4] Meteor - Sugardrive (In The Circle'/Gallo)
3. [-] One Time - Matthew van der Want (‘Play My Way’/Bitchin’ Pitchin’)
4. [3] Alright - Semisane ('A Life Less Strange'/BMG)
5. [16] Hey Boy - Via Afrika ('Via Afrika'/RetroFresh)
6. [-] Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror (‘Shattered’/Tusk)
7. [1] Rise 'n Shine - Moodphase 5ive ('Steady On'/African Dope)
8. [8] Make 'Em Bounce - Jimmy B ('Make 'Em Bounce'/EMI)
9. [5] San Song - Desert Rose ('Sands Of Time'/Saville McLowe Music)
10. [7] Fever - Otis Waygood Blues Band ('OWBB'/RetroFresh)
11. [11] Remember Me - Just Jinger ('Strange World'/BMG)
12. [12] Which Way To Go - Robin Auld ('Iron in the Sky'/Value Music)
13. [-] 3rd Set - Sharkbrother ('TajMahala/Indie)
14. [-] Sunshine - Henry Ate ('Torn And Tattered'/EMI)
15. [9] Finger Painting A Masterpiece - Blk Sonshine ('Blk Sonshine'/Fresh)
16. [15] Steady On - Moodphase5ive ('Steady On'/African Dope)
17. [6] Only Yesterday - Sharkbrother ('TajMahala/Indie)
18. [10] Water's Edge - Aquarian Quartet ('Live'/Digital Cupboard)
19. [17] Sudan - Delenta ('Delenta'/Renegade)
20. [19] Come Down - Grannysmith ('Grannysmith'/BMG)

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

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

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

Supplied by Digital Cupboard
http://www.digitalcupboard.co.za
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3. CD REVIEWS
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FULL CIRCLE - TOXIC SHAME (Universal, CDSRBL 280)
http://www.rock.co.za/files/toxicshame_fullcircle.html

Seven self-financed albums down the road and they finally managed to secure a record deal with a major company! All credit must go to Chris Venter of Universal Music for appreciating and acknowledging the songwriting and musical abilities of two very talented individuals. Jon Buckley and Deon du Toit are Toxic Shame and they've been around for a number of years. Like Off the Edge, who are pretty unique and
the best AOR band in this country, Toxic Shame have no equal in the hard rock stakes. There are many South African bands and artists that can hold their heads high when compared to some of their more illustrious and better known overseas contemporaries, and Toxic Shame are right there near the top of the list.

This fifteen track album, which includes an excellent selection
of their best tracks, should please lovers of good, solid balls to the wall AC-DC/ Judas Priest/ Budgie inspired hard rock as well as those who enjoy music of a more commercial, radio friendly nature. The South African music buying public needs to open their eyes and ears a bit and realize that we have some seriously hot talent here. Bands like Toxic Shame and Off the Edge also deserve to be heard on many more radio stations other than 5FM, who are firm supporters of home grown talent. Shame on those radio station managers who won't give these bands a chance because "it's not within their format". They need to unblock their techno/ rap/ dance/ schmaltz encrusted ears and realize that there's a wealth of excellent music out there - the guys just
need the breaks. So what if the music is more rock orientated - not
everybody likes to hear the crap that's been forced down their throats every day!

Well done also to Jon and Deon for having the courage to record this rose amongst the thorns. Don't be too surprised if this album does well overseas.

Leon Economides
Dinosaur Days
http://www.dinosaurdays.co.za

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PLAY MY WAY - MATTHEW VAN DER WANT

‘Play My Way’ is the second solo album from St Matthew and, as he explains on the new, improved "Chilly Mix" of ‘Waterfall’: "It’s been a year since my last confession, life at the whim of a strange obsession". Appropriate and slightly daunting words from the SA singer-songwriter best described as both the Lou and Oliver Reed of SA music. ‘Waterfall’ is just one of the reworked tracks on ‘Play My Way, and was a highlight on ‘Low Ridings’, his second collaborative effort with Chris Letcher from two years ago. Before that there was that (still) impressive debut, ‘Turn On You’, followed by the ‘e.p. Tombi’ EP, the Van der Want/Letcher duo’s first controversial release.

Van der Want/ Letcher have since recorded another album with Lloyd Ross, and Matthew has also been collaborating with Gary Herselman (ex Die Kerels) and some other SA artists on an upcoming Koos Kombuis tribute album. But those two albums will have to wait their turn as ‘Play My Way’ gets first crack at our attention, and pay attention we must as it is Van der Want’s ‘Unforgiven’ album. The reference to Clint Eastwood is Matthew’s and, as with that Eastwood (Oscar-winning!) Western, ‘Play My Way’ was written, produced, recorded, distributed, marketed and, of course, played and sung by him (Matthew that is, not Clint!) and is also released on Matthew’s own Bitchin’ Pitchin’ label.

‘Play My Way’ finds Van der Want staying in his characteristic slow, lyrical song arena but utilizing more electronic devices to flesh out these arrangements and getting quite poppy in the process. First single, ‘One Time’, may be a tad slow initially for radio play but its patiently-developed hook and theme, as with ‘Madmaking’ and ‘Badmouthing’, clearly exposes a subtle songwriting touch. ‘Dying Of Love’ is credited to Trad/v.d.Want/Ferguson so I’m assuming that it was Jennifer Ferguson and not Gus Ferguson, as it is a mournfully elucidated dirge that could have Sinead O’Connor running for (a) cover.

‘Psychotropic’ recalls Julian Cope with its acidic swirls and abrupt pace-changes and ‘Caitlin’ is a mostly instrumental track with shades of late period Human League. ‘Badmouthing’ then makes a speedier reappearance in its ‘Super-surf Mix’ before Gary Herselman joins in on bass and backing vocals for the very strange closer, ‘The Worst Song In The World... Ever!’, with its spoken narrative over a staccato beat.

You ignore Matthew van der Want at your peril, and ultimate loss, as he is definitely one of SA rock’s brighter hopes. He still proudly retains his right to annoy his listeners for no good reason (as he does with that hidden Helium-voiced insert), and should really have thought longer about including that ‘Drugs Uncool’ track (off e.p Tombi) on this album as Koos Kombuis already did this cod-reggae so much better with ‘Babilon Blues’ off ‘Niemandsland and Beyond’. It’s a silly song, out of place, and to quote Bill Hicks: "Rock stars against drugs is like Christians against Christ". But those very minor grouches aside, ‘Play My Way’ has enough strong moments and ideas to confirm that the boy’s got something special. Matthew’s ‘Forgiven’. (7,5) (SS)
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4. CLASSIC ROCK
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SHILOH'S CORNER

PSYCHEDELIA
(Garage/ Paisley Pop/ Freak Beat/ Underground)

No dimension is more diverse and surrealistic, than the era of Psychedelia. But let us turn the clock back to the Rock and Roll culture of the fifties. Short lived as it had been, it would teach the next generation to define the idea of being hip and cool through the element of music.

The rise of the beatnik. In 1959 novelist Ken Kesey stimulated the use of hallucinogenic chemicals while participating in study at Stanford University. Kesey and his throng of followers comprising of hipsters and musicians created and underground market of chemists and powerful doses of LSD had a dramatic effect on the music of the day. America was discovering itself in one way or another and while the intellectuals experimented, a growing discontentment brew within FBI circles. The influence of Aldous Huxley on a young Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary regarding the use of mescaline, had opened more doors of perception to the growing fever that had run amok across the wastelands of the USA.

Historically 1965 could be seen as the birth of the Garage era which ended late 1968 although the archaeological dig could probably be rooted closer to 1964. The centrifugal force was AM radio and the folkies of 1965 was starting to go electric and for what its worth, something was happening out there. Folk rock combinations such as the Charlatans and the Byrds were most likely the first group therapy transformation. In the UK the Wilde Flowers, later to form a blend of Soft Machine, would have a permanent effect on Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd. Although one would like to think that influences were moving across the waters, there was a definite universal energy that had come upon the age of man. This is probably the most profound and significant fact over and above all the magic and tragedy.

Amidst the beads and incense were politically based elements that had a definite message for the generation. Detroit spewed forth a metallic thunder of garage with the likes of politically radical elements such as MC5, Amboy Dukes and The Rationals. This was a far-fetched cry from the Eastern intrigue that had embraced the Californian segment of Haight Ashbury. Detroit city had now been labelled as the official birth of Punk, but psychotic fever was rising up in all four corners of the USA. In the mid-west Soul was an influence on the sounds of the local bands, with the likes of The Cryan Shames, The Human Beinz and The Outsiders. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys released 'Pet Sounds' in 1966, knocking the wind right out of the sails of The Beatles who were then hard at work on 'Sergeant Pepper'. A strange alchemy was taking place across the waters where Merseybeat in the UK had run its course and a new fuzz R&B came arrogantly forth with sneer and vigour with the likes of Them, The Pretty Things and The Yardbirds. Commonly known as the sound of '66, radio waves were filtered with the power of The Nightcrawlers, The Sonics, The Barbarians and The Chocolate Watch band. Big brother had a solution - send them off to Vietnam and ban local music.

The napalm heat of Vietnam had reached critical height and the FBI were doing everything in their power to shield the boys from the provocative propaganda that was rising up in the states. Of all the 'Nam music that reached the fox holes of Hanoi, it is now an accepted fact that the track 'Lets Live For Today' by the Grassroots, had the most dramatic comfort effect for the veterans. Initially a hit for an Italian band called the Rokes, Sloane and Barri changed the tempo more aptly for the American market. It reached top ten during the bitter sweet summer of love. In one sense the age of Aquarius was upon us and even the collar and tie business men sat cross-legged on the floor to the sound of paisley sitar. September, 1967 The Association released the Addrisi Brothers' version of 'Never My Love', a song thought to have launched a thousand love affairs. Scott McKenzie's 'Flowers in your hair' gave the world a positive theme which decayed radically overnight.

Heroes were found in a day, and lost in an hour. When The Ventures left Seattle, The Wailers were the most famous group. Paul Revere and the Raiders were most likely the biggest group to emerge out the North West. The San Francisco scene gave forth of Moby Grape, Grateful Dead and other candy coated delights, while the Mid West pounded with the sound of The McCoys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Few bands could match the intriguing splendour and guitar sound of The Electric Prunes with their distorted guitar and feedback. The introduction of Indian sitar into Paisley Pop first rooted by the Yardbirds in 1964 and Ray Davies of The Kinks, later to be popularised by George Harrison of the Beatles on 'Norwegian Wood', took power in the world of pop. Even the honestly straight flew their freak flag. (BJ Thomas - 'Hooked on a feeling', Joe South - 'Games People Play', The Boxtops - 'Cry Like a baby').

The power of James Marshall Hendrix had hypnotised the world. No-one had ever expounded the electric guitar the way Hendrix did. So dominating was his soul power that his back-up band, The Experience headed by Noel Redding, would often have a double feature as Fat Mattress.

Everybody was jumping on the band wagon. The Rolling Stones, thanks to the sitar ability of Brian Jones, came to oneness with 'Paint It Black' and 'Mother's Little Helper' while 'Dandelion' and '2000 Light Years From Home' stretched way beyond the blues repertoire. Acid days had arrived and it seemed as though the whole world was in a yellow submarine. Some of the American genius had been seduced across the waters to the UK, namely a mind-blowing talented band called The Misunderstood. Due to the financial promises of John Peel, the supernatural ability of Glen Campbell and Tony Hill, caught the attention of guitarist Jeff Beck. The band fell to pieces in the UK and split into two sections, Juicy Lucy and High Tide. Even the soul gospel of 'The House of the Rising Sun' was not free of psychedelic curse and in 1969 Frigid Pink released a power version that reached no. 7 on the Billboard charts. Various psychedelic assortments managed to even commercialise their appeal and one could find yourself jiving to the sound of 'Green Tambourine' of the Lemon Pipers or 'Venus' by Shocking Blue.

Described in the UK as Paisley Pop every thing was groovy and probably could be immortalised by the words "Bamboo Butterflies twice their normal size, flying around in my mind." ('Purple Shades' by Reg Presley of The Troggs). Record companies eye-balled Boston as a soft target due to the 250 colleges and universities and a number of commercial and community radio stations exposing grassroots level bands such as Orpheus, Beacon Street Union, Eden's Children, Ultimate Spinach and The Rocking Ramrods. So much so that the Wall Street Journal ran a story called "The selling of a new sound", quickly to be capitalised by the media. Axe welding flower children expelling eastern raga from their acid driven garage, yet combining innocence and melodic simplicity, captured a major space in the time circle. By 1967 the official funeral of the hippie had come to be and although the Monterey Pop Festival signified a new nation, the days were numbered. The aftermath of Woodstock, was a sad disfigured memory of what should have been, and the flower warriors of old were starting to fade (Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison) Only years later in the electronic nineties a new form of Paisley erupted with the sound of Suede and Kula Shaker, but that’s another story.

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

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

Wow, talk about mature rock, beautiful rock, soaring and inspired rock! On 'The Instrumentals', Peter Hanmer's guitar does the singing so no vocalist is needed. At the risk of sounding trite and clichéd, the music goes beyond rock by taking the listener through time and space, yet it is always rock solid playing.

This is a masterful album, absolutely masterful. The guitar leads the other rock instruments through movements. The 13 tracks on the album flow from one to the next without seams, and some tracks are musically linked. The album opens with a gentle intro, moves into some elaborate rock numbers, eases up, then rocks again. Even during a languid number, the music moves. Always, the music conveys many emotions.

This CD demonstrates an electric guitar's usefulness as a symphonic
instrument, and here almost the entire symphony itself, in the rock form. Sound pretentious? I don't mean to be -- it's just that this music, this rock music, has power and majesty while keeping its feet solidly planted in its rock roots.

The liner note says that "all instrumentation" is by Peter Hanmer. That means especially the guitar. Peter plays so effortlessly, the notes fly from the strings as if his guitar is alive and singing.

This CD has passed the teenager test, too -- I played this for some students of mine while they wrote in their journals, and they enjoyed it and asked about it. After class, one student even came up to me to ask where he could buy the CD. So my next One World order will include a copy of 'The Instrumentals'.

About a year ago, I reviewed Off the Edge's great 'On the Run' CD and
suggested something to the effect that I thought some of the finest rock rock was instrumental, if it was made by musicians who had already worked through many of the rock forms. 'The Instrumentals' is the full flowering of that prediction and I'm grateful to Peter for making it come true. 'The Instrumentals' is a mature, wonderful, beautiful, rocking, and singing-guitar piece of work.

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

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JOHN SAMSON
London-based John Samson gives his own twist on SA music

CELEBRATION - THE JULIAN LAXTON BAND
http://www.julianlaxton.com

While the name Julian Laxton appears on just about every second South African rock album (as guitarist or producer), the Julian Laxton Band were not that prolific. 'Celebration' is one of the few albums produced by this band.

Opening with 'Blue Water' this is a great mixture of rock, funk and disco. From the start two things stand out; Julian's guitar work and the strong falsetto vocals of Eugene Havanga, the latter being reminiscent of Jon Anderson of Yes fame. The guitar work is tight but not clinical, it flows in a determined to be laidback kind of manner.

There is not one duff track on the album, with 5 of the 6 tracks making it onto 'The Julian Laxton Collection' retrospective CD released in 1994, but it's 'Blue Water' and 'Celebrate the Rain' that are the highlights. 'Celebrate the Rain' starts with the sounds affects of a torrential downpour with some thunder in the background, a synth is introduced, and then it's into some heavy tribal beats and chants. This gives way to more of Eugene's vocals and Julian's guitar, but goes a long way to encapsulate the feel of a highveld storm.

The album closes with it's funkiest track - 'Man to Man' which chugs along at a pace, forcing everything in it's way to dance. Clocking in at over 8 minutes this track has enough false endings to make even the most hardened DJ wary of playing this.

'Celebration' is just that, a celebration: of love, life, music and dance. A feel good album, that made disco cool for rock lovers.

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

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SPRINGBOK RADIO CHARTS: 30 YEARS AGO
Friday, 5 February 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [2] I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds
2 [1] Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow - The Dealians
3 [8] Knock Three Times - Dawn
4 [5] Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
5 [4] I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
6 [3] Looky, Looky - Giorgio
7 [10] No Matter What - Badfinger
8 [7] Zanzibar - Wanda Arletti
9 [6] Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
10 [9] San Bernadino - Christie

Supplied by John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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SA RADIO CHARTS 1969-1989
http://rock.co.za/charts

South African artists who were at number 1 this week:

Substitute - Clout (1978)

Supplied by John Samson
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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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.In The Arena - Circus (1977)
8.Jack Of All Trades - Jack Hammer (1987)
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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TOP 10 ALL-TIME GREAT SA POP AND ROCK SONGS

This week [last week] Song - Artist

1.Master Jack - Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)
2.Hey Boy - Via Afrika (1983)
3.This Boy - Sweatband (1986)
4.See Yourself (Clowns) - EllaMental (1984)
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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BIRTHDAYS

22 January 1959: James Phillips (died 31 July 1995)
1 February 1961: Pierre de Charmoy

If you have any info on other artist birthdays (mostly SA-related) during 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

Thursday 8 February - The Big Easy
Wednesday 28 February - The Big Easy

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AUTHENTIC IDEAS GIGS

Wednesday 7 February
Henry Ate unplugged - The Bassline, 7th Street, Melville.
Be there before 9:30p.m, R30 gets you in.
Info: 011-482-6915

Friday 9 February
Henry Ate, Watershed, Ethel My Love - RAU Rag, RAU University, Auckland Park

Friday 9 February
Barney Simon, Watershed, Sugardrive, Henry Ate, Tweak, 57, Wonderboom - Potch Rag, Potch Rag Farm, behind the new cricket field, Potchefstroom University, Potchefstroom.
Gates open at midday, first band on at 4pm, R20 to join the party.
Info: 018-299-2884

Friday 9 February
Frank Opperman (6pm), Wonderboom (7pm), Saron Gas (8pm), Ohm (9pm), Sugardrive (10pm) - TUKS Rag, LC Devlliers Sport Grounds, University of Pretoria, Pretoria. Gates open at 4pm Free entrance between 4pm and 4:30pm, thereafter R20 gets you in.
Info: 012-430-7671

Saturday 10 February
Barney Simon - Burn, 112 Umbilo Rd, Durban
Doors open at 8p.m, shooters are R1.50 all night and R15 is all it will cost.
Info: 031-201-0076

Thursday 15 February
Sugardrive "In The Circle" - Up The Creek, Hilda Rd, Hatfield, Pretoria
Gig starts at 10pm, door fee is R20.
Info: 012-362-3712

Friday 16 February
The Diesel Whores, special guest band, Oddball and celeb emcees - Carfax, 39 Pim Street, Newtown.
Doors open at 8pm, and a mere Thirty bucks guarantees a long and hard night of partying!
Info: 072-125-4889

Saturday 17 February
Plum and Pestroy - Nile Crocodile, 60 Glenwood Rd, Off Lynwood Rd, Lynwood Glen, Pretoria.
The fun starts at 9pm, couvert is only R20. Info: 012-361-2025.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
AUTHENTIC IDEAS: 011-646-6467
EMAIL: mailto:beth@authentic.co.za
BETH: 083-463-8712

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

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BASSLINE
http://www.basslinejazzclub.co.za

Tues 6th: MATHEW V. D. WANT - R30 - 9:30pm
Wed 7th: HENRY ATE - R30 - 9:30pm
Thurs 8th to Sat 10th: Castle Milk Stout presents:
EFRAIN TORO, STEVE
NEWMAN, GITO BALOI & WENDY OLDFIELD
- R40 - 9:30pm
Sun 11th: AFRICA HISTORY MONTH with JOZI VIBES
R30 - from 2pm onwards!
Tues 13th: FRANK OPPERMAN TRIO (support act - TIGGER REUNERT) - R30 -
9:30pm
Wed 14th & Thurs 15th: MAX NORMAL (Waddy Jones) - R30 - 9:30pm
Fri 16th & Sat 17th: GHORWANE from Mozambique - R40 - 9:30pm
Sun 18th: AFRICAN HISTORY MONTH with ‘JOZI VIBES’
- starts at 3pm till late! - R 30
Tues 20th: ABAFANA BAKWA ZULU - R30 - 9:30pm

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BINARY

17th February - Industry (Cloisters Shopping Center Rivonia)
2nd March - Nile Crocodile (Glenwood Business Center "Lynwood Glen Pretoria")

Merchandise will be available at both performances. Well it's official the new Binary Single will be "Nothing's Clear". Radio Release Date:
1 March 2001.

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FETISH

Michelle Breeze has rounded up the Fetish gang and announced some live dates to coincide with Virgin Germany’s release of their ‘So Many Prophets’ album. The band has been hanging around the studio and some new things are expected, but these performances are probably some early-year, pre-match training exercises to get everyone into shape for the 2001 season.

Those dates/venues are:
Feb 21/22 - The Bassline, Mellville
Feb 24 - ICE Freedom Festival

March - The Jam & Bloemfontein Festival (Dates TBA)
April - Bargos in Durban (Dates TBA)

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FRUIT FLY NAVIGATORS

The Wits Orientation Party - Friday 9 February (12h00)
Boogie Nights with special guests Four Ounce Freedom - Saturday 10 February (20h00).

Fruit Fly Navigators
Tel : 031-3048958
Cell: 082-7832974
Fax : 031-3360812
Management: mailto:daveca@fedsure.co.za
Fan Mail: mailto:fruitflynavigators@mweb.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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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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NATANIëL
http://www.nataniel.co.za

The first show on 7 February at Table View High School, is an opening
night with celebrities and the top journalists from the Cape Peninsula. His Majesty Peter Marais, mayor of the Cape Uni-City is attending the evening in the company of the top Cape Peninsula journalists.

The internationally renowned pianist, Charl du Plessis, accompanies
Nataniël. Performances are in hand-picked halls, and specifically cinema style, without meals. Back is the big hall entertainment for the whole family.

Tickets are available at the schools listed below, or as advertised on the posters, or from Ticketweb at tel no. 083 140 0500. Please call Impresario at 082 926 2871 or 553 1660 with queries.

Table View High School 7 February
(021)557 3602
Tulbagh Town Hall 8 February
(023) 230 1348/ 083 7484 444
Vredenburg High School 9 February
(022) 713 1361
Hermanus N.G. Church Hall 10 February
(028) 312 1410/ /312 1739/ 083 378 4615
Groote Schuur Primary School 12 February
(021)685 7295
Durbanville High School 13 February
976 3188
Robertson Town Hall 14 February
(023) 626 3283/ 626 4183
Bredasdorp Primary School 15 February
(028) 424 2422
Swellendam High School 16 February
(028) 514 1361
Strand City Hall 17 February
(021) 854 3325/(021) 856 0229/ 083 378 4615

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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
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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EFRAIN TORO

EFRAIN TORO (Puerto Rico/LA) - Drums & percussion
STEVE NEWMAN of TANANAS - Acoustic guitar
GITO BALOI of TANANAS - bass & vocals
WENDY OLDFIELD - vocals
Julia Kim (Canada) - Violin

3 nights of pure musicianship

Where: The Bassline, Melville
Date: 8, 9, 10 Feb
Time: 9pm

Bookings advised
The Bassline
011 482 6915

For Further info please contact:
Kerry Friedmann
cell: 082 455 3447
email: mailto:dewberry@iafrica.com
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6.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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3 FEBRUARY 1959: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

Don McLean sang about the day the music died in his classic song 'American Pie'. Well, when was that exactly? It was the 3rd of February 1959 when the light aircraft carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (JP Richardson) crashed killing all on board.

Read all about it at the Kentucky Connect website:
http://www.kentuckyconnect.com/heraldleader/buddyholly/main.html

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SHAKIN' STEVENS

I am a Shakin' Stevens record collector from Germany and I am looking for some special releases from him in South Africa. So I am looking for some second hand record shops in South Africa which sells vinyl records by the Internet. Is it possible for you to help me a little bit! It will be very friendly if you can help me a little bit. There are some items I am looking for over ten years.

With kind regards and best wishes from Cologne, Germany

Ingo Huppertz
mailto:huppertz.werbung@t-online.de

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BUSH BLUES

On Sunday nights, between 8pm and 10pm, on Bush Radio 89.5FM which serves Greater Cape Town, Ian Bell the Blues Doctor (a real-life Consultant in Accident & Emergency medicine) prescribes a healthy dose of the Blues to immunise you against the rest of the week.

Not just the music, but its history, origins, development, sociology,
biographies and anecdotes of those who people the Blues.

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ABSTRACT TRUTH

Are there recordings available at all? I used to have their
LPs. What ever happened to Scratby Hud, Third Eye, Tidal Wave etc.

regards
Jeff
mailto:farberj@icon.co.za

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BEST OF SOUTH AFRICAN POP AND ROCK

Was wondering if there is some kind of South African mega compilation
containing those old hits in the All Time Greats chart. People like eVoid, Helicopters, Via Afrika, John Ireland, Ballyhoo, etc.

Some years ago, two double CD's were released - "Best of South African Hits" or something - unfortunately I never bought these while they were still available. Think the sleeve had a vinyl record printed on it?

Any chance of purchasing something along these lines nowadays? I'm in
London but assuming I can't buy this stuff at Tower, HMV, etc.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Jon Brown
mailto:ihatespinach@hotmail.com

{'The Best Of SA Pop' series of double CDs is still very much available from http://www.oneworld.co.za. Highly recommended.}

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LEKGOA

I heard Lekgoa's 'Batsesana' on an internet music service here in the USA and was looking for a recording or MP3 of it. I can't understand a word of it but it sounded really fun. Do you know of somewhere I can post a request for such?

Greetings from California,
Michael
mailto:mfh303@yahoo.com

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HAWK
http://rock.co.za/legends/hawk

I am hearing rumours that some HAWK albums are to be available on CD soon. It this true? And do you know where I can buy them if so? Best regards from a snowy Sweden.

Krister
mailto:bo0195@bonet.boras.se

{Yes, Krister, RetroFresh is planning to re-issue Hawk's 'African Day' sometime in the next few months, and hopefully also 'Africa She Too Can Cry' - watch this space for details! - ed}

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THE SPANIARD

What is the first line of Lesley Rae Dowling's 'The Spaniard'?
I need the word(s) before she says "dusty morning..."
Is it the name of a place?? This has bugged me for the past 21 years!!

Thanking you.

Eric von Wielligh
mailto:bokke@sunnyspells.freeserve.co.uk

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THE KID HE CAME FROM... WHERE?

Question:
The one question of many that always puzzles me about Freedoms Children's 'Astra' album is the track 'The Kid He Came From Hazareth'. I always thought this was meant to be Nazareth, but on 'Astra' the words are actually sung as "Haz..."

Answer:
Well its actually quite simple. When we first recorded this song, it was called "The Kid That Came From Nazareth". When the album "Astra" was submitted to the SABC (Old Regime) for their playlist, they banned the album because of that track, as it was "Blasphemous". They said that if we changed all references to the word "Nazareth" including the recording, they would unban the album. So it was back to the studio and a re-recording of the lyrics as well as re-doing all the artwork. This was quite standard practice in those days. There you have it.

All the best,
Julian (Laxton)

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

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TOP SA ALBUMS OF 2000
Andrew Rees - CD Wherehouse

Watershed - In the Meantime - Great songs, magnificent melodies, they rock live, what more can you ask for? With decent backing they deserve an international market.

Bernard Binns - Physiognomy of the Soul - What a wonderful surprise of a comeback from the ex-Helicopters frontman, this bought back great memories of a mis-spent youth in smokey nightclubs. Contrary to some journos, this is a great album, and to get Bernard to play his first live gig in years in the shop, what a coup!

Jack Hammer - Anthology - Again memories of younger years get this here. No idea whatsoever why this band never got the recognition it deserved. The Stones would've been proud to call these rocking tunes their own.

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RABBITT MAKES THE GRADE

A while ago, I told you I was doing a school class website on Rabbitt and you allowed me to use your family tree information and pics. I just wanted to thank you for use of both and that I managed to get a 'B' in class for it. It's at http://www.angelfire.com/band/katzen.

Also thanks for the newsletter notice for me - I did get some info but as I said, there really isn't much out there. But hey, at least I got a 'B' for it! I PASSED! Woo hoo!

T.H. Cutler

{Ed: Hey, you get a 'A+' from us. This is a great website with plenty of info and some superb Family Tree info in a completely different format to the Trevor Rabin Tree on the SA Rock Files... very interesting stuff. Well done.}

Rabbitt on the net:
http://www.rabbitt.co.za
http://rock.co.za/legends/rabbitt
http://www.angelfire.com/band/katzen

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CAPITOL 604

Some of you may remember Capital Radio 194 from London which started its life off in the sixties. In the late seventies a group of South Africans used (with permission) the style and format of Capital Radio 194 to create Capital Radio 604.

Capital Radio 604 was, by all intensive purposes, a pirate radio station, transmitting on 604 KHz Medium Wave from another country (Transkei) into South Africa.

In those days (1979) private broadcasters were illegal as the government owned SABC had complete control over the airwaves (for obvious censorship reasons).

Many South Africans grew up listening to Capital 604 and what the station brought to the radio landscape at the time, totally revolutionized radio in Southern Africa.
Capital 604 told South Africans the REAL news, and played really great music. They had professional presenters who were genuinely having a good time on air, and it showed.

Unfortunately in 1996, Capital 604 was forced to close down due to the South African governments insistence on not giving them an FM license so that they could compete in the now crystal clear FM Stereo arena. This was an obviously destructive and intentional move on their part, and it did bring a wonderful era of radio to a halt.

A fan web site was setup sometime in 1997 that is a huge archive of Capital jingles, videos, Bill Mitchell dropins, interviews and so on. This web site, now very popular, has sparked the return of Capital 604.

So, in the last week of February, Capital Radio 604 will be back on the air, but on the Internet, reaching a whole new, world wide audience.

The new Capital Radio 604 will derive its playlist from a very popular chart web site, called BeyondRadio. BeyondRadio compiles charts from all over the world, from personal charts to sales charts to airplay charts, and crunches it all down to a number of charts that represent what the worldwide public really wants to hear.

The new Capital Radio 604 will retain its history while moving into the future playing new music. Many ex-presenters will be back to do their old shows or totally new ones.

The first show to air on the new Capital Radio 604, will be SOLID GOLD SUNDAY. This show, one that used to air on the original Capital Radio 604, will be hosted by Dave Simons, one of the station's and show's original presenters.

Some new features that the new Capital Radio 604 will be making use of are, live chat rooms for listeners to chat with the presenters, email request lines, internet telephony for listeners to join in on live competitions without having to make costly land-line phone calls, and an MP3 copy of the show once it is done, so that people who missed it when it was airing live will have a chance to listen to it at their leisure using an MP3 player.

Another important feature of the new Capital Radio 604 will be a live instantly updating playlist of each show as it airs, with buttons that will allow listeners to instantly purchase a song once it has played from Amazon.com. So as to not spoil the show, the playlist will only show songs that have already been played.

Please pop over and visit Capital Radio 604 at: http://www.Capital604.com and
BeyondRadio at http://www.Beyondradio.com

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CINDY ALTER (from CLOUT & ZIA)

I am planning a trip to S.A. in July, and I want to try and get a few gigs set up before I come. I will just have released my new album, "Dark Heart", and will be shopping for a distribution deal in S.A.

Perhaps I can pick your brain about some clubs or smaller venues where I can perform. I would probably get a percussionist and guitarist there, and bring my bass player with me. I would like to play Jhb, Durban & Cape Town, just for old times sake. It will be so much fun. My music is sooooooooooo different to what I used to do, it will be quite a culture shock. I'm looking for smaller acoustic-type venues, even though I am planning on having a full band, my music is definitely Acoustic Rock. I would rather do smaller venues cause I'm not really a "name" - I mean it's been 10 years since I danced around in grass skirts and bangles with Zia. People forget, which is a good thing sometimes.

Cindy Alter-Moore
mailto:ken&cin@earthlink.net
http://www.cindyalter.com
http://www.clout.co.za
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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

BOBBY LOUW
http://www.bobbylouw.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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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.

Please submit them to:
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E-mails in HTML format, or e-mails all in lower-case or all in CAPITALS will tend to be ignored as they take too long to correct for inclusion in the Digest.

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Bulk mailings which show everybody's addresses also tend to get trashed automatically.
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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

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

Postal Address:
Brian Currin
PO Box 521
Eppindust
7460
Cape Town
South Africa

MAIN CONTRIBUTORS

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mailto:kurt@sarockdigest.com

John Samson, UK
mailto:john@sarockdigest.com

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mailto:shiloh_noone@hotmail.com
http://www.sarockdigest.com/shiloh
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