SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE #98
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18th March 2001

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CONTENTS
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1.NEWS - Vusi helps Dave Matthews, Splashy Fen, Southern Cross Festival, Nudies, Black Noise, Saturday Wired, Fetish, Sunshines
2.CHARTS - Top Selling SA CDs, Top SA Albums, Top SA Songs, Top 20 MP3 downloads
3.CD REVIEWS - Jason Glover
4.CLASSIC ROCK - The Gods, Julian Laxton, The Passengers
5.FORUM, REQUESTS & FEEDBACK - Gwynneth Ashley-Robin, Ramsay Mackay, African Dream, Fanagalo
6.LIVE REVIEWS & GIG INFO
7.LINKS
8.BACK ISSUES
9.CONTRIBUTIONS
10.CONTACT DETAILS
11.SUBSCRIPTIONS

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1.NEWS
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VUSI MAHLASELA HELPS OUT DAVE MATTHEWS

Struggling ex-South African musician, Dave Matthews, could have lucked out in a big way by adding SA star Vusi Mahlasela's vocals to the song 'Everyday', the title track of his new album. Matthews, who has not yet achieved the success in the US that he did in SA, needed something special to draw the attention of the US music fans and he found it in the sweet backing vocals of his old SA connection. As a result of this inspired touch, and in what is being described as one of the music stories of 2001, the Dave Matthews Band's latest album, 'Everyday', has crashed into the top slot on the Billboard Album charts as well as achieving the strongest debut of any album released so far this year. 'Everyday' sold 732,000 copies in the first week of its release, making it the highest first week unit-shifter of any of the Dave Matthews Band's previous releases! Vusi Mahlasela, in his inimitable humble and shy way, is very chuffed!

The band's fourth album was produced by Glen Ballard (Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette), who added tasteful keyboards to many tracks, pounding away with the band members - Carter Beauford (drums, percussion), Stefan Lessard (bass), LeRoi Moore (saxophone, flute), and Boyd Tinsley (violin) - on the opening track, and first single, 'I Did It', and also lending a subtle majesty to the chorus of 'Space Between'. The band augmented its formidable line-up with several other guest performers including guitarist Carlos Santana and Santana percussionist Carl Perrazo, who add distinctive Latin textures to 'Mother Father', and of course our own Vusi Mahlasela, who provides such ethereal flourishes to that upbeat title track. In the past ten years, Dave and his band have sold over 20 million albums, won a Grammy, and consistently remain the top-grossing live band in the US.

But this ex-Durban entertainer has no plans to bring his group to SA for some shows, probably because he just cannot get playlisted on the major SA radio stations who described Dave's music as "too derivative of current overseas styles". Shucks! Maybe Vusi can put in a good word there. (SS)

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SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS, SARON GAS AND MATTHEW VAN DER WANT
FOR SPLASHY FEN

Springbok Nude Girls, Saron Gas, and Matthew van der Want have all signed up to play at the 12th annual Splashy Fen Music Festival, which takes place from April 26 to 29 in Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg.

The Nude Girls' Arno Carstens (lead vocals), Arno Blumer (bass guitar), Theo Crous (guitar & backing vocals), Francois Kruger (drums), Adriaan Brand (trumpet & synthesizer) are constantly on the move having toured England, Germany, Namibia and Belgium in the recent past as well as continuing to do many live gigs nationally. The band won the SAMA Rock Album of the Year in 2000 and are favourites again in 2001 having been nominated for Best Rock Album for their 15-track album, 'Relaxzor'.

Saron Gas, who formed in May 1999, emerged onto the South African rock scene and rapidly established themselves as one of South Africa's top hard rock bands. The band - Shaun Welgemoed (vocals/lead guitar), David Cohoe (drums) and Dale Stewart (bass/backing vocals) - signed up to Musketeer records in September 2000 and worked with top South African producer Brian O'Shea to produce their top-selling debut album 'Fragile', featuring a re-recorded version of '69 Tea', which topped the 5FM charts.

Matthew van der Want, one of South Africa's most respected and outspoken musicians and songwriters, is also signed up to play at the festival. His sharp lyrics, dark humour, and irony have always managed to cause a stir wherever he performs. Van der Want is a popular Splashy performer and plays acoustic guitar and performs music which is deeply personal and intense. He has recently released a second solo album, 'Play My Way' on his own record label.

Other news about Splashy is that East Coast Radio will be on board hosting a "Juice it Up Night" which will feature bands playing in the Marquee. There are special low-priced tickets at only R183 available during the month of March. In April the price is R208 and at the gate R220 per ticket.

Tickets are only on sale at Computicket for the special deal or internet bookings can be made on http://www.computicket.com
For further information visit the Splashy Fen website: http://www.splashyfen.co.za

Sharlene Versfeld
083 326 3235
mailto:works@artslink.co.za
(031) 3039066

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WONDERBOOM TO APPEAR AT SOUTHERN CROSS FESTIVAL, AND OTHER SCF NEWS

The last few months have been busy for SAMA Nominees Wonderboom, since the success of both their album, 'Never, Ever, Ever.....', and their latest hit single, 'Running On Empty'. The band performed at two major rags (in one night!), the ICE Freedom Festival, and they have now signed to appear at the Southern Cross Festival 2001. The opportunity to perform in front of their many KwaZulu-Natal Fans, at a festival they had never played before, was too good to miss.

The Southern Cross Festival organizers are also happy to announce the creation of the "SHOWCASE STAGE", a platform for developing artistes from around South Africa. The line up includes: Fat Agnes, Superjuice, Starseed, Dr Fox, Oddity, AK Massive, and Shakta, amongst others. A platform for developing artistes is becoming more popular amongst festival promoters around the country and the public demand for new talent and new ideas has become exceptionally high over the last two years.

The Rock Stage line up is now:
Friday 30 March: Fat Agnes, Sunways, Semisane, Wonderboom, Sugardrive, Springbok Nude Girls, Saron Gas and Not My Dog.

Saturday Night 31 March: The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Caffeine Substitute, Syd Kitchen, Butternut, Aquarian Quartet, Landscape Prayers and Tananas. The evening will end with phat beats from Toine Scholtz and the 330 crew.

Sunday 1 April: Shiyane Ncgobo, Ian Henderson, Tony Cox, Strings and Skins, and The Tim Wells Band.

The Southern Cross Festival has also introduced its "FESTIVAL'S INITIATIVE". In an unprecedented move in the "Live" SA music industry, Southern Cross Festival organisers have included in their festival activities, a Festivals' stall. This stall will represent festivals from around the country. Organizer Zeta Roberts took the initiative to invite other festivals to showcase their events and merchandise. The stall will have on offer tickets to other festivals, past and future merchandise, flyers, information and, for emerging bands, a demo drop off bin to enable the bands to get their materials to the other events.

One of the most commonly heard complaints from young artistes is that they are unaware of the major festivals, what their submissions deadlines are or whom to contact. With this service, Southern Cross will undertake to distribute the demos directly to the relevant festivals. Artistes should clearly mark their submissions with contact details and to which festival they are submitting their materials.

Festivals that have been invited to represent themselves include:
The Croc Rock Festival in Richards Bay (13 & 14 April),
The 5FM Easter Rock Festival in Gauteng (14 April)
Splashy Fen in Underberg (27 & 28 April),
Oppikoppi in Fountainsview (10, 11 & 12 August),
Woodstock 3 The Pop Culture Experience in Heidelberg (28, 29 & 30 September)
Awesome Africa Festival in Shongweni (28, 29 & 30 September)

Says Zeta Roberts: "We hope that this initiative will encourage a stronger synergy between the festival promoters and offer a service to the public and the musicians."

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
KZN: SHARON GILL (KZN) tel 031 7084608, fax 031 708 4687 mailto:sharongill@dbn.stormnet.co.za
AUTHENTIC IDEAS: NANCY or BETH tel 011 646 6467, fax 011 646 6441
mailto:sx@authentic.co.za
http://www.powerzone.co.za
http://www.southerncross.co.za

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

People of Stellenbosch, get ready to rock! South Africa's premier exponents of tuneful noise, the Springbok Nude Girls, and blues-rock maestro Valiant Swart are coming to Die Neelsie Student Centre in Stellenbosch courtesy of Mainstay and MFM. The Nudies are in top form, currently touring the country to promote their latest SAMA-award nominated CD, 'Relaxzor'. Stellenbosch's own Picture This will open proceedings.

Details:
Wednesday 21st March - Die Neelsie Student Centre - Stellenbosch
Doors open 6pm
R30.00 + booking fee - available at Ticketweb 0861 400 500 or http://www.ticketweb.co.za
Tickets are also available at Die Neelsie Student Centre Management or at the door on the evening of the performance. For more information (021) 465 6796

Other Confirmed Nude Girls Gigs:

MARCH 2001
Friday 30th - Southern Cross Festival, Mooiriver
Saturday 31st - Granaat Rock Fees, Bloemfontein

APRIL 2001
Saturday 14th - Easter Rock Festival, Johannesburg
Saturday 28th - Splashy Fen Music Festival, Underberg

For more information or pictures please contact the Springbok Nude Girls on (021) 465 6796 or mailto:girls@nudegirls.co.za

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BLACK NOISE LAUNCH 'CIRCLES OF FIRE' ALBUM

Cape Town hip hop outfit, Black Noise, will launch their third album called "Circles of Fire" at The Jam on the 23rd March 2001 and @ The Alliance Francaise in Portlands, Mitchells Plain on the 24th March 2001. The launch will also be the start of the first leg of the 'Heal the Hood' and 'African Battle Cry National'. On the 23rd March 2001 at The Jam, Black Noise will host workshops on breakdancing, Capoeira, music production on computer from 19h00, followed by a hip hop jam at which Black Noise will perform some of their new tracks. There will also be a breakdance battle between local breakdancers, MC Show and a Capoeira "rhoda" or circle. Tickets can be bought for R25 from Emile (082 395 8125) prior to the event to ensure entry to the venue. CD on sale at all events for R60.

The 24th March will host the launch in the 'hood. It will have the same format, except for an open-air braai and chillout space outside in the yard at Alliance Francaise. It is time that people travel to Mitchells Plain and experience hip hop at home. Black Noise are also currently touring schools as a part of the Heal the 'Hood project and African Battle Cry #4, which is funded by the MMINO (Norwegian and South African Music Programme). The project aims at supplying youth with information about the music industry and music as a career choice. On the 30th March 2001 it will launch the first compilation tape and magazine giving coverage to local artists. Black Noise are also assisting with the Stamp Out Crime project at primary schools.

Black Noise is also hosting the National Breakdance Championships "Battle of the Year" and will run regional finals around South Africa as well. The nationals team selection will take place on the 11th August at the Goode Hope Centre. Tickets will be available at the beginning of April 2001.

PROMOTIONAL CDS AND PHOTOS can be obtained from
Emile @ 082 395 8125 or (021) 705 1967

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5FM EASTER ROCK FESTIVAL

The 5FM Easter Rock Festival will once again be held at the Rand Show at the Nasrec Showgrounds on Saturday 14th April 2001. This annual event, which has been staged for the last fourteen years, is regarded as the biggest all-day rock music concert on the live music calendar and competition amongst artistes for slots on this bill is extremely high. 2000 saw 13500 music fans, making the concert one of the
biggest one-day South African music gatherings in recent history.

The 5FM Easter Rock Festival is open to all ages and runs from 12 noon till 9pm, and is completely free to anyone visiting the Rand Show. Artistes appearing over the six hours will include Gauge, Tweak, Sshhh..., THC, Semisane, Saron Gas, Watershed, Wonderboom, Boo!, Sugardrive, and the Springbok Nude Girls. Barney Simon will be the MC for the day.

The Rand Show runs from the 13th of April until the 1st of May.

For more info on the 5FM Easter Rock Festival:
Authentic Ideas: 011-646-6467
Nancy: 083-310-2514
Beth: 083-463-8712
Email: mailto:easterrock@authentic.co.za

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FETISH NEWS

After laying low for a while, Michelle Breeze and the Fetish gang return with some new songs (recorded last year but currently only available in live performance "showcasing" format!), some scattered gigs, and a re-release of their 'So Many Prophets' album. Their 11-track second album, and first on the Virgin SA label, has a different reddish, group-shot cover, and a bonus copy of the 'Shade Of A Ghost' EP included. With new material expected from the band during 2001, this is an opportunity to chart the band's musical progress as the four songs on 'Shade Of A Ghost' - 'Shade Of A Ghost', 'I Might Fall', 'Siren', and 'Constant' - foreshadowed the new direction on their subsequent 'Prophets' album. There is also still a lot of interest in the group's eponymously titled, independently released, cardboard and curtain covered, debut album.

Catch Fetish at The Jam - Tuesday March 20th at 9pm. (SS)

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THE SUNSHINES RETURN FROM/WITH A 'LONG HOLIDAY'

In last week's Digest, Nic de Bruyn asked about SA pop group The Sunshines and the possibility of the rumours about a new release from them being accurate. Nic wrote: "When I was last in Cape Town in Dec '99 I heard from a friend that a new project was slated for 2000/1 and word was that Robin Auld was involved with some of the recordings. If there is any info regarding the group many of us abroad who enjoy them as well as the many fine acts South Africa has to offer, would greatly appreciate it."

Good timing! as The Sunshines' new four-song EP, 'Long Holiday', is suddenly upon us, and Greg Schoeman, half of this duo (alongside Tania), replied to Nic's query:

Hi Nic

Thanx for enquiring about The Sunshines in the SA Rock Digest. We have just sent off our new 4-track single to all the SA radio stations and hope they will get it soon, with the postal strike and all!
There was no official launch for the CD as we produced it independently and the costs have got to be kept as low as possible...
We will try and make a noise by playing gigs, etc...

If you are in CT we will be playing the Whammy Bar in Table View on the 24 of March. Also, please check out our site at
http://www.thesunshines.com

Stay cool
Greg

Editor's note: The Sunshines' debut album, 'Removeable Tattoos', was released in 1996 and the single, 'Happy Person', picked up a ton of airplay and interest. The band headed to London to follow up on some advances from an indie label and gigged around the city for six months before heading back to Cape Town. This new EP, which is a taster for the upcoming album, has the band's second pop hit, the hooky and sweet 'Long Holiday', as well as two new tracks, 'You Loved Him More Than' and 'Phone Call'. There's also a bonus, unplugged version of first hit 'Happy Person'. Robin Auld co-produced and sang backing vocals on the 'Long Holiday' single. Full review next week, and the 'Long Holiday' EP will be available online shortly at http://www.oneworld.co.za
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2.CHARTS
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2a.THE SA ROCK DIGEST TOP 20 SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUMS OF THE WEEK

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

1. [1] Burn - Venessa Nolan (Rhythm)
2. [2] Steady On - Moodphase 5ive (African Dope)
3. [RE] So Many Prophets (with bonus EP) - Fetish (Virgin)
4. [15] Relaxzor - Springbok Nude Girls (Sony)
5. [-] Circles Of Fire - Black Noise (Indie)
6. [6] IT - Various Cape Town Artists (Nkomo Records)
7. [7] Fragile - Saron Gas (Musketeer)
8. [8] Play My Way - Matthew van der Want (Bitchin' Pitchin')
9. [9] TajMahala - Sharkbrother (Indie)
10. [10] Otis Waygood Blues Band - Otis Waygood Blues Band (RetroFresh)
11. [4] Afrika Meltdown - Various (MELT 2000)
12. [-] Ingoma - Sylvia Mdunyelwa (EMI)
13. [3] Love The Sinner - Justin Bergh (BMG)
14. [-] The Decoy - Jason Glover (Indie)
15. [11] Full Circle - Toxic Shame (Universal)
16. [16] Tattered and Torn - Henry Ate (EMI)
17. [17] Blk Sonshine - Blk Sonshine (Fresh)
18. [18] Via Afrika - Via Afrika (Retro Fresh)
19. [13] Gathering - Marcus Wyatt (Sheer Sound)
20. [14] In The Circle - Sugardrive (Undercover)

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

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

1. [-] Miles - Moodphase 5ive ('Steady On'/African Dope)
2. [1] Emptiness High - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
3. [2] Geto @ Sunset - Moodphase 5ive ('Steady On'/African Dope)
4. [-] Everyday - Dave Matthews Band featuring Vusi Mahlasela ('Everyday'/BMG)
5. [4] Hypocrite - Amanda Tiffin ('Extraordinary Woman'/Indie)
6. [6] Why - Venessa Nolan ('Burn'/Rhythm)
7. [8] Lebohang - The Getout ('Emerge and See'/Wizards)
8. [9] One Time - Matthew van der Want ('Play My Way'/Bitchin' Pitchin')
9. [3] Strange - Colorfields ('IT'/Nkomo Records)
10. [16] Rise 'n Shine - Moodphase 5ive ('Steady On'/African Dope)
11. [17] Johnny Calls The Chemist - Falling Mirror ('Shattered'/Tusk)
12. [5] Afrodisiac - Jorge Carlos ('African Spirit'/Spirit Zone)
13. [7] Still Want You Back - Age Of Innocence ('Nowhere Land'/Indie)
14. [15] Give Me The Good News 1994 Remix - Crocodile Harris (EP/One World)
15. [10] U Are Not What You Are - Fudge ('Keeping It Real'/Indie)
16. [14] Welcome To Azania (live) - Jack Hammer ('Bootleg'/Pofadder)
17. [11] Sittin' (Take Me Home) - Toxic Shame ('Full Circle'/Universal)
18. [12] What The Hell - Ghost ('Presentation'/demo)
19. [18] Hey Boy - Via Afrika ('Via Afrika'/RetroFresh)
20. [19] Indian Ocean - Home Cooking ('Sounds Delicious'/Indie)

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

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

1. [2] Wena U Bani...? - O'Da Meesta
(Kwaito)
2. [11] Mina Ngeke Ngilunge - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
(African Pop)
3. [1] Beautiful Thing - E'smile
(African R&B)
4. [20] I Love the Rain - E nergi
(Reggae Kwaito)
5. [4] Abelungu - Amaryoni
(Zulu a capella)
6. [9] Kom Kom - Kom Kom
(Kwaito)
7. [16] Skyscrapers - Liela Groenewald
(Afrikaans Folk)
8. [12] Nothing Seems To Shake Me - New Clouded Yellow
(Alternative)
9. [6] Makoti - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
(African Pop)
10. [13] Foreplay - Ghetto Luv
(R&B Kwaito)
11. [9] Alien Hand Symphony - asqus
(Experimental Dance)
12. [18] Thina Siyajabula - Impulse
(African Gospel)
13. [15] Sibali - Khumbula
(African Pop Fusion)
14. [RE] Never Again - Prophets of da City
(Hip Hop)
15. [-] Destiny - Killer B
(Dance)
16. [-] Riku Lätti - Vyand van die Staat
(Afrikaans Alternative)
17. [8] Sandla Ngena La - African Roots
(African Reggae)
18. [-] Rock and Water - Albert Grey
(African Rock)
19. [-] Media Killers - Atmosphere Control Unit
(Cyberpunk)
20. [5] Is Is Chisa - DJ Chepad
(Kwaito)

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2d.TOP SELLING SOUTH AFRICAN CDs

1. Bosman, Gloria - The Many Faces Of
2. Mandoza - Nkalakatha
3. Mango Groove - Best Of
4. Sang Froid - Pieces Of Nine
5. Voice - Quintet Legacy Volume One
6. Heavy Spirits - Momentum
7. Springbok Nude Girls - Relaxzor
8. Fassie, Brenda - Amadlozi
9. Manzini, Musa - New Reflections
10. Kombuis, Koos - Greatest Hits

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3. CD REVIEWS
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THE DECOY - JASON GLOVER

There are definite shades of David Gray all over this low key debut from SA singer-songwriter Jason Glover. But this was recorded in 1998, so the similarities are coincidental. Glover wrote all these 12 rock ballads and recorded them with Cameron Blackwell (guitar), Peter Hajioff (bass), and Andy Frost (drums). Songs like 'Here Today', 'Justine', and 'Lonely Man' stand out here, but there's nothing that reaches the heights of anything on 'White Ladder'. But then again nothing much in that style does, so instead of damming 'The Decoy' with unfair comparisons, let's just say that if nothing's filled the gap since David Gray's classic, then this will help quite a bit. (SS)
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4. CLASSIC ROCK
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SHILOH'S CORNER

THE GODS

Amidst the flowery paisley pop of London's psychedelic scene came forth the grouping of a power that would shake the blues and progressive barriers of the seventies. Sad to say the roots are not always fertile but sometimes a seed to greater things. This would indeed be the story of Ken Hensley (keyboardist) who assembled an outfit in 1965, namely The Gods. On lead guitar, Mick Taylor, on bass and vocals John Glasscock and drums Brian Glasscock. This motley crew of individuals lived in a van and travelled the area from Hampshire to Brighton, performing mainly the college circuit. Outstanding musicians in their own right, they caught the attention of John Mayall who kidnapped Mick Taylor for the third phase of his Bluesbreakers ensemble. Undeterred Hensley decided to revamp The Gods and hire the assistance of Paul Newton, drummer Lee Kerslake and guitarist John Konas. Life on the road was tough and Newton left to be replaced by Greg Lake.

Then the gods smiled upon The Gods and a contract was signed with EMI's Columbia label. This came as a result of powerful performances at London's Marquee. Personality differences led to Greg Lake leaving in 1968 to form King Crimson (then later went on to be one third of Emerson, Lake and Palmer). Enter previous member John Glasscock and a minor stir with a rendition of the Beatles's "Hey Bulldog".

During the late sixties pretentious versions of "Baby's Rich" / "Somewhere in the Street" / "Real Love Guaranteed" were released as hopeful cash cow singles. The irony is that by the time these singles were launched The Gods had split asunder. In fact the metamorphosis enveloped into the hard blues rock of a band called Toe Fat. The line up of Toe Fat included Hensley, Kerslake, the Glasscock brothers and even ex-Rebel Rouser, Cliff Bennett, who appeared on one album.

With two albums to their name, "Genesis" and "To Samuel a Son", the Gods represented the melting pot of diverse talent that blossomed with the likes of Uriah Heep (Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake), while John Glasscock made his name with Jethro Tull and Mick Taylor had a short-lived (thank heavens!) replacement of Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones.

In one sense The Gods were the Moby Grape of the UK. Talented musicians on the bread line siphoned by record moguls looking for pretentious singles to line their pockets. The karma of this lesson is that you can't block true talent no matter how much greed and manipulation takes place. The gift of individualism will always find its space and timing in this ever changing cosmic world.

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 JULIAN LAXTON COLLECTION
http://rock.co.za/legends/julianlaxton

The tuff cover photo on the CD shows the guitar warrior looking fit and ready to play electric guitar. Julian Laxton, the South African rock legend and guitar master, may look like a tough rocker, and I'll bet he is, but he is also a sensitive musician capable of playing many instruments and creating lovely melodies.

This CD should be titled 'The Two Julian Laxton Collections' because there are two kinds of songs included: rock songs and theme songs. The rock songs include three of my Julian Laxton favorites, 'Blue Water', 'Celebrate the Rain', and 'Johannesburg'. The themes are interesting even though they have neither visuals nor nostalgia for me (except for 'Shaka Zulu', I never saw the shows or films). They range from rock ('Invent Yourself'), to inspirational ('The Thin Red Line'), and include the distinctly pretty theme-like 'The Bridge'. The downright powerful 'We Are Growing' from 'Shaka Zulu' thunders over the veldt like an impi of bachelor warriors heading home for their reward after battle....

This Julian guy is some talent. He composes, produces, and plays guitar. On several of the tracks he is the only musician: "All instruments played by Julian Laxton"! He has a history of the positive sort: Mel, Mel, and Julian; Freedom's Children; Hawk and Jo'Burg Hawk; as well as a solo career. Furthermore, his friends on this disc have name-brand recognition: Kevin Kruger, Trevor Rabin, Stockley Sisters, Neil Cloud, Margaret Singana, Cedric Sampson, Patric van Blerk and others.

This disc has over 72 minutes of music, making for an average track length of almost six minutes. In the rock numbers, this gives Julian and friends room to move, and in the theme songs they have time for movements and variations in a velvet groove.

All of the songs but one on this disc were composed by Julian Laxton, and most of them have lyrics written by Patric Van Blerk. The one cover tune is Elvin Bishop's 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love' (a US #3 hit in 1976 for Elvin, a refugee from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Julian's hot guitar here is a treat.

'The Julian Laxton Collection' is a fine anthology of his later work containing guitar vocal rock and instrumental rock. 'The Collection' closes with a couple of hooky rock numbers, 'Man To Man' and 'One Nine Six 0 (1960)'. The latter is strong guitar rock and closes the set.

The vocals on this CD are by several different singers, with here and there a sound not unlike the vocals of the Bee Gees. Unfortunately, the CD is out of print so the only place to find it is in the used CD shops. Good music, and maybe not so tough to find.

Next stop, Jo'burg, to visit Julian's Theatre & Bistro to catch The Julian Laxton Band perform their Eric Clapton Tribute. If too early for the evening shows, there's always music and braai in the beer garden. To judge by Julian's website, this is a place where I could easily become a regular and annoy the waitresses.

http://rock.co.za/legends/julianlaxton
http://www.julianlaxton.com

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

RULE OF THE SWALLOW - THE PASSENGERS

During the latter part of the 1980s there was a spate of groups in the UK producing brassy, funky soul-tinged music. The likes of Curiosity Killed The Cat, Johnny Hates Jazz and Swing out Sister were scoring big with this brand of music. Neill Solomon with the help of ex-Bay City Roller Stuart Wood embraced this style for the debut album of The Passengers.

I have to admit that I found this genré lifeless and uninspiring, music that came close to being really good, but just lacked a final ingredient to cross over from mediocre to good. Obviously the success of the above mentioned groups mean that there was some appeal of the music, although I tend to believe that the appeal lay more in the good looks of the group members than in the music itself. Unfortunately Neill Solomon, despite being of Greek origin, was no Adonis, so the music comes under closer inspection than would say a Curiosity Killed the Cat song.

While the tunes on this album are all well constructed, produced and
executed, apart from a few stand out guitar solos and the backing vocal contribution of Angie Peach on 'Got to Get Away', the album never really lifts itself above the constraints of the genré, probing at the barriers, but never breaking through.

Even the hit single 'Hold On' which made it to number 5 on the Radio 5 charts suffers the same fate. However it's the re-appearance of 'Junk Foods and Disposable Ladies' from his Uptown Rhythm Dogs days that saves the album from middle of the road oblivion. Given an injection of reggae beat and sunshine, it is the standout track on the album.

Not Solomon's finest hour, bowing too much to the flavour-of-the-month
pressure. Rather check out his work with the Uptown Rhythm Dogs and
especially his excellent soundtrack music for the movie 'The Angel, The
Bicycle & the Chinaman's Finger' (was this ever commercially released?), unless of course you really like the music of Johnny Hates Jazz.

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

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SPRINGBOK RADIO CHARTS: 30 YEARS AGO
http://rock.co.za/charts

Friday, 19 March 1971

This week [last week] Title - Artist

1 [1] Knock Three Times - Dawn
2 [2] Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
3 [4] My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
4 [3] No Matter What - Badfinger
5 [6] A Summer Prayer For Peace - The Archies
6 [7] Do It - Neil Diamond
7 [8] Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
8 [16] Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Credence Clearwater Revival
9 [5] I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds
10 [13] Understanding - Peanut Butter Conspiracy*

* SA Artists

Commentary:

Dawn clung onto the top spot for the 3rd week in a row after having been briefly knocked (pardon the pun) off the top spot for a week by Badfinger. Meanwhile, rock legends Led Zeppelin and ex-Beatle George Harrison were peaking with their classic 'Immigrant Song' and 'My Sweet Lord' respectively. SA's own Peanut Butter Conspiracy were scoring a hit with the first of 3 top 20 hits of that year. At the other end of the top 20, Billy Forrest under the guise of Quentin E. Klopjaeger had a fleeting brush with chart success with 'We're all Playing in the Same Band' entering at number 20.

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:

I Don't Wanna Play House - Barbara Ray (1973)
Little Jimmy - Gwynneth Ashley-Robin (1974)
You Asked Me To - Bobby Angel (1975)
Let Me Into Your Life - Flood (1976)

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

* Available on CD from http://www.oneworld.co.za

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TOP 10 ALL-TIME GREAT SA POP AND ROCK SONGS

1.Master Jack - Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)
2.Hey Boy - Via Afrika (1983)
3.Weeping - Bright Blue (1987)
4.This Boy - Sweatband (1986)
5.See Yourself (Clowns) - EllaMental (1984)
6.As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) - Tribe After Tribe (1985)
7.ZX Dan - Radio Rats (1978)
8.My Kind Of Girl - Cinema (1988)
9.Special Star - Mango Groove (1989)
10.Who Killed Kurt Cobain - Koos Kombuis (1997)

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

All these songs are available on various CDs if you look hard enough.

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BIRTHDAYS - MARCH

25 - Elton John (1947)
26 - Diana Ross (1944)
30 - Eric Clapton (1945)
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5.FORUM, REQUESTS AND FEEDBACK
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GWYNNETH ASHLEY-ROBIN

Do you have any idea where I could get information on Gwynneth Ashley-Robin? She was a favourite of mine when I was first starting to appreciate music. I haven't really thought about what happened to her, or who she was until now, but, I feel that it is a huge shame that a star who burnt so brightly for such a short period of time, should be so completely forgotten as she has been.

Thanks for your help,

Richard Sutherland
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA.
mailto:rlsuth@hotmail.com

{Ed: there is a 'Best of' CD released by Gallo a few years ago. Judging by previous Gallo releases this CD release is sure to have copious sleeve notes, probably by that guru amongst pop compilers, Malcolm Lombard.

Gwynneth Joubert was only 13 when she had a Springbok #1 hit with her tribute to Little Jimmy Osmond. She died in a light aircraft crash in May 1976.}

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RAMSAY MACKAY

"I've been remembered, then forgotten..." - Ramsay Mackay, 1968
(Battle Hymn for the Broken-Hearted Horde)

He's back! Ramsay Mackay has just recorded 30 new tracks and is about to explode onto the scene (once again) like a grenade with his new band - The Fumes. Any fans who wish to write him should send mail to:

Ramsay Mackay
Ciery Craigs Lodge
Blair Adam
Kelty KY4 OJF
SCOTLAND

Justin King
Documentary Filmmaker
New York City

(Questions about Ramsay? Write to mailto:jabking@aol.com)

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FANAGALO

I am going grey searching for one of my old-time SA favourites - the song 'Fanagalo', sung by the Three Petersen Brothers. This had its debut sometime in the mid-fifties and was a hit, particularly to my young impressionable mind. If anyone is aware of where I might obtain a copy, mp3 or whatever, please get me out of my misery.

Eric Skeen
mailto:northcom@gds.co.za

{Ed: 'Fanagalo' was a number 1 hit in South Africa in 1958 performed by the Three Petersen Brothers with Nico Carstens and His Orchestra.}

Scan of the original single is at:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/fanagalo_big.jpg

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

A Cape Town-based music resource that offers two main areas of expertise and assistance:

1) Music Searches - Assists in recommending and finding relevant music
soundtracks for television, cinema and radio commercials and
productions.

2) Music Licensing - Assists in obtaining the publishing and recording
rights for music to be used as soundtracks for commercials and other
productions.

For more info, please contact:
Stephen Segerman
021 461-9541
mailto:sugar@cd.co.za
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6.LIVE REVIEWS AND GIG INFO
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AMETHYST

The Global Action Cafe in Alberton on Thursday 22 March.
R10 cover charge.

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AUTHENTIC IDEAS GIG DATES

Tuesday 20 March - SUGARDRIVE at the "Who Man Wrongs Concert" - The Doors, Van Riebeek Ave, Edenvale
Tuesday 20 March - WONDERBOOM at the "Who Man Wrongs Concert" - The Doors, Van Riebeek Ave, Edenvale
Saturday 24 March - SUGARDRIVE - Boogie Nights, Lynwood Rd, Pretoria
Saturday 24 March - FRANK OPPERMAN BAND - Mansfield's, Hillfox Power Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Weltevreden Park
Saturday 24 March - RIKU LATTI - Mansfield's, Hillfox Power Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Weltevreden Park
Wednesday 28 March - BATTERY 9 - Demolition, Cnr Conrad and Hillcrest Ave, Blairgowire
Friday 30 March - SUGARDRIVE on the Mentos "In The Circle" Tour - Southern Cross Music Festival, Middlerus, Mooi Rivier, KZN
Friday 30 March - WONDERBOOM - Southern Cross Music Festival, Middlerus, Mooi Rivier, KZN
Friday 30 March - SEMISANE - Southern Cross Music Festival, Middlerus, Mooi Rivier, KZN
Saturday 31 March - FRANK OPPERMAN BAND - Granaat Rock Fees, Olievenhuis National Art Museum, Harrismith Street, Bloemfontein
Saturday 31 March - SUGARDRIVE on the Mentos "In The Circle" Tour - Granaat Rock Fees, Olievenhuis National Art Museum, Harrismith Street, Bloemfontein
Thursday 5 April BATTERY 9 and OHM Tour - De Ja Vu, 158 Voortrekker Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein
Friday 6 April - BATTERY 9 and OHM Tour - The Big Tree, 22 Tradelink Park, Fabrib Street, Strand
Saturday 7 April - LALICIA - Bump, Cnr Alexandra Aitken Rd, Midrand
Saturday 7 April - BATTERY 9 and OHM Tour - The Jam, De Villiers Street, Cape Town
Wednesday 11 April - BINARY - Demolition, Cnr Conrad and Hillcrest Ave, Blairgowrie
Saturday 14 April - SUGARDRIVE (on the Mentos "In The Circle" Tour)/Semisane/Tweak/Wonderboom - The 5FM Easter Rock Festival, Rand Show Grounds, NASREC
Thursday 26 April - SUGARDRIVE on the Mentos "In The Circle" Tour - 206 Live, 206 Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Authentic Ideas: 011-646-6467
Nancy: 083-310-2514
Beth: 083-463-8712
Email: mailto:beth@authentic.co.za

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

MARCH

Tues 20th: UMANJI - R30 - 9:30pm
Wed 21st & Thurs 22nd: GITO BALOI (Tananas) & NIBS VAN DER SPUY
(Landscape Prayers) - R30 - 9:30pm
Fri 23rd & Sat 24th: KHAYA MAHLANGU - R40 - 9:30pm
Sun 25th: PRINCE - R30 - 9:00pm
Tues 27th: UMANJI - R30 - 9:30pm

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ANTON GOOSEN
die liedjieboer - 'n vis innie bos-toer.
MAART - APRIL 2001 acoustic live cabaret

Maart
20 & 21 Sir Rocco's Restaurant Gordons Bay. 21h00 (021) 856 0229
23 & 24 High Street Theater, Durbanville. 20h00 (021) 914 7030
27 Damas restaurant, Worcester 21h00 (023) 342 1477
28 Cathcart Cottage, Caledon. 20h00 (028) 214 1313
29 Ye Olde Thach, Beaufort West. 20h00 (023) 414 2209

April
4 Die Kraal, P.E., 20h30 (041) 503 6123
5 Optics Uitenhage, 21h00 (0410 992 3263
6 Potter's Place, Jeffreys Bay, 20h00 (042) 293 2500
7 Arts Theater, George, 19h00
11 Oudtshoorn, KKNK "om te breyten" 12h00
11 Oudtshoorn, KKNK 23h30 anton goosen en die bushrockband, Rock Art Cafe
12 Oudtshoorn, KKNK "om te breyten" 12h00; 15h00
12 Oudtshoorn, KKNK stalteater 20h30; 21h45
13 Oudtshoorn, KKNK "om te breyten" 12h00
13 Oudtshoorn, KKNK stalteater 18h00; 21h45
14 Oudtshoorn, KKNK "om te breyten" 14h00
14 Oudtshoorn, KKNK Kaktus op die vlaktes - anton goosen en die bushrockband 20h00
17 Die Tolbos, Gansbaai, 20h30
20 Hangklip Hotel, Hangklip 21h00 (028) 273 8448
26 Kokomo teater-restaurant, Klerksdorp, 20h00 (018) 462 4124

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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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LAURIE HARTZ

Where: Gignet Theatre Cafe, 69 Buitengragt Street, Cape Town
When: 29 March
Time: 20:00
Reservations: (021) 424 6550/082 926 2871

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THE JAM
43 De Villiers Road, District Six, Cape Town - next to The Shack

March
Tue 20: Fetish
Sat 24: Funkromania IRMA
Fri 30: Alternative Nation
Sat 31: Algorythm

For any more info, please contact us on 021-465 2106
or e-mail mailto:live@thejam.co.za

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

Wednesday from 9 P.M. Bluesrock with "The Julian Laxton Band". R10
Ladies free till 10pm.
Thursdays from 8.30 P.M. Contempory blues with "Peter Berger" free
Friday from 9 P.M. Blues with "The Mississippi Muthers". R20
Saturdays from 8.30 P.M. "THE LEGEND OF ERIC CLAPTON". Special at R40
featuring The Julian Laxton Band. A musical review of the life and music of Eric Clapton from his school days till present. Book at Julian's 011-678-2880 (Coming soon "The Legend of Jimi Hendrix")
Sundays from 1 P.M. Braai & Music in the Garden with Colin Shamley.
Sundays from 7.00 P.M. jazz/blues/jungle Fusion with "Highway Jam". R10

mailto:julianlaxton@artslink.co.za
http://www.julianlaxton.com
http://rock.co.za/legends/julianlaxton

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JESSE JORDAN

Fri 23 March: Tollies, Stellenbosch 9pm FREE GIG!
Sat 24 March: Bohemia's, Victoria Str, Stellenbosch
9:30pm, R10 Couvert Charge.

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

30 Maart: Woordfees, HB Thom, Stellenbosch
11, 12, 13, 14 April: KKNK, Banketsaal, Oudtshoorn

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MALI BLUES

www.AfricasGateway.com & Brothers R Studios
Presents
Friday Night Jams

Where: Mali Blues, 179 Loop Street, Cape Town
When: Friday 6th April 2001
Time: 8PM
How Much: R20

Underground & Classic jams by:
Brothers R and Milkdaddy
Live Performances by:
R.O.D. (Cape Town)
Kingpinn (Zimbabwe)

Plus! Freestyle Competition
Best MC gets a prize!
Plus! CD Giveaways.

for further Information contact Brothers-R Studios
(021) 7013634 or 083-476-6927  
 
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NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
http://www.nsjfcapetown.com

African Harvest North Sea Jazz Festival - Cape Town 2001
4 Stages - 2 Nights - over 30 African & International Acts
30 & 31 March, Good Hope Centre, Cape Town

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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PURPLE TURTLE

VALIANT SWART
Picture This
Froy
About Blank

Date and time:
Tuesday 20 March 20h00

Venue:
Purple Turtle in Loop Street, Cape Town

Entrance:
R20 (Pre-sold tickets: R15, contact Mariska: 082 375 8991)

For more info, please contact Mariska on 082 375 8991.
mailto:mariskadupreez@yahoo.com

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

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THE SOUTHERN CROSS FESTIVAL 2001
http://www.sxpromo.com
30 March to 1 April

mailto:beth@authentic.co.za
mailto:nancy@authentic.co.za

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SPLASHY FEN
http://www.splashyfen.co.za
26 to 29 April

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

SEARCH ENGINE:

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

ARTISTS:

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

BIZARRE BAZAAR
http://www.geocities.com/bizabaza

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

IAN HENDERSON
http://www.ianhenderson.co.za

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

VENESSA NOLAN
http://www.sunsetrecording.com/venessa

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

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

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

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

SEMISANE
http://www.semisane.com

SHARKBROTHER
http://www.sharkbrother.com

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

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. Recommended.

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

PUTUPOT
http://www.putupot.com

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

TAMBOER KRANTJIE
http://www.pretoria.co.za
http://www.tamboer.co.za

SHOPPING:

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

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
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

MP3s:

DIGITAL CUPBOARD
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.com
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8.BACK ISSUES
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10.CONTACT DETAILS
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EDITORS

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