Posted by Michael Currin, 28 June 2009
Des and Dawn toured their show “Folk on Trek” South Africa and Rhodesia in a truck and caravan for three years before CBS recorded this live lunch hour concert on the stage of the Wits University Great Hall. The album was released in September 1967, and immediately became a top seller. It was promptly banned by the Publications Control Board, prompting Des and Dawn to appeal against the banning in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg. The appeal was turned down by Mr. Justice Ludorf, and all copies were ordered destroyed, including the masters.
Fortunately copies of the album survived the draconian order, closeted in the private collections of many discerning and indignant South Africans.
Hence “Folk on Trek online”. Available at www.RhythmOnline.co.za
Posted by Michael Currin, 21 June 2009
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Hello feisty friends, music lovers and “we’re not afraid of the weather” go-getters
This is the final “mind-jig” to keep you in the loop about my solo performance as part of the last Levi’s Vintage Sunday line-up this coming Sunday 28th June 2009 at the Jade Lounge. And yes Winter is here, but don’t be afraid of the weather. Take this opportunity to strut your stuff, show off your new coat and funky boots, or just come in whatever blows your fancy, I would love to see you there.
THOSE DETAILS AGAIN:
Date: 28th June 2009
Venue: the Jade Lounge. 49 Main Rd Greenpoint, [above Manos – old Buddha Bar site]
Bonus?? Admission is FREE
Time: Show starts at 7:30pm
Line-up: Check out the great line-up for the evening
1. Farryl Purkiss
2. Tina Schouw
3. Simon Van Gend
Who can come? Everyone and their mother
Come and support the last Vintage Sunday night performance, don’t be a wet blanket. Enjoy some old and some new material and settle in for a night of soul food. So wipe the cobwebs off those “I just wanna have fun” boots and get out there.
Come and make some noise for your favorite artists!!!!
See you there. YES? YES!
Look forward to seeing you there.
Love and a bottle of mulled red wine (YUMMY)
Since 2006 KFC Pretoria has been changing the way South Africans perceive local music by giving home-grown musicians in the hip hop and rock genres the opportunity to make a name for themselves.
Three years later it’s no different. In the months of June and July 2009 bands can now submit their music, videos, biographies and any other content they wish to the KFC Sessions website – www.kfcsessions.co.za. A panel of industry judges will then rate music and media submitted by each act.
The weekly top 10 bands will be announced on Tuks FM and TUTFM by Barney Simon and Syko and will be published on the KFC sessions website. There will be two separate top ten pools according to the genre.
Each of the final top 5 acts (selected by the end of July) will then have the chance to prove themselves in a set of semi finals, the winner of which will walk away with R10 000 in prizes and a chance to play the gig of a lifetime. Last year winners had the opportunity to share the stage with rock legends Fokofpolisiekar in front of 6 000 adoring fans, this year is set to be no different.
KFC Sessions has provided a perfect platform for well known bands such as Kidofdoom and Japan and I to launch from, in 2009 it could do the same for yours. Visit www.kfcsessions.co.za for more information.
Mabu Vinyl, the shop in Rheede Street in Gardens that sells all kinds of old and new stuff such as LP’s and 12″ and 7″ records, CD’s, comics, books, cassettes, DVDs, VHS videos, magazines, and more, is having a massive mid-winter, recession-busting, two-week half-price sale from Monday 22nd June till Sunday 5th July.
Sale Dates: Monday 22nd June till Sunday 5th July
Shop hours: Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-6, Sunday 11-3
Shop Address: 2 Rheede Street, Gardens (off the corner of Kloof Street), Cape Town.
Posted by Luna Paige
I have just recorded 4 new songs in Sunset Studios and had the best time ever! I am so excited about the musical developments.
I was lucky enough to collaborate with 2 great artists whose work I really admire and respect. They are Gerald Clark and Chris Chameleon. I recorded a duet with Gerald (slightly out of my usual genre). It was so much fun. We really laughed a lot – while moulding and shaping the song. It’s not ready yet and still needs some work – but I am confident that fans will love this sexy song and can’t wait to hear what listeners think of it. To see a sneak preview of this song – keep your eyes out for TV program “Artcha” on SABC 2. They will be doing a feature on me and my collaboration with Gerald Clark.
The other song – (which happened very quickly) – features a guest appearance by Chris Chameleon. He brought a beautiful touch to my song “Sunday in Japan” with vocal acrobatics and improvisations which reminds of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who has worked with various artists such as Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder. This song is bound to take listeners on a hypnotic trip through the east. I can’t wait to release this song!
Then, further more – fans must check out TV program “The Power Within” on SABC 3 this following Saturday 20 June at 11am sharp. They will be featuring me and my collaboration with the Bellevue Choir as well as my developing non-profit organization – The New Love Foundation. Please have a look and tell your friends to check it out too. Remember that this song can be downloaded for free after registering as a fan on my website.
So as you can see – things are exciting and happening – and building up to the release of my third album in September & October 2009.
But first I will be touring again and releasing the above mentioned songs on the internet in July and August. I will be performing in Stellenbosch, Durban, at Oppikoppi, Pretoria and in Bloemfontein. Check out my website at the end of the month for the complete gig guide.
Lots of love!
Posted by Michael Currin, 14 June 2009
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON THE ROCK ‘N ROLL HIGHWAY @ CAFÉ BARCELONA
SATURDAY 18TH JULY 2009
FROM 15h00 TILL LATE
The year 2009 sees Jack Hammer, one of the country’s finest and longest serving rock bands, celebrate 25 years pounding the Rock ‘n Roll ‘Highway’ in South Africa. The “JACK HAMMER JAMBOREE” is a music festival to take place at Cafe Barcelona in Elardus Park on Saturday 18th July 2009 to celebrate ‘a quarter of a century’ for this incredible outfit! All the artists performing at the “JACK HAMMER JAMBOREE” have at some or other stage played in the Jack Hammer band over the past 25 years. Spearheaded over these years, by SA music legend Piet Botha, Jack Hammer has made a huge impact and a phenomenal contribution to promote South African music and these musicians have supported and assisted many local artists to ‘kick start’ their careers in the local industry. Jack Hammer’s music over these years has truly touched and enriched the lives of all of those it has reached.
Botha started his long and illustrious career back in 1972, when as a Tuks-student; he played as a solo artist at some of his hometown venues in Pretoria. A true Rock ‘n Roller at heart, Botha is probably one of the finest guitarists this country has ever produced. His early influences and inspiration was found from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and many of the rock legends of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Originally Botha stuck to his rock ‘n roll guns and produced some of the most incredible rock music with bands such as Raven, Catherine Wheel and Wildebeest, already then acclaiming some very prestigious awards when Raven was nominated as runners up to the SABC TV’s Battle of the Bands competition in 1979 and when the Bushrock 1 album, by Wildebeest, was nominated as best local rock album of the year in 1981.
In 1984 Botha formed the rock outfit Jack Hammer and has kept the name ever since. Jack Hammer has seen many members come and go in it’s 25 year history, but it’s founder, the ‘Hammer’, is still rocking steady to this day. Much of Botha’s and Jack Hammer’s magic has been captured on albums such as Jack of All Trades, Ghosts on the Wind, Death of a Gypsy, Anthology, The Pilgrim and their latest release Highway 13. In 1997 Botha was persuaded by associates to migrate his musical talent to the Afrikaans music arena. His first Afrikaans CD, Suitcase Vol Winter, was testimony to his creative abilities and was acclaimed by SA Rock Digest as one of the finest musical works ever produced on our shores. Other great Afrikaans albums followed suit and Botha, together with Jack Hammer, produced Jan Skopgraaf, Die Hits and Die Mamba, which was acclaimed local album of the year in 2004.
A down to earth and humble character, Botha has during this exciting journey in his musical career, rubbed shoulders with other greats of our local music scene such as Trevor Rabin (Rabbit / Yes), Rupert Mellor (McCully Workshop) Mike Faure, Julian Laxton, Colin Pratley, the late Ken E Henson (Freedoms Children), Dave Tarr (Silver Creek Mountain Band / Wildebeest), Vusi Mahlasela, the late Gito Baloi, Ray Phiri and numerous others. Botha with Jack Hammer has also shared the stage with some world class acts such as ZZ Top, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep.
In 2005 Botha was honoured with a SAMA Lifetime Achievement for his contribution made to South African music during his incredible career.
Line-up JACK HAMMER JAMBOREE – 18 July 2009:
Jack Hammer :
Piet Botha – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Paul van der Waal – drums, percussion
Tertius du Plessis – bass guitar
Johnathan Martin – guitar, vocals
Boet Faber – Lead guitar
Eric Birkenstock – Bass guitar
Jan Maloney – Drums
Cesera Cesarino – Bass guitar
Findlay Malherbe – Drums
Lowell Jeffrey – Bass guitar
Lani van der Walt – Bass guitar
Toni van der Walt – Lead guitar
Schalk van der Merwe – Bass guitar
Jorik Pienaar – Drums, percussion
Paul Barnard – Bass guitar
Andy Stephenson – Drums
Dave Codling – Guitar
Leon van Zweel – Saxophone
Karlien van Niekerk – Vocals
Deon Maree – Guitar
Mervyn Davis – Violin, mandolin
Stean van der Walt – Guitar, vocals
Chris van der Walt – Lead guitar
Heinie van der Walt – Lead guitar
Master of Ceremony / Narrator:
Dirk Jordaan – Beeld
Café Barcelona is a live music venue located in the Elardus Park shopping centre, south east of Pretoria started by Jose and Chrisna Pesquito in 1996. For their very first live gig none other than Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin performed “unplugged” on the night and this started the wonderful journey for Café Barcelona. It has been adopted as ‘home base’ in Pretoria, for many of the country’s best local talent. The venue is one of Pretoria’s prime music spots which is extremely popular with both musicians and music fans alike. Jose’ and Chrisna’s passion for local talent is deep rooted and they have supported local talent through thick and thin over the years.
This venue is undoubtedly one of the best live music venues in Pretoria. Open 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, with live music from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The cuisine and service is great and the food on offer from their Ala Carte menu is excellent.
The Production team for JACK HAMMER JAMBOREE comprises of the following members:
|Piet Botha||Production Manager||072 215 8455|
|Vernon (Moonshine) Lee||Event Manager||083 464 3281|
|Jose Pesquito||Proprietor Café Barcelona||084 900 3811|
|Laurie Grobler||Stage Manager||079 495 9363|
|Dirk Jordaan||MC & Narrator||082 776 6856|
Posted by Piet Botha
Time keeps on slipping…
Thanks to all for making this this such a wonderful year. We have had the most amazing gigs and now it’s June. July 18th is the Jamboree and we hope to celebrate 25 years of Jack Hammer history in style.
Most of the players have been found , so it should be quite a reunion.
From the very first Jack Hammer line-up (Boet Faber, Eric Birckenstock, Maloney and Piet ) to the present.
When we do the songs from “Ghosts on the Wind” the band will be the same as the time we did the album. Findlay Malherbe on drums, Deacon on bass, David Codling on guitar …
When we play songs from “Death of a Gypsy”, Duke on drums, Lanie vd Walt on guitar, Deacon on bass…. ”Anthology” will introduce Beano on bass, Johnathan Martin on guitar and vocals, Duke on drums.
“Suitcase vol Winter” will have Jorik Pienaar on drums.
“The United Wolmer Brothers Showband” will feature the infamous Van Der Walt brothers ( Lanie, Tonie, Chris and Heine) , myself, Jorik Pienaar on drums and Van Horn (Leon van Zweel) on saxophone..
On the acoustic stage we will feature Jack Hammer “Unplugged” as well as some guest artists like The Allen Wood Project, The Good Old Boys, Stean vd Walt and more.
Paul Barnard, Leon van Zweel, Karlien van Niekerk, Mervyn Davis, Deon Maree, Siya Makuzeni, Jacob Wulana, Samuel Shoai, Schalk vd Merwe , Andy Stephenson and other wonderful musicians will join us at any given time to celebrate 25 years of music under the Jack Hammer banner…
Friends who cannot be there will be remembered … Doc Barendse, Henry Jackson, Paul Vantoon, Len Hefer, Dave Tarr, Ken E Henson, St Adrian and all the ghosts upon the road…
This is a special gig and we hope to have all our friends there. It is impossible to name all the people that have kept Jack Hammer on the road thru the years but we will try to pay respect to one and all thru the music.
For the last few years we have to thank Mike Joubert and Alistair King for their unwavering support to help us to make albums that we believed in. So we are ready and willing to carry on. Special thanks to Deon van Niekerk and all at Select Music Distribution for getting the catalogue up and running.
Moonshine Lee and Brian Currin. Hein and Christine Waschefort. Annalise and Carl.
Kalie Kirsten and family at Goedvertrouw Farm. Charl Barry, Fritz James, Frans and Linda Human, everybody in southern Mocambique, Dick and Annie from NudiDivers, everybody from the subterranean world, Barry and Jackie Frey, Doc Frey, Charlene Mckenzie, Brian McKenzie, Josè and Chrisna , Konrad and Lisa … Mariana Malan, Carina Laubscher, Dirk Jordaan, Ronel Nel, Evan Milton, Andy Darlington, Richard Jones,
these are but a few of the people we have to thank for keeping the faith.
I am sure we have missed many names and dates and thanks to be given but you know who you are and from our vagabond hearts we thank you.
The Jamboree will start at 3pm on July 18th, with two stages … electric stage inside and acoustic stage outside… the sets will alternate between the two.
For bookings please ball Cafè Barcelona 012 3453602 or mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Matt Sullivan, Light In The Attic
Please find below all links to l’Express website (3 millions people per month) for which Rodriguez recorded such open air little session.
Interview et session acoustique en plein air de Sixto Rodriguez (en 2 parties) :
Posted by Matt Sullivan, Light In The Attic
I hope you can catch one of the upcoming North American dates. The shows in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles will feature full horn sections.
- Mon, Jun 22 – Richard’s On Richards – Vancouver – w/ Pink Mountaintop (Solo)
- Tue, Jun 23 – The Triple Door – Seattle – w/ Arthur & Yu
- Wed, Jun 24 – Doug Fir – Portland
- Fri, Jun 26 – Slim’s – San Francisco – w/ Fools Gold
- Sat, Jun 27 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles – w/ Brightblack Morning Light
During the upcoming U.S. West Coast tour, Rodriguez will be stopping by two excellent record stores to sign autographs prior to the evening shows…
Mon, June 22 at 6 PM
@ Zulu Records
1972 West 4th Ave
Wed, June 24 at 6 PM
@ Jackpot Records
203 SW 9th Ave. (corner of SW 9th & Burnside)
Rodriguez CDs available at Sugar Music
Posted by Michael Currin, 7 June 2009