Why doesn’t my website show up in Google or other search engines?

This is probably the question I get asked most from people who have put up websites and then sat back waiting for the world to find them.

Why doesn’t my website show up in Google or other search engines?

As much as we might like to think otherwise, the world is not looking for you specifically. If they were, they could just type your web address i.e. briancurrin.com directly into the address bar of their favourite browser and up would pop your website.

What people on the internet are looking for is solutions to their problems, and if your website offers the right solution, then it needs to appear on the first page of search results.

For example, I would like to have music people (musicians, studios, labels, shops) who live in Cape Town, and who are looking for help with online marketing, find me.

Search “online music marketing cape town” on Google and see the results.

And then search on Bing, another popular search engine.

Or Yahoo.

And try searching for “marketing south african music on the web

So who are you talking to about your online marketing?

Contact me

http://briancurrin.com

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Top Ten Tunes: Free MP3 Downloads on Channel 24

The Shamonix – Jingle Bells

XXXmasCrazy Gauteng retro-punks remind us that we all need a sense of humour during the festive season with this XXX-rated makeover of everyone’s favourite Xmas classic.

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Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

Ian Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It’s a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels’ Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

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Ike Moriz – Let it Snow

Classy SA crooner eases us into the festive season with this swinging Vegas lounge finger snapper off his new album ‘Starry Night’, which contains 15 beautifully arranged jazzy adaptions of popular Christmas songs.

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Various Artists – A Christmas Sampler

Good Hope FM ChristmasGood Hope FM has rallied some of Cape Town’s leading artists and invited them to make their own personal contribution to Christmas through music. The result is a stunning beautiful and heart-warming album called ‘Good Hope FM Christmas’. There are new versions of old festive chestnuts – plus brand-new compositions – all performed in a joyous Christmas spirit – celebrating Christmas …and Cape Town.

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Mona – Holy City

Fans of Sarah Brightman and Katherine Jenkins are going to love SA light classical soprano Mona’s sublime symphonic pop rendition of this timeless Xmas hymn.

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Nova Noël – The Christmas Song

Christmas in Cape TownNew Mother City band blend sassy, silky gospel vocals with a smooth contemporary jazz feel on this festive favouirte off their first project, ‘Nova Noël – Christmas in Cape Town’, which is a compilation CD of popular Christmas songs, performed in their own unique style.

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The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula

Space is the place on this mellifluous a cappella gem off the queens of mbaqanga’s recent album, ‘Reign and Shine’. Fresh and dynamic, the new album maps the spaces where mbaqanga and mbube meet and greet with tracks ranging from traditional classics to brand new, original material.

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

The Heart Of A Fool “I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth,” serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings’ brand new CD, ‘Against All Odds’. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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Rezonance New Year’s Festival

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HOW TO HAVE A DOPE NEW YEAR…

Tremble in your bootsies. African Dope is hosting the Technodubfest Arena at this year’s edition of the mind-bending, beat-laden oasis which is Rezonance New Year’s Festival 2009.

The full lineup is a list of your favourite savages from home and abroad. Wide-eyed and inconsiderate, these prehistoric trouble-makers won’t let you stop dancing, no matter how nicely you ask. They dabble in the arts of eerie stuff like Electro, Breaks, Drum&Bass, Glitch-Hop, Swing, Dub, Rockabilly, Dubstep, Techno, Thug Hop, Bass Wobble, and whichever other genre comes into existence between today and December 31st.

Do believe that this is the only party worth lighting a candle for on New Year’s, and come join African Dope at Rezonance 2009 in the Technodubfest Arena.

THE SAVAGES: (in alphabetical order)
7FT SOUND SYSTEM
– AMBUSH (Dubmental JHb)
– BEN LEWIS (UK)
– ENOUGH WEAPONS (On A Break Records)
– FORGOTTEN FREE-QUENCIES (D-FORM + REAL ROZZANO)
– FUNAFUJI (Step Up)
– GRAVE DANGER
– HYPHEN + SFR
– KILLER ROBOT (IVAN TURANJANIN + AK 47)
– JACOB ISRAEL
– JAM JAR (Soundproof + Baka)
KALAHARI SURFERS
KRUSHED + SORTED (Live Audio-Visual)
– LAPSE (Sshadoworkss)
– LONESOME DAVE FERGUSON
– LV (HYPERDUB RECORDS UK)
MIX ‘N BLEND (African Dope)
– MR SAKATUMI + THE GRRL
MARKUS WORMSTORM (Sshadoworkss)
– NISKERONE (It Came From The Jungle)
– P.H.FAT (African Dope)
– THA CUTT (2 x SA DMC Champ)
– TORNADO’S
– TWELVE AND THESIS (On a Break Records, Jhb)

Plus many many more…………

VENUE | Beautiful new venue only 20 mins from Cape Town

The new venue has plenty of lush green grass, tree shade and a choice of three dams to swim in.

Directions:
– Take N1 out of Cape Town.
– Take the N7 towards Malmesbury.
– Just after the refinery take the Potsmansdam turn off and turn towards the hills.
– Turn left at the Contermanskloof T-Junction.
– Follow the signs.

VENUE OPENS AT 12 NOON ON WEDNESDAY 30 DECEMBER

TICKETS: (Check the Facebook event page for ticket outlets)

R320 Presale | R330 Online at www.webtickets.co.za | R350 Gate

WIN FREE TICKETS | SMS Rezonance to 34439 to win free tickets. R2 per SMS.

Sent by African Dope Records, Cape Town, South Africa
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The South African Rock Music Digest – South African Pop and Rock Music: Past, Present & Future

The South African Rock Music Digest – South African Pop and Rock Music: Past, Present & Future.

The South African Rock Music Digest was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock and pop music from 1999-2004.

Re-established in 2009, embracing various social media networking tools and platforms.

Download Seether’s New Album at Rhythm

Seether’s album Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 – The Seether Sessions is now available for download from RhythmMusicStore.com. This South African-only release includes interviews with the band and rare cover versions of The Beatles’ Across The Universe and Frank Sinatra’s I’ve Got You Under My Skin.

Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 - The Seether Sessions by Seether (Click here to listen to Native Noise Collection Vol. 1 – The Seether Sessions before downloading)

Other popular titles by Seether include Disclaimer II and One Cold Night.You might also enjoy Postmodern World by Karen Zoid, Collected Memories by Zebra & Giraffe and Dutch Courage

by aKING.

As part of our 73,000+ track catalogue, you can now download all these MP3 music tracks by visiting RhythmMusicStore.com.

Thank you for shopping at Rhythm, the 24/7 Music Store!

Yours in music
Christine Pienaar
Music Fan
Rhythm Music Store

Top Ten Tunes: Free Downloads from Channel 24

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

HeuninglandIan Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

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Johannes Kerkorrel – Sit Dit Af

Johannes Kerkorrel leads his Gereformeerde Blues Band out of the valley of verkrampte Nationalist Party ideology on this razor sharp satire of (not) watching PW Botha on TV. Off the ‘alternative Afrikaans’ Voëlvry era classic, ‘Eet Kreef’.Download Listen Now

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It’s a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels’ Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

Download Listen Now

» Read the Review · Listen

Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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» Read the Review · Listen

The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula

Mahotella QueensSpace is the place on this mellifluous a cappella gem off the queens of mbaqanga’s recent album, ‘Reign and Shine’. Fresh and dynamic, the new album maps the spaces where mbaqanga and mbube meet and greet with tracks ranging from traditional classics to brand new, original material.

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» Read the Review · Listen

Richard van der Westhuizen – Engelliedjie

Popular Afrikaaans singer songwriter shares another piano ‘n strings coloured ballad about love off his top-selling album, ‘Songs Uit My Binnesak. Fans of Koos du Plessis’ romantic luisterliedjie craft, this one’s for you.

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

The Heart Of A Fool “I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth,” serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings’ brand new CD, ‘Against All Odds’. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.

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McCully Workshop – Nosferatu

Recently reunited 70s classic rock legends (remember ‘Buccaneer’?) coax listeners to take a walk down the dark side of the street on this shadowy tale of a vampiric relationship of love and lust. It’s a rocking new track off their 4-track sampler titled ‘Work In Progress’ (pre-release). The current group consist of the classic 70s line-up of brothers Mike and Tully McCully, Richard Black and Rupert Mellor.

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Carol Thorns – Closer To The Sun

Fireflies In The RainCoda’s sultry cellist turns up the heat on this chic clubber’s cocktail of classical music and house grooves featuring vocalist Nina Du Plessis. Off her debut solo album, ‘Fireflies In The Rain’.

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Merseystate – New Jersey Girl

Mother City rockers Wayne Joshua and Shai Caleb (ex-Farenheit) share this first, hook-laden single off their debut album ‘The Lucky Ones’. Fans of well-crafted Brit-pop cut from Oasis and The Beatles’ cloth, this is well worth a listen.

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Rodriguez – Music-news.com – Live Review – 21 December 09

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Rodriguez, Union Chapel, London
added: 21 Dec 2009 // gig date: 9 Dec 2009
reviewer: Claudia A.

4 / 5

For those of you not quite familiar with Mexican/American musician Rodriguez (aka Sixto Diaz Rodriguez), let’s hope that his recent UK gigs have changed all that.
Judging from his recent concert at London’s Union Chapel, Rodriguez has a hardcore fan base here – and deservedly so!
Detroit born Rodriguez recorded his debut album ‘Cold Fact’ in 1969 and dreamt of fame and fortune, but sadly, his captivating blend of psychedelic folk-rock didn’t receive the attention it deserved. When his 1972 follow-up album ‘Coming From Reality’ also flopped, Rodriguez decided to return to reality! To be fair, it should be pointed out that his idiosyncratic behaviour didn’t exactly help matters, what’s with him playing only at dive bars, or with his back turned at the audience during an industry showcase. He carried on with his job in a petrol station and furthermore campaigned for his local government amongst other activities – always staying true to his own beliefs.

The universe works in strange ways, however, and it worked in strange ways for Rodriguez: his debut album was ‘re-discovered’ in various places around the globe and over time it gathered cult status especially in South Africa. As it often happens with things that carry a cult-label, rumours about the singer also begun to circulate. Some believed Rodriguez to be dead; others simply assumed he’d vanished into obscurity, or to rot in prison, or being locked away in a mental institute. With the exception of some small tours Down Under in the late 1970’s, practically nothing had been heard of him for almost 30 years. Until journalist Craig Bartholomew found Rodriguez alive and kicking in Detroit. However, the singer had no idea about his cult status and only learned about it when his oldest daughter discovered a website dedicated to her father. He decided it’s would be high time to embark on another tour – predictably enough across South Africa. In addition, a New York DJ included Rodriguez’ track ‘Come Get It, I got It’ on a compilation, thus helping spread the artist’s cult status further.

His brilliant ‘Coming From Reality’ album (originally recorded with the contributing talents of Chris Spedding and producer Steve Rowland) was unearthed by Light In The Attic Records and re-released in 2009. An inspired move, as no doubt Rodriguez’ cult status will continue to grow.

His concert at the Union Chapel started with ‘Inner City Blues’ and continued with ‘Only Good For Conversation’. Next was the mellow and rather folk-orientated ‘Crucify Your Mind’ and the audience was clearly spellbound both by Rodriguez performance and the atmospheric church setting. The catchy ‘To Whom It May Concern’ with its slightly 60’s pop tune homage gathered much applause and Rodriguez and his musicians visibly enjoyed the appreciation they got. ‘I Think Of You’ is a wonderful love song with emphasis on acoustic guitar – with lyrics like ‘Just a song we shared out here brings memories back when you were here’ it’s the perfect song to listen to during romantic moments.

Equally catchy with its curious blend of folk and retro pop is ‘Like Janis’ – like all Rodriguez songs, it’s also a brilliant example of his craftsmanship as a songwriter:

‘And you measure for wealth by the things you can hold
And you measure for love by the sweet things you’re told
And you live in the past or a dream that you’re in
And your selfishness is your cardinal sin.’

Next came his most famous track ‘Sugarman’ – a song that needs no further introduction. It was used in the 2006 Heath Ledger film ‘Candy’. As Rodriguez sang ‘Won’t you hurry ‘cos I’m tired of these scenes,’ it became apparent that the audience became a little tired of not being able to dance along to the music within the holy surroundings of the chapel. ‘Can we get up and dance?’ they addressed Rodriguez, ‘we wanna get up and dance’ some audience members insisted. ‘Oh, I’m too ancient for that’ joked Rodriguez, followed by ‘No, you’re not ancient but legend’ from the audience.

‘I’m Gonna Live’ and ‘I Wonder’ were next, but when he performed ‘Climb Up On My Music’ the audience simply stood up and bopped along to the rhythm and the beat! Needless to say Rodriguez was called back for an encore and once again he played his magic. He thanked his audience for being simply wonderful, and his daughter for discovering the fansite in the first place. Without her, he would not be here performing, he remarked. Something tells me he will be back performing on our shores very soon!

Rodriguez – Live Music Scene – Live Review – 19 December 09

http://www.live-music-scene.co.uk/index.asp
http://www.live-music-scene.co.uk/gig-reviews-content.asp?id=151

Rodriguez / Wooden Wand with David Lowrey

Where: The Thekla // When: 08/12/2009

by Stan Lockey

I was totally unprepared for main artist Rodriguez. I had listened to ‘Cold Fact’ years ago and whilst enjoying at the time, the album had never found its way into my collection. An almost empty Thekla filled to near capacity with minutes to go, an expectant buzz about the place that something remarkable was about to happen, and an overwhelming feeling of togetherness was building. Rodriguez arrived on stage to the loudest reception I have witnessed in The Thekla. Unable to get onto stage unaided, the band positioned him in place centre stage and then had to wait for the cheers to subside before starting. Launching into the first number, I was instantly impressed. Rodriguez plays with a rough Mexican styli, finger raking and string slapping at phenomenal speed which when coupled with the four piece band produced an entirely new sound (albeit from 1969) that does not come across on the clean recorded version.

The songs, often political, mainly advice on life based, were wonderfully crafted with some of the best placed keys I have heard, in particular tracks where an old Hammond was employed. Most impressive was the performance of the band. It was evident that they were the band for this three date tour and had not played with Rodriguez to any extent. Constantly on the watch for changes and not always spot on, some of the tracks descended into a lengthy jam whilst working through a link or finding an ending, and evident on all was the sheer pleasure they had from playing with him.

The set was pretty much all of the two albums ‘Cold Fact’ and ‘Coming From Reality’ with the crowd favourite being ‘Sugar Man’ and mine being ‘I Wonder’. Ending with ‘I Think of You’, the noise of the audience was tumultuous and Rodriguez returned to play a lengthy cover of ‘Hound Dog’. I left feeling that I had witnessed a Legend and determined to add two albums to my collection.

Rodriguez Cold Fact

From Clive Mentzel

I was out last night in the Portobello Road and popped out of the Market Thai (a pub at the top end of the road where we were having an end of year party) to go to Rough Trade to browse through the vinyl… and what I found took me back so far; a copy of Rodriguez’s Cold Fact. How awesome, it stared at me on the rack and I at it and we sort of had this formalin-suspended moment, masses of ancient history flooding back between us, pristinely preserved vistas of past times spent with this record (yes it was a record back then, a bit scratched and crackly)… I’m listening to it this morning and having read the sleeve notes thought I would say thank you for reviving this, getting it back on CD.

Rock Fest Update from Leon Economides

From Leon Economides

Hello

Yes, it’s been a while. Namely a few years. No comments from the peanut gallery.

You might recall that The Rockfest was terminated by 1485am Radio Today’s management, giving us less than three days notice, in February this year. It was a bit of a slap in the face for all the presenters who gave freely of their time, for over three years, and the lack of appreciation and support shown, and the way it was done, left many people feeling pretty embittered and annoyed. For many presenters, whilst being grateful to Radio Today for allowing them the freedom to play the music of their choice, it signalled the end of their short broadcasting “career”.

The Rockfest was basically put on “ice”, with very little chance of it being revived, given the strict playlisted format and programming (not to mention politically correct!) structure of most radio stations in South Africa.

It’s against this background that I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Prior, Phil Wright, Benjy Mudie, Melanie Walker, Rafe Lavine, David Blood, Leon Fourie, Robert Laing, Tamara Jeunette, Jurgen Becker, Lesley Chase, Rosemary Royeppen, Greg Tucker, Rui de Sousa, Adelle First, Bojan Andrejevic, Natalie Chapman, Nicole De Gruchy and Mark Vas for having been part of The Rockfest at various stages, and for sharing their music and talent with us.

In the three years and a bit that The Rockfest on 1485am was in existence, it had built up a pretty good reputation as a series of programmes in which all styles of music, from jazz to blues, from country to metal and prog, and from classic rock to folk, could be heard, seven nights a week. We had three Rockfest concerts at venues such as Tempos and The Rustic Theatre, featuring some of the best bands / artists in the country, namely Mel Botes, Ghapi, Clint & Co, Jonathan Martin, Band o’ Gypsies, Strange Brew, Agro, Radiation, Mantis, bassist Kai Horsthemke and his brilliant band, Three Foot Thang, Brad Cunningham, and a host of others, with the main objective being the promotion of South African bands as well as that of The Rockfest, and Radio Today. South African bands / artists were regularly featured and interviewed on The Rockfest, and all the presenters were encouraged to feature good, original South African music on their shows.

To cut a long story short, that all ended towards the end of February 2009. Some presenters, such as Chris Prior, Robert Laing and David Blood, remained with 1485. The rest of us resigned ourselves to the fact that it was great while it lasted, but, as is normally the case with rock shows on radio in South Africa, it was just a matter of time before the plug was pulled (I think it’s an affliction that seems embedded in the minds of the powers that be that anything that features real guitars, drums, keyboards, and that doesn’t feature the words “Yo!”, or “Was happenin??”, or has rap lyrics about some dildo with baggy pants and a backward facing cap letting the dogs out, or some “sounds like everybody else” R & B diva moaning as if she has an ice pick stuck in the back of her head, is a no-no on South African radio, especially if it’s presented by an “ethnically challenged” specimen of the masculine persuasion). Fortunately, Benjy, who had moved on to another radio station, and Barney Simon, one of the most respected and admired presenters in the country, together with Chris, David and Robert, kept the flag flying, so to speak. As did Shiloh Noone in the Cape.

Fast forward to the here and now….

A few weeks ago, I received a message to call Richard Jones. I had never met him before, but I had heard many good things about Richard in the past, mainly that he had a lot of experience in and on radio in this country, having worked on Capitol Radio and Radio 2000, and, more importantly, he was into music. Rock music. A truly rare breed: a station manager, with years of experience, into rock music! How great is that? Turns out that he also has the perfect face for radio. A marriage made in Heaven!

I called him back, and what he told me blew me out of the water: Richard had recently become station manager of 93.8FM Midrand Stereo, a community radio station based, oddly and cunningly enough, in Midrand. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s sort of midway between Joburg and Pretoria, hence the “mid” part….well, you get the drift. Richard wanted to know if I was keen on restarting The Rockfest. On a mandated ROCK station, with an FM signal and a pretty decent range (from some parts in Pretoria, through to the prime business areas of Randburg and Sandton, right through to the other side of the East Rand Mall, as well as to Fourways, Broadcares, etc), with a station manager of Richard’s calibre and reputation, and with total freedom to play any music as long as it has a rock slant / link / connection. Did you get that? I said R O C K, that dreaded word not normally used on South African radio for fear of being tied down on a bed of nails and forced to listen to hours and hours of mindless, nauseating R & B, Pop, Dance, Rap and other juicy bits that seem to make up the staple diet of almost every radio station in the country.

A few immediate questions / thoughts came to mind: Do snakes have hips? Do bears shit in the woods? Does puke always have carrots and peas in it, irrespective of what you’ve been eating? You get the drift, part 2.

Needless to say, a number of frantic phone calls and sms’s followed. I wanted to get as many of the original Rockfest people on board as I could, with the intention of starting immediately. Foreplay was not part of the equation. As you can see on the (almost complete) programming schedule below, quite a few of the original Rockfest people are on board, but there are also quite a few new people, many of whom have never done broadcasting before. Everybody has the same passion: to play the best possible music in the country, on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. As before, you can hear anything from metal to blues to 70’s disco (listen to classic disco tracks such as “Devil’s Gun” and tell me that hasn’t got serious rock links!). Two weeks into the new Rockfest, and some new kids on the block are already starting to shine!

As before, Brian Currin, who has started a blog for The Rockfest (www.rockfest.co.za), is as supportive and enthusiastic as ever, as are advertisers such as Look & Listen, who did not hesitate to come on board, and I want to say thank you to Howard Lazarus, CEO of Look & Listen, for his unfailing support, help and friendship.

We plan to restart The Rockfest gigs, and it’s our intention to have these at The Rustic Theatre, which is a fantastic indoor / outdoor venue with good food and plenty parking, with our “relaunch” possibly at the end of January / early February.

Each presenter has been encouraged to have their playlist for the week placed on the website / blog (I STILL have no clue what the difference between the two is!), so you will able to get an idea of the kind of music each presenter features on their show.

The station is offering extremely attractive advertising rates, up to the end of January 2010, with great benefits, such as one month FREE advertising, so if you would be keen to advertise on the station (and you would also be helping to keep 93.8FM alive and growing!), please contact either Richard on 0822212201 or station advisor Hanz Stricker on 0825613531. As Angus and the boys said: “You Want Rock? You Got It” – your help in keeping the whole thing alive would be beneficial for everyone.

Well, that’s it, for now. Don’t expect long newsletters every week – some of us work for a living! But you can certainly expect to see the playlists, at least, on the blog / website / whatever! You get the drift. Part 3.

This is for you, for us, for Rock ‘n Roll, for SA music, for non-playlisted radio shows. For the freedom to hear what YOU want to hear on the radio.

Thank you to all the guys and girls who share in the same dream and who will give of their time and energy, and who will share their passion.

Thank the Lord for people like Richard Jones and Hanz Stricker………

I wish you a very happy and blessed Christmas, and hope that the New Year will be safe, prosperous and successful for us all.

Leon.

Leon Economides – The RockIt Scientist. Playlist: Monday 14 December 2009, 21H00 to Midnight

01. Home – Dreamer, from “Home”. 1972 – CBS Records

02. Titanic – Macumba, bonus track on “Eagle Rock”. 1974 – CBS Records

03. Jade Warrior – Eyes On You, from “Released”. 1972 – Vertigo Records

04. Randy Pie – Kitsch, from “Kitsch”. 1975 – Polydor Records

05. Lake – On The Run, from “Lake”. 1977 – CBS Records

06. Atlantis – Friends, from “Live”. 1974 – Vertigo Records

07. Keef Hartley Band – Sinnin’ For You, from “Halfbreed”. 1969 – Deram Records

08. Walrus – Who Can I Trust, from “Walrus”. 1970 – Deram Records

09. Alan Bown – Through The Night, from “Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal” (Island Anthology 1967 – 1972). 2005 – Island Records

10. If – Child Of Storm, from “If 3”. 1971 – United Artists Records

11. Annie Haslam & Magenta – Night And Day, from “Night And Day (4 track EP). 2006 – F2 Music

12. Quidam – Credo, from “Pod Niebem Czas”. 2002 – Rock Serwis

13. Doro – Herzblut, from “Fear No Evil”. 2009 – AFM Records

14. Mostly Autumn – Flowers For Guns, from “Glass Shadows”. 2008 – Mostly Autumn Records

15. Hawkwind – Orgone Accumulator, from “Space Ritual”. 1973 – United Artists Records

16. Beggars Opera – Passacaglia, from “Act One”. 1970 – Vertigo Records

17. 707 – A Sinful Woman, from “The Fourth Decade”. 2006 – Renaissance Records

18. RPM – A Legend Never Dies, from “RPM”. 1982 – EMI Records

19. Cobra – Blood On Your Money, from “First Strike”. 1983 – Sony Music

20. Malo – Dilo Otra Vez, from “En Vivo / Live”. 2005 – EMI Latin

21. Abraxas Pool – Baila Mi Cha Cha, from “Abraxas Pool”. 1997 – Miramar Productions

22. El Chicano – El Ojo Rojo, from “Latin Legends Live”. 1997 – Thump Records

This coming Monday night (21 Dec), I’ll be doing a four hour show, from 8pm to midnight, standing in for the lovely Linda Sue’s 8 to 9pm show, (she’s on leave). Joining me in the studio as a special guest will be guitarist Peter Hanmer, of Off The Edge and Clint & Co fame, from around 8.30 onwards. One of the country’s best guitarists, Peter has recorded some fantastic solo material as well as some world class music for Off The Edge. We’ll be featuring a number of tracks that can quite easily compare with some of the best guitar-based prog and hard rock music you’ll hear anywhere!

I was very fortunate to catch the dynamic Dilana, together with guitarist Erik, at The Rustic Theatre in Lonehill this week. This woman is phenomenal! She has a fantastic stage presence, is ridiculously talented as a songwriter, and has one of the most incredible voices. I interviewed her on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo last week, and, believe me, she pulls no punches! She has years of experience, having worked with the likes of Golden Earring, Metallica, Joe Cocker and others, and it shows. Toni Rowland, previously with the prog metal band Mantis, and who recently recorded a fantastic album with Ken Hensley of Toe Fat, Uriah Heep and Blackfoot fame, was also in the studio that night. They did a duet, accompanied by Erik on acoustic guitar, live on air. Wow – what a rush! Rumour has it that Dilana will be touring SA again sometime next year, and that our own Ingrid Botha might be getting involved in bringing Dilana out here.

By the way, the support act to Dilana was Dave (Sharpe) and Gabi. If you thought Dave Sharpe was good on keys (with Off The Edge), sax and bass, you should hear him on guitar! Gabi is a seasoned and very good vocalist, and they compliment one another perfectly.

Talking about Uriah Heep, you have no doubt heard that they will be visiting SA in May next year, together with (Andy Powell’s) Wishbone Ash and Deep Purple! At last – SA fans can finally be treated to some REAL rock, by some of the most respected bands in the world! (If you want to get REALLY sick, get yourself a copy of any Classic Rock magazine and take a look at the gigs page. When you see the famous and not-so-famous bands / artists, some of them playing at really small, innocuous venues, on any day of the week, it’s enough to make you weep!)

I’m in the process of finalizing The Rockfest line-up on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. There are still a few gaps, but these will be filled as soon as the various presenters come back from leave. As things currently stand, the line-up is as follows:

MONDAY:

8 – 9pm – Linda Sue

9 – midnight – Leon Economides

Midnight – 2am – Kevin Flee

TUESDAY

8 – 10pm – Ingrid Botha

10pm – midnight – Lesley Chase (starting mid January)

WEDNESDAY

8 – 10pm – Phil Wright

10pm – midnight – Jurgen Becker

Midnight – 2am – Renier Coetzee

THURSDAY

8 – 10pm – Tamara Jeunette

10pm – midnight – Kevin Stuart

FRIDAY

6 – 8pm – Rosemary Royeppen

8pm – 11pm – David Blood

11 – 01am – Mike Tymvios (starting mid January)

SATURDAY

8 – 10pm – Max Aston

10pm – midnight – Aris B

SUNDAY

8 – 11pm – Robert Laing

11pm – 01am – Rick Gardiner

Please note that because of the festive season, some presenters are away and will not be able to do their shows. Their places will either be filled by other presenters, or automated playlisted music will be featured.

www.rockfest.co.za

leon@rock.co.za

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