Rock the River SA 30 December 2011 – 2 January 2012

December 30th 2011 – January 2nd 2012
New Year’s Festival

stay tuned for all the newest updates and news from ROCK THE RIVER SA

Over 100 acts spread across 3 stages
I don’t know if you’ve had a moment to check the calendar recently, but I’ve got some alarming news – it’s almost the end of November already! Which means Party Season is effectively upon us.
Before you run screaming for the hills in a panic-induced sweat, take a moment to breathe, we’ve got your New Year’s covered. This year there is no need to scurry about making last-minute plans, driving in stupid queues to get to the Coast or frantically trying to ascertain which party in town will be the coolest – you can organise it all right now and rest easy that you will be sorted come New Year’s Weekend.This year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s Festival will take place at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, located 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town along the N7 towards the West Coast. Which means you will be able to enjoy your New Year’s in a safe, natural environment, away from the bustle of the inner city, listening to awesome tunes amongst awesome people. True party animals can settle in on the 30th from 15h00 onwards for camping, enjoy a drink at the bar and participate in some fun festival activities before the party marathon kicks off on the 31st.

Even better news is that Fokofpolisiekar will be headlining this year’s Rock the River SA New Year’s festival. Currently one of SA’s most popular rock acts, Fokofpolisiekar has become known for their explosive live performances and raw on-stage energy. Fokofpolisiekar was named “Best Live Local Band” in the 2008 FHM Awards (March 2009 issue). Controversial and ever-questioning in their lyrics as well as their lifestyle, the band has generated much controversy in the South African media.

Come join us for some outdoor fun and entertainment this New Year’s weekend and make it one to remember!

Tickets are available at the gate, Computicket,, from participating bands, as well as Shoprite, House & Home, Checkers and Checkers Hyper.
Limited Early bird tickets available: Sold out.
Three-day weekend pass:
Presale: R300
At the gate: R350
One-day Sunday pass: R150 (at gate only)


Rodriguez: New York City Trip

This week Rodriguez will be traveling to New York City for two awesome events…

Interview + Live Solo Performance on internet radio station EAST VILLAGE RADIO. Rodriguez is scheduled to play a couple songs and be interviewed.

Friday, December 2nd, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST


Rodriguez is playing a special solo show opening for Charles Bradley at the Bowery Ballroom. The show is sold out.

Saturday, December 3rd, 8 PM EST


Matt Sullivan, Light In The Attic

Latest Free Music from SAmp3 and Channel 24 (part of Sugar Music) has been the official supplier of free mp3s to Channel24 since 2004


Catlike Thieves

Maybe Baby

First single off this new band’s long awaited debut album Nine Lives – these 12 foot-stomping, skirt-lifting, sister-kissing rock ‘n roll / rockabilly songs will have you up on your feet and dancing in no time.



Out of Rock

Putting the roll back into rock, Blackstoneradio combines back-leaning riffs with addictive vocal melodies by fusing 90s hard-rock with old school, classic rock.


Colour Blind


The Bloemfontein band who were the unanimous winners of a recent Rockspaaider competition with a new track off their debut album My Identiteit.


Spoek Mathambo

Control (Richard the Third Remix)

Produced with a harder, side-chain synth approach, its designed for the peak-hour dancefloor.



Sideways Lover

Putting the roll back into rock, Blackstoneradio combines back-leaning riffs with addictive vocal melodies by fusing 90s hard-rock with old school, classic rock.


Huis Najaar

Somer Is Op Ons

Huis Najaar, a 5-piece Afrikaans rock outfit from PE, have been described by Van Coke Kartel as “somewhere between Jax Panik and Die Heuwels Fantasties”.


Bianca le Grange

Met My Hart en Siel

The title track off this ex-Idols finalist’s long awaited Afrikaans album, which boasts twelve original catchy songs and styles which vary from jazz and contemporary, to rock and pop.


Mr Cat & The Jackal

Jimmy The Lonesome

A new track off this amazing group’s second studio album, containing a total of 16 songs and featuring an eclectic mix of acoustic, country, rock and roll and blues.

 World Music

African Cream Freedom Choir

Hamba Kahle Mkhonto

Some stirring sounds from this wonderful choir off their Freedom Songs collection on the African Cream label.



I Long To Know

This emotive Gospel hip-hop music draws from the scriptures for the underlying basis and inspiration to the lyrical styleand content of Worshiphop songs.

Table Mountain Blues Summit: Final Countdown


Final Countdown to Blues Summit 2011
Well Guys and Gals …it’s been a tough year for alot of people….
But for the price of a ‘R180 ticket’ we can put it all behind us for 11 hours on Saturday and forget our worries and woes

and get into the spirit of one of the Biggest, Bluesiest and Grooviest Festivals in the country…. ……..

The Band Menu and Prices:
12 45 to 1 15 Wayne Pauli
1 25 to 2 SpaceMan

2 15 to 3 Raoul and Black Friday
3 15 to 4 Dave Ferguson
4 15 to 5 Natasha Meister
5 15 to 6 Gerald Clark Band
6 15 to 7 05 Richard Pryor’s ‘Pebbleman’
(Fender Guitar Giveaway)

7 20 to 8 15 Blues Broers and Albert Frost
8 30 to 9 30 Boulevard Blues
9 45 to 10 45 Dan Patlansky
11 to 11 45 Black Cat Bone

Book now …
Direct Link: Computicket or 083 9158000
Remember only computickets are eligible for the Fender Guitar lucky draw which will take place at about 7pm on the day.
Band Merchandise will be on sale including Blues Summit 2011 T-shirts…. so bring some change.

NB: Bring plenty of clothing because Bloemendal can get cold especially at night

  • 11 of the greatest and most exciting blues/rock bands that South Africa has to offer
  • State of the art outdoor festival sound rig of 30 000watts
  • Huge LED backdrop TV screen of 25 square metres
  • Fantastic light show and LED’s
  • We have the obligatory Fender guitar giveaway… yes you could win a Fender guitar and plenty of smaller prizes
  • Massive stage with moving lights and 2 projector screens
  • Plenty of food and refreshments, a full food menu and plenty of outside bars
  • Plenty of men and women’s toilets
  • Lots of free off street parking
  • Huge marquee supplied
  • Beautiful rolling lawns on this charming farm where you can relax and watch your favourite bands
  • Kids under 11 are free

How do I get there?


GPS Coordinates Decimal Decimal Deg Min & Sec Deg & Decimal Min
Latitude -33.8386° S 33.8386° S 33° 50′ 18.96″ -33° 50.316′
Longitude 18.5993° E 18.5993° E 18° 35′ 57.48″ 18° 35.958′

Address Phone 021 9762682
Tygerbergvalley Road
Western Cape
South Africa

Eleven Of The Best Classic Rock Songs Released in 2011

2011 has been a great year for an old Classic Rock fan like myself.

My sons: “what did you call “Classic Rock” when you were growing up, Dad?”

Me: “Rock!

Some of my all-time favourite bands either released new albums or re-issued classic albums with obscure and rare bonus tracks during 2011.

Here are eleven tracks that stand-out:

  1. Wond’ring Aloud, Again – Jethro Tull
    Segued and extended version,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of  “Aqualung
  2. The Painter (BBC, version two) – Deep Purple
    from “BBC Sessions
  3. Gotta Be Crazy (live 1974) – Pink Floyd
    early version of Dogs,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here
  4. Into The Storm – Yes
    from “Fly From Here”
  5. The Travel Sequence – Pink Floyd
    early version of On The Run,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  6. The Hard Way – Pink Floyd
    from The Household Objects Project,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  7. I Can See You – Uriah Heep
    from “Into The Wild”
  8. Ricochet (BBC) – Deep Purple
    early version of Speed King with different lyrics, including a guitar solo later used in The Mule,
    from “BBC Sessions”
  9. My God – Jethro Tull
    early version with slightly different lyrics,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of “Aqualung
  10. Smoke On The Water (live 2011) – Deep Purple and Orchestra
    from “Live At Montreux 2011
  11. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
    alternate version with Stéphane Grappelli on violin,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here

Die US Woordfees WOW Kerskonsert 2011

WOW Kerskonsert: piekniek op Neethlingshof27 November 2011 | 18:30 | Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch

Die US Woordfees bied vanjaar vir die tweede keer ʼn opwindende Kerskonsert aan ten bate van die fees se leesbevorderingsprojek, Woorde Open Wêrelde (WOW). Dié geleentheid vind op 27 November om 19:00 plaas op die wynplaas Neethlingshof buite Stellenbosch.

Niël Rademan, die gewilde sanger en kabaretmeester, is die samesteller van die program waarin Jak de Priester, Minette du Toit-Pearce, Nedine Blom, Simangele Mashazi, Andrea Winckler en Riaan Grobler gewilde Kersliedere sing.

Riaan Grobler maak musiek saam met Eersterivier Suid se VGK Kerkkoor en die Kaapstadse Stadsballet sorg vir danspassies wat die gehoor sal meevoer. Die gewilde blonde komediant, Dowwe Dolla, kom vertel haar eie Kersverhaal. Haar teenwoordigheid sal ongetwyfeld sorg dat toeskouers ʼn vrolike Kersfees tegemoet gaan.

By vanjaar se Kerskonsert is Vicky Davis en Niël Rademan die aanbieders, terwyl Camillo Lombard sorg vir die musiekregie. Die konsert beloof om net so gewild te wees soos die eerste WOW Kerskonsert wat in 2010 vroeg reeds uitverkoop was.

Kaartjies is beskikbaar by Computicket vanaf 9 November teen R100 per persoon. Skoliere- en studentekaartjies sal teen R50 by die konsert beskikbaar wees.

Die WOW Kerskonsert begin om 18:30, maar die publiek is welkom om reeds vanaf 16:00 te kom uitspan. ʼn Heerlike piekniekmandjie vir twee met ʼn bottel Neethlingshof-wyn ingesluit, kan teen R300 deur Computicket bespreek word. Kosstalletjies van Neethlingshof se plaaspersoneel kan ook ondersteun word. Verder is ʼn kontantkroeg beskikbaar. Konsertgangers word aangemoedig om kampstoele en komberse saam te bring. Andersins kan stoel op die terrein gehuur word.

Om seker te maak van ʼn plek by vanjaar se Kerskonsert, word belangstellendes aangemoedig om besprekings so gou moontlik te doen.

Memories Are Made Of This – Best Of SA Pop

A 2CD set of some of the best South African Pop and Rock hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Memories Are Made Of This - Best Of SA Pop
Memories Are Made Of This - Best Of SA Pop

Disc 1

1. Hungry For Love – A-Cads
2. Silence Is Golden – Square Set
3. Get Me Some Help – Neville Whitmill
4. Live On – Pierre De Charmoy
5. Master Jack – Four Jacks And A Jill
6. Cry To Me – Staccatos
7. Hometalk – Mango Groove
8. Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow – Dealians
9. Mammy Blue – Charisma
10. Paradise Road – Joy
11. Turn Around – Ken J.Larkin
12. My Only – Coleske
13. Please Stay – Jonathan Butler
14. Love Minus Zero – Dream Merchants
15. For Your Precious Love – The Flames
16. Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity
17. Shadows – eVoid
18. Charlie – Rabbitt
19. Venus – Stockley Sisters
20. I Never Loved A Man – Margaret Singana
21. Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo
22. ZX Dan – Radio Rats

Disc 2

1. My Kind Of Girl – Cinema
2. A Million Drums – Dennis East
3. Charley – Sean Rennie
4. Long Days And Lonely Nights – Lincoln
5. Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria
6. Heart – Gene Rockwell
7. Lazy Life – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
8. Shabby Little Hut – The Bats
9. Burn Out – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuto
10. Feel So Strong – PJ Powers & Steve Kekana
11. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
12. Tabatha Twichet – The Dominos
13. How Do You Do – Rising Sons
14. The Spaniard – Lesley Rae Dowling
15. Toy Train – John Edmond
16. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Jessica Jones
17. All Of Woman – Robin Auld
18. Take My Heart – Pendulum
19. Born In A Taxi – Blk Sonshine
20. So You Win Again – Copperfield
21. This Boy – Sweatband
22. I Am A Rock – John & Sharpe & The Squires

The Rescu: New SA band great reviews and upcoming gig dates.

The Rescu
The Rescu

“It was the first time I’ve watched them live and man, it’s not a lie

when Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer) and Marco Gomes (Prime Circle) say

that these guys are the next big thing in South Africa. They are tight

and their passion for making good music really shows up in their warm

and killer stage presence.”

The Rescu uplifts!

The Rescu released their debut album in August and has received great reviews up to date, complimenting the band as a new SA Rock act to look out for. Evan Milton commented in his article in Weekend Argus: “The Rescu have announced their arrival on the South African music scene with a definitive debut and a much more rounded package than many brand new bands.” Claire Martens from commented “For a trio, they certainly know how to fill the speakers” and Jana van Heerden noted in her review on “There is no doubt that The Rescu is a solid band with a successful career ahead.”

The band drew their inspiration for the songs from various elements and life experiences. Their genuine and heartfelt love for South Africa and its people inspired many of the tracks. The band name expresses their desire for something relevant, something needed, something out of the ordinary; something that happens to be in the right place at the right time.

As a band, we like the idea of getting people excited, being positive and focusing on the good stuff that life has to offer. Our performance as a band is an integral part of conveying a message of hope. We put a lot of effort into our live shows, we work hard at keeping the energy up and offering something special to the audience. We are all about bringing the rock and roll to every performance, having fun doing it and just letting the music say what it has to say. At the end of the day, our music is designed to inspire, to lift up. It`s about the triumph of the human spirit and its connection to the spiritual and physical world we live in.”

To date, The Rescu have performed with some of the biggest names on the SA music circuit, sharing the stage with Just Jinjer, Arno Carstens, Prime Circle, Foto na Dans and The Dirty Skirts. These performances, as well as the many smaller shows played by the band have given them the street cred they require to hold their own at any level of live performance.

Catch The Rescu live in November:

23rd November: &Union, Breestreet, Cape Town 8pm, free

26th November: Synergy Live, Main Stage, 3pm

27th November: V&A Waterfront with Prime Circle, 6pm, free


Twitter: @therescuband


Album available to download from Rhythm Music Store

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