Ons praat met… > Onderhoud met Piet Botha van Jack Hammer (AKA: Sledge van Lyzyrd Kyngs) — Hy-Se-Sy-Se (HSSS)

Piet Botha maak al 33 jaar lank musiek. Julle ken hom dalk as die man agter Jack Hammer. Hy is ook deel van die Lyzyrd Kyngs wat onlangs by die Big Blues Festival op Kleinmond gespeel het. Ons het Piet oor die Blues fees en sy lang pad saam met musiek (en nogwat) uitgevra. – Elsibe Loubser

via Ons praat met… > Onderhoud met Piet Botha van Jack Hammer (AKA: Sledge van Lyzyrd Kyngs) — Hy-Se-Sy-Se (HSSS).

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Fabian Josephus (aka GlamaBoy) started free-styling at parties and worked with many underground hip hop artists from the Cape Flats before starting GlamaBoy’s Risk Taking, the group that won the Western Province Talent Promotions.


Heather Mac

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Heather Mac rose to prominence in the 80s SA rock music scene as the lead singer of Ella Mental – here with a track off her new album, WITHIN , a collection of personal songs gathered from the last 25 years of her life.


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Shane Q The Genesis

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Falling Mirror Live at Alma Cafe on 31st March

Sat 31st March – South Africa’s legendary band, Falling Mirror perform at The Alma Cafe. We all remember their iconic and unforgettable “Johnny Calls the Chemist” but with an original repertoire of over 100 songs, you are in for an evening of truly quirky, fascinating and powerful songs. The evening of original music is also interspersed with storied, anecdotes and songs from other musicians who inspired and influenced the band. Book earliest to secure your seat.

“Thru The Mirror”

“A nostalgic trip down memory lane…. the story behind the influences that wrote the songs.”

Alan Faull…guitar and backing vocals

Nielen Marais …vocals

Tim Faull …Drums

Selwyn Schneider…Bass

Alma Cafe Rosebank
Saturday 31st March 7pm for 7.30pm.

Bookings on 021 685 7377.

R130 including 1 course meal

Fully licensed R20 corkage.

Please specify dietary requirements upon placing your booking Desserts and drinks optional extras Fully licensed NO PLASTIC, cash only


Piet Botha & Akkedis Band: “The Lyzyrd Kyngs”

Piet Botha and Akkedis Band: The Lyzyrd Kyngs. ("One Night Only / Snake Alley Bar and Grill")
Piet Botha and Akkedis Band: The Lyzyrd Kyngs

The friendship and brotherhood between SA music legend Piet Botha and the Akkedis Band, Arthur and Rudolph Dennis and AJ Graham, goes back almost twenty years. Back then Botha was touring a lot with Jack Hammer and used to bump into Arthur and Rudi who were known as The Dennis Brothers in those days. There was always some kind of jamming going on. Through the years the bond remained strong , Akkedis came into being, Botha did some solo Afrikaans albums and kept on recording and touring with Jack Hammer.

Then around 2002 they found themselves in London Town at the back end of a disorganised tour. “Myself and Johnathan Martin, had gone over, thinking it would be acoustic gigs, small pubs or theatres but then we found the venues rather bigger and we were just two out…fortunately Akkedis Band were there and just volunteered to help us on all the gigs, and all the adventures of course !”, said Botha in a recent interview. From there on the bond was stronger than ever.

During the next few years they would share stages across SA and Namibia and Mocambique but about three years ago there was a shift and Piet Botha started to tour the Cape more and more using Akkedis Band as backing band for his repertoire. This soon developed to a new concept i.e. “The Lyzyrd Kyngs”. The name comes from a Jim Morrison poem, “The celebration of the Lizard King”. The weird spelling is a combination of ancient English and a serious reference to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band that has been a source of inspiration for more than thirty years.

“It was natural for us to share our talents, now we have three vocals and a four piece band that can work any room or big stage, both electric and acoustic. It is also wonderful to share each other’s songs and collaborate.” And so their first album was recorded last winter and mixed in the springtime and has just been released: Piet Botha and Akkedis Band: The Lyzyrd Kyngs. (“One Night Only / Snake Alley Bar and Grill”)

From the outset the idea was to keep it raw, no digital tricks, just the stripped down sound and to rely on the songs. So what we have now are ten songs that can stand by themselves. The songwriting was shared between Arthur Dennis and Piet Botha. The blues carry a lot of the material, but there is also country music and folk music inherent to the album’s feel. “ Obviously this is not a commercial venture, but I’m sure we will still be playing these songs in ten years time”. Botha insists that Arthur got the best songs on this album, but vows to be back. “With us it’s like a family, there are no ego’s, we all do our best…Arthur is the bandleader, I can just play …” and more wisdom “If the weather’s right we go to the ocean..otherwise we just laze around in the sun”.

And so the Lyzyrd Kyngs were born. And it all happened without any planning. Just like the waves rolling in from the sea. The future is just as unpredictable. Touring extensively for sure, doing another album is a given, but as in their past the plans are best left to the Gods of Rock and Roll.


Billy Forrest: A Selection Of My Favourite Songs

From Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest - A special selection of my favourite songs
Billy Forrest - A special selection of my favourite songs

It was a difficult one this. To remember my favourites over a span of 55 years was no mean feat, who do you leave out? I’ve chosen the songs that moved me the most, with just that “something” that makes a song reach into your soul. I’ve got two lists, International and “Local”. On the S.A. side it was more a case of appreciating the song, the performance and the production. Enjoy! – Billy Forrest

Artist/Song (International)

Cliff Richard & The Shadows (Live) – Miss you nights
Dobie Gray – Loving arms
Moody Blues – Nights in white satin
Dolly Parton – I will always love you
Kenny Rogers – Ruby don’t take your love to town
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained melody
The Walker Brothers – Make it easy on yourself
The Beatles – Yesterday
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Matt Monroe – Born free
Dion Warwick – Valley of the dolls
Mike & The Mechanics – The living years
Elvis Presley – Are you lonesome tonight
Tom Jones – What’s new pussycat
Richard Harris – McArthur park
Abba – Fernando
K.D.Lang – Hallelujah
Elton John – Sacrifice
Mamas & Papas – California dreaming
Josh Grobin – You raise me up

Artist/Song (Local)

June Dyer – Whirlpool of love
Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans – Exclusively yours
The Flames – For your precious love
The Dream Merchants – Time and the river
The Staccatos – Cry to me
Clout – Substitute
Bright Blue – Weeping
McCully Workshop – The Buccaneer
Copperfield – So you win again
Ballyhoo – Man on the moon
Rabbitt – Charlie
Joanna Field – Don’t fly too high
Maria – Clap your hands and stamp your feet
Gene Rockwell – Heart
Ken.J.Larkin – Turn around
Johnny Clegg – Scatterlings of Africa
Margaret Singana – Mama Tembu’s wedding
Steve Hofmeyr – Pampoen
Laurika Rauch – Kinders van die wind
Sias Reinecke – Sproetjies

Thanks to Marq Vas’s Southern African Music Collectibles

Ard Matthews releases first solo single “Bolder.”

Ard Matthews

Ard Matthews

Ard Matthews releases first solo single “Bolder.”

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Ard Matthews will be releasing a solo album “First Offerings” in the winter of 2012. The first single off the album “Bolder” has just been submitted to national radio. ‘Bolder’ was written and recorded entirely in Ard`s home studio at the end of 2011. In January Ard asked Mr Tumi Molekane to collaborate on the track. Ard comments: “What he did was so fresh and appropriate that I was immediately happy to include him as a co-writer. The song is a celebration of life and encourages people to ‘want for more’ as we go forth boldly with our lives.” The single was mixed in Los Angeles by Bryan Cook (Radiohead, Train, Queens of the Stone Age)

The video of the track can be viewed here:

The video was shot entirely on an iPhone 4S while Ard was in India. “Just me on a scooter, ear piece in my right ear playing the track and a little luck, egcheck out the mad lens flare at end of song as I rev off in to the night for dramatic effect. Could not have planned it better with a crew of 50people.”

First Offerings” will introduce 12 new songs. Having been the primary writer for Just Jinjer all these years, Ard felt it was time to announce himself as an individual artist as well. This is an album written from the heart that will appeal to those who can still feel theirs beating through all the noise of today’s world. As usual Ard is not afraid to romanticize his feelings about love, life and most of all…peace.

For updates leading up to the release of the album stay in touch via social media:



Twitter: @ardmatthews


Off The Edge – Debut Album Released on CD

Off The Edge

Twenty Nine years after the first Off the Edge album was produced, it has now officially been re-released. Originally produced on vinyl, it is now available on CD featuring 8 bonus tracks that were recorded between 1982 and 1984.

“It feels like a lifetime ago that we ventured into a recording studio to put this first album together. That was in 1983! The additional tracks are mostly the original rough raw demos which we thought would be rather nostalgic to include.”  Peter Hanmer and Tony Groenewald.

At that time it was to some extent unheard of for a band to record and fund its own album as an independent release. There was no record company involvement, just a group of guys who wanted to record and release their own songs. They got together, paid for studio time and ultimately 300 LP’s were produced. After it’s release and extensive radio play by 5FM (Radio Five), this is Chris Prior’s review in The Sunday Times at the time…

“….. Basically its straight down-the-line rock – no punk, no new wave, no cross-over and especially no disco. It’s guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals – and it’s got a pretty sharp edge. Guitarist Peter Hanmer and bassist/vocalist Tony Groenewald are the main men behind this band; they formed it and do all the writing – and they probably did all the hassling to get themselves onto vinyl………… their debut album is an amazing effort – polished, professional and definitely promising. To have achieved this quality on a first outing demonstrates considerable talent. There’s no reason at all why that talent shouldn’t prosper and grow.”  Chris Prior, The Sunday Times, 1983

When the album was first released, due to time and money constraints, the band was forced to go for a very plain cover design. It was some 15 years later that there was talk of re-releasing the album on CD and new artwork was commissioned. The new and quite spectacular ‘retro’ artwork was created by Mark Raats. He was asked to produce something in the style of Roger Dean which he achieved masterfully but at the same time, staying true to his own style. Mark Raats is a talented artist who works on a limited number of private commissions and provides illustrations for Lucasfilm and other Hollywood based companies. Mark went on to create and design all the future Off the Edge album covers.

For one reason and another, the CD release kept getting shelved and it was only after a huge amount of interest shown over the past 2 years, especially abroad, that the project finally came to fruition.

Five albums later, Off the Edge is still funding its own products with no record company involvement. For all of those who have supported and bought Off the Edge albums over the years, you can now finally complete your collection. Should you wish to purchase a copy of this CD, please email kerin@foxglovestudios.co.za for further information.

Kerin Sinton-Hewitt
Foxglove Studios
Tel: +27 11 867 5026
Mobile: +27 79 642 5211

The 18th Annual South African Music Awards Nominees

From On The Radio

Album Of The Year

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Zahara – Loliwe
Zakwe – Zakwe
Zonke – Ina Ethe

Duo or Group Of The Year

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound
Goodluck – Goodluck
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home

Female Artist Of The Year

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg
Josie Field – 1984
Nomhle – Ikwezi (Morning Star)
Zahara – Loliwe
Zonke – Ina Ethe

Male Artist Of The Year

AKA – Altar Ego
Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)
Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Zakwe – Zakwe

Newcomer Of The Year

Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Shadowclub – Guns and Money
Zahara – Loliwe
Zakwe – Zakwe


Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)
Joe Shirimani Na Vana Va Ndoda – Banana
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms
Soul Brothers – Amaphutha
Zozo – Tshigotsha Nama

Ben Schoeman – Liszt
CH2 – Ping
Charl Du Plessis Trio – Shanghai Brunch
Derek Gripper – The Sound Of Water
Zoë Beyers – Mendelssohn

Adam Glasser – Mzansi
Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Marcus Wyatt – ZAR
Vusi Khumalo – Reasons For Seasons


Chris Chameleon – As Jy Weer Skryf
Coenie De Villiers – Hart Van Glas
Elvis Blue – Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)
Josie Field – 1984
Judith Sephuma – I Am A Living Testimony

Moreira Chonguica And Various – Khanimambo: Tributes To Legends Of Mozambique
Nomhle – Ikwezi (Morning Star)
Somizi – 9 Lives – My Genesis
Unathi – With Love
Zonke – Ina Ethe


Joe Niemand – Ek Sal Nie Bang Wees Nie
Martin PK – Man On A Mission
Swazi Dlamini – Gospel Meets Jazz – Live In Durban
The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones
We Will Worship – The Movemeant Begins


Kgotso – New Dawn
Nqubeko Mbatha – Forever I’ll Worship
Sfiso Ncwane – Kulungile Baba
Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba
Soweto Spiritual Singers – Open Heavens

Carike Keuzenkamp – Carike & Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland 8
Helena Smith – Luidkiz 2 U Naam Is Ons Kreet!
Minki Burger & Alta Joubert – Lollos 3 Boem Boem, Ons Gaan Groen!
Riku Lätti – Janneman In Die Diereryk
Wendy Oldfield – Singalong Kidz Volume 2

aKING – The Red Blooded Years
Shadowclub- Guns And Money
Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home
The Graeme Watkins Project – Corridors Of The Mind
Van Coke Kartel – Wie’s Bang

Ashtray Electric – Measured In Falls
Dear Reader – Idealistic Animals
Die Heuwels Fantasties – Wilder As Die Wildtuin
The Dirty Skirts – Lost In The Fall
Wrestlerish – Towns

Brandon October – Brandon October
Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg
Hulle – Hulle
Jozi – Moving The City
Lloyd Cele – One


G.Family Deep House Chronicles 6
Ganyani Entertainment Presents The Family 1st Gathering
Goodluck Goodluck
Mi Casa Mi Casa Music
Pascal & Pearce Passport

AKA – Altar Ego
HHP – Motswafrika
Jack Parow – Eksie Ou
L-Tido – All Or Nothing
Zakwe – Zakwe


Afro’traction – Soulfully Yours
Kabomo – All Things Grey
Lira – Return To Love (Deluxe Edition)
Mckenzie – Poetic Genesis
Zahara – Loliwe

Imithente – Mbibi
Mfiliseni Magubane – Amandla Ami
Phuzekhemisi – Amapasi
Sakhile Mfuphi – Ngikhanyisele
Thokozani Langa – I-Protection Order

Donovan Vallance – Rock My Wêreld
Gerrie Pretorius – Gister En Vandag
Izak Davel – Vreesloos
MarulaBoom – Dijam
Snotkop – Ek Laaik Van Jol

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound
Brickz – Ruffcast
Character – The Marathon
Kabelo Mabalane – Immortal Vol.1
Spikiri – The King Don Father 2.5

Character FT. Professor – EX
Kabomo FT. Nothende – Colour of You
Lloyd Cele FT. Loyiso Bala – Thando
Spikiri FT. Teargas, Brickz, Skokho, Madluphutu & Brown Dash – Ngeke Balunge
Zahara FT. Georgy – Incwad’Encane

Concord – Live in Joburg
Simphiwe Dana – An Evening With Simphiwe Dana (Live In Concert)
Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba
Various Artists – Skouspel 2011
Various Artists – Spirit Of Praise Vol.3


Mike Scott – We Come Together by Goldfish
Tristan Holmes – Stars Above You by Locnville
Brian Mason – Music Affair by The Graeme Watkins Project
Ryan Peimer – It’s Magic by The Parlotones
Tim Argall – My Dad by Toby

Kevin Leicher – 1984 by Josie Field
Dan Roberts – Six Winters by Laurie Levine
Robin Kohl & Lira-Lerato Kohl – Return To Love by Lira (Deluxe Edition)
Crighton Goodwill & Loyiso Bala – One by Lloyd Cele
Bethuel Mbonani – My Way by Nkulee Dube

Paris Zannos – Tonota by Jimmy Dludlu
Robin Kohl – Return To Love by Lira (Deluxe Edition)
Paris Zannos – Khanimambo: Tributes To Legends Of Mozambique by Moreira Chonguica and Various
Mpho Mokwele – Dream To Reality by Mpho-Za
Johan van der Colff – Loliwe by Zahara


DJ Sbu – Lengoma FT. Zahara
Mr. Moloto – Call Me by Lira
Black Coffee – Time To Go by Marissa Guzman
Black Coffee – Zandiy’bone by MXO
Zakwe ft Zulu Boy & Danger – Bathi Ng’yachoma


Amapansula Ajabulile – Kabelo Mabalane
Casanova – DJ Choice
Clap Your Hands – Zakes Bantwini FT. Xolani Sithole
Ex  – Character
Facebook – DJ Cleo
Get Over It – Bucie
I Wanna Love You – Lulo Café (W/ Nothende)
Lengoma – DJ Sbu FT. Zahara
Lento – Professor FT. Speedy
Lighthouse – Elvis Blue
Loliwe – Zahara
Make It Easy – Lloyd Cele
Phakade – Lira
Settle For Less – Liquideep
Taking It Easy – Goodluck
These Streets – Mi Casa
Thinking About You – Theo Kgosinkwe FT. Zonke
Turning In My Sleep – Prime Circle
World of Mine – Loyiso FT. Khuli Chana
You And I – Charlize Berg & Heinz Winckler

Backbeat: Rodriguez Plays Riveting SXSW Showcase, Screens ‘Sugar Man’ Doc | Billboard.biz

The bright lights of Paramount Theater marquee gave director Malk Bendjelloul a distinct charge as he wandered outside the venue a half-hour before the 9:30 p.m. screening. His film “Searching for Sugar Man” about the ’70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez had won two awards at the Sundance Film festival where it premiered, but “it was nothing like this,” he says, standing on the sidewalk and gesturing toward the building’s brightly lit facade. – Phil Gallo, Austin, Texas

via Backbeat: Rodriguez Plays Riveting SXSW Showcase, Screens ‘Sugar Man’ Doc | Billboard.biz.

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