1. Bus Station – Fly Paper Jet
2. Hammerhead Hotel – Falling Mirror
3. Alison – Dolly Rockers
4. Getting Better – Scabby Annie
5. Shock Time For Rock – The Popguns
6. Morrison Hotel – Jack Hammer
7. Werewolf In The House – Falling Mirror
8. Kamikasi – McCully Workshop
9. Mucking About In The Dungeons All Day – Radio Rats
10. Monster From The Bog – Psycho Reptiles
11. Bellville Rock City – New World Inside
12. Psycho Bitch – Toxic Shame
13. Boxstar Kitty – Three Bored White Guys
14. Blue Eyed Devil – Th’ Damned Crows
15. Psycho-Babble – Lancaster Band
16. Britney Spears – Tweak
17. Babydoll Blues – The Ragdolls
18. Psycho – Them Tornados
19. Woo Hoo! – Fire Through The Window
20. Baby Girl You’re Gonna Burn! – Peachy Keen
21. Drakilla – The Psykotix
22. Surfin’ With The Goth Gang – Martin Rocka And The Sick Shop
23. Krokodil – Retro Dizzy
24. Buccaneer – Moyawetu
25. Beethoven Is Dying – Koos Kombuis En Die Warmblankes
26. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother
27. Boomtown Hotel – Valiant Swart
28. Kitchener – Piet Botha
29. Praha Paradise (2007 version) – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr
30. Die Gipsy In Jou Oë – Anna Davel
31. Farewell To Gypsy – Bonekey
The first in a series of mixes inspired by the charts from the The South African Rock Music Digest (fondly referred to as “The SA Rock Digest” or simply “The Digest”) which was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock and pop music published digitally from 1999 to 2004.
Founded on 27th January 1999 by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman.
Re-established in 2009, as part of Sugar Music, embracing social media tools and platforms.
Track list 1. Rise ‘n Shine – Moodphase5ive
2. Africa’s Not For Sissies – Syd Kitchen
3. Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) – Karen Zoid
4. Nkalakatha – Mandoza
5. Gee Raat – KOBUS!
6. Since I Met You – New World Inside (early Fokofpolisiekar)
7. Crazy Over You (5FM Unearthed version) – Zen Arcade
8. Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane
9. Kakstraat – Battery 9
10. Donkey Rattle – Felix Laband
11. Dig It – Kalahari Surfers
12. Long Holiday – The Sunshines
13. Fragile – Venessa Nolan
14. Stoute Boude – Anton Goosen & Beeskraal
15. Sestien Jaar Met ‘n Vals Kitaar – Koos Kombuis
16. Sweet Stellenganga – Akkedis
17. Beach Girl – Natalia
18. Lovesong – Dolly Rockers
19. Fokofpolisiekar – Fokofpolisiekar
20. Things To Consider – Skwirmish
21. Paralyzer – Ghetto Muffin
22. Gangsta – The Rudimentals
23. Gasoline – Saron Gas (early Seether)
24. Say Goodbye – Scarlet Host
25. Humanarium – Bed On Bricks
26. Indigo Girl – Watershed
27. Life (Theme From Big Brother TV series 2001) – Semisane
28. Vodka – Mathys Roets
29. Strate Van Pretoria – Beeskraal
30. Mooie Vrou – Kaal
31. When I Get The Blues – Delta Blue
32. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother
33. Go Fuck Yourself – Janie Jones
1. Charlie – Rabbitt
2. Venus – Stockley Sisters
3. Substitute – Clout
4. Free And Easy – Finch & Henson
5. You’re Living Inside My Head – John Ireland
6. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
7. ZX Dan – Radio Rats
8. Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My – Anton Goosen
9. Jo Bangles – Baxtop
10. Better The Devil You Know – Stingray
11. Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo
12. Bokkie Bokkie – David Kramer
13. Paradise Road – Joy
14. Nightmare – Peach
15. Schoolboy – Asylum Kids
16. You’re So Good To Me – Hotline
17. Grips Of Emotion – Lesley Rae Dowling
18. Bowtie Boogaloo – Morocko
19. What’ya Gonna Do When The Reggae Breaks Your Heart – Beanstalk
20. Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris
21. The Bushman – Steve Kekana
22. Taximan – éVoid
23. Live On – Pierre De Charmoy
24. See Yourself (Clowns) – Ella Mental
25. Mysteries & Jealousy – The Helicopters
26. Magical Touch – Petit Cheval
27. Jabulani – PJ Powers & Hotline
28. Waiting (For A Miracle) – Dog Detachment
29. Ancient Dust Of Africa – Edi Niederlander
30. Baby You Been Good – Robin Auld
31. Burnout – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
32. Superstar – Stewart Irving
33. As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) – Tribe After Tribe
34. Hey Boy – Via Afrika
35. Johnny Calls The Chemist – Falling Mirror
36. We Are Growing – Margaret Singana
37. This Boy – Sweatband
38. Weeping – Bright Blue
39. My Kind Of Girl – Cinema
40. Scatterlings Of Africa – Johnny Clegg & Savuka
41. Prisoner – Lucky Dube
42. Dance Sum More – Mango Groove
43. Paint It Black – No Friends Of Harry
44. Be Bop Pop – The Spectres
45. Dear Abbie (One Night Of Passion) – Little Sister
And you can also hear Black Cat Bones and many other great South African blues artists on The Vagabond Blues show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon, 4pm to 6pm (CAT) with your host Brian Currin
“Blues is a natural fact, it is something that a fellow lives.”Big Bill Broonzy.
South Africa’s Premier Blues Music Festival returns to Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Cape Town on the 6th and 7th of December 2014. Hosting 20 of the country’s top Blues Rock Artists over 2 days, the 2014 concert is proudly presented and brought to you by local main sponsor COMBUSTION TECHNOLOGY and also with great sponsor support by PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC and FENDER SA.
So friends and fans, all you need is a ticket and them’ blue suede shoes (whether real or imaginary) to come and enjoy the finest music making by the following phenomenal local artists:
Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost Trio, Boulevard Blues, The Blues Broers, Gerald Clark and the Deadmen, Pebbleman, Ann Jangle, Dave Ferguson, Mean Black Mamba, Natasha Meister, Crimson House, Basson Loubscher & Violent Free Piece, The Wayne Pauli Trio, Patrick Canovi’s ‘Kiss the Sky’, Piet Botha and Akkedis, The Parlor Vinyls, Charlie King Band, Nhoza Sitsholwana, Riaan & Nick, Fake Leather Blues Band and Sven Blumer.
This year the Blues Summit rocks on a Saturday and a Sunday. Organizer Richard Pryor says: “Ain’t the Blues just too good on a Sunday? We moved the Friday night to a Sunday so that it is easier to bring your whole family for an awesome day out.” What you can look forward to on the Blues Menu for the Summit:
20 top Bands over 2 days.
Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig! The best rig ever !!!
Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
Hillcrest Quarry is one of the finest outdoor venues in SA
Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars
Plenty of free and secure off street parking
Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prizes R1500
Free entrance for children under 10 (must present some form of ID)
Limited camping tickets for sale on Computicket (Camping costs R150 -separate to festival ticket)
Phone and book at Computicket on 0861 9158000 or visit
Here they are, in chronological order, chosen by a 20-strong panel of LS writers using three criteria: 1) musical brilliance; 2) popular success; 3) impact on the national mind. Some tracks aced one category and flunked the other two, but plenty ticked all three boxes. Which immortal hits have we missed? Tune us the odds at email@example.com
1. Phalafala Dolly Rathebe and the Elite Swingsters (1964)
2. Pata Pata Miriam Makeba (written in 1957 with Dorothy Masuka, but a global hit in 1967)
3. Master Jack Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)
4. Yakhal’ Inkomo Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi (1968)
5. For your Precious Love The Flames (1968)
6. The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson Des and Dawn Lindberg (1971)
7. Nomathemba Letta Mbulu (1973)
8. Mama Tembu’s Wedding Margaret Singana (1973)
9. Stimela Hugh Masekela (1974)
10. Mannenberg Abdullah Ibrahim (1974)
11. Charlie Rabbitt (1975)
12. Blues For a Hip King Abdullah Ibrahim (1975)
13. Marabi Malombo (1976)
14. Chocolate Toffee Saitana (1976)
15. Substitute Clout (1978)
16. Universal Men Juluka (1979)
17. ZX Dan The Radio Rats (1979)
18. Jo Bangles Baxtop (1979)
19. Paradise Road Joy (1980)
20. Party Harari (1981)
21. Man on the Moon Ballyhoo (1981)
22. Impi Juluka (1981)
23. The Bushman Steve Kekana (1982)
24. Isiphiwo Soul Brothers (1982)
25. Hey Boy Via Afrika (1983)
26. Shadows éVoid (1983)
27. Weekend Special Brenda Fassie (1983)
28. Shot Down The Cherry Faced Lurchers (1983)
29. See Yourself (Clowns) Ella Mental (1984)
30. Burnout Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (1984)
31. Is it an Ism or is it Art? Niki Daly (1984)
32. Jabulani Hotline featuring PJ Powers (1984)
33. I’m in Love with a DJ Yvonne Chaka Chaka (1985)
34. Stimela sazeZola – Mbongeni Ngema (1985)
35. Reggae Vibes is Cool Bernoldus Niemand (1985)
36. This Boy Sweatband (1986)
37. National Madness The Aeroplanes (1986)
38. Change is Pain Mzwakhe Mbuli (1986)
39. Homeless Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1986)
40. Johnny Calls the Chemist Falling Mirror (1986)
41. Now or Never Sankomota (1987)
42. Ten Ten Special African Jazz Pioneers (1987)
43. Scatterlings of Africa Johnny Clegg and Savuka (1987)
44. Weeping Bright Blue (1987)
45. Hillbrow Johannes Kerkorrel (1988)
46. Quick Quick Marcalex (1989)
47. Slave Lucky Dube (1990)
48. Shake Tananas (1990)
49. Special Star Mango Groove (1990)
50. Tomorrow Nation O’Yaba (1991)
51. I’m in Love with a Rastaman Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens (1991)
52. Sarafina! Hugh Masekela (1992)
53. It’s About Time Boom Shaka (1993)
54. The Crossing Johnny Clegg (1993)
55. Mmalo-We Bayete (1994)
56. Never Again Prophets of Da City (1994)
57. When You Come Back Vusi Mahlasela (1994)
58. Waar Was Jy? Skeem (1994)
59. Sea Level Urban Creep (1995)
60. The Child Inside Qkumba Zoo (1995)
61. Kaffir Arthur Mafokate (1995)
62. African Dream Vicky Sampson (1996)
63. Kiss the Machine Battery 9 (1996)
64. Magasman Trompies (1997)
65. Stand in your Way Just Jinger (1997)
66. Fords Nissans Toys en Beetles Brasse vannie Kaap (1997)
67. Shibobo TKZee (1998)
68. Vul’indlela Brenda Fassie (1998)
69. Yehlisan’ Umoya Busi Mhlongo (1998)
70. Sondela Ringo Madlingozi (1999)
71. Thathi Sgubu Bongo Maffin (1999)
72. Blue Eyes Springbok Nude Girls (1999)
73. Genes & Spirits Moses Molelekwa (2000)
74. Born in a Taxi Blk Sonshine (2000)
75. Nkalakatha Mandoza (2000)
76. Afrikaners is Plesierig Karen Zoid (2001)
77. Meisie Meisie Kurt Darren (2001)
78. Ghetto Fabulous Zola & Kaybee (2002)
79. Ndihamba Nawe Mafikizolo (2002)
80. Ayelekile Amasango Ismael (2002)
81. Picture Perfect Perez (2002)
82. Midnight 340ml (2003)
83. Umoya Skwatta Kamp (2003)
84. Nomvula (After the Rain) Freshlyground 2003
85. Destiny Malaika (2004)
86. Nizalwa Ngobani Thandiswa Mazwai (2004)
87. Matofotofo Pitch Black Afro (2004)
88. Akekh’ uGogo Mzekezeke (2005)
89. Whistling in Tongues Felix Laband (2005)
90. De La Rey Bok van Blerk (2006)
91. Sister Bethina Mgarimbe (2006)
92. Feel Good Lira (2007)
93. Bantu Biko Street Simphiwe Dana (2007)
94. Show Dem (Make the Circle Bigger) JR feat Hip-Hop Pantsula (2009)
Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music that grooves your body and soul. Words of humor and hope sliding between writhing riffs and the insistent thump of a cowhide drum. This is afro swamp gospel, this is blues n’ roll. Gritty & hard hitting, the music winds you off the floor and twists you to your feet. Fresh. Cosmic delta juju. Like its name-snake, mean with a smile on its face.
Born on the southern tip of Africa, Guy Collins has been playing guitar for most of his years. His interest really took off when he was 15 on a warm day. The long distance groove from somewhere in the American south, Howlin’ Wolf on Highway 49, beamed into the living room. African roots, blues, rock ‘n roll. A continual search for an elusive sound.
“James van Minnen can extract a beat from a feather and a shoe if it were asked of him; seated at his drums he appears as a blur of limbs and crashing steel from which infectious rhythms emanate in metronomic waves…he infuses African and Middle Eastern rhythms into songs with hypnotic effect”
Mahala Review (voted in the top 25 artists of 2012 by IMR Magazine)
James van Minnen and Guy Collins have both been in the music scene for years, mostly somewhat under the radar, fuelling the backline in some of the more well-known outfits around.
Mean Black Mamba is the result of infrequent collaborations between these two musicians over the past decade, an unnamed two-piece appearing at house parties, street markets and other events where they have slipped in incognito and blown people away with their rich, gritty and rootsy sound.
Live, MBM follows the template of roots and rural musicians everywhere:
“Grooves are made for dancing and once people get moving, the music takes it’s own course. There are no rules when we are playing and while we have recorded an album of concise songs, we can stretch them out live and segue them into each other over whatever groove or tempo feels right at the time.
I believe that recording an album is an opportunity to create an art piece that reflects a moment in time and we have done our best to make an album that can stand for itself while imbuing it with the raw essence of our live sound.” – Guy Collins
“Our live shows clearly get people going and I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the music is as fresh to us as it is to the audience, being willing to ride the mamba wherever it chooses to take us.” – James van Minnen
Their much-anticipated “Killer album.” (Tim Lengfeld, Audio Mastering Engineer) will be launched at Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, on October 11th this year where you can experience this and what is guaranteed to be one helluva shindig with some fantastic guest artists and collaborators.
Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.
The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that’s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA’s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage.
To celebrate and trace the roots of Blues in South Africa, we will be running a competition in October: THE HISTORY OF BLUES IN SA COMPETITION: Mail your factual finds about the roots/history of Blues in SA, as well as any other fascinating tales about the development of Blues in SA to: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com – the most interesting find will win R1 000.00. Your contributions will be posted to our website and facebook pages. Entry dates: From 1 – 31 October.
“Blues is about where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Everywhere you look you can see a blues song just sitting there, waiting to happen. It’s a reflection of life, everything, everyday. It;s what your spirit does when it needs to be comforted and revived. It’s all that is genuine and honest in music, past, present and for damn sure, future.” Andre Kriel (The Black Cat Bones)
Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.
The line up for 2013:
Friday 22 November – from 16h00 Tombstone Pete, Mean Black Mamba,Robin Gallagher Trio (Fender), Ballistic Blues,
Them Tornados, Blues Broers, Pebbleman, Dan Patlansky, Fox Comet.
Saturday 23 November – from 12h30 Tombstone Pete, Jo Martin and Tony,Kevin Floyd and Guests,Crimson House Blues,
Robin Auld, Natasha Meister,Dave Ferguson, Ann Jangle, Gerald Clark, Albert Frost Trio,Boulevard Blues and Guests, Black Cat Bones.
History of The Blues Summit:
Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.
In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.
Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.
Combustion Technology is a Company focused on Energy Efficiency.
Their core business is to concentrate on the supply of the most Modern Energy Efficient Equipment Solutions to the Steam, Hot water and Heating Industry.
Their goal is a reduction in Emissions and a decrease in Fuel Consumption
which results in a more efficient plant and a greatly reduced Carbon footprint.
Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.
Whats on the Blues Menu?
19 top Bands over 2 days.
Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars.
Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.
Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:
Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.
Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.
Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws
Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is for both nights.
Free entrance for children under 10 years.
Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.
Up and coming blues rock musician playing gigs around Cape Town with fellow guitarist Devin Smith. Influences include The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson and Bob Marley. First album Triple Jack now available! Watch this space…
Jake Gunn is an up and coming blues rock musician hailing from the northern suburbs of Cape Town. After discovering rock ‘n roll at a young age, he was inspired to start playing guitar and worked tirelessly to improve his skill, which finally led to him joining the Lyzyrd Kyngs (Piet Botha & Akkedis) in 2010. He spent a year under the mentorship of these veteran musicians, before teaming up with the talented young guitarist Devin Smith.
Sharing a love of music and complementing each other’s guitar playing, they started doing gigs around Cape Town, followed by a tour up the coast. They later evolved into a full electric band after being joined by CJ Bergh and Allen Smith. Jake Gunn’s first album Triple Jack, recorded in the winter of 2012, is now available and includes the song “Radio Mojo” which was featured in the Rolling Stone Rock Chart of 19 January 2013.
“Springing from the backwaters of Brackenfell with the hair of Robert Plant, the skill of boy Clapton and the voice of a morning-afternight-before Mark Knopfler, Gunn is a revelation.” -Alice Inggs, Rolling Stone SA
ARD MATTHEWS & FRIENDS CHARITY CONCERT READY TO ROCK FOR THE 4TH YEAR!
Line up: Ard Matthews, Albert Frost, James Stewart & Barry van Zyl, Louise Day, Dan Patlansky, Macstanley, White Collar Club, Schalk Burger SNR, DJ Dino Moran, DJ Gary Cool and Dan Nicholl as MC for the night.
Date: Thursday 29 August 2013
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton – Cape Town Upper Eastside in Woodstock.
The annual Ard Matthews and Friends Charity Concert will be taking place for the fourth year running on Thursday 29th of August 2013. The concert will be taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Cape Town Upper Eastside in Woodstock. The popular South African singer, Ard Matthews who is also lead singer of the acclaimed band Just Jinjer, has been at the forefront of this concert for the past 3 years along with the assistance of top events and PR company, The Little Black Book. The annual charity concert brings together great South African talent to raise money for a worthy cause.
Funds raised through ticket sales will go to a trust called “We The Good People”, a charitable cause, founded by Ard along with two other trustees, Alistair Hargreaves (Springbok/Sharks Lock) and Sean Temple (owner of Flux Motion Kettle Bell Gym). The simple rule of this organization is – trust – and they hope to gain the trust of the public when it comes to the appropriation of charitable efforts. The charity aims to educate the public about the importance of giving back to others no matter how busy they get, and to allow 100% transparency when it comes to the distribution of the funds. It will also be facilitated by one of the world’s top law firms, Norton Rose, as part of their pro-bono social investment. www.wethegoodpeople.org
For more information on the concert visit the Facebook page:
Unique multilingual song, recorded with the South African Blues-Rock legends Piet Botha, Akkedis and the German Freygang Band during their Black Sheep Rockonspiracy tour from Mozambique to Cape Town in June 2013 at the Peace of Eden Studio in South Africa.
Dead Men Don’t Tour, Rodriguez in South Africa 1998 (TV Documentary)
Footage from this documentary features strongly in the Oscar winning film, Searching For Sugar Man.
Directed by Tonia Selley, Dead Men Don’t Tour, was first broadcast on SABC 3 at 9.30pm on the 5th July 2001 just after ‘Ripley’s Believe Or Not’.
This film features wonderful concert footage, backstage antics, interviews with Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, Rodriguez and his family, the promoters, the fans and the musicians.
All live footage was filmed at the concerts in Pretoria, Durban and the Blues Room in Johannesburg.
The soundtrack for the documentary is based on the Live Fact CD with video collages from the various performances. The concert footage is linked with interviews, backstage antics, rehearsals, etc.
Inner City Blues
Jane S. Piddy
A Most Disgusting Song
Climb Up On My Music
I Wonder by Generation EXT (filmed during the studio recording)
Produced by Incha Productions
Executive producers: Georgina Parkin and Charles Watson
Directed by Tonia Selley
Edited by Cathy Winter
Footage from this documentary features strongly in the Oscar winning film, Searching For Sugar Man.