South African Music Heritage from the 80s: Lancaster Band + Ella Mental Live

Lancaster Band + Ella Mental Live
Lancaster Band + Ella Mental Live

Yes it is actually happening … Lancaster Band, one of South Africa’s longest surviving heritage bands will be hosting one of South Africa’s greatest bands of all time … Ella Mental – featuring Tim Parr and Heather Mac. An 80’s reunion party of massive proportions thanks to Kevin Mercury Winder, who will be providing wall to wall sounds, the likes of which one would have danced all night to at clubs such as Scratch and 1886, if you were lucky enough to have been in Cape Town in the 80s. In this spirit the Lanc’s will present their energetic song book spanning 40 years and Ella Mental will be bringing that dynamic and dramatic live act that took the country by storm in the 80s. This is a not to be missed event!! – Robin Lancaster

Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris | 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris

Crododile Harris - Give Me Good News
Crododile Harris – Give Me Good News

With the help of Tully McCully, Crocodile Harris constructed ‘Give Me The Good News’ around a beautiful piano lullaby tune. Some lush orchestral sounds are added while Crocodile’s emotive vocals build into the crescendo of the brassy chorus that fairly soars. However, unlike some other anti-war songs, (Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ for example), this is not an angry song. It is almost like a father telling a child not to grow up going to war. This feeling is perhaps brought on by the lullaby lilt to the piano and, as the song draws to a close, a child-like xylophone accompanies the piano.

Harris, (real name Robin Graham), scored it big with this anti-war song. Not only did the song spent 8 weeks on the Springbok Top 20 , peaking at number 14 in 1982, but also went on to shift 650 000 units in France. Who says good news doesn’t sell?

Where to find it:

Video:

Lyrics:

If we accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word tomorrow
Can I file away my sorrow
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use force to sell a promise
Dictatorship was never honest

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, please give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

If I accept the word forever
Maybe we should live together
And not be scared to watch
The late night news
You can’t use guns to build a nation
A bullet never was creation

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, please give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Give, give me the good news
War’s the one game where we all lose
Give me the good news

Written by Tully McCully and Geoff Coxall

via Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris | 1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf.

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert

Music Exchange – South Africa's independent music summit | 21-22 March 2013

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert in De Waal Park on Sunday 2 Dec 2012

Robin Levetan was the lead vocalist and founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue whose uniquely infectious blend of pop, rock and mbaqanga established them at the forefront of the progressive music scene in the 80’s and 90’s.

Robin’s writing extended to the theatre and his highly acclaimed counter-culture play, “Skyf” broke attendance records at The Baxter and Market Theatres. His second play “Mrs Kaplan and the Witchdoctor” was also performed at The Baxter and was later staged at various festivals in Eastern Europe by students at UCT.

After leaving Bright Blue, Robin continued to write songs and, in 2009, teamed up with producer / musician, Roger Bashew. The pair were joined by Willem Moller (guitar), Paul Tizzard (drums), Selwyn Schneider (keyboards, vocals), Tonia Selley (vocals, percussion), Shaggy Scheepers (keyboards), Buddy Wells (sax) and Jessica Levetan (vocals), together with Bright Blue band mates Ian Cohen (bass) Dan Heymann (piano) and Tom Fox (guitar).

The resulting 12 track album, “A Far Country”, was launched at the CTICC in 2011.

Robin has been performing with a group of top local musicians who will join him at De Waal Park on 2 December from 4pm till 5.30pm (Entrance is free ..) where they will perform songs from the album as well as new material and some Bright Blue favorites. CD’s will be on sale at the event.

The line-up will be:

  • Robin Levetan (vocals)
  • Tonia Selley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Selwyn Schneider (vocals, guitar)
  • David Bass (keyboards)
  • Roger Bashew (bass)
  • Paul Tizzard (drums)
  • Willem Moller (guitar)

Robin Levetan
For more info martin@triplementertainment.co.za or 083 4484475

www.MusicExchange.co.za

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Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.

Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.
Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.

Mango Groove at Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – Sunday 2 December 2012.

Shake it up Cape Town, Mango Groove will be back in the mother city for their first and only 2012 show in Cape Town at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012. If their past two sold out concerts in these beautiful gardens are anything to go by, it is going to be one fun filled, super family afternoon with happy grooves, dancing and picnicking to Mango Groove`s greatest hits.

Mango Groove and Claire have only performed a select number of shows in SA this year, as they have been busy on two very big projects:

Mango Groove is currently working on a film and musical project: months of writing and pre-production so far, but a very important and long-term project for the group. In John’s words ‘’While we have a way to go yet, this is undoubtedly the biggest, most exciting and most challenging project we have ever worked on. Watch this space!’’

Claire has been busy for the last few months working on an all-new Claire Johnston album that is in essence a celebration of great South African songs through the decades. In Claire’s words: ‘’I am insanely excited about this project. It is a concept I came up with a while ago, and it has been great finally to get back into the recording studio. The album is very much a celebration of South African music,and to that it extent it has a strong Mango Groove influence. At the same time, however, it is also very different and distinctive, and I am hoping to surprise a lot of people with the treatment we have given to a lot of the songs. I will also be working with some of my favourite SA artists on key tracks, which will be a great honour for me. The album is due out early next year, and I will undoubtedly be following up with a number of key live performances built around the project’’.

Their 2012 release: ‘’Shh: Have You Heard? The Ultimate Mango Groove Collection’’ is available in stores nationwide. This is a limited, collectors’ edition: that is a triple pack (2 CDs, 1 DVD). It features all the Mango Groove hits and videos.

The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concert featuring Mango Groove takes place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sunday 2 December from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org Tickets available at: www.webtickets.co.za

Cape Town gets extra Rodriguez show | Channel24

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

Cape Town – Big Concerts announced on Wednesday that an extra Cape Town show has been added for legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez’s tour to South Africa in 2013.

With three sold-out shows so far, the extra performance was added due to an overwhelming demand and will be taking place on Thursday, 21 February 2013, a day after the initial show on 20 February.

Tickets for the extra show are on sale via Big Concert’s website and Computicket.

Rodriguez is also scheduled to perform at the Big Top Arena Carnival City on 15 and 16 February in Johannesburg.

via Cape Town gets extra Rodriguez show | Channel24.

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Big Concerts have announced that Rodriguez will be touring South Africa in February 2013, with concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

15 February 2013 – Carnival City, Big Top Arena

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/rodriguez/686923210/0/51320976

20 February 2013 – Grand West Arena Cape Town

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/rodriguez/686923210/0/51320995

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Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Uriah Heep are Mieliepopping in October

Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010
Uriah Heep at GrandWest, 1 June 2010 | photo: Michael Currin

Uriah Heep are headlining Mieliepop Festival 26-28 October 2012

FRIDAY LINEUP

Phoenix Smith (JHB)
Mechanics of Happiness (PTA)
DADA FM (CPT)
BCUC (JHB)
Tenkai Pennies (PTA)
Them Particles (JHB)

SATURDAY LINEUP

URIAH HEEP (UK)
Naming James (JHB)
The Country Conquerors (GREYTON)
Howlin Shibanski (PTA)
Greg Georgiades Big Band and Then Some (EVERYWHERE)
Chiba Fly (PTA)
Jeremy Loops (CPT)
Shotgun Tori (JHB)
Dan Patlansky (PLANET DAN)
Tidal Waves (UTOPIA)
Feed The Wolf (PTA)
Hot Water (DBN)
Smoking Mojos (UNITED STATES OF RIZLA)
Napalma (BRAZIL / MOZ)

SUNDAY LINEUP

The Country Conquerors
Riku Latti Ensemble ft. Bacchus Nel,
Lochner de Kock,
Rian Malan,
Lanimybru

Searching For Sugar Man South African TV Advert | YouTube

Searching For Sugar Man (South Africa)
Searching For Sugar Man (South Africa)

The TV advert  says that the “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack “includes 3 previously unreleased songs” but this is not true.

“Street Boy”, “Can’t Get Away” and “I’ll Slip Away”, recorded in 1972/73, were first released on the Australian “At His Best” album. They are also included as bonus tracks on the 2009 US release of “Coming From Reality” (which is known as “After The Fact” to South Africans).

The “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack album also leaves off “Rich Folks Hoax” which contains the classic opening line “the moon is hanging in the purple sky”. Sugar Man – The Best Of Rodriguez is a better collection for rounding up his best and most popular songs.

CTMS review: Rockville 2069 showcase performance | samusicscene.co.za

Rockville 2069
Madeleen Falck, Michael Naranjo, Bronwyn Reddy, Joseph Clark, Andries Botha | photo: Kristin Mento

‘Rockville’. The word alone would seem to demand a respectful rock-on hand gesture to be waved proudly in the air (lizard-like tongue and crazy eyes optional). However, this is not your average hard-hitting, what-you-expect-is-what-you-get rock musical. If anything, it should be called a peace musical. Inspired by the ‘flower power’ concept of peace and love upheld during the time of the Vietnam War during the 1960s, the message that comes through loud and clear is one of change, hope, and the dire need to preserve our earth for future generations.

According to Rockville composer, Johnny Ray, Rockville 2069 can be briefly described as a “futuristic rock musical that is at heart a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.”

With buzz words like ‘1960’s Woodstock’, ‘sci-fi’, ‘rock’ and ‘post-apocalyptic’ running through my head, I’m not quite sure how to categorise the genre of this production; an umbrella term would simply not be accurate enough.

via CTMS review: Rockville 2069 showcase performance | samusicscene.co.za.

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