During lockdown guitarist Michael Currin often sent drummer Stephen Timm and lyricist Toast Coetzer some guitar tracks he had come up with. These were sent via their WhatsApp group and after a while conversation drifted in the direction of ‘Why don’t we make a little album out of this?’ “Satelliet” is a 6-track EP built around Michael’s guitar compositions, with Toast writing lyrics for some of them (“Ice Pyramid” is Michael’s epic solo instrumental!), and Stephen adding the finishing touches during production. It’s lo-fi as an old fence-post, but we think you’ll like it! Download it for free on our Bandcamp page.
Featuring Robin Auld, Steve Walsh, Simon Orange, Tonia Möller, Schalk Joubert, Willem Möller, Kevin Gibson, Mauritz Lotz & Nico Mac
“Lockdown Blues” is a blues song created and performed by the Bottom Barrel Blues Band – a collaboration of prominent South African contemporary musicians. It was recorded individually by the artists in isolation during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
True to the nature of the blues, “Lockdown Blues” is an uplifting, bitter-sweet tune depicting the challenges of life under lockdown regulations. It is produced by the Cape Town Music Academy (CTMA), a Cape Town based not for profit company, creating opportunities for local contemporary musicians.
During the Covid-19 pandemic many musicians have experienced a harsh decline or complete halt in income due to lockdown regulations and the ban on public gatherings. But despite these challenges, musicians will always express themselves, practice their craft and collaborate.
We therefore urge you to please support your local musicians by continuing to buy their albums, follow their online and streaming initiatives or by making a financial donation.
For more info on how you can donate to contemporary musicians in South Africa, please contact the Cape Town Music Academy at email@example.com.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
Music by Robin Auld
Lyrics by Nico Mac/Robin Auld/Simon Orange
Video created & edited by Schalk Joubert
Arranged, Mixed & Mastered by Robin Auld
Executive Producer – The Cape Town Music Academy
Robin Auld – Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica
Simon Orange – Vocals & Keyboards
Steve Walsh – Vocals
Tonia Möller – Vocals
Kevin Gibson – Drums
Schalk Joubert – Bass
Willem Möller – Guitar
Mauritz Lotz – Guitar
Rustin Reiners’ project opens with “Ocean”, a track that captures the young adult nostalgia of missing something that you’ve never had. The soothing, calm vocals and light-hearted instrumental complement the feeling of being so caught up in your own head that you forget to be present. Lyrics like, “These memories inside my head/ They’re incomplete/ They’re fading fast” and “I like to think back to when the ocean came and it went/ And I felt something more than this” evoke a sensation of being so tired of existing purely for the sake of existing. The aching desire to feel something that pulls you out of a life on autopilot is prevalent.
The EP effortlessly flows into “How Long”, which feels like the moment of reflection that comes with accepting who you are as a whole. It is admitting to yourself the things that you felt, and navigating to every corner of your mind, regardless of how dark it may appear. This introspection appears in lyrics like “How long have I been afraid of my own shadow?/ How long have I tried to disappear?” The simple rhythmic guitar, clean production, controlled vocals and alluring lyrics make for a sombre and thoughtful song that will leave you wondering how long it will be before the very view before your eyes goes from extraordinary to ordinary, as every view grows old and all eyes grow weary. Rustin asks himself, “How long will I sing the same song?/ How long ‘til this means nothing at all?”
“Young Hearts” is a track that will take you straight back to your first love; the youthful, fearless, unfiltered love that becomes almost impossible to feel again once it passes. The track plays on the thought of how once the fear of life’s calamities finds its place in your mind, it’s difficult to recapture that same untainted feeling you got from your youth. “Young Hearts will feel any and everything/ Young hearts are nothing like they seem/ We’re all dying to feel any and everything/ No matter all the pain it brings” is a testament to feeling; and how whether it be negative or positive, it is the desire to feel that overpowers everything. The song has a catchy and light hearted tone that will leave you bobbing your head the whole way.
In “Think of Change” Rustin explores the dangerous nature of getting too comfortable, and how, despite knowing it as certain, change always takes people by surprise. “You were all I’ve known for so long/ I didn’t think of change” is an ode to the gut wrenching feeling that occasionally comes with change. It is a calming, reflective piece of music that really plays on the heart strings as Rustin delivers smooth vocals with harmonious precision over a beautiful melody.
“Memories” is the perfect close. It’s the acknowledgement that the only things in life that matter are the things you’ll look back on with fondness; the things that made you feel a certain way. It is a sombre, beautiful, symphonic reflection of what your mind has been through. It is the happy confusion of not knowing which memories were dreams and which were real, and the realisation that it does not matter. Lyrics like “I’ve lived my life through pictures of memories/ I couldn’t tell you why it means so much to me” and “I can’t trust my mind, it tells me lies” accentuate a blurred reflection of life; where the internal feeling far outweighs the external events. The song itself is a gripping ambience that builds up with nostalgia as it goes along, and Rustin really shows off his vocal ability with controlled harmonies and serene singing. “Now it’s too late/ I’m losing what’s left of me” is the last hurrah of reflection, as like everything else, memories too eventually fade.
“Memory is Fiction” is a beautiful contemplation of the significance of time and what it means to exist.
Part of a series of mixes of random tunes, from the past, present and the future, covering a wide range of genres and styles.
Expect the unexpected.
This mix features a bunch of South African Pop, Blues & Rock tunes, released between 2003 and 2019.
Piet Botha passed away on the 2nd June 2019.
Johnny Clegg passed away on the 16th July 2019.
Please also take a listen to:
A mix of new and recent tunes from South African artists from various genres including pop, house, indie rock, ska, r&b, soul and more.
“Die Kind Is Nog Jonger”
(The Child Is Still Younger)
36-artist double tribute album
a Flamedrop Productions & Sound Action Promotions release
“Die Kind Is Nog Jonger”, the much anticipated multi-artist tribute album to acclaimed South African poet Ingrid Jonker is seeing the light of day on Friday 3 June!
It will be released on double CD and download (the limited edition vinyl pressed in the UK will only be available from July)
– CD cat. # : FDROP 002
– LP cat. # : FRDOP 003
Jonker’s daughter Simone (and husband Ernesto of Sound Action) passed her mother’s timeless words on to 36 diverse artists, to interpret as the poetry moved them. The result was a deep, passionate, exciting and undeniably relevant piece of art, bringing a literary icon and South African music together for a brand new rebirth, not only for Jonker’s words that still resonate half a century after her tragic death, but also refocusing the lens on what local music as a whole, and Afrikaans music in particular can, and should be – world class.
It is however not limiting, with 11 of the 36 songs English translations.
The artists on this independent release span 5 decades (including living legends, struggle era stalwarts, award winners, well-known and new names, expatriates & some internationals), and encapsulate a vast array of genres further expanding this historic collection’s appeal (please see all participants in the track listing below).
Sample clip of all tracks at
Some videos have been produced for selected tracks, with more on its way.
They can be accessed in the Ingrid Jonker playlist at www.youtube.com/FlamedropProductions
For on-line shoppers the first CD run will be available to order at www.raru.co.za and www.loot.co.za or on foot it can be picked up at indie record stores like Revolution and Mabu Vinyl (Cape Town), High Fidelity (Killarney Mall, Joburg), Top CD and Music Moods (Pretoria / Centurion area). Various countrywide Exclusive Books branches will be stocking it soon with more stores & outlets to be added.
The digital option for worldwide mp3 download is currently available via CD Baby:
while in the next few weeks all major download stores will have it available, from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon mp3, to streaming services like Spotify and new South African location Liedjie.com
Get all details, updates and where the collection can be acquired at:
1. Ingrid Jonger, Tim Parr & Dawie Goldberg – Toemaar Die Donker Man
2. Ernestine Deane – Die Kind
3. Anton Goosen – ‘n Hemel Vol Blou Akkers (Plant Vir My ‘n Boom André)
4. Stefan Strydom (feat. Gert Vlok Nel) – Ingrid
5. Jennifer Ferguson – Windliedjie
6. Abraham van Geenbybel – Donker Stroom
7. Rambling Bones – Summer (For Simone)
8. Falling Mirror – 25 December 1960
9. Andrew Kay – Fragment
10. Terminatryx – Ontvlugting
11. mike dickman – I Went In Search Of My Body
12. Tonia Möller – Man En Vrou
13. The Wilde Junge – Police Protection Guaranteed
14. André van Rensburg – Liedjie Van Die Troebadoer
15. The SlashDogs – Lied Van Die Graf Grawer
16. The Sighs Of Monsters – Drawing
17. Die Naaimasjiene – Mamma
18. Robbi Robb (feat. Amritakripa) – Face Of Love
1. Inge Beckmann – Korreltjie Sand
2. Kalahari Surfers – Klein Hande
3. Jim Neversink – Bitterbessie Dagbreek
4. Beeskraal Revival – Verlore Stad
5. Daniel Eeuwrick (feat. Piet Botha) – Aan Uys Krige
6. Somerfaan – Ontnugtering
7. Anne Van Schothorst – Ek Het Gedink
8. Ivan Kadey – Tokolosh
9. Radio Rats – Deep Dark Introverted Girl
10. Francois Breytenbach Blom & Ingrid Jonker – Die Kind
11. Eckard Potgieter – Ontvlugting
12. Victor Wolf – Ballade Van Drie Vriende
13. The CapTn (feat. Julie Hartley) – Reclaimed Land
14. Juliana Venter – Hierdie Reis
15. Dirk Ace – Van ‘n Skilder
16. The McClones – I Am With Those
17. Mavis Vermaak – Heimwee Na Kaapstad
18. Zaria – Begin Somer
Album conceived & compiled by Ernesto Garcia Marques & Simone Jonker
Produced by Paul Blom & Ernesto Garcia Marques
Executive Producers: Paul Blom & Jacques Blom
Honorary Executive Producers: Deon Maas, Joyce Gonin, Marq Vas,
Anne Myers, Eckard Potgieter, Andrew King, Salomé Theart-Peddle
Mastered by Peter Pearlson
Cover ocean scene artwork by Vernon Swart / Ingrid Jonker portrait
by Jonel Scholtz / Cover design & layout by Paul Blom
Finally, after 7 years, the release of Anna Davel’s latest solo album “Moment”.
With 13 brand-new original, soulful tunes composed by her over the past decade. Titles like “Missing string” (How some people leave behind an everlasting emptiness), “Photograph” (The sad realization that your memory of a lost love’s image is slowly fading), “Kompas” (how your heart finds its own way in spite of our attempts to remain headstrong), “Afrika se son” (For Anna’s brothers who live overseas) and “Sondagmiddag” (The beauty of fleeting moments, like this autumn afternoon in May with a dear friend).
The production and arrangements of “Moment” were masterfully put together by legendary SAMA and EMMY winner JB Arthur, producer of amongst others Freshly Ground and Watershed, and also the Film score creator of Story of an African Farm and the official FIFA 2010 campaign. Some of SA’s best and internationally acclaimed musicians, such as Matthys Maree (piano), David Klassen (Drums), Denny Lalouette (Bass), Nathan Smith en Juan ‘Floors’ Oosthuizen (guitars), are featured on Moment.
Order the CD at www.raru.co.za
Digital downloads from www.itunes.com
Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to the full album on www.soundcloud.com
Stores that stock the album: Music Moods (Woodlands/Centurion/ORT), Music4U (Colonnade), Graffiti Bookshop (Lynwood bridge mall)
Written in Berlin in the Summer of 2013 by Piet Botha. Recorded in South Africa August 2014. Piet Botha on Vocals & Guitar, Arthur Dennis on Guitar. Rudolph Dennis on Drums and Vocals. Adrian John Graham on Bass. Recorded and produced by Peter Pearlson with Charl Wentzel assisting. Footage of their Tour with Freygang in East Berlin.
New Lyzyrd Kyngs album is due in November 2014.
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.
Pre-buy albums, entry and awesome deals via their IndieGogo campaign at www.igg.me/at/mean-black-mamba
Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013
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:
Friday 22 November – 16h00 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete (2 song intro)
Mean Black Mamba
Robin Gallagher Band
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Fender Guitar Giveaway
Albert Frost Trio
Boulevard Blues and Guests
Black Cat Bones
Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and also 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.
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.
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?
- 20 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. Note: Own food and drinks are not allowed.
- 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 only available 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.
Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/750817225/0/55801813
Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.
082 464 1926
021 556 1726