A WordPress.com Website is the perfect solution for Musicians

These people say ... Brian Currin is My Web Guy
These people all say … Brian Currin is My Web Guy

WordPress.com is the perfect website solution for people who want to:

  • promote their music
  • connect with their fans
  • do their own updates
  • showcase their videos
  • showcase their photos
  • showcase their music
  • save money

Some Questions People Ask

Q. What are the benefits of WordPress.com?

A. There are many benefits, here are some of the main ones:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free web themes
  • Free Content Management System
  • Ability to include own header and background on most themes
  • Google-friendly
  • Mobile-friendly
  • YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Maps, etc can be embedded
  • Contact Form – helps reduce spam
  • Social Media feeds can be embedded
  • Blog can update Social Media platforms automatically
  • Analytical Information
  • Premium themes and upgrades available at reasonable prices

 

Q. Aren’t websites expensive?

A. They don’t have to be. Depending on your requirements, you really don’t need to break the bank. A WordPress.com website can be set up without incurring costs for web hosting, graphic design and web development. Read more.

Q. What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

A. Basically a WordPress.com website is ideal for people who want to get on with focussing on running their business.

WordPress.org is great if you are happy to pay for web hosting and pay a web developer for their time.  Read more.

New Radio Rats Videos

A song for the late Syd Kitchen penned by his good friend Jonathan Handley. Performed by Jonathan Rat with Dave Rat on vocals. Filmed in The Necroplis Hotel in March 2012 by Rogue Productions. Footage of Syd courtesy of Rogue. Words and music by Jonathan Handley, copyright icbm music/Radio Rats.

A song for musicians – lepers with long hair, borrowers of birdsong and so on – written by Jonathan Handley. Filmed by Rogue Productions in Room 213 of The Necropolis Hotel on Wednesday, 21 March 2012. Vocals – Dave Rat, Lead guitar – Ozzie Theron and all instruments by Jonathan Handley, copyright icbm music/Radio Rats.

http://RadioRats.co.za

http://facebook.com/RadioRats

50 Original South African Songs

A non-definitive list of 50 great South African songs, that are not cover versions of overseas hits.

Arranged in chronological order of release date.

1. Vuka Vuka The Manhattan Brothers
2. Meadowlands Archie Coker & The Meteors
3. Ag Pleez Deddy (aka The Ballad Of The Southern Suburbs) (live 1962) Jeremy Taylor
4. Pata Pata Miriam Makeba
5. Silence Is Golden The Square Set
6. Master Jack 4 Jacks & A Jill
7. I Need Someone Alan Garrity
8. Orang Otang Hawk
9. Charlie Rabbitt
10. Playgrounds In Paradise Finch & Henson
11. Johannesburg The Julian Laxton Band
12. Buccaneer McCully Workshop
13. Villagers Theme (from TV series) Mick Jade
14. You’re Living Inside My Head John Ireland
15. ZX Dan Radio Rats
16. Boy Van Die Suburbs Anton Goosen
17. Better The Devil You Know Stingray
18. Man On The Moon Ballyhoo
19. Paradise Road Joy
20. Roxy Lady Neill Solomon
21. Schoolboy Asylum Kids
22. You’re So Good To Me Hotline feat PJ Powers
23. Bowtie Boogaloo Morocko
24. Give Me The Good News Crocodile Harris
25. Shadows éVoid
26. See Yourself (Clowns) Ella Mental
27. Jabulani PJ Powers & Hotline
28. Baby You Been Good Robin Auld
29. Burn Out Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
30. Johnny Calls The Chemist Falling Mirror
31. We Are Growing Margaret Singana & Julian Laxton
32. This Boy Sweatband
33. Weeping Bright Blue
34. Scatterlings Of Africa Johnny Clegg & Savuka
35. Be Bop Pop The Spectres
36. Hometalk Mango Groove
37. Shosholoza Ladysmith Black Mambazo with The Team
38. Afrikan Dream Vicky Sampson
39. Sarajevo Jack Hammer
40. Shallow Waters Just Jinger
41. Who Killed Kurt Cobain Koos Kombuis
42. Goeienag Generaal Piet Botha
43. Die Mystic Boer Valiant Swart
44. Un-Ez Springbok Nude Girls
45. Nkalakatha Mandoza
46. I’ll Remember You Brian Finch
47. Gasoline Saron Gas
48. Africa’s Not For Sissies Syd Kitchen
49. Another Universe Arno Carstens
50. Doo Be Doo Freshly Ground

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

Classic South African Rock Songs available to download

Many of my favourite South African Rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have been becoming available for download on Rhythm Music Store over the last while.

Here are a few of them, in no particular order:

South African Rock Gold 3 CD Collection

(album cover)

For the first time ever…a 59 track, 3 CD set of the cream of South African rock, from the early ’70s through to the ’90s….Killer tunes from the likes of Evoid, Tribe after Tribe, Stingray, Hawk, Baxtop, The Sweatband, Squeal, Freedoms Children, Ellamental, Wild Youth, Julian Laxton and many more.

Available from Fresh Music

Disc 1

  1. Freedoms Children – 1999
  2. Suck – Aimless Lady
  3. Otis Waygood – You’re late Miss Kate
  4. Abstract Truth – It’s alright with me
  5. The Bats – The Rock Machine
  6. The Tidal Wave – Spider Spider
  7. Hawk – Here comes the sun
  8. Omega Limited – Tchaikovsky 1
  9. Circus – Long legged lady
  10. Stingray – Better the devil you know
  11. Julian Laxton Band – Celebrate
  12. Rabbitt – Savage
  13. McCully Workshop – Buccaneer
  14. Finch & Henson – Lonely Spacemen
  15. Lesley Rae Dowling – Grips of emotion
  16. Baxtop – Jo Bangles
  17. Radio Rats – ZX Dan
  18. Flash Harry – No football
  19. Sue Kiel – Julia
  20. Wild Youth – Wot about me

Disc 2

  1. Peach – A lot of things
  2. No Friends of Harry – Competition rules
  3. The Sweatband – This boy
  4. Dog Detachment – Touch the sky
  5. Ellamental – Pressure
  6. Tribe After Tribe – Damsel (as I went out one morning)
  7. Psycho Reptiles – Monster from the Bog
  8. The Spectres – Be Bop Pop
  9. Asylum Kids – Fight it with your mind
  10. Evoid – I am a fadget
  11. Falling Mirror – Johnny calls the chemist
  12. Petit Cheval – Once in a lifetime
  13. Cherry Faced Lurchers – Do the lurch
  14. The Helicopters – Mysteries & Jealousies
  15. Robin Auld – All of woman
  16. Bright Blue – Weeping
  17. Celtic Rumours – Slow rain
  18. Hotline – You’re so good to me

Disc 3

  1. Shifty Henry – Gimme little sign
  2. Squeal – Killing the light
  3. Urban Creep – Sea level
  4. The Pressure Cookies – Baby Baby
  5. The Kerels – Golden days
  6. Lithium – Bite it
  7. The Sunshines – Wanna make love
  8. The Electric Petals – Sister Love
  9. Little Sister – Little Sister
  10. Blue Chameleon – Hoss
  11. Fetish – Constant
  12. The Diamond Dogs – Going home
  13. Arapaho – Wild warrior
  14. Fat City – Bad habit
  15. Sugardrive –Disco Lazarus
  16. Sunways – Colour me in
  17. Toxic Shame – Rollercoaster ride
  18. Jack Hammer – Headlines
  19. Jo Day – Princess
  20. Helloangel – I don’t care
  21. Blue Scream – Without your love

Credits

Tracks licensed courtesy of EMI Music, Warner Music/Gallo Music, Fuller Music, Angela Music, David Gresham Records, Neil Cloud, Spaced Out Sounds, 3rd Ear Music, Radium Wreckords, Michael Fleck, Amber Music, Alan Armstrong, Ashland Music, Sheer Music, Shifty Music, Robin Auld, Universal Music, Diamond Dogs, Toni Gozza, Legend Music, and John Buckley.

Compiled by Benjy Mudie for Universal Music. Grateful thanks to Johnny Dorfling for the concept, Chris Venter for the sound advice, Gary Crause for the mastering, and Patsy Thompson for all the legalities.

How can I sell my music online?

See Digital Music Sales

This is one of the questions I get asked very often by South African musicians.

In 2002 I was involved with creating the SAmp3. com portal for promoting South African music through free downloads. However there was no real way, at the time, to monetize these free give-aways.

In August 2006, I became a partner in starting Rhythm Online to sell MP3s to the world. This online store is now known as Rhythm Music Store (and also MyMusiek) and if you are a talented musician, published or unpublished, fill in the online electronic distribution agreement to have your tunes listed on Rhythm Online Music Store.

Would you like the world to hear and buy your music?

SAmp3. com can help you promote your music through channel24 and sell your MP3s to the world on the RhythmMusicStore.com.

And the best part is, there is no cost to you!

Music Sales:

If you wish to sell your music on RhythmMusicStore.com you will need to complete the easy online agreement.

All the information you need can be found there.

Currently Rhythm Music Store is only able to accommodate artists and labels with bank accounts in South Africa.

For selling MP3s on Rhythm Music Store we require a physical audio CD or CD-R for  for the following reasons:

  • Quality Control
  • Naming Convention
  • Creation of 30 second samples

Single songs are also fine (we list it as a album with only one track, and with its own artwork and blurb), but we still require the music to be supplied on an audio CD, please.

Postal address:
Rhythm Music Store
PO Box 399
Century City
7446
Cape Town

Physical address:

Brian Currin
c/o Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede Street
Gardens
Cape Town
[Click here for a map]

Free Promotional Give-aways:

Please contact:

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman:
email: sugar@samp3.com
Phone: 021-423-7635 (office hours)

We will need your song(s) on an audio CD or CD-R, mailed, couriered or hand-delivered to us, so that we can rip the mp3s. We will also need some info about the band/artist and your authorisation of our use of your tracks as free mp3 downloads. You need only supply one copy of each album for both Rhythm Music Store and SAmp3.com

For free promotional give-aways you can also email your MP3s to brian@samp3.com

By sending MP3s to brian@samp3.com you are authorizing them to be used as free downloads.

Please do not send MP3s for selling on RhythmMusicStore.com, please see reasons above.

Postal address:
SAmp3.com
PO Box 399
Century City
7446
Cape Town

Physical address:
Mabu Vinyl
2 Rheede Street
Gardens
Cape Town
[Click here for a map]

New Radio Rats Single released

1.Little Miss Bliss
2.Crystal Bible Girl
3.Daar’s ‘n Drol In Die Drinkwater (bonus, by popular demand)

This is disc one of the new Radio Rats ‘Love Train’ album project. Tracks will be added as “singles” as they are completed, until there are enough for an album.
Brian Currin

I believe that Pop music ought to be literary in a way, minimalistic, but not dumb.
It’s not good enough to be able to play well – the words must be even better than the pathetic playing. The words of traditional country are often superb, the playing on the other hand is standard, but still superb too. Pop can take inspiration from Country brilliance.
Well, the 7-Single project could make South Africans as good as the best Americans, if it grows.
But, I ramble . . .
J.Rat

Available from Rhythm Music Store

Give the gift of music this Festive Season

From RhythmMusicStore

Keep the spirits high and the good vibes going over the festive season in giving gifts that your friendsand family will value.RhythmMusicStore.com offers gift vouchers and the amount that you would like to spend is entirely up to you, even just a single song for R7.00.

The most thoughtful, perfect musical gift – allowing the receiver to make their own unique selection of music on Rhythm Music Store to the value of the gift voucher you send them. Rhythm Music Store Gift Vouchers are the perfect Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day gifts.

How do Gift Vouchers work?

You can purchase gift vouchers for your friends and family to give them prepaid credit on Rhythm Music Store.

To share the Rhythm Music Store catalogue of 70,000+ tracks with your loved ones, simply select a gift voucher of the appropriate size and send them the unique voucher code (by emailing it to them or writing it in a card) available in your Download Area after completing the checkout process as long as the voucher remains unclaimed.

A unique voucher code is generated for each purchased voucher, to be claimed within one year of purchase, which will show up as prepaid credit in the claimant’s account.

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