Latest Free South African Music on Channel 24

 SAmp3.com (part of Sugar Music) has been the official supplier of free mp3s to Channel24 since 2004.

 Pop

Carol Thorns

Red City

A new single off the album, Fireflies In The Rain, the debut solo album from one of South Africa’s leading electric cellists who is best known for her work with the Cape Town group CODA as well as with the groups Electro-Muse and Sterling Electric Quartet.

 Dance/House/Electro

Prolurv Charm

Once Upon A Dream

This hot new track is for all those who love deep house music and showcases the endless tricks and skills of Prolurv Charm’s house music production.

 Rock

Piet Botha

Die Heks Is Dood

One of the eleven new tracks specially recorded by this veteran SA artist inspired by his appearance in the recent spooky KykNET TV series Wie Lê Waar? off the album Spookpsalms.

 Jazz/Blues

Terry Dean

Blues With A Capital C

Terry Dean writes and plays his own brand of blues, rock and folk music on his latest album Blues with a Capital C , which was recorded live at a local festival and features guest musicians Dave Smith on keyboard, Davie Namonde on bass and Thapelo Monareng on drums.

 Rock

Holly & The Woods

Surrender

The brand new single from this dynamic rock band from Johannesburg.

 Afrikaans

Elzahn Rinquest

Donderwolke

The production of her debut solo album Secret Surprise saw Elzahn collaborating talents with acclaimed South African musicians such as Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Jesse Jordon, Louis Esterhuizen, Ramon Alexander and award winning mixing engineer David Langemann.

 Jazz/Blues

Cape Town Sessions

Boom Straat

A song from the compilation Jazzing and Jiving – The Cape Town Sessions an eclectic trip through the traditional and modern landscape of Cape Jazz with the city’s finest musicians.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Luna Paige

Green Eyes

On her album, Wonderful Life , this Cape-based songstress sings about the light and dark side of life, the undeniable relationship between these two opposites, and how we cannot exist without either of them.

 Country/Folk

Laurie Levine

Beautiful Loser

A track from the highly rated Johannesburg Nu-Folk’ singer-songwriter off her third album Six Winters released through Rhythm Records.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Mingus

Fallin

Mingus is a well respected figure in SA Hip Hop who gathered all his friends from Germany,Sweden, the U.S. and South America to contribute to Beneath The Underdog his highly jazz influenced debut album.

 Rock

Radio Rats

Valkenberg Shuffle

Prime rat instigator Jonathan Handley wrote the tracks for this album, Spooky Obsession inspired by a real incident. Handley can be heard on bass, drums, vocals, spoken monologue and harmonica.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Sylvester

Trust Me Girl

Some stirring and melodic R&B rap pop on the title track off the new debut album from emerging South Artist artist Sylvester.

Top Downloads at Rhythm Music Store

Ray Dylan - Ek Wens Jy's Myne
Monique - Ek Val Vir Jou
Jakkie Louw - Gemaak in SA
Heinz Winckler - Ek Kan Weer In Liefde Glo
Gazelle - Chic Afrique
Die Campbells - Komaan Kom Dans
Romanz - Ek Sal Getuig
Die Tuindwergies - Die Tuindwergies
Juanita du Plessis - 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers2 (2/2)
Nicholis Louw - Energie
Elizma Theron - Gee My Meer
Zebra & Giraffe - The Inside
Kurt Darren - Uit Die Diepte Van My Hart
Albert De Wet - Die Vensters Na My Siel
Oorlog Frankenstein - Oorlog Frankenstein
Wrestlerish - The Rude Mechanical
Straatligkinders - Kan Ek Met Jou Dans
Fredi Nest - Dronkverliefverslaafaanjou
Die Radio Kalahari Orkes - Heuningland
Foto Na Dans - Die Vloed
Die Heuwels Fantasties met Laudo Liebenberg - Hyg Duiwel
Manie Jackson - MJ
Various Artists - South African Indie Volume One
Die Jakkie Louw Band - Alles In Een Glas
Bok Van Blerk - De La Rey
Bok van Blerk & Robbie Wessels - Ons Vir Jou Suid Afrika
Wasserfall - Asem In
David Kramer - Klassic Kramer
Rodriguez - Cold Fact (2008 US re-issue)
aKING - Against All Odds

Top Ten Tunes: 2008 [from Top10songs.com]

Top 10 Songs of 2008

Rank Song Title Artist
1 I Kissed A Girl

Katy Perry

2 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
3 Low Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
4 Viva La Vida Coldplay
5 Disturbia Rihanna
6 Hot N Cold Katy Perry
7 4 Minutes Madonna & Justin
8 So What P!nk
9 Apologize Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
10 Womanizer Britney Spears

http://www.top10songs.com/top10songsoftheyear.htm

Recent releases from Rhythm Records

Recent  releases from the Rhythm Records label.

Top Ten Tunes: Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971

The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971

My top ten tunes from the Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 compilation, the South African pressing.

This album was my main introduction to the music of the Rolling Stones in 1972/1973.

  1. Time Is On My Side
  2. Under The Boardwalk
  3. Tell Me
  4. Play With Fire
  5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  6. Mothers Little Helper
  7. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  8. Paint It Black
  9. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  10. Honky Tonk Women

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course some of my other favourites have been omitted.

Further reading: Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (South African Pressing)

Hits From LM Radio – new 2CD set from PT Music

Hits From LM Radio
Hits From LM Radio

Disc 1

  1. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  2. Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – Lobo
  3. My Baby Loves Lovin’ – White Plains
  4. Jam Up And Jelly Tight – Tommy Roe
  5. There’s A Kind Of Hush – Hermans Hermits
  6. Jingle Jangle – The Archies
  7. Telstar – The Tornados
  8. I Just Can’t Help Believing – BJ Thomas
  9. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures
  10. Son Of My Father – Chicory Tip
  11. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  12. Pied Piper – Crispian St. Peters
  13. Doctor’s Orders – Carol Douglas
  14. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
  15. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse
  16. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
  17. Make Me An Island – Joe Dolan
  18. Games People Play – Joe South
  19. Indian Reservation – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  20. Warm & Tender Love – Percy Sledge
  21. Feel Like A Woman – The Troggs
  22. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (live) – Marvin Gaye

Disc 2

  1. Hitchin’ A Ride – Vanity Fare
  2. Come And Get It – Badfinger
  3. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
  4. Reflections Of My Life – The Marmalade
  5. Tears Of A Clown – The Miracles
  6. Yellow River – Christie
  7. If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez
  8. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone
  9. I’m Telling You Now – Freddie & The Dreamers
  10. Fery Cross The Mersey – Gerry & The Pacemaker
  11. Just Like Eddie – Heinz
  12. Judy In Disguise – John Fred & The Playboys
  13. Arizona – Mark Lindsay
  14. Windy – The Association
  15. Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
  16. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart – The Trammps
  17. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
  18. He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
  19. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
  20. Midnight Confessions – The Grass Roots
  21. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  22. Moody River – Pat Boone
  23. Nice To Be With You – Gallery

Do you remember a time in South Africa when there was no TV and no internet? Hard to believe that there ever was such a time, and that listening to the radio was actually one of the best ways to discover the latest and greatest music. The DJ’s cared about the music and they even had theme tunes. Springbok Radio was OK, but the station that teenagers really embraced with enthusiasm was LM Radio, based out of Lourenco Marques in neighbouring Mozambique.

LM Radio was privately owned and operated, and served a vast audience of young people by transmitting pop and rock music which was not heard on the state-controlled SABC stations. The music was everything and DJs like David Gresham, Darryl Jooste, Long John Berks, Peter De Nobrega (and many, many more), were real personalities who played music that they really liked and the fans appreciated it.

The radio station in Lourenco Marques first started broadcasting in the 1930s, but it was in the late 1950s that it underwent a major format change to cater for the younger generation.

The LMRadio.org website says it best; “LM Radio, as it was popularly known, was renowned for its Top Twenty chart show, the LM Hit Parade, and played a major role in promoting South African artists and their music.”

In 1975 LM Radio became Radio 5, and then 5FM, but the spark of independence was no longer there and whole generations have grown up in South Africa without hearing music radio at its best.

This CD will go a long way in helping you to remember when radio was a way of life and a place for really great music.

Sleeve notes by Brian Currin, July 2009

Released by PT Music, September 2009

Available to download at RhythmMusicStore.com

Top Ten Tunes: The Beatles Covers

My top ten tunes that The Beatles covered. Original artists names in brackets.

  1. Rock and Roll Music (Chuck Berry)
  2. Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)
  3. Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers)
  4. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Larry Williams)
  5. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
  6. Bad Boy (Larry Williams)
  7. Ain’t She Sweet (Ben Bernie / Gene Austin, both in 1927)
  8. Words Of Love (Buddy Holly)
  9. Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby (Carl Perkins)
  10. Honey Don’t (Carl Perkins)

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course some of my other favourites have been omitted.

Solid Gold – Where Were You Then? 44 Songs From The Vaults Of Time

Solid Gold - Where Were You Then?

Catalogue Number: SPTB128

CD 1

01. THE SHANGRI-LAS – Leader Of The Pack (2:53)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the USA. Top 20 in the UK in 1965 & charted again at No.3 in 1972

02. JOE DOLAN – Hush Hush Maria (2:45)

Chart-Topper in SA in 1975

03. THE ARCHIES – Sugar Sugar (2:51)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US & UK in 1969

04. PERCY SLEDGE – When A Man Love A Woman (2:36)

No.4 Chart-Topper in the UK & No.1 Chart-Topper in the US in 1966 and again in 1987

05. HERMAN’S HERMITS – I’m Into Something Good (2:36)

Topped the Charts in the UK in 1964

06. ODYSSEY – Going Back To My Roots (3:52)

SA Chart-Topper & Top 5 in the UK in 1981

07. TAVARES – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (3:54)

No.4 Chart-Topper in the UK & Top 20 in the US in 1976

08. DIONNE WARWICK “Live” – That’s What Friends Are For (4:57)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US & Top 20 in the UK in 1985

09. IVY LEAGUE – Tossin’ And Turning (2:21)

No.3 in UK in 1965 & charted in the US in 1965

10. DEL SHANNON – Runaway (2:17)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the UK & US in 1961

11. ANITA WARD – Ring My Bell (3:30)

1979 US and UK Chart-Topper, No.3 in SA

12. THE PLATTERS – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (2:28)

No.1 Chart Topper in the UK & US in 1959

13. THE STYLISTICS – You Make Me Feel Brand New (4:45)

No.2 Chart-Topper in the US & UK in 1975

14. THE THREE DEGREES – When Will I See You Again (2:39)

Chart-Topper in the UK US & SA in 1974

15. KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND – Please Don’t Go (3:45)

Released in 1979 & topped the US And SA charts. Reached No.3 in the UK

16. PAT BOONE – Speedy Gonzales (2:31)

Top 10 Chart-Topper in the UK & US in 1962

17. KIM CARNES – Bette Davis Eyes (3:40)

US & SA Chart-Topper in 1983 & Top 10 in the UK in 1981

18. EXILE – Kiss You All Over (3:30)

SA & US Chart-topper & UK Top 10 in 1978

19. MUNGO JERRY – In the Summertime (3:36)

Top 10 Chart-Topper in SA, UK & US in 1970

20. PILOT – Magic (2:56)

Top 5 in the UK & Top 20 in the USA & SA during 1975

21. EDISON LIGHTHOUSE-Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) 2:31

Top 5 in the UK, US & SA in 1970

22. GLORIA GAYNOR – I will Survive (4:47)

1979 US & UK Chart-Topper & No.2 In SA

CD 2

01. TOMMY ROE – Dizzy (2:39)

Triple Chart-Topper in US, UK & SA in 1969

02. THE TROGGS – Wild Thing (2:35)

No.1 Chart-Topper in the US in 1966, No. 2 in the UK in 1966

03. RODRIGUEZ – Sugarman (3:45)

Huge hit in SA in 1974 (From the Classic Album “Cold Fact”)

04. BJ THOMAS – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (3:04)

Released in Late 1969, Hit the Top Spot in the US & SA & top 40 in UK in 1970

05. THE FOUNDATIONS – Build Me Up Buttercup (2:53)

Top 5 in the USA, UK & SA in 1968

06. JOSE FELICIANO – Light My Fire (3:02)

Top 10 in the US & UK in 1968

07. CANNED HEAT – On The Road Again (3:20)

Top 20 in the US & UK in 1960

08. THE GRASS ROOTS – Midnight Confessions (2:41)

Top 5 in the US in 1968

09. DANIEL BOONE – Beautiful Sunday (2:58)

Top 20 in the USA & SA, Top 30 in UK 1972

10. FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – I’m Telling You Now (2:07)

No. 2 in the UK in 1963 & topped the US Charts in 1965

11. THELMA HOUSTON – Don’t Leave Me This Way (4:07)

1977 SA & USA Chart-Topper, as well as Top 20 in the UK

12. BADFINGER – Come And Get It (2:08)

Top 10 in the US and in the UK in 1970

13. CHRISTIE – Yellow River (2:41)

No.1 in the UK & Top 30 in the US in 1970

14. EDDIE RABBIT – I Love A Rainy Night (3:11)

US Chart-Topper In 1981

15. BROOK BENTON – Rainy Night In Georgia (3:54)

Top 5 in the US Pop Charts & No.1 in the Soul Charts in 1970

16. FREDA PAYNE – Band Of Gold (4:04)

UK Chart-Topper & Top 5 In The US, Top 20 In SA in 1970

17. GOOMBAY DANCE BAND – Sun Of Jamaica (4:07)

Released in 1979 & Topped the SA Chart in 1980

18. AARON NEVILLE – Tell It Like It Is(3:05)

No.2 in the US in 1966

19. RAY CHARLES – Georgia On My Mind (3:36)

Chart-Topper in the US in 1960 & Top 30 in the UK

20. CHIC – Le Freak (3:28)

1979 SA and US Chart-topper & Top 10 in the UK

21. ELVIS PRESLEY – Don’t Be Cruel (2:04)

No. 1 in the USA in 1956

22. KINCADE – Dreams Are Ten A Penny (2:36)

Reached No.2 in Germany. Top 20 in SA, Australia & Holland in 1970

Download from RhythmMusicStore.com

Mabu Vinyl now in Rheede Street

Mabu Vinyl, the well-known music shop in Cape Town, will soon be celebrating its two-year anniversary in its more spacious new premises at 2 Rheede Street in Gardens. The shop is situated just off the corner of Kloof Street (next door to A&A Furnishers), and is just a “muffin’s throw away” from Vida e Caffé, the very popular nearby coffee shop in Kloof Street.

Mabu Vinyl carries a large selection of new and second hand items including LP records, 12” singles, 7” singles, 78’s, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes, videos, books, T-shirts, comics, magazines, and even a selection of refurbished turntables and hi-fi’s. Mabu Vinyl buys, sells and trades in all and any of these items. The shop also carries a range of independent CD releases by a range of South African artists.

Mabu Vinyl grew out of the well-known Kloof Street bric-a-brac store, Kloofmart, which was run for many years by Johan Vosloo in the premises now occupied by Vida e Caffé. Jacques Vosloo, the owner’s son, started the record store in the back section of Kloofmart before the store moved to its next premises a few shops away, next to the other well-known Kloof Street music shop, High Five.

Then in October 2003, Mabu Vinyl again moved further down the road into its next premises in Buitenkloof Centre on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel Streets. Soon after, Stephen Segerman joined Jacques in the store, adding a stock of CD’s, tapes, and DVD’s to the already huge selection of records that fills every corner of this eclectically decorated store.

The new Mabu Vinyl store has something for everyone with hundreds of 7″ singles, 12″ dance singles (for the many club DJ’s who frequent Mabu), and a broad range of rock, pop, jazz, soul, country, comedy, blues, soundtrack, South African and classical LP records. There is also a wide range of new and used CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and books, mostly at reduced or sale prices, and the shop has many regular customers who love to take a few hours to browse through the many music items on display.

Parking for the new Mabu Vinyl store is available downstairs in the Rheede Centre parking garage, or at the nearby Kwikspar or Lifestyle centres in Kloof Street.

website: http://mabuvinyl.co.za

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Top 30 South African MP3 Downloads of the week

SAMP3.com, updated by Michael Currin, 25 July 2009

P LW HP Title Artist Album Label MP3
1 3 1 Seasons Ashtray Electric Bonjour Rhythm available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
2 4 2 On my Holiday 7th Son Ontology Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
3 5 3 Tiny Island The Plastics Kiss The Plastics Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
4 6 4 Kaapstad Angelo Today Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
5 1 1 The Heart of a Fool aKING Against all Odds Rhythm available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
6 7 6 Kissing You Fran Czeska Synthesis Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
7 8 7 Walk The Plank Mr Cat and The Jackal Themes and Variations Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
8 9 8 Sea Of Dreams Venessa Nolan This Life Mixed Up Music available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
9 2 2 Coming Home Coda African Renaissance Sheer available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
10 10 10 It’s Like Asking A Bear If It Has Fur.Face Dance You’re On Fire Dance You’re On Fire Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
11 13 11 Super Zero ft Fungus Arsenic The First Toke Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
12 14 12 Shorter Than Wayne Jazzzombies Dug Up Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
13 17 13 Why We Lonely Evolver What’s the Story?/ Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
14 18 14 Diep Kaleidoskoop Mavis Vermaak Mavis Vermaak Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
15 23 15 Velvit Undies (Mumble Jumble Instrumental) Dank Cape Of Good Hope 2 African Dope available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
16 22 16 I Know Your Sleeping Lee Martin I Know Your Sleeping Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
17 19 17 What A Load Of Rap The Shamonix The Shamonix Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
18 20 18 Jou Skewe Woorde Uitsaai Projek Grensloos Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
19 24 19 If We Had The Time Gavin Minter Gavin Minter Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
20 21 20 When All The Good Love Is Gone Landi Lu EP SugarMusic available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
21 25 21 International News National Wake Prague Set Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
22 25 22 Book Of Love Andrew Kay Peace and Love Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
23 26 17 Me ‘n You Da Profit (feat) Inferno EP Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
24 27 24 I’m In Love With Somebody Else Natalia Natalia Sugar Music available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
25 28 25 Dis Elektries Egmond Ongevraagde Hello Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
26 29 26 I Believe aKING Dutch Courage Rhythm available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
27 NE 27 Choke Me Red Light In June My Sweetest Revenge Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
28 30 28 I Can’t Take It Anymore Franki M Franki M Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
29 NE 29 Learn To Forget Die Maverick EP Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
30 NE 30 Take Me As I Am Thomas Channell The Seduction Of Thomas Channell Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click

SA Rock Digest: This Week 10 Years Ago

The SA Rock Digest was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock music between 1999 and 2004.

Here is the issue from 14 July 1999.

SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 24

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The SA Rock Digest is a weekly,
free subscription e-mag, edited
by Brian Currin and delivered
direct to your e-mailbox.

Subscribe, unsubscribe and
back issue information at
the bottom.

Established January 1999.

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INTRODUCTION
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The SA Rock Digest is a discussion forum for Rock music;
South African and International; past, present and future.

Read it, digest it, enjoy it, send in your comments
and tell your friends….

“Rock” is a very general term encompassing rock and roll,
pop, folk, rock, ethnic-rock, prog-rock, jazz-rock, country-rock,
soul, R&B, metal, indie, alternative, new wave, reggae, etc, etc.

Don’t get hung up…if you want to say something about the music
YOU like, go ahead, say it.

Contributions and comments:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/contactme.html

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NEWS
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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
by Sharon Gill and Steve Murdoch

JOSH SITHOLE, one of Cape Town’s best-loved musicians and a favourite of many South African music-lovers, died at his Gugulethu home on Sunday 20 June.

Sithole, a self-taught lead guitarist, began busking with the Kwela Kids in 1959 in Cape Town. In 1978 he went solo and played in venues around the country, thrilling audiences with his distinctive style. During the eighties he became known to Durban audiences through his various residencies at places like the Lonsdale and Westville Hotels.

Sithole was born in Rylands, but his family moved to Gugulethu during the era of forced removals. He was committed to his family and to passing on his skills to others. He turned down several overseas offers of contracts.

Everybody who knew him will miss him. Other musicians and people in the industry sang their praises of Sithole.

Music producer Henry Shields described him as a very influential and original player. “He is going to be missed by many people in the music industry. He was part of the musical landscape of Cape Town.”

Jazz vocalist Joe Schaffers described Sithole as a people’s person and a musician. “He could get through to everybody -even before people started talking about the ‘rainbow nation’. He could touch your feelings with his music and he was very original. It’s unfortunate he died before realising his dream of building a recording studio in Gugulethu where he planned to teach township youngsters music. He was very unselfish.”

Third Ear Music’s Dave Marks says that Sithole was possibly the hardest working musicians on the circuit, and one of the few true professionals. “The amazing thing about him was that he was the only non-white at the time gigging within the cocktail lounge and bar room circuit. It was unique. Blacks weren’t even allowed in those clubs, but when they tried to take Josh off the circuit, there was an uproar from the patrons. He played the kind of music that appealed to city folk.”

C & G Studios’ Don Clarke, says, “I think Josh probably missed his finest hour. Only now, with the focus on World Music, are we starting to attract international interest, and Josh would have been a perfect candidate for this.”

Sithole was supporting three disabled brothers at the time of his death. He leaves his wife and two daughters. He was buried at his Gugulethu home on July 4.

Article taken from the AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK website
http://www.air.org.za

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JOSH SITHOLE MEMORIAL CONCERT

The Barleycorn Music Club and Sterra Promotions are staging a “Josh Sithole
Memorial Concert” which will be held at the Riverclub in Cape Town on
Sunday 1 August 1999.

All bands that play have offered their services for free and all Money
raised will go to his family.

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COUNTING CROWS – LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

TOUR ITINERARY

August 4 Cape Town Bellville Velodrome
August 6 Durban Westridge Park Stadium
August 8 Sun City Superbowl
August 9 Johannesburg Standard Bank Arena

BOOKING EXCLUSIVELY AT TICKETWEB
http://www.ticketweb.co.za

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FETISH

2nd full length album is due for release mid – September……
recording starts July 17.

future GIGS :
OPPIKOPPI
Sunday 8th August, main stage
Monday 9th August, jazz stage

FETISH
mailto:fetish@iafrica.com
http://www.listen.to/fetishmusic

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SKYMINER

We’re also playing at The Planet this Friday the 16th, so haul out the moth-eaten jersey and check us out. “The Wax Tadpoles” (Ben Amato et al) are playing with us on Friday so you’ll get more for your money! The first band will start at 9.30 and the covert should be +/- 8 SA ront.

Cheers,
Cameron
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SONS OF TROUT

Sons of Trout will be performing @ diamonds and pearls
Friday 16th
corner lower main and station rd
Observatory – Cape Town

“Son of Trout”
mailto:info@sonsoftrout.co.za
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REQUESTS
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CHRIS PRIOR

one of the guys I spoke to said that Chris Prior is apparently
with Radio 702. Rumour has it anyway …

Ciao

Jon

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METALLIC SUNN

I’d like to know if there is anybody out there who used to follow a band
called Metallic Sunn? (they later became Museum).

The line-up was first:
Patrick Canovi (Guitar)
Adrian Bekker (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass)
Gary Smith (Drums)

They won the Cape Battle of the Bands with this line-up as “Metallic Sunn”.
The band then changed the name to “Museum”. This was about mid 1974.
That line-up was as I can remember it:
Patrick Canovi (Guitars)
Gary Smith (Drums)
Henry Barenblatt (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass) ????????

I’d like to try and get hold of Patrick Canovi, as I have something that he
might be interested in.

Cheers,

Peter
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FORUM
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CLASSIC SONG OF THE WEEK:

Locomotive Breath – Rabbitt (Ian Anderson)

Trevor Rabin: vocals, guitars
Errol Friedman: guitar
Fransua Roos: keyboards
Lou Forer: bass
Cedric Samson: drums

This Jethro Tull classic, from their 1971 “Aqualung” album, was re-recorded in South Africa by a session band and released in 1972 as a single under the name “Rabbitt”.
The flip-side was an instrumental titled “And The Planets Danced”.
“Locomotive Breath” was number 96 in the LM Radio top hits of 1972.
I guess you could say it was a runaway smash!

Patric van Blerk had engaged Trevor Rabin (then only 18 years old) on a session to play guitar on a version of Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath he had wanted to do. The recording session had Errol Friedman playing guitar (Ronnie Robot’s brother), Fransua Roos on keyboards (who did the arrangement), Lou Forer (from Suck) on bass and Cedric Samson on drums. The lyrics were “cleaned-up” for the SA censors: “his woman and his best friend” were now “travelling to the sun” and “the all-time winner” had got him by…”the hands”!

When Rabbitt re-recorded this track in 1975 for their debut Boys Will Be Boys! album, the original Jethro Tull lyrics returned; a very brave move at the time!

More at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/rabbitt_boys.html
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ON THE NET
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ROCK FILES

New additions to the SA Rock Files website include
cover scans for Freedoms Children’s Battle Hymn Of
The Broken-Hearted Horde and Simply Otis Waygood,
thanks to Mike Greeff.

Andrew King has supplied some info on In The Arena by Circus
and Searching by Third Eye. All additional information is most welcome.

Visit: http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarock_whatsnew.html
to see these updated webpages.

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RODRIGUEZ

New information continues to flow into the
Climb Up On My Music website on this “American Zero,
but South African Hero”.

Recently discovered is an album from 1972 by The Family Dogg
titled The View From Rowland’s Head featuring no less than 5 cover
versions of songs from Cold Fact including I Wonder and Crucify Your Mind.

The Family Dogg included among its members, one Albert Hammond…the old
“Peacemaker” himself.

Visit: http://www.rock.co.za/files/rodriguez.html
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CLASSIC REVIEW
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FREEDOMS CHILDREN – BATTLE HYMN OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED HORDE

Introduction [2.34]
Season [3.03]
Judas Queen [3.54]
Mrs. Browning [3.06]
Country Boy [2.58]
Your Fathers’ Eyes [2.26]
Eclipse [3.19]
10 Years Ago [5.55]
Kafkasque [3.25]
Boundsgreen Fair [3.16]
Mrs. Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died [4.34]

This album released in 1968 has all the wonderful excesses of early progressive rock; the deep “meaningful” poetry, spoken words, majestic organ-playing, sound effects, choirs, long guitar solos, etc. I love it!

The unusual Scottish/South African accent of Ramsay MacKay guides us through this album of contrasts. From the country sounds of “Country Boy” to the Traffic-style rock of “Judas Queen” this album does not let up for a moment. It rocks, it soothes, it challenges, it refreshes (thanks to the inclusion of an old Pepsi advert!).

A great album, yet to see the light of day on CD, if ever.

Visit:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/battlehymn.html
for more info and cover scans.
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NEW RELEASES
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DEEP PURPLE – TOTAL ABANDON

The new live CD and video recorded live in Australia in April this year is only available
on-line.

Go to: http://www.cybermusic.net/deep_purple/
and place your order.

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DISCO FEVER

Derek Smith from Gallo has compiled a 2CD set called Disco Fever which features some great South African disco/dance tracks from the 70s. These 2 discs are filled to the max with music…over 150 minutes of music, memories and magic.

Artists include HOT RS, Buffalo, People Like Us, Disco Rock Machine, Rouge, John Ireland and Neil Cloud.

Buy this CD, put on your platforms, grab your cherrie and take yourself on a magic carpet ride with the delta queen to the garden of Eden.

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STEVE KEKANA – THE ENGLISH ALBUM

A compilation by Derek Smith with liner notes by Malcolm Lombard. Includes all Steve’s great hits like “The Bushman”, “I Feel So Strong” (with PJ Powers), “Raising My Family” and “All I Need Is Here In Africa”.

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SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS – SURPASS THE POWERS

The new Springbok Nude Girls album, ‘Surpass The Powers’, has now been released. This 11-track album, which was produced by Kevin Shirley, is also being set up for an international release with some of the earlier Nude Girls’ singles tacked on. The previous Nude Girls’ single, ‘Blue Eyes’, is already on this album along with the new singles, ‘Giant Love Affair’, ‘Again, and ‘Un-Ez’.

— Stephen Segerman

WIN A CD!

Tell us how the Springbok Nude Girls got their name and you could win a copy of the new Springbok Nude Girls CD “Surpass The Powers” courtesy of Paul Thackwray of Sony Music South Africa.

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RADIO RATS – INTO THE NIGHT WE SLIDE

Jonathan Handley, in association with Andy Harrod of the One World online CD store, has re-released the seminal debut Rats album, ‘Into The Night We Slide’ on CDR. This limited edition CD with bonus tracks and revised artwork is available online at http://www.oneworld.co.za.

More at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/radiorats_night.html

Also coming soon is the Radio Rats 5th album Radio Ketamine…watch out for it.

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ONE WORLD MUSIC
http://www.oneworld.co.za

Andy Harrod (Mad Andy to his friends), announced recently that One World Music
now includes cover scans and track listings on their extensive website.

One World Music has everything from the new Springbok Nude Girls “Surpass The Powers” to the classic “Into The Night We Slide” by the Radio Rats.

One World has an extremely wide range of CDs including Afrikaans Volksliedjies, African Traditional music, music of the Kalahari Bushmen, Sounds of Nature, Kwaito, Johnny Clegg and a host of other genres, styles and artists. Also unique releases like Chris de Burgh’s “Live In South Africa” and the “Cosmos” TV series soundtrack CD which are very difficult to find anywhere else.

If its Made In South Africa and its on CD, then its available at One World.

Visit http://www.oneworld.co.za and remember SA Rock Digest members get a 5% discount off their purchases. Just put “digest member” in brackets behind your name when filling in the order form and they will do the rest.

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VOTING BOOTHS
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Visit these voting booths and cast a vote for YOUR favourites….

SA Classic Rock albums
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sarock

All-time Great SA Pop and Rock songs
http://www.freevote.com/booth/sapop

McCully Workshop albums
http://www.freevote.com/booth/mccully
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LINKS
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ROCK FILES
The online archive for the History of South African Rock
http://welcome.to/sarock

TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN
Message Board for SA Rock
http://www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb311757

AMUZINE
African MUsic magaZINE
http://www.cd.co.za/

POWERZONE
The Hub of South African Music
http://www.powerzone.co.za/

ONE WORLD
Selling South African Music to the World
http://www.oneworld.co.za/

5% discount for Digest members!
Type “Digest Member” in brackets
after your name when submitting info.

INDIE MUSIC EXPLOSION
The Ultimate Independent Music Site in South Africa
http://www.indie.co.za/

GALLO MUSIC
Supporting South African Music
http://www.gallo.co.za/

BACKSTAGE
The Musician’s Resource
http://www.backstage.co.za/

THE GIG GUIDE
Whats on in Cape Town
http://www.gig-guide.co.za/

ZA@PLAY
What’s on in Cape Town and around South Africa
http://www.mg.co.za/mg/art/music/listing/music-ct.htm

SLY
Online magazine
http://www.sly.co.za/

STREET LEVEL RECORDS
Cape Town’s Independent Record Label
http://www.streetlevel.co.za/

MUSICADS
Free musical equipment classifieds ad website
http://www.twisted.co.za/musicads/

SA MUSIC DATABASE
Over 100 links relating to South African music
http://members.xoom.com/samusicd/links.html

RIESTER INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
South African independent record company
http://www.riester-records.co.za/

JOL
http://www.jol.co.za

FRESH MUSIC
Independent multi-faceted music group
http://www.fresh.co.za

AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK
News, reviews and opinions
http://www.air.org.za

MOUNTAIN RECORDS
http://www.mountain-africa.com
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ADVERTS
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SPLASHY FEN BOOK
Chris Chapman

http://www.splashyfen.co.za

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QSOUND
Makes your computer sound better if you listen to MP3’s, WAV files, music samples, web radio, on-line concerts and much more.

Visit http://www.rock.co.za/files/mp3software.html and click on QSound banner.

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VIBES MUSIC – N1 CITY, CAPE TOWN
An extensive selection of vinyl and CDs. Big supporters of South African music.

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OUTLAW RECORDS, CAPE TOWN
Vinyl and second-hand CDs. Always something new.

Branches at:
Cape Town Central:
55 Castle Street (off Long Street), Cape Town

Wynberg:
3 CHB Building (opposite the entrance to Wynberg Hospital),
Maynard Road, Wynberg

10% discount for Digest members!

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RADIUM WRECKORDS

Looking for Radio Rats, Popguns, Chauffeurs or Glee Club recordings?
Contact Johathan Handley for a catalogue at:

Radium Wreckords
Suite 207
Postnet
Private Bag X10
Flamwood
2572
Klerksdorp


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JEFF BECK: CRAZY FINGERS
by Annette Carson

The first and only definitive biography of Jeff Beck – published in South Africa in January 1999 and available by mail order from the author. Trade paperback format,
256 pages, with a comprehensive discography.

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BACK ISSUES
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All Digest back-issues can now be downloaded as one
small zip file (less than 300kb).
Go to: http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarockdigest.zip
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RULES
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The SA Rock Digest is compiled by Brian Currin from the
“Too Good To Be Forgotten” internet message board, e-mails from
Digest members and other varied sources.

For the basic rules of the Digest please visit:
http://browse.to/sarock
or I can e-mail them to you.
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SUBSCRIPTIONS
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Reading someone else’s copy of this e-mag?

Firstly thank the person who sent it to you, for being someone of
incredible good taste and perception…

…and then subcribe yourself by sending an e-mail to
mailto:vagabond@rock.co.za with any words or phrases that vaguely
indicate acceptance.

Y’know, like “I’m in”, “That’s great”, “OK”, “Here’s R1000 send me a
copy”…whatever.

Or…visit http://browse.to/sarock and fill in the very simple form.

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Want to unsubscribe from this e-mag?

Surely not, but if you really must, then just send me an e-mail,
saying “I hate SA music”, “I’m bored” or “get my out of here” or
“I’ve had enough” or whatever, I’ll get the idea, eventually.

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The Black Hotels available to download at Rhythm Music Store

Formed in June 2006, The Black Hotels’ first release, a five-track EP titled Beautiful Mornings, made them one of the most critically acclaimed South African indie bands of 2007 and 2008. Films For The Next Century is their first full-length album.

“Currently the most authentic, original and exciting rock band in SA – FFTNC is the most important SA album of 2009”, The Tonight

“Reminiscent of the best moments of bands such as REM and Interpol”, Muse Magazine

“Plays like some weird night in a bar in Russia, sipping vodka with Lloyd Cole and riling up close to a boy wearing a Joy Division T shirt”, Painter Jane

the black hotels films for the next century
The Black Hotels - Films For The Next Century

Available at RhythmMusicStore.com

Top 30 South African MP3 Downloads of the week

Posted by Michael Currin, 04 July 2009

P LW HP Title Artist Album Label MP3
1 1 1 The Heart of a Fool aKING Against all Odds Rhythm available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
2 3 2 Sokka (Diski) Teba 20-5-2-1 Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
3 4 3 Coming Home Coda African Renaissance Sheer available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
4 5 4 Seasons Ashtray Electric Bonjour Rhythm available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
5 6 5 On my Holiday 7th Son Ontology Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
6 7 6 Tiny Island The Plastics Kiss The Plastics Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
7 8 7 Ain’t Got You Franki M Franki M Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
8 9 8 Kaapstad Angelo Today Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
9 10 9 Kissing You Fran Czeska Synthesis Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
10 14 10 Jobbo The Shamonix The Shamonix Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
11 11 2 The Groove Rus Nerwich Under The Poetree Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
12 2 2 Township Storm Rattex Planetary Assault Pioneer Unit available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
13 16 13 Walk The Plank Mr Cat and The Jackal Themes and Variations Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
14 22 14 Sea Of Dreams Venessa Nolan This Life Mixed Up Music available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
15 28 15 It’s Like Asking A Bear If It Has Fur.Face Dance You’re On Fire Dance You’re On Fire Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
16 21 16 Super Zero ft Fungus Arsenic The First Toke Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
17 24 17 Shorter Than Wayne Jazzzombies Dug Up Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
18 17 17 Me ‘n You Da Profit (feat) Inferno EP Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
19 20 19 International News National Wake Prague Set Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
20 26 20 I Know Your Sleeping Lee Martin I Know Your Sleeping Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
21 27 21 Jou Skewe Woorde Uitsaai Projek Grensloos Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
22 23 22 When All The Good Love Is Gone Landi Lu EP SugarMusic available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
23 19 19 Liefdesdag Kop EP Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
24 29 24 Diep Kaleidoskoop Mavis Vermaak Mavis Vermaak Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
25 25 25 Book Of Love Andrew Kay Peace and Love Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
26 NE 26 Why We Lonely Evolver What’s the Story?/ Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
27 30 27 What A Load Of Rap The Shamonix The Shamonix Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
28 NE 28 Velvit Undies (Mumble Jumble Instrumental) Dank Cape Of Good Hope 2 African Dope available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
29 NE 29 If We Had The Time Gavin Minter Gavin Minter Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click
30 NE 30 Dis Elektries Egmond Ongevraagde Hello Indie available at Rhythm Online - this is a link - please do not right-click

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