The Cold Facts…. A Journey On The Road Ahead, part 6 by Steve Louw

It was past midnight when Jimmy Iovine and The Edge walked into the studio where we were mixing “Waiting for the Dawn”. He was producing Rattle and Hum with U2, and they were recording guitar in the room next door. The studio sheet showed that “MaWayJa” was in with Shelly Yakus, and they wanted to know what that was all about. I had got the name from Don Laka (it means Voyager) and it seemed like a good fit for me.  I was trying to finish the album that had been put on hold six months earlier, on the 27th of November 1987. I was alone making creative production decisions that I probably wasn’t in a state to make. Kevin was back in Australia, and his son Josh had just been born. 

Steve Louw

 
There were musicians all over the place in the A&M Recording studio complex, and after 25 years in the business, Shelly Yakus knew them all. Benmont Tench, Waddy Watchtel and Roy Bittan were all talked into adding parts to the album. It was a heady time, but I missed Kevin’s decisiveness, and I felt out of my depth. I wanted to get the album finished and to start feeling better. The album which had been put on hold in November had to be completed. I thought that this could be a breakthrough record for me, but the joy and excitement Kevin and I had shared were gone, and I struggled to recreate the magic that Kevin had created with his rough studio mixes. 

“So, when are you are going to listen to the songs?” We were about to head out to dinner, the night before we would start recording in Nashville, TN, in February 2020. “OK, play me a couple now.” After five minutes Kevin looked at me, ”let’s go eat,” he said and headed out the door. 
 
Walking down the dark windy streets I thought of the next day. I felt like I was a minor-league player, tossed out onto the field by mistake, at the start of a major league game. I was invisible on social media, hadn’t been in a studio for years, and had just played my top three songs to the producer with no visible reaction. Kevin looked at me. “How are you doing, Stevie? That “Seven Roses” is stellar, let’s get a steak!”

Steve Louw – Seven Roses


 
It sounded to me like the E-Street Band and The Heartbreakers had come to town. What great players, what gracious and humble people, what a killer intro. We had just cut the track for “Seven Roses” on our first day in the studio. Like magic, there was the song, playing, as I listened. It sounded great, it sounded like we had been playing together for years. It sounded like we were having fun. I felt like I was back where I belonged, making music.

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Steve Louw

Steve Louw is a South African singer-songwriter and rock musician. Winner of Best South African Rock Act, and a member of the SA Rock Hall of Fame, Steve is one of SA rock’s most talented and unassuming singer-songwriters. He and his band Big Sky appeared on stage with Rodriguez on the sold-out South African tour in 1998.

Top Tracks by Steve Louw

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 Rock

Alicia Wolf

Don’t Stop Believing

A loner with a passion for life and music, Alicia decided to make her music a reality by going to record her album, Beyond My Dreams, at B Sharp Studios.

 Rock

aKING

Cut Throat Tongue And Razor

The popular Cape Town rock band step it up with a track off their recent album, The Red Blooded Years.

 Dance/House/Electro

The Real Estate Agents

Super Evil (Pizzas Mix)

The famous Cape Town electro collective with a track off the official Moxyland Soundtrack compiled and selected by African Dope’s HoneyB and author Lauren Beukes to complement the futuristic urban thriller.

 Jazz/Blues

Dan Shout

Danny Dopamine

Dopamine is the chemical in the brain which makes one happy and have fun, just like this track, off Greetings & Salutations , which features the outrageous drumming of Kesivan Naido and the fusion sounds of Gorm Heljord on guitar.

 Jazz/Blues

Neo Muyanga

A Perpetual Circle

Some musical magic from this acclaimed Cape Town-based musician off his album, Dipalo (Mixtape), which he composed, arranged and performed.

 Jazz/Blues

The Howlin’ Shibanski

Mindless Shit

A track off the new EP from this hot new Pretoria band currently making a huge impact on the South African blues scene.

 Country/Folk

Bill Knight

Kaapse Draai

Kaapse Mengsel has 15 of Bill Knight’s most popular songs, all recently re-arranged and newly-recorded and delivered in his distinctive Cape-Folk style coupled with insightful lyrics in English and “Kombuistaal” reflecting Bill’s deep love of the Cape and its colourful “Mengsel” of Peoples.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Terror MC

Make U C That I Will Give

Some tough-talking Hip Hop from one of Cape Town’s most dedicated rappers off the album, Street Life.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Black Noise

Summerbreeze

Best Of MotherCity Records Vol 1 is a compilation of some of the best music Cape Town has to offer, here’s a track from one of Cape Town’s best known rap groups.

 Kwaito

Bongani MP

Ngidl’amabele

The Kwaito star from Kwaggafontien with a track off his popular second album, Ngim’lo .

 Rock

Reburn

Prodigal Son

Some hard-edged indie rock from the popular Cape Town rock band off their debut album, All Tied Up.

 Rock

Hog Hoggidy Hog

Opium For The Masses

A song from Cape Town’s longstanding banner-wavers for frenetic Ska-punk off their recent album, Method To The Madness.

 

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 Jazz/Blues

Tristan Waterkeyn

To The Hills

Tristan Waterkeyn’s been around – born in Tanzania, moved to Kenya, then to Zimbabwe and then SA where he learned to play the guitar resulting in his debut solo album, Hay Day .

 Afrikaans

Kobus!

Hoenderman

Kobus! was the power-rock SA duo formed initially in 2000 by Theo Crous (Nudies guitarist) and Francois Blom (ex-Voice of Destruction vocalist), here with a big track off their self-titled debut album .

 Jazz/Blues

Gil Hockman

The Ballad Of Me And The Doctor

Some hip new Joburg blues from one of its troubadours off his new debut solo album, Too Early In The Journey .

 Rock

Lyzyrd Kyngs

Gypsy Boy

SA music legend Piet Botha and the Akkedis Band, Arthur and Rudolph Dennis and AJ Graham, have shared stages and jammed across Southern Africa resulting in their first joint album, One Night Only, recorded last winter and just released as The Lyzyrd Kyngs.

 Jazz/Blues

Guy Buttery

Sibanisezwe

A track off Fox Hill Lane, this Kwazulu-Natal guitar wizard’s third album, beautifully textured with a whole array of instrumentation, all of these played by an equally impressive line up of established musicians.

 Dance/House/Electro

Kalahari Surfers

Straight To The Hips

Warrick Sony unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers’ album One Party State, featuring heavy dubstep style wobbly-bass-groove tracks and cut up voice samples.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Kwesta

Babhemi Ft. Sandile Ziqubu

A smoking hot track from this emerging artist off the popular album Special Rekwest .

 Jazz/Blues

Mr J

Undenzani

Mr J is Joel Martins who runs a small recording studio from his Cape home where he not only records his own creations, like The First Step , but also young aspiring artists from his local community.

 Jazz/Blues

Heels over Head

Inyandz Leyo

A great track off the debut album, Could It Be , from this all female jazz band from Durban.

 Rock

Summer Shade

Moontide

On their latest EP, World Among The Clouds , the band previously known as Nungarin has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, african, and folk music.

 Afrikaans

Koos Kombuis

Babilon Blues

Some classic Afrikaans reggae from the SA music legend off his album, Niemandsland & Beyond!

 Kwaito

The Mahotella Queens

Thandanani

This legendary SA singing trio formed in 1964 and is noted for its clear three-part harmonies, Mbaqanga township music and fast-paced mgqashiyo dancing, off the Afromagic collection.

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 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.

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 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.

 Rock

Crazy Diamond

Wish you Were here

The recent musical show Crazy Diamond- A Tribute to Pink Floyd has been released as a double live album with 31 hit Pink Floyd songs, interpreted by guitar guru Mel Botes and his multi-talented band.

 Afrikaans

Linda Kilian

Kom Dans ‘n Bietjie

The title track off Linda’s first ever Afrikaans album Kom Dans ‘n Bietjie is setting the dance scene alive.

 Rock

Gevoel van Veiligheid

Geheime Trane

The first single from this two-man acoustic punk/rock band from Pretoria formed as a side project by Deon Roos from Die Onbekende, and Raymond Roy Horn from Neontetra.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

GlamaBoy

Heyo

Fabian Josephus (aka GlamaBoy) started free-styling at parties and worked with many underground hip hop artists from the Cape Flats before starting GlamaBoy’s Risk Taking, the group that won the Western Province Talent Promotions.

 Rock

Heather Mac

Green World

Heather Mac rose to prominence in the 80s SA rock music scene as the lead singer of Ella Mental – here with a track off her new album, WITHIN , a collection of personal songs gathered from the last 25 years of her life.

 Jazz/Blues

Skanky Corp

Jazz Police

Skanky Corp are a well-known Cape Town based indie jazz collective, here with a note to extreme jazz fans off their album, Panic.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Shane Q The Genesis

Isithandwa

On his debut album Life & Death , hip hop artist Shane Q sings about growing up with a love of music and his musical inspiration, American rapper 2 Pac.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Veraz

On the Otha Side

On Veraz’s debut album, From Joburg to Jamaica , this hip new local artist sings songs about ordinary life in Jeppe Street, xenophobia, love, nature and unity to workers.

 Afrikaans

Zwarte Piet

Met Hoeveel Lewens Moet Ons Nog Betaal

A track off new album Geskroef, an Afrikaans Blues album set against the backdrop of the social and political issues of this country.

 

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 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

GlamaBoy

GlamaBoy

Fabian Josephus (aka GlamaBoy) started free-styling at parties and worked with many underground hip hop artists from the Cape Flats before starting GlamaBoy’s Risk Taking, the group that won the Western Province Talent Promotions.

 Rock

Heather Mac

Heather Mac

Heather Mac rose to prominence in the 80s SA rock music scene as the lead singer of Ella Mental – here with a track off her new album, WITHIN , a collection of personal songs gathered from the last 25 years of her life.

 Jazz/Blues

Skanky Corp

Skanky Corp

Skanky Corp are a well-known Cape Town based indie jazz collective, here with a note to extreme jazz fans off their album, Panic.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Shane Q The Genesis

Shane Q The Genesis

On his debut album Life & Death , hip hop artist Shane Q sings about growing up with a love of music and his musical inspiration, American rapper 2 Pac.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Veraz

Veraz

On Veraz’s debut album, From Joburg to Jamaica , this hip new local artist sings songs about ordinary life in Jeppe Street, xenophobia, love, nature and unity to workers.

 Afrikaans

Zwarte Piet

Met Hoeveel Lewens Moet Ons Nog Betaal

A track off new album Geskroef, an Afrikaans Blues album set against the backdrop of the social and political issues of this country.

 Rock

Shotgun Tori

Skin You’re In

First single to be released off thisoutstanding new bluesy-rock 5-track EP Are We Fine Yet ,from this emerging and very talented Cape Town-based female singer.

 Rock

Cherry Faced Lurchers

Toasted Take-aways

A blast of live SA rock genius from the late James Phillips and his crazy gang off the legendary 1980’s Live at Jamesons album.

 Country/Folk

Kenny Ray Daniel

Real Good Feeling

Single from his debut album Feelings Out OfSight , this old-school country musician still plays his Yamaha FG180 from the sixties on some of the songs he has written over the years.

 Kwaito

Bongani MP

Ziyawa

Bongani MP – Ziyawa – Fresh new single from the Kwaggafontein Kwaito artist with a track off his third album Ngim’lo

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Love Constant

Love Constant

A song from this SA vocalist’s debut album Love Constant, on which her sultry soulful sound and poignant lyrics are the perfect ingredients for an adult contemporary album.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Masta Li

Syajayva

A hip hop artist, songwriter, singer, and record producer from KZN whose newly-released Durban Kings album rocks the house with pumping sounds and great beats.

 

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 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Masta Li

Syajayva

A hip hop artist, songwriter, singer, and record producer from KZN whose newly-released Durban Kings album rocks the house with pumping sounds and great beats.

 Dance/House/Electro

Card On Spokes

In You Go

A new offering from Cape Town musician and producer Shane Cooper off In You Go, the debut album by Card On Spokes which is his solo project.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

B-Traq

B-Traq

A new single off the album Outatime by this exciting new funk-pop band on the SA music scene, with a sound that is both fresh and funky fusing several genres like Funk, RnB and Rock.

 Jazz/Blues

Steve D

Steve D

This newly-released nostalgic album Goud & Silwer – Silver & Gold, performed by Steve D, features well-loved golden oldies dusted off and presented in a unique way.

 Afrikaans

Egmond

Vlieg

Egmond returns with the smashing first single off their upcoming sophomore release, Vuil Wasgoed – a duet with songbird Yolandi,who also featured in Egmond’s #1 hit Dis Elektries from his debut album.

 Jazz/Blues

Terry Dean

Got The Blues

A track off the album 4 seasons , an all original collection of some of the best numbers from this “WorldTraveller’s” extensive career, and is his first album on the “IMG Eden” label.

 Pop

Ike Moriz

Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams – Title track off the new album from the artist voted one of the top 5 vocalists in South Africa, on which he composed, produced and recorded 16 beautifully crafted brand new Rock/Pop songs.

 Country/Folk

Monique Leite

Gee Nooit Op

Monique Leite is a passionate singer who delivers a special performance and message in each song of this album Success. It has a song for everyone out there English and Afrikaans, the partygoer, the romantic soul, the rock-a-billy boy and the country girl.

 

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 Pop

Ike Moriz

Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams – Title track off the new album from the artist voted one of the top 5 vocalists in South Africa, on which he composed, produced and recorded 16 beautifully crafted brand new Rock/Pop songs.

 Country/Folk

Monique Leite

Gee Nooit Op

Monique Leite is a passionate singer who delivers a special performance and message in each song of this album Success. It has a song for everyone out there English and Afrikaans, the partygoer, the romantic soul, the rock-a-billy boy and the country girl.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Mr J

Here I Am

The debut solo album from Mr J (Joel Martins), one of the original “Hermanus Pavarottis”, who once sang on street corners of Hermanus for pennies.

 Afrikaans

Janiné Grobbelaar

Melk in Jou tee

First single off the debut Gospel album from Janiné Grobbelaar, an emerging faith-pop singer from Centurion. From Melk In Jou Tee .

 World Music

Lu Chase

Mercury (Ross Gabriel Dub Mix)

Lu Chase is a South African singer, songwriter, radio DJ and actress best known for fronting the band Iridium Project.

 Rock

Jeremy de Tolly

Two

An extract from one of the six extended pieces from the Dirty Skirts frontman off his new solo album Piano Nocturnes Volume One featuring some ambient solo piano music.

 

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 Rock

Anthony Caplan & Andrew Tracey

Open

A track off Guitar Tunes the recent album from this acclaimed musician and composer accompanied by Prof Andrew Tracey of The Andrew Tracey Steelband.

 Rock

Summer Shade

Drive All Day

The new single from Summer Shade’s latest EP features a mixture of rock, tribal, African, folk and a whole lot more.

 Afrikaans

Al’astair

Die Meisie Van De Aar

More Afrikaans Rock ‘N Tjank sounds from this singer-songwriter who is building a strong reputation for his incisive lyrics. This track is off his debut album My Hond Fanie.

 Country/Folk

K, Ray & The Bird

Coffee In The Rain

The new single from this five-piece folky group off their recent album Rhymes In The Attic.

 Rock

Peter Hoven

Fire Still Burns

A track off this Johannesburg based singer-songwriter’s debut pop-rock solo album No Apologies .

 Rock

Jon Delinger

Crossroads

This Storm Rekordz artist is a Malawian by origin, grew up in Zimbabwe and Mozambique and was selected to represented South Africa in Sweden at the Ethno Music Festival. This song is from the album Never Walk Alone .

 Rock

Paint

Wage Your Wars

A new single off the Painting With Sound album from this Cape rock trio featuring Nelius Nortje, Jade Abbott and her booming bass, with Morné (Mojo) Barnardt on drums.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Ben Caesar

Hold Me Close

The first single from Ben Caesar, who will soon be launching his debut solo albumLe Tigra, an original and modern mix with insightful lyrics to express the theme of “the dynamic contrast between the grace and fierceness of the tiger”.

 Rock

Not My Dog

Raging Girl

This newly-released self-titled album by Pretoria-based rock outfit shows why they ruled the country’s rock stages for almost a decade with their progressive nu-metal live performances.

 Country/Folk

Faith Why You Always Running

Billboard Lights

A new single, and the title track off this emerging Cape-based female indie artist’s brilliant lo-fi album, Billboard Lights .

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Ricardo Dyson

Blow My Mind

A song off the EP Now That I’ve Got A Girl by this emerging artist and independent singer-songwriter.

 Rock

Pretty Blue Guns

Mockingbird

A track off the Stellenbosch band’s latest album, Shed You Skin, inspired by bands like The Dead Weather, The Black Keys and The Kills.

 

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 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Ben Caesar

Hold Me Close

The first single from Ben Caesar, who will soon be launching his debut solo albumLe Tigra, an original and modern mix with insightful lyrics to express the theme of “the dynamic contrast between the grace and fierceness of the tiger”.

 Rock

Not My Dog

Raging Girl

This newly-released self-titled album by Pretoria-based rock outfit shows why they ruled the country’s rock stages for almost a decade with their progressive nu-metal live performances.

 Country/Folk

Faith Why You Always Running

Billboard Lights

A new single, and the title track off this emerging Cape-based female indie artist’s brilliant lo-fi album, Billboard Lights .

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Ricardo Dyson

Blow My Mind

A song off the EP Now That I’ve Got A Girl by this emerging artist and independent singer-songwriter.

 Rock

Pretty Blue Guns

Mockingbird

A track off the Stellenbosch band’s latest album, Shed You Skin, inspired by bands like The Dead Weather, The Black Keys and The Kills.

 World Music

Neo Muyanga

4:7

One of the number-titled tracks off Neo Muyanga’s latest mathematical opus, called Dipalo (Mixtape), which was composed, arranged and performed by this innovative SA artist.

 Rock

Shortstraw

Game Face

First single off the excellent debut album, You’re Underfed, I’m Wonderful, from this hip new Jozi 5-man band.

 Country/Folk

Ses Snare

Fotostories

String is the second Ses Snare album and is a mixture of Afrikaans, English, Covers and no doubt, some mind blowing original works from Mathys Roets, Pieter Smith, Leon Ecroignard, Thean Kotze, Wouter van de Venter and Blackie Swart.

 Rock

Alicia Wolf

Beyond My Dreams

Alicia Wolf is from Boksburg, Gauteng and has dedicated this autobiographical album of Rock Music called Beyond MyDreams to her late parents.

 Kwaito

DK

Nkosi Yamakhos

First single from this hugely talented newcomer on the SA scene off his album, I Have A Dream.

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K, Ray & The Bird

Misplaced Credit

Misplaced Credit – First single from the Cape Town Eclectic Folk Rock group off their new, second album, Rhymes In The Attic.

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Sterling EQ

Bach’s Kittens At Play

Sterling “Electric Quartet” has taken the South African entertainment industry by storm with their album, Nova,and their genre-defying musical style and sensational live performance.

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Amaryoni

Ebhayi

A song off the album The Journey: Marabi Moments, on which this specialist a capella group, in the mbube tradition, deliver a tribute to the music of two gifted South African composers.

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12th Avenue

Taking my Heart With You

The Cape Town rock band that features Idols contestant Mark Haze with a song off their new 6-track self-titled album.

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Laurie Levine

Six Winters

Lovely first single and title track off the new album from the acclaimed Johannesburg singer-songwriter Laurie Levine’s third album “Six Winters” has just been released through Rhythm Records.Laurie’s blend of American roots music and the ‘Nu-Folk’ sound has earned her critical acclaim and a growing audience.

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Ash

See Yah

Ash (Ashwell Erasmus) – See Yah  – Something fresh from this very popular Port Elizabeth-based Gospel-Rap artist off his debut solo album, ‘House Party Vol.1‘.

Latest Free Music Image Rock

Faith Why You Always Running

Reciprocate

First single off this emerging Cape-based female indie artist’s brilliant lo-fi album, ‘Billboard Lights‘.

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Mr Mac and the Genuines

Blikkie se Boom

Some Goema sounds from the Cape Kings of the genre off the ‘Voelvry’ compilation album of the wave of “alternative” Afrikaans music that swept the country in 1988/9. From Mr Mac & The Genuines.

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Slikour

Blacks R Fools

Skwatta Kamp’s legendary MC with an unabashedly political rap off his new album ‘Slikour Ventilation Volume 3

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Wysdiman

Sterre

A new track off the debut album, “2000 en Nag” from this 4-man Afrikaans hard rock band from Gauteng.

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The Otherwise

Rollercoaster To Insanity

The Otherwise is a four piece band out of Durban whose music is a blend of creative, dirty-sounding guitars and smooth, punchy bass lines over loud disco/punk/rock beats. Off  She Doesn’t Care, She Wants To Dance.

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Bronwyn Reddy

Solo

Bronwyn Reddy’s debut album, Love Constant, is produced by the world renowned, SAMA award winning Mark Fransman. Her sultry soulful sound and poignant lyrics are the perfect ingredients for an adult contemporary album.

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Die Campbells - Komaan Kom Dans
Romanz - Ek Sal Getuig
Die Tuindwergies - Die Tuindwergies
Juanita du Plessis - 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers2 (2/2)
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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
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Foto Na Dans - Die Vloed
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Reburn

Outta My Mind

A hot new single off the debut album, ‘All Tied Up’ from the popular Cape Town indie rockers, known for their powerful live gigs and videos.

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Natalia

Rules Of The Road

This sweet and sassy little pop track from popular Cape Town singer-songwriter Natalia is the title track off her recent 10-song album Rules Of The Road.

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ETC Crew

Organic Boom Bap

ETC Crew is the Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap outfit well-loved for their own fresh hip hop sound.

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Angelo

Bring it Back

Angelo (Collins) is a Cape Flats musician who is looking to redefinine the South African RnB/Hip Hop dance and music scene.

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Captain Stu

The Day

Cape Town favourites Captain Stu have released an entire EP for free from their website. Here’s one of the tracks for your sampling pleasure.

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WorshipHop

You Are

WorshipHop is a urban music duo out of Ingenious Creations, a record label that promotes good soulful music. They are currently about to release their debut EP.

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Heandus

Sad Song

A track off ‘Rocking the Future Vol.1’ which is a compilation album of unsigned local Christian rock bands/artists from all over SA.

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Corporal Punishment

You Must Be Crazy

Inspired by the British punk boom of the late ’70s, James Phillips formed his first band with Carl Raubenheimer and Mark Bennett, reflecting the angst and white paranoia of Springs.

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Siphamandla Bembe i

Shoe Shine

Siphamandla Bembe is an accomplished flugelhorn player and a still-young veteran of the last two decades of South African jazz fusion. Off the African Cream compilation ‘The Essential South African Trip’.

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Howling At The Moon

Howling At The Moon

J783 is a new ‘rocktronica’ project, an exploration in popular rock and electronica sounds, in a ‘free thinking’ songwriting and production process.

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Jamie Shelley

Beercan

Recorded in a stone cottage less in the Former Transkei, with a generator for power and the beautiful wild coast and its people for inspiration, off the album ‘Scrapbook’.

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The Brothers Streep

Fly Away Today (Proudly South African)

Another slice of South African musical humour from this crazy folk-pop gang off their album ‘Suitable For The Whole Family’.

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Jennifer Ferguson – Angel Fish

Hand Around the HeartSouth African alt. pop diva channels Kate Bush and Lesley Rae Dowling on this haunting opening track off her debut album ‘Hand Around The Heart’, which includes songs of frustrated housewives, army widows, teenage lust, dreams, fear and coping with it. Released on the seminal Shifty label.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Hip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It’s a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels’ Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

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The Buckfever Underground – I’m On Facebook, Now What

Limbs Gone BattyToast Coetzer (vocals, lyrics) leads his band of post-ontological rock outsiders deep into the belly of the phantasmatic beast on this stream of consciousness serenade about our contemporary condition. Off their brand new live album, ‘Limbs Gone Batty’.

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

“I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth,” serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings’ brand new CD, ‘Against All Odds’. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Niemandsland & Beyond!Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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New Holland – Something To Believe In

Bored by those Bellville Rock City stereotypes? Well, if this breezy new exclusive single off their forthcoming album is any indictaion, then these upwardly mobile Stellenbosch indie rockers are destined for the big time.

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Angelo – These Are the Times

TodayHunky Cape Flats soul brother gives fans of Danny K and Loyiso their smooth R&B fix on this uplifting urban contemporary jam about perseverance and positivity. It’s a funky midtempo Channel O and MTV Base jam off his new album, ‘Today.’

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The Aeroplanes – National Madness

A slice of classic protest pop from the ’80s. Definitely worth tuning into before you head off to the End Conscription Campaign 25th Anniversary Concert featuring the Rudimentals, Freshlyground and the once off Bright Blue reunion taking place over the weekend of Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November at Spier in Cape Town.

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Luna Paige with Chris Chameleon – Sunday In Japan

Wonderful LifeClassy Cape songbird shares this haunting indie folk pop gem off her forthcoming album. Charismatic crooner Chris Chameleon adds some of his ethereal vocalese to the trippy Eastern ambience.

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The Abbott Network – Shouldn’t Let Me

Soul, funky reggae, jazz, dub and pop rub shoulders on this fresh new dose of future fusion from the Mother City ensemble’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Chapter One’. Fans of Sade’s cool urban pop siren call, this gem’s for you.

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