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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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 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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 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.

Latest Free Music Image Classical

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.

Latest Free Music Image World Music

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.

Latest Free Music Image Country/Folk

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.

Latest Free Music Image R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

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‘.

Latest Free Music Image Afrikaans

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.

Latest Free Music Image R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Slikour

Blacks R Fools

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

Latest Free Music Image Rock

Wysdiman

Sterre

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

Latest Free Music Image Rock

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.

Latest Free Music Image R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

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.

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

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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.

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

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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:

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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.

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Heuningland by Die Radio Kalahari Orkes (Click here to listen to Heuningland before downloading)

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It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

From CapeTown Sound

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It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

Contemporary music has always played a huge role in the celebration of Christmas – for years Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ was the biggest-selling single of all time. In more recent years John & Yoko celebrated world peace with ‘Happy Xmas’ (War Is Over) and Band-Aid raised millions for starving people in Africa with ‘Don’t They Know It’s Christmas’. These are just a few examples of how pop music has played a positive role at Christmas time.

Now, Cape Town’s premier radio station, Good Hope FM, has rallied some of Cape Town’s leading artists and invited them to make their own personal contribution to Christmas through music. The result is stunning beautiful and heart-warming. There are new versions of old festive chestnuts – plus brand-new compositions – all performed in a joyous Christmas spirit – celebrating Christmas …and Cape Town.

The beauty of Christmas meets the beauty, peace and good-will of Christmas in this truly wonderful collection of songs by some of Cape Town’s finest – made all the more special by the fact that Good Hope FM is sharing this spirit and love with all the people of Cape Town …all those who live here – and all those who visit from all over the world.

We wish you truly Happy Christmas!

Track Listing

1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing – Karin Kortjie
2. Happy, Happy Christmas Day – Edith with The NAC Children’s Choir
3. Let It Snow – Acoustica
4. Joy To The world – Coda Ft. Zami Mdingi and Given Phike
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Richard Caesar
6. This Christmas – The Black Ties Ft. Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen and Keeno Lee
7. Give Love On Christmas Day – The Rockets
8. O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem – Paul Petersen
9. Silent Night – D7
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Claire Phillips and Caramel
11. Christmas Song – Byron Clarke and Monique Hellenberg
12. O’ Holy Night – Emily Bruce
13. Christmas In Cape Town – NAC Children’s Choir
14. The First Noel – Allou April

Bonus Tracks

15. I Want You For Christmas – Akili Ft. Melissa Smit
16. Tis the Season to be Jolly – Brasse van Die Kaap
17. Auld Lang Syne – Tucats

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Forces Favourites

various artists forces favourites
Forces Favourites

This compilation was put together in the mid 80’s in conjunction with and to help raise awareness for the End Conscription Campaign. The ECC played an important role in dismantling apartheid by providing crucial emotional and strategic support to those men who rejected conscription on religious or political grounds, as well as acting as a conscientising force for the youth and parents.

How good was the ECC at its task? Ask the experts. General Magnus Malan described the ECC as “just as much an enemy of the Defence Force as the African National Congress.” Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok accused it of being “the vanguard of those forces that are intent on wrecking the present dispensation and its renewal”.

All of the bands featured on this album played at ECC concerts. Though some of them, like The Softies, The Facts and Nude Red weren’t overtly political by nature, the situation in the country couldn’t help but work its way into their songwriting. For other artists like Stan James, Jennifer Ferguson and James Phillips, reflecting the state of the nation was the dominant feature of their art.

Tracks

  1. Pambere – Mapantsula
  2. National Madness – The Aeroplanes
  3. Potential Mutiny – Stan James
  4. Numbered Again – The Facts
  5. Shot Down in the Streets – The Cherry Faced Lurchers
  6. Don’t Dance – Kalahari Surfers
  7. Whitey – The Softies
  8. Don’t Believe – In Simple English
  9. Too Much Resistance – Nude Red
  10. Spaces Tell Stories – Roger Lucey
  11. Suburban Hum – Jennifer Ferguson
  12. Give Back Africa – ‘The Unband’

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McCully Workshop Inc.

McCully Workshop Inc
McCully Workshop Inc

Tracks:

1. Why Can’t It Rain [4.12]
2. Hardcase Woman [2.34]
3. Ice Lover [3.05]
4. Four Walls [2.40]
5. Stargazer [2.48]
6. Rush Hour At Midnight [3.42]
7. Jackin’ Around [2.04]
8. Head For The Moon [4.00]
9. The Circus [4.00]
10. Years Of My Life [3.19]
11. Fast Car [3.41]
12. Séance [3.05]

Release information:
LP: June 1970, Trutone, STO 727
CD: February 2003, Merry-Go-Round Records,
a division of Beatball Music (Korea), BMRC-0001
CD: October 2009, Fresh Music, freshcd167

Musicians:

  • Tully McCully: Vocals, bass, guitar
  • Mike McCully: Vocals, drums
  • Richard Hyam: Rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Glenda Wassman: Organ, vocals
  • Ian Smith: Trumpet, flute, flugelhorn

Additional musicians:

  • Allan Faull: Lead guitar on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, ‘The Circus’, ‘Hardcase Woman’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Alan van der Merwe: Vocal harmony and organ on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Stargazer’
  • Melanie Hyam: Vocal harmonies on ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ and ‘Rush Hour At Midnight’Produced by Billy Forrest

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Sleeve  Notes:

“Of all the albums we’ve heard from South Africa this one scores top What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitar work.” — review on Psychedelic-Music.com website.

The McCullagh brothers, Tully (born Terence on 31st May 1953) and Mike (born Michael on 7th April 1947), have been an integral part of the South African music scene for five decades now.

In 1965 they started as a folk-rock trio with Richard Hyam and called themselves the Blue Three. Richard had been in a folk duo, Tiny Folk, with his sister Melanie. After a few personnel and name changes, like The Blue Beats and Larfing Stocke, the line-up settled down (for a while) in 1969.

“I had my own studio in the garage since I was 12” remembers Tully. It was a single garage in the garden of their home in Plumstead, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The brothers’ father, radio personality Michael Drin (his stage name), painted the name “McCully Workshop, Inc.” on the garage wall. “McCully” was an easier-to-spell version of McCullagh and the “Inc.” was a tongue-in-cheek addition. “We had been playing music for 6 years” remembers Mike McCullagh. “In 1969 I was 22 and Tully was 16, along with Richard Hyam, his sister Melanie and Allan Faull the group started.”

“We all wrote our own songs”, continues Mike, “and we just took the best ones for the album. Tully wrote ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ in the middle of the night and this became a hit single putting McCully Workshop on the charts for the first time.” This song went to number 12 on the Springbok Radio charts in July 1970 and also reached number 13 on the LM Radio charts.“Why Can’t It Rain” drew the attention of the Gallo label, and they said they wanted an album. McCully Workshop signed probably the first independent licencing deal with a major label in South Africa.

Billy Forrest (born William Boardman in Kimberley in 1940) was the “top guy” at the time and was appointed as producer. He had recently had chart success with The Staccatos ‘Cry To Me’ and many others including The Dream Merchants and Quentin E Klopjager (one of his many pseudonyms).Tully remembers Forrest’s catchphrase at the time was “could happen”.

The “Inc.” album shows a variety of styles and influences including The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. “’Sgt Pepper’ was very important, as were the pop charts at the time”, recalls Tully.Another big influence, according to Tully, was The Moody Blues ‘Threshold Of A Dream’ which was released in April 1969. Echoes of Graeme Edge’s poems can be heard in Mike McCully’s spoken words during the moon landing-inspired ‘Head For The Moon’. A photo of the garage was used as the album cover. The photo was taken by Sigurd Olivier from the Argus newspaper and the cat’s name was Sirikit.

When asked to name his favourite song on the ‘Inc.’ album besides ‘Why Can’t It Rain’, Tully says without hesitation, ‘The Circus’. This song is an up tempo psychedelic pop-rocker with strong vocal harmonies, distorted guitar sounds from Allan Faull and great flute playing from Ian Smith. Asked about an interesting studio story, Tully remembers feeling a few tremors and stuff falling off the walls one day during recording. “Everybody got a fright and rushed outside”, says Tully, “we thought it was a passing train.” Turned out to be the Tulbagh earthquake of 29th September 1969. The sessions were done, but another song was needed to complete the album, so a studio jam called ‘Jackin’ Around’ was added. Great organ sounds from Glenda Wassman, and a drum solo play-out from Mike McCully.

Alan van Der Merwe was a music teacher friend of Mike’s and was responsible for the vocal harmony arrangements. Tully cites South African band ‘The Sandpipers’ as an inspiration. This folk quartet, which consisted of two girls and two guys, and not be confused with the US folk trio, released an album titled ‘A Bird in Hand’ in 1967.

After “Inc’

McCully Workshop, with the McCullagh brothers always at the core, released a number of albums over the years including “Genesis” and “Ages” and of course are best known for their big 1977 hit ‘Buccaneer’ . 40 years after those first recording sessions in late 1969, Tully is still involved in recording and runs his successful Spaced-Out Sounds Studio in Cape Town. Mike regularly packs out concert halls with his various nostalgic revue shows including ‘Sixty Something’, ‘Station 70’, ‘Music Of The Millennium’, ‘Country Classics’ and many, many others. McCully Workshop still perform live on occasion and their first hit ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ is almost always included in the set list.

Glenda Wassman later married Richard, and they formed the pop band Pendulum and had a big hit with ‘Take My Heart’ in 1976. Glenda then went on to major success worldwide with the all-girl group, Clout, who had a huge hit with ‘Substitute’ which went to number 2 in the UK in 1978. Allan Faull formed Falling Mirror in the late 70’s with his cousin Neilen Mirror (nee Marais).

The legends of South African pop and rock live on…

Brian Currin

Cape Town, September 2009

www.McCullyWorkshop.co.za

Ian Smith Glenda Wassman Mike McCully Richard Hyam Tully McCully

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