Recent releases from Rhythm Records

Recent  releases from the Rhythm Records label.

Top Ten Tunes: Great Afrikaans Songs

Here are ten Afrikaans songs that I think are really great and that I can listen to over and over again

  • Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
  • Lisa se Klavier (piano version) – Koos Kombuis
  • Geraamtes In Jou Kas – Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes
  • Bretyon se Brief – Jan Blohm
  • Verspreide Donderbuie – Amanda Strydom
  • Staan My By My Bra – Radio Kalahari Orkes
  • ‘n Brief Vir Simone – Anton Goosen

Recent addition:

  • Giant Puzzle – Al’astair

Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten tunes, so of course many more of my other favourites have had to be omitted.

 

 

 

 

 

McCully Workshop Inc

McCully Workshop Inc.
McCully Workshop Inc.

“Of all the albums we’ve heard from South Africa this one is topscore. What a beautiful masterpiece. Pepper-influenced underground music with great songs, lovely vocals, strong harmonies, great distorted guitarwork.” — 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.

A photo of the garage was used as the album cover. The photo was taken by Sigurd Olivier from the Argus newspaper. The cat’s name was Sirikit.

“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 Klopjaeger (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 moonlanding-inspired ‘Head For The Moon’.

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.

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 uptempo psychedelic pop-rocker with strong vocal harmonies, distorted guitar sounds from Allan Faull and great flute playing from Ian Smith.

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.

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 Nielen Mirror (nee Marais).

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.

McCully Workshop, with the McCullagh brothers always at the core, have released a number of albums over the years and of course are best known for their big hit ‘Buccaneer’ from 1977.

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 setlist.

The legends of South African pop and rock live on…
Brian Currin

Cape Town, September 2009

www.McCullyWorkshop.co.za


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

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]

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

Channel24 Top MP3 Downloads

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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Dane Taylor Trio – Say You Do

ForeWordDon’t be deceived by that ‘trio’ billing, Dane Taylor and good mates Justin Mark (drums) and Rob Shaw (bass) rock out on this bluesy first single about falling in love off their debut EP ‘ForeWord’.

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

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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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

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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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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Pretty Blue Guns – Devil Do

Cutting HeadsGarage rock, blues and country meet at the crossroads on this deceptively laid back ballad about selling your soul for rock ‘n roll. Off the CT combo’s debut album, ‘Cutting Heads’, produced by the multi award-winning Schalk Joubert.

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Luna Paige with Chris Chameleon – Sunday In Japan

Classy 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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Charl du Plessis – Waltz Sum More

Waltz Sum MoreLooking for the perfect candlelit slow dance to consummate your romantic supper club come on? Tune into virtuoso SA pianist Charl du Plessis’ jazzy instrumnetal gem off his album, ‘Trio’.

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Amaryoni – Abelungu

African mbube choral traditions meet and greet American doo-wop soul and gospel on this beautiful multi-layered harmonic ballad off the a cappella combo’s brilliant second album, ‘Aza’pella’.

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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: Piet Botha and Jack Hammer

Jack Hammer
Jack Hammer

My top ten tunes from Piet Botha and Jack Hammer

  1. Goeienag Generaal
  2. Sarajevo
  3. Sien Jou Weer
  4. Mozambique
  5. Street Of Love
  6. Did You Know
  7. Mr Midnight
  8. Welcome To Azania
  9. The Pilgrim
  10. Jozi Town (with Tidal Waves)

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

www.jackhammer.co.za

Top Ten Tunes: Jack Hammer Covers

My top ten tunes that Jack Hammer cover, either live and/or in the studio. Original artists names in brackets.

  1. Working Class Hero (John Lennon)
  2. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails / Johnny Cash)
  3. Further On Up The Road (Bruce Springsteen / Johnny Cash)
  4. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix)
  5. White Trash Beautiful (Everlast)
  6. Russian & Chips (aka The Kid He Came From Nazareth) (Freedoms Children / Wildebeest)
  7. Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band / Neil Young)
  8. Get A Haircut (George Thorogood)
  9. Crossroads (Robert Johnson / Cream)
  10. Carmelita (Warren Zevon)

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

http://www.jackhammer.co.za

Forces Favourites

By John Samson, 2003

Forces Favourites
Forces Favourites

For those of you who don’t know/remember, “Forces Favourites” was a radio programme for “tannie en sussie to stuur groete to boetie who was doing his bit op die grens. (Or in English for the benefit of our international readers a dedications programme for family to send greetings to the boys fighting on the borders of South Africa).

The ironically titled “Forces Favourites” compilation was an album put out in the 80’s with the support of the End Conscription Campaign and features some of the strongest political songs of the time.

The album opens with the upbeat jive punk “Pambere” by Mapantsula which is sung in Sotho (I think). The tune is great and the word Uhuru keeps cropping up every now and then.

The Aeroplanes “National Madness” follows and while the tune keeps the upbeat feel, the lyrics are biting (‘National madness, a curse on the land, Jesus is murdered by his own hand’). These 2 opening songs both feature some great brass sounds.

The feeling then changes as we move into the darker and at times sinister “Potential Mutiny” by Stan James and “Numbered Again” by the Facts. There is a bluesy sound underlying these sombre tracks.

The Cherry Faced Lurchers then dish up a slice of Van Morrison with “Shotdown in the Streets”. A great song that has dramatic musical pauses and then fairly flows to the point where the vocalist is rushing to get thewords out before the next pause. Van would have been proud of this song.

The Kalahari Surfers deliver a harsh synth sound to almost a march beat and features probably South Africa’s first white rapping. Samples of the kommandant shouting orders during the musical bridges are used to great effect.

The raw and punky “Whitey” by the Softies and “Don’t Believe” by In Simple English are both reminscent of the Ella Mental, especially the latter which feature a great vocal performance which if it isn’t Heather Mac, it sounds a lot like her.

“Too much resistance” by Nude Red opens with a superb sax sound. The songs is vibrant, tuneful yet has a punky/ska edge to it. This to me is the best song on the album and had it not been for it’s political message cold have been a hit.

The album ends with Roger Lucey’s “Spaces tell Stories” and the bohemian Jennifer Ferguson’s “Suburban Hum”. Both are tinged with anger, the latter alternating between smokey jazz and experimental jazz. More great sax work on this one.

Overall this a great collection of powerful tunes. The message is no longer relevant (or is it?) but it’s worth listening to for the music alone and sometimes it’s good to remember the bad times.

John Samson, SA Rock Digest Issue #81

Available to download from RhythmMusicStore.com, thanks to Shifty Records

MFM South African Top 10 for 05 OCTOBER 2009

This

Last

Move

“Title,” Artist

Weeks

Peak

Week

Week

on chart

Position

1

3

2

“Fort Knox,” Goldfish

7

1

2

4

2

“Episoda,” The Black Hotels

6

2

3

6

3

“Ek Dink Aan Jou (As Dit Reën),” Fokofpolisiekar

5

3

4

7

3

“Raad Vanuit Twee Oorde,” Van Coke Kartel

4

4

5

1

-4

“The Boys Light Up,” 7th Son

8

1

6

2

-4

“Fight! Fight! Fight!,” Zebra & Giraffe

8

2

7

5

-2

“Break My Heart,” Cassette ft. Vusi Mahlasela

12

1

8

8

0

“Leja,” Die Heuwels Fantasties

1

8

9

“You And I,” aKing

9

10

9

-1

“Against All Odds,” aKing

11

2

MFM

A chronological history of Rodriguez: the man, the myth, the music

By Brian Currin

1942
10 July

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

“I like to tell people that I was born on Michigan Avenue, five blocks from the centre of Detroit.” – Rodriguez

1967
AprilRodriguez records 6 tracks for the Impact record label in Detroit, most of which will be re-recorded for the Cold Fact and Coming From Reality albums.
AugustI’ll Slip Away, produced by Harry Balk, is released as a single by Impact Records in the USA and credited to Rod Riguez. This track will be re-recorded in 1972. The b-side is You Got To Admit It.
23 September“Rod Riguez could make a name for himself with this bluesy, mid-tempo rock ballad. Keep it in sight.” – Cashbox reviewing I’ll Slip Away single
1969
August/SeptemberCold Fact recorded at Tera-Shirma Studio in Detroit. Arranged and produced by Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey.
1970
March/AprilCold Fact is released on the Sussex label, but fails to sell. The album will be re-issued in South Africa in 1971 and again in 1974 and will become a cult classic among National Servicemen and University students.
18 AprilBillboard gives Cold Fact a 4 star review.
Mid-to-late 1970Recording sessions for Coming From Reality held over 3 weeks at Lansdowne Studios in London during mid-to-late 1970. Produced by Steve Rowland.
“We spent 30 wonderful days recording the Reality album. We stayed in Belgravia, London.” – Rodriguez
1971-1995
April 1971Cold Fact released in South Africa.
November 1971Coming From Reality released in USA, but does not sell.
1972I Think Of You/To Whom It May Concern 7″ single released in Brazil and both sides are played on Brazilian local radio.
1972Coming From Reality released in South Africa.
1972Steve Rowland (Coming From Reality producer) and Family Dogg release an album titled The View From Rowland’s Head which includes five Rodriguez-penned tracks.
1972/73Street Boy, I’ll Slip Away and Can’t Get Away recorded at GM Recording Studios, East Detroit, MI.
1976Coming From Reality re-issued in South Africa again, but now re-named After The Fact to capitalise on success of Cold Fact.
June 1977At His Best released in Australia
May 1978Cold Fact released in Australia.
January 1979Coming From Reality released in Australia.
March /April 1979Rodriguez tours Australia.Shows on 17th and 18th March are recorded for a live album.
October 1981Tour of Australia with Midnight Oil.
October 1981Rodriguez Alive, recorded during the 1979 Australian tour, is released in Australia and New Zealand only. Has not yet been released on CD.
1981Rodriguez graduates from Wayne State University (Detroit) with a BA in Philosophy.
1982The Best Of Rodriguez released in South Africa, with the same tracks as the Australian At His Best album, but with a different cover.
1986At His Best and Cold Fact re-issued in Australia by Blue Goose Music.
22 April 1991Cold Fact released on CD in South Africa.
1993At His Best and Cold Fact released on CD in Australia.
1996
30 AprilComing From Reality / After The Fact released on CD in South Africa with sleeve notes by Mad Andy Harrod and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman.
17 SeptemberSpurred on by the sleeve notes of After The Fact, South African journalist Craig Bartholomew sets off in search of Rodriguez.
NovemberThe Best Of Rodriguez re-issued on CD in South Africa with extra tracks.
1997
AprilThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website is published by Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Alec McCrindle.
3 AugustCraig Bartholomew makes telephone contact with Mike Theodore.
6 AugustThe first post (by Alec McCrindle) appears on The Great Rodriguez Hunt message board.
12 SeptemberEva Alicia Rodriguez Koller publishes a message on The Great Rodriguez Hunt Message Board: “Rodriguez is my father! I’m serious.”
15 SeptemberStephen Segerman speaks to Rodriguez on the phone.
OctoberCraig Bartholomew’s article “Looking For Rodriguez” published in “Directions” magazine.
25 OctoberBrian Currin publishes the “Climb Up On My Music” website, a catalogue of information and trivia about Rodriguez and his music.
26 OctoberNewspaper report on Stephen Segerman finding Rodriguez appears in The Sunday Times Cape Metro. This article refers to Craig Bartholomew as “a music detective”.
27 OctoberThe Great Rodriguez Hunt website becomes The Great Rodriguez Website as the hunt is now over.
NovemberI’ll Slip Away, originally released as a single in 1967, is released on The Best Of Impact Records compilation CD
1998
11 FebruaryEva announces on The Rodriguez Forum website that Rodriguez is coming to tour South Africa.
16 FebruaryCape Times newspaper publishes an article announcing Cape Town concerts for March 6 & 7.
17 FebruaryThe Star newspaper publishes a report confirming dates for the South African tour in March.
20 FebruaryThe Mail & Guardian newspaper publishes an interview with Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew.
2 MarchRodriguez arrives in Cape Town, South Africa.
5 MarchRodriguez is interviewed on MNet TV program “Front Row” and performs I Wonder unplugged in the studio.
6 MarchSouth African tour opens at Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town. Rodriguez is greeted with a standing ovation and the crowd sings along to every song.
9 MarchSold-out concert at Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. After the show Rodriguez is awarded a platinum disc for Cold Fact (over 50 000 units sold in South Africa).
10 MarchAnother sold-out show at the Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg. This show is recorded to be released as a live album, Live Fact.
23 MarchSouth Africa rock band Just Jinger release 6-track EP CD Something For Now with a cover version of Sugar Man. This song has long been part of their stage repertoire.
12 JuneLive Fact, recorded on 10th March 1998, is released in South Africa.
12-14 JuneRodriguez tours Sweden.
16 JuneRodriguez appears on stage with Just Jinger at the State Of The Nation Concert at the Standard Bank Arena, but does not perform.
17 JuneRodriguez plays a Record Company bash at The Blues Room in Johannesburg to launch the Live Fact album. Tickets by invitation only.
1999
SeptemberUniversal Music (South Africa), the distributors of the Rodriguez back catalogue (except for Live Fact which is on the Sony label), confirm that they will no longer be pressing or distributing Rodriguez CDs.
2001
April30th anniversary of the release of Cold Fact in South Africa.
5 July‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ documentary produced by Tonia Selley broadcast on SABC 3 TV.
10 JulyStephen Segerman visits Rodriguez in Detroit for his 59th birthday and presents him with a copy of the ‘Dead Men Don’t Tour’ video documentary.
September16-date tour of South Africa
2002
15 AprilRodriguez ‘Sugarman’ + Muddy Waters ‘Tom Cat’ released as 500 limited edition 7-inch single, taken from David Holmes’ mix album ‘Come Get It I Got It’.
1 JuneThe “Climb Up On My Music” and “The Great Rodriguez Website” websites combine as http://www.sugarman.org.
8 JulyPT Music South Africa announces that Cold Fact and After The Fact will soon be available in South Africa on CD again.
10 JulyRodriguez’s 60th birthday.
15 JulyTim Forster’s article on Rodriguez appears in Mojo magazine.
28 JulyCold Fact re-issued in South Africa by PT Music. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
OctoberAfter The Fact re-issued on CD by PT Music in South Africa. The Sugarman.org website is involved in correcting the lyrics and providing additional information.
DecemberSugarman listed at number 34 in “The 100 Greatest Drug Songs Ever!” published in the December 2002 issue of UK magazine Mojo.
2003-2007
17 & 18 April 2003Rodriguez meets David Holmes at Avatar Studios (formally the Power Station) and adds backing vocals to a new recording of Sugarman.
1 September 2003Official release of the Free Association’s version of Sugarman on Mercury Records.
10 July 2004Rodriguez arrives in Windhoek, Namibia from Detroit on his 62nd birthday and is met by his daughter, Eva, who now lives in South Africa.
15 July 2004Rodriguez performs a one-off concert in a place called Otjiwarongo. This small Namibian town is approximately 400kms from Windhoek. This concert is part of the Cheetah National Arts Festival.
1 August 2004Article appears in Sunday Times about Rodriguez meeting up with South African musicians, Garden Root.
13-14 August 2004Rodriguez plays three sold-out concerts on the Garden Route in the Southern Cape this weekend. His band for these concerts was Graeme Sindall (lead guitar), Heath Sindall (drums), and Neil Lord (bass).
August 2005Remastered version of Cold Fact released by PT Music.
12 August 2005London gigs announced.
29 September 2005Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez CD, compiled by PT Music and SugarMan.org, is launched at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town with a performance by Rodriguez.
7 & 8 October 2005Rodriguez plays live in London for the first time.
23 November 2006Rodriguez plays live in London again.
April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Australia.
14th April 2007Rodriguez plays live in Rotterdam, Holland.
2008
19th AugustCold Fact remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
 Rodriguez articles and positive reviews appear in various music magazines including Mojo and Uncut.
2009
5th MayComing From Reality remastered and re-issued in the USA by Light In The Attic.
May to AugustRodriguez tours USA and Europe.The world’s biggest cult musician gains worldwide recognition at last.
August/September40th Anniversary of the recording sessions for Cold Fact.
SeptemberRodriguez tours South Africa
SeptemberAll The Facts 2CD set released by PT Music in South Africa.
2010
23rd JanuaryAustralian Tour for March / April 2010 announced.
March40th Anniversary of the release of Cold Fact

Channel24 Top MP3 Downloads of the week

Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip 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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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

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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Pretty Blue Guns – Devil Do

Cutting HeadsGarage rock, blues and country meet at the crossroads on this deceptively laid back ballad about selling your soul for rock ‘n roll. Off the CT combo’s debut album, ‘Cutting Heads’, produced by the multi award-winning Schalk Joubert.

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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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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

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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Ella Joyce Buckley – The Birds

Nu-folk songbird gives fans of Joanna Newsom their fix on this chiaroscuro ballad draped in moody narratives drawn from dream imagery in sublime arrangements for piano, guitar and zither. Off her critically-acclaimed album ‘For Astraea’.

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The Genuines – Struggle

StruggleMac McKenzie (guitar), Hilton Schilder (piano) and Ian Herman (drums) kick out this goema-punk rock protest blast from the past. Off the ‘Shotdown: Resistance Music from Apartheid South Africa’ soundtrack compilation album released by the seminal Shifty Records.

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Rus Nerwich – For The Love Of Jazz

Funky Mother City sax man gives jazz giants Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon and more a shout out on this percolated jazz joint off his Sama-nominated album, Under the Poetree.

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Dance You’re On Fire – Even When He Wins He Fails

Dance, You're On Fire Joburg-based indie rockers bid their vocalist/keyboardist Nic Simmonds farewell with this progressive rock riff and wail workout that’s taiolr made for fans of Muse.

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Felix Laband – Run Alive Run

Pioneering South African illetronica composer shares this dreamy downtempo sigh off his now classic debut album, ‘Thin Shoes in June’. Or as his label African Dope put it: “File under: lay me in a hammock with a phat one”.

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip 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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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

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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The Genuines – Struggle

StruggleMac McKenzie (guitar), Hilton Schilder (piano) and Ian Herman (drums) kick out this goema-punk rock protest blast from the past. Off the ‘Shotdown: Resistance Music from Apartheid South Africa’ soundtrack compilation album released by the seminal Shifty Records.

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» Read the Review · Listen

Felix Laband – Run Alive Run

Pioneering South African illetronica composer shares this dreamy downtempo sigh off his now classic debut album, ‘Thin Shoes in June’. Or as his label African Dope put it: “File under: lay me in a hammock with a phat one”.

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Righard Kapp – Strung Like a Compound Eye

Strung Like a Compound Eye Avant-garde guitarist shelves his ‘intention-deficit-disordered’ excesses and explores some bewitching nu-folk frequencies on this exploratory acoustic gem off his critically-acclaimed new album.

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National Wake – Walk in Africa

A classic SA track from one of the more politicised and energetic multiracial rock groups playing the clubs of Hillbrow in the 80s.

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7th Son – The One

The One“He’s the one who sees it all” declare Mother City ska-rockers on this brassy skank ‘n shred about a guy waiting to take his dream girl’s breath away. A little bit ’emo’? Maybe, but with some big cajones, bru. Off their excellent new album, ‘Ontology’.

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Piet Botha – Suitcase Vol Winter

“‘n vrou sal jy dood maak as sy kwaad is in ‘n donker kamer met ‘n haelgeweer” cautions the original mystic blues rock boer on this haunting tale of going nowhere slowly fast. It’s the title track off his recently remastered and reissued classic album.

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New Holland – Something To Believe In

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

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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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Exploded Views by New Holland

Press Release from the Rhythm Records Label

Exploded Views by New Holland
Exploded Views by New Holland

New Holland‘s long awaited second album Exploded Views will be released on 21 September 2009. Production standards for this second New Holland album represent a quantum leap from their first album, which had already garnered them a passionate cult following. Exploded Views is a strong characteristic album immediately accessible to various genre preferences, with each song showcasing unique soudscapes and captivating arrangements.

The first single, catchy pop hit “Something to Believe in” is currently playlisted on 5fm, Highveld Stereo, KFM, OFM and various campus radio stations.

Vocalist TeeJay is the owner of recording studio Coffeestainedvinyl Studios in Table View. The Exploded Views album was recorded at Coffeestainedvinyl Studios, and was co-produced by TeeJay with the rest of the band and Neal Snyman.

About The Band

Like most of the other Bellville bands, the four members met when they were in DF Malan Highschool. But that’s where the similarities end. TeeJay and Odendaal experimented with some music of their own. TeeJay and Odendaal approached Gerdus and Reyno to join them in a band. Having been booked for a tour, the band had to come up with a name literally overnight. They drove past a New Holland tractor and liked the idea of it. The name also alludes to the post- “colonial” Dutch African Colony that has spawned the new South Africa. From there the name New Holland.

New Holland has been noted as one of SA’s most popular bands on the live scene since their debut in December 2007. They will introduce the new album with a nationwide tour from 3 to 14 October. More info on dates and venues: www.NewHollandBand.co.za

“The reality is that they’re going to be big…you know what that means. They’re never coming back. It’s up to you whether that matters, whether they’ve got something for you to believe in. Either way, they’ve got nothing to prove.” – Jess Henson.

Media contact

Liny Kruger – 021 556 1726 / 082 464 1926.

Remembering my clubbing days

HI-NRG Classix
HI-NRG Classix

Hi-NRG was the House Music of the 80’s and this 2CD set, available to download at RhythmMusicStore.com captures that spirit perfectly. This collection brings back great waves of nostalgia of my young clubbing days in the 80’s in South Africa.

There are 39 tracks across 2 discs including Evelyn Thomas’ ‘High Energy’, Mel & Kim’s ‘Respectable’, Ryan Paris’ ‘Dolce Vita’  Freeez’s ‘I.O.U.’ & Koto’s ‘Visitors’. Getting the picture yet? How about Modern Talking, Rick Astley, Hazel Dean, Technotronic and Dead or Alive?

This was a time when Spagna said ‘Call Me’ and Paul Lekakis wanted you to go back to his room to ‘Boom Boom’ while Marsha Raven sang ‘Catch Me’.

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If this is too dated for you, then maybe try the brand new Booom 7.

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