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The Living Legend
SA Tour – September 2009
With opening act: AcousticA
13 – Cape Town – Willowbridge Barnyard
18 – Plett Barnyard
19 – Mosselbay Barnyard
27 – Pretoria – Menlyn Barnyard
28 – JHB – Broadacres Barnyard
Rodriguez is currently one of the world’s biggest cult musicians with fans all over the world from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, to UK and across the USA. However, it was not until 12 years ago, when he was rediscovered working on a building site by local journalists Stephen Segerman and Craig Bartholomew; did the songwriter and singer of “Sugar Man” and “I Wonder” realise that his defining album “Cold Fact” (1970) had become a cult classic and that he was a beacon of revolution for the people of South Africa. Rodriguez had completely turned his back on the music industry after his albums “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality” (1971) were unsuccessful.
While his music career faded to little more than a memory in his life, Rodriguez lived an unobtrusive existence, unaware that his legend continued to grow in the Southern Hemisphere. “Cold Fact” became a word of mouth success especially amongst the youth in the South African armed forces that identified with his counter-cultural bent. Many thought Rodriguez was dead and his album went platinum in South Africa without him ever earning one cent. Today Rodriguez is spoken of in the same reverent tones as The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.
Since 1997, when he was “rediscovered”, Rodriguez returned to South Africa and Namibia four times and his albums have been released on CD worldwide. In 1998 Rodriguez featured in a television documentary “Dead Men Don’t Tour”. After more than 35 years it seems that the wheel of fortune is finally turning and Rodriguez’s fame is rapidly growing in his home town Detroit and throughout the USA. His albums have been re-released and there is a documentary movie being made about the “Sugarman” himself.
The shows promise to be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime events, not to be missed. It’s not every day that one gets to witness such a “Living Legend.”
Acoustica – In 2004, Rodriquez surprised an unknown local band by appearing unexpectedly at their “Tribute To Rodriguez” show in Sedgefield, South Africa. He appreciated the enthusiasm and hard work of the band and invited them to perform with him in 4 sold-out concerts in the Garden Route. At the time, the gentle soft-spoken musician said, “I’m supporting the musicians who support me but they’re doing it better than me.” Rodriguez, is returning to South Africa once again and will be performing with one of the musicians, Graham Sindall-Gillot, from the original Rodriguez Tribute band. Graham is now the leader of the support band and opening act “Acoustica.”
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The SA Rock Digest was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock music between 1999 and 2004.
Here is the issue from 14 July 1999.
SA ROCK DIGEST ISSUE NUMBER 24
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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
by Sharon Gill and Steve Murdoch
JOSH SITHOLE, one of Cape Town’s best-loved musicians and a favourite of many South African music-lovers, died at his Gugulethu home on Sunday 20 June.
Sithole, a self-taught lead guitarist, began busking with the Kwela Kids in 1959 in Cape Town. In 1978 he went solo and played in venues around the country, thrilling audiences with his distinctive style. During the eighties he became known to Durban audiences through his various residencies at places like the Lonsdale and Westville Hotels.
Sithole was born in Rylands, but his family moved to Gugulethu during the era of forced removals. He was committed to his family and to passing on his skills to others. He turned down several overseas offers of contracts.
Everybody who knew him will miss him. Other musicians and people in the industry sang their praises of Sithole.
Music producer Henry Shields described him as a very influential and original player. “He is going to be missed by many people in the music industry. He was part of the musical landscape of Cape Town.”
Jazz vocalist Joe Schaffers described Sithole as a people’s person and a musician. “He could get through to everybody -even before people started talking about the ‘rainbow nation’. He could touch your feelings with his music and he was very original. It’s unfortunate he died before realising his dream of building a recording studio in Gugulethu where he planned to teach township youngsters music. He was very unselfish.”
Third Ear Music’s Dave Marks says that Sithole was possibly the hardest working musicians on the circuit, and one of the few true professionals. “The amazing thing about him was that he was the only non-white at the time gigging within the cocktail lounge and bar room circuit. It was unique. Blacks weren’t even allowed in those clubs, but when they tried to take Josh off the circuit, there was an uproar from the patrons. He played the kind of music that appealed to city folk.”
C & G Studios’ Don Clarke, says, “I think Josh probably missed his finest hour. Only now, with the focus on World Music, are we starting to attract international interest, and Josh would have been a perfect candidate for this.”
Sithole was supporting three disabled brothers at the time of his death. He leaves his wife and two daughters. He was buried at his Gugulethu home on July 4.
Article taken from the AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK website
JOSH SITHOLE MEMORIAL CONCERT
The Barleycorn Music Club and Sterra Promotions are staging a “Josh Sithole
Memorial Concert” which will be held at the Riverclub in Cape Town on
Sunday 1 August 1999.
All bands that play have offered their services for free and all Money
raised will go to his family.
COUNTING CROWS – LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA
August 4 Cape Town Bellville Velodrome
August 6 Durban Westridge Park Stadium
August 8 Sun City Superbowl
August 9 Johannesburg Standard Bank Arena
BOOKING EXCLUSIVELY AT TICKETWEB
2nd full length album is due for release mid – September……
recording starts July 17.
future GIGS :
Sunday 8th August, main stage
Monday 9th August, jazz stage
We’re also playing at The Planet this Friday the 16th, so haul out the moth-eaten jersey and check us out. “The Wax Tadpoles” (Ben Amato et al) are playing with us on Friday so you’ll get more for your money! The first band will start at 9.30 and the covert should be +/- 8 SA ront.
SONS OF TROUT
Sons of Trout will be performing @ diamonds and pearls
corner lower main and station rd
Observatory – Cape Town
“Son of Trout”
one of the guys I spoke to said that Chris Prior is apparently
with Radio 702. Rumour has it anyway …
I’d like to know if there is anybody out there who used to follow a band
called Metallic Sunn? (they later became Museum).
The line-up was first:
Patrick Canovi (Guitar)
Adrian Bekker (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass)
Gary Smith (Drums)
They won the Cape Battle of the Bands with this line-up as “Metallic Sunn”.
The band then changed the name to “Museum”. This was about mid 1974.
That line-up was as I can remember it:
Patrick Canovi (Guitars)
Gary Smith (Drums)
Henry Barenblatt (Keyboards)
Henry Zedras (Bass) ????????
I’d like to try and get hold of Patrick Canovi, as I have something that he
might be interested in.
CLASSIC SONG OF THE WEEK:
Locomotive Breath – Rabbitt (Ian Anderson)
Trevor Rabin: vocals, guitars
Errol Friedman: guitar
Fransua Roos: keyboards
Lou Forer: bass
Cedric Samson: drums
This Jethro Tull classic, from their 1971 “Aqualung” album, was re-recorded in South Africa by a session band and released in 1972 as a single under the name “Rabbitt”.
The flip-side was an instrumental titled “And The Planets Danced”.
“Locomotive Breath” was number 96 in the LM Radio top hits of 1972.
I guess you could say it was a runaway smash!
Patric van Blerk had engaged Trevor Rabin (then only 18 years old) on a session to play guitar on a version of Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath he had wanted to do. The recording session had Errol Friedman playing guitar (Ronnie Robot’s brother), Fransua Roos on keyboards (who did the arrangement), Lou Forer (from Suck) on bass and Cedric Samson on drums. The lyrics were “cleaned-up” for the SA censors: “his woman and his best friend” were now “travelling to the sun” and “the all-time winner” had got him by…”the hands”!
When Rabbitt re-recorded this track in 1975 for their debut Boys Will Be Boys! album, the original Jethro Tull lyrics returned; a very brave move at the time!
More at: http://www.rock.co.za/files/rabbitt_boys.html
ON THE NET
SOUTH AFRICA’S ROCK FILES
New additions to the SA Rock Files website include
cover scans for Freedoms Children’s Battle Hymn Of
The Broken-Hearted Horde and Simply Otis Waygood,
thanks to Mike Greeff.
Andrew King has supplied some info on In The Arena by Circus
and Searching by Third Eye. All additional information is most welcome.
to see these updated webpages.
New information continues to flow into the
Climb Up On My Music website on this “American Zero,
but South African Hero”.
Recently discovered is an album from 1972 by The Family Dogg
titled The View From Rowland’s Head featuring no less than 5 cover
versions of songs from Cold Fact including I Wonder and Crucify Your Mind.
The Family Dogg included among its members, one Albert Hammond…the old
FREEDOMS CHILDREN – BATTLE HYMN OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED HORDE
Judas Queen [3.54]
Mrs. Browning [3.06]
Country Boy [2.58]
Your Fathers’ Eyes [2.26]
10 Years Ago [5.55]
Boundsgreen Fair [3.16]
Mrs. Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died [4.34]
This album released in 1968 has all the wonderful excesses of early progressive rock; the deep “meaningful” poetry, spoken words, majestic organ-playing, sound effects, choirs, long guitar solos, etc. I love it!
The unusual Scottish/South African accent of Ramsay MacKay guides us through this album of contrasts. From the country sounds of “Country Boy” to the Traffic-style rock of “Judas Queen” this album does not let up for a moment. It rocks, it soothes, it challenges, it refreshes (thanks to the inclusion of an old Pepsi advert!).
A great album, yet to see the light of day on CD, if ever.
for more info and cover scans.
DEEP PURPLE – TOTAL ABANDON
The new live CD and video recorded live in Australia in April this year is only available
Go to: http://www.cybermusic.net/deep_purple/
and place your order.
Derek Smith from Gallo has compiled a 2CD set called Disco Fever which features some great South African disco/dance tracks from the 70s. These 2 discs are filled to the max with music…over 150 minutes of music, memories and magic.
Artists include HOT RS, Buffalo, People Like Us, Disco Rock Machine, Rouge, John Ireland and Neil Cloud.
Buy this CD, put on your platforms, grab your cherrie and take yourself on a magic carpet ride with the delta queen to the garden of Eden.
STEVE KEKANA – THE ENGLISH ALBUM
A compilation by Derek Smith with liner notes by Malcolm Lombard. Includes all Steve’s great hits like “The Bushman”, “I Feel So Strong” (with PJ Powers), “Raising My Family” and “All I Need Is Here In Africa”.
SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS – SURPASS THE POWERS
The new Springbok Nude Girls album, ‘Surpass The Powers’, has now been released. This 11-track album, which was produced by Kevin Shirley, is also being set up for an international release with some of the earlier Nude Girls’ singles tacked on. The previous Nude Girls’ single, ‘Blue Eyes’, is already on this album along with the new singles, ‘Giant Love Affair’, ‘Again, and ‘Un-Ez’.
— Stephen Segerman
WIN A CD!
Tell us how the Springbok Nude Girls got their name and you could win a copy of the new Springbok Nude Girls CD “Surpass The Powers” courtesy of Paul Thackwray of Sony Music South Africa.
RADIO RATS – INTO THE NIGHT WE SLIDE
Jonathan Handley, in association with Andy Harrod of the One World online CD store, has re-released the seminal debut Rats album, ‘Into The Night We Slide’ on CDR. This limited edition CD with bonus tracks and revised artwork is available online at http://www.oneworld.co.za.
Also coming soon is the Radio Rats 5th album Radio Ketamine…watch out for it.
ONE WORLD MUSIC
Andy Harrod (Mad Andy to his friends), announced recently that One World Music
now includes cover scans and track listings on their extensive website.
One World Music has everything from the new Springbok Nude Girls “Surpass The Powers” to the classic “Into The Night We Slide” by the Radio Rats.
One World has an extremely wide range of CDs including Afrikaans Volksliedjies, African Traditional music, music of the Kalahari Bushmen, Sounds of Nature, Kwaito, Johnny Clegg and a host of other genres, styles and artists. Also unique releases like Chris de Burgh’s “Live In South Africa” and the “Cosmos” TV series soundtrack CD which are very difficult to find anywhere else.
If its Made In South Africa and its on CD, then its available at One World.
Visit http://www.oneworld.co.za and remember SA Rock Digest members get a 5% discount off their purchases. Just put “digest member” in brackets behind your name when filling in the order form and they will do the rest.
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OUTLAW RECORDS, CAPE TOWN
Vinyl and second-hand CDs. Always something new.
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Looking for Radio Rats, Popguns, Chauffeurs or Glee Club recordings?
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Private Bag X10
JEFF BECK: CRAZY FINGERS
by Annette Carson
The first and only definitive biography of Jeff Beck – published in South Africa in January 1999 and available by mail order from the author. Trade paperback format,
256 pages, with a comprehensive discography.
All Digest back-issues can now be downloaded as one
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The Rhythm Online MP3 Music Store (www.RhythmOnline.co.za) is a unique South African website that offers quick and easy access to an extensive catalogue of over 62,000 South African and International music tracks.
Music lovers can listen to 30-second samples of each MP3 music track on Rhythm Online without even registering. The entire full-length catalogue is available @ R7 per track and has grown to more than 5000 albums over the last three years.
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Exclusive gems like David Kramer’s classic albums, including Blokkies Joubert – unreleased on CD – are also available. Des and Dawn Lindberg (with live recordings from the 60s) is now available, along with the complete Anton Goosen catalogue, including albums such as Lappiesland, never released on CD – now available as MP3 downloads on Rhythm Online.
Rhythm Online makes South African music available to music lovers around the world. “Against All Odds,” the new album by aKING, the popular South African band, was downloaded by fans from around the world – London, Perth and the USA – within hours of release.
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The Badilisha! Poetry X-change is a project that celebrates the word through the concept of ‘badilisha’, a Kiswahili expression denoting change, exchange and transformation.
The upcoming festival is a highlight on the Badilisha! Poetry X-Change Calendar and presents a feast of poetry from 22nd–25th May 2009.
Evening performances will take place on the 22nd and 23rd May at the Slave Church, 40 Long Street, and New Space Theatre 2, 44 Long Street. A lunch time event will take place at Guga S’thebe on the 23rd May and a celebration of Africa Day is on the 25th May at the E. Sacks Futeran Building, 16 Harrington St.
Growing up in the 70s, I discovered a number of bands, and their back-catalogues, through compilation albums. It surprises many people when I tell them my favourite Beatles album is the Red Album, for example.
The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971
The South African version had a different track listing to the US release. Included ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’ for example, and omitted ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Wild Horses’.
Track list for South African Album
- Time Is On My Side
- Little Red Rooster
- Under The Boardwalk
- Tell Me
- Heart Of Stone
- Play With Fire
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Get Off Of My Cloud
- As Tears Go By
- Mothers Little Helper
- 19th Nervous Breakdown
- Paint It Black
- Under My Thumb
- Ruby Tuesday
- Let’s Spend The Night Together
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- Street Fighting Man
- Sympathy For The Devil
- Gimme Shelter
- Honky Tonk Women
- Midnight Rambler
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want (single version)
The Beatles – The Red And The Blue Albums
Two double albums, with every song a masterpiece. When these were re-released on CD in 1993, I bought them the day they came out. And though the whole of the Red Album could have been fitted onto a single CD, I didn’t mind paying full double album price. How many double CDs have so many classic chart-topping and million-selling songs on them? Worth every cent.
American Graffiti (soundtrack)
My introduction to rock ‘n roll history.
The Who – Pinball And Other Wizards 1965-1975 (SA only release?)
Actually only goes up to 1971, despite the title, but a great collection, nonetheless.
Brilliant collection, and this was the only place to find ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ for many years.
A CBS sampler from 1971, that was sold cheaply. Amazing collection. Still one of my favourites. I’ve made an iTunes playlist with all these songs on.
This was a compilation only released in South Africa and Holland, I think, which featured the best tracks from ‘Together’ and ‘Seven Tears’.
Jimi Hendrix – Sound track recordings from the film Jimi Hendrix
A compilation of various live tracks and interviews. My main introduction to the live experience that was Jimi Hendrix
Track listing (interviews excluded)
- Rock Me Baby from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Wild Thing from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Machine Gun I from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
- Johnny B. Goode from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
- Hey Joe from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- Purple Haze from Berkeley Community Center, Berkeley, California (May 30, 1970)
- Like a Rolling Stone from Monterey Pop Festival (June 1967)
- The Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock (August 1969)
- Machine Gun II (Band of Gypsys) from Fillmore East (January 1, 1970)
- Hear My Train A Comin’ (acoustic) from London (1967)
- Red House from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
- In From the Storm from Isle of Wight Festival (August 31, 1970)
Triple album collection from Glastonbury Fayre in 1971. A strange mixture of artists and genres that introduced me to bands like Gong, Pink Fairies and The Grateful Dead.
The Continuing Saga Of The Aging Orphans
Great album, that helped me discover the early years of Thin Lizzy, though I already knew Vagabonds Of The Western World, which is still one of my all-time favourite albums.
The Moody Blues – This Is The Moody Blues
A double compilation album with all the songs crossfading into each other. Like Pink Floyd’s Echoes collection many years later.
Suck It And See
Double album sampler from Vertigo, this time. From Folk (Magna Carta) to Metal (Black Sabbath) and most places in-between. The South African pressing had a different track listing to the overseas version.
Let The Good Times Roll (soundtrack)
Not really a compilation but the soundtrack to a film of a live rock and roll revival, that I saw over and over again. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Chubby Checker and others just blew me away. And the sampled soundbites from old TV shows, backstage comments and DJ introductions made it even better.
My favourite place for vinyl and a place that reminds me of the type of record store I used to hang-out in when I was a teenager is Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town.
|1||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1|
|2||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 2|
|3||SA Party – South Africa’s Greatest Hits (2nd edition)|
|4||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 3|
|5||Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez|
|6||Coming From Reality / After The Fact (2005 South African remaster)
|8||Cold Fact (2005 South African remaster)
|9||Springbok Radio Top 40: Best of Volume 2 (3CD set)|
Ipi Tombi featuring Margaret Singana
|1||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 3|
|2||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 1|
|3||The Best Of SA Pop Volume 2|
|4||Coming From Reality / After The Fact (2005 South African remaster) – Rodriguez|
|5||Cold Fact (2008 US re-issue) – Rodriguez|
|6||Springbok Radio Top 40: Best of Volume 2 (3CD set)|
|7||SA Party – South Africa’s Greatest Hits|
|8||Live Fact – Rodriguez|
|9||The Warrior – Ipi ‘Ntombi featuring Margaret Singana|
|10||Sugarman – The Best Of Rodriguez|
- Chris Chameleon
- Kurt Darren
- Ray Dylan
- Die Campbells
- Nicholis Louw
- Zebra & Giraffe
- Brian Finch
- Jax Panik
- Robbie Wessels
- Fredi Nest
- David Kramer
- Jack Hammer
- Foto Na Dans
- Piet Botha
- Van Coke Kartel
- Elizma Theron
- Anton Goosen
- Karen Zoid
- Anna Davel
- Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
- Gang Of Instrumentals
- Flat Stanley
- Taxi Violence
- Breyten Breytenbach
- Bok Van Blerk
- David Fourie
- Amanda Strydom
- Valiant Swart
Not many of the crowd (if any) at The Jam last Friday night would have been around to see 3-piece power trios like Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker) or the early Grand Funk Railroad in their hey-day. Saron Gas are by no stretch of the imagination a retro-rock band, but the spirit of those early pioneering power trios lives on in their total commitment to keep on pushing rock’s envelope.
Human Error opened the show with oodles of energy and the crowd were well warmed up by the time Saron Gas hit the stage. The 3 guys from Saron Gas (Shaun, Dale & Dave) started their set with their new(ish) song ‘Gasoline’ and the rock didn’t stop until after the second encore. Despite the earlier comment about them not being a retro band, there were some fine guitar solo moments and even a drum solo.
Saron Gas seemed to have mastered the elusive art of combining the energy and attitude of nu-metal with superb tunes and even sing-along choruses (“don’t tell me that you’re trendsetters…” from 5FM #2 hit ’69 Tea’ for example). They recently signed to US label Wind-Up and they could just topple some US bands from their pedestals.
— Brian Currin