Jive Talking & Eyeballing Mix Series

A series of one hour All-South African mixes to enhance the Public Facebook Group “Jive Talking and Eyeballing“, which is an interview showcase of both South African and International artists.

Mixes compiled by Brian Currin.

ARCHIVES
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/playlists/jive-talking-series/

Hammerhead Hotel, feat Falling Mirror, Jack Hammer, The Dolly Rockers, McCully Workshop, Radio Rats

Hammerhead Hotel | photo: Michael Currin
Hammerhead Hotel | photo: Michael Currin


Track List

1. Bus Station – Fly Paper Jet
2. Hammerhead Hotel – Falling Mirror
3. Alison – Dolly Rockers
4. Getting Better – Scabby Annie
5. Shock Time For Rock – The Popguns
6. Morrison Hotel – Jack Hammer
7. Werewolf In The House – Falling Mirror
8. Kamikasi – McCully Workshop
9. Mucking About In The Dungeons All Day – Radio Rats
10. Monster From The Bog – Psycho Reptiles
11. Bellville Rock City – New World Inside
12. Psycho Bitch – Toxic Shame
13. Boxstar Kitty – Three Bored White Guys
14. Blue Eyed Devil – Th’ Damned Crows
15. Psycho-Babble – Lancaster Band
16. Britney Spears – Tweak
17. Babydoll Blues – The Ragdolls
18. Psycho – Them Tornados
19. Woo Hoo! – Fire Through The Window
20. Baby Girl You’re Gonna Burn! – Peachy Keen
21. Drakilla – The Psykotix
22. Surfin’ With The Goth Gang – Martin Rocka And The Sick Shop
23. Krokodil – Retro Dizzy
24. Buccaneer – Moyawetu
25. Beethoven Is Dying – Koos Kombuis En Die Warmblankes
26. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother
27. Boomtown Hotel – Valiant Swart
28. Kitchener – Piet Botha
29. Praha Paradise (2007 version) – Ernestine Deane feat Tim Parr
30. Die Gipsy In Jou Oë – Anna Davel
31. Farewell To Gypsy – Bonekey

The Suitcase Show [1 July 2020] feat Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Anton Goosen, Koos Kombuis, KOBUS!

Every vagabond needs a suitcase.

This is a mainly South African, mostly Afrikaans series of shows with some well-known tjoons and many obscure ones.

Some happy songs, some angry songs, a few light songs, and quite a few dark ones.

The name of this show is inspired by the song “Suitcase Vol Winter” by South African Music Legend Piet Botha www.PietBotha.com

Some lyrics are explicit and/or offensive.

Photo by Hein Waschefort, 2013

Track list

1. Meisie Sonner Sokkies (live 1998) – David Kramer
2. Sien Jou Weer (Piet Botha cover) – Beeskraal met Piet Botha
3. Die Mystic Boer – Valiant Swart
4. Kan Ons Weer Begin – Ashton Nyte
5. Sit Dit Af – Johannes Kerkorrel & Die Gereformeerde Blues Band
6. Ou Swerwer – Piet Botha
7. Lisa se Klavier – Koos Kombuis with James Phillips
8. n Brief Vir Simone – Anton Goosen
9. Bittermaan – Spoegwolf
10. Breyten se Brief (2010 recording) – Jan Blohm & Milan Murray
11. 9mm Blues (demo version) – George Harry (Jan Blohm)
12. Spook – Spinnekop
13. Die Donker Kom Jou Haal (Valiant Swart cover) – The Black Cat Bones
14. Dagdrome in Suburbia – Francois van Coke feat Spoegwolf
15. Slang – The Kêrels
16. Bloemfontein – Springcan
17. Reënvoëls – Mel Botes
18. Giant Puzzle – Al’astair
19. Matchbox Full Of Diamonds – David Kramer
20. Brixton Dae – Brixton Moord En Roof Orkes
21. Sondagmiddag – KOBUS!
22. Nikitien En Kafeïen – ddisselblom
23. Rock & Roll Jannie – Jakkie Louw & Wickus Van Der Merwe
24. Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My (Anton Goosen cover) – Stean Ennie Crank-shafts
25. Êrens – Ark
26. Mooie Vrou – Kaal
27. F.A.K. – Skallabrak
28. Mynhope In Die Bosveld – Wildebeest
29. Ventersdorp (Song Vir Angelique) – Die Kaalkop Waarheid
30. Verspreide Donderbuie – Amanda Strydom
31. Van Tonder – Piet Botha
32. Stille Soldate – Touch Of Class

South African Rock Digest Charts #1 [2000 to 2004]

SARD logo

The first in a series of mixes inspired by the charts from the The South African Rock Music Digest (fondly referred to as “The SA Rock Digest” or simply “The Digest”) which was a weekly, free subscription e-mag about South African rock and pop music published digitally from 1999 to 2004.

Founded on 27th January 1999 by Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman.

Re-established in 2009, as part of Sugar Music, embracing social media tools and platforms.

Full list of charts can be found at:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sarocklists.html

Track list
1. Rise ‘n Shine – Moodphase5ive
2. Africa’s Not For Sissies – Syd Kitchen
3. Set Of Wheels (Karoo Anthem) – Karen Zoid
4. Nkalakatha – Mandoza
5. Gee Raat – KOBUS!
6. Since I Met You – New World Inside (early Fokofpolisiekar)
7. Crazy Over You (5FM Unearthed version) – Zen Arcade
8. Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane
9. Kakstraat – Battery 9
10. Donkey Rattle – Felix Laband
11. Dig It – Kalahari Surfers
12. Long Holiday – The Sunshines
13. Fragile – Venessa Nolan
14. Stoute Boude – Anton Goosen & Beeskraal
15. Sestien Jaar Met ‘n Vals Kitaar – Koos Kombuis
16. Sweet Stellenganga – Akkedis
17. Beach Girl – Natalia
18. Lovesong – Dolly Rockers
19. Fokofpolisiekar – Fokofpolisiekar
20. Things To Consider – Skwirmish
21. Paralyzer – Ghetto Muffin
22. Gangsta – The Rudimentals
23. Gasoline – Saron Gas (early Seether)
24. Say Goodbye – Scarlet Host
25. Humanarium – Bed On Bricks
26. Indigo Girl – Watershed
27. Life (Theme From Big Brother TV series 2001) – Semisane
28. Vodka – Mathys Roets
29. Strate Van Pretoria – Beeskraal
30. Mooie Vrou – Kaal
31. When I Get The Blues – Delta Blue
32. Only Yesterday – Sharkbrother
33. Go Fuck Yourself – Janie Jones

Vagabond Show On Mixcloud [24 August 2019] feat Piet Botha, Jack Hammer, Seether, Albert Frost & More

Part of a series of mixes of random tunes, from the past, present and the future, covering a wide range of genres and styles.

Expect the unexpected.

This mix features a bunch of South African Pop, Blues & Rock tunes, released between 2003 and 2019.

Piet Botha passed away on the 2nd June 2019.

Johnny Clegg passed away on the 16th July 2019.

Please also take a listen to:
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/suitcase-vol-blues/

Rock Legends: 5 x 5 [1968 to 1974] A South African Classic Rock Mix

5x5

Five tunes each from The Big Five of South African Classic Rock, from the late 60’s to the early 70’s.

1. African Day – Hawk
2. Blue Wednesday Speaks – Abstract Truth
3. You’re Late Miss Kate – Otis Waygood Blues Band
4. The Whip – Suck
5. 1999 – Freedoms Children
6. Kalahari Dry – Hawk
7. Silver Trees – Abstract Truth
8. Fever – Otis Waygood Blues Band
9. War Pigs – Suck
10. Medals Of Bravery – Freedoms Children
11. Straight Ahead – Otis Waygood
12. Oxford Town – Abstract Truth
13. Tribal Fence – Freedoms Children
14. Aimless Lady – Suck
15. Orang Otang – Hawk
16. A Madman’s Cry – Otis Waygood
17. Season Of The Witch – Suck
18. In The Sun – Otis Waygood
19. Mumbo Jumbo – Hawk
20. In A Space – Abstract Truth
21. 21st Century Schizoid Man – Suck
22. The Eagle Has Landed – Freedoms Children feat Dickie Loader
23. Fat Angel / Work Song – Abstract Truth
24. Miss Wendy’s Dancing Eyes Have Died – Freedoms Children
25. Here Comes The Sun – Hawk

More info on all these artists can be found at http://www.rock.co.za

Please also take a listen to:
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/reflections-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-of-my-life-a-south-african-rock-collection/
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/rock-today-with-the-big-heavies/
https://www.mixcloud.com/mabuvinyl/mabu-mix-south-african-prog-rock-vol-1-1968-to-1982/https://www.mixcloud.com/mabuvinyl/african-daze-2-more-south-african-prog-rock/
https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/rock-legends-hawk-1971-to-1974/
https://www.mixcloud.com/mabuvinyl/mabu-mix-south-african-60s-rock-vol-1/

The 2013 Oscars: Searching for Sugar Men | Miss Ntertainment

Oscars
Oscars

The documentary isn’t only about one man’s humility and passion to do that which he loved and provide a decent living for his family. It’s also a story about dedication and commitment; Sugar worked tirelessly on the Rodriguez website and to connect the singer with South Africa. He and Brian Currin did so much for South African music at the time, setting up the SA Rock Digest that took advantage of the internet in the “early days.” Journalist Craig Bartholomew Strydom, who was doing his own searching too, also added his persistence and tenacity to the story. All essential elements of this feel-good and inspiring story. Topping it off, is the Swedish director himself, who worked for many years on the project, and didn’t even have the funds to finish it so did the music and graphics himself. He just kept going, believing and continuing when he could. For that, this is a story the world deserves to see over and over. With or without an Oscar win.

via The 2013 Oscars: Searching for Sugar Men | Miss Ntertainment.

Searching for Sugar Man is Critics’ Choice | Channel24

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

Los Angeles – Just hours after receiving an Oscar nomination on Thursday, SA-filmed musical documentary Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary Feature at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

The film, which is a UK/Sweden co-production, tells the story of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez who, as portrayed in the film, became a source of hope and inspiration in apartheid South Africa before mysteriously disappearing.

Searching for Sugar Man follows South African music fans who set out to discover what exactly happened to their idol Rodriguez – who will be performing in South Africa in February.

via Searching for Sugar Man is Critics’ Choice | Channel24.

Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

And the Winners are …. | The 18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards

From SAMA 18

 

SAMA 18
SAMA 18

Monday Night Awards – Live Broadcast – 30 April 2012

 

The Winners Are:

 

Best Alternative Album

The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

 

Best Kiddies Album

Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

 

Best Smooth Urban Music Album

Zahara for Loliwe

 

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

 

Best Classical and Instrumental Album

CH2 for Ping

 

Best Collaboration

Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

 

Best Jazz Album

Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

 

Best Pop Album

Lloyd Cele for One

 

Best African Adult Album

Zonke for Ina Ethe

 

Best Rock Album

Shadowclub for Guns and Money

 

Best Traditional Music Album

Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

 

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

 

Best Street Urban Music Album

AKA for Altar Ego

 

Best Sokkie Dans Album

Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

 

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

 

Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

 

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

 

Best Dance Album

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

 

Special Award:  Best Selling Album

Loliwe by Zahara

 

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download

Facebook by DJ Cleo

 

Newcomer of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

 

Duo/Group of the Year

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

 

Male Artist of the Year

AKA for Altar Ego

 

Female Artist of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

 

MTN Record of the Year

Mi Casa for These Streets

 

Album of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

Moshito turns up the heat on the “Business of Music” at 2011 event

Moshito

Moshito turns up the heat on the business of music at 2011 event

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is turning up the heat on the business of music in South Africa with its most extensive and impressive conference programme to date – once again confirming its standing as Africa’s premier music industry event aimed at developing and stimulating the domestic industry.

Established in 2004, Africa’s only annual music market takes place from August 31st to September 2nd at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The 2011 event features over 30 sessions of panel discussions, information sessions and workshops. Music industry and related specialists from South Africa, Africa, the USA, Spain, Canada, Indonesia, Colombia and several other countries will be taking part in the three-day programme.

One of the main areas of discussion centres on digital music with two sessions taking place on August 31st that are essential for anyone creating, using or working with digital music – and serve to turn day one into a substantial offering for top-level businesspeople.

The first, on August 31st is ‘Understanding the digital music ecosystem’ featuring panelist Marc Herson who is currently Digital Media Executive at Softbank Capital. Based in Cape Town, Herson was formerly Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Ventures at (then) SONY BMG, overseeing strategy, M&A and consumer research, with a focus on developing new mobile and digital businesses. Joining Herson in the discussion are Antos Stella of Content Connect, Xolani Zulu of SAMRO and Steven Ambrose, Managing Director at WWWStrategy.

Also on August 31st is the panel discussion on ‘The Future of Digital Music In Africa’.

The heavyweight panel for this topic includes Ben Herson, the founder and director of Nomadic Wax – a global hip-hop record label and production company dedicated to recording, documenting and presenting hip-hop and underground music from around the world. He is joined by Gustav Praekelt, founder and CEO of Johannesburg-based Praekelt Consulting (a leader in developing mobile solutions for commercial clients) as well as a locally-based representative of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), a US-based industry-leading digital music distribution company.

Other topics on Day One of Moshito 2011 include a session titled ‘Mzanzi’s Golden Economy – The DAC, the DTI and the music industry strategy’. Under this topic Professor Chats DeVroop will deliver a paper titled ‘Music as Culture versus Music as Creative Industries”. Discussions like ‘Women and leadership in the music industry’ and ‘The Growth of a Viable Pan-African Festival Circuit’ are also likely to attract delegates.

Day Two’s programme features what promises to be one of the most heated debates of Moshito 2011 – an examination of ‘Local broadcast content and compliance with the UN Convention on the Protection of Cultural Diversity’.

The experience of other emerging markets is set to play a significant role in Moshito 2011 – particularly a session on Day Two that examines Colombia’s Cultural Policy and the possibilities of cultural exchange between South Africa and Columbia. This session includes Raul Esteban Sanchez Niño of the Colombian embassy in South Africa, Richard Blair (Sidestepper), and journalist, Salym Fayad.

Day Three of Moshito 2011 swings the focus from the challenges and issues facing the music industry to a series of presentations that ensure newcomers to the industry or those needing to brush up on their knowledge and skills have a one-stop shop to go to. Topics on September 2nd range from ‘How To Improve Digital Revenue Streams’, to the youth-orientated ‘Technology for DJ’s – Beyond vinyl and loops’; ‘Publishing 101’; ‘Why Musicians Need Managers”; ‘Making Money Composing Music (featuring a presentation by award-winning composer, Phillip Miller), and ‘Touring North America’ (with input from Daniel Brooks of the Toronto-based International Tour and Tech Academy as well as SXSW Hip-hop and world music programmer, Matt Sonzala ).

Adding impact to Moshito 2011 is a host of live music events, including the now annual Africa Unites concert, presented in association with Arts Alive 2011. This year, Africa Unites takes place on September 2nd, and features a stunning line-up of world-class African artists including Nigerian singer-songwriter, Asa, award winning Kenyan musician , Eric Wainaina and South Africa’s etho-ragga and soul songstress, Nkulee Dube.

Once again, Moshito 2011 includes an exhibition element that will see leading entertainment, educational, governmental, and related entities exhibiting their services and goods to the public.

For a full programme and registration details – go to www.moshito.co.za.

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is supported by Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), The National Arts Council of SA (NAC), Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), Gauteng Provincial Government, African Synergy, Alliance Francaise, Swiss Arts Council – Pro Helvetia, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, City of Joburg, Embassy of Colombia, France Volontaires and the Sci Bono Discovery Centre.

For media interviews, media registration to MOSHITO 2011 and all Live Events within Moshito please contact Vanessa Perumal / Ayob Vania / Andrea Botha on (011) 788 7631 or media@jtcomms.co.za

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of MOSHITO www.moshito.co.za

Decade: Some of Brian Currin’s favourite South African Tunes from the last ten years

An unordered list of songs by South African artists that have caught my attention over the last ten years.

This is not a Top Ten or Top Twenty or Top One Hundred list.  Who can be that definitive?

And I will add to it often, I am sure.

  • Molalatladi – BLK JKS
  • I Remember You – Brian Finch
  • Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane
  • Mr Midnight – Jack Hammer
  • I’m Only Human – The Parlotones
  • Shout – Artists For A Safer SA
  • Breyten se Brief – Jan Blohm
  • Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
  • Jozi Town – Jack Hammer and Tidal Waves
  • Natalie – The Black Hotels
  • Staan My By – Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Chris Chameleon
  • Great, Great Day – Watershed
  • Gasoline – Saron Gas
  • Paralyzer – Ghetto Muffin
  • Diep In Gauteng – Stefan Lombard
  • Black Girl, White Boy – Ludik with Gal Level
  • I Want To Die On A Tuesday Afternoon – The Buckfever Underground
  • We Are Growing (2010 remix) – Margaret Singana feat Ryan Shields

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