A Detroit musician living in poverty didn’t know that in South Africa, he was more popular than the Beatles. Bob Simon reports.
One of my favourites from the early days of TV in South Africa.
The Villagers Theme – Mick Jade (A gold nugget this one)
Those of us old enough to remember the early days of television in South Africa will well remember the locally produced drama, The Villagers. Names like Ted Dixon, Hilton McCrae, Buller Wilmot and Chesa Labuschange were part of our lives back then. As was the theme song with its distinctive harmonica intro followed swiftly by Mick’s gruff vocals telling us that ‘The Village Reef is their home, built on a pile of gold, and for the young and the old life and work just carry on.’
The TV show followed the lives and fortunes of a mining community which was quite close to the hearts of many in the country. The interesting thing is that Jade’s theme sounds almost like it could be the theme tune for an American gold rush show. It has that sort of honky tonk…
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The line-up featured in this TV special appears to be:
Piet Botha: bass, keyboards, harmonica
Colin Pratley: drums, vocals, acoustic guitar
Boet Faber: lead guitar
Paul van Eeden: acoustic guitar
Interviewed by Carike Kuezenkamp on Kraaines (SABC TV) probably in 1982 or thereabouts.
Website: Jack Hammer
The finalists will perform the following tracks:
Crushanda Forbes: Garth Taylor‘s Why
Dave van Vuuren: Blue Eyes by the Springbok Nude Girls
Dené Vorster: Afrikaans from Flash Republic ft. Foto Na Dans
Erin Fourie: Saron Gas‘s Fine Again
Freddie Van’Dango: aKING‘s Against All Odds
Kelly Fortuin: I’d Like from Freshlyground
Mark Haze: Just Jinjer‘s Shallow Waters
Phaksy Mngomezulu: Loyiso’s I Want You