It’s been called “The Greatest Music story of the past 50 years”, the story of this wonderful and talented musician and his journey to his well-deserved and long-overdue fame. But enough about James Stewart ;) In this innovative, informative and slightly irreverent show, James joins Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, the person behind the rediscovery of Sixto Rodriguez and “Searching For Sugar Man”, the Oscar-winning documentary about the whole story, as the two music journeymen tell their respective tales and play and sing some of the most seminal Rodriguez and South African classic songs.
Sugar and I promised ourselves we’d do a short run and see how it goes…. it’s been amazing.
A Spoonful of Sugar & James intertwines and connects seminal South African songs with a story so seemingly fantastical it seems unbelievable.
Booking is as always absolutely essential by phone on 021 685 7377. 50 seats only.
Emmy nominated, multi SAMA award winning, chart topping singer, songwriter and music business entrepreneur.
It’s been called “The Greatest Music story of the past 60 years”, the story of this wonderful and talented musician and his journey to his well-deserved and long-overdue fame. But enough about James Stewart. In this innovative, informative and slightly irreverent show, James joins Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, the person behind the rediscovery of Sixto Rodriguez and “Searching For Sugar Man”, the Oscar-winning documentary about the whole story, as the two old friends tell their respective tales and play and sing some great Rodriguez and South African classic songs.
Catch these two on Thursday 28th February at Café Roux in Noordhoek (7.30 for 8)
It’s been called “The Greatest Music Story of the past 50 years”, the tale of this wonderful and talented musician and his journey to his well-deserved and long-overdue fame. But enough about James Stewart”!
In this innovative, informative and slightly irreverent show, James joins Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, the man behind the rediscovery of Sixto Rodriguez and “Searching For Sugar Man”, the Oscar-winning documentary about the whole story, as these two old “choms” share their respective stories and play and sing some great Rodriguez and South African classic songs.
For 20 years, Sugar, as he is popularly known, has been involved in the rediscovery of, and resurgence of worldwide interest in, Sixto Rodriguez. This legendary and internationally acclaimed American folk-rock singer-songwriter, who was a huge success in South Africa from the ‘70’s onwards, was believed to be dead but was found alive and well and living in Detroit in 1997. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength following a series of international tours, the re-release of his albums, and the success of the Oscar-winning film in 2013.
Since then, Sugar has travelled around South Africa, and overseas, giving talks and answering questions about the whole Rodriguez story. He attended the Academy Awards ceremony in 2013, followed by the publishing of his best-selling book in 2015, titled “Sugar Man – The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez”, co-written with his fellow “Musical Detective” in the story, Craig Bartholomew Strydom. For the past 15 years he has also been the owner of Mabu Vinyl, the Cape Town record shop featured in the Rodriguez film.
James Stewart, the Multi SAMA award-winning, EMMY-nominated, chart-topping, singer-songwriter, cut his teeth in classical music with the usual childhood distaste, and then “surfed passionately and messed around with synthesizers” in his early teens. The following decade would see him form his own band, abandon a law career and take a leap into the great unknown. As singer-songwriter for The Usual, he achieved fame with enduring classics like ‘The Shape That I’m In’ and ‘Like A Vision’. Since then ‘Shine’, ‘A Man Like Me’, and many other solo hits, have found their way into hearts and homes across South Africa.
Hear James tell his side of the story and play a selection of songs by himself, Rodriguez and other South African artists.
Listen to these two musical journeymen connect the dots between their respective adventures.
Catch these two on Saturday 9th February at Franschoek Cellars (3-5pm) and then on Thursday 28th February at Café Roux in Noordhoek (7.30 for 8)
Phone: 082 807 9544
A 3-hour chronological mix of a few of my favourite tunes by South African artists from the late 70’s and 80’s.
Some cover versions and a whole bunch of original tracks.
A few songs have been sourced from original vinyl singles.
More info on almost all these artists can be found at www.Rock.co.za
Please also take a listen to:
1. Charlie – Rabbitt
2. Venus – Stockley Sisters
3. Substitute – Clout
4. Free And Easy – Finch & Henson
5. You’re Living Inside My Head – John Ireland
6. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
7. ZX Dan – Radio Rats
8. Blommetjie Gedenk Aan My – Anton Goosen
9. Jo Bangles – Baxtop
10. Better The Devil You Know – Stingray
11. Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo
12. Bokkie Bokkie – David Kramer
13. Paradise Road – Joy
14. Nightmare – Peach
15. Schoolboy – Asylum Kids
16. You’re So Good To Me – Hotline
17. Grips Of Emotion – Lesley Rae Dowling
18. Bowtie Boogaloo – Morocko
19. What’ya Gonna Do When The Reggae Breaks Your Heart – Beanstalk
20. Give Me The Good News – Crocodile Harris
21. The Bushman – Steve Kekana
22. Taximan – éVoid
23. Live On – Pierre De Charmoy
24. See Yourself (Clowns) – Ella Mental
25. Mysteries & Jealousy – The Helicopters
26. Magical Touch – Petit Cheval
27. Jabulani – PJ Powers & Hotline
28. Waiting (For A Miracle) – Dog Detachment
29. Ancient Dust Of Africa – Edi Niederlander
30. Baby You Been Good – Robin Auld
31. Burnout – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse
32. Superstar – Stewart Irving
33. As I Went Out One Morning (Damsel) – Tribe After Tribe
34. Hey Boy – Via Afrika
35. Johnny Calls The Chemist – Falling Mirror
36. We Are Growing – Margaret Singana
37. This Boy – Sweatband
38. Weeping – Bright Blue
39. My Kind Of Girl – Cinema
40. Scatterlings Of Africa – Johnny Clegg & Savuka
41. Prisoner – Lucky Dube
42. Dance Sum More – Mango Groove
43. Paint It Black – No Friends Of Harry
44. Be Bop Pop – The Spectres
45. Dear Abbie (One Night Of Passion) – Little Sister
Inspired by the upcoming eleven CD box set “Loving The Alien [1983-1988]” (due 12th October 2018), this is a companion mix to my “Re:Call [1969 to 1982]” mix which can be heard at:https://www.mixcloud.com/briancurrin/david-bowie-recall-1969-to-1982/
1. China Girl (single edit) – David Bowie
2. Let’s Dance (single edit) – David Bowie
3. Modern Love (single edit) – David Bowie
4. White Light White Heat (live 1983) – David Bowie
5. Imagine (live 1983) – David Bowie
6. Loving The Alien (Original Club mix 2002) – The Scumfrog vs David Bowie
7. Dancing In The Street (Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero mix) – David Bowie & Mick Jagger
8. This Is Not America (from The Falcon And The Snowman) – David Bowie & The Pat Metheny Group
9. Let’s Dance (live 1985) – David Bowie & Tina Turner
10. Absolute Beginners (single edit) – David Bowie
11. That’s Motivation (from Absolute Beginners) – David Bowie
12. Underground (extended dance mix) – David Bowie
13. Magic Dance (Danny’s Magic Party remix 2003) – David Bowie
14. When The Wind Blows (from When The Wind Blows) – David Bowie
15. Day-In Day-Out (single edit) – David Bowie
16. Too Dizzy – David Bowie
17. Julie – David Bowie
18. Girls (extended version) – David Bowie
19. Time Will Crawl (Mario McNulty remix 2008) – David Bowie
20. Young Americans (live 1987) – David Bowie
21. Look Back In Anger (1988 version) – David Bowie
22. Prisoner Of Love (single edit) – Tin Machine
23. Maggie’s Farm (live 1989) – Tin Machine
24. Shakin’ All Over (live 1989) – Tin Machine
25. Crack City (live 1989) – Tin Machine
26. Needles On The Beach – Tin Machine
Please also take a listen:
A Pink Floyd mix inspired by the September 2018 tour set list of “Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets” band.
Nick Mason, the drummer for Pink Floyd, formed his new band in 2018 to play pre-“Dark Side Of The Moon” psychedelic rock including many tunes from “The Syd Barrett Years”. They toured Europe in September 2018 and will be touring again in April & May 2019.
1. Interstellar Overdrive (live 1969)
2. Astronomy Domine (BBC TV)
3. Lucifer Sam
5. Obscured By Clouds
6. When You’re In
7. Arnold Layne
8. Vegetable Man
10. Atom Heart Mother (band version) excerpts
11. The Nile Song
12. Green Is The Colour (BBC)
13. Let There Be More Light
14. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (BBC TV)
15. See Emily Play
17. One Of These Days (from Pompeii)
18. A Saucerful Of Secrets (from Pompeii)
19. Point Me At The Sky (BBC)
20. Paint Box (single version)
21. Up The Khyber
22. Pow R Toc H (BBC)
23. Explosion (from Zabriskie Point) Careful With That Axe Eugene
24. Nick’s Boogie
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:
I’m at my favourite record store in Cape Town bemoaning the lack of decent second-hand vinyl these days, when the conversation shifts to collectable South African records – is there such a thing you may ask, as a collector’s market for SA vinyl?
Among aficionados both local and international one thing is certain – LP’s from around the world have become more and more collectable when it comes to certain artists, but more importantly, SA vinyl from the early 1950’s onwards has not escaped the attention of serious collectors worldwide.
“So, what’s the value of a decent copy of Time to Suck by that notorious band SUCK, on the Parlophone label?” I ask.
“Well,” says the owner, “we’ve recently sold a copy to a Russian collector for 20 G’s.”
“Whaaaaat?” I croak, choking on my croissaint!!! 20000 rand for a piece of plastic!!
In 1970 when the record was released, you could buy a new copy for R1.99 at the local record shop, so do the math – it’s about a million and some percent profit over 50 years.
Even cryptocurrencies can’t beat that performance it seems, so what’s going on?
And here’s the story: during the late 60’s local Johannesburg-based music promoter Clive Calder saw currency in 5 of the then ” happening ” groups of the time viz. Freedoms Children, Hawk, Otis Waygood Blues Band, Abstract Truth, and ominously, SUCK.
They began recording for Calder at EMI and each released albums over a period of some 5 years, in the process creating some of the most vital and original music ever to be released on these shores.
In most cases only very limited numbers were stamped at EMI’s plant and sold to the public, and unlike European and American markets, were never released again. This is why their values have skyrocketed over the years. In most instances the groups themselves never became wealthy individuals, Calder later built a multi-million-pound music empire in the UK.
Unlike cryptocurrencies which have become huge investment traps, vinyl has some unique qualities which are much more attractive: you get something tangible. a large piece of plastic with a concentric layer of grooves, a central label identifying artist and record company, and most importantly – a hole in the centre!
Removed from a sleeve, most of which are visually gratifying to the eye, the shiny disc is placed on a turntable and the phono cartridge does the job of conveying the music to your ears. Unlike your cryptocurrency, the LP record doesn’t spin out of control over bad news in the marketplace, it keeps appreciating in value over the years with successive hearings.
The thing that really intrigues me with the Suck album is this – essentially, it’s a collection of heavy rock cover versions, only one original song on the entire record. Played with some ferocity, you can’t help thinking these are some pretty mean dudes involved. The cover doesn’t help, a young boy sitting in front of somebody’s bass drum.
That drum belonged to Savvy Grande, who whacked the skins for Suck, along with cohorts Andy Ionnides, Louis “Moose “Forer and Steve Gilroy.
Open the cover and there you see the gringos in all their glory, in the heyday which saw them become the most notorious group in the country: they beat a path of musical mayhem and destruction around the country, eventually disbanding because no theatres would allow them to play.
“I certainly didn’t get any money from Suck” says a chagrined Savvy, “instead I invested in the restoration of motorcycles, some of which are sold to collectors around the world, some ending up in museums in countries such as Portugal”. Cryptocurrencies don’t interest me at all, I prefer to earn a living using my hands and my technical skills.
Steve Gilroy, a savvy Englishman who came to SA in the 60’s has a different story:
After Suck disbanded, he started a publishing company in Johannesburg, and then began experimenting with home-made beer-making. After several years he expanded his skills into brewing fulltime. He established Gilroy’s in Muldersdrift, which has become popular for his craft beers and his Up Yours poems.
Talking it up has been the making of cryptocurrencies worldwide, but the vinyl revival has ensured that collectors around the globe have achieved more than satisfactory returns from their own collection investments – probably on a far greater measure both aurally and visually.
For those who have SA collectibles the news is good – those shiny plastic discs contain gold – kids, check out dad’s or grandpa’s record collection, there’s bound to be something valuable in there – so much more exciting than sitting on the pc chasing after shadows in the crypto world!
Garth Chilvers / Tom Jasiukowicz
Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz published History of Contemporary Music of South Africa, 1994, Toga Publishing.
Immortalized in the Searching for Sugar Man documentary film, this is a great introduction to African rhythms and the genres are as broad and all-encompassing as the continent itself. Hip hop, house, jazz, soul, funk, R&B – check. But add rock, pop, techno and dancehall too – and you’re still not even close to unearthing the full extent of this Gardens favorite, a nice addition to this upscale suburb of the city.
2 Rheede Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa