All South African and almost all blues.
Written in Berlin in the Summer of 2013 by Piet Botha. Recorded in South Africa August 2014. Piet Botha on Vocals & Guitar, Arthur Dennis on Guitar. Rudolph Dennis on Drums and Vocals. Adrian John Graham on Bass. Recorded and produced by Peter Pearlson with Charl Wentzel assisting. Footage of their Tour with Freygang in East Berlin.
New Lyzyrd Kyngs album is due in November 2014.
TABLE MOUNTAIN BLUES SUMMIT 2014
6 & 7 December, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville.
“Blues is a natural fact, it is something that a fellow lives.” Big Bill Broonzy.
South Africa’s Premier Blues Music Festival returns to Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Cape Town on the 6th and 7th of December 2014. Hosting 20 of the country’s top Blues Rock Artists over 2 days, the 2014 concert is proudly presented and brought to you by local main sponsor COMBUSTION TECHNOLOGY and also with great sponsor support by PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC and FENDER SA.
So friends and fans, all you need is a ticket and them’ blue suede shoes (whether real or imaginary) to come and enjoy the finest music making by the following phenomenal local artists:
Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost Trio, Boulevard Blues, The Blues Broers, Gerald Clark and the Deadmen, Pebbleman, Ann Jangle, Dave Ferguson, Mean Black Mamba, Natasha Meister, Crimson House, Basson Loubscher & Violent Free Piece, The Wayne Pauli Trio, Patrick Canovi’s ‘Kiss the Sky’, Piet Botha and Akkedis, The Parlor Vinyls, Charlie King Band, Nhoza Sitsholwana, Riaan & Nick, Fake Leather Blues Band and Sven Blumer.
This year the Blues Summit rocks on a Saturday and a Sunday. Organizer Richard Pryor says: “Ain’t the Blues just too good on a Sunday? We moved the Friday night to a Sunday so that it is easier to bring your whole family for an awesome day out.”
What you can look forward to on the Blues Menu for the Summit:
- 20 top Bands over 2 days.
- Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig! The best rig ever !!!
- Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
- Hillcrest Quarry is one of the finest outdoor venues in SA
- Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars
- Plenty of free and secure off street parking
- Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prizes R1500
- Free entrance for children under 10 (must present some form of ID)
- Limited camping tickets for sale on Computicket (Camping costs R150 -separate to festival ticket)
Phone and book at Computicket on 0861 9158000 or visit
www.computicket.com for your piece of the Blues Rock action: Tickets R200 – R340.
Make sure you land at Hillcrest Quarry on the 6th and 7th of December and we’ll give you a musical thrill that’s going to groove your Soul and move your Body!
FREYGANG BAND feels honoured to be featured in the ROLLING STONE MAG SOUTH AFRICA!
Special thanks to TOAST COETZER for a very well written article.
The musicians can’t wait to perform first time ever in Africa and making new friends at the same time…
South African Rebels Meet East German Underground
A Cultural Exchange Initiative
by Piet Botha & Akkedis & Kilian Nestler
The Black Sheep Rockonspiracy is the brainchild of East German-born Kilian Nestler, who made South Africa his home in 1994. He was previously involved in the semi-legal blues-rock East German underground as a fan, photographer, manager and creator of illegal anti-establishment merchandising. This lifestyle choice led to a 14 month prison term.
The band known currently as Freygang Band was formed in East Berlin in 1977 under the then oppressive socialist regime, as Freygang. The Blues euphoria in East Germany was reaching its peak at that time and the fans loved Freygang for their courage to freely express themselves. Progressive musicians and their fans had to survive troublesome times, including arrests and performance bans. Freygang have kept their appeal to younger audiences, by becoming harder, even with a touch of punk, through the inclusion of musicians who used to be fans and by always being authentic.
Nestler found out that in apartheid South Africa, under somehow similar, but political opposite circumstances, musicians like Piet Botha, had to endure the same troubles as Freygang. Piet Botha, who celebrated a 30 year recording career in 2009, is regarded by many as a true soldier of the Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle and an inspiration to fans and fellow musicians alike. These two forces, against all odds, still live the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, and Nestler had the vision to make them known to each other.
A desire for freedom and a dislike of politics, is the common background from where Freygang and Piet Botha emerged, as Piet Botha once said ”…that’s why we got into rock ‘n’ roll … we wanted to change the system”.
Kilian Nestler met Piet Botha at a few gigs and the idea of the Black Sheep Rockonspiracy was born.
The STRAB Festival, which was started in 2003 and is held every year in previously war-torn Mozambique, became the anchor point for creating a cultural exchange. After STRAB Mozambique 2013, Freygang will tour South Africa, collaborating and performing with a host of progressive South African bands.
This unique exchange will be documented by ARMADA FILM from Germany, and there is also a joint recording session at the HOME GROWN MUSIC STUDIO planned. The final highlight of this collaboration will be at the MERCURY in Cape Town.
Besides playing together, there will be discussions regarding the way artists can contribute to a better understanding of different cultures, how to use art and music as a weapon against ignorance ( i.e. xenophobia, religious intolerance, etc.) and many more important issues of the day.
Piet Botha and Akkedis will travel to Germany in August 2013 to perform at Freygang’s own underground festival and a number of other gigs.
Thanks to the unselfish contribution of many good-meaning people, the project has started to take shape, and who knows what the future holds, but one thing is for sure, the spirit of Rock ‘n Roll is alive and well.
Apple expanded its ultra-successful online store iTunes to South Africa on Tuesday, giving music fans access to a library of local and international hits.
This Year the Summit is coming at you with over 20 bands ready to Rock your Blues out. For the first time since it’s humble beginning at the Tafelberg Tavern in 2005 the Summit becomes an awe inspiring 2 day festival boasting some of the finest acts in the country.
The Cream of South Africa’s Blues Rock Artists will be taking the stage on Friday 30th Nov and Saturday 1st of Dec at Bloemendal Wine Estate and It looks set to be the biggest blues gathering in South Africa’s History. Now into it’s 8th year and with the continued help of Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music the Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to kick huge festival mojo in 2012.
With a spirit for real music and a nod to the concerts of yesteryear The Blues Summit is many things but above all it serves as a great coming together of a vibrant almost ‘family like’ Blues Community where the music transcends age, race, gender and class.
Friday 30th Nov (From 3:30pm till 12pm)
- Tombstone Pete
- The Parlor Vinyls
- Basson Loubscher
- The Wayne Pauli Trio
- Ann Jangle
- Machineri with Sannie Fox
- Combustion Technology ‘R1500 Cash’ Lucky Draw
- The Albert Frost Trio
- Southern Gypsey Queen
Saturday 1st Dec (From 11:30am till 12pm)
- Tombstone Pete
- Crimson House Blues
- Ballistic Blues
- Kevin Floyd Band featuring Charlie King
- Piet Botha & The Lyzyrd Kyngs
- The John Frick Band
- Raoul and Black Friday
- Albert Frost Solo
- Natasha Meister Band
- The Gerald Clark Band
- Fender Electric Guitar Lucky Draw
- Boulevard Blues and Friends
- Kiss the Sky with Patrick Canovi and Louis ‘Axe’ Lourens
- Black Cat Bones