Holly & The Woods – Wake Me Up (Judgment Day)
A fantastic new single from this popular Johannesburg band, known for their ferocious songs with killer hooks and lyrics that swiftly snag you in all the right places.
The Muffinz – Soldierz (Fight For Peace)
The Muffinz have unleashed their mysteriously beautiful world of eclectic soul to the South African public and they are set for world domination. Listen to the debut eleven track aural adventure called Have You Heard?
Mr Cat and The Jackal – Dig
Still one of the finest live acts in South Africa, this crazy gang and their music are always entertaining – here with a song off Sins And Siren Songs .
Desibo – Vula Amehlo
A track from this new South African Afrosoul singer whose songs are fuelled by sensuality, motivating content and creativity and a strong desire to incorporate Afro African elements.
Gage – All That I Am
Gage is a hot new three-piece rock band from Kimberley who are about to blast SA rock fans with their upcoming new second album called Break The Silence.
Piet Botha – Spookjam
An instrumental track off the new album from the veteran SA folk artist which contains songs from the recent TV series Wie Lê Waar?.
Les Javan – Johanna
As a writer, composer and musician, Les Javan’s work is dedicated to the fostering of an environment where cultural and musical differences are respectfully appreciated. Off his new album, Ek Is Lief Vir Jou.
Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls
The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.
Shotgun Tori – Sweet Weather
A new single from this emerging Cape Town-based female singer-songwriter off her new bluesy-rock 5-track EP Are We Fine Yet .
Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.
A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.
A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.
The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.
New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.
The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.
Ramblin’ Bones is the alter ego of Jay Bones, former front man for the popular South African ska band Fuzigish, here with his latest musical incarnation off Ramblin’ Bones & His Bloody Agents .
The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.
A track off Shifty compilation Shotdown which illustrates the label’s role in capturing and preserving a vibrant and important part of South Africa’s history of cultural resistance.
World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.
A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.
Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.
Visit the Rodriguez website at www.SugarMan.org
Jive music from South Africa and Lesotho, providers of inspiration for Paul Simon’s “Graceland” – Perfect summer stuff!
01a Tau Ea Lesotho – Nyatsi Tloha Pela’ka
01b Tau Ea Lesotho – Puleng
01c Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare – He O Oe Oe!
02 Mahotella Queens – Umculo Kawupheli
03 The Rainbows – Mashonisa
04 Soul Brothers – Uthembeni-na
05 Dark City Sisters – Ezomculo
06 M.D. Shirinda & The Gaza Sisters – Pfuka N’wavolo
07 Abafana Baseqhudeni – Mubi Umakhelwane
08 Mgababa Queens – Maphuthi
09 Zorro Five – Barcarolle
10 Amazulu Queens – Sankatana
11 Marks Mankwane – Khupa Marama No. 2
12 Naledi Boys – Bump Again
13 Ebrahim Isaacs – Meadowlands
14 John Amutabi Nzenze – Angelike Twist
15 Queue Sisters – Ethembeni
16 Spokes Mashiyane – Kalla’s Special
17 Soul Of The City – Hustle Bump!
18 J.K. Mayengani & The ShingWedzi Sisters – Khubani
19 Mahlathini & Izintombi Zomgqashiyo – Okwamadoda Kuya Bhikwa
20 Izintombi Zodumo – Mississippi River
21 Sannah Mnguni Nesimanjemanje – Ukhulupheka
22 Lulu Masilela & The Boyoyo Boys – Small Time No.4
23 Tempo All Stars – Take Off
24 Paulus Masina – Umalusi
25 Intombi Zephepha – Ingoina Le Nyathi
26 Mgababa Queens – Akulaiwa Esoweto
27 Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Bophumthwalo
28 Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje – Awufuni Ukulandela Na
29 African Symphonics – Zulu Roll
30 Kings Messengers Quartet – My Lord
Graceland by Paul Simon
Watch out for the new album from this amazing vocalist, here with a track off her recent album For Astraea .
A special Preview Mix of new album Step-On , by computer generated music wizards FLW.
A new track off the 4-song EP Saved By The Bell from Jaco Nel, a new performer on the SA music scene.
This 5 piece Khayelitsha band fuses Marimba, Mbira, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and vocals on their debut album, Afamba Apota (The Journey Beyond The Horizon).
A track off this writer/muscian’s Alien Inboorling album, whose songs Koos Kombuis said were likely to force Afrikaners to “question everything we thought we knew about ourselves”.
Following the African Soul Rebels tour (12 cities across the UK with 2 other West African bands) Warrick Sony unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers album One Party State featuring heavy dubstep style bass-groove tracks.
A lovely new single from this Pretoria-based singer-songwriter whose recent album, A Gradual Awakening , clearly shows the artist’s class.
New single off The Mystery of the Seven Stars , Pretoria-based, but Poland-inspired, Fulka’s first album whose draw-card lies in its clever merging of electronica and folk.
The hot new single from these impressive Gauteng rockers off their new album called Enter Angels.
The title track off the recent album from the acclaimed and very popular Cape Town rock band.
Some new deep house sounds off the recently released compilation called Jambalay SA.
The newly-released Durban Kings album by this hip hop artist, songwriter, singer, and record producer from KZN, rocks the house with pumping sounds and great beats.
A loner with a passion for life and music, Alicia decided to make her music a reality by going to record her album, Beyond My Dreams, at B Sharp Studios.
The popular Cape Town rock band step it up with a track off their recent album, The Red Blooded Years.
The famous Cape Town electro collective with a track off the official Moxyland Soundtrack compiled and selected by African Dope’s HoneyB and author Lauren Beukes to complement the futuristic urban thriller.
Dopamine is the chemical in the brain which makes one happy and have fun, just like this track, off Greetings & Salutations , which features the outrageous drumming of Kesivan Naido and the fusion sounds of Gorm Heljord on guitar.
Some musical magic from this acclaimed Cape Town-based musician off his album, Dipalo (Mixtape), which he composed, arranged and performed.
A track off the new EP from this hot new Pretoria band currently making a huge impact on the South African blues scene.
Kaapse Mengsel has 15 of Bill Knight’s most popular songs, all recently re-arranged and newly-recorded and delivered in his distinctive Cape-Folk style coupled with insightful lyrics in English and “Kombuistaal” reflecting Bill’s deep love of the Cape and its colourful “Mengsel” of Peoples.
Some tough-talking Hip Hop from one of Cape Town’s most dedicated rappers off the album, Street Life.
Best Of MotherCity Records Vol 1 is a compilation of some of the best music Cape Town has to offer, here’s a track from one of Cape Town’s best known rap groups.
The Kwaito star from Kwaggafontien with a track off his popular second album, Ngim’lo .
Some hard-edged indie rock from the popular Cape Town rock band off their debut album, All Tied Up.
This CD compiled by Dirk Uys in March 2002, and released by EMI in May 2002, is now long out-of-print, but inspired by Marq Vas I have linked to the songs that are available to download on Rhythm Music Store.
This album collected the A to Z of Afrikaans Rock (from Akkedis to Karen Zoid) at the time, as well as most of its genres like blues, boogie, industrial, punk, hip hop, rap, reggae, metal and more.
I seem to remember Dirk telling me at the time that he would have liked to include a David Kramer song but wasn’t able to get permission. Not sure what song it was, but I have included David Kramer’s Bokkie Bokkie as a digital bonus track.
Artists – Tracks
- Anton Goosen – Blommetjie gedenk aan my
- Spinnekop – Tiger en Louise
- Akkedis – Cybersurferraver
- Koos Kombuis – Kaalvoet
- Karen Zoid – Afrikaners is plesierig
- Springbok Nude Girls – Pappa ek wil ‘n popster word
- Beeskraal – Strate van Pretoria
- Bernoldus Niemand – Boksburg bommer
- Valiant Swart – Gange van Babylon
- Piet Botha – Goeienag generaal
- Koos Kombuis – Bomskok babelaas
- Raaskopleef – Elektrisiteit
- Bernoldus Niemand – Reggae vibes is cool
- Spinnekop – Maanskyn
- Valiant Swart – Vloek van die kitaar
- Akkedis – Anderkant die berg
- Brasse van die Kaap – Cape flats
- Battery 9 – Twyfelaar
Digital Bonus Track
David Kramer – Bokkie Bokkie
This song has English verses and an Afrikaans chorus. The original version was released on the Original Mountain Rockers compilation in 1980. David re-recorded it in 1981 for his Bakgat! album.
Tristan Waterkeyn’s been around – born in Tanzania, moved to Kenya, then to Zimbabwe and then SA where he learned to play the guitar resulting in his debut solo album, Hay Day .
Kobus! was the power-rock SA duo formed initially in 2000 by Theo Crous (Nudies guitarist) and Francois Blom (ex-Voice of Destruction vocalist), here with a big track off their self-titled debut album .
Some hip new Joburg blues from one of its troubadours off his new debut solo album, Too Early In The Journey .
SA music legend Piet Botha and the Akkedis Band, Arthur and Rudolph Dennis and AJ Graham, have shared stages and jammed across Southern Africa resulting in their first joint album, One Night Only, recorded last winter and just released as The Lyzyrd Kyngs.
A track off Fox Hill Lane, this Kwazulu-Natal guitar wizard’s third album, beautifully textured with a whole array of instrumentation, all of these played by an equally impressive line up of established musicians.
Warrick Sony unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers’ album One Party State, featuring heavy dubstep style wobbly-bass-groove tracks and cut up voice samples.
A smoking hot track from this emerging artist off the popular album Special Rekwest .
Mr J is Joel Martins who runs a small recording studio from his Cape home where he not only records his own creations, like The First Step , but also young aspiring artists from his local community.
A great track off the debut album, Could It Be , from this all female jazz band from Durban.
On their latest EP, World Among The Clouds , the band previously known as Nungarin has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, african, and folk music.
Some classic Afrikaans reggae from the SA music legend off his album, Niemandsland & Beyond!
This legendary SA singing trio formed in 1964 and is noted for its clear three-part harmonies, Mbaqanga township music and fast-paced mgqashiyo dancing, off the Afromagic collection.