Vagabond Blues Show, 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

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Das Lied Von Der Käuflichkeit Des Menschen (The Song of Human Venality) by Piet Botha & Freygang Band (with Akkedis)

Unique multilingual song, recorded with the South African Blues-Rock legends Piet Botha, Akkedis and the German Freygang Band during their Black Sheep Rockonspiracy tour from Mozambique to Cape Town in June 2013 at the Peace of Eden Studio in South Africa.

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Piet Botha | photo: Michael Currin

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Black Sheep Rockonspiracy in Rolling Stone Magazine

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…

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy in Rolling Stone Magazine

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy in Rolling Stone Magazine – click on image for full article

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy in Rolling Stone Magazine – click here for full article

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy

South African Rebels Meet East German Underground

A Cultural Exchange Initiative

by Piet Botha & Akkedis & Kilian Nestler

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy

Black Sheep Rockonspiracy

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.

www.blacksheeprockonspiracy.com

SAMP3 Charts

1.

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 .

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2.

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.

Download | Listen Now

3.

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.

Download | Listen Now

4.

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?

Download | Listen Now

5.

Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls

The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.

6.

Dax Butler – Global Warming Blues

First single off this debut solo album Drink In Everything featuring nine gritty songs written and composed by this old school SA music legend, who plays acoustic guitar on the CD, backed by some seriously talented musician friends.

7.Holly and the Woods

Holly & The WoodsWake 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.

8.

Les JavanJohanna

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.

9.

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?.

Download | Listen Now

 

10.

The Howlin’ Shibanski – The Cowley Road Rant

This great new blues-rock band from Jozi are playing music that evokes the fire and mythology of the old blues masters. Off their album The Howlin’ Shibanski .

SAMP3 Charts

1.Holly and the Woods

Holly & The WoodsWake 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.

2.

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?

Download | Listen Now

3.

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 .

Download | Listen Now

4.

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.

Download | Listen Now

5.

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.

Download | Listen Now

6.

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?.

Download | Listen Now

7.

Les JavanJohanna

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.

8.

Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls

The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.

9.   

Dax Butler – Global Warming Blues

First single off this debut solo album Drink In Everything featuring nine gritty songs written and composed by this old school SA music legend, who plays acoustic guitar on the CD, backed by some seriously talented musician friends.

10.

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 .

SAMP3 Charts

1.       

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?

Download | Listen Now

 

2.        

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.

 

3.        

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 .

 

4.        

Luudramma – Tsonga Regions (Prolurv Charm remix)

Some new deep house sounds off the recently released compilation called Jambalay SA.

 

5.        

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.

 

6.       

Die Skynmaagde – Die Kommunissokkie

A cool, edgy Afrikaans rock track from this great new duo off their debut EP called alombemind en aan bewind.

 

7.        

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 .

 

8.        

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.

 

9.        

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?.

 

10.       

Bronwyn Reddy – Diamond In The Rough

This wonderful song off Bronwyn Reddy’s debut album, Love Constant clearly illustrates how her sultry soulful sound and poignant lyrics are the perfect ingredients for an adult contemporary album.

 

Riders On The Storm. Six Guitarists from South Africa performing a Doors classic.

Riders From The Storm show by Storm Producionz at the Willow bridge Barnyard Theatre. Guitarists; Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Albert Frost, Nathan Smith, Arthur Dennis. On Keyboard; Simon Orange. Schalk vd Merwe on Bass. Tim Rankin on drums. Rudolph Dennis on accoustic guitar.