Rock Legends: 5 x 5 [1968 to 1974] A South African Classic Rock Mix


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

Please also take a listen to:


South African Mixtape May 2017

A mix of new and recent tunes from South African artists from various genres including pop, house, indie rock, ska, r&b, soul and more.

South African Prog Rock Vol. 1: 1968 to 1982


A mix of South African Progressive Rock tracks from 1968 to 1982. Artists featured include Freedoms Children, Abstract Truth, Hawk, Otis Waygood, Duncan Mackay and Third Eye.

More info on all these artists at

Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

And the Winners are …. | The 18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards

From SAMA 18




Monday Night Awards – Live Broadcast – 30 April 2012


The Winners Are:


Best Alternative Album

The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall


Best Kiddies Album

Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2


Best Smooth Urban Music Album

Zahara for Loliwe


Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones


Best Classical and Instrumental Album

CH2 for Ping


Best Collaboration

Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane


Best Jazz Album

Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota


Best Pop Album

Lloyd Cele for One


Best African Adult Album

Zonke for Ina Ethe


Best Rock Album

Shadowclub for Guns and Money


Best Traditional Music Album

Soul Brothers for Amaphutha


Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba


Best Street Urban Music Album

AKA for Altar Ego


Best Sokkie Dans Album

Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol


Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)


Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order


Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz for Pound for Pound


Best Dance Album

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music


Special Award:  Best Selling Album

Loliwe by Zahara


Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download

Facebook by DJ Cleo


Newcomer of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe


Duo/Group of the Year

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music


Male Artist of the Year

AKA for Altar Ego


Female Artist of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe


MTN Record of the Year

Mi Casa for These Streets


Album of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

Moshito turns up the heat on the "Business of Music" at 2011 event


Moshito turns up the heat on the business of music at 2011 event

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is turning up the heat on the business of music in South Africa with its most extensive and impressive conference programme to date – once again confirming its standing as Africa’s premier music industry event aimed at developing and stimulating the domestic industry.

Established in 2004, Africa’s only annual music market takes place from August 31st to September 2nd at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The 2011 event features over 30 sessions of panel discussions, information sessions and workshops. Music industry and related specialists from South Africa, Africa, the USA, Spain, Canada, Indonesia, Colombia and several other countries will be taking part in the three-day programme.

One of the main areas of discussion centres on digital music with two sessions taking place on August 31st that are essential for anyone creating, using or working with digital music – and serve to turn day one into a substantial offering for top-level businesspeople.

The first, on August 31st is ‘Understanding the digital music ecosystem’ featuring panelist Marc Herson who is currently Digital Media Executive at Softbank Capital. Based in Cape Town, Herson was formerly Senior Vice President, Strategy & New Ventures at (then) SONY BMG, overseeing strategy, M&A and consumer research, with a focus on developing new mobile and digital businesses. Joining Herson in the discussion are Antos Stella of Content Connect, Xolani Zulu of SAMRO and Steven Ambrose, Managing Director at WWWStrategy.

Also on August 31st is the panel discussion on ‘The Future of Digital Music In Africa’.

The heavyweight panel for this topic includes Ben Herson, the founder and director of Nomadic Wax – a global hip-hop record label and production company dedicated to recording, documenting and presenting hip-hop and underground music from around the world. He is joined by Gustav Praekelt, founder and CEO of Johannesburg-based Praekelt Consulting (a leader in developing mobile solutions for commercial clients) as well as a locally-based representative of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), a US-based industry-leading digital music distribution company.

Other topics on Day One of Moshito 2011 include a session titled ‘Mzanzi’s Golden Economy – The DAC, the DTI and the music industry strategy’. Under this topic Professor Chats DeVroop will deliver a paper titled ‘Music as Culture versus Music as Creative Industries”. Discussions like ‘Women and leadership in the music industry’ and ‘The Growth of a Viable Pan-African Festival Circuit’ are also likely to attract delegates.

Day Two’s programme features what promises to be one of the most heated debates of Moshito 2011 – an examination of ‘Local broadcast content and compliance with the UN Convention on the Protection of Cultural Diversity’.

The experience of other emerging markets is set to play a significant role in Moshito 2011 – particularly a session on Day Two that examines Colombia’s Cultural Policy and the possibilities of cultural exchange between South Africa and Columbia. This session includes Raul Esteban Sanchez Niño of the Colombian embassy in South Africa, Richard Blair (Sidestepper), and journalist, Salym Fayad.

Day Three of Moshito 2011 swings the focus from the challenges and issues facing the music industry to a series of presentations that ensure newcomers to the industry or those needing to brush up on their knowledge and skills have a one-stop shop to go to. Topics on September 2nd range from ‘How To Improve Digital Revenue Streams’, to the youth-orientated ‘Technology for DJ’s – Beyond vinyl and loops’; ‘Publishing 101’; ‘Why Musicians Need Managers”; ‘Making Money Composing Music (featuring a presentation by award-winning composer, Phillip Miller), and ‘Touring North America’ (with input from Daniel Brooks of the Toronto-based International Tour and Tech Academy as well as SXSW Hip-hop and world music programmer, Matt Sonzala ).

Adding impact to Moshito 2011 is a host of live music events, including the now annual Africa Unites concert, presented in association with Arts Alive 2011. This year, Africa Unites takes place on September 2nd, and features a stunning line-up of world-class African artists including Nigerian singer-songwriter, Asa, award winning Kenyan musician , Eric Wainaina and South Africa’s etho-ragga and soul songstress, Nkulee Dube.

Once again, Moshito 2011 includes an exhibition element that will see leading entertainment, educational, governmental, and related entities exhibiting their services and goods to the public.

For a full programme and registration details – go to

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is supported by Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), The National Arts Council of SA (NAC), Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), Gauteng Provincial Government, African Synergy, Alliance Francaise, Swiss Arts Council – Pro Helvetia, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, City of Joburg, Embassy of Colombia, France Volontaires and the Sci Bono Discovery Centre.

For media interviews, media registration to MOSHITO 2011 and all Live Events within Moshito please contact Vanessa Perumal / Ayob Vania / Andrea Botha on (011) 788 7631 or

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of MOSHITO

Decade: Some of Brian Currin's favourite South African Tunes from the last ten years

An unordered list of songs by South African artists that have caught my attention over the last ten years.

This is not a Top Ten or Top Twenty or Top One Hundred list.  Who can be that definitive?

And I will add to it often, I am sure.

  • Molalatladi – BLK JKS
  • I Remember You – Brian Finch
  • Praha Paradise – Ernestine Deane
  • Mr Midnight – Jack Hammer
  • I’m Only Human – The Parlotones
  • Shout – Artists For A Safer SA
  • Breyten se Brief – Jan Blohm
  • Bus Na Toronto – Andries Bezuidenhout
  • Jozi Town – Jack Hammer and Tidal Waves
  • Natalie – The Black Hotels
  • Staan My By – Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Chris Chameleon
  • Great, Great Day – Watershed
  • Gasoline – Saron Gas
  • Paralyzer – Ghetto Muffin
  • Diep In Gauteng – Stefan Lombard
  • Black Girl, White Boy – Ludik with Gal Level
  • I Want To Die On A Tuesday Afternoon – The Buckfever Underground
  • We Are Growing (2010 remix) – Margaret Singana feat Ryan Shields