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Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha

The lyrics to Piet Botha’s great anti-war song, Goeienag Generaal (‘n Suitcase Vol Winter, 1997). Listen...

Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha
posted on: Jan 15, 2013 | author: Chris

#20forgottenSAsongs

I’m putting up 20 great SA songs that we’ve forgotten, one a day for 20 days. Here are the first four, but...

#20forgottenSAsongs
posted on: Dec 6, 2012 | author: Chris

Fetish, Little Heart

Digging out my old Fetish albums to prep for reviewing Little Heart (2012), the band’s first cd since 2006’s...

Fetish, Little Heart
posted on: Nov 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Die Antwoord is my pimp

I started getting calls from Die Antwoord fans when I was in Tunisia at the beginning of the year. The calls came from...

Die Antwoord is my pimp
posted on: Nov 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Bob Dylan’s Tempest

Bob Dylan Tempest With the release of his novelty album Christmas in the Heart in 2009, Bob Dylan allowed us to stop...

Bob Dylan’s Tempest
posted on: Nov 1, 2012 | author: Chris

Derek Gripper’s Music from Mali...

We are told that DerekGripper is the only guitarist in the world who can do justice to the complex, unique music of...

Derek Gripper’s Music from Mali
posted on: Jun 7, 2012 | author: Chris

A Suitcase Full of Winter

Piet Botha is one of the great rock ‘n rollers of South Africa. This is a story I wrote for Rolling Stone...

A Suitcase Full of Winter
posted on: Apr 26, 2012 | author: Chris

Spookpsalms, Piet Botha

Spookpsalms (2011) A weary effortlessness imbues Piet Botha’s first Afrikaans studio album for eight years. It’s...

Spookpsalms, Piet Botha
posted on: Apr 2, 2012 | author: Chris

Van Coke Kartel: Wie’s Bang

Only the very best bands can effortlessly blend the raw, angry veneer of powerful rock ’n roll with the complexity...

Van Coke Kartel: Wie’s Bang
posted on: Mar 23, 2012 | author: Chris

Mud Ensemble 1993 – 1999

Mud Ensemble hail from a time and mindspace when it was okay to take yourself seriously as a musician. Personnel...

Mud Ensemble 1993 – 1999
posted on: Jan 16, 2012 | author: Chris

Farryl Purkiss’ Fruitbats

The default comparison for Farryl Purkiss, much favoured by lazy music journalists, is Jack Johnson. This appears to...

Farryl Purkiss’ Fruitbats
posted on: Dec 7, 2011 | author: Chris

Six Winters of Laurie Levine

Oh Brother, the opening track on Six Winters, is a sad, naked declaration of a stymied present and a mooted intent....

Six Winters of Laurie Levine
posted on: Dec 7, 2011 | author: Chris

Mr Cat and The Jackal

Think Gogol Bordello meets The Tiger Lilies, with a touch of Beirut, and you have a fair potted reference for the...

Mr Cat and The Jackal
posted on: Jun 27, 2011 | author: Chris

Taxi Violence: Long Way From Home

Taxi Violence: Long Way from Home (Unplugged) There have been a few snide remarks about the wisdom of doing an ...

Taxi Violence: Long Way From Home
posted on: Jun 27, 2011 | author: Chris

Mooseknucklehead Music

Says it all, really. Mrs B The Milkshake Revolution “Your girlfriend is sweet/ your girlfriend likes to go down on...

Mooseknucklehead Music
posted on: May 27, 2011 | author: Chris

aKing’s Red-blooded years

Sometimes, listening to an aKing song, I can’t help imagining that the vocalist is singing off a...

aKing’s Red-blooded years
posted on: May 8, 2011 | author: Chris

Sombre beauty from Black Hotels

There are very few wasted moments on a Black Hotels album. Every word means something necessary to the song and every...

Sombre beauty from Black Hotels
posted on: May 7, 2011 | author: Chris

The open road with John Hiatt

John Hiatt is one of those musicians who’s respected by his peers, worshiped by diehard fans of solid,...

The open road with John Hiatt
posted on: Dec 1, 2010 | author: Chris

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