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1980 THE FACTS AND FIGURES

SA Top 20 Charts

Well we’ve now seen all the charts for the first year of the 80s and it’s time for the annual round-up and to let you know who rocked our world in the first year of the new decade. It was a year in which the Rubik’s Cube first appeared, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe was elected as Prime Minister, the video game Pac Man was first released, we wondered who shot J.R. in the soap opera ‘Dallas’, John Lennon was killed in New York and Christina Aguilera was born. Metalheads will remember the year as one when AC/DC’s Bon Scott died and Iron Maiden released their debut album ‘Iron Maiden’. It was also the year when Red Sovine, who had seen 2 of his compositions chart on our top 20, died. The 2 songs were both covers of his hits done by Tommy Dell and they were ‘Teddy Bear’…

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Cape Town Jazz & Exile During The Struggle: Part One, Johnny Dyani, Bea Benjamin & Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)

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Back in late March The Return of the Illicit Groove attended the Cape Town Jazz Festival in order ton report on and review the event. Whilst in Cape Town reporter Bob Hill also took the opportunity to visit other music venues as well as record stores.  It was in one such store, Mabu Vinyl in Long Street, that Bob purchased apartheid  and post-apartheid era Jazz from Cape Town.

Brian Currin (who is also part of the enduring story of the ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ artist Rodriguez)  from Mabu selected a number of re-issued albums which typified the brilliance of Capetonian Jazz in the apartheid era and spoke at length about the contexts in which these albums were recorded; some in exile, some not.

Artists such as Bheki Mseleku, Bea Benjamin, Dollar Brand, Black Disco, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Pacific Express and Johnny Dyani are almost impossible to find on their original…

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Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha

My all-time favourite Piet Botha song. The closest song I have ever heard that captures my experiences and feelings about the Border War.

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Goeienag Generaal – Piet Botha / Jack Hammer (A Farewell to Army mates)

Piet Botha - 'n Suitcase Vol Winter Piet Botha – ‘n Suitcase Vol Winter

The border war in South West (as it was then) and Angola had a significant psychological effect of a lot of young white South Africans conscripted to go and fight there. These effects are still felt by many today and, until recently, was hardly ever spoken of.

In 1997, Piet Botha spoke of it and did so in powerful words against an angry guitar backdrop. The track appeared on his critically acclaimed album ‘‘n Suitcase Vol Winter‘ and talks of the war being fought for all the trappings of capitalism. It was fought for ‘Vir Harry Oppenheimer en al sy maats, Vir Rembrandt van Rijn en Alfred Dunhill, En die OK Bazaars, En die hele bloody spul by die SAUK, Julle was die oorlog vir die CIA.’ And…

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THE SEVENTIES FACTS AND FIGURES

SA Top 20 Charts

As promised, here is a summary of what happened in the 70’s on the SA charts. It was the only full decade of charts that we saw as the charts started in the mid-sixties (1965) and ran until the end of February 1989, just 10 months short of a second full decade.

There were 1,041 songs that saw chart action during the 70’s and based on the points system, here are the top 100 performing songs of the decade:

PosSongActPoints
1I Need SomeoneAlan Garrity464
2I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash448
3YouPeter Maffay399
4Sunday, Monday, TuesdayJessica Jones391
5We Believe in TomorrowFreddy Breck376
6Woman (Beautiful Woman)Don Gibson373
=7Beautiful SundayDaniel Boone363
=7Sylvia’s MotherDr. Hook363
=9Nice to be with YouGallery359
=9Mull of Kintyre

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