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Sugar Man song featured in trailer for “Moffie” film

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The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.

MOFFIE, is the 4th film by director Oliver Hermanus. It is produced by South African-born producer Eric Abraham who produced the Academy Award-winning films – Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (2014) and Jan Sverak’s Kolya (1996) and Jack Sidey of Portobello Productions. It is based on the memoir, Moffie, by Andre-Carl van der…

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War Stories [1954 to 2019] feat Sabaton, Piet Botha, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Doors

A mix inspired by Sabaton’s album “The Great War” (to be released 19 July 2019) and the ultimate South African Border War song, “Goeienag Generaal” by Piet Botha.

I have also included “Jacob Klipkop” by Piet Botha, a song about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which I don’t believe has properly been addressed in the South African context.

“Battle hymns for the broken,
battle hymns for the misled”
– from “Battle Hymns” by Tom Morello

Posted in Favourites, Music, Rodriguez, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest

Sugar Man: A Rodriguez-inspired Mix, feat Large Professor, MonkeyWrench, Frank Sinatra | Brian Currin on Mixcloud Select

Sixto Rodriguez, Brian Currin, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman, 2 March 1998
Sixto Rodriguez, Brian Currin, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, 2 March 1998

Sixto Rodriguez was born on the 10th July 1942, and his amazing story was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man”.

Rodriguez was influenced by a variety of artists including Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Jefferson Airplane and many others. He has also been a great influence on artists from various genres and he has been covered by musicians in the Jazz, Reggae, House, Electronica, Hip Hop and Rock fields.

This exclusive Mixcloud Select mix is a small tribute to this great and humble man who has inspired many, many people worldwide including myself.

Read more about Rodriguez at http://www.SugarMan.org

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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)

The Return of the Illicit Groove #IGblog: IG011

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.

1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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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