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Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) [1973 to 1978]

Growing up in the 70’s in South Africa, I listened to the radio all the time (we only got TV in about 1976!) .

This mix, compiled mostly from old vinyl singles, features some of the songs I heard on the radio between 1973 and 1978. Most of them are obscure, and didn’t chart, but I remember them all with great fondness.

South African Chart History can be found at http://rock.co.za/files/sarock_charts.html

Posted in Album Covers, Blues, Golden Oldies, Jazz, Music

Jethro Tull’s First Five Albums

This is part of series called “First Five” which features tracks from an artist’s first five albums. I usually exclude the big hits and /or popular songs, but not always. Also I prefer not to include live albums or compilations, but sometimes I do.

Jethro Tull albums featured in this mix:
This Was (1968)
Stand Up (1969)
Benefit (1970)
Aqualung (1971)
Thick As A Brick (1972)

first-five-jethro-tull

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David Bowie – New, Live & Rare

Inspired by the Deep Purple series of EPs and CDs titled “New, Live & Rare”, I made a mix of David Bowie songs in 2002 and then a Vol 2 in 2016.

And here is a mix of songs by the artists that Bowie listed on the back cover of his Pin Ups album, released in 1973.

Posted in Deep Purple, Golden Oldies, Music, Playlists, Remember The Mixtape, Rock Lists, Rodriguez

Remember The Mixtape: The Story Of Rock 1973 to 1974

Originally compiled in 1989 on a C90 cassette, this was part of a series of mine featuring some of the hits from rock history as well as tracks off a few of my favourite albums.

Artists include Rodriguez, Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Focus, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Xit, Shawn Phillips and many more.

This tape is on page 13 of book 7 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.

Posted in Blues, Cape Town, Favourites, Golden Oldies, Jazz, Music, Music Trivia, Playlists, Radio, Vagabond Blues

Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 23 November 2016

“Still Got The Blues For You” – The Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 6pm to 8pm (Central African Time) on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za. Presented by Brian Currin from Mabu Vinyl, Cape Town

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City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago

Shemekia Copeland
Shemekia Copeland

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners for the 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival: Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, The Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice and a multigenerational Chicago blues showcase finale featuring James Cotton, Lil’ Ed and Billy Branch, among others, closing the festival on Sunday. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 6: Opening Night in Millennium Park

Announced in February, the festival will open for the first time at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on June 6. Shemekia Copeland will headline the evening with special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine.

Moving to Grant Park for the weekend, the festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” to celebrate the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi River. During the great migration from the south in the 1940s and 1950s, the “delta blues” landed in Chicago establishing the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Friday; then continue on to Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday; ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.

Read more at City of Chicago :: Blues Festival Headliners Travel Up The Mississippi To Chicago.

Posted in Cape Town, Events, Golden Oldies, Performances, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, Tourism

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert

Music Exchange – South Africa's independent music summit | 21-22 March 2013

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert in De Waal Park on Sunday 2 Dec 2012

Robin Levetan was the lead vocalist and founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue whose uniquely infectious blend of pop, rock and mbaqanga established them at the forefront of the progressive music scene in the 80’s and 90’s.

Robin’s writing extended to the theatre and his highly acclaimed counter-culture play, “Skyf” broke attendance records at The Baxter and Market Theatres. His second play “Mrs Kaplan and the Witchdoctor” was also performed at The Baxter and was later staged at various festivals in Eastern Europe by students at UCT.

After leaving Bright Blue, Robin continued to write songs and, in 2009, teamed up with producer / musician, Roger Bashew. The pair were joined by Willem Moller (guitar), Paul Tizzard (drums), Selwyn Schneider (keyboards, vocals), Tonia Selley (vocals, percussion), Shaggy Scheepers (keyboards), Buddy Wells (sax) and Jessica Levetan (vocals), together with Bright Blue band mates Ian Cohen (bass) Dan Heymann (piano) and Tom Fox (guitar).

The resulting 12 track album, “A Far Country”, was launched at the CTICC in 2011.

Robin has been performing with a group of top local musicians who will join him at De Waal Park on 2 December from 4pm till 5.30pm (Entrance is free ..) where they will perform songs from the album as well as new material and some Bright Blue favorites. CD’s will be on sale at the event.

The line-up will be:

  • Robin Levetan (vocals)
  • Tonia Selley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Selwyn Schneider (vocals, guitar)
  • David Bass (keyboards)
  • Roger Bashew (bass)
  • Paul Tizzard (drums)
  • Willem Moller (guitar)

Robin Levetan
For more info martin@triplementertainment.co.za or 083 4484475

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Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.

Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.
Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012.

Mango Groove at Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – Sunday 2 December 2012.

Shake it up Cape Town, Mango Groove will be back in the mother city for their first and only 2012 show in Cape Town at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2012. If their past two sold out concerts in these beautiful gardens are anything to go by, it is going to be one fun filled, super family afternoon with happy grooves, dancing and picnicking to Mango Groove`s greatest hits.

Mango Groove and Claire have only performed a select number of shows in SA this year, as they have been busy on two very big projects:

Mango Groove is currently working on a film and musical project: months of writing and pre-production so far, but a very important and long-term project for the group. In John’s words ‘’While we have a way to go yet, this is undoubtedly the biggest, most exciting and most challenging project we have ever worked on. Watch this space!’’

Claire has been busy for the last few months working on an all-new Claire Johnston album that is in essence a celebration of great South African songs through the decades. In Claire’s words: ‘’I am insanely excited about this project. It is a concept I came up with a while ago, and it has been great finally to get back into the recording studio. The album is very much a celebration of South African music,and to that it extent it has a strong Mango Groove influence. At the same time, however, it is also very different and distinctive, and I am hoping to surprise a lot of people with the treatment we have given to a lot of the songs. I will also be working with some of my favourite SA artists on key tracks, which will be a great honour for me. The album is due out early next year, and I will undoubtedly be following up with a number of key live performances built around the project’’.

Their 2012 release: ‘’Shh: Have You Heard? The Ultimate Mango Groove Collection’’ is available in stores nationwide. This is a limited, collectors’ edition: that is a triple pack (2 CDs, 1 DVD). It features all the Mango Groove hits and videos.

The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concert featuring Mango Groove takes place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sunday 2 December from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org Tickets available at: www.webtickets.co.za