Posted in Afrikaans Rock, Jack Hammer News, Music, Playlists, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest

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

Posted in Afrikaans Rock, Music, SA Music

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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Posted in Golden Oldies, Music, Radio, Random Mixes, SA Nostalgia

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 All Jazz Radio, Blues, Cape Town, Music, Radio, SA Music, Vagabond Blues, Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show

The Bluest Blues – Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Bluest Blues – Vagabond Jazz & Blues Show – Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 6pm to 8pm (Central African Time) on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za.Presented by Brian Currin from Mabu Vinyl