A Year Of Presenting The Blues On All Jazz Radio

Dirk Ace and Brian Currin September 2013
Dirk Ace and Brian Currin September 2013

On the 4th of October 2012, at age 53, I started something new in my life, presenting a two-hour blues show on the then brand new internet radio station, All Jazz Radio. Despite my reluctance founder Eric Alan encouraged me to give it a go, and here we are a year later!

As my father said recently; “you are just making mixtapes like you always did when you were a teenager, except now the technology has changed, and you are getting to share you love and passion for music with other people.”

I play an eclectic mix of old, new, borrowed and blues, with a special focus on blues by South African artists.

I call the show “Vagabond Blues” because I wander around the world of music picking up scraps of information from all over and everywhere.

My very first website I created in 1997 was called Vagabond’s World and it is still on the internet.

The Vagabond Blues show can be heard every Tuesday and Thursday between 4pm and 6pm South African time on All Jazz Radio.

Podcast from 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

 

New releases from Fresh Music

Wild Youth - A Leopard Never Change Her Spots
Wild Youth – A Leopard Never Change Her Spots

Released for the first time on CD is the long awaited retrospective of South Africa’s legendary original punk band, Wild Youth. This massive 23 track set includes all of Wild Youth’s late 70`s seminal singles, live and demo tracks plus several songs from the band’s alter ego outfit, The Gay Marines. Wild Youth are prominently featured in the film documentary “Punk in Afrika”, currently showing in key US and European film festivals.

Astral Daze 3 - Snapshots Of The South African Rock Underground
Astral Daze 3 – Snapshots Of The South African Rock Underground

Volume 3 of our acclaimed Astral Daze series find us in the company of some well known ‘underground’ bands (Freedom’s Children, Abstract Truth, The Bats) and some lesser known luminaries of the psych rock era (The Gentle People, Finder’s Keepers, 004’s, Wakeford Hart). The compilation is rounded off with some real classics including engineer Peter Pearlson’s 2011 remix of Hawk’s ‘Here comes the sun’ and Sharon Tandy’s psych collaboration with UK rockers Fleur De Lys.

A Wordpress.com Website is the perfect solution for Musicians

These people say ... Brian Currin is My Web Guy
These people all say … Brian Currin is My Web Guy

WordPress.com is the perfect website solution for people who want to:

  • promote their music
  • connect with their fans
  • do their own updates
  • showcase their videos
  • showcase their photos
  • showcase their music
  • save money

Some Questions People Ask

Q. What are the benefits of WordPress.com?

A. There are many benefits, here are some of the main ones:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free web themes
  • Free Content Management System
  • Ability to include own header and background on most themes
  • Google-friendly
  • Mobile-friendly
  • YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Maps, etc can be embedded
  • Contact Form – helps reduce spam
  • Social Media feeds can be embedded
  • Blog can update Social Media platforms automatically
  • Analytical Information
  • Premium themes and upgrades available at reasonable prices

 

Q. Aren’t websites expensive?

A. They don’t have to be. Depending on your requirements, you really don’t need to break the bank. A WordPress.com website can be set up without incurring costs for web hosting, graphic design and web development. Read more.

Q. What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

A. Basically a WordPress.com website is ideal for people who want to get on with focussing on running their business.

WordPress.org is great if you are happy to pay for web hosting and pay a web developer for their time.  Read more.

Billy Forrest: A Selection Of My Favourite Songs

From Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest - A special selection of my favourite songs
Billy Forrest - A special selection of my favourite songs

It was a difficult one this. To remember my favourites over a span of 55 years was no mean feat, who do you leave out? I’ve chosen the songs that moved me the most, with just that “something” that makes a song reach into your soul. I’ve got two lists, International and “Local”. On the S.A. side it was more a case of appreciating the song, the performance and the production. Enjoy! – Billy Forrest

Artist/Song (International)

Cliff Richard & The Shadows (Live) – Miss you nights
Dobie Gray – Loving arms
Moody Blues – Nights in white satin
Dolly Parton – I will always love you
Kenny Rogers – Ruby don’t take your love to town
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained melody
The Walker Brothers – Make it easy on yourself
The Beatles – Yesterday
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Matt Monroe – Born free
Dion Warwick – Valley of the dolls
Mike & The Mechanics – The living years
Elvis Presley – Are you lonesome tonight
Tom Jones – What’s new pussycat
Richard Harris – McArthur park
Abba – Fernando
K.D.Lang – Hallelujah
Elton John – Sacrifice
Mamas & Papas – California dreaming
Josh Grobin – You raise me up

Artist/Song (Local)

June Dyer – Whirlpool of love
Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans – Exclusively yours
The Flames – For your precious love
The Dream Merchants – Time and the river
The Staccatos – Cry to me
Clout – Substitute
Bright Blue – Weeping
McCully Workshop – The Buccaneer
Copperfield – So you win again
Ballyhoo – Man on the moon
Rabbitt – Charlie
Joanna Field – Don’t fly too high
Maria – Clap your hands and stamp your feet
Gene Rockwell – Heart
Ken.J.Larkin – Turn around
Johnny Clegg – Scatterlings of Africa
Margaret Singana – Mama Tembu’s wedding
Steve Hofmeyr – Pampoen
Laurika Rauch – Kinders van die wind
Sias Reinecke – Sproetjies

Thanks to Marq Vas’s Southern African Music Collectibles

50 Original South African Songs

A non-definitive list of 50 great South African songs, that are not cover versions of overseas hits.

Arranged in chronological order of release date.

1. Vuka Vuka The Manhattan Brothers
2. Meadowlands Archie Coker & The Meteors
3. Ag Pleez Deddy (aka The Ballad Of The Southern Suburbs) (live 1962) Jeremy Taylor
4. Pata Pata Miriam Makeba
5. Silence Is Golden The Square Set
6. Master Jack 4 Jacks & A Jill
7. I Need Someone Alan Garrity
8. Orang Otang Hawk
9. Charlie Rabbitt
10. Playgrounds In Paradise Finch & Henson
11. Johannesburg The Julian Laxton Band
12. Buccaneer McCully Workshop
13. Villagers Theme (from TV series) Mick Jade
14. You’re Living Inside My Head John Ireland
15. ZX Dan Radio Rats
16. Boy Van Die Suburbs Anton Goosen
17. Better The Devil You Know Stingray
18. Man On The Moon Ballyhoo
19. Paradise Road Joy
20. Roxy Lady Neill Solomon
21. Schoolboy Asylum Kids
22. You’re So Good To Me Hotline feat PJ Powers
23. Bowtie Boogaloo Morocko
24. Give Me The Good News Crocodile Harris
25. Shadows éVoid
26. See Yourself (Clowns) Ella Mental
27. Jabulani PJ Powers & Hotline
28. Baby You Been Good Robin Auld
29. Burn Out Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse
30. Johnny Calls The Chemist Falling Mirror
31. We Are Growing Margaret Singana & Julian Laxton
32. This Boy Sweatband
33. Weeping Bright Blue
34. Scatterlings Of Africa Johnny Clegg & Savuka
35. Be Bop Pop The Spectres
36. Hometalk Mango Groove
37. Shosholoza Ladysmith Black Mambazo with The Team
38. Afrikan Dream Vicky Sampson
39. Sarajevo Jack Hammer
40. Shallow Waters Just Jinger
41. Who Killed Kurt Cobain Koos Kombuis
42. Goeienag Generaal Piet Botha
43. Die Mystic Boer Valiant Swart
44. Un-Ez Springbok Nude Girls
45. Nkalakatha Mandoza
46. I’ll Remember You Brian Finch
47. Gasoline Saron Gas
48. Africa’s Not For Sissies Syd Kitchen
49. Another Universe Arno Carstens
50. Doo Be Doo Freshly Ground

Memories Are Made Of This – Best Of SA Pop

A 2CD set of some of the best South African Pop and Rock hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Memories Are Made Of This - Best Of SA Pop
Memories Are Made Of This - Best Of SA Pop

Disc 1

1. Hungry For Love – A-Cads
2. Silence Is Golden – Square Set
3. Get Me Some Help – Neville Whitmill
4. Live On – Pierre De Charmoy
5. Master Jack – Four Jacks And A Jill
6. Cry To Me – Staccatos
7. Hometalk – Mango Groove
8. Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow – Dealians
9. Mammy Blue – Charisma
10. Paradise Road – Joy
11. Turn Around – Ken J.Larkin
12. My Only – Coleske
13. Please Stay – Jonathan Butler
14. Love Minus Zero – Dream Merchants
15. For Your Precious Love – The Flames
16. Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity
17. Shadows – eVoid
18. Charlie – Rabbitt
19. Venus – Stockley Sisters
20. I Never Loved A Man – Margaret Singana
21. Man On The Moon – Ballyhoo
22. ZX Dan – Radio Rats

Disc 2

1. My Kind Of Girl – Cinema
2. A Million Drums – Dennis East
3. Charley – Sean Rennie
4. Long Days And Lonely Nights – Lincoln
5. Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet – Maria
6. Heart – Gene Rockwell
7. Lazy Life – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
8. Shabby Little Hut – The Bats
9. Burn Out – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuto
10. Feel So Strong – PJ Powers & Steve Kekana
11. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
12. Tabatha Twichet – The Dominos
13. How Do You Do – Rising Sons
14. The Spaniard – Lesley Rae Dowling
15. Toy Train – John Edmond
16. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – Jessica Jones
17. All Of Woman – Robin Auld
18. Take My Heart – Pendulum
19. Born In A Taxi – Blk Sonshine
20. So You Win Again – Copperfield
21. This Boy – Sweatband
22. I Am A Rock – John & Sharpe & The Squires

Classic South African Rock Songs available to download

Many of my favourite South African Rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have been becoming available for download on Rhythm Music Store over the last while.

Here are a few of them, in no particular order: