All South African and almost all blues.
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.
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
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A song for the late Syd Kitchen penned by his good friend Jonathan Handley. Performed by Jonathan Rat with Dave Rat on vocals. Filmed in The Necroplis Hotel in March 2012 by Rogue Productions. Footage of Syd courtesy of Rogue. Words and music by Jonathan Handley, copyright icbm music/Radio Rats.
A song for musicians – lepers with long hair, borrowers of birdsong and so on – written by Jonathan Handley. Filmed by Rogue Productions in Room 213 of The Necropolis Hotel on Wednesday, 21 March 2012. Vocals – Dave Rat, Lead guitar – Ozzie Theron and all instruments by Jonathan Handley, copyright icbm music/Radio Rats.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|