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

 

SAMP3 Charts

1.Holly and the Woods

Holly & The WoodsWake Me Up (Judgment Day)

A fantastic new single from this popular Johannesburg band, known for their ferocious songs with killer hooks and lyrics that swiftly snag you in all the right places.

2.

The Muffinz – Soldierz (Fight For Peace)

The Muffinz have unleashed their mysteriously beautiful world of eclectic soul to the South African public and they are set for world domination. Listen to the debut eleven track aural adventure called Have You Heard?

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3.

Mr Cat and The Jackal – Dig

Still one of the finest live acts in South Africa, this crazy gang and their music are always entertaining – here with a song off Sins And Siren Songs .

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4.

Desibo – Vula Amehlo

A track from this new South African Afrosoul singer whose songs are fuelled by sensuality, motivating content and creativity and a strong desire to incorporate Afro African elements.

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5.

Gage – All That I Am

Gage is a hot new three-piece rock band from Kimberley who are about to blast SA rock fans with their upcoming new second album called Break The Silence.

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6.

Piet Botha – Spookjam

An instrumental track off the new album from the veteran SA folk artist which contains songs from the recent TV series Wie Lê Waar?.

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7.

Les JavanJohanna

As a writer, composer and musician, Les Javan’s work is dedicated to the fostering of an environment where cultural and musical differences are respectfully appreciated. Off his new album, Ek Is Lief Vir Jou.

8.

Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls

The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.

9.   

Dax Butler – Global Warming Blues

First single off this debut solo album Drink In Everything featuring nine gritty songs written and composed by this old school SA music legend, who plays acoustic guitar on the CD, backed by some seriously talented musician friends.

10.

Shotgun Tori – Sweet Weather

A new single from this emerging Cape Town-based female singer-songwriter off her new bluesy-rock 5-track EP Are We Fine Yet .

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The Plastics

Midnight Passion

Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Arsenic

Techno Planet (ft. Endz The Otherness)

A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

ETC Crew

McMission (The Phone Track)

A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.

 Pop

Selwyn Schneider

Pilgrims Rest

The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Kwesta

Mr Cool

New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.

 Dance/House/Electro

Mr Sakitumi

Secret Asian Man

The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.

 Rock

Ramblin’ Bones

When I’m With You

Ramblin’ Bones is the alter ego of Jay Bones, former front man for the popular South African ska band Fuzigish, here with his latest musical incarnation off Ramblin’ Bones & His Bloody Agents .

 Country/Folk

Rodriguez

I Wonder

The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.

 Jazz/Blues

Mzwakhe Mbuli

Now Is The Time

A track off Shifty compilation Shotdown which illustrates the label’s role in capturing and preserving a vibrant and important part of South Africa’s history of cultural resistance.

 Rock

Summer Shade

Mango Tree

World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.

 Jazz/Blues

Melanie Scholtz

Zillion Miles

A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.

 Rock

The Genuines

Goema

Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.

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Paths To Graceland | The Kleptones

From Hectic City 15 – Paths To Graceland

Jive music from South Africa and Lesotho, providers of inspiration for Paul Simon’s “Graceland” – Perfect summer stuff!

01a Tau Ea Lesotho – Nyatsi Tloha Pela’ka
01b Tau Ea Lesotho – Puleng
01c Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare – He O Oe Oe!
02 Mahotella Queens – Umculo Kawupheli
03 The Rainbows – Mashonisa
04 Soul Brothers – Uthembeni-na
05 Dark City Sisters – Ezomculo
06 M.D. Shirinda & The Gaza Sisters – Pfuka N’wavolo
07 Abafana Baseqhudeni – Mubi Umakhelwane
08 Mgababa Queens – Maphuthi
09 Zorro Five – Barcarolle
10 Amazulu Queens – Sankatana
11 Marks Mankwane – Khupa Marama No. 2
12 Naledi Boys – Bump Again
13 Ebrahim Isaacs – Meadowlands
14 John Amutabi Nzenze – Angelike Twist
15 Queue Sisters – Ethembeni
16 Spokes Mashiyane – Kalla’s Special
17 Soul Of The City – Hustle Bump!
18 J.K. Mayengani & The ShingWedzi Sisters – Khubani
19 Mahlathini & Izintombi Zomgqashiyo – Okwamadoda Kuya Bhikwa
20 Izintombi Zodumo – Mississippi River
21 Sannah Mnguni Nesimanjemanje – Ukhulupheka
22 Lulu Masilela & The Boyoyo Boys – Small Time No.4
23 Tempo All Stars – Take Off
24 Paulus Masina – Umalusi
25 Intombi Zephepha – Ingoina Le Nyathi
26 Mgababa Queens – Akulaiwa Esoweto
27 Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – Bophumthwalo
28 Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje – Awufuni Ukulandela Na
29 African Symphonics – Zulu Roll
30 Kings Messengers Quartet – My Lord

Graceland by Paul Simon

 

Latest Free South African MP3s

 World Music

Ella Joyce Buckley

Wanderlust

Watch out for the new album from this amazing vocalist, here with a track off her recent album For Astraea .

 Dance/House/Electro

FLW

Step-on (Preview Mix)

A special Preview Mix of new album Step-On , by computer generated music wizards FLW.

 Rock

8:33

Saved By The Bell

A new track off the 4-song EP Saved By The Bell from Jaco Nel, a new performer on the SA music scene.

 World Music

K.I.A.T.

Let It Rain In Afrika

This 5 piece Khayelitsha band fuses Marimba, Mbira, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and vocals on their debut album, Afamba Apota (The Journey Beyond The Horizon).

 Afrikaans

Rian Malan

Onverstrokke

A track off this writer/muscian’s Alien Inboorling album, whose songs Koos Kombuis said were likely to force Afrikaners to “question everything we thought we knew about ourselves”.

 Dance/House/Electro

Kalahari Surfers

Youth League

Following the African Soul Rebels tour (12 cities across the UK with 2 other West African bands) Warrick Sony unleashes his latest Kalahari Surfers album One Party State featuring heavy dubstep style bass-groove tracks.

 Rock

Marcia Moon

When It’s Raining

A lovely new single from this Pretoria-based singer-songwriter whose recent album, A Gradual Awakening , clearly shows the artist’s class.

 Dance/House/Electro

Fulka

I Fell When You Spoke

New single off The Mystery of the Seven Stars , Pretoria-based, but Poland-inspired, Fulka’s first album whose draw-card lies in its clever merging of electronica and folk.

 Rock

Karmic Kick

Angels Playground

The hot new single from these impressive Gauteng rockers off their new album called Enter Angels.

 Rock

The Dirty Skirts

Daddy Don’t Disco

The title track off the recent album from the acclaimed and very popular Cape Town rock band.

 Dance/House/Electro

Luudramma

Tsonga Regions (Prolurv Charm remix)

Some new deep house sounds off the recently released compilation called Jambalay SA.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Masta Li

Live from the Kitchen

The newly-released Durban Kings album by this hip hop artist, songwriter, singer, and record producer from KZN, rocks the house with pumping sounds and great beats.

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 Rock

Alicia Wolf

Don’t Stop Believing

A loner with a passion for life and music, Alicia decided to make her music a reality by going to record her album, Beyond My Dreams, at B Sharp Studios.

 Rock

aKING

Cut Throat Tongue And Razor

The popular Cape Town rock band step it up with a track off their recent album, The Red Blooded Years.

 Dance/House/Electro

The Real Estate Agents

Super Evil (Pizzas Mix)

The famous Cape Town electro collective with a track off the official Moxyland Soundtrack compiled and selected by African Dope’s HoneyB and author Lauren Beukes to complement the futuristic urban thriller.

 Jazz/Blues

Dan Shout

Danny Dopamine

Dopamine is the chemical in the brain which makes one happy and have fun, just like this track, off Greetings & Salutations , which features the outrageous drumming of Kesivan Naido and the fusion sounds of Gorm Heljord on guitar.

 Jazz/Blues

Neo Muyanga

A Perpetual Circle

Some musical magic from this acclaimed Cape Town-based musician off his album, Dipalo (Mixtape), which he composed, arranged and performed.

 Jazz/Blues

The Howlin’ Shibanski

Mindless Shit

A track off the new EP from this hot new Pretoria band currently making a huge impact on the South African blues scene.

 Country/Folk

Bill Knight

Kaapse Draai

Kaapse Mengsel has 15 of Bill Knight’s most popular songs, all recently re-arranged and newly-recorded and delivered in his distinctive Cape-Folk style coupled with insightful lyrics in English and “Kombuistaal” reflecting Bill’s deep love of the Cape and its colourful “Mengsel” of Peoples.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Terror MC

Make U C That I Will Give

Some tough-talking Hip Hop from one of Cape Town’s most dedicated rappers off the album, Street Life.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Black Noise

Summerbreeze

Best Of MotherCity Records Vol 1 is a compilation of some of the best music Cape Town has to offer, here’s a track from one of Cape Town’s best known rap groups.

 Kwaito

Bongani MP

Ngidl’amabele

The Kwaito star from Kwaggafontien with a track off his popular second album, Ngim’lo .

 Rock

Reburn

Prodigal Son

Some hard-edged indie rock from the popular Cape Town rock band off their debut album, All Tied Up.

 Rock

Hog Hoggidy Hog

Opium For The Masses

A song from Cape Town’s longstanding banner-wavers for frenetic Ska-punk off their recent album, Method To The Madness.