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RIP Piet Botha 18 July 1955 to 2 June 2019

Piet Botha 2013 | photo: Hein Waschefort
Piet Botha: 18 July 1955 to 2 June 2019
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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.

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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

 

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Vagabond Blues Show, 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

Two hours of great blues on All Jazz Radio, featuring an interview with South African legends, Piet Botha (RIP 2019) (from Lyzyrd Kyngs & Jack Hammer) and Arthur & Rudi Dennis (from Akkedis & Lyzyrd Kyngs).

Interview starts at about 43 minutes.

Update May 2020

This was my first Mixcloud upload. I was looking for a place to archive my Vagabond Shows and I discovered Mixcloud and haven’t looked back since!

1 I’m A Blues Man by Magic Slim
2 Resessie Blues by Koos Kombuis
3 Got My Mojo Working by Crimson House Blues
4 Aus Liebe by Freygang Band
5 Suitcase Vol Winter by Piet Botha
6 When I Speak It’s Strange by Black Cat Bones
7 Frosty (1991 version) by Albert Collins
8 Too Old To Die Young by Brother Dege
9 Hold That Snake by Ry Cooder
10 Blue Shadows by The Blasters
11 Gypsy Boy by Lyzyrd Kyngs
12 Interview
13 Llandudno Blues #13 by Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
14 Blues Vir Louise by Piet Botha
15 Interview
16 Just Got Paid by ZZ Top
17 Street Of Love by Jack Hammer
18 Interview
19 Same Damn Blues by Lyzyrd Kyngs
20 Interview
21 Moan in Blues by Akkedis feat Albert Frost
22 Interview
23 Blues For Robert by Lyzyrd Kyngs
24 The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat) by The Doors
25 Interview
26 Morrison Hotel (TuksFM sessions version) by Jack Hammer
27 Interview
28 Eleven Churches by Jake Gunn
29 Interview
30 Mr. Midnight by Jack Hammer
31 The Way I See It by Johnathan Martin
32 Jumpin’ Jack Flash [live] by Johnny Winter

Posted in Cover Art, Playlists, South African Music

Top 12 2012: Top 12 plaaslike CD-uitreikings vir 2012 – Albert du Plessis | LitNet

Here is a list of 12 South African albums released this year that have captured my imagination for various reasons.

They made me think, or they made me cry, or they made me remember, or they made want to dance, or they were just plain fun.

Cheers

Brian

Hugh Masekela – Playing @ Work
Lyzyrd Kyngs – One Night Only
Toya Delazy – Due Drop
Van Coke Kartel – Wie’s bang
Les Javan – Ek is lief vir jou
Kongos – Lunatic
Rockville 2069
The Muffinz – Have You Heard
Jeremy de Tolly – Piano Nocturnes Volume One
Gerald Clark – Black Water
Various Artists – Pretville (soundtrack)
The Buckfever Underground – Verkeerdevlei

via Top 12 2012: Top 12 plaaslike CD-uitreikings vir 2012 – Albert du Plessis | LitNet.

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Vagabond Blues Show on All Jazz Radio every Thursday afternoon

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

Extract from an article I wrote in February 2007

I was born in South Africa 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (you work it out!). I was born and bred in a home filled with music (mainly Church Hymns and Showtunes) but soon discovered in my pre-teen years that I had absolutely no talent for singing or playing an instrument. I do play a mean air guitar solo though – I usually play a Black Fender Stratocaster Original Air Guitar. I also play Air Organ – a Hammond B3 of course – and recently I’ve started learning to play Air Harmonica.

Since I had this overwhelming passion for music, but not the skills to perform it, I started collecting music as well as information about music and also statistics and lists. Finding musical information in Apartheid-era South Africa was difficult to say the least, but my passion knew no bounds and I persevered.

In 1973 I heard the ‘Made in Japan’ version of ‘Smoke Of The Water’ by Deep Purple and my fate as a Rock Fan was sealed. I always thought that when I grew up I would lose my love of Rock and get into Classical and Jazz as “older” people did. Never happened! What did happen is that I just added and added more styles, types and genres to my musical tastes, though Classic Rock is still my first love and Deep Purple is still my favourite group. After listening to Purple and Zeppelin and Tull and Clapton and such-like I wanted to hear the original blues that inspired them … and a whole new world of discovering the Blues masters opened up for me.

Blues From The Deep South (Of Africa)

Because of South Africa’s unique geographical position and cosmopolitan population, there is really no such thing as a single defining style of “South African Music”. We seem to have everything here on the Southern Tip of Africa including African Tribal music, Zulu Township Jazz, Country and Western, Death Metal, Electronica and so much more, all with their own clearly-defined (and sometimes overlapping) niche markets. However the blues seems to be very popular in South Africa amongst most population groups, though I’ve never seen any research to support this theory of mine.

Blues in South Africa includes a wide variety of genres including Jazz Blues, Folk Blues, Traditional Blues, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues and even blues sung in the language of Afrikaans which for want of a better name we will call Afrikaans Blues. So really South African Blues is just a term to mean Blues played by South African musicians. Cover versions of old blues classics abound, but there are also a large number of original compositions written in a variety of blues styles. Very few South African Blues musicians actually concentrate on playing the Blues exclusively, but rather play a mix of Blues, Rock, Blues-Rock and Country Rock.

Join me on my Vagabond Blues show on www.AllJazzRadio.co.za every Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm (SA time). I play a broad spectrum of music in the blues genre, with a special focus on South African blues. – Brian Currin

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