Posted in Music Research, Videos

Walk Away by Nancy Wilson (two different ones!)

The first one is by the ’60s Jazz-Soul singer Nancy Wilson covering the Matt Monro song in 1968. It was written by Don Black & Udo Jürgens in 1964. This Nancy Wilson was born on the 20th February 1937 and passed away on 13th December 2018.

The second one is by Heart’s Nancy Wilson (sister to Ann) who released it on her solo album “You And Me” in May 2021. Written by her and Sue Ennis. Nancy was born on the 16th March 1954.

Posted in South African Music, Videos

Lank, Lank Gelede by Al’astair

“ ‘Blou Trane’ hits Afrikaans music charts with ‘Lank lank gelede…’, and follows through with a rather unique music video….”

With his “blues & soul” original album Blou Trane  (or as he likes to calls it “my rock ’n tjank-album”) Al’astair has repeatedly been topping the charts of various Afrikaans radio stations over the past year. Al’astair, who is from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, has now followed up with a rather unique music video produced around his song “Lank lank gelede”. The visual masterpiece was directed by producer Anja du Plooy of Blixem Productions, and also includes special graphics by the iconic cartoonist Fred Mouton. Filming was done at The Origins Centre, a world class venue showcasing humanity’s origins

The song Lank lank gelede on the album Blou Trane has already achieved acclamation on various radio stations and the internet. It has achieved Nr 1 on the Top-30 on the Rhythm Records site out of more than 86 000 tracks, and has over the past two year been played almost daily on Radio RSG. It has also been played regularly on Radio Helderberg, Bok Radio, Bay FM and numerous other radio stations. Al’ astair’s reassuring As jy staan op die maan recently also achieved Nr 1 on Bay FM, Nr 1 on Rhythm Records, and the Top Ten on Radio Helderberg. A love song called Babe uit die Karoo is played frequently on various radio stations, also knocking at the doors of the music charts.Bakke vol Liefde with its strong C ape Town flavor is in the wake, and a cover version has been recorded by the Afrikaans celebrity singer Sarah Thereon. Sarah Theron has also done a cover of Neuk.

Al’astair caught the attention of world media during 1995 when he tackled Iscor and Saldanha Steel, as well as Central and Provincial Government, in a bid to limit the threatened negative environmental impacts to the ecology of the Langebaan Lagoon.

In the aftermath of the “Battle of Saldanha” he wrote a sensitive environmental song called Lied van Saldanha. The “greenies” suggested that he records the song and that it be used as a campaign song. This he did, and on the flip side he told the story of the environmental threats . In December 1995 he and his small children personally distributed these cassettes in the Langebaan area so as to maintain an awareness around the environmental threats.

During the recordings of Lied van Saldanha he was encouraged by the owner of the sound studio to write more songs. His album “My hond Fanie” was most positively received by Afrikaans music critics. Lied van Saldanha as well as two other environmental songs found their way onto this album, namely “Neuk” and the sensitive “Droomtowenaar”. A funny rock song, “Hell’s Angel”, resulted in him being listed as a South African Rock Legend in the SA Rock Digest.

More than a decade after his first album Vonk Music has now released his second album called “Blou Trane”. The album provides fourteen original and truly musical tracks. It was recorded with outstanding live musicians, and genuinely “warm” instruments, and does not at all include computerized or monotonous music. Backed by Al’astair’s soulful voice, it is a truly South African project to be proud of. The project leader for both albums was Andrew Roos, renowned for the outstanding musical quality of his productions.

Al’astair’s website is at

His two books “The Giant Puzzle” and “Nerves of Steel…perhaps in a millions years’ time” can also be read on the website. A number of poems, the lyrics of all his songs and “his story” are in addition available on the interesting site. The Blou Trane album can be obtained or ordered at Look & Listen music shops. It can also be ordered directly via the website The video is on You Tube at

See more Videos at Al’astair: Afrikaanse Rock ‘N Tjank on YouTube

Posted in South African Music, Videos

Riders On The Storm. Six Guitarists from South Africa performing a Doors classic.

Riders From The Storm show by Storm Producionz at the Willow bridge Barnyard Theatre. Guitarists; Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Valiant Swart, Albert Frost, Nathan Smith, Arthur Dennis. On Keyboard; Simon Orange. Schalk vd Merwe on Bass. Tim Rankin on drums. Rudolph Dennis on accoustic guitar.

Posted in South African Music, Videos

Searching For Sugar Man South African TV Advert | YouTube

Searching For Sugar Man (South Africa)
Searching For Sugar Man (South Africa)

The TV advert  says that the “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack “includes 3 previously unreleased songs” but this is not true.

“Street Boy”, “Can’t Get Away” and “I’ll Slip Away”, recorded in 1972/73, were first released on the Australian “At His Best” album. They are also included as bonus tracks on the 2009 US release of “Coming From Reality” (which is known as “After The Fact” to South Africans).

The “Searching For Sugar Man” soundtrack album also leaves off “Rich Folks Hoax” which contains the classic opening line “the moon is hanging in the purple sky”. Sugar Man – The Best Of Rodriguez is a better collection for rounding up his best and most popular songs.

Posted in Books, Cover Art, South African Music, Videos

Rockville 2069

Had a great evening on Saturday night at the launch of Rockville 2069.

Rockville 2069 is a futuristic rock musical that is at heart a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world and steeped in the philosophies that characterise the rebellion of the sixties, the seventies and those that are currently shaping our world.

Rockville 2069
Rockville 2069

Posted in South African Music, Videos

International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup

International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup


Symphonic Rocks
Legendary rock group, Collective Soul, will be adding international flavour to this year’s HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks, with the announcement that frontman, Ed Roland, will be joining the already impressive lineup. Roland will perform at both Cape Town and Johannesburg legs of the tour when he hits SA shores especially for the event at the end of September.HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks is a world class, cross-genre live music show ranging from rock to pop, adult contemporary, R&B, hip hop, electro and soul, all set against the breath-taking onstage backing of a 65-piece symphonic orchestra.

Roland joins a list of impressive artists including award-winning MiCasa and Zahara, Tumi and the Volume, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola and Ard Matthews, as well as the soulful ChianoSky and pop-rock band MACSTANLEY. In addition, the show will also offer unique performances from multi-award winning Van Coke Kartel and Afrikaans Rock favourites F*ofpolisiekar; electro-pop singing sensation, Toya Delazy; and finally, popular rock hit-makers, aKING.

Collective Soul, who have produced double and triple-platinum albums with hits such as ‘Shine’, ‘December’ and rock anthems ‘Where the River Flows’ and ‘The World I Know’, have performed sold out concerts in SA twice before, where they wowed audiences with their unapologetic classic-rock sound. This year, Roland has returned to perform the band’s most iconic hits, with the spectacular symphonic backing of the Cape Town Pops orchestra.

Andy Mac, the event’s creator, says that Collective Soul were the natural choice for the event. “We wanted to really raise the bar for this year’s show, and while we’ve always had only top quality musicians in our lineup, having international rock royalty like Ed Roland on the bill just adds that extra something special this year,” explains Mac. “Collective Soul are no strangers to performing with symphonic backing, having done a live concert DVD with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2005. This mind-blowing performance, coupled with the simple fact of Ed’s pure musical genius, meant that he was undoubtedly my first choice and I’m over the moon to have him on board.”

HEINEKEN® marketing manager, Tjeerd Veldhuis, also voiced his excitement over Roland’s inclusion in the lineup. “The diversity of world-class talent in this year’s show goes without saying. However, the addition of Ed Roland, as Collective Soul’s frontman, is a testament to our ongoing commitment when it comes to offering extraordinary consumer experiences. We are unbelievably proud to be associated with an event involving this much talent, and look forward to watching the SA music calendar’s most memorable experience come to life.”

The 2012 event takes place at The Grand Arena Grand West Casino in Cape Town on 29 September, before moving onto The Big Top Arena, Carnival City on the 6 October. Tickets cost R200 to R225 in Cape Town and R225 to R250 in Johannesburg, and can be bought through Computicket from Thursday, 21 June 2012. Capacity at each of the venues is limited so fans are advised to book in advance.

HEINEKEN® Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18. Enjoy Responsibly.



Symphonic Rocks


Cape Town Event

Gauteng Event



For more information please contact
Jenna Wilson on jenna.wilson [AT]
or 021 421 1024 / 076 736 1852

Posted in Playlists, Videos

Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet

Albert du Plessis

Na wie se pype dans jy? Betrap jouself in ’n goeie bui met ’n massiewe klankstelsel en verloor beheer in die ekstase van ’n smerige Hammond- of pyporrelsolo wat disrespekvol en met minagting tot diép in die rooi in gespeel word. – Albert du Plessis

via Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet.