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Abstract Truth – 50 Years Ago

It was 50 years ago, round about this time, that acclaimed South African band Abstract Truth released their debut album, Totum. Before the end of 1970 a second album and a compilation had been issued. And then during 1971 the band imploded.

This is their story.

Abstract Truth - Ken E Henson, George Wolfaardt, Sean Bergen, Pete Measroch
Abstract Truth – Ken E Henson, George Wolfaardt, Sean Bergen, Pete Measroch

Adapted from the sleeve notes for the RetroFresh CD release, July 2005

The band Abstract Truth existed only for a very short time, but it was a time of super-creativity. They played a fusion of blues, folk, jazz and Eastern music and lifted South African pop of the early 70’s from the syrupy blare of bubblegum music to new heights of progressive rock.

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Abstract Truth (they shunned the prefix of “the” because they didn’t want to sound dogmatic) was the brainchild of one Kenneth Edward Henson (dubbed Ken E Henson by David Marks).

The band Abstract Truth existed only for a very short time, but it was a time of super-creativity. They exploded onto the Durban music scene early in 1969, released 2 studio albums during 1970 (as well as a compilation in the same year!) and, after numerous line-up changes, imploded in 1971.

Henson had been the guitarist in a band called the Leeman Ltd, which had formed in Durban in 1965. In 1966 he and the enigmatic Ramsay MacKay got together with ex-Navarones members Colin Pratley and Nic Martens to create Freedom’s Children, arguably South Africa’s greatest rock band. Clive Calder, who signed Abstract Truth to EMI in 1970, said in the early 2000s that Freedom’s Children in his opinion “was then and probably still is today (over 30 years later) the only South African rock group that, given the right circumstances in the right geographical location, could have become an internationally successful rock band just by being themselves and doing what they did.”

Henson was involved in the early single releases by Freedom’s Children, which were unbelievably credited to “Fleadom’s Children” because the government of the time considered the word “Freedom” as unacceptable! Henson then left Freedom’s Children to join The Bats for a six-week sojourn.

In 1969 Henson and sax-player Sean Bergin were in a jazz group called The Sounds. Henson says, “In February 1969 I was approached by the owner of a local hotel. He had heard that I played the sitar and asked if I could get together an exotic/Eastern-sounding outfit to back a belly dancer in the hotel’s disco/pub.” The pub was called “Totum” and was situated at the Palm Beach Hotel in Durban’s Gillespie Street.

Abstract Truth
Abstract Truth

Robbie Pavid, who had played drums for The Mods in 1967, remembers: “[The club owner] wanted a backing band for a belly dance act that would attract customers to his cocktail hour. Ken got hold of Brian Gibson who would play bass, formerly from the British group the 004’s, Sean Bergin who would play flute and sax, myself on percussion, who was with the band The Third Eye, and Ken on lead guitar and sitar. I was playing in The Third Eye at the same time as Abstract Truth (whose gig at “Totum” was a 5 to 7 cocktail hour gig) and would then rush off to The Third Eye gig…. ahh, what you can do when you are young!!!!”

A quote from a 1969 poster sums it up: “swing to Abstract Truth every night at Totum in the Palm Beach Hotel from five o’clock to seven.”

“To fill out the evening after the belly dancer had done her thing,” recalls Henson, “we started playing a hybrid of jazz standards, folk/rock and Eastern-type jams. We soon replaced the main attraction and the belly dancer was no more.”

“The music seemed to connect and flow from the very first night,” says Pavid, “so the belly dancer was duly dismissed and the band employed to continue in the very different style that evolved. Most evenings were packed out with young people eager to listen and experience the free form of sounds that flowed from the long improvised songs.”

Reporter Carl Coleman described their sound in a news article at the time as “totally unlike any other young group around Durban. They are probably the most advanced group in the country. Their music is exotic, progressive, and not commercial.”

“I suppose we’re something new musically”, said Henson in the same article. “Basically our sound is free-form music – we use the melody line, but improvise on solos. It’s really a fusion of blues, folk, jazz and Eastern music.”

Henson’s self-taught playing of the traditional Indian stringed instrument, the sitar, further enhanced the Eastern feel. “He plays this immensely difficult instrument with comparative ease”, said Coleman.

Brian Gibson came from Wales where he had started in cabaret. “I was into pop for two years then came to South Africa with a group known as the 004’s”.

Future Bats guitarist Pete Clifford was also in the 004’s and the band released a few singles and an album titled ‘It’s Alright’ in the mid-60’s. On the b-side of one of their singles was a version of boogie-woogie pianist Mose Allison’s ‘Parchman Farm’, which was later reworked by Abstract Truth and released on the ‘Totum’ album. This is not the same as Bukka White’s ‘Parchman Farm Blues’, which was recorded in 1937, though it does cover a similar theme.

The album ‘Totum’ was recorded in Johannesburg over a single weekend using a 4-track machine. The album was released in early 1970. “According to today’s standards it’s pretty rough,” says Henson, “but I guess it was an honest interpretation of what we were doing.”

Totum - 1970, Uptight, STIC 101
Totum – 1970, Uptight, STIC 101

In another newspaper review Coleman had this say about the release of Abstract Truth’s debut album: “Sean, Brian, Robbie and Ken have lifted South African pop from the syrupy blare of bubblegum music to new heights of progressive pop. What an achievement!”

The Freak Emporium online store had this brief review of ‘Totum’ on their website: “Excellent early ’70s melodic wistful freak rock blends with African sounds featuring assorted instruments: keyboards, flutes, electric guitars, saxophone, percussion, etc. A refreshing approach.”

Most of ‘Totum’ consists of unusual reworkings of jazz, folk and blues songs. The only band composition is the sitar-drenched ‘Total Totum/Acid Raga’. Donovan, Dylan, Gershwin, Simon and Garfunkel and others all get given the special Abstract Truth treatment that is reminiscent of early King Crimson in places.

Totum Advert
Totum Advert

3rd Ear Music had been involved with Abstract Truth from the beginning and mainman David Marks remembers that he had driven down to Cape Town to fetch Sean Bergin and George Wolfaardt to join a new Abstract Truth line-up. “Sean had been in the original band from mid-1969, but had returned to the Cape. Robbie Hahn had taken over – in what seemed to be a loose manager/friend’s role for Abstract Truth (before Big B Brian Pretorius was appointed manager.)” says Marks on the 3rd Ear Music website.

Brian Gibson left the band to go solo and then became a well-known gospel preacher. Gibson recorded a gospel album in 1981 entitled ‘Special Agent’, which was released on the Revelation label, distributed by WEA Records and co-produced by Hawk’s Dave Ornellas.

“The music of Abstract Truth was quite unique at the time as the line-up was totally different to what was generally happening,” remembers Robbie Pavid. “For me it was one of the best and most rewarding times of musical exploration and satisfaction. Playing with Ken especially was rewarding as we seemed to connect and go places musically.” Pavid then left Abstract Truth to devote his full attention to The Third Eye with Dawn and Ronnie Selby and they released three prog-rock albums between 1969 and 1970, but that’s another story.

David Marks takes up the story again: “Brian [Finch] and I wanted to get our musician friends Mike Dickman (acoustic guitar and vocals) and Pete Measroch (piano and vocals) – two born-and-bred Northern Suburbs Johannesburgers – down to stun Durban.”

“I’d heard George [Wolfaardt] playing with a three-piece Jimi Hendrix look-alike outfit in Cape Town [Elephant with Richard Black and Savvy Grande],” said Mike Dickman in July 2001, “and so, when Dave Marks happened to be going down there for some reason or another, I said to him: ‘Look – there’s this guy called George who plays the bass there. If you come across him, tell him we need him here…’ Oddly enough he did, and in the meanwhile we’d contacted Sean, so – in a single weekend – the band expanded. The band shifted quite rapidly into a fairly Zappa-esque mode, which wasn’t where I was headed, so I left, probably stupidly…”

“Mike Dickman couldn’t handle Durban,” says Marks, “he stayed for a gig or two and then went missing to re-surface in the Golden City back to his solo and wandering ways. Mike emigrated to France in 1985 – with French wife Vera – still playing guitar and translating Buddhist verse into French and English.”

A number of other musicians have played live as part of the ever-changing Abstract Truth line-up (Henson being the only stable factor) including Ian Bell, Eric Dorr, Harry Poulos, Ramsay MacKay and Brian Alderson. In late 1970, however, the line-up that recorded the superb ‘Silver Trees’ album was Ken E Henson (guitar, vocals), Peter Measroch (keyboards, flutes, vocals), Sean Bergin (flutes, sax) and George Wolfaardt (bass, flutes, drums).

Music collector and Abstract Truth fan John Samson wrote in the South African Rock Digest e-mag in 2002: “This is somewhat psychedelic prog that is full of swirling organ, steady rhythmic bass and loads of flute. In fact 3 of the 4 members of the group are credited as playing flute and it this that gives the album a lightness to it. Also of note is that there is only one song over the 4 minute mark, an unusual trait in a prog-rock album. The long song is the title track that features some awesome guitar from Ken E Henson and intricate organ playing from Peter Measroch.”

“Another interesting touch,” continues Samson, “is the African jive sound on the opening track ‘Pollution’ and the harpsichord on ‘Moving Away’, the former placing the album in Africa, the latter placing the album in Medieval Europe, both giving the album a sense of timelessness and universal appeal. It’s this wonderful brew of psychedelic, rock, jazz, classical, blues, funk and jive that makes this a special album that should be sought out, and with the wind instruments playing a major role on the album, this could make a really good (Retro) Fresh Flute Salad.”

“‘Silver Trees’ was an attempt to record our more structured, self-penned songs,” remembers Henson, “to make us a bit more accessible to the record company/record-buying public.” Unlike ‘Totum’, ‘Silver Trees’ features no cover versions and all the tracks were composed by various members of the band. The title track was co-composed by Mike Dickman, who had already left by the time this recording was laid down.

Silver Trees - 1970, EMI, PCSJ 12065
Silver Trees – 1970, EMI, PCSJ 12065

Peter Measroch has some interesting memories about the making of the album cover for ‘Silver Trees’: “The story behind that fuzzy looking cover is that the photo was shot by a Swiss photographer who was in South Africa for a while, Teak Glauser, I believe. Teak had been part of the group that had looked after Timothy Leary in Switzerland while he was on the run at one point apparently.

Anyway, he had come up with a photo technique where on a colour photo everything would appear normal except for objects that moved – these would get a rainbow aura around them, really trippy stuff. So the album cover was shot making sure that we all moved at the critical moment. EMI however refused to spring for a colour photo so it ended up just looking blurred in black and white. Oh well … the good ol’ bad ol’ days…”

Shortly after ‘Silver Trees’, EMI compiled an album called ‘Cool Sounds For Heads’ which featured tracks off both the ‘Totum’ and ‘Silver Trees’ albums and also included a previously unreleased track, ‘My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say’, which was probably an out-take from the ‘Silver Trees’ sessions.

Cool Sounds For Heads - 1970, EMI Parlophone, PCSJ 12070
Cool Sounds For Heads – 1970, EMI Parlophone, PCSJ 12070

The ‘History Of Contemporary Music Of South Africa’ by Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz, published in 1994, has this to say: “Abstract Truth produced ‘head-music’ (i.e. inventive, mind-stimulating music) and were one of the most progressive groups in South Africa. Unfortunately not too many other heads were into their music and so, a group which could have gone on to better things broke up in 1971.”

Abstract Truth’s recorded output and short life span as a band is far outweighed by their willingness to stretch boundaries and the fondness with which are they treated by old and new fans alike.

File them under “Classic South African Rock” along with Freedom’s Children, Hawk, Suck and Otis Waygood.

In July 2005, Benjy Mudie from Fresh Music re-issued most of the tracks off Totum and Silver Trees on a single CD and on iTunes.

A final word from Ken E Henson: “The group is dear to my heart as my ultimate musical experience. I would love to have us get together after 35 years and see what transpires musically.”

Unfortunately this will now never happen as Henson sadly passed away on the 24th May 2007.

Brian Currin, July 2005, updated March 2020

Photos courtesy of 3rd Ear Music website, thanks to Dave Marks, June 2005.

Abstract Truth CD
Abstract Truth CD 2005

Musicians (at various times):

  • Ken E Henson: guitar, vocals
  • Peter Measroch: piano, organ, flute, harpsichord, vocals
  • Mike Dickman: guitar, vocals
  • Robbie Pavid: drums, percussion
  • Ian Bell: flute
  • Brian Gibson: bass, vocals
  • Sean Bergin: flute, saxophone
  • George Wolfaardt: Bass, flute, drums, vocals
  • Brian Alderson: keyboards
  • Harry Poulos: guitar
  • Eric Dorr: flute
  • Ramsay Mackay: bass

Family Tree

Abstract Truth Family Tree by Brian Currin, July 2005
Abstract Truth Family Tree by Brian Currin, July 2005
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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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Latest Free Music On Channel 24

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Secret Asian Man

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Ramblin’ Bones

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Rodriguez

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Goema

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Brian, My Web Guy

Brian Currin is known to many of his friends and clients as “My Web Guy” and to a number of people all over the world as “a guy who knows a bit about music“.

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

A few of his recent and current projects include:

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Summerbreeze

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And the Winners are …. | The 18th Annual MTN South African Music Awards

From SAMA 18

 

SAMA 18
SAMA 18

Monday Night Awards – Live Broadcast – 30 April 2012

 

The Winners Are:

 

Best Alternative Album

The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

 

Best Kiddies Album

Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

 

Best Smooth Urban Music Album

Zahara for Loliwe

 

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

 

Best Classical and Instrumental Album

CH2 for Ping

 

Best Collaboration

Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

 

Best Jazz Album

Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

 

Best Pop Album

Lloyd Cele for One

 

Best African Adult Album

Zonke for Ina Ethe

 

Best Rock Album

Shadowclub for Guns and Money

 

Best Traditional Music Album

Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

 

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

 

Best Street Urban Music Album

AKA for Altar Ego

 

Best Sokkie Dans Album

Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

 

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

 

Best Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

 

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

 

Best Dance Album

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

 

Special Award:  Best Selling Album

Loliwe by Zahara

 

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download

Facebook by DJ Cleo

 

Newcomer of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

 

Duo/Group of the Year

Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

 

Male Artist of the Year

AKA for Altar Ego

 

Female Artist of the Year

Zahara for Loliwe

 

MTN Record of the Year

Mi Casa for These Streets

 

Album of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

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Carol Thorns

Red City

A new single off the album, Fireflies In The Rain, the debut solo album from one of South Africa’s leading electric cellists who is best known for her work with the Cape Town group CODA as well as with the groups Electro-Muse and Sterling Electric Quartet.

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Prolurv Charm

Once Upon A Dream

This hot new track is for all those who love deep house music and showcases the endless tricks and skills of Prolurv Charm’s house music production.

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Piet Botha

Die Heks Is Dood

One of the eleven new tracks specially recorded by this veteran SA artist inspired by his appearance in the recent spooky KykNET TV series Wie Lê Waar? off the album Spookpsalms.

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Terry Dean

Blues With A Capital C

Terry Dean writes and plays his own brand of blues, rock and folk music on his latest album Blues with a Capital C , which was recorded live at a local festival and features guest musicians Dave Smith on keyboard, Davie Namonde on bass and Thapelo Monareng on drums.

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Holly & The Woods

Surrender

The brand new single from this dynamic rock band from Johannesburg.

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Elzahn Rinquest

Donderwolke

The production of her debut solo album Secret Surprise saw Elzahn collaborating talents with acclaimed South African musicians such as Schalk Joubert, Kevin Gibson, Jesse Jordon, Louis Esterhuizen, Ramon Alexander and award winning mixing engineer David Langemann.

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Boom Straat

A song from the compilation Jazzing and Jiving – The Cape Town Sessions an eclectic trip through the traditional and modern landscape of Cape Jazz with the city’s finest musicians.

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Luna Paige

Green Eyes

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Laurie Levine

Beautiful Loser

A track from the highly rated Johannesburg Nu-Folk’ singer-songwriter off her third album Six Winters released through Rhythm Records.

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Mingus

Fallin

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Radio Rats

Valkenberg Shuffle

Prime rat instigator Jonathan Handley wrote the tracks for this album, Spooky Obsession inspired by a real incident. Handley can be heard on bass, drums, vocals, spoken monologue and harmonica.

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Sylvester

Trust Me Girl

Some stirring and melodic R&B rap pop on the title track off the new debut album from emerging South Artist artist Sylvester.

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Mingus

Fallin

Mingus is a well respected figure in SA Hip Hop who gathered all his friends from Germany,Sweden, the U.S. and South America to contribute to Beneath The Underdog his highly jazz influenced debut album.

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Radio Rats

Valkenberg Shuffle

Prime rat instigator Jonathan Handley wrote the tracks for this album, Spooky Obsession inspired by a real incident. Handley can be heard on bass, drums, vocals, spoken monologue and harmonica.

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Sylvester

Trust Me Girl

Some stirring and melodic R&B rap pop on the title track off the new debut album from emerging South Artist artist Sylvester.

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Crazy Diamond

Wish you Were here

The recent musical show Crazy Diamond- A Tribute to Pink Floyd has been released as a double live album with 31 hit Pink Floyd songs, interpreted by guitar guru Mel Botes and his multi-talented band.

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Linda Kilian

Kom Dans ‘n Bietjie

The title track off Linda’s first ever Afrikaans album Kom Dans ‘n Bietjie is setting the dance scene alive.

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Gevoel van Veiligheid

Geheime Trane

The first single from this two-man acoustic punk/rock band from Pretoria formed as a side project by Deon Roos from Die Onbekende, and Raymond Roy Horn from Neontetra.

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GlamaBoy

Heyo

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Heather Mac

Green World

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Skanky Corp

Jazz Police

Skanky Corp are a well-known Cape Town based indie jazz collective, here with a note to extreme jazz fans off their album, Panic.

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Shane Q The Genesis

Isithandwa

On his debut album Life & Death , hip hop artist Shane Q sings about growing up with a love of music and his musical inspiration, American rapper 2 Pac.

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Veraz

On the Otha Side

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Zwarte Piet

Met Hoeveel Lewens Moet Ons Nog Betaal

A track off new album Geskroef, an Afrikaans Blues album set against the backdrop of the social and political issues of this country.

 

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GlamaBoy

GlamaBoy

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Heather Mac

Heather Mac

Heather Mac rose to prominence in the 80s SA rock music scene as the lead singer of Ella Mental – here with a track off her new album, WITHIN , a collection of personal songs gathered from the last 25 years of her life.

 Jazz/Blues

Skanky Corp

Skanky Corp

Skanky Corp are a well-known Cape Town based indie jazz collective, here with a note to extreme jazz fans off their album, Panic.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Shane Q The Genesis

Shane Q The Genesis

On his debut album Life & Death , hip hop artist Shane Q sings about growing up with a love of music and his musical inspiration, American rapper 2 Pac.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Veraz

Veraz

On Veraz’s debut album, From Joburg to Jamaica , this hip new local artist sings songs about ordinary life in Jeppe Street, xenophobia, love, nature and unity to workers.

 Afrikaans

Zwarte Piet

Met Hoeveel Lewens Moet Ons Nog Betaal

A track off new album Geskroef, an Afrikaans Blues album set against the backdrop of the social and political issues of this country.

 Rock

Shotgun Tori

Skin You’re In

First single to be released off thisoutstanding new bluesy-rock 5-track EP Are We Fine Yet ,from this emerging and very talented Cape Town-based female singer.

 Rock

Cherry Faced Lurchers

Toasted Take-aways

A blast of live SA rock genius from the late James Phillips and his crazy gang off the legendary 1980’s Live at Jamesons album.

 Country/Folk

Kenny Ray Daniel

Real Good Feeling

Single from his debut album Feelings Out OfSight , this old-school country musician still plays his Yamaha FG180 from the sixties on some of the songs he has written over the years.

 Kwaito

Bongani MP

Ziyawa

Bongani MP – Ziyawa – Fresh new single from the Kwaggafontein Kwaito artist with a track off his third album Ngim’lo

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Love Constant

Love Constant

A song from this SA vocalist’s debut album Love Constant, on which her sultry soulful sound and poignant lyrics are the perfect ingredients for an adult contemporary album.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Masta Li

Syajayva

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

 

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 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Masta Li

Syajayva

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

 Dance/House/Electro

Card On Spokes

In You Go

A new offering from Cape Town musician and producer Shane Cooper off In You Go, the debut album by Card On Spokes which is his solo project.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

B-Traq

B-Traq

A new single off the album Outatime by this exciting new funk-pop band on the SA music scene, with a sound that is both fresh and funky fusing several genres like Funk, RnB and Rock.

 Jazz/Blues

Steve D

Steve D

This newly-released nostalgic album Goud & Silwer – Silver & Gold, performed by Steve D, features well-loved golden oldies dusted off and presented in a unique way.

 Afrikaans

Egmond

Vlieg

Egmond returns with the smashing first single off their upcoming sophomore release, Vuil Wasgoed – a duet with songbird Yolandi,who also featured in Egmond’s #1 hit Dis Elektries from his debut album.

 Jazz/Blues

Terry Dean

Got The Blues

A track off the album 4 seasons , an all original collection of some of the best numbers from this “WorldTraveller’s” extensive career, and is his first album on the “IMG Eden” label.

 Pop

Ike Moriz

Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams – Title track off the new album from the artist voted one of the top 5 vocalists in South Africa, on which he composed, produced and recorded 16 beautifully crafted brand new Rock/Pop songs.

 Country/Folk

Monique Leite

Gee Nooit Op

Monique Leite is a passionate singer who delivers a special performance and message in each song of this album Success. It has a song for everyone out there English and Afrikaans, the partygoer, the romantic soul, the rock-a-billy boy and the country girl.