Post Punk Depression

Before Bernoldus Niemand, before Johannes Kerkorrel and before Voëlvry there was a South African punk band called Wild Youth. Exploding out of Durban, for a few years they blazed their way through South Africa, leaving many lesser bands in their wake. Known for their incendiary performances which left even James Phillips (who would later record under the alias Bernoldus Niemand)…

What did an early Ralph Rabie setlist look like?

Skemervonkel In 1980 Ralph Rabie did one of his first live performances at a Skemervonkel event at the University of Potchefstroom. The setlist for that evening makes interesting reading because it reveals that, at that time, Rabie was still performing mainly cover versions of songs with English lyrics. The set included one original Rabie composition, which was also in English.…

Die Ander Kant

A video that was made for the song, “Die Ander Kant”, which appeared on Johannes Kerkorrel’s last album, later took on much more significance in the wake of Rabie’s suicide. In an interview, the poet, Johann de Lange, who was a close friend of Kerkorrel, described how alarmed he had been by the imagery of the video. Rabie appears in…

Liner Notes from the Pêrels voor die Swyne compilation album – by Deon Maas & Janneke Strijdonk

These are the liner notes from the Johannes Kerkorrel compilation album, “Pêrels voor die Swyne”, which was released after his death. The liner notes give a very complete overview of Johannes Kerkorrel’s life and are reproduced in full and unedited by me. It’s a big read, but very worthwhile because you will learn a lot about the life and times…

Do The Lurch – The Cherry Faced Lurchers

After the Gathering After the bands Corporal Punishment and Illegal Gathering broke up, James Phillips went on to form the Cherry Faced Lurchers. Phillips had decided to leave Rhodes University to complete his degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. In Johannesburg, he reconnected with Lee Edwards who he had met while living in Grahamstown. In the interim, Mike de…

Johnny is Nie Dood Nie

Johnny is nie dood nie, a movie set during the Voëlvry era and directed by Christiaan Olwagen recently won a number of awards at the annual Silwerskerm Festival. Read about it here. This new movie got me thinking about the influence that Ralph Rabie and the other Voëlvry musicians have had on contemporary Afrikaans musicians. KKNK 2003 After Ralph Rabie’s…

Illegal Gathering – the return of the Glimmer Twins

THIS POST IS IN HONOUR OF JAMES PHILLIPS (22 JANUARY 1959 – 31 JULY 1995) Corporal Punishment After the band Corporal Punishment broke up in 1980, Carl Raubenheimer moved to Cape Town and James Phillips enrolled at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Read about Corporal Punishment here. There were many reasons for the break up of Corporal Punishment. Phillips said that…