5 examples of why Piekniek by Dingaan was so Controversial

In 1988 when Piekniek By Dingaan was first performed, South African society was closed and conservative. Music that did not meet the SABC’s standards would not make the radio playlists and the Government Censor had the power to ban any material, including music, which it felt was unacceptable. As a result, some music (perhaps understandably) fell foul of the censors.…

Sewing the Seeds of Love – Randy Rambo & Die Naaimasjiene

Randy Rambo and the Rough Riders was a side project of journalist and music critic, Theunis Engelbrecht. One song by Randy Rambo, “Jong Dames Dinamiek” was included on the Voëlvry compilation album. The Rough Riders were the first Afrikaans band to have an album banned for possession and distribution in South Africa by the Publications Control Board. The album that…

Is jy ‘n moegoe?

Koos was formed in 1986 by artist Neil Goedhals and actor Marcel van Heerden. People came and went from the band, but the core members (apart from Goedhals and van Heerden) were Gys de Villiers, Megan Kruskal, Kendall Geers and Velile Nxazonke. Although they were included on the Voëlvry compilation album and performed at Die Eerste Afrikaanse Rockfees, Koos performed…

Money for Nothing and your Chicks for Free – Major Label bands that supported The Struggle Part 1

Shifty Music was the record label that released the recordings of the “alternative” Afrikaans artists, such as Johannes Kerkorrel and the Gereformeerde Blues Band, Koos Kombuis and Bernoldus Niemand during the 1980s. Shifty was formed by Lloyd Ross and Ivan Kadey. A number of punk, new wave and mainstream bands and artists also vocally rejected the government’s policy of apartheid,…

Life is a Cabaret

After separating from his wife, Ralph Rabie based himself in Johannesburg. He first lived in the suburb of Westdene, in a home that he shared with Irna van Zyl who was working at the magazine de Kat. Van Zyl had joined the End the Conscription Campaign and she along with a group of like-minded individuals felt that they had to…