Author: dpelser

Prisoners Go Go Band

Prisoners Go Go

In the apartheid years the Nationalist government strictly controlled what was heard on the radio in South Africa. Music fans had to be inventive if they wanted to discover bands that were different from the usual fare that was played on State-controlled radio stations. Innovation One such person was Yunus Momoniat, who lived with his family in Lenasia, a suburb… Read more →

Karen Zoid Donker nag

Karen Zoid Back with a Banger

Friday brought a bonanza day of new music for South African music lovers with both Arno Carstens and Karen Zoid releasing new singles. Both artists have acknowledged how Johannes Kerkorrel influenced them as musicians. Read about the connection between Zoid and Kerkorrel here. In another coincidence, Theo Crous produced Zoid’s new single. Crous plays lead guitar in the Springbok Nude… Read more →

Studio 54 Revisited

Arno Carstens is back with a fresh new sound. The new single, Empire of the Night, with its up-tempo, pop feel is a big departure from his more recent recordings and indeed from his work with the Springbok Nude Girls.  The song has more hooks than an I&J trawler. The driving beat and lush vocals, reveal Arno at the peak… Read more →

Kalahari Blues

In 1987 a young protest singer by the name of André le Toit, who would later become known as Koos Kombuis came across an album by Bernoldus Niemand at a flea market in Greenmarket Square. Kombuis was so inspired by the lyrics and music of this album that he recorded a demo of his own music and sent it off… Read more →