“The leaders will now enjoy the champagne, and of course they do so on your behalf through their lips.” Deputy President Kgalema Mothlanthle at the party’s 100 year celebration
Interview with Lloyd Gedye – Mail&Gaurdian:
here is the YouTube film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvBnUKWvW9U&feature=g-high-u
Kalahari Surfers main site is here:
- Front cover features the painted bronze sculpture “Bubble Head: Shortpants” by Brett Murray from his “White Like Me” exhibition.
www.brettmurray.co.za/work/white-like-me/extensive 10 page CD booklet included in album download. Designed by Simon Dunkley.originally put out by “African Dope” www.africandope.co.za
- released 06 January 2003
recorded at Milestone Studios www.milestones.co.zaXhosa vocals : Zukile Malahlana
Piano: Murray Anderson
Vocals and poem on Durgas Belt: Lesego Rampolokeng
sample on “What have they Done To Me?” from “Shela” by Samuel Singo courtesy Gallo Records
Sitar on “Secrecy of Silence”: Jaya Lakshmi
Tabla: Chaitanya Charanadas
Slow Speed features Brother Sjambok of “Die Vos Broers”
Clarinet on Slow Speed: Joelle Chesselet
Operatic voice on Coptic:Juliana Venter
Herdsman was originally recorded fro “Ochre and Water” a movie by Doxa Productions Himba samples used by permission.
Faust was originally recorded for the Handspring/ William Kentridge production of “Faustus in Afrika” vocal by Jennifer Ferguson
February 16, 2011
- Akasic Record
- Mail&Guardian Dec 23 2009 – 20 Most important albums of the decade:
#8. Kalahari Surfers — Akaśic Record
A highly sophisticated foray into African-flavoured dubfunk, released in 2001, this was Warrick Sony’s first solo album for a decade. His mesmeric 12-track soundscape (in Hindu philosophy, “akaśic ” refers to the rose-tinted dream state that follows accidental death*) blends high-tech digital production with live bass, drums, keyboards and guitar — all played by Sony — and traditional instruments including tabla, udu pots and other African and Asian percussion. Several tracks feature samples from the music of Namibia’s Himba people and rhythmic clapping by the Khoisan. It measures up to anything in its genre on the world stage. — Drew Forrest
* Akasha (orĀkāśa, Akash, Aakaashá, आकाश) is the Sanskrit word meaning “aether” in both its elemental and metaphysical senses.These records are described as containing all knowledge of human experience and the history of the cosmos past present and future.
- tracks with an asterix* are from a body of work for a documentary called “Ochre and Water” dir Craig Matthew & Joelle Chesselet –which chronicles the plight of the Himba people of Northern Namibia – for further info contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org__________________________________________________________
by Kalahari Surfers
odss n ends from the vault ; unreleased live or studio rarities that didn’t find a home plus some historic stuff from East Berlin with Chris Cutler and Tim Hodgkinson
- This was commissioned by Microdot Records for their Africa in Trance series – After working on the documentary ” Ochre and Water ” director Craig Matthew gave me permission to use some of the sound recorded during that period. These were chants of the Himba people of Northern Namibia. For further information see the impressive DOXA website: www.doxa.co.za
Microdot wanted a 130 bpm trance album using my extensive field recordings…they got some slow tracks too.
Some of my sound samples are here:
Warrick had desided to move to London after completion of this album and put together the first Surfers live touring band. Through Recommended Records they played a series of concerts in Europe culminating in the Festival of political song in East Germany. The touring band pictured below was : Warrick on guitar vocals and tapes, Chris Cutler on drums, Tim Hodgkinson sax and keyboards , ALig on accordian and keyboards Mick Hobbs on bass and Maggie Thomas our sound engineer. Additional musicians on the album were Brain Rath , Hamish Davidson and Ian Herman from Tananas.
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Bigger Than Jesus: The title was inspired by the John Lennon comment that saw the Beatles being banned by fundamentalist Christians across America. The comment that burst the Beatles’ bubble some say. Censorship had become an issue through out the 80′s for Shifty Records and particularly the silencing of peoples poet Mzwakhe Mbuli by internment. The Publications Control Board, set up in 1963 by Dr Verwoerd to ban films and books and anything that threatened public morals or security. This was the most controversial of the Surfers albums : it was banned (deemed undesirable) by the South African publications control board. Court case documents and extensive lyrics and liner notes are part of album download. So too are the tracks which were taken off for the UK release. By purchasing the album you get these tracks as free inclusions. It published lists every month of banned items. Bigger than Jesus was banned for distribution and immediately Shifty Records lodged an appeal which saw a panel of experts from the board deeply studying the record to find proper reasons for their descision. (they hadn’t actually listened to the album it seemed) The track “Gutted With the Glory” was singled out as the offending piece. A William Burroughs inspired cut up between the raid on Lesotho ( by SADF forces in which a friend of ours was killed) and the Lords Prayer. The lawyers argued that this was not anti-Christian but anti -war. The case was resolved by us agreeing to putting a sticker over the title and changig the name of the album: hence “Beachbomb”. An interesting aspect to the banning is that during this time nothing was deemed “Desireable” . The album was found to be “Undesireable” and was banned and then found “Not Undersireable”after the court case. The album download includes the legal papers ,which are quite amusing and both covers and various scans from the inner sleeve lyrics record centre etc.
This is the second album done for Recommended Records by the Surfers. (Title taken from the a track on the album In Praise of Learning by Henry Cow song -composed by Tim Hodgkinson ) Long before sampling became mainstream the Surfers were using cut up bits of radio broadcasts, political speeches and making drums loops with 1/4 inch tape, scissors and sticky tape. Working on an Otari 8track tape machine in a mobile studio it took hours to put these pieces together. Recorded at the Shifty mobile in 1985 it came to the attention of the British music press and received good critical response. Here is an exerpt from the New Statesman reveiw: ” …it works because it is a formal success: cut up Botha speeches and Afrikaans-speak are set against hi-life and reggae rhythms, while viciously critical (and historically intelligent) lyrics are sung over ..settings that often recall early Zappa….it’s possible to underestimate the powerful symbolism of a record that mixes the rhetoric of white supremacy with black rhythms and thereby undercuts it.” Jon Savage
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www.rermegacorp.comthanks to Tibor Tokay for the liner notes and insert
musicians featured :
Rick Van Heerden: saxophone
Anne Botha : voice
Brian Rath: drums
original release with “Pure Freude Records” Berlin
released 10 October 1981
Guests: Phillip & Wayne
Recorded on Friday, 10th July 1981
at C&G Studios Westville, Natal.
Photos by Brent Quinn.
Thanks to Peter Mason and Jürgen Hofmeister.
Production and Cover by Harry Rag.