Category Archives: Shifty Records

Silent Night / Stille Nag by Johannes Kerkorrel and the Kalaharisurfers

During the turbulence and noise of the late Johannesburg 80’s I had a notion to do a very strongly atmospheric/satirical Christmas Carols Album using the artists from the Shifty label. A sort of political Christmas skeefness. The idea was that these tunes from our own sensibility would provide us with a background music that shops could play to replace the BonyM albums each year … and also to have a bit of fun subverting the well worn old melodies. Ralph here gave such a great performance that I felt it was too good for satire. Its real Christmas in teargas city. You can almost feel the melancholia we felt each year living in the shadow of the beast….so here we are something for the shocking stocking
merry chrysalis
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DIE NAAIMASJIENE

This patchwork of poetry, anti-establishment rants, kewl tunes and other madness is best described by briefly quoting the liner notes. Above the list of people not allowed to listen to this album and alongside a copy of the 1997 semi-unbanning letter from the Publications Board, is this sentence: ” ‘Die Saai Lewe’ is nie ‘n konvensionele pop- of rockalbum nie. Dit is ‘n psigedeliese soap opera in negentien episodes”. Says it all, but what does it sound like? It’s certainly not conventional rock but it has a rich and deep (sometimes gloomy) presence. One of those albums for rainy nights, candles, red wine, and that new bankie.

The album’s basic theme reflects its creator Theunis Engelbrecht’s alienation from the Afrikaaner way of life in the ’80s and early ’90s. He also preffered adding music and “soundscapes” to his poetry instead of publishing them for students and academics, a similar situation that pushed Koos Kombuis into his musical career. Here, in tandem with guitar and studio guru Willem Moller, Engelbrecht touches on a wide selection of styles (blues, rock ‘n roll, folk) and a strange brew of sounds and samples to create one of the most original, absorbing and enjoyable SA albums of the nineties. Ruben Samuels (drums) and Hanepoot van Tonder (trombone) played on some of the tracks and Spiral Staircase, a band from Pretoria, worked on the four new tracks added here. Songs? I’m not even going to mention or describe any specific songs, it would do this “konsept’ album a disservice and spoil the surprise. ‘Die Saai Lewe’ is a 19-song, old and new South African album that will stay fresh, interesting and cool for a long time, and that’s a cold fact.

Stephen “Sugar” Segerman 8/10

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released 01 January 1989

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Kgwanyape Band

 
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Maranyane 04:24
   
 
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KGWANYAPE BANDFounded in 1985 by the late Duncan Senyatso (singer and guitarist), his brother Caxton (bassist) and the Scottish musician Simon Jaquet, the Kwanyape Band were the guardians of a culture of multiple components, which they vivified through personal research, without giving in to the pressures of a material world. This philosophy made them one of Botswana’s most popular bands at that time.

The group’s composition reflects a desire for openness and adventure. On the mandolin Simon Jaquet brings a particularly Celtic resonance. Misja Carbo, from Holland, explores the resources of the electric guitar. Both of them, before returning to their home countries had worked for a few years in Botswana, where the other members of the group come from.

Between future and tradition, sky and earth, the Kgwanyape Band mix luxurious horizons, in order to give birth to a universal culture that answers to Botswana’s reality. This album testifies to the vitality of a band who toured ceaselessly in Botswana where they supported famous names such as UB40, Eric Clapton or Paul Simon.

Duncan died of stroke at Princess Marina Hospital on April 26_2006.

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The Kerels

Chrome Sweet Chrome

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1. Skin On Skin 04:48
2. Only In The Movies 05:17
3. Twist & Turn 03:47
4. Murder She Wrote 03:38
5. Limbo 03:43
6. Take Me To Your Leader 06:01
7. Which Came First 03:52
8. Pampoensop 03:41
9. Heavy Heart 05:32
10. Credit Control 03:38
11. Itchy Bite 03:05
12. Big Wheel 04:09
13. Raingauges (free) 00:06

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Van der Want Letcher: Bignity

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Easy 03:55
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Roses 03:51
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Misheen 05:24
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Blue Eyes 03:29

James Phillips – Soul Ou

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James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician, bandleader and the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans.His music was born at the same time as the Soweto Riots and then fused in a strangely comfortable way with the punk musical explosion. His songwriting bloomed through apartheid’s darkest years and into the dawning of the new era.James was a complex human being, selfish whilst showing extraordinary selflessness, giving time and often what little money he had to those in need. He drew people in, everyone was a friend of James. He lived too the rock & roll lifestyle, his capacity for the jol was legendary and abstention foreign to his nature. But despite his often arrogant and undisciplined way of approaching his life, the legacy he leaves is that of one of the most aware, articulate and passionate artists to have been produced by this strange land.

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released 01 May 1994
recorded by Lloyd Ross at Shifty Studios Johannesburg

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TransSky – Killing Time (1998)

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This album, released by Tic Tic Bang in the late 90’s  was the culmination of work done by  Brendan Jury and Warrick Sony under the name TransSky. It explores the fusion of dance/ triphop and social comment with unique african  sound samples and  (what was then new) drurn & bass techniques.   The band toured with Massive Attack opening for them during their South African ” Mezzanine”  tour.

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TransSky was Brendan Jury & Warrick Sony
Johannesburg-Cape Town South Africa circa 1996-1999
Recorded at Shifty Studio in Johannesburg & Cape Town
engineered by Warrick Sony
arrangements Brendan Jury
photography by Dror Eyal
concept and design by Adriaan Louw
Juliana Venter b.vocals on Blue Flame
management Patrick Horgan
thanks to Lloyd Ross
released by Tic Tic Bang BANGCD039
contact warrick@kalaharisurfers.co.za

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this was an EP of remixes of Brendans URBAN CREEP track “Slow Thighs” as well as a dance electro version of the EngelburtsCan’t Take My Eyes off You” …..say CHEESE

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Dread Warrior

Dread Warri0r (1986) The Shifty Sessions

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“The first proper South African reggae band ..before Lucky Dube” Keith Jones
director of the award winning documentary “Punk in Africa”
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released 06 June 1986
“But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. ” Jeremiah 20:11
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KOOS – The Black Tape

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 KOOS

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The Black Tape_KOOS Cover ArtThree big things happened to me in 1987: I returned to South Africa after a year of touring my Kalahari Surfers band in the UK, I met my wife and I saw a band called Koos. They were, for me, the only South African band that fitted in with the work I was doing with Recommended Records and the political climate of the time. I saw them play at “The Pool CLub” and later again at “The Black Sun” in Johannesburg.They performed with incredible intensity combining theatre, art and music with punk sensibility, and best of all using the Afrikaans language which the best expressed , in my opinion, the peculiar zeitgeist of the 80’s. Not only the South African 80’s but the global cold war 80’s. Like German, Afrikaans has an angst that grabs the soul. I approached them about recording and brought them into the Shifty Studio* one Sunday morning where most of their tracks were laid down live. Shifty had already begun recording some of the Afrikaans punk bands like Gereformeerde Blues Band and Bernoldus Niemand. KOOS were different though:they fitted somewhere outside of the light entertainment market. It was hard. I think of the Brecht quote “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” Essentially a live studio album, it was recorded straight onto a Fostex B16 and digital SonyPCM ( the first digital recorder on the market). The recording was released as a cassette tape in a brown paper bag stamped with the word “KOOS”. Some months later, I recorded one of their performances live at the Black Sun, from which 2 bonus tracks appear here Here, then ,is the KOOS cassette packaged for CD reissue and now for MP3 release through Sjambok. As they say “Oud maar nog nie koud” Warrick Sony – Kalahari Surfers http://www.kalaharisurfers.co.za Lloyd Ross and I ran a small mobile studio called “Shifty” which was situated in a derelict mining village South West of the city of Johannesburg. Check out the Shifty Records website: http://www.shifty.co.za I will be uploading their releases here shortly.
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released 06 June 1986
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tags: afrikaans alternative art electronic industrial johannesburg punk rock south africa Cape Town
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VOELVRY – Various Artisits (original 1986 album)

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This is the legit download of the original vinyl album from Shifty Records.
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released 12 January 1986
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all songs produced and engineered by Lloyd Ross except
Jong Dames Dinamiek , Cowboy & Sing Jy Van Bomme by Warrick Sony
Voelvry was produced and engineered by Lloyd and Warrick

photos by Paul Weinberg

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