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The Genuines – Goema

Goema

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released 06 August 1986
Goema (Shift 22)
the Genuines are:
Ian Herman – drums
Hilton Schilder – keyboards vocals percussion
Mac McKenzie – bass ,vocals
Gerard O Brien – guitar
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published Shifty Music ZA
Recorded and Produced by Lloyd Ross
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Front Cover Photo: Deon Maas
Back Cover photo :Joelle Chesselet

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NOISE KHANYILE

Grooving Jive (1988)

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The Art Of Noise  (1989)

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soulsafari.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/noise-khanyile-jive-violinist-w-joburg-city-stars-amagugu-akwazulu/This album demonstrates the late Noise Khanyile’s range of both traditional and jive music. In 1960 he began to play shebeens, and he also learned how to play the violin. His violin playing was influenced by Mareza, probably the most famous jive violist of the early 60’s.In 1964 Noise was still playing acoustically. He did not begin to play in a band which used drums until 1969. He went to Trutone Records, made a record, switched to EMI’s Umsakazo label but although the worked hard at several sessions, the result in being paid was a session fee of about 8 rand ( UKP 2.00) a side.Noise Khanyile -Dlamini
In 1972 he recorded with the Boyoyo Boys, a big jive band at the time. He worked with the legendary producer West Nkosi on sessions like ‘2 Mabone’ which went gold twice for the FGB label. These ‘Mabone’ records were a bit of a craze among jive musicians. Mabone means headlight and the number describes the number of headlights on a car. There were loads of Mabone titles ‘3 Mabone’, ‘4 Mabone’ etc.But jive music had not made much progress since it originated and consequently the newer sounding disco took over as a popular form in the mid-70’s. Jive as a music form was put into the shade by disco for some time, but Noise remained optimistic about its survival. Noise has never made disco records, he went back to the traditional music and also marabi, an early jive guitar picking style, where the instrumentation is guitar picking and rhythm guitar, plus occasional addition of saxophone, but no drums or bass guitar.
Noise Khanyile -Via Scotch Land
In 1989 Noise had recorded with Mahlatini, the renowned groaner, and he made a special appearance as member of the Jo’burg City Stars’ that same year.
Noise Khanyile -The Art Of Noise with the Jo’burg City Stars & Amagugu Akwazulu

Shifty Records
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text from the liner notes by Carol Fawcett
released 31 May 1989
tags: folk south africa traditional world zulu zulu jive zulu trad South Africa
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Sankomota (Shift 01)

 Sankomota

released 11 November 1983
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Madhouse 03:57
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Monoana 05:08
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Uhuru 04:23
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Mope 03:36
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Ironically, the first full Shifty project was not a punk or new wave band at all, but Sankomota , recorded in Lesotho in late 1983. I had heard them whilst working on a documentary in Lesotho earlier that year. At that stage the band was a three piece, but they had previously toured South Africa with a larger outfit under the name Uhuru. Because of their lyric content, their name and the provocative onstage outbursts of a band member who went by the name of Black Jesus, Sankomoto were thrown out of the country.They were now in a pretty dire situation for a band wanting to record. There were no studios in Lesotho, which was and is the only country in the world completely surrounded by another country – in this case South Africa, where they were forbidden entry. They were of course too broke to fly elsewhere. This is when I discovered the benefits of owning a mobile studio. I parked the caravan outside the recently deserted studios of Radio Lesotho, ran a cable inside to one of the rooms and we were in business.

Frank Leepa

Recording Sankomota taught me a lot about producing music and working with artists, but I also learned painful lessons about the recording industry in South Africa at large. We had made what was patently a good album; it’s subsequent track record and critical acclaim confirms that. But no record company was willing to release it. The music did not conveniently fit into any of the industry’s pigeonholes, and no one could see past that. This bias against original, or edgy music was reinforced by the broadcast media with their safe and restrictive play lists. Sankomota failed a number of tests in this regard. Firstly, they sang in different languages, which violated grand apartheid’s pipedream of keeping all languages pure and separate. Secondly, the lyrics referred to what was really happening in the country, which was of course a total no-no. And finally, the music was eclectic, a concept that has confused industry marketing departments since the invention of the gramophone.
These experiences were to repeat themselves with almost every record that I produced over the next decade. But I was young and naïve at the time, so I decided to set up my own record company and do what nobody else was willing to do. Thus Shifty Records was born.
Lloyd Ross : Shifty Records ,Johannesburg -2010

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released 11 November 1983
Frank Moki Leepa – Guitar
Moss Nkofo- Drums
Maruti Selate-Bass& sessions by:
Sunshine Moena – Keyboards
Sponky Tshabala – percussion
William Ramsey – tenor sax
Rick Van Heerden – alto sax
Stompie Monana – trumpet ,flugel horm
Warrick Sony trombone & percussion
Lloyd Ross – producer ,additional guitar,keyboard, etcphotos by Lloyd Ross
cover by Caroline Cullinan
Shifty Record: Shift1

Maruti, Moss and Frank outside the Uhuru Cub in Maseru 1983

Koos Kombuis – Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari (1987)

Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari   by   Koos Kombuis

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VER VAN DIE OU KALAHARI
All tracks were recorded live onto two tracks at Shifty Studio in May 1987. I wanted the atmosphere of the recording to be just like the demo of these songs that Andre had sent me. So when he came up from Cape Town to do the recordings, I pointed him to the microphone, switched on the tape recorder and went and drank tea for an hour and a half. Apart from the kak quality raps that were taken from that original cassette, what you have in your hands is what happened in that fateful session, puisies and all.
The Producer, Lloyd Ross 

All songs published by Shifty Music (ZA)
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The front cover is a combination of images from paintings by Walter Meyer as composited by Petra Dammrose. Thanks Walter!
Original recording licensed from Shifty Records.

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released 05 May 1987
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tags: 80’s afrikaans boerepunk rock south africa Johannesburg
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Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band

Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band

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Slashing their way out of the Nationalist Party ideology, the GBB charted the wide open spaces of a new Afrikaner rebellion. This time the insurrection was a musical one, with the GBB as rock & roll outlaws slinging guitars and stinging criticism against the laager mentality of volks kultuur and the apartheid way of life. Moving conventional rock into the realm of political theatre and satire as successfully as they did proved that if the GBB were to be seen as cultural upstarts, they were upstarts with a vision both innovative and lucid that could not be ignored.
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Liefde 03:25
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Ossewa 03:55
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Hillbrow 04:03
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Energie 03:33
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BMW 06:30
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Ossewa (live) (hidden) 04:27
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all songs composed by Johannes Kerkorrel
Produced & engineered by Lloyd Rossp&c Shifty Music 

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released 12 December 1985
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tags: 80’s afrikaans boerepunk rock south africa Johannesburg
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2 reissue 7″singles from Bernoldus Niemand

 

Boksburg Bommer (7″ single)

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This song was written before Gerrie Coetzees defence of the WBA boxing championship. Bernoldus went along to the weigh in and gave Gerrie the single hoping he’d play it before the match. He didn’t and was consequently knocked out.
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The night the Boksburg Bomber struck: 

Coetzee’s reign as WBA champion was short. Amid more controversy, he lost to Greg Page in his first defence on December 1, 1984 at Sun City.
Ticket prices for the fight were at an all-time high for South Africa – a minimum of R100, and R450 for ringside seats.
Page, rated No 6 by the WBA, arrived in Johannesburg eight days earlier than scheduled to prevent efforts by the US anti-apartheid lobby to block his visit.
Coetzee was the overwhelming favourite. Most critics predicted a win inside the distance and Coetzee was the betting favourite at 10 to 1.
However, the champion was knocked out in a sensational finish in the eighth round.

A major row erupted over the duration of the last round. The pay-off punches from Page came at a time when his manager, Janks Morton, was shouting to the time-keeper that the round was over.
Coetzee had been down for the first time after the bell in the sixth round when Page caught him with a right that saw him sink to his knees.
In the seventh round, a barrage of punches put the South African down for the mandatory eight count.
Towards the end of the eighth, Coetzee was beginning to outbox the challenger. Then Page landed a left hook to the jaw that left Coetzee flat on his back – 3 minute 50 seconds after the start of the round.
The Coetzee camp claimed that the knockout was illegal and appealed to the WBA to have the result nullified. However, the appeal was turned down.
Despite the controversy, Page was a worthy winner.

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released 12 January 1984
Bernoldus – voice guitar
Lloyd Ross – bass, producer, photos
Warrick Sony- drums
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Hou My Vas Korporaal (7″ single)

by Bernoldus Niemand

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the first single from Bernoldus
released 06 December 1983
produced and recorded by Lloyd Ross
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Mr Mac and the Genuines

Mr Mac and the Genuines

At a time when the youth of Britian were rediscovering the fun and liveliness of 60’s  Jamaican Ska, and bands like Madness and the Specials were riding a wave of popularity, the Genuines decided to do a re-introduce  early “Goema” music of the Cape to a younger audience. Largely ignored and undiscovered this album has to rate as one of the finest South African fusion albums ever.
Listen in full fidelity to tracks from this album. Digitally remastered and available for download for the first time ever in Flac or high quality MP3 formats.
Samuel “Mr Mac” McKenzie (1924-1990) played banjo for over 50 years and was one of the last wave of the true exponents of “Goema” music of the people of Cape Town.
The magic of Mr Macs Banjo was part of the Cape’s musical scene for over 5 decades. This album combines the traditional Goema tunes with the razor sharp performances of his son’s band
“The Genuines” . .
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released 02 February 1987
Samuel “Mr Mac” McKenzie: banjo
the Genuines:
Gerald “Mac”McKenzie: Bass,Vocals
Hilton Schilder: Keyboards, Percussion, vocals
Gerard O’Brien: guitar
Ian Herman: Drums
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recorded at Shifty Studio July to October 1987
produced and engineered by Lloyd Ross
c&p Shifty Records
cover by Sarah Hills
photos by Peter McKenzie and Lloyd Ross
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Bernoldus Niemand – Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand

Wie Is Bernoldus Niemaand

classic re-issue of the original vinyl release of the first Afrikaans punk album ever.

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Wie Is Bernoldus Niemaand

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album download includes a free track and never seen before photos of original Bernie photo shoot and cover skrepboek etc etc.

Bernoldus Niemaand

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    released 02 February 1985
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    tags: 80’s afrikaans pop rock south africa Johannesburg
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    SHOTDOWN (Resistance Music from Apartheid South Africa)

    SHOTDOWN

    a recent compilation album of 20 great tracks inspired and used in the cult movie directed by Andrew Worsdale.

    The first of many releases we will be doing from the Shifty catalogue complete with liner notes and extensive scans

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    LIVING IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST

    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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    Living In The Heart of The Beast

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    Living In The Heart Of The Beast – Kalahari Surfers (1985)

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