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Johannesburg based group formed in 1985 with Cecil Mitchell (lead vocals), Mark Kahn (guitar), Les Goode (bass), Johan Laas and Pete McClea (keyboards), Neil McKellar (drums), Terry Hunt (drums). Additional vocals: Lionel Peterson, Mark Kahn and Suzy Bunce. Bones Delight (vocals) joined in 1989.

They released the singles “What Are We Going To Do About Love” and a cover of the Led Zeppelin song “Whole lotta love” in 1986.

African Jazz Pioneers

An ensemble of jazz musicians formed around saxophonist Edmund ‘Ntemi’ Piliso which he formed in 1981 to revive the big African jazz sound of his early 1950s Bra Ntemi and his Alexandra All Star Band.

The 1981 line-up included Ntemi Philiso, Wilson Silgee, Kippie Moeketsi, Timothy Ndaba, Shep Ntsamai and Stompie Manana.

They performed in and around the Johannesburg area (but also further afield such as Botswana in 1986) throughout the 1980s and were invited to perform at the Culture in Another South Africa festival in Amsterdam in 1987.

The line-up changed regularly according to who was available and who wanted to stay with the band at any particular time but Ntemi Philiso was a constant until his death in December 2000. After which the band continued to perform and record.

Their first fully fledged album was African Jazz Pioneers released in 1989, followed by Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1991), Sip ‘n’ Fly (1993), Shufflin’ Joe (1996), Afrika Vukani (1999) and 76 3rd Avenue (2004).

All Night Radio

Formed in Stellenbosch in 1983 with Steve Louw (guitar, vocals), Nice Burge (vocals), Rob Nagel (bass, harmonica) and Richard Devey (drums).

Released the single “Breaking Hearts” and the album The Heart’s The Best Part in 1984.

In 1986 they released the singles “Here Comes The Night” and “Reign OF Fire”, both of which were included on the album The Killing Floor released in 1987.

After touring The Killing Floor the band broke up. Steve Louw went on to form Big Sky.

Amampondo

Formed in Langa in 1980: Dizu Plaatjies (drums), Mzwandile Qotoyi (drums), Michael Nkululeko Ludonga (drums), Xola Mlambo (marimbas), Mandla Lande (marimbas), Blackie Zandisile Mbizela (marimbas), Simpiwe Matole (xylophone, marimbas) and Thembi Nyandeni (vocals, dancer).

Their first album release was Uyandibiza in 1983, followed by Searching For The Missing Link (1986), Feel the Pulse of Africa (1989), State of Emergency (1990), An Image Of Africa (1992), Intsholo (with the Solid Brass Quintet in 1995), Drums For Tomorrow (1997), Inyama (1997) and Vuyani (2000).

Andre de Villiers

Grew up in Cape Town. Started out in the mid-1960s with Coloured Rain, then in the late 1960s formed Hammak, in 1972 Stallion and in 1977 the Gas Band.

His solo career kicked off in 1976 with the “Country girl” single and Country Gas album. He went on to record several more singles and albums in the 1970s and first half of the 1980s.

Angie Peach

Real name Angie Hazimarcu. After Peach broke up she went solo, releasing the song “The spell” in 1982. It met with limited success on South African radio.

She contributed vocals to Via Afrika’s song ‘Caprivi Strip” (1984). She also did some collaborative work with Robbie Robb in a band called Angie and the Affections and appeared on SABC performing a song called “Do you”.

In 1984 they released a single “That boy” which failed to make an impression. She released the song “I come undone’ on the 4 for Africa EP in 1985 (along with Tribe After Tribe, Via Afrika and Ella Mental).

In the mid-1980s she left South Africa, hoping to work on solo album in Australia. However, her planned album did not get off the ground but she carried on performing with others. She became the backing vocalist for Savage Garden.

Asylum Kids

Formed in Johannesburg with Robbie Robb (guitar, vocals), Dino Archon (bass, vocals), and Steve Howells (drums, vocals).

They released the singles “Schoolboy” (1981) and “Girl Gone Solo” (1982) and two albums, Fight It With Your Mind (1981) and Solid Principles (1982).

Bakithi Kumalo

Bass player who grew up in Soweto. Played fretless bass on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and subsequent tour.

His first solo album was Step On The Bass Line released in 1988, followed by On Friendly Basses (1990), San Bonan (1998) and In Front of My Eyes (2000).

Ballyhoo

Formed in Johannesburg in 1974 with Derrick Drain on vocals, Mick Matthews on guitar and vocals, Attie van Wyk on keyboards, Fergie Ferguson on bass and vocals and Cedric Samson on drums.

The band regularly changed members, with Shane Mahoney replacing Samson on drums, Paul de Villiers (guitar and vocals) replaced Drain who later rejoined, Ralph Martin (guitar) replaced Matthews, Franco del Mei replaced Mahoney.

Drain left again in 1982 along with van Wyk. Stewart Irving joined as vocalist in 1982.

Ballyhoo released several singles and albums in the 1970s and early 1980s. These releases met with varied success and their most successful single was “Man on the moon”, released in 1980.

They didn’t record any new studio songs or albums after the mid-1980s.

Baxtop

Formed in Johannesburg in 1978 by Larry Amos (guitars, vocals), Tim Parr (guitar, vocals), Robbie Whitelaw (bass) and Pierre de Vos (drums). Before their first gig Fuzzy Marcus replaced Robbie Whitelaw because Robbie had to go to the army.

Later Bruce Williams replaced Pierre de Vos. In 1979 they won the SABC’s Battle of the Bands competition and they released their only album Work It Out.

They released two singles from the album “Jo Bangles” and “Take Me To Your Heart”.

They were the first South African band signed by Benji Mudie at WEA Records. Money issues and internal disagreements led to the band breaking up in 1980.