Die Lemme

Not officially a group but the name which Gary Herselman gave to the loose affiliation of musicians who contributed to his 2014 solo album, Rigtingbevok.

Contributing artists included Albert Frost, Arno Carstens, Chris Letcher, Paul Riekert, Syd Kitchen, Rian Malan, Warrick Sony, Lloyd Ross, Toast Coetzer, Jannie van Tonder, Willem Moller, Francois van Coke, Valiant Swart, Frank Opperman, Max Mikula, Richard Haslop, Robin Auld, Tonia Selley, Kathy Raven, Sannie Fox, Dave Davies and Jonathan Handley.

Happy Ships

Cape Town-based band who formed in 1980: Wayne Rath (drums, guitar, vocals), Phillip Nangle (agricultural implements, vocals, chants), Lloyd Ross (guitar, bass, voice, studio), Hamish Davidson (sax, voice, implements), Warrick Sony (bass, drums, voice, trombone) and Jono Partridge (pockets – which involved rhythmically shaking loose change in one of his trouser pockets).

They only ever did three live performances but did release the album Sound Future in 1984.

Kalahari Surfers

Primarily a studio group formed in Cape Town in the early 1980s. Initial line-up was Warrick Swinney, aka Warrick Sony, (guitars, keyboards and studio), Hamish Davidson (saxophone) and Brian Rath (drums).

They released the single “Burning Tractors Keep Us Warm” in 1982, followed by the cassette release Gross National Products (1983). By the time of their first album release on vinyl Kalahari Surfers constituted Warrick Swinney and a host of guest musicians.

Four albums followed in the 1980s: Own Affairs (1984), Living In The Heart Of The Beast (1985), Sleep Armed (1986) and Bigger than Jesus (1989). Urgent Release (1990) included ANC leaders’ speeches with a Surfers backing. In 1992 the Surfers collaborated with poet Lesego Rampolokeng on the New Beginnings album.

After a break of several years Sony/The Surfers began to release more electronic/dub-oriented music, beginning with Akasic Record (2001) and then Muti Media (2003), Conspiracy of Silence (2005), Panga Management (2006), Turntabla with Greg Cutler (2009), One Party State (2010) and Agit Prop (2012).

Tighthead Fourie & The Loose Forwards

Tighthead Fourie was Roger Lucey under another (country) guise.

Formed in Johannesburg in 1984: Tighthead Fourie/Roger Lucey (guitar, vocals), Ray Stadig/Johnny Blundell (guitar), Gene Parkering/Brian Rath (drums), Lorenzo Marks/Dave Marks (bass), Ben Zeen/Warrick Sony (bass), Sakkie de Kock/Lloyd Ross (bass), Tennessee Ferreira/Will Von Will (vocals) and Slim Gedagte/Peter Davidson (vocals). (Different bass players were used on various songs).

Released the single “Whiskey Strait Up”/”No Easy Walk to Freedom in 1984”. Other songs were recorded but not released.



Short-lived group who released one album and did live gigs in the late 1990s. Formed by Warrick Sony of Kalahari Surfers (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Brendan Jury (viola, vocals) after Urban Creep broke up. They released the album Killing Time in 1998.