Formed in Johannesburg in 1986. Ian Vyle (drums, lead vocals), Alan Lazar (keyboards), Ralph Martin (guitar), Chris Frank (acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, vocals), Craig Parsons (keyboards, vocals), Kevin Kruger (drums). This line-up recorded the album Cinema, released in 1986.

Jarrod Aston joined as lead vocalist for their 2nd album Somewhere in Time released in 1988. It included their biggest hit single “My Kind of Girl” and a second single “Inside and Out”.

They went on to release three further albums over the next eight years, and went through various line-up changes with Alan Lazar, Ian Vyle, Chris Frank leaving the band.

Hot RS

Studio band formed in 1977 by Dan Hill and Kevin Kruger, involving various session musicians and singers, including singers Mercedes Kornfield, René Veldsman, John Weddepohl and Jytte Fältskog, guitarist Trevor Rabin, keyboardist Duncan Mackay and drummer Cedric Samson.

Their first album, House Of The Rising Sun (from whence their name is formed) was released in 1977, followed by Forbidden Fruit (1978), In-A-Gadda-Da Vida (EP, 1979) and Heads Or Tails (1980).

Julian Laxton Band

Formed by Julian Laxton in the mid-1970s it was always a studio project
more than a formal band with a fixed lineup which toured. Julian Laxton was initially guitarist with Freedom’s Children and Hawk (in both of these instances he was not one of the original members).

The Julian Laxton Band released one album, Celebrate, in 1977 and several singles which all received radio play on the SABC. These included “Celebrate” (1976), “Blue Water” (1976), “Fooled Around and Fell in Love (1977), “Down The Line” (1977) and “Make A Stand For Love” (1981).

Over the years the Julian Laxton Band included the vocalists Eugene Savage (1976), John Weddepohl (1977), Frankie Gibb (1978), Ronnie Padlas (1980), Cedric Samson (1980) and Huey Bush (1981). Bass guitarists included Trevor Rabin, Ronnie Robot and John Hawkrigg, drummers included Neil Cloud,
Kevin Kruger and Larry Friedburg while keyboard players included and Alan Goldswain and Arthur Stead. The Stockley Sisters and Patrick Van Blerk occasionally featured as backing vocalists.

After 1981 he focused more strongly on film music, writing the very successful theme music for the Shaka Zulu television series, the theme song of which (“We Are Growing” [1986] performed by Margaret Singana) charted in European countries despite the cultural boycott.

He has continued to perform in and around Johannesburg and work as a producer for the likes of Lucky Dube and Mango Groove.


Reggae band who released their first album, Sensation, in 1981.

Their line-up was Clive Goodwill (vocals), Kevin Kruger (drums), Jethro Butow (guitar), Kim Kallie (vocals), Richard Thompson (guitar), Nippy Cripwell (bass), Mike Makhamele (sax) and Star Mabosa (vocals).

Their first single “Good night out” charted on Capital Radio and their second single “Medley 1/Medley 2” comprising mostly Bob Marley covers received airplay but did not reach the Top 40.

They went on to record a second album, Kariba II, in 1982, after which they broke up.

Rush Hour

Formed in Johannesburg in 1987. Also known (during 1987 and 1988) as Passing Clouds and Peter And The Wolf.

The line up on their only album, The Perfect Way (1988), was Asval Ismail (keyboards), Martin Mitchell (bass, vocals), Andre Steenkamp (drums), Kevin Kruger (percussion), Estelle Kokot (lead vocals) and Jacques Lagesse (guitar, vocals).

Others who performed with the group included Jenna Lessing (vocals, flute), Karl Kikkilus (vocals, guitar) and Johnny Fourie.