Cape Town

Band formed in Cape Town in 1987 for the musical Cape Town: David Kramer (vocals), Taliep Petersen (vocals, banjo), Issie Ariefdien (guitar, bass, vocals), Paul Petersen (vocals, guitar, bass), Onyx Phillips (keyboards), Monty Webber (drums, percussion), Madeegha Anders (vocals).

Released the album Cape Town in 1988. Original songs composed by David Kramer and Taliep Petersen. All original lyrics written by David Kramer. Saxophone on the album was performed by Basil Coetzee, Robbie Jansen and Victor Kula.

Mr Mac And The Genuines

After releasing the album Goema in 1986, The Genuines joined up with Mac Mackenzie’s father Samuel “Mr Mac” Mackenzie to release the single “Won’t Discuss It”/“Desperately” and the album Mr Mac & The Genuines in 1987.

The album was a one-off project. The group was Samuel Mackenzie (vocals, banjo), Hilton Schilder (keyboards, vocals), Mac Mackenzie (bass, vocals), Gerard O’Brien (guitar) and Ian Herman (drums).

The album also featured Robbie Jansen on alto sax and Tony Cedras on trumpet.


Cape Town-based jazz group formed by Basil Coetzee in 1985: Basil Coetzee (tenor sax), Paul Abrahams (bass), Robbie Jansen (Alto and soprano sax), Jack Momple (drums), Michael Martin (piano), Vic Higgins (percussion), Titch Jean-Pierre (guitar) and James Kirby (guitar).

They released the album Basil ‘Mannenberg’ Coetzee’s Sabenza in 1987. During this time Sabenza toured South Africa and overseas.

In 1990 a follow-up album, Monwabisi, was released, although released under Basil Coetzee’s name, he still performed with Sabenza. For Monwabisi the line-up was Basil Coetzee (tenor sax), Paul Abrahams (bass), Jack Momple (drums), Monty Weber (drums and percussion), James Kirby (guitar) and various musicians appeared on keyboards: Tony Schilder, David Bravo, Paula Goldstone and Murray Anderson.

The Rockets

Cape Town band who formed in 1968 and are still performing. The original line-up morphed out of The Fantastics and included George Carelse (lead guitar), Robbie Jansen (guitar, sax, flute), John Barron (drums, lead vocals), Claude Brown (bass, sax) and Bones Delight (vocals).

They started their career releasing the singles “Itchy Fingers” (1968), “Argie” (1968) and “In orbit”/“Enchantment” (1969). In 1969 they won the South African Battle of the Bands competition. They went to England in late 1969 and appeared on Top of the Pops and supported John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band at the Marquee and Credence Clearwater Revival on their European tour.

On their return to South Africa George Carelse and Robbie Jansen were replaced by Gerry Watt (guitar) and Cliffie Valentine (keyboards).

They released their first album Loving You in 1975, followed by A Place in the Sun (1980), Thank You Thank You (1984), Check it Out! (1988), We Are All African People (1989), Tomorrow (1990) and Please Don’t Go (1992). They were the support act for various overseas artists when they toured South Africa in the early 1980s: Tavares, Champion Jack Dupree, The O’Jays and Curtis Mayfield. In 1982 they were Leo Sayer’s backing band when he performed at Sun City.

They have had numerous line-up changes over the years including Ronnie Joyce joining on vocals in 1984. Ricardo later joined as vocalist.