A chat with Tracey-Lee Oliver of Supreme Divas

A chat with Tracey-Lee Oliver of Supreme Divas

I love going along to the Bluberry Entertainment Studios (where Kurt Herman and Tima Reece have their base). It’s a place of calm and of discipline, and you just know magic is happening there, including the wonderful Lions anthem which Kurt wrote and performs in.  Magic was happening there on the day I went through too, as it was the first day of rehearsal for SUPREME DIVAS! If anyone can produce an event with big songs, these guys can. Taking centre stage will be the insanely talented vocalists Tia Herman,…

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Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

Jarrod Aston on Cinema, the 80s, today and so much more!

To interview Jarrod Aston was a bucket list item for me. I’ve been a fan of Cinema (the band of which he was the lead singer from 1987 into the mid 90s) since 1987. I can recall (surreptitiously, probably) listening to David Gresham’s hit parade on a Thursday night on Radio Orion and the competition was between Cinema, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle. I idolized them, and their music is what helped make childhood great, and is still what helps make a stressful life easier to deal with…

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Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor: South Africa mustn’t despair

Jeremy Taylor set South Africa alight in the sixties with his song “Ag Pleez Deddy” (also known as “The Ballad of the Southern Suburbs”) and was then banished from South Africa for ridiculing apartheid. After two years on the West End stage in Wait A Minim, a South African musical revue, he became a leading entertainer on the British folk circuit with songs like “Jobsworth”. A change of government in 1979 led to his re-admittance to South Africa and from 1980 to 1994 he chronicled his life in Broederstroom, a…

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The Buzz – pop sensation!

The Buzz – pop sensation!

When I went along to the studio to chat to the entertainers from The Buzz, I felt just like I imagine the journos from Smash Hits magazine must have felt back in the 80s when they interviewed guys like Rick Astley and Bros. That’s just how exciting this group is – and that was exactly the vibe I felt in the room with them. The Buzz is a group of 11 musicians, and I also drew mental comparisons with another big group – Mango Groove. The Buzz has only been…

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N is for Never Gonna Give You Up

N is for Never Gonna Give You Up

N is for Never Gonna Give You Up (and no, this is not a Rickroll). For the uninitiated, Never Gonna Give You Up was a 1987 song by British singer Rick Astley. It’s the song that catapulted me into listening to pop music. We all have that song, yes? Think back, and tell me which song it was for you. Those were heady days back then, as I think I’ve mentioned in another post. The mid to late 80s were an awesome time to be young. There was a lot…

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Now That’s What I Call Music! Turns 30. A look through time.

Now That’s What I Call Music! Turns 30. A look through time.

Now That’s What I Call A Long Time. Most of us have grown up with the Now That’s What I Call Music! (Now! for short) compilations. Can’t actually remember a time when we didn’t have them, and it’s not surprising, since the first one came out in 1983. (I’m talking the UK here guys, and other parts of the world – Europe, and South Africa). The Now! series didn’t come out in the United States until 1998. In South Africa the series started in 1984. It should be noted that…

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Catching Up With Ingi from Clout!

Catching Up With Ingi from Clout!

Any South African who listened to music in the late 70s or early 80s, or who had parents who did, knows of the South African all girl band Clout.  Their biggest hit Substitute reached number one in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium. Substitute was held to the #2 slot by the #1 “You’re The One That I Want”, from the hit musical film Grease on the UK Singles Chart and this success was followed by other major hits including Save Me, You’ve Got All…

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