41. Before Pretoria’s one-day festival Park Acoustics was hosted at Fort Schanskop (in the Voortrekker Monument Nature Reserve), it was hosted at the National Botanical Gardens.
42. South African Blues Rock musician Gerald Clark started his music career as the lead vocalist of the band Delta Blue in 1997.
43. Cockles is the brainchild of Shortstraw frontman Alastair Thomas.
44. Adventure Man is the brainchild of Shortstraw keyboardist Gad de Combes.
45. Besides Dylan Hunt, Jason Oosthuizen and Justin Kruger also played drums for Van Coke Kartel.
46. South African Alternative Rock act The Narrow have released no less than 6 studio albums since they were formed in 2003.
47. Before Hanu De Jongh became part of The Narrow he was also part of Not My Dog in the late 1990s and early 2000s. De Jongh lives in New Zealand now where he’s part of a rock band called Fire At Will.
48. All female rock group Clout‘s single “Substitute” reached number 1 in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Belgium in 1978. The song also reached number 2 in the UK and number 67 on the Billboard 100 chart in the USA. Not kak for a band from Johannesburg, right?
49. Four Jacks and a Jill released “Master Jack” in 1968. The song reached 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA and number 1 South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe).
50. John Kongos (the South African born father of the 4 guys who make up the band KONGOS) released 2 singles in 1971: “He’s Gonna Step On You Again” and “Tokoloshe Man”. Both tracks reached number 4 on the UK singles chart.
51. South African Blues maestro Dan Patlansky was voted as the 4th best rock guitarist in the world by Total Guitar Magazine in December 2015.
52. In 1985 the legendary Piet Botha lived in Los Angeles. He worked construction and other immigrant jobs by day and wrote and recorded music at night. By a stroke of luck he teamed up with a young, aspiring actor, drummer and singer from the South named Billy Bob Thornton (who later won an Oscar for Slingblade). Thornton did the drumming and vocals in the studio and Botha did the guitars, piano, vocals and harmonica.
53. Jack Hammer was formed by Piet Botha in 1984 and released their first album in 1986. They opened for Deep Purple and Uriah Heep on their “Masters of Rock” Tour and were also privileged to be the supporting act for ZZ Top on their South African tour.
54. SA rock legend Valiant Swart was born as Pierre Nolte in 1965 and has released 16 studio albums to date.
55. Afrikaans pop legend Kurt Darren was born as Kurt Johannes Van Vuuren and he’s won more than 7 South African Music Awards (SAMAs).
56. Afrikaans singer Bles Bridges sold out the Sun City Superbowl in 1987. He drew a bigger crowd than Frank Sinatra did when the venue opened in 1982.
57. In 1963, Anton Goosen was expelled from boarding school after he was caught playing his guitar and smoking in a bath. His guitar was confiscated and its case was filled with bricks. Despite this, he persevered and formed his high school’s first rock band that same year.
58. South African rock singer and member of the Voëlvry movement, James Phillips (also known as Bernoldus Niemand) was born in 1959 in Springs. He was the son of a Presbyterian minister. He died of injuries sustained in a motorcar accident in 1995. Today a stage at Oppikoppi festival is named after him.
59. Fokofpolisiekar‘s song “Hemel op die Platteland” was the first Afrikaans song to be officially playlisted on 5FM.
60. Naming James wrote a song about his beloved city, Johannesburg. Mix 93.8 FM asked their listeners to send memories, things and places through that make the city great and he wrote the song based on suggestions.