61. The Ska Punk Kings of the South African Music Scene, Fuzigish have been around since 1997 and they’ve released 5 full studio albums.
62. Johannesburg rock band, The Slashdogs have been around since 2003.
63. Matt Carstens is missing a fingertip on his right hand because he had an incident with a particularly large hammer when he was about 6.
64. South African Rock band Wonderboom was formed in Johannesburg in 1996. The band was originally called “The Electric Petal Groove Machine” and they were the opening act for Simple Minds. They have been nominated for 5 South African Music Awards over the years, but have never won.
65. The last time that Koos Kombuis performed at Oppikoppi Festival was in 2013 at Bewilderbeast.
66. Sugardrive was formed in 1994. They released 5 albums, headlined all the major South African Music festivals and toured Australia on the Big Day Out tour. Over the year they’ve been nominated for five SAMAs.
67. Before dying in a motorcycle accident in March 2013, Garth McLeod played drums for Sugardrive, Wonderboom and Martin Rocka & the Sick Shop.
68. The first ever South African rock supergroup, Blood Brothers was established in 2015. All concerts proceeds go towards the Vrede Foundation (which aims to spread cancer awareness to the youth of South Africa).
69. Legendary South African Musician Ray Phiri played the guitar on Paul Simon’s hit song “You Can Call Me Al” (which was released on the Graceland album in 1986). Simon ignored a cultural boycott and collaborated with him and other South African artists like Lady Smith Black Mambaso on the album. The album went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1987.
70. Johannesburg rock band Shadowclub planned to record their debut album in 12 days, but they completed it in 9. The album won the South African Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2012.
71. Durban that was originally formed in 2011 as a side project.
72. Black Coffee started his music career in 1995, but only got his big break in 2004 after being chosen as a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy in Cape Town.
73. The Tazers used to have band practise in one of the band member’s back yards in Gauteng. Their attempt to damped the noise levels with zync sheets actually increased the noise levels.
74. Both Valiant Swart and Jack Parow have their own brands of brandy. Valiant has Mystic Boer Brandy and Jack Parow has Parow Brandy.
75. Benoni Bluegrass Officianados Crystal Park was the first band in the South African Music Scene to release their own craft beer.
76. In 2005 Fokofpolisiekar drummer Jaco “Snakehead” Venter jumped out of a moving vehicle, suffered multiple injuries and ended in hospital. He was replaced by Justin Kruger – Justin ended up working with the band on their Brand Suid-Afrika EP and Swanesang album.
77. Boogy Central, the folks that bring your That 70s Fest every year, is the brainchild of The Tazers.
78. Dominic Peters and David Poole (the two jazz musicians that make up Goldfish) first met eachother while they were stuying music at college in Cape Town.
79. All three members of Bittereinder are from Afrikaans-speaking families in Pretoria but went to English-speaking schools.
80. Bittereinder have played and headlined festivals in South Africa, The Netherlands, Mozambique and Namibia.