Valiant Swart Poster from 1996


I left Pretoria for a bit in December 2011. I made my way to my parent’s place in Limpopo for a well-deserved rest period. My dad had raided my old room earlier in the year and left 3 plastic files filled with old-school stuff in it. I found a Pure Platinum (an old club in Hatfield that used to be where Good 4 Fellas was) advertising flyer showing specials for cheap drinks (R3 a beer and R1 tequila). I also found an old article that I snail mailed to Top 40 magazine in 1995. But the thing that mostly caught my eye was this poster advertising a Valiant Swart gig at Shaft night club in Lynnwood in November 1996.

Man, that brought back memories. I still remember the R1 beer specials at Shaft (every year when they turned a year older). Shaft used to be across the road from the UP Mens hostels (close to Varsity Bakery). If I can recall correctly Piet Botha’s band Jack Hammer used to join Valiant Swart as a support act back in those days. If you’re part of my generation and used to live in Pretoria back then, you’ll probably remember Shaft. This photo has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 4th of January 2012.

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