Abstract Truth

Abstract Truth were a South African psych-rock band that released two albums in the early 1970s. The band was headed by former Freedom’s Children guitarist Kenny Henson, who later recorded solo and in partnership with singer/songwriter Brian Finch. The band’s second album, Totem, also features ex-Third Eye percussionist Robbie Pavid. Members: Kenny Henson (guitar, vocals), […]

Dick Khoza

Dick Khoza is a Malawi-born Afro-jazz/funk musician who released the album Chapita on the South African Sun (الشمس) label in 1976. The album features performances from Soul of the City trumpeter Themba Mehlomakulu and ubiquitous saxist Ezra Ngcukana, who also appeared on Barney Rachabane’s concurrent Sweet Matara LP. Discography: Chapita (1976)

Hawk

Hawk were a South African hard-rock/psych band that released two albums on Parlophone during the early 1970s. The band included ex-Suck/Freedom’s Children guitarist Julian Laxton and Tidal Wave drummer Ivor Black. Vocalist Dave Ornellas had fronted 1960s beat group The Idiots. In 1973, Hawk released Live and Well, a concert recording that features the 15-minute […]

John Kongos

John Kongos is a South African pop/rock musician, vocalist, and songwriter who was active during the 1960s and early ’70s. He first emerged at age 15 in 1961 as a member of Johannesburg rock ‘n’ roll sensation the G-Men. Within a year, he assumed featured billing in the band’s nameplate. The band scored home-country hits […]

The Third Eye

The Third Eye — alternately spelled Thyrd Eye — were a South African psych-rock band from Durban that released three albums between 1969 and 1970 on the local branch of Polydor. Drummer Robbie Pavid also played in Abstract Truth. Members: Ronnie Selby (guitar), Maurice Saul (vocals, guitar), Dawn Selby (piano, Hammond organ), Robbie Pavid (drums), […]

Rabbitt

Rabbitt were a South African art-rock/pop band that was active for six years during the 1970s. Formed in 1972 by teenage guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Trevor Rabin, the band settled on a stable recording lineup in 1975 with the arrival of like-minded talent Duncan Faure. The band released three albums on the local Jo’Burg label between 1975 and […]

Xoliso

Xoliso were a South African Afrobeat ensemble that issued the album Shingwanyana on the Soweto label in 1974. The project included drummer Johnny Motuba, who would briefly play with early ’80s jazz-funk/soul combo Kabasa. In 1982, he resurrected the Xoliso nameplate with different personnel for one further album. Members: Johnny Motuba (drums), Abel Nkambule, Percy […]