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The Rudimentals: Amped Videos

2007-08-01 10:11
Oh yes, especially if you’re a multi-cultural crew like The Rudimentals. Charismatic toastmaster Teboes “T-Bose” Maidza and his Mother City rudeboys, Duane Heydenrych (drums), Etienne Harris (guitars), Simon Bates (sax), Jody Engelbrecht (trumpet), Ross McDonald (trombone), Dirk Meerkotter (keyboards), Michael Levy (lead guitar) and Errol “Bong” Strachan (bass) deliver a Proudly Pan African Ska party that chases the delirious dancehall raps, dope reggae riddims and skanking back beats of vintage 70s ska with a blunted brew of rocking mbaqanga riffs, goema grooves and jazz and blues tones.

Watch the Rudies on MK89’s Amp Part 1 broadband and Part 2 broadband

As anyone who’s heard their ierie CD, Set It Proper will dig The Rudimentals ska revolution isn’t just about staging a genre-surfing mosh-pit party. These rudeboys drop socially conscious tales about relevant African issues ranging from the Aids crisis and drug addiction to gangsterism, and women and child abuse. Wait up, a medium and a message…are The Rudimentals South Africa’s next big export?

Why not? Since their genesis in 2001, the Rudies have moved from playing the night club circuit to slots at major festivals including Uprising, the Jeffrey’s Bay Billabong Surf Pro, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and now Oppikoppi: The Way of The Dassie. Add the fact that their debut CD, More Fire is signed by international independent record company Moonska Worldwide for distribution throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East and you’ve got a South African group primed to go global.

- Miles Keylock

It’s tough being a South African ska band. With Afro-pop, kwaito and gospel monopolising the market, Afro-house injecting an upwardly mobile groove into our inner city clubs, hip-hop hyping it up in the hope of finally going bling, and rockers queuing up for an overseas migration, can a ska big band sustain an audience?

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