Tassenberg All Stars Vol.4 - Various - Drunken blues, live!

2006-03-29 18:35

With a proliferation of festivals competing for audiences over the holidays, it was no surprise then to see Wingerdstok 2003 resurrected as a "Lifestyle Festival" thanks to sponsors Tassenberg.

Actually, taking a cursory glance at the line-up of performers on Tassenberg All Stars Vol.4, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was more like a celebration of the blues. Of course, there's nothing wrong with Jack Hammer ("Russian and Chips", "Suitcase Vol Winter"), Delta Blue ("Gangsta" and "Inbluessation"), Frosted Orange ("One in Many", "Repent") and the Boulevard Blues Band ("Something in My Eye") dominating proceedings. If you're a fan of bar room friendly, blues-rock and slick yet still swampy guitar excursions, then these live tracks make for thoroughly stimulating listening.

Particularly, when they're spliced between such a melting pot of flavours as the party starting Afro-ska of the Rudimentals ("Slow Down") and Sons of Trout ("Be Inviting") or the barn storming Mother City funk of Golliwog ("Cape of Storms"). With Valiant Swart supplying his idiosyncratic blend of another brandy 'n coke please boere-sakkie swing ("Eye Shadow") and the African Rhythm Travellers cooking up a tripped out Afro-rap rock fusion ("Hola!") even Anton Goosen's usually tepid langarm sokkie liedjie ("Geelperskereen") sounds frothy enough to have you reaching for another six-pack.
There's an unmistakable appeal to South African music festivals. Think about it - weekends spent away from the city in a hazy daze of beer, braaivleis, camping and maybe swimming - what could be better? Well, catching a few live bands, of course!

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