If you’re old enough, you’ll remembers the Springbok Hit Parade albums, filled with cover version of international hits performed by unnamed local session musicians. You will have heard stories of how record producers would play singles down the phone from New York or London so a local artist could get their version out before the international version was released. British did it to the Americans, occasionally the Americans did it to the Brits, and we in South Africa did it to both of them. For those of us who were in bands, we recall the frustration of having to choose between playing original music and starving or going “commercial” and playing “cover versions”.
These days, now that artists have their own voices, the status of the cover song has changed. Artists choose to record a cover as an artistic statement of their – making it their own – or as a tribute, or just for fun! So today’s show features some of the more interesting cover versions of international hits, remade in a new image by SA artists!
- The Bats
- Steve kekana
- Dan Patlansky
- The Flames
- Omega Limited
- Spoek Mathambo
- Claire Johnston
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Lucky Dube
- Township Soul Inc
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