Shifty Christmas Rash – Free Album Downloads

Shifty Christmas Rash – Free Album Downloads

I have been in recovery since the big party on 24th September. Well actually, it’s more like I retreated from the world in monastic meditation after a sort-of-like momentous religious experience. The truth is that Shifty September and the few months leading up to it...
Shifty Heritage Music Festival

Shifty Heritage Music Festival

An exciting line-up of multiple artists celebrating the diversity of the Shifty catalogue over 30 years. A few surprises are guaranteed. THE LINEUP… Matthew van der Want Urban Creep vd Want/Letcher Simba Morri Robin Auld The Kerels National Wake Gereformeerde...
Celebrate 30 Years of Shifty!

Celebrate 30 Years of Shifty!

Shifty Records, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg & the South African History Archive (SAHA) are pleased to present: SHIFTY SEPTEMBER: Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds A Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibitions,...
Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends

Singing the praises of South African popular-music legends

South African postal service honours South African music legends in a series of stamps, “Music can change the world because it can change people,” said well-know Irish singer-songwriter and musician, Bono. This is especially true in Africa, where music is an integral...
No Direction Home

No Direction Home

The first time I saw Gary Herselman, he was going under the name Piet Pers and was thrashing the bass on a wild night that some old-timers at Durban’s Central Methodist Church probably still talk about over cups of tea. It was 1989, and a motley audience of...
Johannes Kerkorrel: The wise fool who left the fray

Johannes Kerkorrel: The wise fool who left the fray

Ralph Rabie, better known as Johannes Kerkorrel, was my generation’s Joe Strummer. Like the Clash’s front man he provided the soundtrack to our late 1980s rebellion against the teacher, the dominee, the sergeant, the system. His provocative songs embodied the middle...