Tagged: Piet Botha

Borrowed Time – A Tribute To Piet Botha

In light of the recent passing of a great father and teacher Piet Botha, some of his closest comrades got together to not only show their respect and admiration for this legend but also to honour an old friend in the only manner they knew how, by giving him a song.

Composed and arranged by Andre Kriel the track features the Jack Hammer band Johno, Tertius and Paul, together with Andre and Kobus from The Black Cat Bones, Arthur and Rudolph Dennis, Gareth Wilson and finally the Van Der Walt Brothers Lanie, Chris and Heine aka ‘The Wolmers’.

The Gauteng chapter of the collaboration was tracked and engineered in June 2019 by Lanie van der Walt at the famed ‘Wolmer Records’ in Pretoria North where Piet recorded most of his albums in both the Jack Hammer band as well as his solo offerings. Arthur and Rudi Dennis laid down their voices and guitar in Strand, Western Cape at Riku Lätti’s ‘Wasgoedlyn’ studios and the entire process was documented and edited into a live studio music video by the acclaimed Image Engineer’s Fred van Leeuwen.

Lyrics:

Old Friend
Seems it’s time for us to part
But it’s not the end
Although it truly breaks my heart

Now the memories left behind
Are all that remains
So long for now
Till I see you again

Old Friend
Seems the world is moving on
But our time is spent
I can tell it won’t be long

And the road we travelled on
I now walk alone
But I’ll keep going till
It leads me home

We can’t live forever
No one ever will
But don’t you ever say never
Just keep pushing up that hill

Old Friend
I look back on all those years
And I try to pretend
I try to hold back all my tears

You have showed me many ways
Now you’re gone and I’m turning grey
You know it’s hard for me to say
I miss you today

We can’t live forever
No one ever will
But don’t you ever say never
Just keep pushing up that hill

You know we’re only passing by
We come and we go
Are we living on borrowed time?
Nobody really knows
Old Friend

 

Ghosts Of Berlin by The Lyzyrd Kyngs

Written in Berlin in the Summer of 2013 by Piet Botha. Recorded in South Africa August 2014. Piet Botha on Vocals & Guitar, Arthur Dennis on Guitar. Rudolph Dennis on Drums and Vocals. Adrian John Graham on Bass. Recorded and produced by Peter Pearlson with Charl Wentzel assisting. Footage of their Tour with Freygang in East Berlin.

New Lyzyrd Kyngs album due November 2014.

Vagabond Show on All Jazz Radio, 13 June 2013 feat live interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

Two hours of great blues on All Jazz Radio, featuring an interview with South African legends, Piet Botha (from Lyzyrd Kyngs & Jack Hammer) and Arthur & Rudi Dennis (from Akkedis & Lyzyrd Kyngs).

Interview starts at about 43 minutes.

 

Track list:
1 I’m A Blues Man by Magic Slim
2 Resessie Blues by Koos Kombuis
3 Got My Mojo Working by Crimson House Blues
4 Aus Liebe by Freygang Band
5 Suitcase Vol Winter by Piet Botha
6 When I Speak It’s Strange by Black Cat Bones
7 Frosty (1991 version) by Albert Collins
8 Too Old To Die Young by Brother Dege
9 Hold That Snake by Ry Cooder
10 Blue Shadows by The Blasters
11 Gypsy Boy by Lyzyrd Kyngs
12 Interview
13 Llandudno Blues #13 by Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
14 Blues Vir Louise by Piet Botha
15 Interview
16 Just Got Paid by ZZ Top
17 Street Of Love by Jack Hammer
18 Interview
19 Same Damn Blues by Lyzyrd Kyngs
20 Interview
21 Moan in Blues by Akkedis feat Albert Frost
22 Interview
23 Blues For Robert by Lyzyrd Kyngs
24 The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat) by The Doors
25 Interview
26 Morrison Hotel (TuksFM sessions version) by Jack Hammer
27 Interview
28 Eleven Churches by Jake Gunn
29 Interview
30 Mr. Midnight by Jack Hammer
31 The Way I See It by Johnathan Martin
32 Jumpin’ Jack Flash (live) by Johnny Winter

Sweet Soul Music – Piet Botha & Soweto String Quartet (Jam Sandwich)

Piet Botha - Jam Sandwich

Piet Botha – Jam Sandwich

Musical collaboration from Episode 2 of Season 3 of the award winning Jam Sandwich TV Show! Episode premiered 19 December 2012 at 22h00 on SABC 2.

Piet Botha & Soweto String Quartet got together to create the track Sweet Soul Music!

Persverklaring: Spookpsalms …’n nuwe Afrikaanse album deur Piet Botha.

Spookpsalms

Spookpsalms

Na 8 jaar het die veteraan kunstenaar Piet Botha weer ‘n Afrikaanse album die lig laat sien.Die nuwe cd heet “Spookpsalms” en bevat 11 splinternuwe komposisies.

“Daar was al ‘n paar liedjies maar toe die TV program “Wie lê waar” opduik het dit die hele album in ‘n ander rigting gestuur.Vanaf September tot Desember 2010 was ons op die pad besig met die verfilming, dwarsdeur die
land en omdat die program so ‘n sterk historiese inslag het, het daar ‘n ander element ingetree in die werk nl. ‘n tipe tradisionele , tydlose gevoel…wat dan weer aanleiding gegee het na die idee van die Spookorkes wat hierdie liedjies
opvoer .”

Daar is ook gepoog om soveel as moontlik by tradisionele instrumentasie te bly. Derhalwe is die album vol akoestiese kitare, klavier , mondfluitjie, trekklavier, saksofoon en orrel. Dit is ‘n eiesoortige stuk werk, heeltemal buite
die moderne genre en totaal anders as Botha se vorige Afrikaanse albums.

“Die moeilikste ding is sekerlik om met eenvoud ‘n gewigtige saak te kan oordra, en dis wat hier gepoog is. Selfs die humor wat opduik is satiries en laat mens lag maar met nabetragting.”

Die album is in April opgeneem deur Lanie vd Walt wat ook die regie en meng behartig het asook die “double -bass” gespeel het. Die tromme is oudergewoonte deur Paul vd Waal gespeel en die baskitaar deur Tertius du
Plessis. Piet Botha het kitare, klavier, orrel en mondfluitjie gespeel en gesing.

Die pragtige vrouestem is deur Loandi Boersma gelewer. Verder was dit
geweldig opwindend om uiteindelik vir die legende Ollie Viljoen saam op ‘n
album te hê , op trekklavier en orrel. Nog ‘n ou vriend en eertydse lid van die Jack Hammer groep, Leon van Zweel het die saksofoon laat huil. Donovan Borne het agtergrondsang gelewer en so het die Spookorkes die liedjies in die
lewe gebring.

Wat opvallend is van hierdie werk is die suiwer Afrikaans wat gebruik word.

Daarbenewens die gevoel van “n ander tyd”, as mens dit so kan stel, wat
mens ervaar met die deurluister daarvan. En dan die oorspronklikheid.

Piet Botha sal tydens Meimaand ‘n paar vertonings rondom Pretoria gee waartydens die nuwe werk lewendig gehoor kan word en die album beskikbaar sal wees, soos by Cafè Barcelona op Saterdag die 21e en Sondagmiddag die 22e by die Blue Flame Grill in Montana, alvorens daar weer teen einde Mei na Mosambiek gegaan sal word vir die jaarlikse STRAB musiekfees. Hierna sal daar ook vertonings in die Kaap geskied asook in die Vrystaat in Juliemaand tydens die Volksbladkunstefees.

Van die musiek op “Spookpsalms” is ook in die TV reeks (“Wie lê waar”) gebruik maar nie in geheel soos dit op die album verskyn nie. Hierdie opnames is deur Riku Latti gedoen.

Van die nuwe nommers wat klaar aftrek kry by gehore is “Bitterfontein”. “Sysie September” (‘n nuwe verwerking van ‘n tradisionele Griekwa liedjie), “Stad sonder naam”, “Die heks is dood” en “Richmondstraat”.

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