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Own Affairs

by Kalahari Surfers

"We sing from Psalm 31, all five verses" Free State Fence And the carrot stared puffy eyed orange at the sun beating down a thirsty retreat Sucking dust from the land Where we nailed alive mongoose to a Free State Fence in the hope of rain Our dominee danced with beer in belly his battered rooster laugh echoing through the valley We stared puffy eyed smoking cowdung rolled in pages from his bible. Carrot burning mongoose bite on his neck Swelling blue Fingers excite in trembling caress as they nurse the seed from his groin To wet the land Thank God that it rained on a Free state Fence
Don't Dance 02:54
ok people get up off your feet its time to move to a different beat we don't like the way they're running our days and nights our lives are out of phase we're black white separated right from birth indoctrinated years and years developed apart brainwashed each in the name of god lets re-educate ourselves lets de-educate ourselves hey white boy get your feet off the floor god gave you legs to march to war your leaders want you in a sporting affair so put on your boots and cut your hair don't talk back or stop to think when you're in Angola you can have a drink obey obey they know the way from here you go to SWA where they don't dance when facing such hostility Don't dance the SAP are there to see that we all enjoy democracy don't dance when facing such hostility Don't dance
Hillbrow 1 05:42
this boy seldom functions without some chemical alteration to his nervous system he seems so H.A.P.P.Y pushing needles into skin pills to swallow wash them down white pipe weekend lethargy dissolved city speed at night this boy he sells powders and herbs white witchdoctor medicine takes the edge of working days mental pleasure pressure cruise (various bad dream voices including girls in Venda and seedy white guy) luxurious indulgences of the wealthy classes lead to serious physiological disorders: plastic membranes brain disease costly surgical implants pushing needles into skin pills to swallow wash them down white pipe weekend lethargy dissolved city speed at night (dub ish bit) voices from "Squad Cars" a radio serial featuring real crime events dramatised: "what the hell hold it right there you never can be too sure ja I know what you mean Its pitch dark in here living with crime and violence protect the people of South Africa"
Hillbrow 2 02:07
"I'm proud to announce this afternoon that you have again put the government into power through your effort and support" speech from Independence of Transkei its independence day the south african way you get a casino and armed bandits a national force coca cola for the masses and dirty movies for the business men who've come to help you build your nation they've come to help you build your nation its independence day an architects dream houses of parliament for the new rascist regime palace for the president ministers homes mud huts for the laymen they build their own donkey meat cooks with the Sun City* pose Its stinks so bad the world holds it's nose ----------------------------- * Controversial casino built to reinforce the concept of the system of own government. (homelands) It was the main inspiration behind a protest movement. See below http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_City_%28song%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artists_United_Against_Apartheid http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_City,_North_West
September 84 02:45
something on page 3 caught my eye small print 37 die in township unrest police use teargas and bullets small news this the headlines celebrate the birth of British royalty
The Surfer (free) 02:06
I've nailed on every beach
Telephone 01:30
hands move across things to get at the telephone


The first full length Kalahari Surfers album. Completed in summer of 1984 it was taken to EMI to press but rejected by the cutting engineer as being "political, pornographic and anti religious". Chris Cutler at Recommended Records took up the challenge and released the album through his label (www.rermegacorp.com). Thanks to Tibor Tokay for the liner notes and insert that come with the download.


released December 12, 1984

musicians featured :
Warrick Sony: concept guitars bass grooves, programmes, voice
Hamish Davidson: guitars , keyboards, odds and ends,
Rick Van Heerden: saxophone
Anne Botha : voice
Brian Rath: drums


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Kalahari Surfers South Africa

Warrick Sony is a South African composer, producer, musician and sound designer.
He is the founder and sole permanent member of the Kalahari Surfers. They made politically radical satirical music in 1980s South Africa.

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