BAKERSVILLE FIVE (Updated 16/11/09)
Home town: Salisbury
- Francis Matos – Lead vocals
- Eddie Matos – Rhythm guitar
- Fernando Lopes – Lead guitar & organ
- Jim Irvine - Bass
- Joe Callesto – Drums
The “Bakersville” part of the band’s name was due to the
fact that their rehearsal rooms were at the rear of the band
leader’s residence in Salisbury’s Baker Street. During 1970
they made regular appearances Martin Locke’s Monday night
television programme. At that stage, then bands were
pre-recorded at 10:00 pm on the Sunday nights when the
evening’s transmissions closed down. A number of guest
artists appeared on this shows, one of whom, Portugal Tom
Jones, is well remembered for failing to pay the band! The
television company did, however, pay them twelve pounds and
sixpence to cover expenses. Due to the fact that the band’s
members were multi-lingual, they were able to perform in
different languages giving them an edge over most bands of
the day. As a result, they covered many Hispanic songs and
have the distinction of performing whole of “If I Were A
Carpenter” in Portugese on Martin Lock’s programme!
The Bakersville Five also had a regular gig at the Quorn
Hotel after the resident band at the time left their
contract mid-way through its scheduled term. The Light House
was another venue which hosted them on regular occasions. At
one of their gigs after a basketball match between Rhodesia
and South Africa they had the distinction of meeting Ian
Smith for the first, and only, time of their lives.
The plants were all going potty!!
~ The BAKERSVILLE 5 At The Athenian Hall ~
The band were so successful that they were hard pushed to
keep up with their gigging scheduled. They were
supporting and rubbing shoulders with many top local and
South African artists and bands, including Otis Waygood,
Jody Wayne and the Rising Sons. On one occasion they
backed the well known Portugese singing sensation, Victor
Gomes, at the Celebrity Club as well as on a television show
hosted by Martin Locke. Eddie recalls that, whilst
they didn't get paid, the experience was invaluable!
As a result of all this, the band started to turn their eyes
south, pondering tackling the professional South African
In 1968/69, in pursuit of this goal, Eddie flew to
Johannesburg where he met with Maurice Fresco at Hugo
Colletti studios. Fresco indicated that he liked what
he heard on the demo tapes, particularly the band's Latin
influence on the rock music they played. This was at a
time when Santana were emerging on the scene and the world
was beginning to notice Latin music in the pop and rock
genre. Eddie's visit to Johannesburg was to result in
the offer of a three month stint at Traveller's Lodge in
Johannesburg being received.
Before they could accept, Eddie had an accident to his eye
which saw him hospitalised for six weeks. His right
eye was saved but he was permanently blinded in it.
The interruption had caused a loss of momentum in the band's
plans. Jimmy Irvine departure, to Fort Victoria,
complicated matters and the band was not able to take up
With the band having disintegrated, Eddie Matos went on to
play at the Elizabeth hotel. Inspired by finally
meeting Trini Lopez in person when he performed at the Harry
Margolis hall in Salisbury, Eddie teamed up again with Mike
Reed. Together with Mike Marks and Tony Evans on drums
they formed PATCH OF BLUE.
For a continuation of this thread, please proceed to
PATCH OF BLUE under "BANDS".
BANDITS (Updated 22/01/07)
- Richard Culpin - Vocals
- Koos du Plessis - Lead guitar
- Jerry Barnard - Rhythm guitar
- Doug Smith - Bass
- Clive Kluckow - Drums
- Dave McLennan - Replaced Richard Culpin
"PUT 'EM UP!" - The BANDITS Bustin' The
From left to right: Jerry Barnard/Dave
McLennan (who replaced the late Richard Culpin)/Koos du Plessis/Doug
Smith & Clive Kluckow
Home town: Gwelo
BARRACUDAS (Added 10/11/2011)
The BARRACUDAS were the British
South Africa Police's Rock and Roll band which, during its time,
featured - at various times - musicians such as Peter LANE on
guitar, "Rollo" STARLING on drums, Taffy WHITE on bass
and Bruce VIVIEN on drums. Taffy and Bruce were both
members of squad 5/60. The highly respected band were
frequently booked for functions at venues such as the Police Club
BELAIRES (Added 16/11/09)
Circa: 1962 - 1967
Home town: Salisbury
- Angus Kennedy - Vocals
- Noel Browne - Lead guitar
- Lawrence James - Rhythm guitar
- Butch Bennett - Bass guitar
- Ian Strachan - Drums (Band
In subsequent years there were the
- Des Sherwell
replaced Lawrence James on rhythm guitar on his departure
- Max Paton took over
bass guitar from Butch Bennett when he left the band.
- Raymond Browne took
over the drums from Ian Strachan.
On occasions, the following
musicians deputised for those who were not available:
- John Roberts -
- Clyde Boyd-Sutherland
- Bass guitar
Band manager from 1965 - 1967
was Johnny Rosenberg.
GETTING SHIRTY? THE
BELAIRES IN MARCH 1962
Back (left - right): Noel
Browne (lead), Lawrence James (rhythm), Ian Strachan
(drums), Butch Bennett (bass).
Front: Ronnie Pienaar
(Vocals), Bonnie Bennett (Vocals).
In February, 1962, the BELAIRES started out being known by their
original name, THE OUTSIDERS. The founder members of the band
were Noel Browne (lead), Ian Strachan (drums and the band leader),
Lawrence James (rhythm guitar) and Butch Bennett (bass guitar).
In the first few months of the band's existence, Ronnie Pienaar and
Bonny Bennett shared the vocal duties. At that time, however,
the band based themselves on the Shadows so most of the material was
instrumentally based sans singing.
In the very early days of the
band's existence, Noel Browne played lead guitar on a home made
electric guitar which he had made himself. (Could he have been
a budding Leo Fender in his own right?). The day arrived,
however, when he was able to "upgrade" and it was with much delight
that he, Butch Bennett and Lawrence James were able to visit Radio
Limited to purchase their brand new Fenders ~ Lead, Fender
Stratocaster, Rhythm. Fender Esquire and a Fender Precision Bass!
The Belaires lay it on
the Sarum Youth Club audience (1964).
right: Des Sherwell, Max Paton, Angus Kennedy and Niel Browne.
Note that the poster on the back wall is advertising the 1964
Mashonaland 100 motor racing event!
Ian Strachan had to wait a little longer before being able to
replace his old second hand Premier drum set. That day,
however, also arrived and a champagne coloured Gretsch drum kit with
Zylgin cymbals replaced the faithful, but tired, Premier kit.
Ian was positively bristling with pride at his new acquisition!
FORGETTING THE LYRICS?
(Such was the pressure of the day to be the first to cover the
latest and greatest hits, that time often didn't allow for
memorising of lyrics and chords hence the evidence of "sharing" and
Left - right: Des Sherwell, Max Paton, Noel Browne,
Angus Kennedy & Raymond Browne
June, 1962, Angus Kennedy joined the band as vocalist. He had
done a brief stint earlier that year, during his military service in
the Air Force in Gwelo, with Mike Clark's band, The Spectres.
"HATFIELD, DO YOU DIG US?"
Playing at the
Hatfield Hall in 1962.
Left - right:
Noel Browne, Ian Strachan & Angus Kennedy
Early in 1963 the band changed their name from the Outsiders to the
Belaires, cleverly entering into an agreement with the manufacturers
of Belaire shirts to promote their clothing at their gigs.
From inception the band proved popular, playing at many places and
venues throughout the country. They were seen in Salisbury,
Umtali, Que Que, Gatooma, the Gwelo civic halls and at the Jewish
Guild Hall in Bulawayo.
MAZOE HOTEL (1966)
Angus Kennedy leads the vocals.
The BELAIRES broke up in October, 1967, with some of its members
relocating overseas in pursuit of their careers.
The BELAIRES gigging history sparkles with noteworthy concerts, gigs
and television appearances guaranteed to stir the vague memories in
many of our readers minds! Perhaps you can
remember some of these occasions?
L - R: Noel Brown/Lawrence James/Ian Strachan( On
Drums)/Angus Kennedy & Butch Bennett
Banket, Bindura, Wedza, Hartley and Salisbury South.
Held the record for drawing the largest crowd (in excess of 1000
folk) for the Sunday afternoon sessions in the hotel's gardens.
Red Fox, Seven Mile, Kamfinsa, Highlands Park, Estoriol (Beira) and
Duthie Hall, SOE (Sons Of England) Hall, Hatfield Hall, Lochinvar
Railway Club, Sarum Youth Club (every Wednesday night having largest
attendance and being the longest running regular session band,
lasting all of 3 years!).
Night Clubs & Restaurants
Brett's, Le Coq D'Or, Kenya Coffee Lounge, The Wreck and Yellow
Appeared on RTV's "Teen Time Show" on a number of occasions.
The band, for a season of Saturday afternoons, played the latest
hits of the day on the RBC radio half-hour programme known as "The
Belaire Show", hosted by Mike Daffy.
Texan Rock Band Competition - 1965
Angus Kennedy was judged second in the Best Vocalist section.
Where Are They Now?
Noel Browne - Sadly passed away in Zimbabwe on 27 July, 1994.
Ian Strachan - Emigrated from Zimbabwe to South Africa in
2007 when he retired to live in Johannesburg. Whilst preparing
this entry for the band, the tragic news was received that Ian had
died of a heart attack on 4 November, 2009, whilst lifting speakers
in his music shop.
Lawrence James - Left the Belaires in 1964 and relocated to
the United Kingdom. Whereabouts unknown.
Angus Kennedy - Emigrated to Australia from Zimbabwe in 1981.
After pursuing a successful career in the motor trade he is now
retired and living on a small holding a short distance from Sydney.
Still musically active.
Des Sherwell - Emigrated from Rhodesia in the early seventies
to pursue a career overseas. He is now retired in Maidenhead,
England, after working for many years for Newsweek magazine.
Max Paton - Emigrated from Rhodesia in 1968 and lived in New
Zealand for a number of years before moving to Sydney, Australia,
where he worked for the ABC. He is now retired but remains
active in music. Still a committed Shadows fan, he recently
recorded and produced his own CD as a tribute to the band. He
is also involved in the refurbishment and repair of guitars.
Raymond Browne - Emigrated from Zimbabwe to South Africa and
is living in Cape Town.
Home town: Bulawayo
A local Gospel band.
Home town: Fort Victoria
Jim Dawson - Lead guitar & vocals
Tony Geranios - Drums
- Kevin "Dutch" Van der Westhuizen
With the demise of NOCTURNAL CREATURE, the three remaining members
renamed themselves BESERK and continued to pursue their musical
interests. The band's sound hardened after Jim Dawson had
discovered - and equipped himself! - with an effects pedal or two.
The band started to play further afield and fondly remember one gig at
an agriculture show where they had to balance their gear on a wall
separating the pig sties from the performance area! As with so
many of the bands of the era, BESERK came to an end when both Dutch and
Tony were called up for national service.
(See also NOCTURNAL CREATURE, THATCH and ANVIL)
1970 - 1972
- Lead vocals & organ
- Rhythm guitar & saxophone
At the time of their formation, most of the band's members were
university students - Kinnear and Lloyd were student doctors and
Bunting was studying law. Herbert worked for a local
accountancy firm and Schofield joined after responding to a
newspaper advert, placed by the band, for a trumpet player.
Bruce Kinnear on the drums/Geoff Herbert on
bass and Alan Lloyd on lead vocals and the ivories.
The band specialised in covers of bands of the day including
Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Keef Hartley, appearing
regularly at Brett's Night Club and Le Coq D'Or - as well as the
usual rounds of social events like weddings and school dances - during
See also - TIDBURY PARISH COUNCIL.
See also LINCOLN
BLACK ANGELS (Added 09/05/06)
Participated in the Texan Rock Band Competition at Trade Fair
Rhodesia in 1977.
BLACKJACKS (Updated 18/07/06)
Home town: Salisbury
- Guitar & vocals
Ray Taylor - Guitar
Ian Burton - Bass
Jimmy Duncan - Drums
A high school band comprising scholars from Ellis Robins.
Participated in the Texan Rock Band Competition at Trade
Fair Rhodesia in 1977.
See also OTIS WAYGOOD BLUES BAND
- Dennis Scott - Drums & vocals
- Bill Malkin - Rhythm guitar
- Deidre Prentis - Vocals & keyboards
BRIEF INTERVAL (Added 29/06/2010)
- Charles "Boonchie" Taylor
- Lead guitar
- Brian Russ
- Rhythm guitar
- Chookie Milner
- Cecil "Chilli" Porter
- John Edmond - Guitar, harmonica & vocals
- Derek Dillon - Guitar
- Bill Coleman - Guitar & vocals
- Eugene van der Watt - Washboard
- Ian Kerr - Tea chest bass, later electric bass
The original line-up of the BUSHCATS underwent various personnel
changes, including Allan Goodwin replacing Derek Dillon on lead
guitar. Pete Dene, Harry Hayden, Joe Craig (from Scotland) and
Wally Webb all spent time with the band as lead guitarists at different
stages. Peter Liebenberg was the band's only drummer, recruited
when the band became a rock outfit.