Home Of Rhodie Music

Welcome to Rhodie Music

Welcome to Rhodie Music website at this exciting time when the site is celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

Although the primary focus of the site is the contemporary music scene in, what was known as Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, between the years 1950 – 1980, there are sections, too, on commercial and popular Zimbabwe music and the musicians who are making it, as well as on those veteran musicians who continue to ply their trade.  Indeed, many of their sons and daughters have also gone on to follow paths in music – they, too, have been provided for. 

Since its initial launch 20 years ago, the site is believed to have had, conservatively, at least one million views, 81 000 of these occurring in the last two years alone.  Not bad for a site which does not enjoy any paid advertising, sponsorship or marketing.  It is a true beneficiary of the power of the “word of mouth”

The search is on-going for additional, or fresh, content for the site – those of us who are over the age of 60 are the last generation who bore witness to the incredible talents and skills of our musical fraternity during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  It is important to future generations, researchers and musicologists that this vibrant, influential and important chapter of our country’s history – bursting with talent – is comprehensively, and properly, documented and stored.  Sadly, many of those who have contributed content to the site, or are featured in it, have left us and gone to greener pastures.  Their contributions to this site, as well as the broader Rhodie Music genre, will never be forgotten.

So, this is a renewed appeal to  anyone who participated in the era, be it as a musician, sound engineer, disco operator, go-go dancer, cabaret artist, roadie, dance floor icon, journalist, television or radio presenter or audience member to please share your knowledge, experiences, stories, photographs and memorabilia with the site administrator at rhodiemusic@gmail.com

You will find links throughout the site to YouTube, and other recordings of Rhodie and/or Zimbabwe bands and musicians in action.  Rhodie Music is also represented in various Facebook groups and pages, including:

  • Rhodie Music
  • Rhodesian Musicians
  • Friends Who Like Rhodie Music
  • Beverley Rocks Folk Music Club

In addition to this, two Soundcloud groups have been set up so that you can enjoy original recordings of many of our favourite bands.  It has taken many hours of research and listening by a small, dedicated, group of individuals to find many of these recordings. The links are as follows:

Rhodie Music

Beverley Rocks Folk Music

The site is run purely for recreational and research purposes – it does not carry advertising and all content has been contributed without charge or fee.  The site administrator carries the costs, such as they exist.  If content is copied from this site, please acknowledge the source in whatever future use it is put to.

Tips for using this site:

  • On the home page you fill find tabs with different labels (Bands, Solo Artists etc) – click on the tab you’d like to follow;
  • If you are looking for a specific artist, band or event use the SEARCH panel on the right hand side of the page above the most popular topics;
  • When looking for bands, drop the prefix “The”.  In other words, if you are looking for the Drifters, just put Drifters into the search panel.

The vast majority of content on this site has been contributed by the artists themselves. Where other sources have been resorted to, permission has been obtained for such use and the appropriate acknowledgements appear on the site.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SITE IS NOT A MUSIC VENDOR. WE DO NOT SELL, EXCHANGE OR COPY MUSIC! IF YOU ARE SEEKING MUSIC RELATED TO THIS TOPIC, PLEASE VISIT OUR SHOP PAGES WHERE GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED ON WHERE THIS MATERIAL CAN BE PURCHASED.  IN ADDITION TO THIS, THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR DOES NOT SUPPLY LYRICS OR CHORDS FOR SONGS.  THESE SHOULD BE OBTAINED FROM THE RELEVANT PUBLISHING HOUSES, MUSIC WEBSITES, SHOPS OR THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES.  

All material posted on this site is done so in good faith.  Whilst every effort is made to verify content before it is posted, there is a possibility that inaccuracies may occur on occasion.  The site administrator does not accept any responsibility for these errors. If you are aware of, or detect any such blemishes, please contact the site administrator at your earliest convenience at rhodiemusic@gmail.com

ASSOCIATED SITES

Shout Music Company:  www.shoutmc.com

Dan Shout – Saxophonist:  www.danshout.co.za

Dan Shout – Saxoshout – YouTube Channel:  www.youtube.com/user/saxoshout

Bedrock (The Band In The Sand)/The Bedrock Project: www.bedrockband.com

Boring Cape Town Chick – Lifestyle Blog:  www.boringcapetownchick.com