Music, bands, films

African music

I’ve had an  obsession with African music since the early 1980s, after buying Hugh Masekela’s Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz LP (Blue Note 1973). I DJ’d an African music  program on radio 5MMM Adelaide, Back to Black, in 1986-7. I’ve many 1000s of African MP3s & CDs particularly from the  golden age of early 1980s Congolese music. A large selection of favourite African tracks is on my Spotify page. All the music I played on Simon Marnie’s ABC Sydney Sonic Journey in May 2019 is here.

My review of the 2020 documentary on Congolese rumba The Rumba Kings

My Spotify playlists

Australian   African   Blues   Classical   Country/Folk    Latin     Jazz   Pop   Reggae/Soca   Rock     Soul    Surf     1960s  World    250 Desert Island Tracks  

Annual 50 best discovered/rediscovered tracks: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

50 best discovered 2017    50 best discovered 2018  50 best discovered/rediscovered 2019  50 best discovered/rediscovered in 2020 Weepingly beautiful 

Screen Shot 2019-11-08 at 7.30.51 am.png50 best discovered/rediscovered 2022 (under construction)

My Youtube playlists

AfricanFull concertsFavourite single tracks. Sir Les Patterson

My bands: the Original Faux Pas and the Bleeding Hearts

2010 lunch

The Original Faux Pas (2006-13): L-R Julie Leask (vocals), Dave Petroni (bass), Rob Heard (keys), Strat Mairs (drums), Trish Kirby (vocals), Simon Chapman (vocals), Mitchell Ward (guitar), Bob Cumming (guitar) Also at other times: Geoff McLellan (sax), Paul Grogan (guitar), Les McLaren (bass, keys), Cathy Sutcliffe (vocals), Bob Jones (guitar)


The Bleeding Hearts (2013-18): L-R Trish Kirby (keys), Simon Chapman (vocals), Suzanne Plater (vocals), Bob Jones (guitar), Rob Brennan (drums), Paul Grogan (guitar, drums), Dave Petroni (bass) Also at other times: Michael Surina (drums), Angelo Vardenega (bass), Adrian King (guitar), Mark Tanner (harmonica)

Here’s a selection of our YouTube vids plus a band history listing all gigs and list of every song we played.

(2016)M'villeBowlo April 30

Here’s a list of all bands and performers I can remember seeing

Word file list of all movies & series seen 2015-2021, with trailer links & rated