THE PEBBLE SHAKERS
The Pebble Shakers is a Cape Town-based group of jazz musicians specialising in swing-era tunes that will have your feet tapping and your booty shaking like it's 1937!
To celebrate the history of swing in South Africa, the band also plays a selection of swinging South African tunes that haven't been played live in over 70 years. The early marabi and swing tunes were played in the dance halls and shebeens of Sophiatown, Alexandra and District 6, and were sometimes accompanied by the shaking of tin cans filled with pebbles. The Pebble Shakers play regularly for the swing dance community in Cape Town.
TAKE A LISTEN
Ain't Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
St James Infirmary
Sunny Side of the Street
This is the first batch of songs we'll be transcribing for the project – take a listen to the samples below.
If you'd like to sponsor one of these songs, head over to the Indiegogo page.
Unomeva (Welcome Duru)
Dolly Rathebe and the African Ink Spots
Third Avenue Special
Alexandra All Star Band
Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band
Boogie Woogie Wam
We received some seed funding earlier this year to start transcribing a few songs. These are the 7 songs we've already been working on and which we played for the first time at Mother City Hop 2018. If you'd like to help us finish these, you can sponsor them at a reduced rate of $150 each, as much of the work has already been done. We hope to make the transcriptions of all the songs available as soon as we untangle the legal issues.
See You Later
Lemmy Special Mabaso
Tlhapi Ke Noga
Be My Guest
The Manhattan Brothers
Banana ba Rustenburg
Miriam Makeba With The Manhattan Brothers