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.



Ain't Gonna Give You None Of My Jelly Roll

Baby Ntsoare

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me


St James Infirmary

Sunny Side of the Street



Saturday March 23
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mother City Hop
Sunday March 24
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mother City Hop
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A transcription project to preserve and revive the unique South African swing music from the 1930s-50s.


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

Sweet Talk
Manhattan Brothers

Swazi Stomp
African Swingsters

Skokiaan (Chikokiyana)
Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band

Lo Tsotsi
Damuza Mdledle

Kalla's Special
Spokes Mashiyane

Dipsy Doodle
Manhattan Brothers

Diepkloof Ekha
Jazz Dazzlers

Boogie Woogie Wam
Walter Theletsane

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
Dolly Rathebe

Clarinet Kwela
Kippie Moeketsi

Spokes Mashiyane

Be My Guest
The Manhattan Brothers

Banana ba Rustenburg
Spokes Mashiyane

Baby Ntsoare
Miriam Makeba With The Manhattan Brothers