July 9, Salt Rock Beach, Ballito
They called it the Mr. Price Pro Acoustic Night but tonight I saw gadgetry that would turn purists’ hearts. The words "unplugged" and "acoustic" need serious revision, some new term that describes the situation properly. Still, the line up was an all-star cast of South African acoustic musicians, from Guy Buttery and Nibs van der Spuy, to Farryl Purkiss and Ard Matthews.When I got to Salt Rock Beach, Ballito band Sidewash was on stage. With a jiving ballie on bass, a bearded soul-jah on acoustic guitar, a backpacker-looking dude on bongos and a Bradley Nowell-inspired lead singer, you don’t get much more surfer rock than Sidewash. They even sang a song about sunscreen called "The Tom-aydo Song." And their name’s Sidewash for crying out loud! "Sunscreen’s there for a reason-ah...."
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