Return Of The Tokoloshe Men: Demented Sounds from the 60s Teen Scenes of Jo'Burg, Cape Town, Durban and Beyond!


Isolated and shunned by the western world, South Africa's rock music scene was buried under the ugly weight of politics and the brutality of the Apartheid system in place at the time. Nearly 60 years later, in a country still struggling to find its identity, we can look back and examine the small, but flourishing music scene of South Africa. Operating under the harsh iron grip of the regime, young groups emerged, driven by the sounds of rock n' roll and freedom. Back in 1971, Clive Calder, one of rock's premier custodians, reflected on his journey to success through the 1960s: "A handful of bands produced highly creative music and young South Africa welcomed them with open arms. Gullible powers retaliated by banning or restricting their artistic influence and radio stations ignored them!" Return Of The Tokoloshe Men smashes preconceptions and breaks through the shackles of political divide and hypocrisy. Featuring over 150 ultra-rare, original recordings from 1964-1972 with detailed liners that reveal the behind the scenes stories with a plethora of original memorabilia, Return Of The Tokoloshe Men is a precious insight into another world, still unknown to many. Includes full-color, 88-page, perfect-bound booklet with detailed group biographies and rare images.

Features Them, The A-Cads, The Upsetters, Bill Kimber & The Couriers, The Invaders, John E. Sharpe & The Squires, Tall Emma & His Skippers, The 004s, The Mad Munks, The Shake Spears, Johnny Kongos & The G-Men, Danny Rivers & The Savages, The Navarones, The End, The Zombies, Hank Squires, The News, The Gonks, The Shangaans, The Etonians, The Kynd, Rigar 5, The Dominoes, The Bats, The Flames, The Staccatos, Mickie Most & His Playboys, The Five, The Hobos, The Anchor Beat Group, The Chequers, The Zeroes, The Hoochie Coochies, The Difference, The Vedettes, Johnny Dean & The Apaches, Bo Street Runners, The Crescendoes, Dunny & The Showmen, The Fireflies, The Leemen Ltd, The Drifters, Finders Keepers, Dave Anthony Quartet, The Rising Sons, Una Valli, Freedom's Children, The Attraction, McCully Workshop, Quentin E Klopjaeger, The Lunar 5, Bernie Brown, Birds Of A Feather, Ray Coussins, Floribunda Rose, The Outlet, The Square Set, Quentin E. Klopjaeger & The Gonks, Scrugg, Allan Gold, John & Philipa Cooper, Humphrey, Emil Dean, William E., The Third Eye, John Phillips, Ronnie Cline's Expressions, The Influence, Una Valli & The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Candid Camera, Bryan Miller's Destruction, The Omega Limited, Dickie Loader, Colored Rain, Aerophone, Tidal Wave, Freedom's Children, The Wild Things, Abstract Truth, Sharon Tandy, and Dickie Loader & Friends.