1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

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Cape Axe – Jorge Carlos

Cape Axe – Jorge Carlos

Cape Axe - Jorge Carlos

Cape Axe – Jorge Carlos

The “axe” part of the title of this song suggests some sort of thrash metal extravaganza, and yes, there is an element of this in ‘Cape Axe’, an instrumental piece by Argentinian-born musician Jorge Carlos. But it’s the ‘Cape’ in the title that tells you this is not going to be a full on aural assault. Once you get south of the Karoo, you seem to find a different attitude to life, a more relaxed air.

The juxtaposition of ‘Cape’ with ‘Axe’ is what makes this piece so interesting. Clocking in at over nine minutes, the song ebbs and flows between pounding waves of roaring guitar and Jean Michel-Jarre-y trippy synth interludes. It is an opus magnum of rock/dance/chill that, draws you in from the first noodling keyboard and acoustic guitars to the pounding drums and air-guitar inducing licks. Lose yourself in this, it may just be the most enjoyable 9 minutes you spend today.

(P.S. If you are not a Floyd purist, try playing ‘Cape Axe’ at the same time as Pink Floyd’s ‘Careful With That Axe Eugene’ for some extra trippy effects. The version from the Live in Pompeii concert is particularly good.)

Where to find it:
Trip Of Africa – Jorge Carlos (1998), NebulaBOS, NEB 0115

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