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Money Baby – Tidal Wave

Money Baby – Tidal Wave

Money Baby – Tidal Wave

‘Money Baby’ was the last of 4 Springbok Top 20 hits that Tidal Wave would have. It would spend 3 weeks on the chart and peak at 15 which was not as strong a showing as ‘Spider Spider’ and ‘Mango Mango’ (both of which went top 10), but did peak 1 place higher than ‘Green Mamba’, their other hit. The moral of the story is that if you are called Tidal Wave, sing songs that repeat words in the title.

That said, one has to give credit to the band for not just, erm, cashing in on the success of their repeated word title hits and trying out different avenues. ‘Money Baby’ is a 70’s rock song and proud of it. It has hints of the glam rock that was beginning to find popularity in the UK. There is a full on guitar sound, strong chirpy vocals and, that vital ingredient, a plethora of drums. Thrown into the mix is some swirling organ which neatly links the song with some of the 60s psychedelic stuff without sounding like it.

While not as catchy as ‘Mango Mango’ or as pysch-y as ‘Spider Spider’, ‘Money Baby’ sits neatly on the progressive path that rock music was taking and showed a band that was not only in touch with what was happening in the music world but was also able to adapt to the changes.

Where to find it:
Spider Spider – Best Of The Tidal Wave, The Tidal Wave, Fresh Music,  FRESHCD 159

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Vas Trap – Tidal Waves

Tidal Waves - Manifesto

Tidal Waves – Manifesto

For a split second as ‘Vas Trap’ by the Tidals Waves (not to be confused with 70’s band the singular Tidal Wave) starts its journey through your speakers, you may be forgiven for  thinking that you had accidently put Susan Fassbender’s ‘Twilight Café’ on by mistake, but that very quickly disappears as it is only the first few notes that sound similar. And about 16 seconds in, when someone starts going “Hey boeta!” you have forgotten about Susan (that is if you remembered her song at all) and you are careering down a deserted Northern Cape road, enjoying the fuel-injected donkey cart ride of your life.

There’s that township-tummy-grumbling bass going on, a falsetto guitar trying to be a banjo and a boere accordion thrown in for good measure. The lyrics are, as the title suggest, in Afrikaans, but sung with a Cape Coloured accent. It’s goema with voema. All this from a black reggae band. Tidal Waves are Keogile Charlie Mathopa, Jaco Mr Mans, Tebogo Drumbo Shoai and Zoyisile Zakes Wulana, the latter two hailing from Klersdorp.

In this little gem, they detour slightly from their usual reggae and have taken the Rainbow Nation’s music from all creeds and colours, put it into a blender and flicked the switch. The result is a smoothie full of all the goodness you need to put a smile on your dial.

Where to find it:
Maifesto – Tidal Waves (2011), Southern Pulse, 13632

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