Music has played, and is still playing, an important part in my life. This site was originally established to highlight some of the organisations with whom I have been involved, including the Talent Mirror Organisation, Brighter Promotions and Cumberland Community Radio, now known as Alive90.5 . However, as a result of comments received, it is being expanded to try to record the history of music in South Africa from the 50s to ... The late 50s and 60s was the time when the music scene started to really take off all over the world in a way different to what had been before. This was the period when rock ‘n’ roll had established itself and three of the biggest music groups i.e. The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees appeared on the entertainment scene. It was also the time of the instrumentals with The Shadows and
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The Ventures leading the way. Soul and Rhythm and Blues music also became more mainstream. The dance bands such as The Blue Ricks, The Dukes Combo and Sam’s Latin Kings now had competition in the form of rock groups that did not feature a saxophonist. Instead the new groups basically consisted of a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, a bass guitarist and a drummer plus, perhaps, a specialist vocalist. Generally, though, most members of the groups would act as lead or support vocalists. In Natal the leading groups were The Flames, The Jets, The Rebels with Essop Ganie as the lead vocalist, The Cheyennes, The Insects, The Wild Things, The Big 4 and The Raiders, complementing the more established recording groups such as Gene Rockwell and The Falcons and Dickie Loader and The Blue Jeans. Elsewhere, The Invaders in the Eastern Cape and The Rockets and Lunar Five, featuring Bernie Brown,  in Cape Town started to make names for themselves. In Johannesburg El Ricas and The Lyceum Combo reigned supreme in the Dance area. Groups such as The Meteors and The Bats also started to create waves. Artists of colour found it almost impossible to obtain recording contracts with the big companies and so independent recording groups such as the Talent Mirror Organisation, Raj Music and the Record King group gave the locals an opportunity to get on record. I was fortunate to be involved with The Flames during their early days. I wrote the first two songs they recorded and assisted with the production of their first LP “Ummm! Oh Yeah!!!” as well as writing the sleeve notes for it. With my partner at TMO, John McKenzie, I recorded a number of Durban artists including Edries Fredericks, The Big 4 and The Insects. I also produced recordings for Raj Productions (with Mahomed Gany) and The Record King Group, and produced backing tracks for the Virginia Lee’s Durban Song Festival. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t record more artists, especially Bill and Mavis Roach. Another was not completing a project to produce a Virginia Lee album with The Insects providing the instrumental backings. Bing Kinsey I am always on the lookout for information on artists of that era who have enriched our lives with music, as well as photos and recordings. If you have any material and are prepared to share them with me and visitors to this site, please contact me at My thanks to the many people who have contributed to this site including  John McKenzie, Edries and Sally Fredericks, Steve Fataar, Tertius Louw, Bas Mollenkramer, Barry Otto, Lance Saunders, Lionel Peters, Reaz Moorad, Tyron van Rooyen, Marq Vaz, Vincent Fassom, Mahomed Gany, Yogan Naidoo, Indran Kathan,Buddy Govender, Ishaan Blunden, Rafs Mayet, Rashied Mohammed, Andre van Dyke, Angela Naidoo.

Latest Updates

9 October 2016 Corrected page on Vivienne Kensley 1 October 2016 Added Photo of Sam Abrahams 4 September 2016 Added photo of Record King 9 August 2016 Added Information on Eddie Gratino. Sky High by The Cheyennes 6 August 2016 More info on Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar added to Flames Page Photo of Virginia Lee & Judy Allen