The Kinsey Report
Updated  10 May  2022

The Strangers

V1.0 In around 1964, the era of rock 'n roll and mind-bending psychedelic music, the  Coronationville based teenage pop group “The Strangers” was formed. Almost  immediately, the band started a hectic rehearsal program in preparation for the then imminent “Battle of the Bands” - a local music competition held at the Avalon cinema in Fordsburg. It was a hard-won battle against the immensely popular Les Knights who were formidable rivals. Other groups on the local scene at that time were Those Five, The Denims, The Exciters, Little Cass and the Hoochie Coochies, Madi and the Goldfingers, The Square Circle, The Vikings, The Nu Sounds and The Pied Pipers to name a few. The band then were the two (founding brothers) Peter and Michael Snyman, Bass and Rhythm guitars, Eugene van Heerden, Lead guitar, Stephen Cohen, Drummer, and Neville Carelse, Lead Vocals. They were also the backing band for the renowned Lebanese singer Emil Dean and were the first multi-racial pop group in the apartheid era to attain relative success locally on the LM & Springbok radio hit parades with recordings such as ‘A Little Bit of Soap’ and ‘The Boat that I Row’. The group performed regularly at clubs such as “The Stable” at the old Hyde Park Hotel in Sandton, the Cedars of Lebanon and the Shangrila in Hillbrow. Emil Dean subsequently left the group for the UK where he was cast in the West End musical “Catch My Soul” alongside the world famous singer P J Proby. V2.0 Around 1969, after Eugene left the band, Aubrey Canham, who had just moved back to Johannesburg from Cape Town, was recruited to replace him. The band was now managed by Clive Calder, who immediately arranged a national tour of South Africa, and Zimbabwe, (which was then Rhodesia) with then Miss South Africa, Pearl Jansen, Herbie Blackfoot, Terry Fortune, and Ivan Ross as supporting artists. When the extremely famous Flames came to South Africa to do a final tour before their split, The Strangers were called in to tour (again) South Africa and Rhodesia as their support group. The highlight for the band (The Strangers) was when they played the opening notes of the (banned in the RSA) song “The Melting Pot” by Blue Mink. The over 20,000 screaming fans in the Glamis Stadium (Harare, previously Salisbury) went “ballistic”!! Emil Dean Zhogby rejoined the band around 1973 and was instrumental in their final album they recorded before splitting around 1974. “Move On Over”, and “I’m gonna make it on Home” from the album were quite big hits in the RSA and Rhodesia. (Information provided by Aubrey Canham)
The Strangers
Left To Right: Aubrey Canham, Stephen Cohen, Peter Snyman, Neville Carelse and Michael Snyman
Eugene Van Heerden