In 1972 two budding young musicians, Danny de Wet and Lucien Windrich, met at school in Boksburg, formed a band and then spent hours and hours in a rehearsal room in Brenthurst, Brakpan.
Years later, this band became one of South Africa’s most iconic bands of the 80s, éVOID – which had two mega-hits with Shadows and Taximan.
Danny has now written the definitive first-hand history of SA rock, and for the book launch concert on April 6, Lucien, his friend of five decades, arrives from London to play with Danny and celebrate with other guests.
The show will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnyard Theater at the Emperors Palace.
Lucien and a host of musician friends will join Danny as he takes to the stage once again to celebrate the launch of his book, Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n Roll… in Africa.
Over the past five years, Danny has been happy to let his drumsticks gather dust, as he has written South African rock music history in the varied roles he has played over the past 40 years – musician , producer, venue owner and record label marketing force at David Gresham Records as well as The Parlotones.
Cito and Martin Schofield, former bandmates of Wonderboom’s Danny, are part of a cast that includes Paul Hodgson of The Parlotones, Rob McLennan and Ian Wiggins of No Friends of Harry, and three longtime close friends in Tim Parr (Baxtop/Ellamental), Ajay Lotter (The Electric Petals) and Larry Rose (Hotline).
There will also be a special appearance by Duck Chowles, the dynamic performer and mastermind of many Barnyard Theater productions.
For the first time ever, Lucien and Cito will duet on Shadows, SA’s most enduring mega-hit – the original eVOID gem that Wonderboom brought back to the top of the charts a decade and a half later.
Other hits Danny has played on like Sister Love, Johnny Calls The Chemist and Africa are included, as well as iconic South African classics like The Asylum Kids, Hawk, Johnny Clegg and The Radio Rats.
International influences are also paid homage, as Danny and his friends tip their hats to Bob Dylan, The Beatles,
The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Cure, Simple Minds, Rodriguez and more.
Ten singers, nine guitarists and three percussionists in the evening make this unique show an extravaganza not to be missed.
Sex, Drums & Rock ‘n Roll… in Africa is the only book of its kind to comprehensively but entertainingly document the history of rock music in South Africa.
Danny’s engaging, humorous, sometimes self-deprecating and cheeky style will take you on an exhilarating journey down memory lane as you rediscover the people, places and songs that shaped a generation.
Anyone who grew up in the 70s, 80s and 90s will revel in the stories of the bands and musicians who were instrumental in creating the unique soundtrack of a nation on the brink of transformation, and then a country embracing his fate.
Danny lived the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and saw it all behind the drums. From school halls to crowded stadiums, elevators to limos and everywhere in between, it’s an unequivocal tribute to his bandmates, influences, friends, family and fans who made it all possible.
Danny’s four-decade career in the entertainment industry includes stints at high-profile record labels, marketing Prime Circle/The Parlotones and co-ownership of Wings Beat Bar, where the Springbok Nude Girls got their start in Johannesburg. and Chris Chameleon’s University Group held a residency.
As a musician he has headlined every major festival in South Africa, playing to over a hundred thousand fans at the Concert in The Park charity event and appearing on posters with Simple Minds, Live, 30 Seconds to Mars, Korn, The Mission, Muse. , Kaiser Chiefs, Mike and The Mechanics and Good Charlotte.
Danny’s unique adventure includes meaningful encounters with international superstars like Eric Clapton, U2, Richard Branson, Rodriguez, David Lee Roth (Van Halen), Coolio and the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave).
He has also held international clinics with drummer Tom Petty and Grammy-nominated sound engineer Linkin Park, as well as tour management with Feeder, Wishbone Ash, Soulfly, Missy Higgins, Starsailor and Wayne Hussey.
Sex Drums & Rock & Roll…in Africa, the much-anticipated and long-awaited story of South African rock ‘n roll from the late 70s to the present day cannot be told as fully and colorfully as by Danny…all the way Along the southern part of the African continent, there is no one with such an abundance of first-hand knowledge, in so many facets, of the rock music industry.
A plethora of anecdotes about the bands Danny has played to rival the escapades of international wild rockers like Ozzy Osborne, with whom he shares a birthday, and are accompanied by a myriad of “behind the scenes” reveals that tell stories about Karen Zoid, The Parlotones, Not Harry’s Friends, Barney Simon, Springbok Nude
Girls, Brenda Fassie, Prime Circle, Johnny Clegg, The Radio Rats, Sugardrive, Koos Kombuis, Wings Beat Bar, David Gresham Records and many more.