Παραθέτω έναν κατάλογο με συγκροτήματα που έδρασαν στη Ροδεσία (νυν Ζιμπάμπουε) στα sixties και τα seventies, και τα οποία είχαν συμπατριώτες μας στις συνθέσεις τους. Eπειδή ελληνικό ροκ (δηλαδή ροκ παιγμένο από Έλληνες) είναι κάτι πολύ περισσότερο απ' ό,τι νομίζεται...
Circa: 1974 – 1976. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Nigel Dams vocals, guitar & keyboards, Ryan Van Coller vocals, guitar & keyboards, Harvey Ward bass & vocals, Nick Matzukis drums & vocals.
Circa: 1969. Home town: Fort Victoria. Members: Kevin "Dutch" Van der Westhuizen bass & vocals, Jim Dawson lead guitar & vocals, Tony Geranios drums.
3. CLASSIC FOUR
Circa: 1974 – 1975. Home town: Bulawayo. Members: Rob Walmsley organ, Adrian King guitar, Richard Bridgeford bass guitar, Peter Price drums. Replacement members: Andy Demetriou, John Edwards bass.
Circa: ?. Home town: Bulawayo. Members: Colin Payne lead guitar & lead vocals, Rudi Goema keyboards & trumpet, Paul Amato guitar, saxophone & flute, Bernie Alan-Brown saxophones, Adrian King guitar. In 1969, Colin Payne, Adrian King and Paul Amato left. With replacements the new line-up became: Ronnie Robshaw guitar, Jock Cameron bass (ex-Tall Boys), Rob Cushman saxophone, Mike Westcott vocals, Colin Payne vocals, Andy Demetriou lead guitar, flute & saxophone, Adrian King rhythm guitar, Jock Cameron bass guitar, Rob Walmsley organ, rhythm guitar & trumpet, Bernie Alan Brown sax & trombone, Peter Price drums.
Circa: 1970's. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Mike Lennas, Dave Lloyd, Dave Schofield, Charlie (?) drums.
6. ERIC DIVARIS & THE TONE SETTERS
Circa: 1967. Home town: ?. Members: Eric Divaris vocals, keyboards & drums, Manuel Francisco bass, drums & vocals, Carol Flack keyboards, vibes & vocals, Derek Pershouse bass, drums & vocals. The band gigged extensively in Durban and toured South Africa. Recordings: They released one single: Take Your Hands Off My Body (1968).
Circa: 1973. Home town: Gwelo. Members: Nick Lostrom vocals, Brian Jakubec keyboards, Mossie Hill drums, Mike (Beb) Othitis guitar, Paddy Keogh guitar, Manager: Tom Whitney.
Circa: ?. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Graham Yates lead vocals, Kyle Lee lead guitar, Dennis Haunt rhythm guitar, Lorna Kopfman organ, John Vareldzis drums.
9. FURIESCirca: 1958. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Mike Westcott vocals, Duncan Harvey lead guitar, Mike Murray bass, Nick Gonifras drums. Dave “Squeege” Lewis, who was a member of the earlier line-up, left the band to join the Etonians in 1963. Pol Rogers joined later as saxophonist.
Circa: ?. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Tony Divaris vocals & saxophone, Barney Helsdinger lead guitar, Johnny Divaris rhythm guitar, Christo Divaris bass guitar, Scap Cicero drums. Additional members: Will Wallace replaced Barney Helsdinger in 1973, John Dennis replaced Will Wallace in 1976. Popular band seen regularly at venues such as Club Tomorrow, Le Coq d’Or and the University Students’ Union. See also Mello Yello.
11. MELLO YELLO
Circa: ?. Home town: ?. Members: Tony Divaris, Johnny Divaris, Christo Divaris, Keith Lander, Roy Jackson.
Circa: 1973-1974. Home town: ?. Members: Andy Demetriou vocals, Louis Ribero guitar, Barry Irwin bass, Keith Hutchinson keyboards, Brahm Malherbe drums. The band played progressive rock but did not survive for long. Brahm Malherbe played for a time with legendary South African band, Hawk, and his brother, Calvin, with Rubbaband.
13. OTIS WAYGOOD BLUES BAND
Circa: 1968. Home town: Bulawayo. Members: Rob Zipper guitar, saxophone, harmonica, vocals, Alan Zipper bass, Ivor Rubenstein drums, Leigh Sagar lead guitar, Martin Jackson flute, Angus McLean piano, Bennie Miller guitar. Otis Waygood were the finest exponents of blues Southern Africa has ever had. The forerunner of Otis Waygood Blues Band was Blues Crusade, heavily influenced by John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters-style of blues. In November 1969, Rob & Alan Zipper, Ivor Rubenstein and Leigh Sagar moved to South Africa and undertook a self-organised countrywide tour. This exposure led to their being signed up by the Clive Calder-Ralph Simon management team. Singer and flautist, Martin Jackson, had a brief spell in the line-up during this period but left in November 1970 and was replaced by Harry Poulos. Bennie Miller had left Rhodesia by this time and had come down to join Otis Waygood, replacing Poulos. Otis Waygood’s blues-jazz fusion made them one of the top live bands of the early 70's but, unfortunately, their releases failed to do them real justice. Nevertheless, “Fever” must rate as one of the finest singles ever released in South Africa. In 1971 the group travelled to the United Kingdom. After several years of playing the British clubs, as Otis Waygood, they change their name to Isiah. Little was heard of them until 1974, when re-naming themselves again as Immigrant, they added three caribbean musicians to their line-up and pursued a more reggae-based sound. Ivor Rubenstein has since joined another British reggae outfit. Recordings: Singles: “Fever” (1970) on Parlophone, “Everything I Am” (1970) on Decca (Possibly a UK release). Albums: “Otis Waygood Blues Band” (1970) on Parlophone, “Simply” (1971) on Parlophone, “Ten Light Claps And A Scream” (1971) on Parlophone. They were also featured on the compilation album: Rock Today With The Big Heavies And Mixed Bag (1971) on Parlophone.
14. PINK CHAMPAGNECirca: ?. Home town: ?. Members: Andy Demetriou lead guitar, Paul Amato rhythm guitar, Leslie Winderbaum bass, Rob Walmsley organ, Norman Oakley drums.
15. PLATO’S REPUBLIC (για την ονομασία)
Circa: 1969-1971. Home town: ?. Members: Tommy (Sean) Goddard lead vocals, Keith Small lead guitar, Ric Accorsi keyboards, John Kirsten bass, Frank Reynolds drums.
Circa: 1965. Home town: ?. Members: Norman Oakley drums, Rob Walmsley guitar, Andrew Demetriou bass (see also Museum), Darryl Margoritis organ.
17. SAPPHIRES Circa: 1960-1964. Home town: Bulawayo. Members: Flo Phillotheou lead guitar, John Kirkham bass, Chris Warner rhythm guitar & vocals, Chad Somerville drums.
18. SYNAPSE Circa: 1977-1978. Home town: Salisbury. Members: Graham Yates lead vocals, Kyle Kee lead guitar, vocals, Dennis Haunt rhythm guitar, Victor Kee bass guitar, Lana Kopman keyboards, John Vereldzis drums.
Circa: 1970. Home town: Fort Victoria. Members: Jim Dawson guitar & vocals Paul (?) bass, Penny Demitriou keyboards, Graham Mondo drums.