• Larry Butchins

Episode 2 - Ridge of White Waters

A glimpse of Johannesburg as it was in the 1970s, and particularly the early Rand pioneer buildings, which became candidates for National Monument status. These buildings are typical of Albert de Jong’s offices, " an old turn-of-the-century two-storied building, with filigree wrought iron balconies. The sort of run-down building that...would rely for its existence on its ability to be protected as a “National Monument” in tribute to the early Rand pioneers."

The Volkswagen Passat the Adam would have hired at Johannesburg's Jan Smuts Airport:

Johannes "Spokes" Mashiyane: A Pennywhistle artist who graced the South African kwela music scene from the 1950s to the 1970s, born near Pretoria, South Africa at Vlakfontein on 20 January 1933 and died in the Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg of cirrhosis of the liver on 9 February 1972. Spokes Mashiyane, is credited as having popularized kwela or pennywhistle jive with his recordings Ace Blues and Kwela Spokes in 1954. In the years that followed he would remain one of the most famous and prolific proponents of this musical style.

The opening clip is called Thaba Bosio:

I also added a clip of Spokes playing the saxaphone on Banana Ba Rustenberg:

Also check out other Spokes Mashiyane tracks on: