6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smoldering
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multiple Listening
B: Deserves Another Spin
C: Once Should Suffice

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VALIANT SWART - Deur Die Donker Vallei (Wildebeest Records)
The Blues / Rock king from Stellenbosch is back with another smooth, sliding bit of SA pop history. Thirteen tracks of Afrikaans tracks filled with the celebration of hitting the road, missing your darling, the country that is South Africa, life and all the valleys through which we find ourselves on our trials, tribulations and travels, be it internally or for real. With a little bit of a country/boeremusiek atmosphere dribbling through, it does however not retract from its poetry and blues/rock attitude. The album has a mysterious, touching feeling of the long road ahead, and behind you, and all of the things youíve encountered, are experiencing and are about to discover. Many would see this as student pub music, but itís definitely far more than that.
David Kramer meets Koos Kombuis is also not a fair description. Valiant has carved his own niche in the SA music industry, gaining his own identity without having to follow any specifics. With tens of thousands of miles covered for tours, gigs and festivals, it is no wonder that Valiant has nurtured such an intimate relationship with the road. Most musicians will identify with this, but anyone with an ear for music will do the same, even if their not a repÖ[PS. The moody cover artwork and photography is by drummer, artist & ex my ex-art teacher Vernon Swart]
- PB
4 / B

This South African tenor has quite a voice on him as he pelts out fine versions of
Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart and more. With a fine performance by the Munchener Runfunkorchester, conducted by world renowned conductor Ralf Weikert, they compliment Deonís fine voice wonderfully. Worthy of any international competition, this can be appreciated by more than just classical music lovers.
- PB
4 / A