Kalahari Surfers – Bigger Than Jesus (cassette, 1989)

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GAJOOB Review by Bryan Baker, 6/30/1992:

This tape was banned in South Africa, so it’s being distributed by Jay Scott’s independent tape label, Network 77. The title cut offers social commentary on the response to John Lennon’s famous “We’re bigger than jesus” quote, and inlcudes sound bites from evangelist agitators and Beatle-paraphanalia burnings that were organized at the time. There is a heavy, intelligently pointed, socially conscious voice throughout the tape, like on “National Party,” which contains the phrase, Everybody dance and sing, happiness is everythin. To the door with the boot, to the boot with the skull. Everybody on their knees, everybody happy please. W. Sony’s lyrics are often beautifully descriptive, full of imagery. That, coupled with some powerful music that varies from rock to reggae, makes this a must-have release.

Media: cassette.

PRICE: $8.00

CONTACT: Jay Scott, NETWORK 77, CAPE TOWN, South Africa

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