SHAKE , RATTLE and ROLL at the show

2015-05-28 06:00
PHOTO: supplied

Mazirlou and The Rockabilly Rebels will feature at the South Coast Lion’s Show.

PHOTO: supplied Mazirlou and The Rockabilly Rebels will feature at the South Coast Lion’s Show.

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IF you’re into old-school rock and roll, then Mazirlou and The Rockabilly Rebels - Durban’s newest rockabilly band - is just for you.

The band will perform in the Lions entertainment tent at the South Coast Lions Show on Friday, 10 July from 7pm.

There is no cover charge however, visitors will be charged normal entry at the main gate which allows them access to the show for the day.

Formed in 2014 by ace guitarist Andy Turrell, it includes Marion Loudon on vocals, Jill Murraybrown on bass guitar as well as trying her hand on the upright bass, and Francois Hardy on drums and vocals.

Rockabilly music is timeless and has recently seen a massive worldwide revival by a new generation of young musicians who love the rough-edged country rock sounds of the fifties.

With Rockabilly’s definitive strong rhythms, vocal twangs and common use of the tape echo, it was popularised by artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Wanda Jackson, the Everly Brothers, Johnny Horton, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Bands are made up typically with just guitar, double bass, drums, piano and vocals. Latter day Rockabilly bands include the Stray Cats, Irish-born Imelda May

and American Kim Lenz. Expect to hear all the great rockabilly hits, Train Kept a Rollin, That’s Alright, Rock Around the Clock, Folsom Prison Blues, Be Bop A Lula and Mystery Train.

The Rockabilly enthusiasts can be seen at retro car shows, drive-in movies and burlesque clubs. The Rockabilly male generally longs for a ‘59 Cadillac and to play the role of Danny Zuko in the local theatre production of Grease, with great care taken over crafting his magnificent pompadour and mutton chop sideburns. The rockabilly females are a bizarre hybrid of Betty Crocker and Bettie Page, trying to be part fifties housewife and part pinup model.

This unique music is far from a “thing of the past”. It is alive today more than ever. The same driving guitar licks, frantic vocals, stand-up bass slap and heavy snare drum backbeat are still as appealing today as they were in the fifties. - Supplied.

ALTERNATING BETWEEN ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC

GUITARS, AND JOINED BY FRIEND ANDY TURRELL ON BASS GUITAR, ROWAN

CREATES A SIGNATURE BRAND OF ALTERNATIVE POP, INCORPORATING ELEMENTS OF FOLK, ROCK AND WORLD MUSIC

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