Alternative music is best known as the genre that won’t be told what to do. From this freedom flows original sounds, authentic words from the heart and a fire that can’t be contained by a mainstream mould. The songs may or may not achieve commercial success, but the unique music creates a lifelong love affair with its listeners.
To pay homage to this genre, Coleské Artists handpicked and presented an exceptional collection of classic and current South African alternative music on one massive double album – Alternatief is Groot (Alternative is Big).
The 38 handpicked songs on Alternatief is Groot, evoke a range of moods and memories. Take a nostalgic road trip back in time to the legendary tunes by Johannes Kerkorrel (Hillbrow) and Koos Kombuis (Johnny is nie dood nie) that started it all and inspired current chart topping artists and bands like Die Heuwels Fantasties (Sy) and Francois Van Coke and Karen Zoid (Toe vind ek jou).
Take a load off with some classics like Wonderboom’s Africa, Eyeshadow by Valiant Swart or Against All Odds by AKING. If you had a bad day, belt out the epic anthem Ek Skyn(Heilig) by Fokofpolisiekar or Beaten by the Gun by Taxi Violence.
To get you in a party mood put on Pretoria Girls by Desmond and the Tutus, Come with me now by Kongos or Jack Parow and Gazelle’s Hosh Tokolosh. If it’s ballads you need, Groen Trui by Jan Blohm and Blue Eyes by Springbok Nude Girls will soothe your soul.
The playlist goes from strength to strength with likes of Matthew Mole, Nkhane Toure, Mi Casa & Euphonik, Bittereinder, Bouwer Bosch, Van Coke Kartel, eVoid, Loki Rothman & Pierre Greeff, Laudo Liebenberg, Twee, THIEVE, Sugardrive, Jax Panik, Nagligte, Gazelle, Straagligkinders, Albert Frost, Just Jinger, Ryno Velvet Band, Lukraaketaar, Klopjag and Die Tuindwergies.