When I was in college, my roommate Aebra and I spent some time in the campus radio station, prepping to become DJs. The process involved logging many hours in the station, making sample tapes, apprenticing current DJs, and many other things that we were much too impatient too go through with. That said, we both loved the time spent browsing the station’s record collection. One memorable discovery was the Kalahari Surfers, a South African group (one guy, really) who made dark, aggressive, subversive music during apartheid.
This Nancy Sinatra cover has always haunted me. It’s called “Song for Magnus,” which refers to Magnus Malan, who was the South African Defense Minister at the time the record was made. It doesn’t seem to really exist widely online, so I made this video to share the wealth.