Safe As Houses

aking

Aking

This came a bit later chronologically, as explained in The Story of Rock and Roll once we got into SA music in a big way we never stopped listening to it after that so anything coming out from Valiant onwards we would just snap up.  Aking arose from the remnants of Fokofpolisiekar when they decided to go in different directions.  We had Francois and Wynand in Van Coke Kartel, Hunter and Snake going to Aking and Johnny in ‘retirement’.  What Aking had which really made them stand out was the multi talented Laudo Liebenberg.  I watched him one night at Stones in Tableview when Francois VC was struggling a bit ( 🙂  Ja bru that Jägermeister is a bitch).  Laudo just took the whole thing on and finished the set almost singlehandedly.  He is very special one would have though that with Hunter in the band lyrics were sorted but it looked like he just took a backseat because Laudo’s own lyrics were just so incredibly good.

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‘Safe As Houses’ is an amazing video, so original and so simple in concept that you just wonder why no-one thought of it before.  To me it has deep significant meaning in an SA context and I don’t want to speculate to much about the politics or get into that whole thing, watch it and judge for yourself.  What I will say is that its heart breaking watching someone trying to hold his whole kingdom together when it all just comes falling down around him and there is nothing that he can do.  All the reasons for the collapse are obvious in the video, I’d love to talk to Laudo about it one day.

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James Daubeney
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