Neill Solomon

Passage One Music

Neill Solomon & Guest Artists in Johannesburg on 17/03/18

March 7, 2018

Neill Solomon & Guest Artists in Johannesburg on 23/09/17

August 29, 2017

Neill Solomon & Guest Artists in Johannesburg on 22/07/17

July 5, 2017

Neill Solomon & Guest Artists in Johannesburg on 27/05/17

May 17, 2017

Neill Solomon & Guest Artists in Johannesburg on 05/11/16

September 28, 2016

Join Neill and Guest Artists for their last performance at The Radium for 2016!

Can you hear my call

March 2, 2015

The Uptown Rhythm Collective is a loose, project driven combination of diverse talents formed around the core axis of Neill Solomon and Dan Chiorboli, both founder members of the original Uptown Rhythm Dogs,with Greg Georgiades who replaced Tony Lizard Hunter in the band. Tony was tragically killed in a motor accident.They are arguably one of South Africa’s first and most influential world music groups of the 80’s.

Most of the artists involved in this unique collaborative experience have crossed paths with either Neill, Dan or Greg at some point in their colourful musical careers.

The Collective’s recently released debut album “Different Places” features Neill Solomon, Dan Chiorboli and multi-string instrumentalist Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades together with N’Faly Kouyate the great kora player and singer from Guinea, and Rene Lacaille the legendary accordionist from Reunion Island. Other musician’s on the album include Sez Adams and Chris Tokalon.It was recorded by Adrian Hamilton at Neill Solomon’s Passage One Music Studio’s in Johannesburg,South Africa.
The album was produced,mixed and arranged by Mauritz Lotz.
The video was Directed by Cian McClelland.

Magic Man – Neill Solomon and the Uptown Rhythm Dogs

March 1, 2015

Magic Man – Neill Solomon and the Uptown Rhythm Dogs (Wise man sings Magic Man)

Not many songs on this list start with an mbira introduction, but this one does, albeit very brief. (The mbira, in case you don’t know is a traditional African music instrument made of a piece of wood with metal keys that are played with the thumbs – Google it if you still don’t know what I’m talking about). This leads into a melancholic bout of guitar plucking into which Neill’s rough, plaintive cry is fed.

It takes 1 minute and 5 seconds before the vocals arrive and a further 1 minutes 57 seconds into the 4 minute and 43 second song the rhythm section appears, but each section of the song holds its own magic. The instrumental introduction has its beauty in the crystal twang of the strings, the first vocal section has an edgy plea that draws you further into the song and then the bongos rattle away as the song gets into full swing. By now you are completely mesmerised. And then it
suddenly stops and the spell in broken.

Where to find it:

The Occupant – Neill Solomon (1981) WEA Records (WIC 8005)
Slowly From The South – Various Artists (2009) Fresh, FRESHCD (D) 163


1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

March 1, 2015


Roxy Lady – Neill Solomon & The Uptown Rhyhtm Dogs

I tried to see what the definition of ‘roxy’ is and found a few that didn’t really make sense in the context of Neill Solomon’s song ‘Roxy Lady’. One suggested that it was a shortening of Roxicodone which, according to one website is an opoid analgesic. Not sure what that means but I can’t imagine any sane man referring to the woman of his dreams as an Opoid Analgestic Lady.

Another definition was that Roxy was a shortening of Roxanne, which could be a possibility here, but listening to the lyrics, this also doesn’t make sense. I then thought that perhaps Neill was talking about Bryan Ferry’s girlfriend (possibly Jerry Hall?) or someone he met at Roxy’s Rhythm Bar. And then I found it. The Urban Dictionary            defines ‘roxy’ as sexy and swanky at the same time. Now I can understand a male rocker singing about this subject matter.

Neill Solomon sings about his roxy lady over dramatic pianos, gently plucked and at times searing guitars. There is something a little creepy and menacing about the song. The music seems portentious; Solomon’s vocals border on seedy and the line “still I know she’s mine” suggests an almost stalker-like obsession with this ‘Roxy Lady’. However, you still get a sense of a genuine care for his subjet matter. Haunting, ominous and yet beautiful at the same time.

Where to find it:
The Occupant – Neill Solomon (1997) NSCD001