Seaweed

Seaweed

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ISLAND DANCEHALL-A FUSION OF CULTURES LIKE A MUSICAL COOK. WORLD EXPERIMENTAL ETHNIC POP. The band is playing a lively and positive mix of traditional zulu- choirs, calypso and township jive, reggae, hip hop and jazz.

Biography

Seaweed is the project of Wayne Harker...
Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer, Song Writer and Producer.

Born in the heart of Cape Town, in the infamous part known today as District Six. Although his forefathers ascended from Hottentots and Huguenots Wayne was raised in a so-called European family, speaking English as the mother tongue. At the age of 14 he received his first drum kit and promptly disturbed all the neighbours. He started teaching him-self to the albums of his brothers and at the age of 16 occupied himself with Afro tribal rhythms, including many a course in Marimba.

“Living in S.A. obviously affected my musical tastes, the multi cultural scene was enormous. On the one side Afro beats, on the other came the European and U.S.A. musical styles. Bands like: The Police; Manu Dibango; Sly and Robbie; Mhlatini; Sipho Mabuse; Pacific Express,Bob Marley; Osibisa;Feli Kuti etc...the list is long, that meant for me a vast range of influences: from blues to rock, Afro pop, reggae, jazz, funk through to traditional elements, to cut it short- a flexibility and know-how
in many styles.“

His first success was as a teenage drummer, with the Ethnic pop band E Void. With them he experienced huge chart success in the late 80`s, topping giants from the Western Hemisphere. The band became a cult in South Africa and is part of the musical heritage. Sharing the stage with the likes of Miriam Makeba; Jaluka; Lady Smith Black Mbaso..Etc.

The band was a running success that eventually landed up in disputes. Wayne was forced to stay in SA while the rest of the gang left for England. That’s when the problems started. At this time Wayne was a prominent musician in SA but had managed to evade the obligatory Military Service.

“As a young teenager you cannot understand how the long arm of politics and propaganda dictate your life, regardless of your race or heritage, luckily for me I was a pacifist, I just wanted to make music not make war, so I decided to run away from my so called duty. With hindsight it’s only now I really understand the implications of
Social Oppression”.

After being AWOL for 465 days and 48min Wayne was finally re-recruited by the Military Police. After being temporally discharged with a re-call up to Military Service, Wayne resumed his musical career and joined a Cape Town band called Askari. Signed once again to WEA SA, Wayne once again experienced success, not only as a musician
But also as a producer.

`Askari was to Avant Garde for Africa, we were experimenting with
mixing sequencers and live instruments far to early, for the SA Music scene“. The band reached the top ten of the SA Alternative charts.
Shortly afterwards Wayne left his home country before having to once again face the authorities and Military Service. In London he once again joined up with former Evoid brothers and resumed his musical journey.

A second Album was released from the band E´Void on the record label
Tusk Records S.A.The album included drum tracks from Wayne as well
As a co-composition.

After a few years of live gigging in all the well known Venues in London
Wayne found himself stuck in Germany after a European Tour. He was
refused re-entry to the U.K. by immigration officials. This proved to be
a turning point and to cut a long story short, he was in 1992 forced to
settle outside of the U.K. because of his origins. After a pause, Wayne
decided to resume his career in Germany. Still today he resides in
Cologne.

In Germany Wayne was forced to survive by working as a Sound Engineer and Producer and Musician for others. After years of struggle and cultural adaptations and many up and coming bands Wayne now decided to become active with his own compositions.

“ I became active with what we call “roots” and realised that I am no
purist. The music is a fusion of styles like the fusion of cultures.
Reggae..Afro-Funk Pop, Latin American Rhythms with jingly jangly
guitars. Soul pop, rap and Caribic feelings mixed with South African
rhythms and ethnic elements. This debut Album is what it is....
A debut album......still finding, searching, experimenting, questioning,
simple, raw........enjoy it..!!”

Lyrics

GYPZY MAN

Written By: WAYNE HARKER

me a gypsy man in a lonely caravan?--me love my feet on the Kalahari sand ?
me know me get there -oh yeah -me know me get there

?me a try my luck in a land where there’s no more sun?--me a fly away when i see i have no more fun me ?know me get there --oh yeah- me know me get there

?me a gypsy man in a lonely lonely caravan?---me a wonder why why why why my head is in the sand---?me know me get there- oh yeah oh yeah-- get there?

he´s a wanderer searching high and low for his roots—
?like a gypsy man- like a gypsy man ?

heeeaäää

like a gypsy maaaaaaaaaaaan

me a gypsy man in a lonely caravan?--me love my feet on the Kalahari sand ?
me know me get there -oh yeah -me know me get there

?me a try my luck in a land where there’s no more sun?--me a fly away when i see i have no more fun me ?know me get there --oh yeah- me know me get there

?me a gypsy man in a lonely lonely caravan?---me a wonder why why why why my head is in the sand---?me know me get there- oh yeah oh yeah-- get there?

heeeaäää

he´s a wanderer
searching

high and low for his roots
- like a gypsy man ?

roots
- like a gypsy man ?

MOVING ON

Written By: WAYNE HARKER

Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo ..........

boy: oky smoky dopy u girls. oky smoky dopy u
boy: one 4 the road so we can go girls. one 4 the road so we can go
boy: nutty dready rastaman girls: nutty dready rastaman
boy: buy a big car so we can have fun girls: buy a big car so we can have fun

Chorus: yeah yeah yeah sa sa sa everybodys moving on 2x

1.Verse:
what we gonna like to do do having fun
what we gonna like to do do when there`s no sun
what we gonna like to do do having fun
what we gonna like to do do when there`s no sun

oh see no loving jah jah meditation
when i call u for amazing situation
oh see no loving jah jah frustration
when i go 2 the sign of creation

Chorus: yeah yeah yeah sa sa sa everybodys moving on 2x
like this like that

Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo...............

2.Verse
boy: oky smoky dopy u girls. oky smoky dopy u
boy: one 4 the road so we can go girls. one 4 the road so we can go
boy: nutty dready rastaman girls: nutty dready rastaman
boy: buy a big car so we can have fun girls: buy a big car so we can have fun

Chorus: yeah yeah yeah sa sa sa everybody`s moving on 2x
like this like that
2.Verse
what we gonna like to do do having fun
what we gonna like to do do when there`s no sun
what we gonna like to do do having fun
what we gonna like to do do when there`s no sun

oh see no loving jah jah meditation
when i call u for amazing situation
oh see no loving jah jah frustration
when i go 2 the sign of creation

Chorus: yeah yeah yeah sa sa sa everybody`s moving on 4x like this like that


Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo...............

MOONSHINE

Written By: WAYNE HARKER

all right yeah yeah yeah ?i’d like to welcome you to the moonshine tonight
?it’s like the sunshine you can wake up and do anything ?that’s possible in a starry starry night?-hear me know i say?-
do you see the moon shiny shine bright tonight
?
you can levitate, copulate, stimulate, hibernate, ?meditate all alone?--x2
all night long yeah, all night long?

cause i -yeah im feeling all right tonight ?i said i yeah i m feeling all right tonight?
when the moon shines bright bright bright bright bright tonight
?
do you see the moon shiny shine bright tonight

when the moon shines bright bright bright tonight.!!!!!!!

1verse
So the baker is baking and the milkman is high
The dogs are barking and the cats wanna fly tonight- Yeah Tonight
The neighbours are partying un-officially farting
The streets are alive with the moonshine jive tonight- Yeah Tonight
Delivery boys a pushing limits in their vans
Emergency doctors are washing their hands tonight- Yeah Tonight
The fuzz are buzzing in the moonlight now-a…
Checking the scene big bad and mean- yeah tonight
……………………………………………………………………….
Verse Extension
Mothers and fathers sisters and brothers………..we need a harmony
uncles and aunts and nephews and others……… we need a harmony
Loosers and thieves and beggars and liars………. we need a harmony
A black man a green man a red man a pink man
and all the ladies in the house

BRIDGE
Yeah --a common phenomenon is what we all`ve got
In the starry starry night-we all feel the same

Chorus
We are Soul-
Searching for my soul in the middle of the night.---.i can feel it now -the mood is right
Soul Searching- Soul Searching- in the moonshine jive tonight- We are Soul-----x2

Do u see the moon shiny shine bright tonight 2x

2verse
So the lovers are loving in the silky moonlight tonight- Yeah Tonight
Junkies are tripping out on a rocket flight- Yeah Tonight
Rastaman chinese african refugees punks and prisoners and vip`s-
Rastaman chinese african refugees punks and prisoners and vip`s-

Yeah-A commom phenomenon is what they all got yeah
………………………………………………………………………………………..
It`s raining it`s pouring the moon man is snoring i bumped my head on the edge of the bed………………….So i couldn`t get up in the morning

Oh i couldn`t get up in the mourning
I said i i said i u know-oh what u say

I couldn`t get up in the morning.. I couldn`t get up i couldn`t get up

I couldn`t get up in the morning…….

VERSE EXTENSION
Masters and servants and 9 2 5vers……………… we need a harmony
Pushers and punters and pimps and prostitutes……….. we need a harmony
Dancers and lovers and family attitudes………………….. we need a harmony
a black man a green man a red man a pink man-and all the ladies in the house

BRIDGE
Yeah a common phenomenon is what we all`ve got-
In the starry starry night-we all feel the same
We all look the same under the pale moonlight-
I say i say there`s no evil light-

Chorus
We are Soul-
Searching for my soul in the middle of the night.---.i can feel it now -the mood is right
Soul Searching- Soul Searching- in the moonshine jive tonight- We are Soul-----x4

All night long………….x 5

I say I say-….u can levitate---copulate…..stimulate……hibernate—meditate
Ohoh –ayeah I yeah….i`m feeling alright tonight…

Discography

DISCROGRAPHY

E-VOID - as a drummer....ETHNO POP
WEA RECORDS S.A. .......released in 1983 > RE/Release 2000 on Fresh MusicRecords....see
www. freshmusic.co.za
no 1 SA top 40 Album Charts

ASKARI as a percussionist, arranger and
producer....ELECTRIC WAVE
WEA RECORDS S.A...........
released late1986....................
no 10 SA Alternative Charts

E-VOID (HERE COMES THE ROT) as a drummer.....ETHNO POP
TUSK RECORDS S.A........release 1989..........

SALLY DAVIS JNR as a drummer......RAVE DANCE
WEA RECORDS GERMANY....... 1993

SKUNK ALL STARS....(BLEEDING HEARTS and SMILING FACES)......as bassist, songwriter,
producer....SKA,REGGAE,PUNK....
WOLVERINE RECORDS....2003...see www.wolverine-records.de

SEAWEED...(CULTURE SHOCK)...as a singer,
songwriter, producer....MOUNTAIN RECORDS S.A....
release Februar 2006...ethnic pop-reggae
see www.mountain.co.za

Set List

SET CONSISTS OF MINIMAL 12 SONGS
ACOUSTIC/UNPLUGGED OR BIG BAND
FROM 30MIN TO 2 HOURS
ORIGINAL MUSIC ONLY