Extraordinary South African musician, composer, rocker, and accidental pioneer of Afrikaans alternative music – James Phillips – passed away Monday 31 July 1995 as a result of complications arising from a head injury suffered in a car accident a few weeks prior.
This week Friday, the 31st of July, marks 25 years since his passing.
The ‘Concert for James Phillips’ was recorded by Shifty Records’ Lloyd Ross over two nights in early September 1995, initially planned as a fundraiser to assist with James’ medical bills, but it turned into a tribute following his sudden demise.
Over 30 acts came together to celebrate his life and his music. Johnny Clegg, Bright Blue, Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band, Vusi Mahlasela, the Springbok Nude Girls, Valiant Swart, Squeal and Matthew van der Want are just a few of the amazing artists captured on this tribute recording that celebrates a life well-lived.
Concert for James Phillips is now available for pre-order at Bandcamp with the album being released across digital platforms this Friday.
The Concert for James Phillips is also available online as a full-length video, which can be watched below.