A Visit to the SABC Sound Archives

Solly Aronowsky & The Jewish Guild Orchestra

Marc Latilla and I visited the SABC earlier this year. We were given a tour by Florence Moshatana, the music archivist.

I was looking for recordings of my dad, Harry Rabinowitz, a cantor and singer, and his sister Rachel Rabinowitz, a concert pianist. Both were both featured on the radio and concerts on the SABC over many years.

Here are some of the items in my dad’s  scrapbook:

Peter Lotis on the cover

Vos Is Gevoren Fun Mein Shtetele

Harry’s 15th Yahrzeit

Source: elirab.me/harrys-15th-yahrzeit/

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Rachel Rabinowitz, Concert Pianist

Source: elirab.me/rachel/

We were not successful in finding any recordings of Harry or Rachel. The closest I came to Harry was Harry Rabinowitz, the conductor and arranger who passed away  in the UK in 2016 at the age of 100.

Harry Rabinowitz v Harry Rabinowitz

Harry Rabinowitz – Wikipedia

Harry Rabinowitz MBE (26 March 1916 – 22 June 2016) was a British conductor and composer of film and television music. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was the son of Israel and Eva Rabinowitz. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Rabinowitz

It was a most interesting tour and my thanks goes out to Florence for showing Marc and me around. Here are some of the photos and information from the visit.

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

South African Broadcasting Corporation – Wikipedia

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is the state broadcaster in South Africa, and provides 19 radio stations (AM/FM) as well as 5 television broadcasts to the general public.[2]

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Broadcasting_Corporation


RADIO BROADCAST FACILITIES exists primarily to provide the technology infrastructure on which radio programmes are created – from studio broadcast/recording and outside broadcasts all the way through Radio Main Control (RMC) to broadcasting via Sentech.

Source: web.sabc.co.za/sabc/home/bf/medialibraries/details?id=e1d3bcaa-c1a9-416c-bed8-d7e574112721

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Florence looking up Harry
Unsorted media
Still around?

Harry Rabinowitz interviewed by Paddy O’Byrne

Labels on audio media in archives


Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

Springbok Radio Revisited.wmv

A bird’s eye view of Springbok Radio of yesteryear, and of Springbok Radio Revisited, today.

Source: youtu.be/7k4U661TZIQ

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syddie, Syddie… Syd Nomis se onderskepdrie – Gerhard Viviers

Syd Nomis onderskep ‘n aangee van Brian Lochore en hardloop deur vir die finale punte in die 1e toets op 25 Julie1970 teen die All Blacks. Die Springbokke he…

Jan Ellis Try – Gerhard Viviers at his best!

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Fortune – Wikipedia

Charles Arthur Frederick Fortune (1906 – 22 November 1994) was a South African sport broadcaster and writer, especially noted for his cricket commentaries on radio.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fortune

Charles Fortune

LM Radio – Wikipedia

Not part of the SABC, but after closing became Radio 5 in South Africa.

It relaunched as LM Radio in 2010.

LM Radio – Wikipedia

LM Radio is a radio station based in Maputo, Mozambique. Historically it was a shortwave station broadcasting to South Africa and Rhodesia from Lourenço Marques, the colonial era name of Maputo, hence the name “Lourenço Marques Radio” from 1936 to 1975 when it was shut down by the government of the then newly independent country.[1] In 2010, following political reforms and economic development in Mozambique the station was relaunched with the brand “Lifetime Music Radio”.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LM_Radio

LM Radio

LM Radio Museum

LM Radio Museum

Source: www.lmradio.org