Johnny Clegg R.I.P. (1953-2019)


South African singer and musician Johnny Clegg has passed away. He was 66 years old and died of the effects of pancreatic cancer. Clegg is one of the symbols of opposition to the racist apartheid regime in South Africa: although it was forbidden, he founded interracial groups. Long before American singer Paul Simon discovered South African music, Johnny Glegg was working with local Zulu singers and musicians.

In South Africa itself, Clegg is regarded as a symbol of the multiracial rainbow nation of the post-apartheid era.

JULUKA 1982

In 1969 he founded his first interracial group Juluka. Their music was not played on South African radio, because interracial groups were prohibited under the apartheid regime. Juluka’s music is politically engaged: various group members were regularly arrested and concerts of the group often interrupted.


With his second group Savuka (“we are awake” in Zulu), Johnny Clegg breaks through internationally. Johnny Clegg and Savuka brings a mix of western and African music long before rock groups like Talking Heads or Malcolm McLaren, spiritual father and manager of Bow Wow Wow a.o. infused pop music with African rhythms. The lyrics of Savuka are often a mix of English and Zulu. In France Glegg is nicknamed “the white Zulu”.


Well-known songs from Johnny Clegg are “Scatterlings of Africa” – which was featured in the soundtrack of the movie “Rain Man” in 1988 -, “Asimbonanga” – “We never saw him”, about Nelson Mandela – and “Dela”.

Pamela Nkutha/Whoosha -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

Soul Safari proudly presents a brand new release, as part of a series of 3 individual 12″ single releases. All original masters have been remastered and this limited edition is pressed on high quality dj-friendly vinyl. The vinyl and high quality downloads will be available from August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era in which the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s was defined.

The late 1980s in South Africa was an exciting time when disco mutated into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: dance music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

Bubblegum was a response to Western styles like disco and the fast spreading house music which originally came from the black ghettos of Chicago and New York. When the second Summer of Love took over the UK in 1988, first house, and other electronic music styles conquered South Africa as well. DIY – do it yourself – a motto that had already appeared in the punk movement, lifted the young local scene to the next level. With a minimal set up – keyboards, some drum machines and samplers it was suddenly possible to make music without having to rent expensive studios.

Whoosha released an album called “Mosquito” in 1987, which was produced by Julian Laxton, Ronnie Robot and the late Charles Sejeng who was the voice of the group. Two tracks of that album are featured on this compilation.

As the only female singer on this compilation Pamela Nkutha proves that her brand of bubblegum pop is never less than utterly fresh and original.

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

EGOLI 002-DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1Whoosha Mosquito03:47 
A2Whoosha Nopaka05:1509:02
EGOLI 002 -DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
B1Pamela Nkutha Gambling04:28 
B2Pamela Nkutha Ano Tambura (Suffering)04:35   9.03

Mafika -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 2

Soul Safari proudly presents a brand new release, as part of a series of 3 individual 12″ single releases. All original masters have been remastered and this limited edition is pressed on high quality dj-friendly vinyl. The vinyl and high quality downloads will be available from August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era in which the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s was defined.

The late 1980s in South Africa was an exciting time when disco mutated into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: dance music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

Bubblegum was a response to Western styles like disco and the fast spreading house music which originally came from the black ghettos of Chicago and New York. When the second Summer of Love took over the UK in 1988, first house, and other electronic music styles conquered South Africa as well. DIY – do it yourself – a motto that had already appeared in the punk movement, lifted the young local scene to the next level. With a minimal set up – keyboards, some drum machines and samplers it was suddenly possible to make music without having to rent expensive studios.

Another star of the ON Record stable, Mafika Shabalala set himself apart from the rest with his lyrical skills, sung over the homegrown dance rhythms that soon gave rise to kwaito and later bubblegum.

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 2

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

EGOLI 002-DISC 2ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1MafikaRoadblock  05:35 
A2MafikaRoadblock (Taxi Mix)05:2511:00
EGOLI 002 -DISC 2ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
B1MafikaSbarara04:47 
B2MafikaBlack Jack04:01 
B3MafikaLalavuka04:2513:13

The Bees/Little Big Man -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 1

Soul Safari proudly presents a brand new release, as part of a series of 3 individual 12″ single releases. All original masters have been remastered and this limited edition is pressed on high quality dj-friendly vinyl. The vinyl and high quality downloads will be available from August 5th 2019. Fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era in which the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s was defined.

The late 1980s in South Africa was an exciting time when disco mutated into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: dance music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

Bubblegum was a response to Western styles like disco and the fast spreading house music which originally came from the black ghettos of Chicago and New York. When the second Summer of Love took over the UK in 1988, first house, and other electronic music styles conquered South Africa as well. DIY – do it yourself – a motto that had already appeared in the punk movement, lifted the young local scene to the next level. With a minimal set up – keyboards, some drum machines and samplers it was suddenly possible to make music without having to rent expensive studios.

The Bees

The Bees are probably the best known group, releasing only a few albums in 1988-1989 and a handful singles  that are now collectible. Their sound is electronic, hypnotic and highly danceable.

Little Big Man

Themba Wawelela is a prolific South African artist/producer who is best known under the monniker ‘Little Big Man’.

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. All rights reserved

distributed by Rush Hour

EGOLI 002-DISC 1 ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1The Bees Mjondolo (Bus House)05:22 
A2The Bees She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi)05:1910:41
EGOLI 002-DISC 1ARTISTTITLEtime  
B1Little Big ManDon’t Do It04:51 
B2Little Big ManLeribe04:0008:51

Vuyani Dance Company at Holland Festival 22 June 2019

my DJ set during the Holland Festival Listening Party on 22 June 2019 was originally planned as a performance to promote South African music with sound and vision, not as the usual dance party. It eventually became a real dance party thanks to the South African Vuyani Dance Company who joined the Listening Party and showed their masterful moves to the surprised crowd! Their unexpected performance was a beautiful gift! And it made the Dutch audience switch from listening to dancing. Really a nice festive closing of the Listening Party!! Thanks Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theater and all the people who made the Holland Festival possible.

something new from South Africa -Holland Festival 2019 Amsterdam

for the Holland Festival on Saturday 22nd June 2019 I will be reviewing and playing South African music during The Listening Party. 
Like this fresh new sound by Bongeziwe Mabandla – “Ndibuyile” (Popsicle Studio Session) and “Yini” from a live performance at The Lyric Theatre

More on the VPRO website.
https://www.vpro.nl/…/spektakelstukken-en-een-flard-fela-ku…

Holland Festival Listening Party with Eddy de Clercq
Saturday 22 juni 2019, 22.00 uur – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brokers show on The Word Belgian Radio -guest dj Soul Safari

LISTEN….I was invited as guest dj for the 2nd hour of the program BROKERS on Belgian radio station The Word. These nice guys gave me carte blanche for a selection of personal favorite tunes….thanks Oswald Moris for the great introduction and your seamless selection of timeless disco/boogie/electro tunes. LOVE!!

All records in the 2nd hour of the BROKERS show from my own collection, vinyl only!! Listen to this mix filled with ultra rare South-African, Nigerian, Liberian & Brazilian grooves. Some really funky Disco rarities too. And to top it off the 2nd hour closes with a previously unreleased remix of one of my own productions; ‘Changes’ with Sylvia Kristel (RIP), a mellow sexy funky mix by Zuco 102. Yes, that is the Brazilian band Zuco103 minus 1. This remix is yet to be released. All vinyl, all good! Make sure to check my blog on Africa, ‘Soul Safari’: https://soulsafari.wordpress.com/

tracklist 2nd Hour The Word Brokers -EDDY DE CLERCQ

The Drive – Iphi Intombi Yam pts 1 + 2
The Jazz Clan – Oh Happy Day
Salah Ragab – Egypt Strut
Kindred Spirit & Corina Flamma Sherman – Inner Languages
Kindred Spirit & Corina Flamma Sherman – Put Your Spirit Up
Luisito Quintero feat. Francis Mbappe – Gbagada, Gbagada, Gbogodo, Gbogodo (Roots Mute Mix)
Ray Munnings – Funky Nassau
Freddi Hench & The Soulsetters – I Like Funky Music
Chocolate Milk – Who’s Getting It Now
Tom Scott and the L.A. Express – Jump Back
Jackie Moore – Heart Be Still
Patti & The Emblems – It’s The Little Things
Patrick Moraz – Rana Batucada
EDC & Friends feat. Sylvia Kristel – Changes (Zuco 102 Mix)

Listen here to the full 2 hours Brokers show with the first hour by resident dj Oswald Moris, followed by my own mix of ultra rare South-African, Nigerian, Liberian & Brazilian grooves. Some really funky Disco rarities too….enjoy!