Bongi Makeba

Bongi Makeba (20 December 1950 – 1985) was a South African singer/songwriter. She was the only child of singer Miriam Makeba with her first husband, James Kubay.

Makeba was born in South Africa. She recorded only one solo album, ‘Blow On Wind’ (pläne-records) before she died after a traumatic miscarriage in 1985. She was buried in Conakry, Guinea. Some of her songs could be heard years later in her mother’s repertoire. See and hear mother and daughter together on stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1980.

Bongi Makeba ‎– Blow On Wind (pläne ‎– 88234) released in 1980 -her only solo album produced in Germany by Conny Plank.

Bongi Makeba -Sikhumbula (Liberation)

Bongi Makeba -Kilimanjaro

Miriam Makeba left South Africa in 1959, after landing a lead role in the jazz musical King Kong, a tragic story about a boxer, Ezekiel “King Kong” Dlamini. After moving to the US, Bongi started a singing career with Judy White, the daughter of blues singer Josh White. The duo released a few singles in 1967 on American labels under the name Bongi & Judy. Although written and produced by some of the then big names, Bert Keyes and Ashford & Simpson, both singles did not stir up big waves.

 

With her American husband, Nelson Lee, she made two 7″ records
in the early to mid-1970s that were more successful. “Bongi and Nelson” features two soul tracks arranged by George Butcher: “That’s the Kind of Love” and “I Was So Glad” (France: Syliphone SYL 533) & “Everything For My Love” and “Do You Remember Malcom ” (France: Syliphone SYL 532).

see also my previous posts on Miriam Makeba 

African Jazz & Variety -Alfred Herbert 1952

South African Soul Divas pt 1-Miriam Makeba

King Kong, the first All African Jazz Opera 1956

South African Soul Divas Pt 4 -The Skylarks

Via Kanana by Via Katlehong/Gregory Maqoma

the dance performance Via Kanana by Via Katlehong / Gregory Maqoma premiered during the Dutch Festival Julidans 2018. The performance is African dance with a sombre message and a touch of hope.

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Via Kanana Pic Christian Ganet

Soweto-born Gregory Vuyani Maqoma took up dance in the late 1980s as a refuge from the political tensions in the township, and quickly began excelling. He embarked on his formal dance training at Moving Into Dance Mophatong in 1990 where, in 2002, he would return to serve a five-year stint as associate artistic director.

Today, Maqoma is an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and scriptwriter. He has also distinguished himself for his artistic collaborations, including working with British-based choreographer Akram Khan and the London Sinfonietta, as well as South African fashion designer David Tlale, singer-songwriter Simphiwe Dana and theatre maker Brett Bailey.

Still to be seen: march 2019 in Kerkrade, Breda, Groningen, The Hague, the Netherlands during Festival Explore.

 “Cion” another choreography by Gregory Maqoma will be part of the Holland Festival in June 2019.

Cion requiem of Ravel’s Bolero


Gregory Maqoma; in this work, I am drawn to Zakes Mda’s character “Toloki” the professional mourner from his beloved Ways of Dying as he further uncovers in his book Cion the story of the runaway slaves. In my interpretation, Toloki rediscovers death in a modern context, inspired by the universal events that lead to death, not as a natural phenomenon but by decisions of others over the other. We mourn the death by creating death. The universe of greed, power; religion has led us to be professional mourners who transform the horror of death and the pain of mourning into a narrative that questions what seems to be normalised and far more brutal in how we experience death and immigration. I am creating this work as a lament, a requiem required to awaken apart of us, the connection to the departed souls.

The first offering under the title “Requiem Request” was first presented at William Kentridge’s The Centre for the Less Good Idea where the idea of interrogating the music of Ravel’s Boléro using South African voices as a musical device to create a score.

read more on http://vuyani.co.za/vdt/gregory-maqoma/

Old Routes New Routes 2019 -World festival Amsterdam

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From Saturday 5 January 2019, the second edition of Old Root New Routes will start with a festive New Year’s Concert in Amsterdam in the Amstel Church by Karima el Fillali with members of the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra.

This second edition of Old Roots New Routes again offers space for a new ‘underground’ with a series of concerts of remarkable semi-acoustic music companies. They are rooted in Africa, the Maghreb, the Middle East and South America and have blossomed in the Dutch clay in recent years. 

Tamala

Tamala, one of the performing groups blends Senegalese musical heritage with Western modern influences. Surely one of my favorites, a concert not to miss….

Tamala
Travelers between North and South

Barely one year old the group Tamala won two prestigious prizes for their debut album plus a performance at the famous British WOMAD Festival. The passionate trio brings an innovative repertoire, which propagates the Senegalese musical heritage and feeds on the eclectic input of Mola Sylla, Bao Sissoko and Wouter Vandenabeele. The texts of Tamala (‘traveler’ in Mandinka) are about personal questions, poetic journeys and a call to openness to others and respect for the environment. Tamala takes you on a journey where the sounds of violin and kora merge, and where Sylla’s voice is the guide that reveals the deepest of the soul.

Musicians:
Bao Sissoko (kora), Mola Sylla (vocals, xalam), Wouter Vandenabeele (violin)

Ticket sales for the concerts have now started. 

ON! YULETIDE 2018 MIX -Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Soul Safari 

enjoy this mix of South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

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some real unknown gems of the ON label and other in-demand tunes released originally between 1987-1989 in South Africa

ON! YULETIDE 2018 MIX

Mara Dee -Phinda Mzi
Odessa Traffic -Odessa Jam
Mara Dee -Rhythms Of Life
Ninja -Koiyoko
The Bees -She’s A Witch (Thokolosi)
The Bees -Mjondolo (Bus House)
Stanza -I’m Dreaming
Pamela Nkhuta -Gambling
Mafika -Roadblock
Peter Maringa -Mama Jane
Street Kids -Dancing All Night
Mafika -Roadblock (Taxi Mix + Vocal version)
Odessa Traffic -Traffic Jam
Mercy -Sex Appeal

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ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Limited Edition Triple Pack -Egoli 002

distributed by Rush Hour

This compilation ℗ + © 2018 Ubuntu Publishing license. All rights reserved

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see also August Mix Special! From Bubblegum 2 Kwaito

 

 

ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990 -South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

 

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Soul Safari is proud to present a brand new compilation featuring some real unknown gems of the ON label released originally between 1987-1989 

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era following the end of the apartheids regime and defining the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s.

The late 1980s in the rainbow nation was a time when disco was mutating into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: pop music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

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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 the UK over 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.

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The Bees

The Bees are probably the most sought after group, releasing only a rare album in 1988 and a handful singles that are now highly collectible.

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

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.

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Whoosha

 

 

 

Whoosha released an album like 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 by Whoosha 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. Pamela Nkutha -gambling 12 inch

 

ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

The Bees/Little Big Man/Mafika/Pamela Nkhuta/Whoosha

Limited Edition Triple Pack -Egoli 002

release date; mid November 2018

distributed by Rush Hour

This compilation ℗ + © 2018 Ubuntu Publishing license. All rights reserved

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Funk Soul Brothers -part 4- The Special Five -Ngicela Uxolo -organ/zulu soul rarity 1984

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funky guitar disco-vibes, good soul vocals and some quirky organ sounds…nothing more, nothing less. Any info on this obscure South African band The Special Five is welcome….

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The Special Five -Ngicela Uxolo

The Special Five -Abase Khweni

The Special Five -We’ Mtanomuntu

The Special Five -Nazi Izinintombi

The Special Five -Wenzani Lomfana

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The Special Five -Umjondolo

The Special Five -Mzayoni

The Special Five -Nokuthula

The Special Five -Mama Wami

The Special Five -Thina Amabhungu

 

SEE ALSO

Funk Soul Brothers – part 2-The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa

Funk Soul Brothers -part 1-SUPER SOUL by THE SOUNDS 1974