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Township Soul & Boogie vol 14-Babsy Mlangeni -Botloko Tsebe 1990

February 3, 2016

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today’s post features a rare 12″ boogie track by one of South Africa’s soul singers, sung in the Sotho language.  See also the interview held with the singer for Poor magazine….

Babsy Mlangeni:

I started making music professionally in 1968 and my 1st single that took me to the top was “Sala Ema” which was a huge block buster which in 1969…What do I think about South African music? The music scene in South Africa is very diverse it has multiple ganders and the interesting part is in each indigenous group it has its own traditional music, so I think that SA Music is very rich, especially since the youth is starting to remix some of the indigenous traditional songs….

read the full interview with Babsy Mlangeni here

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Babsy Mlangeni -Botloko Tsebe

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Babsy Mlangeni -Robala Ka Khotso

 

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Serge Franklin ‎– Pour Recevoir Vos Amis Comme À Ouagadougou, Afrique 1975

January 20, 2016

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Serge Franklin  ‎– Pour Recevoir Vos Amis Comme À Ouagadougou, Afrique 1975

Pathé Marconi EMI ‎– 2 C 062 11568 (1975)
Series: Exotissimo – Vol. 8

Les Griots -Liwa Wetche

Les Griots -Danse Du Fleuve

Les Griots -Morgen

Les Griots -Kio Kio

Les Griots -Danse Des Filles Du Sable

Sad news came last friday when Ouagadougou was the centre of terrorists attacks claimed by an African branch of Al Qaeda. The hostage crisis ended in The Splendid Hotel with a total of 27 deaths.

In better times Burkina Faso was known as a relatively peaceful country.
The predominantly Muslim country located in the West African region is affected more often recently by the violence of jihadist militias. But previously the country remained relatively spared from jihadist violence, unlike neighboring countries like Mali and Niger.

It comes as no surprise to know that many French artists in the 60s and 70s went to Burkina Faso to perform or record music with local artists. Like Serge Franklin whose  artistic itinerary starts in France in the 60s as an author-songwriter when he published several 45s under his own name. The singer quickly became a studio musician as a sitar player and accompanied singers like Gilles Vigneault and Georges Moustaki at the Bobino theater in Paris, respectively in 1966 and 1969.

In 1971 Serge Franklin traveled to India where he perfected his skills on sitar under the pseudonym Adjenar Sidhar Khan. As a lover of primitive stringed instruments, Franklin recorded a rather remarkable album in Ouagadougou, featuring mainly local instruments like the cora, balafon, zanza and the bow.

The album contains a beautiful version of ‘Licha Wetche’,  a traditional song that was popular with many artists. See also the Bleached Zulu
“Pour Recevoir Vos Amis Comme À Ouagadougou, Afrique” by Les Griots was released in France as part of the series Exotissiomo in 1975. It is a collection of traditional songs, field recordings and newly written material by Serge Franklin, performed by local musicians.

 

 

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The King is Dead – Long live the King!

January 11, 2016

I am completely in shock by the news of the death of David Bowie. Unimaginable, and yet the inevitable happened.

Bowie turned out to be human after all…such sad news. “The King is Dead – Long live the King!” R.I.P.

Bowie -the man who sold the world

inner sleeve of David Bowie  ‎– The Man Who Sold The World
Mercury ‎– 6338 041D -Germany (1970)

rare, very rare German pressing found in South Africa

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scarce South African pressing 1973

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Happy New Year 2016 from Lesotho with Bohale Ba Dinare

January 1, 2016

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The mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, with a few natural resources and no significant industrial development, is one of the world’s least developed nations. The country is entirely surrounded and economically dominated by the Republic of South Africa. Much of the workforce is employed in the mines of South Africa, most of the men work in the gold and coal mines where they stay in men-only compounds on basic 6 months-contracts. This massive volume of migrant labour means that Lesotho is highly dependent on the Republic.

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see also

Puseletso Seema & Tau Ea Linare -Lesotho

sounds & Basotho songs from Lesotho

 

Bohale Ba Dinare may not be a familiar name but his music deserves your attention for sure since this album has been on my turntable for the last few days and its festive mood seems like the perfect soundtrack to welcome the New Year 2016.

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Sello Sa Basotho

Otla Diala O Di Alole

Matekoane

Khotso

Ba Monkile

Happy New Year 2016 from Lesotho label A watermarked

Konyana

Ha Kena Haka

Khalong La Hlotse

Ha Ke Sheba

Oya Kae Disemeng

Happy New Year 2016 from Lesotho label B watermarked

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Soul Safari Yuletide 2015 Mix -Township Boogie & Disco

December 18, 2015

Merry Christmas. Buon Natale. Joyeux Noël.

Geseende Kersfees (“Merry Christmas” in Afrikaans) from Soul Safari

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….in 2016 Soul Safari continues to post about long lost music from Africa …. and more.

A  blessed Christmas season and a prosperous New Year 2016 to all

let peace and love conquer

 

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 this extended mix features rare gems from my collection of South African boogie and disco from  1977-1985.

Soul Safari YULETIDE MIX DEC 2015

Thandeka -Nkosi Sikelela

Kabasa -Burning Splinters

Kabasa -Happy Together

Ashanti -Keep On Dancing

Harari -Good Vibes

Masike ‘Funky’ Mohapi -Hamba Sibali Wami (pt 1)

Masike ‘Funky’ Mohapi -Hamba Sibali Wami (pt 2)

Hot Soul Singers -Give Me (My Love Back)

The VIP’s -Loading Zone

Abakhwenyana -Zikhe Thele

Pat Shange -Thembi

Abigail Kubekha -Tell Me

Abigail Kubekha -Tell Me continued

Malcolm Soul -Mr Cool

Quondile Nxumalo -Mad World

Mavis Maseko & The Movers -Living For The City

Sunset feat Hot Soul Singers -She Looks Good

Patricia Africa -Sala Sithandwa

Soul Safari X Mas greetings

vader krismis 2015

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10 songs & 1 book to celebrate 40 years of Surinam independency

November 25, 2015

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happy birthday Surinam! The former Dutch colony celebrates 40 years of independency today.
During the festivities swinging music will be heard on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It seemed appropriate to me to select 10 personal favourite tracks from my own collection to celebrate this festive day here in Amsterdam and Surinam. May these gems be heard around the world, as far as  Paramaribo…Kawina, Kaseko, disco, surinam soul, latin, mambo …all from different decades and representing the most typical styles of  Surinamese music.

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At the same time I would like to pay attention to a special book which recently appeared; “Sranan Gowtu’ by Diederik Samwel. Published by Nijgh & Van Ditmar in association with record label Top Notch which already released two compilations with the stars of the Surinamese music in 2013.

The first step in the revaluation of Surinamese music started in 2013 with the collector ‘Sranan Gowtu’ with songs from six different decades. The compilation is packed with Creole music, calypso, Kaseko music, winti songs, salsa, soca, dancehall to the timeless pop hit ‘Wasmasjien! ” by Trafassi. Besides digitally and on CD this compilation is also available in gorgeous red and green vinyl.

However, this is only the beginning. The purpose of Sranan Gowtu is not only to provide an overview of the range of beautiful Surinamese music, but also to go in depth with compilations of individual performers. So meanwhile the best work of  Dear Hugo, Trafassi, Max Nijman, Papa Touwtjie and Kid Dynamite has been republished.

And here are my 10 favourite songs from Surinam….

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Big Jones and his Kawina Band -Ala Pikin Nengre

from the soundtrack ‘Faja Lobbi ‘; a film by Herman vander Horst (1960)

a kind of ballad about the town of Paramaribo. In the introductory solo singing, all the children (ala pikin nengre) are called to go to the town (foto) to admire everything that may be seen there; the houses (hoso), the big ship (biggie boto), the factories, the machines, the cars, the shops (wenkri) etc. Finally we arrive at the market (wojo) where we find an endless variety of articles, and an equally wide variety of people.

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Big Jones -Par’Bo Mambo

rare mambo track that celebrates life in the capital Paramaribo

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Coco Valoy -Juliana

great latin instrumental by a member of Los Virtuosos

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Orchestra Tropical -Tata Vodoe

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The KasekoMasters -Boroe

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Max Nijman and The New Faces -Sugar

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Ricky -Poeirie

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Edwin Bouterse and his Rhythm Cosmos -Disco Party

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Spooky’s Express -Express

instrumental version called ‘Express’, while the vocal side is called ‘Music’. Clearly a remake/rehash of ‘Soul Finger’, the big instrumental hit of 1967 by The Bar-Kays.

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Billy Jones & The Stars – All My Brothers Are Clean

more Surinamese music in subsequent posts.

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Do Not Sell At Any Price -The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich

November 6, 2015

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You need this book. Really. Especially if you are -just like myself- an obsessed collector of long lost music.

It is one of the most intriguing and well researched music books ever written on the 0bsessive hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records.

see also Caluza’s Double Quartet -makwaya music on 78 rpm

“A thoughtful, entertaining history of obsessed music collectors and their quest for rare early 78 rpm records” (Los Angeles Times), “Do Not Sell at Any Price” is a fascinating, complex story of preservation, loss, obsession, and art. Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on fragile, 10-inch shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. While vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, rare and noteworthy 78rpm records are exponentially harder to come by. The most sought-after sides now command tens of thousands of dollars, when they’re found at all. “Do Not Sell at Any Price” is the untold story of a fixated coterie of record collectors working to ensure those songs aren’t lost forever.

Music critic and author Amanda Petrusich considers the particular world of the 78—from its heyday to its near extinction—and examines how a cabal of competitive, quirky individuals have been frantically lining their shelves with some of the rarest records in the world. Besides the mania of collecting, Petrusich also explores the history of the lost backwoods blues artists from the 1920s and 30s whose work has barely survived and introduces the oddball fraternity of men—including Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, and others—who are helping to save and digitize the blues, country, jazz, and gospel records that ultimately gave seed to the rock, pop, and hip-hop we hear today. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, “Do Not Sell at Any Price” is an untold, intriguing story of the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music. “Whether you’re already a 78 aficionado, a casual record collector, a crate-digger, or just someone…who enjoys listening to music, you’re going to love this book” (Slate).

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source

Scribner |
288 pages |
ISBN 9781451667066 |
June 2015

– See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Do-Not-Sell-At-Any-Price/Amanda-Petrusich/9781451667066#sthash.uBOoq898.dpuf

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