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Piliso – Thumela -rare Afrobeat from South Africa 1983

June 8, 2015

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Piliso – Thumela

I  wish I could find some more info on this rare album by Piliso, released in Holland only in 1983. Unfortunately nothing pops up on Google or anywhere. Discogs clarifies that the same album was released in 1979 as Uwandile ‎– The Tie Breaker in Nigeria. A few acetates were cut at Trident Studios in 1981 for release of album by Boom Records in Nigeria. Not sure if the Boom release ever happened.

Some info from the sleeve of the Dutch release; Uwandile Piliso is a singer and hails from Johannesburg, South Africa

Recording artists; Guitar -J. Ndlou Bass -Andre Abramse

Drums -Butley Moore

Vocals -Uwandile Piliso

Fender Rhodes -Gboyega Adelaja Keyboards -T. Matebese Horns -E. Oyewole/O. Julius

Recorded and mixed at Decca Studios, Lagos Nigeria

All songs written by Uwandile Piliso

Artwork; Susan E. St George

released on Peach River Records ‎– BB SP LP 02 The Netherlands 1983

Thumbs up to reader Afrikola for his valuable comment. This post was edited on June 16th 2015 and the following info added

This was a group of South African exiles in Nigeria at the time. Wandile also played with Themba Matebese in his T- Fire group that got comped on some Soundway Nigerian compilations.That group featured big names from Africa 70 , like Lekan Aminashaun,Tunde Williams and Kenneth Okulolo. Andre Abrahamse and Josi Ndlovu from Zimbabwe did a nice AfroDisco album called Amandla , as well as backing the drummer Butley Moore on his own record , Happy Merry Music.All from around the same time on Boom Records.After coming back from exile , Andre Abrahamse was a well sought after studio musician , appearing on lots of Jazz albums. Themba Matebese also produced the Basa Basa Soundz album Together We Win , that also got repressed on Peach River Records under another name Basa Basa Homowo.

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remember District 6?

May 18, 2015

Running small convenience stores in townships is a dangerous business for foreigners. Often serving their customers through locked gates, they are accused of spreading disease, stealing jobs and sponging off basic government services like electricity, running water and healthcare.

But as violence against them continues, the South African government insists that criminality is behind it, not xenophobia

Remember District 6?

In 1986, District Six – The Musical- by David Kramer and Taliep Petersen told the story of District Six in a popular musical which also toured internationally.

By the turn of the century District Six, originally known as the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town, was already a lively community made up of former slaves, artisans, merchants and other immigrants, as well as many Malay people brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company during its administration of the Cape Colony.

After World War II, during the earlier part of the apartheid era, District Six was relatively cosmopolitan. Situated within sight of the docks, it was made up largely of coloured residents which included a substantial number of coloured Muslims, called Cape Malays. There were also a number of black Xhosa residents and a smaller numbers of Afrikaans, whites, and Indians. district 6 the musical pics

Government officials gave four primary reasons for the removals. In accordance with apartheid philosophy, it stated that interracial interaction bred conflict, necessitating the separation of the races. They deemed District Six a slum, fit only for clearance, not rehabilitation. They also portrayed the area as crime-ridden and dangerous; they claimed that the district was a vice den, full of immoral activities like gambling, drinking, and prostitution. Though these were the official reasons, most residents believed that the government sought the land because of its proximity to the city centre, Table Mountain, and the harbour.

On 11 February 1966, the government declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act, with removals starting in 1968. By 1982, more than 60,000 people had been relocated to the sandy, bleak Cape Flats township complex some 25 kilometres away. The old houses were bulldozed. The only buildings left standing were places of worship. International and local pressure made redevelopment difficult for the government, however. The Cape Technikon (now Cape Peninsula University of Technology) was built on a portion of District Six which the government renamed Zonnebloem. Apart from this and some police housing units, the area was left undeveloped.

Since the fall of apartheid in 1994, the South African government has recognised the older claims of former residents to the area, and pledged to support rebuilding.

District Six also contributed mightily to the distinguished history of South African jazz.

Basil Coetzee, known for his song “District Six”, was born there and lived there until its destruction. Before leaving South Africa in the 1960s, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim lived nearby and was a frequent visitor to the area, as were many other cape jazz musicians. Ibrahim described the area to The Guardian as a “fantastic city within a city..In the late 50s and 60s, when the regime clamped down, it was still a place where people could mix freely. It attracted musicians, writers, politicians at the forefront of the struggle as the school Western province Prep were a huge help in the struggle, but the head boy at the time and an exciptionaly great help was . We played and everybody would be there.”

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And the story continues with ‘District 9’, probably the most stunning sci-fi movie I have ever seen.

Released in 2009, directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, and produced by Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham.

The film won the 2010 Saturn Award for Best International Film presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2009:

The story, adapted from ‘Alive in Joburg’, a 2005 short film directed by Blomkamp and produced by Sharlto Copley and Simon Hansen, depicts humanity, xenophobia, and social segregation. The title and premise of District 9 were inspired by events in District Six, Cape Town during the apartheid era. The film was shot on location in Chiawelo, Soweto, presenting fictional interviews, news footage, and video from surveillance cameras in a found footage format.

More then a great science fiction action thriller it’s a social commentary. Replace the word “alien” with any legal or illegal inhabitant of a township and the message the movie was conveying becomes clear. Not for the squeamish.

source; Wikipedia, YouTube, Aljazeera

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my wish is that South Africans never give up belief in goodness -Nelson Mandela

April 24, 2015

stamps South Africa 2015

my wish is that South Africans never give up belief in goodness -Nelson Mandela

zuma as zulu warriorJoseph Marais + Miranda -The Zulu Warrior

see also xenophobiasouthafrica by Khadija Patel and Azad Essa

 

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Machanic Manyeruke And The Puritans -Zimbabwe Gospel

April 17, 2015

Machanic Manyeruke And The Puritans pic -bewerkt

it doesn’t take much to make great music; a guitar, a synth and above all powerful voices praising the greatness of God…that is exactly that is on offer on this remarkable record coming out of Zimbabwe. Recorded in Harare and produced by Bothwell Nyamhondera. File under Gospel.

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Machanic Manyeruke label A

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Machanic Manyeruke And The Puritans (Cook 025)

Released in 1989 by Gramma Records/Cooking Vinyl London UK

buy the album on Discogs

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Percy Sledge in South Africa 1970

April 14, 2015

Soul Safari:

RIP Percy Sledge (1941-2015)

Percy Sledge opened on Friday, May 29th 1970 at the Luxurama Theatre, Cape Town to stay for a long series of concerts and tours. See also https://soulsafari.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/percy-sledge-live-in-south-africa/

Originally posted on Soul Safari:

Percy Sledge -introduction, ‘Cover Me’ + ‘Knock on Wood’

The Luxurama Theatre, Cape Town, darkened, there was a momentary hush, then the audience exploded in a deafening roar as Percy Sledge walked on stage. Everyone of the 1300 seats was filled, people were sitting in the aisles and the happy audience screamed and cried, shouted and stamped, clapped and cheered for the King of Soul was here in South Africa at last!

‘Don’t leave Percy’ they cried. ‘Stay here in South Africa with us!’

Percy Sledge -I got to get a message to you

The live-recording of this show, at The Luxurama, Cape Town, has captured many exciting moments  with songs like ‘My Special Prayer’  and Percy’s first time singing of  a Beegees composition  ‘I got get a message to you’. The crowd loved the message

In South Africa (At the Luxurama) – ATC 9257

My special prayer / cover me…

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Play of the day – Stargo-Man boogie/disco South Africa 1989

March 27, 2015

Each week during the month of March Soul Safari presents a selection of  exquisite South African boogie/disco rarities. Final selection for March is this rare promo by South African singer Stargo-Man with 2 boogie/disco sides from  1989

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Play of the day -Danny Mashinini – 2 rare unreleased boogie/disco tracks

March 16, 2015

Danny Mashinini Georgina LP

Danny Mashinini is best known for his album “Georgina” released in 1989. Today’s post features a rare white label promo by the South African singer with two exciting sides of boogie/disco. Not sure if these tracks were ever released or commercially available.

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