hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & BoogieOctober 3, 2009
When a very young Patricia Majalisa left her home town, East London, in the Eastern Cape in 1978, she had a dream of becoming one of the most successful local pop female singer. After an initial ten years struggle to have a niche for herself in the music industry, ‘Lady Luck’ came her way when she met hit producer Dan Tshanda. Like all other artists desperate for a recording deal, they were a frequent sight at the old Gallo Studios in Kerk Street. Fortunately, ace producer Hamilton Nzimande from Gallo Records, listened to their demo tape and he liked what he’d heard. That culminated in them recording their debut album ‘Mr Tony’ which although not a hit, made them realise their potential. The late Mr Nzimande did not give up on them.
This made everyone see that the group had the potential to make it and that’s when Ray Phiri of Stimela give them the name ‘Splash’ . This really splashed them with the production of the hit album ‘Peacock’ . As the album attained sales of more than 50 000 copies, producer Hamilton Nzimande decided Patricia should do her first solo album ‘Cool Down’. The album sold Gold, that’s when she knew then that she had arrived and the goal she was seeking.
Her second and third albums, ‘Witch Doctor’ and ‘Gimba’ earned her platinum discs with sales in excess of 50 000 copies each. This shows that Patricia’s talent is not something that fades away, having been in this industry over 16 years she is still hot and her message to youth should be taken seriously.
Mavis Maseko, Blondie Makhene & The Movers
…and to finish this post here are three 45 rpm records by The Movers, produced by David Thekwane, each with a different vocalist; Mavis Maseko, Blondie Makhene and an uncredited male singer . Soul with a dash of Marabi while the organ and saxophone remain a prominent part of the sound. Each record brings out the diverse qualities of The Movers; they can play “cross-over” Pop, Soul and Disco and still add their own unique touch.