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October 3, 2009

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In the middle of the 70s, American disco was imported to South Africa, and disco beats were added to soul music, which helped bring a halt to popular mbaqanga bands such as the Mahotella Queens. In 1976, South African children rebelled en masse against apartheid and governmental authority, and a vibrant, youthful counterculture was created, with music as an integral part of its focus. Styles from before the 1970s fusion of disco and soul were not widely regarded, and were perceived as being sanctioned by the white oppressors. Few South African bands gained a lasting success during this period, however, with the exception of the Movers, who used marabi elements in their soul.
In the middle of the 70s, American Disco was imported to South Africa, and Disco beats were added to Soul music, which helped bring a halt to popular Mbaqanga bands such as the Mahotella Queens. In 1976, South African children rebelled en masse against apartheid and governmental authority, and a vibrant, youthful counterculture was created, with music as an integral part of its focus. Styles from before the 1970s fusion of Disco and Soul were not widely regarded, and were perceived as being sanctioned by the white oppressors. Few South African bands gained a lasting success during this period, however, with the exception of The Movers, who used Marabi elements in their Soul.  Our friends at Matsuli have posted an excellent bio on The Movers so I refer to that page for more information on the band.

Olga Mvicane

Olga Mvicane played only a small role in the movie Sarafina! (1992), a story of the courage and spirit of the children of South Africa’s townships in their resistance to apartheid, starring Miriam Makeba and Whoopie Goldberg, but Olga’s records were far more popular than her acting.
Here are a few rare 45 rpm’s by Olga Mvicane, all sides produced by Marks Mankwane.

Olga Mvicane -Gqobokani labelOlga Mvicane -Gqobokani 1979

Olga Mvicane -Ndiyazisola

Olga Mvicane -Ndeyelekini

Olga Mvicane -Ndeyikeleni 1978

Patricia Majalisa

Patricia MajalisaWhen 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.

Patrica Majalisa -swingono

Patricia Majalisa -Swigono 1987

Patrica Majalisa -witch doctor

Patricia Majalisa -Witch Doctor 1987

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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.

Mavis Maseko -ngonilie mama

Mavis Maseko -Ngonile Mama 1978

Mavis Maseko -Sebenzani 1978

Blondie Makhene with The Movers -hopeless love

Blondie Makhene with The Movers -Hopeless love 1970

The Movers -give me a day

The Movers -Give me a day 1981

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20 comments

  1. Funk Sanctum Backed Room soul, trip hop , turntablism FM 32k BURSTING with new songs my little sista station, Funk Sanctum, has no time to play! 9. South Africa Work Permit


  2. THANK YOU EDDDY!! GREAT STUFF – KEEP EM COMING AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO FIND SOME MORE TETE


  3. Great music from an interesting and confusing time in SA’s history. Love Olga Mvicane’s records – never heard her solo stuff before.

    Generous once again… very much appreciated…


  4. What happened to the music of The All Rounders, Movers, Flemming Soul, The Black Hawks, The Hurricanes, etc of yesteryears at Gallo Music? Why don’t they convert those LP’s into CD’s please!!!! I am desperately looking for them especially ” The Movers Volume 5, featuring Dina Mbatha-Black is the colour “


  5. Wow this so heart warming for some of these songs or LP were recorded before I was even born Pity that my mother died with no money let alone any form of ?

    Thanx a Mil thou for keeping her voice alive.


    • Your comment is one of the reasons to keep this blog alive. Thank you.


  6. hello, can you tell me if the movers give me a day is from their 1981 album called space?


    • ooh… good question. I have no idea if this single was ever released on an album. Anyone out there?


  7. there is another version to this song listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXgJMswxgRE&list=UUEKVAjZPzWB6GbbjgSGw0hg&index=12&feature=plcp
    i’m looking after space album, thank you


    • i like the other version, do you have it?


      • the version on youtube is different, I am looking forward to find the vinyl!


  8. this song is a killer track, i hope you will find it


  9. any news about the movers lp?


  10. hi; what’s about this album by the movers?


    • which album do you mean?


      • the album of the movers which there is give me a day


  11. hello, plaese let me know if you have another song from the movers or an album plaese, i’m looking after space album from 1981 but it seems impossible to find it, help me plaese


  12. hi, thank you for the music i’ve found on soulsafari blogspot, you seems to have a big knowledge in black music from south africa and i love that thank you, please answer me soon


    • always a pleasure! Follow my blog for more….


  13. my favorit one is give me a day by the movers, i try to look after more songs soul disco, any suggestion please? thank you



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