Soul Safari presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960)

August 8, 2011

It’s official folks! Our first compilation in collaboration with ILAM is now being prepared for release. Soul Safari presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960) celebrates the 3rd year of Soul Safari so far. Imagine 135 posts and still counting…

All titles on this compilation have been handpicked from the ILAM Archives (the International Library of African Music), in Grahamstown, South Africa. The tracklisting represents a wide variety of styles from the golden era of Jive & Kwela, originally released on 78 shellac discs from small independent record companies .  The compilation features rarities by the big names obviously but presents  mostly obscure material from a long lost past. Recorded from the original 78 rpm’s and professionally restored/mastered with artwork to match.

A limited edition of the album in CD format and deluxe 180 gram vinyl pressing is  confirmed for October 2011,  exclusively distributed by Rush Hour.

download here


  1. hi there, this compilation is a cd only release? so no vinyl issue? that’s a pity!! cheers

    • a vinyl release in the planning for later this year.

  2. hi there !

    you can count me in if you plan to release a vinyl. Do you do pre order ? will you notify me by email ?

    thks 🙂

    • Pre-ordering will be possible once the vinyl edition is confirmed. Thanks for your interest sofar

  3. this is fantastic new – I can’t believe it didn’t spot ths post sooner

  4. Hey there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  5. looking forward to the cd release!

    • the cd will be available end of October. More info on ordering in following posts.
      Thank you for your interest, Eddy@SoulSafari

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