It’s official folks! Soul Safari is proud to announce the release of our first compilation in collaboration with the  International Library of African Music (ILAM), Grahamstown, South Africa.

Order the CD here

Order the vinyl -180 gram- LP here

iTunes downloads here

All titles on this compilation have been handpicked from the ILAM Archives and have been professionally mastered and restored from the original 78 shellac discs.

The tracklisting represents a wide variety of styles from the golden era of Jive & Kwela, originally released on small independent record companies like Gallotone, Hit, BB and New Sounds.  Zulu jive, Sotho vocal, accordion and violin jive to name a few styles…

The compilation features a few rarities by the big names obviously but presents mostly obscure material that has never been heard since the day of it’s original release. Truly music treasures from a long gone past.

Available as CD and LP -180 grams vinyl- formats

  Distribution by Rush Hour worldwide  from December 5th 2011.


Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960)

1 The Skylarks w/ Makeba & Spokes Mashiyane -Ekoneni

2 Sophtown Cool Seven -Sophtown Special

3 Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers -Tholi Bare

4 The Skylarks w/ Makeba & Spokes Mashiyane -Inkomo Zodwa

5 Spokes Mashiyane & His Golden Saxophone -Bothe Bothe

6 Cowboy Superman & His Cowboy Sisters -Inhlizyiyo Yam

7 Abafana Flute Jive -Bra Zacks (I Nkosi)

8 Doris Mkhize & The Cement Mixers -Nanku

9 Abafana Flute Jive -7 Up Swing

10 Josiah Khuzwao & His String Band -Emkhumbane

11 Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers -Chaba Chaba

12 Martindale All Stars -Thakane

13 Harmony Crew Shirts -Amanye Madoda

14 Richard Nombali -Kwela Rich

15 Ndlovu Brothers -Anilale Namhla

16 Sample Siroqo -Baya Vuma

Ubuntu Publishing UP 2011.004 CD and  UP 2011.004LP


11 thoughts on “Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960) Available Now!

  1. What an absolutely marvellous compilation, Eddy! Received the CD on Saturday – thanks for sending it so quickly. I have to say that we enjoyed every track immensely. It’s brilliant!

  2. It’s winter. Its’ cold. It’s dark outside. Still it is almost impossible not smile as you hear and feel the sunshine beam forth from this record. I have to admit to having heard a small random selection of the tracks from Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960) in advance, but the sequence, the mood and flow of the LP is just astonishing.

    No so much a jounrey by DJ, but a soul safari with the DJ.

    The groove is evident across all sixteen compositions: they breath a party spirit, of celebration and dance. Fairly impressive given they span a 20 year period.

    I’m kind of lost for reference points in musical sound. you know the “it’s like this” or “it’s like that” – other than saying it sounds like Township Jive & Kwela Jazz – fairly distinctive when you know the two reference points.

    The sound is honest. It is what it is and what it is lush, warm, groovy, organic, thoughtful, playful and cheeky. At times more one element than another, but always (in my humble opinion) a mix of those things.

    The mastering has lost nothing in the live feel of the tracks – the clarity in sound is all there whilst the mood of the original vinyl is present in the warm sound.

    This is one of those records when you get to the end of Side-2 – your best option is to flip it over and start at the beginning all over again… I only have one LP like this and this is the one – fantastic..!

    A Volume Two..?

    MP Flapp

  3. The compilation is totally awesome!Great music…well promising and very talented!You really did an amazing job collecting all these pieces of art.It’s a diamond in my record collection.100% killer and danceable!Keep the African Spirit Alive!

  4. Can anyone tell me more about, Lulu Sibeko (& Sedgewick Brothers) is male or female please? I am researching prominent female artists in this era in South Africa music. As I am unfamiliar with the names it is hard to determine if they are masculine or feminine. Thanks

    1. Not much is known by this group as their recordings remained obscure but Lulu Sibeko is a female singer accompanied by the Sedgewick Brothers, a male doowop/close harmony group in the same vein as The Manhattan Brothers. The two songs on the compilation ‘Township Jive & Kwela Jazz’ are from 1960 and were written by Stephen Lithako.

      1. Soul Safari, why is that Gibson Kente’s productions such as Sikalo, Sikalo 2 and Howlong are not available anywhere?

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