Soul Safari is proud to present a brand new compilation featuring some real unknown gems of the ON label released originally between 1987-1989
The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era following the end of the apartheids regime and defining the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s.
The late 1980s in the rainbow nation was a time when disco was mutating into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: pop music aimed at the black population of South Africa.
Bubblegum was a response to Western styles like disco and the fast spreading house music which originally came from the black ghettos of Chicago and New York. When the second Summer of Love took the UK over in 1988, first house, and other electronic music styles conquered South Africa as well. DIY – do it yourself – a motto that had already appeared in the punk movement, lifted the young local scene to the next level. With a minimal set up – keyboards, some drum machines and samplers it was suddenly possible to make music without having to rent expensive studios.
The Bees are probably the most sought after group, releasing only a rare album in 1988 and a handful singles that are now highly collectible.
Themba Wawelela is a prolific South African artist/producer who is best known as ‘Little Big Man’.
Another star of the ON Record stable, Mafika Shabalala set himself apart from the rest with his lyrical skills, sung over the homegrown dance rhythms that soon gave rise to kwaito and later bubblegum.
Whoosha released an album like Mosquito in 1987, which was produced by Julian Laxton, Ronnie Robot and the late Charles Sejeng who was the voice of the group. Two tracks by Whoosha are featured on this compilation.
As the only female singer on this compilation Pamela Nkutha proves that her brand of Bubblegum pop is never less than utterly fresh and original.
ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990
South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie
The Bees/Little Big Man/Mafika/Pamela Nkhuta/Whoosha
Limited Edition Triple Pack -Egoli 002
release date; mid November 2018
distributed by Rush Hour
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