the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 1

Soul Safari proudly presents a brand new release, as part of a series of 3 individual 12″ single releases. All original masters have been remastered and this limited edition is pressed on high quality dj-friendly vinyl. The vinyl and high quality downloads will be available from August 5th 2019. Fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era in which the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s was defined.

The late 1980s in South Africa was an exciting time when disco mutated into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: dance 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 over the UK 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

The Bees are probably the best known group, releasing only a few albums in 1988-1989 and a handful singles  that are now collectible. Their sound is electronic, hypnotic and highly danceable.

Little Big Man

Themba Wawelela is a prolific South African artist/producer who is best known under the monniker ‘Little Big Man’.

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. All rights reserved.

distributed by Rush Hour


A1The Bees Mjondolo (Bus House)05:22 
A2The Bees She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi)05:1910:41
B1Little Big ManDon’t Do It04:51 
B2Little Big ManLeribe04:0008:51

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