the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 2

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.

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.

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 2

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour


A1MafikaRoadblock  05:35 
A2MafikaRoadblock (Taxi Mix)05:2511:00
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