Eddy De Clercq 2015 -photo by Alek -bewerkt
photo by Alek

Weekly new posts -mostly at the beginning of the week.

As a DJ I have worked professionally for nearly 40 years. As a producer I have recorded and released music for such labels as Go Bang, Aspro, R&S, Warner Music and Blue Note. As a collector I specialize in black music, dance music in its many styles and genres.

The collection of African music on Soul Safari’s pages has grown since my very first visit to South Africa 18 years ago.  On my many travels throughout this magnificent country I have often discovered archives and long lost collections of beautiful music. Music that is so rare that little is known about its whereabouts since much of the original legacy had been erased from history.

My main interest in the popular and traditional music  from South Africa and the sub-Sahara African region is based on beautiful memories of the past. Records from the period 1940-1990.  At the same time I’m always interested in finding exciting new stuff so I keep  a keen eye on contemporary music as well. I believe that the hunt for records in the wild is like hunting for big game in Africa.  Although it is not that dangerous in realtime,  it can be as exciting! In the end I believe that discovering truly great African music in all its forms  and styles is the ultimate prey to the hunter, that is why this blog is called Soul Safari.

the music and information on theses pages are
meant to promote artists and labels.
if you like the promotional copy
go try and buy the original.
Soul Safari is made
out of passion for music.
no commercial purpose
what so ever.
if you disagree with
our posts, tell us and
it shall be removed.
Made out of passion for music.
The music and information on these pages is meant to promote artists and labels, to explore new horizons, new worlds. It’s also my intention to release those gems from archives and collections officially  once I feel that they should be heard by collectors and our new kids on the block. Purely for music afficionados and for those who like to discover a new musical language…
Welcome…. Siya namkela nonke

Eddy De Clercq@Soul Safari

52 thoughts on “Hi, nice to meet you !

  1. Hello Eddy,

    I am a huge fan of your blog, and I would love if you would consider reviewing an album I recorded on it. My name is Aaron Appleton and I am an ethnomusicologist/producer working in Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia. I have fallen in love with the beauty and honesty portrayed in the music of the developing world (especially in Africa), and have a very strong belief in the power of that music to not only positively transform people’s worldview but also to overcome poverty through job creation and income generation. I just released an album of a collection of binaural recordings I made between August 2006 and December 2006. It was recorded entirely on location in Uganda & Rwanda using churches, mud huts, bedrooms, town halls and the outdoors as the studio. You can listen to (stream), read about, view pictures of, and download all 16 songs at: http://ensigo.bandcamp.com.

    Initially the album was used as benefit and academic project through the non-profit organization Food for The Hungry/Go ED. It was replicated and distributed to the musicians in the primary villages where the recordings were made (Piswa & Bukwa Uganda). The intended purpose of the album was to bring unity and reconciliation among the divided people groups of the communities where the recordings were made, to be used as source of income for the musicians recorded, and to help to document and preserve the traditional music of Uganda & Rwanda. But I am now releasing it to the public to be used as a way to raise funds for the non-profit organization Ensigo.

    Thank you for the work you do, and your thoughtful consideration for reviewing the Ensigo: East Africa In Binaural album on your blog!


  2. Hi Aaron,

    I’m writing from Afropop Worldwide–a long-running African and Diaspora
    music website, and radio show hosted by Georges Collinet.

    I am writing to you to tell you about an info-rich new website we just
    launched at http://www.afropop.org/hipdeep. More information can be found
    in the below press release.

    We at Afropop would greatly appreciate any help you could give us in
    getting the word out about this new site. If you link to us and/or post
    about this new site, we would be happy to link back to you from our blog
    (http://www.afropop.org/banningsblog), and from the links section of our
    main page.

    To learn more about us, please read the below press release, explore the site,
    and please feel free to contact us at any time with questions.

    All Best,

    Gabriel and the Afropop.org Team

    Afropop’s New Hip Deep Website
    Where Music Tells the Story of the World
    Now available at http://www.afropop.org/hipdeep

    Afropop Worldwide has released the Beta version of its media-rich new
    website to the public, a bold step towards expanding the non-profit
    organization’s mission of connecting Americans and the global on-line
    community to Africa and the world through new digital and social
    media. The website is dedicated to the humanities-themed series, Hip
    Deep that is part of the Afropop Worldwide weekly radio series hosted
    by Georges Collinet and distributed by Public Radio International to
    over 110 stations in the U.S.

    In 2004, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
    Afropop Worldwide inaugurated a unique series of one-hour radio
    programs that use music to reveal deep truths about Africa and its
    worldwide diaspora. Created in collaboration with ground-breaking
    scholars, Hip Deep programs explore history, faith, literature,
    politics, ethnic identity and social evolution. From “The Musical
    Legacy of Al-Andalus” to the “Liberation of the Drum in Cuba,” to the
    rise of the Zulu nation in southern Africa, Hip Deep places music
    center stage in crucial historical narratives, many of which have been
    routinely overlooked in popular American media.

    The Hip Deep idea worked from the start. The NEH has now funded the
    series five times over the course of five highly competitive grant
    rounds. This week, Afropop Worldwide unveils a state-of-the-art
    website that pulls together nearly 60 hours of Hip Deep programming,
    along with detailed text features, interviews, discographies, vivid
    photography, and much more. Users can listen to any program in the
    series, while browsing to related programs and materials, and engage
    with Hip Deep fans around the world in commentary and dialogue. The
    interface is clean, intuitive, responsive and visually rich. It
    provides discussion space for each available element. Users can
    easily share what interests them via links to a full complement of
    social media, including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. In short, no
    other website, radio or television program today offers such an
    extensive and accessible resource on the music and history of Africa
    and its diaspora.

    Afropop Worldwide Executive Producer Sean Barlow says “Feedback from
    our listeners about Hip Deep programs has always been enthusiastic.
    Now that all the programs are available in one attractive,
    user-friendly environment, we are poised to bring this engaging,
    humanities-rich content to new audiences and communities. Anyone who
    experiences Hip Deep will soon discover that it is hip to be deep.”

    “We’ve always been entertainers,” says veteran Afropop producer
    Banning Eyre. “But Hip Deep lets us use that experiential
    hook-singing, dancing, letting go–to take people to a place of
    discovery. All these programs are really part of one interconnected
    narrative-how the dissemination of African diaspora culture has shaped
    the world we live in every day. You can’t help but be surprised, and
    often blown away, by the revelations of Hip Deep.”

    Tom Pryor, the Editor of Nat Geo Music (National Geographic’s world
    music web site) says, “The Hip Deep site collects these documentaries
    in a clean, easily searchable and media rich enviornment. Want to know
    more about the role of music in shaping Hatian history and culture?
    How about what Mardi Gras reveals about New Orleans’ ongoing recovery
    from Katrina? Or how music helped lower the HIV/AIDs infection rate in
    Uganda? All these topics and more can be found at the Hip Deep site,
    where there’s enough fascinating material for serious African music
    junkies and casual users alike to lose themselves for hours.”

    Thomas C. Phelps, Director of the Division of Public Programs at the
    National Endowment for the Humanities, says “Afropop Worldwide has
    made significant strides with NEH support in recent years in
    contextualizing and interpreting the importance of the music cultures
    of Africa and the African diasposra for American audiences. The new
    website has improved content and database management, user search
    capabilities and interactivity, and a wealth of material developed for
    nearly sixty shows with earlier NEH support. We, too, believe this
    richer website will attract wider, more diverse audiences.”

    Celebrated as a driver of innovation in public media, Public Radio
    International was founded in 1983 to diversify and expand the content
    available on public platforms, enabling U.S. listeners to “hear a
    different voice™” and to connect with one another and the larger
    world. PRI identifies critical but unmet content needs and partnering
    with producers, stations, digital networks and funders to develop
    multi-platform resources to meet those needs. PRI supports the
    creation and distribution of content that would otherwise be
    unavailable and that brings new voices, global journalism and cultural
    perspectives to the American public. PRI content is available on
    pri.org and via podcasts, and is broadcast on 832 public radio
    stations. More than 13 million people access PRI content each week
    through these sources.

    Melinda Ward, PRI’s Senior VP for Content and Development Strategy,
    says “Afropop Worldwide has earned a strong reputation for
    entertaining and engaging our listeners with the dynamic world of
    African and diaspora music. We are delighted that the new Hip Deep web
    site takes that tradition in exciting new directions as listeners can
    now easily find related Hip Deep programs and read illuminating
    interviews and features that deepen their appreciation. We are proud
    that Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep series is part of PRI’s portfolio of
    programs that invite listeners to hear different voices with content
    that provides unique perspectives on our interdependent world.”

    Hip Deep programs draw on the work of over 75 leading scholars, some
    from the world’s most prestigious universities, and others who have
    spent their lives immersed in the music scenes we cover. Programs are
    crafted by seven Afropop producers, including Afropop’s most
    experienced creative team and the originators of Hip Deep, Sean
    Barlow, Banning Eyre and Ned Sublette. Productions reflect the
    experience and expertise of Afropop’s proven engineering team, led by
    Michael Jones, web Project Director Matt Payne, and of course,
    Afropop’s beloved host Georges Collinet, whose voice interweaves all
    Hip Deep narratives. Launched in 1988, Afropop Worldwide was the
    first nationally syndicated media showcase for contemporary African
    music and has aired continuously since then. In addition to the U.S.,
    the show airs in Europe and on U.N. peace keeping stations in Africa.

    Christopher Dunn, Associate Professor of Brazilian Literary and
    Cultural Studies at Tulane University and Hip Deep scholar says, “I
    will use this resource, both as a fan of the show and as an educator.
    You have provided incredibly rich, up-to-date source material that
    will no doubt be useful for general audience enthusiasts as well as
    specialized researchers of musical traditions of Africa and the
    African Diaspora.”

    The Hip Deep site was developed in collaboration with New York based

    Larson Associates, which has built multi-media web applications for
    Carnegie Hall, Nonesuch Records, and the City of San Francisco among
    other clients. “We’re enormously proud to be associated with this
    project,” says Larson Associates Principal Larry Larson. “The site has
    gelled into a truly rich showpiece, finally revealing the true depth
    of content that Afropop provides to web users around the world.”

    Afropop Worldwide is an acclaimed nationally syndicated public radio
    program hosted by Georges Collinet, afropop.org web site, weekly
    e-Newsletter, archive of 25 years of research materials, web-based
    video series, Afropop Hall of Fame honoring ceremony–all dedicated to
    promoting recognition and enjoyment of the contemporary musical
    cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.

    The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Public Programs
    provides opportunities for millions of Americans to engage in lifelong
    learning through the exploration of significant humanities works,
    ideas, and events. By encouraging applicants to envision new ways of
    bridging the gap between the academy and the public, the division has
    been able to fund a range of projects that reach widely throughout the
    country and that engage diverse audiences. Through a variety of
    formats-interpretation at historic sites, community projects,
    television and radio productions, museum exhibitions, websites and
    digital media, and other innovative programs-the division’s projects
    offer people new perspectives on familiar topics and deepen public
    understanding of the humanities.

  3. Hi Eddy,

    Many Thanks for the wonderful memories.

    Do you have anything on “Joy”? They seem to have been forgotten. I’ve tried to source their music but only “Paradise Road” is avaiable.

    1978 Devil With Angel Eyes
    1979 The Click Song
    1980 Ain’t Gonna Stop… ‘Til I Get To The Top
    1980 Paradise Road
    1981 Love Chain Reaction
    1982 State Of Independence

    Thanks again,

    1. hello William,

      I have not heard of ‘Joy’. Maybe you can shine a light on the group and their albums.
      Feel free to create a post on Soul Safari. Be my guest!
      My readers and myself would like to read more about your interest.

      thanks for the compliment, it’s always a pleasure sharing memories
      Eddy@Soul Safari

  4. HI, thanks for a great blog with inspiring works for me as a south african graphic designer working for musicians! These are treasures. A great find.

  5. Thank you very much for posting Wanda Arletti. I wish I could have the whole LP! I am American but I am very interested in 50s, 60s and 70s (and some 80s) rock and roll from around the globe, especially in obscure corners of the world. I’ve been interested in South African mainstream pop for years and as an American it’s almost impossible for me to find out about the oldies from that country, much less get my hands on them! I’m particurlarly interested in English-speaking, Afrikaner, and Coloured artists from South Africa…the stuff you usually can’t find much info on. Your blog is very interesting but I wish you had more of the oldies.

    (I’ve never been anywhere near Africa in my life…maybe one day!)

    1. thanks Hilary for your comment. I share your interest in rare South African music -English speaking, Afrikaans, and coloured artists- and I am diggin’ deeper and deeper into the musical history of the country. I will be posting more of the oldies the coming months as I have discovered some really great titles. With more mp3-files as well.

      I do hope that your travels will bring you to Africa and South Africa one day, it’s a mind-opener! and truly recommended to visit.

  6. Hi Eddy

    Found you via discogs via a reference to ILAM..

    My grandad had a record label in South Africa before leaving for UK in the 60s. I was always led to believe it was South Africa’s no/1 Township Jazz Label but have never found any reference to it so there’s a chance that he bigged it up slightly!
    The name of the co. was Trutone Africa and my grandad was Arthur Harris. Ever heard of him or Trutone?

    Thinking of him today especially as he like the rest of the world would be missing Mandela hugely

    I have a very interesting disc that documents the company that I should convert to MP3..
    Trutone also re-recorded popular American recordings, I’ve seen pics of my grandad with Pat Boone, Miraim Mkeba and Hugh Masekela but my mum left SA when she was 16 so what I know is limited..

    interested to know more about it and trying to find some original discs if they still exist.

    Grateful for any info that you may have.

    All the best

    Olly Lazarus

    1. Dear Olly,
      Is this the same Arthur D Harris who built a most wonderful modernist house in Johannesburg?
      Eitan Karol

  7. Hi there are couple of old songs that I am looking for. There was this one. Johny Boy take your suit case and I don’t want you anymore. I don’t know the album no title.

    1. The Johny Boy was a single by female group called The Angels led by the late Jane Madubane who passed on in 1987

  8. Hello,

    Great blog you got here!

    I’ve got a question for you. Yesterday I got my hands on a South African 78 rpm record: Black Mambazo – Open Coupé / Thula Mama (Columbia YE 202). It’s in excellent condition and sounds awesome. I can’t find any info on this artist or record though. Is there something you can tell me about it? Cheers!


    1. hello, that is a great find! The only relevant info I can share is that Black Mambazo belongs to the group of kwela jazz artists that were popular in the 50’s/60’s with great names like Little Kid Lex, Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes and Swing Tone Whistlers. So that is very good company. The tracks Open Coupé” and “Thula Mama” were featured on the compilation ‘Flute Kwela Africa’ (Columbia ‎– 33JSX 60), released in South Africa at the end of the 50’s. Writers of the songs on your 78 must be Isaac Nkosi, Robert Bopape and Zacks Nkabinde. More info on Soul Safari.
      Price wise I estimate that your 78 in excellent condition might be worth between 50-80 US$ on a good day on eBay. Let me know in case you want to sell…which I doubt.:-) Cheers, Eddy@SoulSafari

  9. Dear Eddy,

    Thanks for this great blog, and even more thanks for your inspiring work as a DJ and producer on many levels. I have always felt and feel that your style of mixing and record choice is unrivalled, even today. Fondly I remember your nights at Roxy and your hours at AFM. And like you, suddenly I had to expand my musical investigative nature beyond the drum computers of the house scene. This blog is amazing and I hope to enjoy it for many years. Thank you.



  10. Hi Eddy,
    This is a great blog – thanks for sharing it!
    Is there a way for me to get digital copies of Township Jive&Kwela vol 1? I can only seem to find vols 2 and 3 on iTunes in South Africa, and by clicking the ‘Buy now’ button I think I’ll be buying the LP rather than the digital version. Please let me know how to go about this.
    I’m part of a group of swing dancers in Cape Town, and we’re very interested in finding out more about the jazz people danced to here in SA. Apparently Sophiatown was even known as Little Harlem at one stage! If you have any more information or music suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
    Thanks very much, Ros

    1. hi, thanks for the nice words.
      Digital copies of Township Jive&Kwela vol 1 should be available on iTunes in SA. Just like the other 2 volumes.


  11. I found your site by coincidence.I’m a old ffriend of Rene moya ..who was mentioned in your blog.just wanted to inform you that Rene passed away earlier this year..

    1. I don’t know this record. There are thousands similar tracks by obscure bands and players. I noticed that John Peel
      named the tune and the artist but incomprehensible for my ears. Ubra Pops? is the only word I could understand.
      Maybe one of the readers here on Soul Safari knows??

      1. Thanks for the reply, I do hope readers of Soul Safari would be able to decipher John Peel’s name of the African artist and track. There is also another one, this time from Zambia, which I’m hoping readers would be able to identify the record. It’s below:

  12. Hello Eddy,

    Some time ago I have added your blog on my bloglist, and check it regularly, so first of all: keep up the good ‘work/hobby’ you’re doing here.
    Since lately the pictures of your posts appear in enormous sizes on my bloglist, it doesn’t look nice at all. Do you have any idea why this is, because you’re using wordpress (as the only one on my list), or something else. If you have any clue and/or know what I can do about it, please let me know.

    Manguetic Greetings

    1. hello, I don’t know which enormous pics in which post you refer…I noticed that the pics in my last post were bigger size then normal. The size of these pics have been adjusted. Hope this solves the problem. Should this not be case then please inform me. And yes, my blog is on WordPress. But that should be not the problem I guess…
      Thanks for the interest in my blog.

      1. Thanks for you fast reply.
        If you like to see what I mean, just go to my blog http://manguemusic.blogspot.nl/ scroll a little down to the bloglist, and you’ll understand.
        Seems what you adjusted didn’t change anything ‘here’, probably it’s just a ‘problem’ between blogspot and wordpress.

      2. jeez…that doesn’t look good at all and surely is not the intention… the only thing I can think of is that the featured image with the post is disturbing the link. I have removed this featured image now. I suggest to remove the link on your blogroll as is now and link again. Hope this helps. Thanks for adding Soul Safari to your blogroll…

        regards, Eddy

      3. Hello Eddy,
        Just tried what you suggested, unfortunately not with the expected result. Checked also how the bloglist is working, and saw that it tries to make thumbnails from the first image in the actual posts.
        Probably blogspot can’t handle wordpress images, anyway thanks for your efforts and I’ll just keep it like it is, because I prefer the list with images.
        Manguetic Regards

      4. OK, I’ve checked your blogroll and the problem seems solved!! I will also add your blog to my blogroll. Great blog btw… are you Dutch?

      5. Thanks, very kind of you to change your post just for this.
        Probably your first image is now so far down the post, that blogspot isn’t able to reach it or so.
        For future posts just arrange them like you want for yourself, no need to think about my bloglist whatsoever.
        Thanks you like my blog and happy to be on your list.
        And yes, I’m a real ‘aardappeleter’, just mostly live like expat and so used to speak/write English, that I prefer to use that language.

      6. hi, no problem! Although technical issues exist with WordPress/Blogpost/Twitter etc I find it really irritating when this disturbs normal page views. Also I wondered if other people who have Soul Safari on their blogroll had the same experience as yourself. So it was good that you noticed me of the issue. Problem solved!
        I will check out your blog for sure, looks very promising. And great title by the way.
        regards, Eddy@SoulSafari

  13. Hi Eddy and the Soul Safari team. I am a great fan of your blog for years now. It is really informative about music. I commend you for such a wonderful work. The music you bring to our attention some known and some unknown provides an exciting memory flashback. I have read about number of musicians from across the continent. The information has helped me to develop my musical knowledge which I used on my local radio show at K.C.R.S FM in Gauteng and at Ubuntu FM Africa an online radio based in Holland. Both play most of African music from the past to present. Keep up the good work. Music lives on!

    King Mavuthela

    1. dear King Mavuthela, what a nice comment to read! Soul Safari started out as a blog to dig deeper into the musical history of South Africa since so much great music and knowledge seems to have been lost….but not forgotten. It is so important to share and pass on the musical heritage of South Africa since so few people seem to know or recognize the past. But equally the music of today and tomorrow are important.

      And that is where you come in….do spread the music and knowledge on your radio -stations. Soul Safari is proud to be part of that fact. Thanks for your generous comment. Peace!

  14. Hi Eddy. My name is Bryan and I find your blog (and your style of writing) so informative yet relatable. I am currently working on a research paper on King Kong and I was wondering how if I could reference some of your writings..?

  15. Dear Eddy De Clercq. Concrats on a great blog. I am a Swedish filmmaker and journalist researching the Golden City Dixies during 1958-1968. I would very much like to talk or write with you about this orchestra. My email is: tovejonstoij@gmail.com I hope to hear from you. Best regards, Tove

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