Funk Soul Brothers -part 4- The Special Five -Ngicela Uxolo -organ/zulu soul rarity 1984

the special 5 cover front gecomp

funky guitar disco-vibes, good soul vocals and some quirky organ sounds…nothing more, nothing less. Any info on this obscure South African band The Special Five is welcome….

the special 5 cover back gecomp

 

the special 5 ngicela uxolo label A gecomp watermarked

The Special Five -Ngicela Uxolo

The Special Five -Abase Khweni

The Special Five -We’ Mtanomuntu

The Special Five -Nazi Izinintombi

The Special Five -Wenzani Lomfana

the special 5 ngicela uxolo label B gecomp watermarked

The Special Five -Umjondolo

The Special Five -Mzayoni

The Special Five -Nokuthula

The Special Five -Mama Wami

The Special Five -Thina Amabhungu

 

SEE ALSO

Funk Soul Brothers – part 2-The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa

Funk Soul Brothers -part 1-SUPER SOUL by THE SOUNDS 1974

Soul Safari Radio -Soul Beat -podcast Nr 1 -11th August 2018

soul safari radio podcast 1 gecomp

hi World…here is a new initiative from Soul Safari. A podcast to highlight and celebrate some great unknown South African music!

For this very first show I selected 12 really cool and rare 45 singles by the best of South African Soul Jazz groups, all records from my own collection.  Different styles ranging from vocal to instrumental tunes, recorded and released between 1969 to 1982. Seldom heard on any radio-show…but exclusively now for your ears here on Soul Safari as a podcast.  35 minutes of great South African soul jazz.

I do hope you will enjoy this new initiative!

Here is the playlist and pics from all records played….

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Soul Safari Radio –Soul Beat -podcast Nr 1

-11th August 2018

The Pedlars -At The Club

The Family -Hear Say

The Pedlars -Right On

The Mechanics -Why Not?

The Bee Dees -Big Brother

The Movers -I Need Somebody

The Go-Aheads -Go Ahead Pt 1

The Blue Revues -Spook Mahala

The Flaming Souls -Oh Darling!

Ray Jazz Combo -The Golden Step

Soul Giants -Soul Prayer

The Jazz Clan -Oh Happy Day

 

see also

Funk Soul Brothers – part 2-The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa

Funk Soul Brothers – part 2-The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa


the flaming souls -soul time cover

Already posted in 2013 but still such a real gem that I’d like to share again….a great LP by one of the best groups in soul-jazz style that ruled from mid 60s to mid 70s in South Africa.

Only a few studio-albums and a bunch of rare 7″ singles  are known. In addition to the information found on electricjive I add the lp ‘Soul Time’ by The Flaming Souls as today’s post.  This obscure group definitely deserves a higher ranking in popularity.

The Flaming Souls were produced by Teal record scout West Nkosi and members included Simon Twala, Philip Malela, Gerald Khoza, Herman Fox, Kenny Mosito and Condry Ziqubu. Their sound is based on a slow jam of groovy organ, guitar and funky drums, drifting loosely to the style of American counterparts like Booker T & MG’s with clear references to Newport jazz as well. Hence a title like ‘Newport Soul’ or the remake of ‘Take Five’. But it is  ‘Monks Beat’ that steals the show in this category.

the flaming souls -soul time back

‘Soul Time’ contains a selection of moody instrumentals and grooves that breathe African soul, jazz ala Jimmy Smith or Monk Higgins, even the instrumental organ-based period by James Brown pops up, when he recorded for Mercury/Smash Records.

Different South African indepent labels like Up, Up, Up and Atlantic City have released the group’s recorded output but only locally,which might explain why their records are so unknown and hard to get nowadays. Surprisingly in 1969 , ‘Soul Time’ was released in South Africa on Number One Records, a sub-division of the budget label MFP, Music For Pleasure.  Essential album that I like to share here today.

the flaming souls -soul time label 1

The Flaming Souls -Souly Mama

The Flaming Souls -Soul Again

The Flaming Souls -Monks Beat

The Flaming Souls -Something

the flaming souls -soul time label 2

The Flaming Souls -Take Five

The Flaming Souls -Fox, Monks And Souls

The Flaming Souls -Newport Soul

The Flaming Souls -Tremblin Soul

‘Soul Time’ by The Flaming Souls -Number One Records N.9022 (33YE 1005)-South Africa

see also Funk Soul Brothers -part 1 

Funk Soul Brothers -part 1-SUPER SOUL by THE SOUNDS 1974

The late 1960s saw the rise of American soul music in South Africa. Singers like Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge were very popular, as well as the sound of instrumental groups like Billy Larkin & The Delegates and especially Booker T & The MG’s. The latter inspired many local South African musicians to enter the field with an electric organ, a bass-and-drum rhythm section and an electric guitar. The Sound of A New Generation was born and lasted until the mid 70s when disco took over…

Combined with a typical South African approach the sound evolved slowly into a funky soul-jazz mutation, released on small independent labels like Dawn or Atlantic City. But more on that later…

To kick off a new series of instrumental soul-jazz records in which I highlight some exceptional great local artists here is the LP SUPER SOUL BY THE SOUNDS on the Number One label from 1974 . Not much is known on the members of this band that  consisted of mainly session musicians; C. Dlathu who went to produce singer Paul Ndlovu later on in the 80s, C. Malete who was the drummer  in 1987 on Margaret Singana’s world hit “We Are Growing – Shaka Zulu”, B.D.Seathlolo and S. Msimongo. The music is a great mix of jazz, funk and soul, fantastic rhythms….

The Sounds super soul LP voor -WATERMARKEDThe Sounds super soul LP back-WATERMARKED

The Sounds -Super Soul

(Number One -N 9047-1974 South Africa)

The Sounds super soul LP LABEL a -WATERMARKED

Too Much

Real Kaapstad

Let’s Have It

Bushy Mayanka

Lost Feeling

Feel It

The Sounds super soul LP LABEL b -WATERMARKED

Thiba Kamoo

Coming Home

I Can’t Help It

I’m Sorry

Good People

Lonely People

Best African music finds 2017 # 5 -The New Brothers -Emakhuneni -South Africa

one post a day for the remainder of 2017 featuring a selection of some of my best finds of African music last year…not necessary brand new releases. Mostly vintage records found during my travels all over the world.

Best African music finds 2017 # 5

The New Brothers -Emakhuneni

CTV International CT 86 1990 South Africa

The New Brothers -cover watermarked

‘Emakhuneni’ was produced by Dumisani Ngcobo & Felani Gumbi who also wrote most of the material on this rare album.  The music is a gentle heady mix of funky organ and electric guitar driven rhythms. But the singing style and harmonies prove to be the real turn on for me. Listen to a few of my favourite tracks of this album.

Great cover by the way! Who came up with the motor helmets first? Daft Punk or The New Brothers?? I guess The New Brothers….

The New Brothers -label A watermarked

The New Brothers -Wave Wabothoka

The New Brothers -Umbango

The New Brothers -Mam’ Omncame

The New Brothers -Masibmabhane

The New Brothers -Emakhuneni

The New Brothers -label B watermarked

The New Brothers -Emenaweni

The New Brothers -Uqomdeni

The New Brothers -Umahlalela

The New Brothers -Sehluhanisile

The New Brothers -Nesaba Ukweshela

 

see also Abagandayi -Asithembel’ Enkosini -Zulu funk 1984