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

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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….

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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

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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

Funk Soul Brothers -part 3 – City Soul -Dazz 1977

 

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City Soul ‎– Dazz -Jo’burg Records ‎– TJC 13026 South Africa

Dazz = Disco Jazz

Dazz was originally a huge hit in 1976 for Brick, an American soul funk disco quintet.  The track was covered in 1977 by a South African studio band formed around Julian LaxtonDuku MakasiRobbie Jansen and John Galanakis.

Today’s post features the full-length versions of this rare 12″ …enjoy!

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City Soul -Dazz

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City Soul -Funky Dunky

 

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


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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.

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‘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 

Best African music finds 2017 # 8 -Brenda & The Big Dudes -boogie/bubblegum 1984

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.

#8 Brenda & The Big Dudes ‎– Let’s Stick Together

Family Records‎– FLY(V) 8 -South Africa 1984

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the early years of Bubblegum or Mapantshula Afro pop.

Legends like the late Brenda Fassie and the Big Dudes, Chicco Twala, Dan Nkosi, Ebony, Richard Makhubale of Volcano, Dan Tsahnda of Splash, Yvonne Chaka Chaka to name a few, are some of the most known South African artists in the genre. But the genre crossed borders as well, from Namibia to Zimbabwe, Bubblegum became most popular through the radio and rapidly captured the dance floor. 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 later techno conquered the world. DIY – do it yourself – a motto that had already appeared in the punk movement, lifted the young house 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. Township disco was born, Bubblegum was the next logical step, followed by Kwaito.

read the full article August Mix Special! From Bubblegum 2 Kwaito

 

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Gimme Gimme Your Love

Let’s Stick Together

Could We Do It?

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Do It Now

Can’t Stop This Feeling

I Wanna Be Single

 

Brenda & The Big Dudes

Best African music finds 2017 # 9 -Sandile –Uzuthuzweni EP

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 original pressings found during my travels all over the world.

# 9 Sandile ‎– Uzuthuzweni EP

Teal Records ‎– XPD 2479 South Africa 1986

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I Won’t Let You Down   5:51

Hold Me Close  4:52

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   Give Me,Give Me           6:29

Producer – Ray Phiri

Produced by the late Ray Phiri of Stimela fame.  Two fantastic disco/boogie tracks and a soulful tune from 1986 by Sandile Ngema

See also

Stimela -Look, Listen And Decide 1986

Guitarist Ray Phiri R.I.P. (1947-2017)

Discovery of the Week -Thoughts Visions and Dreams -Ray Phiri

Best African music finds 2017 # 10 -Letta Mbulu –Kilimanjaro

 

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 original pressings found during my travels all over the world.

# 10. Letta Mbulu –Kilimanjaro – MJS 101

 MJS Records ‎– MJS-101 Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM  US 1981

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  Kilimanjaro  Vocal Version       5:52

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      Kilimanjaro (Instrumental)         6:00

Producer – Caiphus Semenya

Written-By – Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu

This is the 1981 US pressing of one of the big boogie/disco-tunes by Letta Mbulu. Especially interesting since the B-side contains a great instrumental version…. Mixed with love by the legendary American producer Ray Martinez

see also Township Soul & Boogie Vol 13; Letta Mbulu -I’ll Never Be The Same (Mosadi) -Tamla Motown

hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie

hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 2

REFORM SOUND SYSTEM 2 DEC 17 JHB

reform 2 dec 2017

6 decades of soul, rare groove, springbok radiohits, township jive & kwela jazz, northern soul, girl groups, vintage disco, indie, funk, hip hop, nigeria 70s, dancehall and other rarities heard nowhere else….

Saturday 2nd December 2017 from 2pm-12 am

dj’s Charles Leonard, Marc Latilla, Eddy De Clercq (Soul Safari, Amsterdam), Mxolisi Makhubo, dj Jun (aka Ninja 45, Japan)

Eclectic laid-back afternoon session & dancing under the Johannesburg Skyline Sunset

The Troyeville Hotel
1403 Albertina Sisulu Road (corner Wilhelmina)
Johannesburg

entrance; 50 Rand

reform 2 dec 2017