Pamela Nkutha/Whoosha -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

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.

Whoosha released an album called “Mosquito” in 1987, which was produced by Julian Laxton, Ronnie Robot and the late Charles Sejeng who was the voice of the group. Two tracks of that album are featured on this compilation.

As the only female singer on this compilation Pamela Nkutha proves that her brand of bubblegum pop is never less than utterly fresh and original.

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

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

EGOLI 002-DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1Whoosha Mosquito03:47 
A2Whoosha Nopaka05:1509:02
EGOLI 002 -DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
B1Pamela Nkutha Gambling04:28 
B2Pamela Nkutha Ano Tambura (Suffering)04:35   9.03

Mafika -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

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

EGOLI 002-DISC 2ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1MafikaRoadblock  05:35 
A2MafikaRoadblock (Taxi Mix)05:2511:00
EGOLI 002 -DISC 2ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
B1MafikaSbarara04:47 
B2MafikaBlack Jack04:01 
B3MafikaLalavuka04:2513:13

The Bees/Little Big Man -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

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

EGOLI 002-DISC 1 ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1The Bees Mjondolo (Bus House)05:22 
A2The Bees She’s A Witch (Tikoloshi)05:1910:41
EGOLI 002-DISC 1ARTISTTITLEtime  
B1Little Big ManDon’t Do It04:51 
B2Little Big ManLeribe04:0008:51

Vuyani Dance Company at Holland Festival 22 June 2019

my DJ set during the Holland Festival Listening Party on 22 June 2019 was originally planned as a performance to promote South African music with sound and vision, not as the usual dance party. It eventually became a real dance party thanks to the South African Vuyani Dance Company who joined the Listening Party and showed their masterful moves to the surprised crowd! Their unexpected performance was a beautiful gift! And it made the Dutch audience switch from listening to dancing. Really a nice festive closing of the Listening Party!! Thanks Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theater and all the people who made the Holland Festival possible.

Bongi Makeba

Bongi Makeba (20 December 1950 – 1985) was a South African singer/songwriter. She was the only child of singer Miriam Makeba with her first husband, James Kubay.

Makeba was born in South Africa. She recorded only one solo album, ‘Blow On Wind’ (pläne-records) before she died after a traumatic miscarriage in 1985. She was buried in Conakry, Guinea. Some of her songs could be heard years later in her mother’s repertoire. See and hear mother and daughter together on stage at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1980.

Bongi Makeba ‎– Blow On Wind (pläne ‎– 88234) released in 1980 -her only solo album produced in Germany by Conny Plank.

Bongi Makeba -Sikhumbula (Liberation)

Bongi Makeba -Kilimanjaro

Miriam Makeba left South Africa in 1959, after landing a lead role in the jazz musical King Kong, a tragic story about a boxer, Ezekiel “King Kong” Dlamini. After moving to the US, Bongi started a singing career with Judy White, the daughter of blues singer Josh White. The duo released a few singles in 1967 on American labels under the name Bongi & Judy. Although written and produced by some of the then big names, Bert Keyes and Ashford & Simpson, both singles did not stir up big waves.

 

With her American husband, Nelson Lee, she made two 7″ records
in the early to mid-1970s that were more successful. “Bongi and Nelson” features two soul tracks arranged by George Butcher: “That’s the Kind of Love” and “I Was So Glad” (France: Syliphone SYL 533) & “Everything For My Love” and “Do You Remember Malcom ” (France: Syliphone SYL 532).

see also my previous posts on Miriam Makeba 

African Jazz & Variety -Alfred Herbert 1952

South African Soul Divas pt 1-Miriam Makeba

King Kong, the first All African Jazz Opera 1956

South African Soul Divas Pt 4 -The Skylarks

ON! YULETIDE 2018 MIX -Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Soul Safari 

enjoy this mix of South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

ON YULETIDE MIX 2018 pic 2

 

some real unknown gems of the ON label and other in-demand tunes released originally between 1987-1989 in South Africa

ON! YULETIDE 2018 MIX

Mara Dee -Phinda Mzi
Odessa Traffic -Odessa Jam
Mara Dee -Rhythms Of Life
Ninja -Koiyoko
The Bees -She’s A Witch (Thokolosi)
The Bees -Mjondolo (Bus House)
Stanza -I’m Dreaming
Pamela Nkhuta -Gambling
Mafika -Roadblock
Peter Maringa -Mama Jane
Street Kids -Dancing All Night
Mafika -Roadblock (Taxi Mix + Vocal version)
Odessa Traffic -Traffic Jam
Mercy -Sex Appeal

sticker ON records -hoes

ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Limited Edition Triple Pack -Egoli 002

distributed by Rush Hour

This compilation ℗ + © 2018 Ubuntu Publishing license. All rights reserved

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see also August Mix Special! From Bubblegum 2 Kwaito

 

 

ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990 -South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

 

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Soul Safari is proud to present a brand new compilation featuring some real unknown gems of the ON label released originally between 1987-1989 

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era following the end of the apartheids regime and defining the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s.

The late 1980s in the rainbow nation was a time when disco was mutating into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: pop music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

sticker ON records -hoes

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 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

The Bees are probably the most sought after group, releasing only a rare album in 1988 and a handful singles that are now highly collectible.

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

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.

whoosha mosquito
Whoosha

 

 

 

Whoosha released an album like Mosquito in 1987, which was produced by Julian Laxton, Ronnie Robot and the late Charles Sejeng who was the voice of the group. Two tracks by Whoosha are featured on this compilation.

 

As the only female singer on this compilation Pamela Nkutha proves that her brand of Bubblegum pop is never less than utterly fresh and original. Pamela Nkutha -gambling 12 inch

 

ON -the sound of ON Records 1987-1990

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

The Bees/Little Big Man/Mafika/Pamela Nkhuta/Whoosha

Limited Edition Triple Pack -Egoli 002

release date; mid November 2018

distributed by Rush Hour

This compilation ℗ + © 2018 Ubuntu Publishing license. All rights reserved

sticker ON records -hoes