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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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The Flaming Souls -Souly Mama

The Flaming Souls -Soul Again

The Flaming Souls -Monks Beat

The Flaming Souls -Something

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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