SA boogie/disco/Mbaqanga & some rare jazz























and a few rare field recordings as well….

AFRICAN SANCTUS – For African tapes, choir, operatic soprano, light soprano, shouter, African drummer, rock drummers, two percussion, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, and Hammond M.100 organ.









rare recording of an actual auction of tobacco in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Published by Tobacco Auctions Limited, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia


Keep on Bumping in 2017 -South African Disco & Boogie Part 1


Keep on Bumping in 2017…


Syndicate – Keep On Bumping

Scroll to page 18-24 for Soul Gems & Bump Music in this volume of  ‘Hot Stuff’. The story of South African Disco & Boogie Part 1…discover how  soul singer Margaret Singana became known as Lady Africa….read a collector’s story on one of the rarest records by Percy Sledge produced and recorded for a South African movie…and remember why David Thekwane and Patricia Majalisa became household names in South Africa and beyond.

Percy Sledge -Soul Fire 

This post features an extended article on South African Disco & Boogie I wrote for the ‘Hot Stuff’ online magazine. This specialist publication is recommended wholeheartedly, chockablock with  interesting interviews, articles, reviews and memorabilia of the Disco era.

More rare stuff in Part 2 of South African Disco & Boogie to be published soon…

Thank you for being a part of Soul Safari! Just to let you know that Soul Safari appreciates your visit to these pages. May 2017 be a safe, prosperous and healthy year for all of you!


Township Soul & Boogie vol 14-Babsy Mlangeni -Botloko Tsebe 1990

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today’s post features a rare 12″ boogie track by one of South Africa’s soul singers, sung in the Sotho language.  See also the interview held with the singer for Poor magazine….

Babsy Mlangeni:

I started making music professionally in 1968 and my 1st single that took me to the top was “Sala Ema” which was a huge block buster which in 1969…What do I think about South African music? The music scene in South Africa is very diverse it has multiple ganders and the interesting part is in each indigenous group it has its own traditional music, so I think that SA Music is very rich, especially since the youth is starting to remix some of the indigenous traditional songs….

read the full interview with Babsy Mlangeni here

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Babsy Mlangeni -Botloko Tsebe

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Babsy Mlangeni -Robala Ka Khotso


Soul Safari Yuletide 2015 Mix -Township Boogie & Disco

Merry Christmas. Buon Natale. Joyeux Noël.

Geseende Kersfees (“Merry Christmas” in Afrikaans) from Soul Safari

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….in 2016 Soul Safari continues to post about long lost music from Africa …. and more.

A  blessed Christmas season and a prosperous New Year 2016 to all

let peace and love conquer


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 this extended mix features rare gems from my collection of South African boogie and disco from  1977-1985.

Soul Safari YULETIDE MIX DEC 2015

Thandeka -Nkosi Sikelela

Kabasa -Burning Splinters

Kabasa -Happy Together

Ashanti -Keep On Dancing

Harari -Good Vibes

Masike ‘Funky’ Mohapi -Hamba Sibali Wami (pt 1)

Masike ‘Funky’ Mohapi -Hamba Sibali Wami (pt 2)

Hot Soul Singers -Give Me (My Love Back)

The VIP’s -Loading Zone

Abakhwenyana -Zikhe Thele

Pat Shange -Thembi

Abigail Kubekha -Tell Me

Abigail Kubekha -Tell Me continued

Malcolm Soul -Mr Cool

Quondile Nxumalo -Mad World

Mavis Maseko & The Movers -Living For The City

Sunset feat Hot Soul Singers -She Looks Good

Patricia Africa -Sala Sithandwa

Soul Safari X Mas greetings

vader krismis 2015

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

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

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

as part 13 in the series Township Soul & Boogie I proudly present one of Letta Mbulu’s rarest albums in existence. It may be one of those records that people sometimes refer to as a ‘holy grail’. “I’ll Never Be The Same (Mosadi)”  is without a doubt an ultra rare ‘lost’ Letta Mbulu LP, released only in South Africa on the Tamla Motown label in 1973.

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Actually, this LP is a compilation of material that was previously released on several albums with  some new songs added, probably recorded between 1970-1973. Parts of this album consists of songs that Letta recorded frequently as part of musical aggregates put together by Hugh Masekela – most spectacularly as part of the anonymous collective known as Africa ‘68 (which was also later credited as “The Zulus”), where she took the lead on “Uyaz’ Gabisa,” “Noyana,” “Aredze” (which she’d earler performed on Letta Mbulu Sings) and “Kedumetse.”

All tracks on this LP beautifully showcase Mbulu’s gorgeous vocal capacities and the heritage of Zulu songs stand out as proud witnesses of Letta’s South African origins.

Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa on 23 August 1942,  she has been active as as singer since the 1960s. While still a teenager she toured with the musical King Kong, — but left for the United States in 1965 due to Apartheid.

In New York she connected with other South African exiles including Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa, and went on to work with Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte.

On screen, her singing can also be heard in Roots, The Color Purple (1985), and the 1973 film A Warm December,[ and she was a guest on a Season 6 episode of Soul Train. Mbulu also provided the Swahili chant in Michael Jackson’s single, “Liberian Girl”. Producer Quincy Jones has said of her: “Mbulu is the roots lady, projecting a sophistication and warmth which stirs hope for attaining pure love, beauty, and unity in the world.”

see her full biography presented by douglas payne

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Letta Mbulu  ‎– I’ll Never Be The Same (Mosadi)
Tamla Motown ‎– TMC 5242

South Africa  1973

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A1 I’ll Never Be The Same
A2 Kedumetse
A3 Now We May Begin
A4 Moya
A5 I Won’t Weep No More

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B1 Because Of You
B2 Uyaz Gabisa
B3 You Touched Me
B4 Aredze
B5 We’ve Got To Learn To Love

source; Wikipedia

thanks to reader and collector Afrikola!

Play of the day – Stargo-Man boogie/disco South Africa 1989

Each week during the month of March Soul Safari presents a selection of  exquisite South African boogie/disco rarities. Final selection for March is this rare promo by South African singer Stargo-Man with 2 boogie/disco sides from  1989



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Play of the day -Danny Mashinini – 2 rare unreleased boogie/disco tracks

Danny Mashinini Georgina LP

Danny Mashinini is best known for his album “Georgina” released in 1989. Today’s post features a rare white label promo by the South African singer with two exciting sides of boogie/disco. Not sure if these tracks were ever released or commercially available.

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Play of the day -Tata -Afro Breakdance -electro/boogie 1985

Each week during the month of March Soul Safari presents a selection of  exquisite South African boogie/disco rarities. Here is the much sought after 12″ from 1985

Tata -Afro Breakdance


Tata -Afro Breakdance/It’s A Mess -Hot Stuff Records 1985 South Africa

Play of the day -Eric D -Slowdown/Nothing For Nothing -boogie/disco 1988

Each week during the month of March Soul Safari presents a selection of  exquisite South African boogie/disco rarities.

This week starts with a few tracks by Eric D from his album “Slow Down” originally released in 1988.

Eric D Slow Down LP

Eric D Slowdown/Nothing For Nothing -Sounds of Soweto SOS 2 -South Africa 1988

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Backing Vocals – Mandisa Dianga, Marilyn Nokwe, Sipho Nkumalo, Thandi Seoka, Wake Mahlobo

Composed By – B. Bophela, T. Sothole
Guitar – Themba Mtshali
Keyboards – Barney Bophela
Producer – B. Bophela, T. Sothole
Saxophone – Mandla Masuku

Township Soul & Boogie Vol 12; Neville Nash ‘Wind Me Up’

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Today’s post features all tracks from an early album by Nash ‘Wind Me Up’ released in 1981 in South Africa on his own label Nash

Neville Nash -Wind Me Up


A1 Wind Me Up  5:12
A2 Love Me Now 4:00
A3 Let The Music Play 3:53
B1 Funky Feelin’ 6:22
B2 Blame It On Magic 3:48
B3 Ooh Baby 3:31

Neville Nash 1981

Neville Nash and his band The Miracles parted ways when the South African singer went solo. By 1985 he had a big hit,”One Of Those Night”,which was later included in the Concert In The Park double album.”What’s Your Name,What’s Your Number?” produced by Tom Mkhise on the CTV label Solid. In 1986 he followed up with the album “Why?” which featured the hit “Feel It” produced by Tom Mkhise, Solly Letwaba and Neville himself.

Neville Nash