4 hour music special -South African jazz, soul & funk -Listen@Radio 6 Vrije Geluiden (VPRO) -26th July 2014

Radio 6 Vrije  Geluiden (VPRO) -20.000h-24.000h

een 4 uur durende muziekspecial over Zuid Afrikaanse jazz, soul & funk door dj Eddy De Clercq & Frank Jochemsen. In dit programma gaat samensteller Eddy De Clercq terug naar de geschiedenis van jazz en de diverse invloeden van Nederland en Engeland in de muziek van Zuid Afrika. Vooral in Cape Jazz is dit duidelijk terug te horen maar ook in latere stijlen als township jive & kwela jazz zitten elementen welke Westers aandoen maar verweven worden met typische Zuid Afrikaanse melodieën en zang. Maar ook de excellente soul-jazz uit 1969 -een belangrijke periode in dit genre- komt aan bod, alsook de Mzansi House van 2014 naast enkele eigen producties van Eddy De Clercq & Friends, opgenomen in Zuid Afrika. Luister!

Radio 6 Vrije  Geluiden (VPRO) -20.000h-24.000h

A 4 hour music special about South African music; jazz, soul & funk by dj Eddy De Clercq & Frank Jochemsen. In this program, compiler Eddy De Clercq dives deep into the history of
South African jazz and the various influences of the Netherlands and England on the music of the country. Especially in Cape Jazz these influences are clear, but also in later styles as township jive & jazz kwela  Western genres like R&B and jazz are interwoven with typical South African melodies and vocals. But also the excellent soul-jazz of 1969an important period in this genre- is discussed, as well as the Mzansi House 2014 alongside some of Eddy De Clercq’s own productions, recorded in South Africa.

The programme is presented in the Dutch language, but the music speaks for itself. Listen!

Vrije Geluiden 26 Juli 2014
dj Eddy De Clercq & presentator Frank Jochemsen

Vrije Geluiden Radio 6 20.00h-24.00h -26th July 2014-Theme: South Africa


Ta-Fisto -Niyambona Na? 1986


todays post features a rare little groover from South Africa, released in 1986.

Ta-Fisto -Niyambona Na?/I Want To Be

Right Track Records RTS 643-12″ -South Africa 1986

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The Flaming Souls -Oh Darling 1969 Atlantic City

as a bonus to my previous post The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa here is another recording by The Flaming Souls, a 45 rpm single on Atlantic City, rarity from 1969 with vocals and a delicious funky breakbeat inspired by James Brown…enjoy!

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The Flaming Souls -Oh Darling 

The Flaming Souls -Soul World

The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa

the flaming souls -soul time cover

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.

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

Next post ;;;;; The Flaming Souls -Oh Darling 1969 Atlantic City 

Township Soul & Boogie Vol 10 -1984

See also 

Harari -Kala Harari Rock -Township Soul & Boogie vol 9

Om’Khaoli -Magic Touch 1982 -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 6

hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie
disco-ball greentoday’s post features a selection of genuine Township Soul & Boogie. Recorded, released and distributed in South Africa and neighbouring countries between 1981 to 1984. All 45’s originally come from the archives of a defunct radio station in Hillbrow, Jo’burg, hence the stickers on the labels. Some of these original records are extremely hard to trace  after all these years, especially in the wild.  ‘Bushman’ by Steve Kekana is well recommended  and  one of the better known titles . For me, the discovery of the soulful “Hamba Sibali Wami” by Masike’ Funky’ Mohapi remains one of the highlights of this compilation. Let’s go singing, let’s go dancing! From Cape to Nassau….

Blondie and Pappa -Cape To Nassau

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Street Kids -Try Me (Game No. 2)

dudu mazibuku & the paper dolls -botsotso girl gecomp_1

Dudu Mazibuku & The Paper Dolls -Botsotso Girl

dudu mazibuku & the paper dolls -disco beat gecomp_1

Dudu Mazibuku & The Paper Dolls -Disco Beat

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Kori Moraba -Ngifuna Umakoti

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Lujo -That Somebody

spankk feat blondie -hallelujah (praise his name) gecomp_1

Spankk featuring Blondie -Hallelujah (Praise His Name)

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Steve Kekana -Bushman

masike 'funky' mohapi -hamba sibali wami gecomp_1

Masike ‘Funky’ Mohapi -Hamba Sibali Wami

township soul & boogie vol 10 pic

Harari -Kala Harari Rock -Township Soul & Boogie vol 9

Harari -Kala Harari Rock album cover

“Kala-Harari -Rock” was released in South Africa at the end of 1979.  It was the group’s third album and the selection of songs leans heavily on their African roots. This is Harari’s first real return to Africa since ‘Rufaro’ which was the genesis of the Harari sound.

The concept of  ‘Kala-Harari -Rock’ is based the raw wildness of the jungle, translated into music acceptable to the Western ear.  File under Afrobeat, Funk, Disco. The standout track on this album is easily the instrumental ‘Soweto Sunset’ a mesmerizing funky groove, relaxed and powerful. Other favourites are’Safari’, ‘Jikeleza’ and ‘Elephant Dance’. But why not judge for yourself, the full album is available here on these pages for a limited time only. Enjoy!

Harari -Kala Harari Rock side 1

A1. Kala-Harari – Rock 5:18

A2. Give 5:22

A3. Safari 5:20

Harari -Kala Harari Rock side 2

B1. The Whole World’s Dancing Now 5:17

B2. Soweto Sunset 4:40

B3. Jikeleza 3:37

B4. Elephant Dance

see also the homebrew of Harari -Township Soul & Boogie pt 3 and Om’Khaoli -Magic Touch 1982 -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 6

Township Soul & Boogie Vol 8; Soul Special -Almon Memela 1975

straatbeeld winter 3  the week starts with a lot of snow, wind and icy temperatures….Winter! A perfect time of the year to bring out some really warm and soothing South African sounds.

One of the albums I found on my recent South African trip last October catched my attention for the strange cover -the keyhole!-and some awesome obscure titles. This rare album came from a black radio-station and the fact that the last track on side B had been censored simply blew my mind. Scratching out the track with a nail (!) and obscuring the typography on the label and artwork of the cover is quite bizarre although it was not an unusual practice in South Africa’s dark days of Apartheid. The reason for censoring remains unclear since Kid Manotcha’s ”Up The Chiefs” is actually an instrumental track but therefore all the more intruiging.  More on banned beats in a future post.

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Almon Memela

Ever heard of groups like The Fast Move, Soul Rhythmers or Black Lightening? Or Kid Moncho and Izintombi Zodumo?? Well, I hadn’t either until I got this album, produced by Almon Memela, who also wrote a few of the compositions presented here in today’s post, a pick up on the thread Township Soul & Boogie.

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

Most of the artists on this LP are probably studio-musicians who worked with Almon Memela on several recordings in the bump and soul genre, styles that were popular in South Africa in 1975.

The best known track is the lovely ‘Three Steps To Heaven’, a cover of an original song by Eddie Cochran, the signature sound of the late 1950s. This brilliant gem is one of the best love songs of the 20th century and presented here in a good-humoured reggea-vibe.

soul special cover front Soul Special label side 2

side 1

Izintombi Zodumo -Don’t Ever Think Of Leaving Me

The Fast Move -Change The Beat

Soul Rhythmers -Maria

Kid Moncho -Our Kind Of Bump

Black Ligthtening -Three Steps To Heaven

Soul Rhythmers -Open House

side 2

Soul Rhythmers -Hubby Is Home

Soul Rhythmers -Jackpot

Izintombi Zodumo -Mississippi River

Black Ligthtening -Blue Day

The Fast Move -No Time To Waste

CENSORED Kid Manotcha -Up The Chiefs

Soul Special -Highway Soul HSL 2000 -released in 1975

Almon Memala’s discography can be found at flatint. Thanks for the pic btw.

Umoya ft Alec ‘Om’ Khaoli -Oya Kae 1985

see also Om’Khaoli -Magic Touch 1982 -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 6


 Umoya is a German based reggae band, founded in 1982.  Its name is Swahili for “unity”. Their EP ‘Satisfy/ Party / Feels Good/ Oya Kae’ was released as 12″ in 1985.  There might be a subtle difference in spelling the name but Umoja was formed in South Africa by Alec ‘Om’ Khaoli’s after leaving Harari.

This 45 rpm single “Oya Kae” was released that same year on CBS Records. The spelling of  the name of Umoja is confusing since the  German group recorded this seldom seen track. Alas, the pressing or mastering of this particular disc is not 100% but its rarity makes up for the sound quality.

Does anybody knows in which country this single was originally released??

Umoya -Oya Kae Pt 1 label

Umoja featuring Alec ‘Om’ Khaoli -Oya Kae Pt 1 

Umoya -Oya Kae Pt 2 label

Umoja featuring Alec ‘Om’ Khaoli -Oya Kae Pt 2 

a few albums by South African group Umoja

Hip To The Jive – Summer 2012 Mix


Hip To The Jive – Summer 2012 Mix 


1. Kid JoJo -Peanut Bump

2. Boyoyo Boys -Daveyton Special

3. Osiyazi -Sibaya Reception

4. Pikinini Khumbuza -Jackpot

5. EliasMethebula & The Chivani Sisters -NtelaATingangeni

6. Majozi -Ngimbonile Ubaba

7. Umakhathakhathanamachunu -Ezweni I Ikshaka

8. Majakathatha -Ke Saea Maseru

9. Izazi -Bayesutha

10. Dilika -Ngaylshela Yavuma

11. Manka Le Phallang -Khutsana

12. Mzikay Ifani Buthelezi -Themba

13. Amalokohloko -Aslangenlani

Dolly Rathebe -Drum cover July 1955

South African Soul Divas Pt 5 -Margaret Singana, Lady Africa

Belgian 45 rpm release

  in today’s post I want to highlight the work and the voice of a truly great South African singer who had her share of success but who also suffered from bad luck and discrimination. The tragic story of “Lady Africa”, Margaret Singana.

Her biggest hits are the uptempo boogie tracks ‘Where Is The Love’ and ‘We Are Growing’ and I guess that not many people will be familiar with the soul side of this versatile singer.

Just listen to ‘Cry To Me’ and ‘Stand By Your Man’, both sung in a deep heart-felt bluesy voice and backed by equally great musicians. Margaret Singana delivers and knows how to make these standards her own.

Her irrestible singing style was influenced by American R&B, deep Southern Soul, Black Gospel & Disco. Her vocal abilities can stand the test with those of Candi Staton and even Aretha Franklin, America’s First Lady of Gospel & Soul. But it’s Margaret Singana’s  spirit and voice from deep within that defines the moment and accentuates her African roots.

                                               Margaret Singana -Where’s The Love

Margaret Singana was born Margaret M’cingana in Queenstown in 1938 . As a teenager she went to Johannesburg to look for work in the music industry. She became the first black artist to feature on the white-dominated Radio 5 hit parade. Her version of “I Never Loved a Man The Way I Loved You” became a local hit. But due to strict laws for black inhabitants of South Africa she did not succeed to break through and she became a domestic worker, victimized by the ruthless Apartheid’s regime. Her employer however discovered her musical talent and introduced her to a record company.

The featured single here was originally released as JB001 on Jo’Burg Records, both tracks can be found on the 1974 album “Lady Africa”.

Margaret Singana -Cry To Me

Ipi Tombi -original cast recording

Margaret Singana -Gimme Your Love

Margaret Singana’s big moment came in 1973 with the release of  ‘The Warrior called Ipi ‘N Tombia’, a reworking of the musical Ipi ‘N Tombi written by Bertha Egnos and her daughter, lyricist Gail Lakier.

See also my previous posts hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 2  and SA movies -1965 OST ‘Dingaka’ by Bertha Egnos

In the following years, she released several other albums in South Africa, mostly produced by Patric Van Blerk which were a success in her homeland, but her performances in Europe yielded. Margaret Singana was nicknamed ‘Lady Africa’. In 1978 she had a stroke, but she recovered and came back. In the mid ’80s, she sang “We Are Growing”, the title song of the television series Shaka Zulu. This song became a No. 1 hit in the Netherlands a few years later. The Dutch released 12″ of Shaka Zulu ‘We Are Growing’ contains the original version, the extended remix and a song that is quite special for Margaret Singana as she sings in her native language isiXhosa, not in English. ‘Hamba Bekhile’ is a traditional song that women sing after brewing beer when they pass the calabash around the thirsty men to sample the brew. It’s also the name of an album that was released in 1978

Margaret Singana -We Are Growing -12 inch Extended Remix

Margaret Singana -Hamba Bikhele

But that hit was to be her final bow and the woman affectionately dubbed ‘Lady Africa’ died largely forgotten in 2000 at the age of 63, crippled and bound to a wheelchair and in a financial situation unfitting a star appropriately.

Let her music and spirit live on.

Margaret Singana -When Will I Be Loved

Margaret Singana -Stand By Your Man

Margaret Singana -She Was A Dancer

sources; wikipedia and http://www.rock.co.za