Soul Safari ebay auction

Greetings fellow music lovers, Soul Safari’s eBay auction starts today with new additions weekly.

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Throughout the entire month of May Soul Safari will be listing field recordings, folk, private pressings, township jive & kwela jazz, African jazz, soul & boogie, mbanqaga,and much much more with absolutely no reserves.

Records that have been presented on these pages over the last five years are now on auction. So here  is your change to grab some rare African vinyl  as I am cleaning out my shelves to make room for new music.

 

Soul Safari's ebay auction
Soul Safari’s ebay auction

 

Soul Safari's eBay auction
Soul Safari’s eBay auction

Some highlights; a collection of ultra rare and seldom heard field recordings from ILAM, recorded by Hugh Tracey. These records were purchased many years ago directly from ILAM in South Africa from what was left of their unsold stock. All records come in their original cover with the labels attached to the back cover and are unplayed, in brand new mint condition.

More  Soul Safari favs like great 45’s by jive kings The Soweto Boys, mbanqaga queens The Manzini Girls  are now on auction.

Soul Safari's eBay auction
Soul Safari’s eBay auction

See Soul Safari’s eBay auction starting today.

Thanks  for your support and best of luck, happy bidding!

latest record finds -October 2013 USA

my last safari through the concrete jungle of cities like New York City and Philadelphia generated a lot of great finds, not just African music but a few  interesting otherwordly records as well. What about The Afro-Latin Soultet ‘Wild!’, a truely rare jazz-soul gem rarely seen in the wild.

Best catch of this safari must be the American release of Spokes Mashiyane’s  LP ‘King Kwela’, recorded during his  first US live tour,  The Boyoyo Boys ‘Back In Town’, Josef Marais, and Dorothy Masuka ‘Pata Pata’ as runner up… maybe not the holy grails I was looking for in the first place but still a decent selection of music from the African diaspora that I like to share with you. More info and mp3 files in coming posts….and my experience of diggin’ in Philadelphia will be revealed shortly.

the afro-latin soultet -wild! gecomp

abdullah ibrahim- water from an ancient well gecomp

see also SA Jazz -Abdullah Ibrahim speaks! Staffrider interview with poet Hein Willemse NYC Dec 1986

boyoyo boys -back in town gecomp

see also David Thekwane & The Boyoyo Boys -Township Jive 1977

dorothy masuka -pata pata gecomp

see also South African Soul Divas pt 2 Dorothy Masuka, Mahotella Queens, Irene & The Sweet Melodians

hi-life intl -gecomp josef marais -songs of the african veld gecomp

see also the Bleached Zulu

majuba ost -gecomp

rare South African OST ‘Majuba’. I will review this LP shortly

next stop soweto vol 3 gecomp

ah…all the essential and most collectable Cape Jazz holy grails on a double album, released by Strut Records in 2010.

phezulu eqhudeni -gecomp rochereau tabu ley & l'african fiesta vol 2 gecomp spokes mashiyane -king kwela gecomp tabu ley babeti soukous gecomp

Hip To The Jive – Summer 2012 Mix

Enjoy!

Hip To The Jive – Summer 2012 Mix 

 tracklist

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

Soul Brothers & Sisters -Township Soul & Boogie vol 7; Mbaqanga

banner for performance by the Soul Brothers -9 April 2012 -Port Shepstone, South Africa

In my previous post Township Soul & Boogie vol 5; Soul Brothers & Sisters I have already recommended the music of the Soul Brothers and of course there is the authorative biography by  Steve Gordon  so  today I want to add some titles to my ever-growing collection of the mbaqanga sound which dominated South African urban music for over three decades.

The irresistible mix of percussive Hammond organ, quavering soul or the growling deep male voice against female sweet temptation, a scratchy guitar and steady dance rhythms are present in all of the selections.  ‘Shweleza’ by The Queens being my favorite track here today. I ask myself what song is a favorite with you, dear reader?

Soul Brothers -Uthembeni Na?

Soul Brothers -Nomvula

Soul Brothers -Asibonisane

Danvy Masimini -Melamo

The Love Brothers -Niqondeni

The Queens -Shweleza

The Mellotone Sisters -Jabulami Bazali 

Stimela -Look, Listen And Decide 1986

stimela -look listen and decide
French Celluloid release

 


This album has been on my turntable for the last past days and its appeal is growing with each spin. I find it hard to resist the magic coming out of these grooves; jazz, funk, afro-beat; definitely a fusion of styles that blends into a gentle South African swing. 

Each of the featured tracks are winners, especially the bassline and close harmony singing on ‘Sishovingolovane’   and the comical funky mood of ‘Who Is Fooling You’  as well as the title track ‘Look, Listen And Decide’. Each track on this rare album deserves your attention so featured here today. Enjoy!

 

Stimela – Look, Listen And Decide

A1            Look, Listen And Decide        

A2            Who Is Fooling You

B1            Whispers In The Deep         

B2            Sishovingolovane          

B3            Nkata Mgreeka “Danger Signs”

Gallo – HUL 40109 -released in  South Africa 1986

Stimela, the Zulu word for “locomotive”,  is a South African Afro-fusion band, founded by Ray Phiri in 1982 after his previous band  The Cannibals, the soul music giants of the 70’s, disbanded.

 Stimela have since become little short of an institution in South Africa. Born and raised in Mpumalanga Phiri used to dance to his troubadour father’s puppet shows and had his first break in 1962 when he managed to dance for the legendary Dark City Sisters when they performed in Mpumalanga. From this performance he made enough money giving him a chance to travel to Johannesburg and start his own band.

Phiri, along with Jabu Sibume on bass, Isaac Mtshali on drums, and Lloyd Lelosa on keyboards were The Cannibals and during this time the group supplied instrumental accompaniment on recordings of other artists including Irene Mawela and the Mahotella Queens. The four joined forces with vocalist Jacob “Mparanyana” Radabe in 1975, continuing to work together for four more years until Mparanyana’s untimely death at the peak of his career. In 1982, renamed as Stimela, the band was further expanded with the addition of Thabelo Kgomo and Charlie Ndlovu on keyboards.
In 1985 the American singer and musician Paul Simon asked Phiri, along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to join his Graceland project, a hugely successful project that helped a number of South African artists to make names for themselves abroad. Phiri was the arranger of the Graceland album and he collaborated with Paul Simon again on Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints album, which saw Phiri tour for six months and perform on stages such as Central Park and Madison Square Garden, in Europe (1987) and the Soviet Union (1989), as well as appearing on top television shows in the US.

Although largely inactive nowadays, the mbaqanga/jazz/fusion band occasionally still appears on stage.

As  Phiri explains, “We all have different things that we do in life. Stimela is an institution and therefore we will come together if there’s something we want to achieve.”

Source:  http://www.gallomusicpublishers.co.za/

BUY ALBUM HERE and HERE

Members

 Ray Phiri -lead guitar, lead vocals

Isaac “Mnca” Mtshali -drummer

Thabo Lloyd Lelosa –keyboards

Jabu Sibumbe – bass guitar

Nana Coyote – lead vocals

Thapelo Kgomo – keyboards

Charlie Ndlovu – organ

Ntokozo Zungu – lead guitar

 

  

14 Mbaqanga gems in da Yuletide Mix 2011

Soul Safari Yuletide Mix  2011

01. Mahlatini & The Queens -Guluva

02. Intoda Mahlatini & Mahlatini Band -Kudala Besibiza

03. Intoda Mahlatini & Mahlatini Band -Siyekeleni

04.John Moriri & Manzini Girls -Duzu

05. Manzini Girls -Amazwi Akho

06. Manzini Girls -Inkukhu Namaqanda

07. John Moriri & Manzini Girls -Sicholo Sami

08. Mahlabathini & Izintombi Zephepha -Yishilava Emzimi

09. Mahlabathini & Izintombi Zephepha -Umtomdala

10.Amakhosi -Busisiwe

11.Abakhwenyana -Ifuze Lami

12. Amakhosi -Izithandane

13. Izintombi Zase Mhlangeni -Itsripha Rendoda

14.Izintombi Zase Mhlangeni -Yeyo Lentombi

 

Merry Christmas from Soul Safari 

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30 gems for hunters & collectors

Here are 30 gems from my personal collection, all original 45’s from South Africa from a dusty warehouse find.

African Disco, African Soul, Mbaqanga, Xhosa Vocal, Zulu Jive, Accordion Jive…