Township Jive & Kwela Jazz -new Volume 4 (1940-1965)

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the fourth issue in the series ‘Township Jive & Kwela Jazz’ selected by Soul Safari.

Another outstanding collection of rare gems from the International Library of African Music (ILAM) Archives, South Africa.

Soul Safari presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 4 (1940-1965)

Catalog nr. UP 2016.007 LP

Side A
1-Stamkoko -Izintombi Zesi manje manje (1965) 02:16
2-Udali– Maphela  (1960) 02:38
3-Sabela –Maphela  (1960) 02:30
4-Usana Lwam’– Mississippi Brothers & Beauty Diloane (1940) 02:36
5-Ukhiye–Susan  Gabashane & Her Honeybees  (1960) 02:46
6.Ukuhlupheka – Susan Gabashane & Her Honeybees (1960) 02:35
7.Umsakazo E Grahamstown– Alabhama Kids  (1960) 02:27
8.Lizzy–Mississippi Brothers (1940) 02:17
9.Asinamali– Alabhama Kids (1960) 02:21

Side B
1.Baboon Shepherd–Black Duke & Peter Makana (1950) 02:35
2.Battle Of The Flutes–Black Duke & Peter Makana (1950) 02:37
3.Shukuma Duke-Black Duke (1950) 02:27
4.Duke Blues-Black Duke (1950) 03:00
5.Black John–Peter Makana (1950) 02:20
6.Blood Mixture-Peter Makana – (1950) 02:15
7.Egoli Zinyozi –Alfred Dlezi & Dlamini (1950) 02:31

Lost & Found pt 2 -Peanut Butter Conspiracy -South African 70’s Soul & Psych

see also Lost & Found pt 1 -Wanda Arletti -Love Power!!

Lost & Found is a series that showcases long lost music from the 60s by South African white artists. Maybe these songs and sounds were lost for years but not forgotten. Today I want to present a record by Peanut Butter Conspiracy aka PBC, a group that worked with The Flames and singer Una Valli. Not to be confused with the American band of 1966 with the same name. A combination of soul and uptempo excitement, just plain talent combined with ambition and gutsy professionalism. No hype, no hustle.

see also The Flames -Soulfire!! South Africa’s soul super group

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The group Peanut Butter Conspiracy was formed in 1968. The original line up included: Una Valli (vocals), John Lindeman (guitar),Brian Mulder (bass), Ron Naturam (keyboards), Mike Fox (drums), Peter Lynch (sax/mouth-organ/guitar) and Mike Koch (drums). Subsequent band members included Ton Schiff (keyboards), George Hill (drums), Herbert Simon (guitar), Moose Forer (bass), Frank Hill (drums), Stuart Preston (drums), Mick Spooner (keyboard/sax), Eddie Payne (trumpet) and Freddie Schesser (trumpet). “Understanding”reached #2 on Springbok’s Top 20 in May 1971 and spent 17 weeks on the charts. It went to #1 on the Rhodesian charts for three weeks in May 1971. Other hits include: “Hold On To What You’ve Got” (#4 Aug ’71) and “Amen” (#2 Dec ’71).

Their cover of the song “Part Of Someone (Church)” originally by Steven Stills remains a true gem that is waiting to shine again.

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PBC continued on to at least 1973 releasing a few records on the Columbia record label in South Africa. Alan Brackett of the American band said that he no doubt believes that they used their name especially because both bands were signed with Columbia. There is also a barbershop quartet with the same name.  There were many foreign bands that emulated American sounds with 60s psychedelia, progressive rock, and soul music. Apparently Columbia had no problem with this.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy…Chart Busters…Soulmates. Take six musicians: Patent Brian Mulder’s gravel-voice delivery. Add brass. Peter Lynch, Mike Spooner and Eddie Payne. Blend in Stuart Prestam’s drumming and Herbert Simon’s guitar riffs. Now you have it – the PBC sound. Here’s their debut album to confirm your suspicions. This is South Africa’s pop discovery of the 70s.

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source; liner notes Peanut Butter Conspiracy (CBS ASF 1627-South Africa)

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Lost & Found pt 1-Wanda Arletti -Love Power!!!

Lost & Found is a new series to start the week..music from the 60s by South African white artists. Maybe these songs and sounds were lost for years but not forgotten. Today I want to present a record by beat girl Wanda Arletti; “Love Power!!!”, easily one of the best albums of the 60s. ‘Love Power’ holds all the elements of a true classic pop record, a tour de force of soulful beat music made in South Africa.

There is a certain reminiscence of the silky soul of Dusty Springfield in covers of ‘I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today’ and the inevitable “Son of a Preacher Man“ but the repertoire and vocal excellence is powerfully defined by Wanda Arletti. She covers these well known songs very well and makes them her own.

She was born Wanda Arletowicz  in Hackney, England of Polish parents and as a teenager sang for South Africa’s beat group The Staccatos, later  married the group’s guitarist, Richard Crouse and recorded a few memorable albums like “Love Power’, a record that has well aged and on review here today.

Motown, Phil Spector, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach are just a few of the many other influences that show through on the 12 tracks presented here.

The production holds it own and adds a mesmerizing sound played by competent musicians.The album is packed with  powerful vocals that are emotional, over a lush and minimal orchestration by one of South Africa’s most popular and talented composers and artists; Art Heatlie, who also produced this album.

 

 Wanda Arletti -Love Power!!!

Wanda Arletti -Love Power

Wanda Arletti -Take Me For A Little While

Wanda Arletti -Son Of A Preacher Man

Wanda Arletti -It Was Easier To Hurt Him

Release info: Wanda Arletti “Love Power!!!” NEM, nems 301, May 1969


Wanda Arletti -Zanzibar

And as a bonus to today’s post here is a later single “ZANZIBAR” originally released in South Africa in October 1970 to reach nr.2 in the worldwide charts to stay in the highest regions for another 13 weeks. The single pictured here is the 1971 Belgian release. Surely a well deserved hit but it’s the B-side that counts,  ”Walk Us Round A Rainbow”.  The song is a soulful big ballad that grows and grows into a divine vocal seduction by one of South Africa’s greatest voices in pop.

Wanda Arletti -Walk Us Around A Rainbow

Release info: Pink Elephant PE 22.558Y Demo production copy. Belgium 07-04-1971

Thanks to Tertius Louw at the online South African Rock Encyclopedia

City Jazz Nine -Our Kind Of Jazz -Zacks Nkosi 1964

Good day to all. Today’s post starts the week with a rather rare album by Zacks Nkosi ‘Our Kind Of Jazz’.

The original was issued in 1964 on Skyline SK80160, a sub-label of South African EMI . The  same album was re-issued later on HMV but today we are presenting here the original first release of this great album. An authorative biography on Zacks Nkosi can be found on flatinternational so today I concentrate on the music.

The recordings on the album ‘Our Kind Of Jazz’ were made between 1956 and 1964 by the City Jazz Nine and Zacks and his Sextet.  The B-side with 7 recordings by Zacks and His Sextet will be featured in the next post.

Tracklisting

A.1      CITY JAZZ NINE

Lefty’s Boogie (ZacksNkosi)

A.2      CITY JAZZ NINE

Riverside(ZacksNkosi)

A.3      CITY JAZZ NINE

Nonto(ZacksNkosi)

A.4      CITY JAZZ NINE

Kuruman (ZacksNkosi)

A.5      CITY JAZZ NINE

EmgunguNkhlovu (ZacksNkosi,PeterMoloi)

A.6      CITY JAZZ NINE

EmaSwati(ZacksNkosi)

A.7      CITY JAZZ NINE

10.10 Special (ZacksNkosi)


Liner notes

I have known Zacks Nkosi–“Bra Zacks” as he is called by all his friends- for more than ten years and can sincerely say that he is a true and honest musician, born under the star of music.

Always pleasant, amiable, willing and striving, but quietly insisting on what he thinks right and should be done. Never flying high, but always basically firm and solid in his approach to life as well as in his music.

His parents originated fromSwaziland, but Zacks  was born in the well-known location,AlexandraTownship, learning some music at the Roman Catholic Holy Cross Mission School, trying to master, as he himself says, the piano, bugle and clarinet at the age of ten years. Much has been achieved since then and I doubt if the teachers from the Mission School would have ever thought that ‘Bra Zacks’ has, over the years,  put into practice so successfully the small amount of guidance he received from them at that particular time.

His knowledge has been enlarged tremendously by hard training, improving his techniques and mastering, to use his own expression again, other instruments such as the saxophone, bass guitar and rhythm instruments, beginning to read and write music, playing all over South Africa, either in conjunction with other musicians in other bands, or with his own bands, in the early days –“The Jazz Havanas”, “The Boogie-Woogies”, and during the last ten years, “The City Jazz Nine” and “Zacks With His Sextet”. From “The Blue Diamonds”, the first group he joined via “The Jazz Havanas”, ”“The Boogie-Woogies” and “The Jazz Maniacs”, to his own last two bands, is a long stretch for any musician, but Zacks has always stuck to his principles of true and honest music giving tribute to his many tutor friends and musicians –amongst the, the late Boyse Ngwele and Solomon Cele, Jeff Adams Catriers, who is now in Sweden and Abie Tetsoalo.

Zacks’ first LP consists of his own compositions covering approximately seven years of his recordings for EMI using some of his most successful works and played by both his bands.

I am certain all his many friends will want to have this LP in their collection as they should be able to recollect so well his struggle and success, his purity and honesty, his mood, his time and their time in which this music was recorded.

I am sure “Bra Zacks” still has a great future with us, as I would not like to miss his broad smile and his pleasant personality.

Liner notes  by E.W.F. Bantu A. & R. on the original LP “Our Kind Of Jazz” 1964 EMI  Skyline SK80160

SA Kwela Jazz -The Kwela Kids Plus One -Joshua Sithole

over the weekend I dug into the finds of my latest SA trip last March. Still a few boxes of records to unpack, an activity that always brings a lot of joy and new insights in South African music history.

Like this single by The Kwela Kids Plus One featured here today, released in September 1969. I had expected the standard Kwela jive fare but was totally surprised by the sophisticated jazz beats.  The guitar of Joshua Sithole binds the rhytmic structures nicely together and adds an unique touch of jazz excellence. While the flute on ‘Duke In Soul’ is paying homage to the horn section of the Duke Ellington Orchestra indeed…

The Kwela Kids Plus One -Our Strange Ways

Writer of these songs  is Joshua Sithole,  his music taking inspiration from the kwela and mbaqanga styles.

As a self-taught lead guitarist Joshua began busking with the Kwela Kids in 1959 in Cape Town and later with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse in his group The Beaters in Johannesburg. Note also the misspelling of his name as Joshua Sitole on earlier recordings.

The Kwela Kids Plus One -Duke In Soul

In 1978 he went solo and played in venues around the country, thrilling audiences with his distinctive style. During the eighties he became known to Durban audiences through his various residencies at places like the Lonsdale and Westville Hotels.

Sithole was born in Rylands, but his family moved to Gugulethu during the era of forced removals. He was committed to his family and to passing on his skills to others. Josh Sithole, one of Cape Town’s best-loved musicians and a favourite of many South African music-lovers, died on Sunday 20 June 1999.

excerpts from an article from the AFRICAN INVASION OF ROCK website

see also Joshua Sithole: Joshua Sithole’s Africa 

Mario Da Conceiçao -saxophone jive -Troubadour Records SA

Good day to all. Today’s post starts the week with a rare 45 rpm single on Troubadour Records from South Africa. The pressing plays with a noisy hiss so  I have removed some of the worst hiss and crackle. Not much is known about the artist, just the fact that Mario De Conceiçao was a saxophone player and both tracks on this single are instrumentals  in the Saxophone Jive style.

Mario De Conceiçao – Seaside

Mario De Conceiçao -Riverside 

Thanks to our friends at Electric Jive who added the following information:

Hi Eddy – nice find – de Conceicao was originally Mozambican but lived in South Africa in the 60s and 70s – he played regularly as a fill-in sax for the legendary Makhona Tsohle band – he also cllaborated with the Elite Swingsters – and in the 70s put out an album with two Swingsters saxophonists – Albert Ralulimi and Chris Songxaka – that album can be downloaded from Electric Jive – here

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from a great, rather underrated 45 single from 1975

Hugh Masekela -Excuse me please / Ashiko (A-side)

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