Pamela Nkutha/Whoosha -the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

the sound of ON Records 1987-1989

South African synth-disco/bubblegum/electro-boogie

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

Soul Safari proudly presents a brand new release, as part of a series of 3 individual 12″ single releases. All original masters have been remastered and this limited edition is pressed on high quality dj-friendly vinyl. The vinyl and high quality downloads will be available from August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

The ON label was active in South Africa between 1987-1992, an era in which the new sound of Young Black South Africa in the early 90s was defined.

The late 1980s in South Africa was an exciting time when disco mutated into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: dance music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

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 over the UK 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.

Whoosha released an album called “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 of that album 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.

Catalog nr. Egoli 002-DISC 3

Release date; August 5th 2019, fully licensed. Distributed by Rush Hour

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EGOLI 002-DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
A1Whoosha Mosquito03:47 
A2Whoosha Nopaka05:1509:02
EGOLI 002 -DISC 3ARTISTTITLEtime TOTAL 
B1Pamela Nkutha Gambling04:28 
B2Pamela Nkutha Ano Tambura (Suffering)04:35   9.03

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

 

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

August Special! South African Boogie & Kwaito – GROOVY G. -Viva Dance 1994

 

Today’s post shares a rare South African dance 12″ released in 1994.

Groovy G. consists of rapper and singer Marlon, ace muso The Big A and Funky DJ, muso and hot dance producer, the man behind the grooves on ‘Viva Dance’.

‘Viva Dance’ was produced by Patric van Blerk, the man who produced the mega hits of Margaret Singana in the 70’s,  besides successful innovative Dance compilations in the  80’s.

The mini-album features a mix of dance styles popular in the mid 1990’s, referring clearly to house, rap  and pop…but in a typical South African mellow vibe

Groovy G. -Viva Dance! (Tusk PVC 57 South Africa 1994)

Groovy G. -SOUTHERN JAM

Groovy G. -SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

Groovy G. -LOVE THANG

Groovy G. -GIVE ME A LITTLE TIME

Groovy G. GIVE IT TO ME

Groovy G. -lOVE ON THE DANCE FLOOR

 

 

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 -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 -At The Club- Soul Safari 1 year!

that’s right folks, we started this blog exactly 1 year ago so today it’s the birthday of Soul Safari! Thanks to all visitors of these pages; for your comments, your suggestions and the links.  Keep sending them, it’s very much appreciated.

To celebrate this occasion we present a groovy, funky mix of soul and boogie tunes for your ears only… all records come from our own archives, highlighting the golden African disco days, mid to late 70’s.  Some rare 45’s  by  Patti Boulaye,  (born Patricia Ngosi Ebigwei, 1954),  a British singer, actress  and politician, and who was one of the leading black British entertainers in the seventies and eighties. In her native Nigeria, she is best remembered for starring in the Lux commercials which ran in the eighties.

Letta Mbulu  is a more established South African artist with an impressive career that spans a few continents, her contribution to the mix is ‘Kilimanjaro’, a gorgeous slab of African boogie-disco. That voice!

And the list goes on with some real funky versions of ‘Take me to the river’ by Mara Lauw, ‘Get it’ by The Symbols, a discofied version of ‘Put it where you want it’,  originally a hit for The Crusaders.  And more African cover versions of American boogie & disco hits…

Here’s the full list

01. Mara Louw -Take Me To The River

02. Patti Boulaye -Funky Love

03. The Sakie Special Band -Groovy Cats

04. The Movers -Guava Jelly

05. Sylvia King -Shoorah! Shoorah!

06. Jackie -Disco Jack

07. Fani & The Guys -You Promised Me

08. Blondie -Overtime

09. The Pedlars – At The Club

10. The Pedlars -Right On

11. The K.C.’s -Kansas City Instrumental

12. The Square Set -Love Theme

13. Pappa & Blondie Makhene -Boogie On Up

14. The Movers -Freaky Disco

15. Green Apple -Funky Fever

16. The Symbols -Get It

17. John Moriri & Manzini Girls -We Gogo

18. Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje -Omzala Bakho

19. Manzini Girls -Afro Wig

20. Soul Brothers -Bayeza

21. Pappa & Blondie Makhene -Don’t Burn Your Bridges

22. The Explosions -Mama Wami

23. The Blue Revues  -Spook Mahala

24. The Big Six -Kitla Kola Kuang

25. Letta Mbulu -Kilimanjaro

download Township Soul & Boogie -At The Club here