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!

Percy Sledge back in Cape Town 2013

percy-sledge 2013Unbelievable but true, the American soul singer Percy Sledge will perform in Cape Town after 29 years of absence. His first show on South African soil was on May 29th 1970 in the Luxurama Theatre in Cape Town. The US artist will be backed this time by a spectacular 15 piece band that worked together on the Percy Sledge SA tour in 1984.

Added to the bill are the iconic South African PJ Powers, Cape Town’s party band The Rockets, featuring the original members and top vocal group The Boyz.

The show is a celebration of great music memories and is produced and conceptualized by Alistair Izobell and hosted by Cape Town’s own diva Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Don’t miss these dates!

Friday 24th May and  Saturday 25th May 2013

Music Alla Kaap 2013

Percy Sledge, PJ Powers, The Rockets, The Boys

GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World

1 Vanguard Dr, Goodwood Cape Town Tel : 021 505-7777

2 hours 20 minutes, including 20 minute interval

find more info on tickets here

from the soundtrack Percy Sledge in Soul Africa

Percy Sledge in Soul Africa -Swazi Lady

Percy Sledge in Soul Africa -The First Time (instrumental)

see also readers post; Percy Sledge in Soul Africa, a movie by Ashley Lazarus 1971


Percy Sledge in South Africa 1970

Percy Sledge’s Christmas Wish For You

Percy Sledge opened on Friday, May 29th 1970 at the Luxurama Theatre, Cape Town to stay for a long series of concerts and tours. Before that date the American singer had never set foot on South African soil.

See also Percy Sledge in South Africa 1970. And Percy Sledge in Soul Africa, a movie by Ashley Lazarus 1971

This rare album, released in 1969 in South Africa, showcases the best of Percy Sledge with a few Christmas songs added as a bonus. And a very special wish for his dear friends in South Africa.

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psledge -xmas wish edit

Merry Christmas!

Prosperity & Peace.

Health & Happiness.

Love & Laughter.

Music & more Music!

Percy Sledge -Christmas Wish

psledge -my special wish cover

psledge -my special wish cover back

Percy Sledge -Silent Night

Percy Sledge-A Special Wish For You -Atlantic Records ATC 9214 

LP released in South Africa 1969

Percy Sledge -A Christmas Wish -Silent NIght -released as 45 rpm single SA 1969
Percy Sledge -A Christmas Wish -Silent NIght -released as 45 rpm single SA 1969

vader kirstmis cover final

Happy Holidays!

best wishes for the Yuletide season from Soul Safari

readers post; Percy Sledge in Soul Africa, a movie by Ashley Lazarus 1971

updated 5th June 2012

reader Stuart Krause wrote some interesting comment on my previous post Percy Sledge in South Africa 1970 and I’d like to share it with you. Keep sending your comments, it’s inspiring and well appreciated. Thanks Stuart!

   by Stuart Krause

there is an LP called Soul Africa featuring Percy Sledge on all tracks. I found it on ebay after looking for quite some time. It was a soundtrack to a film and some of the tracks were recorded at Capricorn studios. Paul Hornsby, record producer, remembers this film being made and says the masters are still on reel to reel tape and stored at Capricorn studios. There are tracks by Percy not found anywhere else, for example “Swazi Lady” and “Sister Soul”, written by Jackie Avery, Capricorn Studios in house song writer. I did speak to Hornsby about this a few years ago, so I did get first hand info. The film was produced by a guy named Lazarus. you cannot find it anywhere. I would say this would be a rare find if you search enough. I believe the album came out in 1971. I have it here if anyone has more questions about it. I’m just glad someone else knows of its existence.


Of course I was titillated to find the described album, a soundtrack by Percy Sledge and his band, recorded in South Africa exclusively…17 shows! Not an easy album to track down, I must agree but last February luck was on my side as I went digging into a hospice shop in the Eastern Cape. Between all the nicks and nacks and lots of broken tracks and poor old vinyl,  there it suddenly was; Percy Sledge in Soul Africa, music from the soundtrack recording. It’s actually a film about the soul singer touring South Africa in 1970. Most of  Percy’s worldwide hits can be heard, although live creates another vibe, another energy.

Most of all it contains a few really funky tracks, unusual James Brown -type-o-sound like “Yeah Baby (You’re The Love I Know)”, “Soul Fire” and the groovy, funky instrumental “ The First Time “. Percy and his band getting down!! And  ‘Soul Fire’ is perpretated by the true Zulu spirit, with tribal chanting in a steaming 7 minutes version. Can you feel it?!!

Percy Sledge in Soul Africa. Music from the soundtrack recording

Filmed and directed by Ashley Lazarus.


A1 Swazi Lady

A2 Yeah Baby (You’re the Love I knew I’d find)

A3 When A Man Loves A Woman

A4 Help Me Make It Through the Night

A5 Soul Fire

B1 Sister Soul

B2 Cover Me

B3 To Bring My Love To You

B4 Knock On Wood

B5 Come Softly To Me

B6 The First Time (Instrumental)


The idea of making this film started at Mbabane in Swaziland, where a film crew from Aka Productions in Cape Town shot Percy Sledge’s entourage and the last concert of the tour.

Sledge held concerts for 17 weeks, breaking all records in South Africa from Mouille Point to Mbabane. He captivated audiences throughout South Africa when he threw back his head, started jiggling with microphones and sang unforgettable numbers like  ” Come Softly To Me”,  “When A Man Loves A Woman”, ” Knock On Wood” and ” Soul Fire”.

The concert at Swaziland was the last for Sledge, but the start of Soul Africa, which may prove an even bigger legend than the live Sledge.

When Sledge left South Africa, Ashly Lazarus and two men armed with cameras went to Zululand, the Kalahari Desert, Mashonaland, the Okavango Swamps and Botswana, and in three weeks completed the filming.

The recurring theme of Soul Africa is the contrast between the original Soul of Africa and the sophisticated Soul of the American singer. Music is in the animals and birds of Africa, explains photographer Billy Crauser. Also in the desert, the sands of the Kalahari and the scorching heat.

Ashley Lazarus spared no trouble on this film. His camera swings from the magnificence of the Swazi Independence celebrations to the ritual slaughtering of an ox, from a sangoma and the bones to a bushman rubbing sticks to make a fire, from the dazzling spotlights on Sledge’s stage to insects making love.

In the end, the Swazi tribal drummers and the dancing flames in front of the rostrum join Sledge and his crew in the blue mood soul throb of ” She’s a Gentle Swazi Lady” and “Soul Fire”.

 excerpts from the liner note of “Soul Africa” -Percy Sledge  -Atlantic ATC 9366 South Africa 1971

Percy Sledge in South Africa 1970

Percy Sledge -introduction, ‘Cover Me’ + ‘Knock on Wood’

The Luxurama Theatre, Cape Town, darkened, there was a momentary hush, then the audience exploded in a deafening roar as Percy Sledge walked on stage. Everyone of the 1300 seats was filled, people were sitting in the aisles and the happy audience screamed and cried, shouted and stamped, clapped and cheered for the King of Soul was here in South Africa at last!

‘Don’t leave Percy’ they cried. ‘Stay here in South Africa with us!’

Percy Sledge -I got to get a message to you

The live-recording of this show, at The Luxurama, Cape Town, has captured many exciting moments  with songs like ‘My Special Prayer’  and Percy’s first time singing of  a Beegees composition  ‘I got get a message to you’. The crowd loved the message

In South Africa (At the Luxurama) – ATC 9257

My special prayer / cover me / heart of a child / takes time to know her / warm and tender love / i gotta get a message to you / silent night / come softly to me / what am I living for / when a man loves a woman.

Percy Sledge -My Special Prayer

And stay he did.  For it was on Friday, May 29th 1970 that he opened at the Luxurama Theatre and stayed there for three weeks. One June 22nd he opened at The Three Arts Theatre, Cape Town and played for four weeks to open on  July 20th at The Empire Theatre in Johannesburg on July 31st and August 1st, 1970.

Percy Sledge -Any Day Now (1970 at The Empire Theatre Johannesburg)

Rumors have it that this album is not really live but a collection of Sledge’s songs with dubbed in crowd participation and ‘live’ announcements by Percy himself. But the tracks on this album  are raw and 100% real without a doubt Percy Sledge…deep, intense Southern Soul

Showtime for the King Of  Soul himself …Percy Sledge,  backed by members of Harari

after these memorable live events  Percy was  King of Soul in South Africa and became a major cult figure as well. His appeal was so widespread that Pepsi Cola Co asked him as the star to  launch a new soda-pop drink TEEM…

this resulted in the release of a promotional record with Percy singing about the joy of drinking TEEM. This disc contains 2 radio-commercials and the full version of the tune, produced for South Africa exclusively

Percy Sledge-The TEEM Theme Song

Crisp and cool, with the bub…bub…bubble-fresh taste. TEEM-lifts you up with the life that tells you it’s the best. Go with TEEM, and get refreshed. Yeah…TEEM, and I will dig you baby