Funk Soul Brothers – part 2-The Flaming Souls ‘Soul Time’ 1969 South Africa


the flaming souls -soul time cover

Already posted in 2013 but still such a real gem that I’d like to share again….a great LP by one of the best groups in soul-jazz style that ruled from mid 60s to mid 70s in South Africa.

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.

the flaming souls -soul time label 1

The Flaming Souls -Souly Mama

The Flaming Souls -Soul Again

The Flaming Souls -Monks Beat

The Flaming Souls -Something

the flaming souls -soul time label 2

The Flaming Souls -Take Five

The Flaming Souls -Fox, Monks And Souls

The Flaming Souls -Newport Soul

The Flaming Souls -Tremblin Soul

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

see also Funk Soul Brothers -part 1 

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!

the flaming souls -oh darling AYB1063the flaming souls -soul world AYB1063

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.

the flaming souls -soul time label 1

the flaming souls -soul time label 2

‘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 

more Montella Swing -Top Tune/Miss Blues 1969

Montella Swing -Top Tune/Miss Blues  (Atlantic City AYB 39)

South Africa 1969

two really groovy Jive tunes by Montella Swing. No info can be found on this band, so I guess it is a group formed out of studio regulars.

Released on  Atlantic City in March 1969. The record has an official stamp of approval by the national state censorship saying that this record is suitable for radio play.

Montella Swing -Top Tune

Montella Swing -Miss Blues

See also Montella Swing -Green Chips/Zwidetownship (Atlantic City AYB-33)   

Zacks & His Sextet -Our Kind Of Jazz Pt 2

Good day to all. As promised in my previous post on the music of City Jazz Nine here is side 2 of the album ‘Our Kind Of Jazz’ by Zacks Nkosi. While the back-cover mentions Zacks and his Sextet, the label says City Jazz Nine. Same sort of story with track 6 & 7. Confusing? Enjoy the music nevertheless…

B.1      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

Blackpool (Zacks Nkosi)

B.2      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

All Stations (Zacks Nkosi,Ben Nkosi)

B.3      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

Hoshhhh-hoha (Zacks Nkosi)

B.4      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

B.M.S.C.(ZacksNkosi)

B.5      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

Rock Rock Jazz (Zacks Nkosi)

B.6      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

Union(Zacks Nkosi)

B.7      ZACKS AND HIS SEXTET

Mbabane(Zacks Nkosi)

Play Of The Day -The Blue Revues -Spook Mahala

Blue Monday…what a start of the week! Yesterday, the great American soul singer Solomon Burke died on early Sunday morning at Schiphol Airport just after landing our shores for a one-off concert with Dutch band De Dijk. Burke literally died in harness, on his way to a live-show at the age of 70, leaving a wife, 21 children and numerous grandchildren. A real soul man gone to Soul Heaven. You will be able to read Burke’s full biography elsewhere but to start this post I have selected one song I have always loved from  the bottom of my heart,  ‘Cry To Me’.

Solomon Burke -Cry To Me

And an instrumental South African tune that just happened to be on the stack of my pile ready for posting as Play Of The Day.  Reminiscent in style of bands like Makhona Tshohle Band and Indoba Band. A jazzy tune with a blues undertone, a lighthearted soulful tune from 1984. Not really a mourner but rather to cheer things up….RIP Solomon Burke. You will be missed.

The Blue Revues -Spook Mahala