with love from Utrecht ARC record fair -April 2019

well folks, happy to have survived another 3 days of unlimited digging and selling on the biggest record fair in the World; the Spring edition of the ARC record fair in Utrecht.

As ever, the bi-yearly pow wow of national and international dealers provided the finest selection of top-end collectible vinyl, as well as a huge amount of cheap vinyl and everything in between. Something for everybody.

I had brought quite a nice selection of original South African vinyl, ranging from electronic afro-synth, boogie, bubblegum, kwaito as well as rare jazz. And other African music too, next to soundtracks, disco, soul, reggae, latin and a small but intriguing selection of unusual and weird records. Thanks to all customers, new and regular, for visiting my stall and supporting this selection. Next autumn I will be back with lots of more goodies…. at my stall nr. 388

a rare one from The Drive -Iphi Intombiyam 1976 -SA Jazz

a wonderful David Thekwane production in today’s post, written by Henry Sithole and performed by The Drive.  A studio recording released as a 45 rpm in 1976, just a year before both Luthuli and Henry Sithole died in a car accident on May 5th, 1977.

Rare title,  not found on any of the albums known so far…

The recording was probably done with the same personnel as on the album Drive Live  from 1975.

The Drive -Iphi Intombiyam Pt 1 label

The Drive -Iphi Intombiyam Pt 1

The Drive -Iphi Intombiyam Pt 2 label

The Drive -Iphi Intombiyam Pt 2


HENRY SITHOLE – leader, alto sax

STANLEY SITHOLE – tenor, baritone sax

D. SITHOLE – trumpet


BHEKI H. MSELEKU – synthesizer, electric piano, hammond organ

ANTHONY SAOLI – fender bass

NELSON MAGWAZA – drums, percussion, congas

source: flatinternational

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

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath -1971

a recent find blew my mind. Especially two tracks  from  ” Brotherhood Of Breath “,  a self-titled LP from 1971, with two great tunes written by alto saxophonist Dudu Pakwana;  ‘Mra’ and ‘The Bride’.  An album that fuses the influence of African music, jazz-rock, and free improvisation. Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath shares affinities with the ’70s music of Don Cherry and Miles Davis. Rare and unusual Afro Free Jazz by Chris McGregor with the very  first version of his band The Brotherhood of Breath.

The Brotherhood of Breath was a big-band, essentially an extension of McGregor’s previous band The Blue Notes, created in the late 1960s by South African pianist/composer Chris McGregor (1936-1990).

The Brotherhood of Breath included many members of the South African expatriate community resident in London, including McGregor himself, Louis Moholo, Harry Miller, Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, (occasionally) Johnny Dyani; and many of the free jazz musicians who were based in London at the same time: Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Harry Beckett, Marc Charig, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Elton Dean, Nick Evans, and John Surman.

The personnel was fluid, depending on who was available. The music resembles a mixture of the hard-driving blues of Charles Mingus and the wild experimentalism of Sun Ra, but retains a unique feel due to the South African influences and the intelligent arrangements.

The original Brotherhood Of Breath ended in the late 70’s, with the deaths of Mongezi Feza and Harry Miller (whose label, Ogun Records, released some of the Brotherhood’s albums.) McGregor formed a second version of the group in France in the early 80’s. In 1987, a third edition was formed with African and British musicians such as Annie Whitehead. In this incarnation the music was more tightly arranged and controlled, with less free improvisation.

Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath

Neon (RCA) Catalog#: NE 2. Released: 1971 UK


Bass – Harry Miller
Clarinet – Ronnie Beer
Cornet – Marc Charig
Drums – Louis Moholo
Flute – Mike Osborne , Mongezi Feza
Percussion – Louis Moholo
Piano – Chris McGregor
Saxophone – Alan Skidmore , Dudu Pukwana , John Surman , Mike Osborne , Ronnie Beer
Trombone – Malcolm Griffiths , Nick Evans
Trumpet – Harry Beckett , Mongezi Feza
Xylophone – Chris McGregor

A2 Davashe’s Dream
A3 The Bride

B1 Andromeda
B2 Night Poem
B3 Union Special

text contains excerpts from source  Wiki

Play Of The Day -Malombo -Marabi -1976 SA Jazz

Here’s a single released in South Africa in 1976, taken from the album ‘Pele Pele’ by Malombo.

Malombo -Marabi pt 1

The group Malombo,  led by multi-instrumentalist Phillip Tabane, is one of South Africa’s longest standing groups.

Initially operating as The Malombo Jazzmen with Abe Cindi (flute) and Julian Bahula (percussion) in the 1960’s, the group evolved to Malombo.

The instrumentation is unconventional – African drums and hand percussion, interplaying with Tabane’s unique guitar, vocal, and flute sounds. Tabane blends traditional compositions and cultural themes with his acoustic sounds.

Internationally acclaimed, Tabane has toured extensively in Europe and the United States, performing at the Apollo Theatre (New York) and the Montreux Jazz Festival, amongst others.

Phillip Tabane & Malombo live at The Market Theatre Johannesburg.