Soul Safari started as a blog to showcase the music of Africa with a strong emphasis on South Africa. Now in it's sixth year, Soul Safari is proud to present the third volume of the compilation Township Jive & Kwela Jazz, a collection of rare gems originally released as shellac 78s in the period 1960-1965 in South Africa. On this third volume, the selection features the gorgeous close harmony vocal groups singing in the tradition of American R&B and doo-wop, but always with that typical South African swing and sung in the Zulu or Xhosa languages. DJ Eddy de Clercq, who initiated this compilation, also selected a few tunes that stand for the transition from early jive to mbaqanga, a most democratic vocal style characterized by the typical "groaning," a form of call-and-answer between the male leader (groaner) and female singers. Mbaqanga would follow up jive as the popular vocal music from 1965 onwards. Kwela jazz knew many variations in which the original instrument, the penny whistle was traded in for accordion, violin, even a melodica, an instrument that also became widely popular in Jamaica. Similarities with uptempo ska can be heard in tunes by Kid Ma Wrong Wrong and Bra Sello, featured on this compilation. Again, an exciting selection of rare recordings from the heyday of South African jive & kwela. True musical treasures from a long-gone past.
Telegram Specials - Ngibosen Twist
The Young Stars - Izwe Liyasha
The Young Stars - Ulowa
The Lower Buttons - Intogeymy
The Lower Buttons - Nylon
Cowboy Superman & His Cowboy Sisters - Kudala Ngizula
Que Sisters - Manka Binde
Que Sisters - Nice Time
Flying Jazz Queens - Mangothobane
Flying Jazz Queens - Wamuhle Lomfana
Izintombi Zesi Manje Manje - Unjak' Upelile
Kid Ma Wrong Wrong - Five Two Six
Kid Ma Wrong Wrong - Gumba Gumba 800
Kid Ma Wrong Wrong - Seven Stitches
Kid Ma Wrong Wrong with the SDV Swing Band - Rock Phata 1001
Bra Sello - Lulu Part 4
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.