Soul Brothers
Masterpiece 1979

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The Soul Brothers scored quite some golden records
in their first few years in South Africa. The people
loved them. Then, in january 1979 a tragic car accident
took the lives of two members. ( album liner notes, Wiki
speaks of three deaths ) Nobody thought the group would
survive, but with the two substitutes this was their first
album which proved everybody wrong. As long as they
stick to their Mbaqanga and don’t play Western music,
this is a solid Zulu Jive band ..

The Soul Brothers scoorden een rijtje gouden platen
tijdens hun eerste jaren in Zuid Afrika. Hel volk was dol
op ze. Toen gebeurde er in 1979 een tragisch auto ongeluk
waarin twee van de leden omkwamen. ( volgens de hoes van
deze plaat, Wiki spreekt van drie doden ) Iedereen dacht dat
hun jaren geteld waren, maar met twee nieuwe leden was
dit hun ‘come back’ lp die het tegendeel bewees. Zolang
Soul Brothers Mbaqanga blijven spelen en geen uitstapjes
maken naar Westerse muziek, naar mijn
mening een solide Zulu Jive band ..


Jive Explosion & Isecelo 1988

01 – Kulukhuni ukuba yindoda
02 – Asenzi ngalutho
03 – Yini ejabulisa umuntu
04 – Ngakutshela
05 – Baba ka sibongile
06 – Uyuzisola
07 – Ungizondelinto yami
08 – Mamaka vusi
09 – Nina wezingane
10 – Ngeke silibale


Best of the Dark City Sisters (Zulu)
CCP Record Company 1976

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I was asked for Best of the Dark City Sisters and thought, but
that album was posted years ago. Once again an album that
used to be here has disappeared. Nowadays we have our own
dedicated server so once the record is here, it is here to stay.
Best of the Dark City Sisters from South Africa with Joyce Mo-
gatusi, Francisca Mgomezulu, Hilda Mogapi and Esther Khoza.
See sleeve pic for more info ..
Btw, if you also miss a certain album that used to be here,
please let me know and I’ll bring it again.

Ik kreeg een verzoek voor het plaatsen van Best of the Dark City
Sisters en dacht, maar die heb ik jaren geleden toch al gepost.
Alweer een plaat die op mysterieuze wijze is verdwenen. Tegen-
woordig hebben we onze eigen server en als een plaat hier is, is
hij hier voor altijd. Best of the Dark City Sisters uit Zuid Afrika
met Joyce Mogatusi, Francisca Mgomezulu, Hilda Mogapi en
Esther Khoza. Voor meer info, klik op bovenstaande pic ..
Overigens, als jij ook een plaat mist die we hier eerder
hadden, laat het weten en ik re-post hem direct.

tracks ;

01 – Tamatie yoyo no. 3
02 – Langa more
03 – Emarabini
04 – Sekusile
05 – Insizwa
06 – Amangwane
07 – Jimmy
08 – Isinkwa no fishi
09 – Sihamba kancane
10 – Izinto ezinhle
11 – Umtshi tshimbo
12 – Umlando
13 – Soze ndende
14 – Lomfazi uyangihlupha
15 – Izintombi zika Mogatusi
16 – Amahlokohloko
17 – Bayangi zonda
18 – Rosie


Soul Brothers – Jive Explosion
Earthworks / Virgin Records 1988

Very popular South African mbaqanga group the Soul
Brothers with their first overseas release on Earth Works
from 1988. The recordings are from between 1983 and
1986. It appears the songs have been longer, unfortunately
they are all cut off at 3 to 4 minutes. Still, a solid listen ..

P.S. We had an album before which strangely
disappeared. I have therefore added a second link.

Zeer populaire Zuid Afrikaanse band the Soul Brothers
met hun eerste Europese plaat op Earth Works en uit
1988. The opnamen zijn van tussen 1983 en 1986. Het
lijkt erop dat de songs origineel langer zijn geweest,
helaas allemaal afgekapt op 3 tot 4 minuten.
Ondanks dat, nog steeds lekker hoor ..

We hadden ooit al een plaat van ze welke op vreemde
wijze is verdwenen. Je vind daarom een tweede link.

tracks ;

01 – Akabongi
02 – Buya mama wami
03 – Phuma layikhaya
04 – Ngihamba nawe
05 – Inhlalayenza
06 – Isilingo
07 – Uthando
08 – Shesh’ungazise
09 – Isicelo
10 – Isikhwele
11 – Sivikele baba
12 – Isithembiso



the Heart of Soweto – Various Artists
Shanachie 1987

Always hot and jivin’ on your summer night party is the music
of Soweto. This album features Mbaqanga, Shangaan and
Tsonga Jive and keeps you going without a break. Dance
your socks off the Zulu way, get it, spread it & listen ..

Altijd raak, deze hete Soweto klanken die je zomer avond feestje
zeker tot een succes zullen maken. Deze schijf biedt Mbaqanga,
Shangaan en Tsonga Jive, onuitputtelijke swing zoals alleen de
Zulu’s dat kunnen, pak, deel en luister weer ..

Sleeve says / Hoes zegt; 1988
label says/zegt; 1987
I believe / Ik geloof; in 1987

tracks ;

01 – Thomas Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters – Nwana wamina
02 – Mlokothwa – Thathezakho
03 – Amaswazi Emvelo – Jubula mfana
04 – Kati Elimhyama – Bummandi utshwala bakho
05 – M.D. Shirinda and Family – Nsati wa wina
06 – Armando Bila Chijumane – Kamakhala wana
07 – Kati Elimhyama – Siyokushaya kusasa
08 – Usuthu – Waqala ngokwendlala
09 – M.D. Shirinda and Family – Ndzi hkensa
10 – Armando Bila Chijumane – Mashamba
11 – Thomas Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters – Xumaxilqvile
12 – Milokothwa – Yithinamhlanje


Zulu Jive, Umbaqanga
Urban & Rural Zulu Beats
from South Africa
Various Artists, Carthage 1984

Zulu Jive, voorkant

Hallo, als er iets opvalt in Zuid Afrikaanse muziek is het wel
de eeuwige opgewektheid. Ook al passeren er thema’s die
minder vrolijk stemmen, de muziek klinkt altijd alsof er een
feestje gaande is. Uit 1984 stamt deze schijf met onvervalste
‘Umbaqanga’ ofwel zulu jive zoals de titel al doet vermoeden.
Laat er maar een dansje op los hoor..

Hello, eventhough themes are sometimes a bit less on the
happy side, South African music always sounds as if there’s a
party going on. From 1984 w’ve got this slice of ‘umbaqanga’
or zulu jive as the title already suggests. Music made to dance
to, so let go, the makers sure meant you to..

titels ;

01 – Aaron Mbambo – Selishonile ilanga
02 – Joshua Sithole – Sedelini thina
03 – The Rainbows – Futhi
04 – Shoba – A smbe diye e goli
05 – Joshua Sithole – Uqalile ukuba nomona
06 – Shoba – Obaba nxase be thandana
07 – Joshua Sithole – Sisi nomdi
08 – Aaron Mbambo – Sambambha ushemeni
09 – The Rainbows – Mashonisa
10 – Joshua Sithole – Lento oyenza kimi


Moses Mchunu – Babulala Umuzi Ka Baba
Mavuthela Production 1981

Moses Mchunu, front

“During the mid-70s and early 80s, Mchunu was one of the
leading vocalists in the raucous Zulu ‘jive’ style, which
gave way to mbaqanga. Mchunu’s band typified its appeal,
featuring driving rhythms and instruments such as guitar,
violin and concertinas, together with powerful blues-based
vocals. He has released a number of albums that have sold
strongly throughout South Africa, but none have managed to
sustain an international reputation.”
Taken from All Music at the world wide web.
Until now I haven’t been posting a lot of mbaqanga simply
because I don’t own and know that much. I knew Moses
Mchunu from that great collector that was released in
1985, the Indestructible Beat of Soweto, so when I
stumbled upon this lp, I knew what to do.
The jive is so stirring, it’s impossible
to ignore, dance music of the
first kind, enjoy..


1 Kabulala umuzi ka baba
2 Kulezo ntaba
3 Zophela i’mpondo zenyanga
4 Yashisa igugu intombi yami
5 Umona usuka esweni
6 Musukukhala
7 Sibanqoba ngamunye
8 Uyayibona lentombi
9 Gijima mfana
10 Usitshela amaganyana
11 Siyavuma
12 Yekelani inzondo


Mahotella Queens – Izibani Zomgqashiyo,Earthworks 1977

If you are into Zulu Jive, the South African music of the people,
you better don’t miss this one. This is one of their best albums.
The Mahotella Queens are here with their backing group, Makhona
Zonke Band. They are also accompanied by their ‘male groaners’
Robert Mbazo Mkhize, Potatoes Mazambane or Joseph Mthimkhulu.
The Queens are Emily Zwane from Brakpan,
Thandi Radebe from Dube ( Soweto ),
Beatrice Ngcobo from Durban,
Thandi Nkosi from Emdeni ( Soweto )
and Caroline Kapentar from Bloemfontein.
They are considered the best Mgqashiyo entertainers in Southern Africa.
Maybe someone can explain to us why on the cover they speak of five
queens while pictures show only four of them ? Strange.
An early post this saturday, so much football I don’t want to miss,
we, The Netherlands, shall play Japan this afternoon and later we get
Ghana – Australia and Cameroon – Denmark. Great day of sports
in South Africa, let this music make you dance through it.
By the way, just the cover we need today, lots of orange, catch my drift ?


1 Zibuyile nonyaka
2 Yadilaka intaba
3 Asambe mntakamama
4 Uthuli lwezichwe
5 Bekumnandi
6 Demazana
7 Ziyatshitshimba izintombi
8 Vuka uzibuke
9 Siqhamuka kwazulu
10 Xola mama
11 Ifa lenkosana
12 Asambeni bafana


‘Thunder before Dawn’, The Indestructible Beatof Soweto volume two – Various Artists,Earthworks 1987

Indestructible Beat vol. 2, frornt, cd size

Remember ‘The Indestructible Beat of Soweto vol. 1’ ? This is
the second volume and it’s called ‘Thunder before Dawn’. Another dose
of Zulu Jive, played by several groups and just the thing for today. Burn it
on cd and play it everywhere tomorrow, the day the worldcup of football
starts the big tournament in South Africa. Just within a stone’s throw from
Soweto the South African national team plays Mexico to open the games.
I hope it will become a huge international football fiesta, just happy news
and beautiful matches, let’s all go for that ! Happy Games !


1 Amaswazi Emvelo and Mahlathini – Utshwala begazati
2 Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo – Thuto ke senotlolo
3 Dilika – Amazimuzimu
4 Abafakasi – Wakwami
5 Johnson Mkhalali – Sunsine boots
6 Jozi – Phumani endlini
7 Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo – Kwa volondiya
8 Makgona Tshole Band – Vula bops
9 Amaswazi Emvelo – Jabula mfana
10 Amaswazi Emvelo and Mahlathini – Siwuhambile umhlaba
11 Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo – Ngasebenza ngedwa
12 Malombo – Motshile


Various Artists – the Indestructible
Beat of Soweto, Earth Works 1985

From the early eighties we have this South-African collector of Zulu
Jive, it was a huge hit when it came out. Recorded between ’81 and
’84. Check the explaning stories on the backcover.


1 Udokotela Shange Namajaha – Awungilobolele
2 Nelcy Sibele – Holotelani
3 Umahlathini Nabo – Qhude Manikiniki
4 Amaswazi Emvelo – Indoda Yejazi Elimnyama
5 Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo with Makgona Tshole Band – Emthonjeni Womculo
6 Udokotela Shange Namajaha – Sobabamba
7 Moses Mchunu – Qhwahilahle
8 Amaswazi Emvelo – Thul’ulalele
9 Nganeziyamfisa no Khambalomvaleliso – Sini Lindile
10 Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo with Makgona Tshole Band – Ngicabange Ngaqeda
11 Johnson Mkhalali – Joyce No. 2
12 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Nansi Imali


African Mixture

This compilation contains several African styles.
Soukous, like ‘Tchico’ for instance, Chimurenga, ‘Four Brothers’,
#’s 3-5 are from Tanzania, Afro-Cuban by ‘Etoile de Dakar
( with young ‘Youssou N’Dour’ ), Juju with ‘King Sunny’
Better start dancing already !


1 Orchestra Makassi – Mambo Bado
2 The Four Brothers – Rudo Imoto
3 Fadhili William – Malaika
4 Pichen & Tsotsi – Pole Musa
5 Fadhili William – Taxi Driver
6 The Four Brothers – Tsiga Mureza
7 Tchico – Jeannot
8 Pablo Lubadika Porthos – Madeleina
9 African Brothers Band – Me Poma
10 Somo Somo – Mosese 2000
11 Thomas Mapfumo – Juanita
12 Orchestra Mazembe – Mbanda ya Mobange
13 Bopol – Samedi Soir
14 Rochereau – Gagner gagner
15 Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
16 Etoile de Dakar – N’guiro na
17 King Sunny Adé – Penkele
18 Patrick Mkwamba & the Four Brothers – Vambozha Vauya