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Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Various Artists - Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco & Mbaqanga 1975-1985

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A1 Kabasa – Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo
A2 Elias Maluleke & Mavambe Girls – Khombo Ranga
A3 The Actions – Kokro-Ko (Hide & Seek)

B1 TY Boys – Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa
B2 Almon Memela – The Things We Do In Soweto
B3 The Movers – Soweto Disco
B4 Abafana Bama Soul – Masisizwane

C1 Xoliso – Manano
C2 Damara – Mmamakhabtha
C3 Margaret Singane – Ubukhwele

D1 Isaac & The Sakie Special Band – Get Down
D2 Marumo – Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?
D3 The Drive – Ain't Sittin' Down Doin' Nothing
1. Kabasa - Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo 04:42
2. Elias Maluleke And Mavambe Girls - Khombo Ranga 02:29
3. The Actions - Kokro-Ko (Hide and Seek) 06:08
4. Almon Memela - The Things We Do In Soweto 03:46
5. Marumo - Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae? 03:44
6. T.Y. Boys - Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa 03:09
7. Saitana - 1,2,3 02:57
8. The Movers - Soweto Disco 04:06
9. Abafana Bama Soul - Masisizwane 03:28
10. Xoliso - Manano 05:29
11. Damara - Mmamakhabtha 06:40
12. Margaret Singane - Ubukhwele 04:09
13. Harari - Give 05:20
14. Isaac & The Sakie Special Band - Get Down 05:49
15. The Drive - Ain't Sittin' Down Doin' Nothing 06:02

2LP, CD

Strut continue their acclaimed ’Next Stop Soweto’ series as they return to the rich archives of South African music to spotlight the fertile era of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Tightly controlled by oppressive Apartheid laws, South Africa’s music scene had nevertheless progressed into myriad new directions, embracing funk, soul, rock and disco.

The era marked a crossroads for the country’s black musicians. While domestic stars of mbaqanga like Mahotella Queens had temporarily disbanded during the onslaught of disco, younger artists like T.Y. Boys and Elias Maluleke embraced and progressed the style in new ways, adding punk and disco touches to the familiar bassline swing.

For all South African musicians during this time, it was a considerable struggle to operate. Following the Soweto Uprising in ’76, bands would play live shows despite live performance restrictions with freedom of gathering strictly curtailed and curfews imposed. The Radio Bantu group of stations were among the few media outlets for black musicians to get their music heard. For most, music was no way to make a living and many musicians were forced to hold down other jobs.

Despite the harsh conditions, the period documented in ’Next Stop Soweto 4’ was a hugely important one for South African music, setting the stage for the ’world music’ explosion of the 1980s when South African artists like the reformed Mahotella Queens, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo would find a global crossover audience and Western artists like Malcolm McLaren and Paul Simon with his infamous ’Graceland’ project would embrace the sounds of the townships. 
released March 9, 2015
2015, Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

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