Sorry folks, the recording unit in the radio studio did not work last night. It was set to use a horrible “auto-limiter” feature so the recording got completely messed up — volume jumping up and down constantly. It’s just not listenable, so I will not be posting it this week. Stay tuned next week and I promise to bring extra fire for the next edition.

Yours truly,
Don Play

Sawubona futhi abangane!

Our four-hour excursion into THE MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA from 1968-1994 continues as Don Play moves on to the funkier stuff. Yes, there is plenty of Harari to go around!!!

Lucky for you, Don has done the heavy lifting here. Listen and observe how outside influences interact and infiltrate the bubble of institutionalized apartheid, and how South African music evolves into a more unified format that galvanizes separate “homelands” and brings together a nation. This is the soundtrack to a country on the rise. Change is inevitable.

Tracklist for November 5, 2014

01 :: The Syndicate – Pezulu [Soul Brother]
02 :: The Syndicate – Keep On Bumping [Soul Brother]
03 :: Letta Mbulu – Mahlalela (Lazy Bones) [Chisa Records, Inc.]
04 :: Gil-Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Johannesburg (Long Version) [Arista]
05 :: Rodriguez – This Is Not A Song, It’s An Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues [Light In The Attic]
06 :: Dick Khoza – African Jive (Moto) [Matsuli Music / As-Shams]
07 :: The Movers – Phata Phata No.1 [City Special]
08 :: Batsumi – Mamshanyana [Matsuli Music]
09 :: The Movers – Get Down [Black Disco]
10 :: Harari – Musikana [The Sun / As-Shams]
11 :: Harari – Marabi [Gallo]
12 :: Harari – Give [Gallo]
13 :: Hugh Masekela – Don’t Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix) [Jive Records]
14 :: Brenda & The Big Dudes – Mirror Mirror [Family]
15 :: Chicco – Stepfather [Roy B. Records]
16 :: Hot Soul Singers – Going Crazy [Third World Music]
17 :: Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night) [Motown]
18 :: Brenda & The Big Dudes – Weekend Special (Drivetime Mix) [Capitol Records]
19 :: Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Stimela [Roy B. Records]
20 :: Jekete – Jekete [Star Music]
21 :: Chimora – Shigomase [Dephon]
22 :: Dalom Kids – Yo-Up [Gallo]
23 :: Kamazu – Fire [Roy B. Records]
24 :: Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu [Awesome Tapes From Africa]

Sawubona! This week we have an extra special four hour, double edition educational podcast tracing THE MUSIC OF SOUTH AFRICA from 1968-1994. Don Play opens his archive of ultra-rare 45 and 12″ records that he painstakingly has accumulated over his occasional trips to Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. The journey begins with mbaqanga and township jive, and then progresses to jazz, afro-disco, bubblegum, international pop, and ends up at house music (where else?).

Special shout outs go to all of Don’s family and friends tuning in from around the world. Most importantly, special thanks and recognition to the recording artists and producers for their creative work in the face of harsh realities. May you all receive credit for the work which you have produced and given to the world.

One final note, please forgive Don for any minor factual inconsistencies here. He is doing his best for you, the people! Feel free to add your thoughts and memories in the comment section below.

Tracklist for November 5, 2014

01 :: Paul Simon – I Know What I Know [Legacy]
02 :: The Mahlatini Queens and Boys NZE – Asibonisane [Soweto]
03 :: Boy NZE & Ndlondlo Bashise Band – Umame Ithemba-Lami [King]
04 :: Nkeku’s Boys feat. Joseph Dumako – Dikiledi [Swinger Soul]
05 :: The S.J.K.’s – Sondela [Sounds of Soul]
06 :: Piston Mahlathini & The Queens – Nomacala [King]
07 :: The Brights – Take Chance [Atlantic City]
08 :: Lulu Masilela with the Boyoyo Boys – Big Change No. 500 [Ma-Ma]
09 :: Abafana Bamavuthela – Hot Coffee [Soul Jazz Pop]
10 :: Margaret Singana – Abafazi [Jo’Burg]
11 :: Amaphikankani – Crazy Bump [Soul Jazz Pop]
12 :: The Young Lovers – Organ A-Go-Go [Atlantic City]
13 :: Sibasa Pirates – Ni Ambara Suthi [Tip Top]
14 :: The Movers – Back From The Moon [City Special]
15 :: Babsy Mlangeni – Ayamqhikaza [Black Music]
16 :: Mandla Khoza and His Violin – Malandela [Go Go]
17 :: Abakhwenyana – Siyobabamba [Sounds Disco]
18 :: Miriam Makeba – The Retreat Song (Jikele Maweni) [RCA Victor]
19 :: Hugh Masekela – Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song) [UNI Records]
20 :: Letta Mbulu – Jigijela (Don’t Throw Stones) [Chisa Records, Inc.]
21 :: Letta Mbulu – There’s Music In The Air [A&M Records]
22 :: Johannesburg Street Band – Pata Pata [UNI Records]
23 :: Sathima Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand – Africa [Matsuli Music / As-Shams]
24 :: Dollar Brand – Cape Town Fringe [Chiaroscuro Records]

It’s not over between Don Play and his love affair with dance music. This week, the Dance Megamix twists and turns its way among disco, 80’s funk and electro, classic and current house. Extra special shout outs go to our live listeners and a personal thank you to DJ Mod Vespa for his divine inspiration since 1996. Let no distraction put you asunder from listening to this mix.

Tracklist for October 29, 2014

01 :: JĂKKI – Sun…Sun…Sun [Pyramid Disco]
02 :: John Gibbs And U.S. Steel Orchestra ‎– Trinidad [Jumbo Caribbean Disco]
03 :: Visual ‎– The Music Got Me [Prelude Records]
04 :: Wham! – Young Guns (Go For It) [Inner Vision]
05 :: Capricorn ‎– Pow Pow Pow [Emergency Records]
06 :: New York Edits 4 – Untitled [NY Edits]
07 :: First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (Frankie Knuckles Vocal) [Salsoul Records]
08 :: Jomanda – I’ll Give It To You (Come Get It) (Seduction Mix) [Quark]
09 :: Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – The Word Is Love [Silk Entertainment]
10 :: Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride (X-Rated) [FFRR]
11 :: Armand Van Helden – The Funk Phenomena [Henry Street Music]
12 :: Late Nite Tuff Guy – Do I Believe In God (LNTG Muscle Mix) [Razor N Tape]
13 :: Elektrik Funk – On A Journey (I Sing the Funk Electric) (Instrumental) [Prelude Records]
14 :: John Rocca – I Want It To Be Real (Instrumental) [Streetwise]
15 :: Carolyn Harding – Movin’ On [Emergency Records]
16 :: Black Traxx Vol. 3 – Your Mind Is So Crazy [Night Club Records]
17 :: Lil’ Louis & The World ‎– I Called U (Saxy Version) [FFRR]
18 :: DJ Pierre – Let The Music Take You Higher (Original Yo Yo Mix) [Emotive Records]
19 :: Joi Cardwell – Jump For Joi (Spike Vocal) [Eightball Records]
20 :: Daft Punk – Burnin’ (Ian Pooley “Cut Up Mix”) [Virgin]
21 :: Dynamo Electrix – You (Club Vocal Mix) [Kumba Records]
22 :: Nick Jones Experience – The Keys Of Life (For Naeem Johnson) [Massive B]
23 :: Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Higher Mix) [Black Label]
24 :: Luna Project – I Wanna Be Free (The Funky Remix) [Black Label]
25 :: Chez Damier – Untitled [KMS]
26 :: Yazoo – Situation (Joey Negro Re-Edit) [Rapster Records]
27 :: Fast Eddie – Let’s Go (Who Done It?) [D.J. International Records]
28 :: Chez Damier / Ron Trent – Foot Therapy [P&D]


This week we are honoring Philadelphia International Records out of respect for the upcoming demolition of their famed recording building. Along the way Don plays some old afrobeat, NEW afrobeat, Danceteria classics, double-copies of a few tracks, and a few current dancefloor bombs. Enjoy!

Tracklist for October 22, 2014

01 :: Cymande – Bra (Re-Edit) by Danny Krivit [J.D. Records]
02 :: Nik Weston pres. GUYNAMUKAT – Ogun (Spirit of Fela is Alive and Well ReEdit) [Mukatsuku Records]
03 :: Jermaine Jackson – Erucu [Tamla Motown]
04 :: Kano – It’s A War [Emergency Records]
05 :: Cheyne – Call Me Mr. ‘Telephone’ (Answering Service) (Dub Version) [MCA Records]
06 :: Cheyne – Call Me Mr. ‘Telephone’ (Answering Service) [MCA Records]
07 :: Quando Quango – Love Tempo [Of Factory New York]
08 :: Omar S. pres. Aaron FIT Siegel – Tonite (OG Mix) [Fit]
09 :: Omar S. pres. Aaron FIT Siegel – Tonite (Detroit Mix) [Fit]
10 :: C.V.O. – Mighty Real Groove [Slow to Speak]
11 :: Jazz-N-Groove – Keep Givin’ Me Love (Marc’s Tribe Of Lunch Pail Mix) [Sub-Urban]
12 :: Liberty City – If You Really Love Someone (Murk Dubs Again (Version 2)) [Tribal America]
13 :: 95 North pres. Da Hooligans – Who’s Who? (95 North Club) [Henry Street Music]
14 :: Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On (MK’s Dub of Doom) [Great Jones]
15 :: Kerri Chandler – Track 2 [Shelter Records]
16 :: Donato Dozzy & Tin Man – Acid Test 7 [Absurd Recordings]
17 :: Hardrive 2000 – Never Forget (When You Touch Me) (Dance Ritual Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
18 :: Peven Everett – Burning Hot (Timmy Regisford & Adam Rios Remix) [Tribe Records]
19 :: MFSB – Something For Nothing [Philadelphia International Records]
20 :: MFSB – TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) [Philadelphia International Records]
21 :: Jean Carne – Was That All It Was? [BBE / Philadelphia International Records]
22 :: The Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama [Philadelphia International Records]
23 :: The O’Jays – I Love Music [Philadelphia International Records]
24 :: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Don’t Leave Me This Way [Philadelphia International Records]

We travel through time and space in this week’s edition of the Dance Megamix. Don takes a freaky journey through sounds, leapfrogging from genre to genre but never without his reasons. Can you feel the walls shaking? Special shout-out to all of our live-streamers from all parts of the globe, you made this edition extra special.

Tracklist for October 15, 2014

01 :: N.Y.C. Peech Boys – Love Kills Pain On Contact [Island Records]
02 :: Modern Rocketry ‎– (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone [Megatone Records]
03 :: Bronski Beat ‎– Hit That Perfect Beat [MCA Records]
04 :: Eddy Grant ‎– Time Warp [Portrait]
05 :: Candido – Thousand Finger Man [Salsoul Records]
06 :: Inner City ‎– Big Fun [Virgin]
07 :: Klein & M.B.O. ‎– Dirty Talk (USA Connection) (Instrumental) [Zanza Records]
08 :: Alexander Robotnick ‎– Problèmes D’Amour [Benelux Records]
09 :: Company B – Fascinated [The Summer Records]
10 :: Dennis Ferrer ‎– The Red Room [Objektivity]
11 :: Paranoid London Featuring Paris Brightledge ‎– Paris Dub 2 [Paranoid London Records]
12 :: Falco ‎– On The Run (Auf Der Flucht) (Specially Remixed Version) [A&M Records]
13 :: Dunkeltier – Disco Train (Dunkeltier Edit) [Rat Life]
14 :: T-Connection – At Midnight [TK Disco]
15 :: Cookie Monster & The Girls – C Is For Cookie (Funky Version) [Ninja Tune]
16 :: Andrea True Connection ‎– N.Y., You Got Me Dancing [Buddah Records]
17 :: Clubland – (I’m Under) Love Strain (Lost In Jungle Mix) [Buzz]
18 :: Deep South – Believe (Southern Slam) [Murk Records]
19 :: Raze – Break 4 Love (English Mix) [Columbia]
20 :: Abacus presents iDRUM – Welcome To The Party [NDATL Muzik]
21 :: 808 State – Pacific State-Origin [ZTT]
22 :: Mello House – The Flower (Blossom Mix) [Maxi Records]
23 :: Mood II Swing – Sunlight In My Eyes [King Street Sounds]
24 :: Ebony Soul ‎– I Can Hardly Wait [Eightball Records]
25 :: Earth People – Dance (Club Mix) [Kool Groove Records]
26 :: James Howard – We Can Do It (Wake Up) (Original Club Mix) [Emotive Records]

In the third installment of the Dance Megamix, Don Play battles jumpy needles and lengthy promos in his weekly mixdown of classic dance tracks. Things start with some classic 90’s house, and then move into some disco and proto-house anthems, before finishing with some pancakes.

Tracklist for October 8, 2014

01 :: Danny Tenaglia feat. Liz Torres – Turn Me On [Twisted America]
02 :: Salt City Orchestra – The Book (Bookin Da Beats) [Paper Recordings]
03 :: Wamdue Project – Where Do We Go (Armand’s Last Hustle In Paris) [Strictly Rhythm]
04 :: MCW pres. Step – One Leg On The Ceiling…Nightstand (Vocal Safe Sex Mix) [Nervous Records]
05 :: Mousse T. vs. Hot ‘N’ Juicy – Horny (Mousse T.’s Extended Mix) [Peppermint Jam]
06 :: South Shore Commission – Free Man (Francois K Edit) [Wave Music]
07 :: Rare Earth – Happy Song or Dance [Rated “X” Records]
08 :: The Chi-Lites – My First Mistake (Edit by Mr. K) [T.D. Records Inc.]
09 :: Phyllis Hyman – You Know How to Love Me [Arista]
10 :: B.T. Express – Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) [Scepter Records]
11 :: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Theodore Pendergrass – Nobody Could Take Your Place [Philadelphia International Records]
12 :: Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love [Profile Records]
13 :: Madonna – Everybody [Sire]
14 :: Colonel Abrams – Trapped (Vocal Version) [MCA Records]
15 :: New Order – Confusion [Streetwise]
16 :: Brooklyn Express – Change Position (88) [One Way Records]
17 :: Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Casablanca Records]
18 :: Copyright – Samba One [White Label]
19 :: Masters at Work – Work (MAW Original Mix) [Tommy Boy]
20 :: Sound Stream – Inferno [Sound Stream]
21 :: Cheek – Venus (Sunshine People) (DJ Gregory Remix) [Versatile Records]
22 :: Paul Johnson – It’s A Love Thang [Moody Recordings]
23 :: Shalamar – Right In The Socket [Solar]
24 :: Prince and The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix) [Warner Bros. Records]
25 :: The B-52’s – 52 Girls [Warner Bros. Records]

Right here we have quite a delightful tidbit of Boston disco history.

Back in the late 1970’s, John Luongo was the heart and soul of the Boston disco scene. Not only was he a top flight disco mixer, capable of blending tracks and making changes that would keep dancers on the floor for hours, but he was also the city’s biggest champion of dance music. When he wasn’t busy performing on the radio and at club gigs, or running the Boston Record Pool, Luongo was the founder and editor of the city’s monthly disco publication, called Nightfall Magazine. Dedicated to arts and entertainment, with a heavy dose of nightlife mixed in for good measure, the back issues of Nightfall are a disco historian’s dream. Luongo himself seems to have willed Boston into becoming one of the top disco capitals of the US, alongside New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Nightfall certainly played a part in that success, as it ended up launching its own disco awards show that would bring the industry’s top names into town each year.

In this issue of Nightfall from April of 1978, we have a guest article written by none other than Arthur Baker, one of the most prolific electronic musicians and producers of all time. Baker was a Luongo protegé who learned to DJ but ultimately found his niche on the production side of things. Arthur Baker’s resumé is unreal, and his discography is a veritable who’s who electronic music and record labels. And yes, I will also mention that Baker was the recording studio dude with long hair in New Order’s video for “Confusion” where you see him cut the song on reel-to-reel and bring it over to the Funhouse for the Italian pizza girls and b-boys to dance to.

Baker would have only been 23 when he wrote this piece, but actually would have worked with Luongo and another local legend, Joey Carvello, on a record called “Losing You” that had been released several months earlier. In this article you not only get Baker’s thoughts, you also get some great insight into the history of Eurodisco, a genre dominated by another Boston legend, Donna Summer.

I’ll have some more interesting tidbits on Donna Summer in the next few weeks, but in the meantime please enjoy this article from Arthur Baker on “The Rise and Triumph of Euro-disco.”