South African Afro-Rock (1966-1986)

This time we go back… way back… back into once upon a time in South Africa, when black musicians began playing western style afro-rock, soul, funk, jazz, and disco. Sometimes it was called “monkey jive,” and other times “Soweto soul.” But whatever people chose to call it, the music from this era was, and remains, undeniably awesome.

Working within the inhumane confines of apartheid, the musicians of this era nevertheless produced socially conscious music that bridged tribal differences, brought folks together in social environments, all while eluding the harsh censorship and separate development laws on the books. The music produced was nothing short of revolutionary.

Many of the musicians featured here have recently passed on, but their legacy deserves to endure forever.

A lot of the South African afro-rock tracks played here are EXTREMELY rare and you will not hear them anywhere else. My love for the band Harari has allowed me to branch out and find related afro-rock descendants of their musical tree. Today I share some of my vinyl findings with you.

Tracklist for August 15, 2018

01 :: The Beaters – Thiba Kamoo [The Sun]
02 :: Harari – Senyamo [Gallo]
03 :: Marumo – Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae? [Spades]
04 :: Sir Alton – Veredjina [Black Talent Music]
05 :: The Beaters – Mashala [CBS]
06 :: The Beaters – Every Day [Dawn]
07 :: Saitana – Soweto [JAS Pride]
08 :: The Soul Throbs – Little Girl [Soul Soul]
09 :: The Crackers – Osizini [Masterpiece]
10 :: The Movers – She Loves You [City Special]
11 :: Philip Mallela – Sunny Day [Black Soul]
12 :: The Disco Cats – Sweet Words [Reprise Records]
13 :: Kenny’s Razmataz – It’s A Gas [Atlantic]
14 :: Kabasa – Happy Together [Atlantic]
15 :: Harari – Party [Gallo]
16 :: Saitana – Love Fever [Black Music]
17 :: Umoja – 707 [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
18 :: Harari – Playing For People [Rufaro]
19 :: Kabasa – Pickin’ Up The Pieces [Atlantic]
20 :: Masike Mohapi – Standing On The Top [Raintree Records]
21 :: Manana – Afro Funky [Drum Rock]
22 :: Kabasa – Kabasa [Atlantic]
23 :: Harari – Feeling Restless [Gallo]
24 :: Batsumi – Toi Toi [Matsuli Music]
25 :: Hugh Masekela Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz – Languta [Blue Thumb Records]

New wavers will enjoy the shit out of this mix. It’s all in there.

Tracklist for August 1, 2018

01 :: Tears For Fears – Mad World [Mercury]
02 :: Talk Talk – It’s My Life [EMI America]
03 :: Modern English – I Melt With You [Sire]
04 :: Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes [EMI America]
05 :: The B-52’s – Dirty Back Road [Warner Bros. Records]
06 :: The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed [Elektra]
07 :: Eurythmics – This Is The House [RCA Victor]
08 :: Yazoo – Only You [Sire]
09 :: Kraftwerk – Tour De France (Remix) [Warner Bros. Records]
10 :: Devo – Beautiful World [Warner Bros. Records]
11 :: Gary Numan – Cars [ATCO Records]
12 :: Visage – Fade To Grey (Dance Mix) [Polydor]
13 :: Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia [EMI America]
14 :: Depeche Mode – People Are People [Mute]
15 :: The Smiths – How Soon Is Now? (Long Version) [Sire]
16 :: Howard Jones – New Song (Extended Version) [Elektra]
17 :: When In Rome – The Promise (O.N. Mix) [Virgin]
18 :: Dead Or Alive – Brand New Lover (The Dust Monkey’s Love Bubble Club Mix) [Epic]
19 :: Heaven 17 – Penthouse And Pavement [Arista]
20 :: Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight (LP Version) [Geffen Records]
21 :: Steven Tin Tin Duffy – Kiss Me (1983) [10 Records]
22 :: ABC – Be Near Me (Munich Disco Mix) [Neutron Records]
23 :: Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (12″ Mix) [Sire]
24 :: Gary Numan & Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? [ATCO Records]
25 :: The Art of Noise – Moments In Love [Island Records]

Feel like getting down? This mix endures heavy rains and delivers sunshine.

Tracklist for July 25, 2018

01 :: Billy Ocean – Night (Feel Like Getting Down) [Epic]
02 :: Eruption – I Can’t Stand The Rain [Ariola America]
03 :: Chaka Khan – Clouds [Rock Mo Records]
04 :: Don Ray – Standing In The Rain [Polydor]
05 :: Vaughan Mason feat. Butch Dayo – You Can Do It (Club Version) [Salsoul Records]
06 :: Rockers Revenge feat. Donnie Calvin – Walking On Sunshine ’82 [Streetwise]
07 :: Barbara Roy & Ecstasy, Passion, and Pain – If You Want Me [Roy B. Records]
08 :: D Train – You’re The One For Me (Vocal Version) [Prelude Records]
09 :: T.C. Curtis – Dance To The Beat [Hot Melt]
10 :: Kano – I’m Ready [Emergency Records]
11 :: Pierre – Dub Right [First Take Records]
12 :: B. Blase – Shame (You Were The Big Sensation) (Vocal) [Many Records]
13 :: New Order – Confusion [Streetwise]
14 :: Electric Mind – Pick Me Up (Can We Go) [Emergency Records]
15 :: Dominatrix – The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Dominant Mix) [Streetwise]
16 :: Shirley Lites – Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (Vocal) [West End Records]
17 :: Jamaica Girls – Need Somebody New [Sleeping Bag Records]
18 :: The Salsoul Orchestra – You’re Just The Right Size (M+M Vince Montana Tribute Dub Mix) [BBE]
19 :: Teddy Pendergrass – Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose [Philadelphia International Records]
20 :: Patti Jo – Make Me Believe In You [Soul Jazz Records]
21 :: Evelyn King – Love Come Down (Vocal) [RCA Special Products]
22 :: Pieces of a Dream – Mt. Airy Groove (Instrumental Version) [Elektra]
23 :: Arlene Evans – Get It Up (Vocal) [FSO Records]
24 :: Linda Clifford – Runaway Love [Curtom]
25 :: Empire projecting Penny – Freakman [Quality]
26 :: Sylvia Striplin – Give Me Your Love [Uno Melodic Records]
27 :: Grace Jones – Feel Up [Island Records]
28 :: Cat Stevens – Was Dog A Doughnut? (Disco Version) [A&M Records]

This one’s for all the 90’s queens out there.

Tracklist for July 18, 2018

01 :: Black Box – I Don’t Know Anybody Else (Hurley’s House Mix) [RCA]
02 :: The B-52’s – Good Stuff (12″ Remix) [Reprise]
03 :: D’Bora – E.S.P. (Hitman’s House Mix) [Smash Records]
04 :: Frankie Knuckles – Workout [Virgin Records America]
05 :: Jomanda – Got A Love For You (Hurley’s House Mix) [Big Beat]
06 :: Body 2 Body feat. Donell Rush & Chantay Savage – Let’s Get Intimate (Maurices Underground Mix) [ID Records]
07 :: Mariah Carey – Emotions (12″ Club Mix) [Columbia]
08 :: Cathy Dennis – Just Another Dream (Club Mix) [Polydor]
09 :: New Atlantic – I Know (Flute Mix) [Big Beat]
10 :: Clivillés & Cole – A Deeper Love (A Deeper Feeling Mix) [Columbia]
11 :: LaTour – Blue [541]
12 :: T99 – Anasthasia (Out Of History Mix) [Who’s That Beat?]
13 :: Kraze / Moonfou – Voodoo Sun (Screamin’ Spirit) [Project X Records]
14 :: Fierce Ruling Diva – Atomix (909 Rises) [Lower East Side Records]
15 :: New Order – Regret (The Junior Dub Mix) [Qwest]
16 :: Rapination – Love Me The Right Way (New York Blizzard Mix) [RCA]
17 :: Bigger Than Life – High And Mighty (Club Mix) [Other Side Records]
18 :: Raze – Let The Music Move U (BPM 120 Key-C) [Grove St.]
19 :: A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray [LD Records]
20 :: CeCe Peniston – We Got A Love Thang (Silky House Thang) [A&M Records]

The pod is back! Here’s the mix from 2 weeks ago. It’s a banger for sure with an EXTRA special final track for Kendra in Bed Stuy.

Tracklist for July 5, 2018

01 :: Karen Pollack – You Can’t Touch Me (You Can’t Hurt Me) (Original Mix) [Emotive]
02 :: JohNick – Play The World [Henry Street Music]
03 :: Martin Hayes – Easy Come Easy Go [Razor-N-Tape]
04 :: Victor Simonelli pres. Inner Faith – I’ve Been Changed (Dub Mix) [Playtime Records]
05 :: Shay Jones – Good Love (Original Club Mix) [Groove On]
06 :: UBQ Project – Regardless [Kult Records]
07 :: Disco Revisited – When Luv´s The Feelin [Intangible Records & Soundworks]
08 :: Black Traxx – My Piano [Nite Club Records]
09 :: Mateo & Matos – Givin’ It All You Got [Henry Street Music]
10 :: Bert Dunk – Groove Y’All [Loaded]
11 :: Pal Joey – Raw Love [Loop D’ Loop]
12 :: Ellis D. pres. Boom-Boom – Work This Pussy (Hurt Me Mix) [Street Level]
13 :: DSK – What Would We Do (Eight Minutes Of Madness Mix) [Boy’s Own Recordings]
14 :: Krome Avenue – Grace Traxx (Factory Mix) [M.O.D.A. Records]
15 :: The Project feat. Linda Rice – Out Of Control (Warehouse Saturday Night Mix) [D.J. International Records]
16 :: Vanessa Williams – Work To Do (Choice Club) [Wing Records]
17 :: Mike “Hitman” Wilson feat. Shawn Christopher – Another Sleepless Night (Redzone Mix) [Arista]
18 :: Beat People – What Must I Do (Vocal Mix) [Gee Man Wax]
19 :: Colonel Abrams – Music Is My Life (Club Vocal) [Echo International]
20 :: Romanthony – Change [Black Male Records]
21 :: Shirley Murdock – Let There Be Love (Classic 12″ Mix) [Elektra]
22 :: Skee W. – Burn (Underground) [Dance Baby Records]
23 :: The Al Mack Project – Desire (Mix #1) [Strictly Rhythm]
24 :: Mood II Swing – Sunlight In My Eyes [Nite Grooves]
25 :: Deee-Lite – Come On In, The Dreams Are Fine [Elektra]

 

I have actually been playing my radio show, but the podcast has been dragging. Worry not, my friends! Don has fresh tracks for you here from last week!

Tracklist for June 13, 2018

01 :: Son House – Grinning In Your Face [Columbia]
02 :: Sound Stream – Soul Train [Sound Stream]
03 :: Mercury – Old Man’s House [Gomma Dance Tracks]
04 :: Keita Sano – On the Floor [Rett I Fletta]
05 :: 2AMFM – Excuse Me Miss [Bopside]
06 :: The Jackson Five – Dancing Machine (Henrik Schwarz Bside Remix) [Motown]
07 :: Hieroglyphic Being – Long Live The Flesh (The Edit) [+ + +]
08 :: Dennis Ferrer – Son of Raw [Ibadan]
09 :: Sunshine Jones – Fall In Love Not In Line (Extended Vocal Version) [The Urgency Of Change]
10 :: Jon Jerry – Jazz Cat [Abstracta Audio]
11 :: Toribio – Esa Montana Se Movera [Most Excellent Unlimited Recordings]
12 :: Nik Weston presents Guyna*Mukat* – Riviera Jam (Tropical Storm Steel Panapella Mix) [Mukatsuku Records]
13 :: Jake Holloway & Dave Jarvis – Morning Shunt [Moton Records Inc.]
14 :: Boogie Night – Cardiac Arrest [Lumberjacks In Hell]
15 :: S.U.M.O. – Factory (Original Mix) [HEYA HIFI]
16 :: Jamie 3.26 & Masalo – Testify [Local Talk]
17 :: Atlus – Gum [Mister Saturday Night Records]
18 :: Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo – I Exist Because of You (Henrik Schwarz Live Version) [Innervisions]
19 :: Jamal Moss – Gherkin 7 [Not On Label]
20 :: Pelvis – Dance Freak (Mall Grab’s Workers Union RMX) [Pelvis Records]
21 :: Ken Gill – Love Moon [Alleviated Records]
22 :: Kimouts – Down to Earth [Buzzin’ Fly]
23 :: Common Series – Beta 2 [Common Series Ltd]
24 :: Boards of Canada – Amo Bishop Roden [Warp Records]

 

Bangin’ 90’s and 80s’ house, a lot of it from Chicago and NYC, and played on the show for the first time ever. There’s even some disco and acid house in here, peep this!

Sorry for the long layoff — the show has been on the air, but I’ve just been too lazy to post these. Well, wait no further!

Tracklist for May 5, 2018

01 :: Bang Thomas & Vanessa McMillan – I’ve Got My Man [New Generation Records]
02 :: House Ground Movement – Tribal Spirit [E-Sa Records]
03 :: Gallifré feat. Mondeé Oliver – Don’t Walk Out On Love (Frankie’s Club Remix) [Groovin Records]
04 :: Simply Red – Thrill Me (Masters At Work Mix) [Brooklyn South]
05 :: Soulution – Feels So Right [E Legal]
06 :: Jake Holliday & Dave Jarvis – Morning Shunt [Moton Records Inc.]
07 :: The Trammps – People Of The World Rise (Joaquin’s Disco Dub Pt 1 Of 4) [Circuit T Promo]
08 :: Black Traxx – Doctor’s Housecall [Night Club Records]
09 :: Donna Summer – Spring Affair (Go Go Biscuit Mix) [Brooklyn South]
10 :: Todd Terry pres. Sax – Jazz Anthem [Freeze Records]
11 :: Mix Masters feat. MC Action – In The Mix (Fast Eddie’s Mix) [D.J. International Records]
12 :: Laurent X – 12 A.M. [House Nation Records]
13 :: Fallout – The Morning After [Fourth Floor Records]
14 :: Lil’ Louis – The Original Video Clash [Dance Mania]
15 :: The Children – Freedom (Crucial Mix) [D.J. International Records]
16 :: Colm III – Take Me High (Mansion Mix) [Ruby Red Records]
17 :: Pleasure Pump – Fantasize Me (Club) [State Street Records]
18 :: The It – Donnie (Club Mix) [Alleviated Records]
19 :: North / Clybourn – We’re Gonna Work It Out (“Mr. Fingers” Mix) [Gherkin Records]
20 :: The Sanctuary Project – The Santuary [House Jam Records]
21 :: Shock Wave – The Mental Track (The Simon Pitch Mix) [Nervous Records]
22 :: Kings of Tomorrow – Ego Trip [Blackwiz Records]
23 :: Mood II Swing – Do It Your Way [Groove On]
24 :: Cajmere – Luv [Live]
25 :: Michael Whitehead – Under My Spell (Da Flo – Vocal Mixx) [Music Station]
26 :: Omar feat. Stevie Wonder – Feeling You (Celebrate Life Mix) [Celebrate Life]

 

Back to the early 00’s for some decent dance tracks from the era of underground.

Tracklist for April 4, 2018

01 :: Vanessa Daou – Sunday Afternoons (Zipper Mix) [Krasnow Entertainment]
02 :: X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne – Lazy (Full Length Version) [Skint]
03 :: Beth Orton – Central Reservation (Deep Dish Modern Red Neck Remix) [Arista]
04 :: Cuba Computers feat. Derek Conyer – Haunting Me (Iberican Vocal Mix) [Shinichi]
05 :: René Amesz – Red Soda [Deep Focus]
06 :: Raven Maize – The Real Life (Original 12″ Mix) [Credence]
07 :: Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight) (Danny Tenaglia’s Statue Of Liberty Mix) [MCA Records]
08 :: Kosheen – Hide U (John Creamer & Stephane K Remix) [Arista]
09 :: South Street Player – (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (Fresh Fruit Dub) [Fresh Fruit Records]
10 :: Kings of Tomorrow – Finally (Original Extended Mix) [Defected]
11 :: Mr. Hermano – Free As The Morning Sun (Scumfrog Mix) [Disorient]
12 :: David James – (Always) A Permanent State (Original Mix) [Hooj Choons]
13 :: Saeed Younan – Rock The Rhythm (Original Mix) [Sondos]
14 :: Circuit Boy feat. Alan T. – Jonesing (Nu Circuit Vocal Mix) [Groovilicious]
15 :: Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Superchumbo Todo Mamado Mix) [Parlophone]
16 :: Green Velvet – La La Land (Futureshock Club Mix) [Credence]
17 :: Romanthony’s Nightvision – Never Fuck (Futureshock Remix) [You]
18 :: Sugababes – Freak Like Me (Different Gear Mix) [Island Records]
19 :: Cutlab – Right Now [Big Chief]
20 :: Datar – B (Danny’s Space tErracE Mix) [Hooj Choons]
21 :: GusGus – David (Gusgus Original Mix) [Underwater Records]

Yes yes yes!!!

Tracklist for March 14, 2018

01 :: De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays” (6:00 AM Mix) [Tommy Boy]
02 :: Cassio – Baby Love (Chord Mix) [Street Style]
03 :: Pal Joey – Party Time [Loop D’ Loop]
04 :: Basscut – I’m Not In Love (Try To Tear My Heart Instrumental) [Charisma]
05 :: UBQ Project Vol. 2 – When I Fell N Luv (Original Version) [House -N- Effect Records]
06 :: St. Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us (Ken/Lou Dub) [Warner Bros. Records]
07 :: Roy Davis Jr. & Jay Juniel / Men From The Nile – Watch Them Come!!! (Original Mix) [Undaground Therapy Muzik]
08 :: Mateo & Matos – S.O.S. (Sampled Our Shit) [Black Label]
09 :: 4 To The Bar feat. Alexis P. Suter – Slam Me Baby! (House Of Sex – X-Rated Mix)
10 :: 4 To The Bar feat. Alexis P. Suter – Slam Me Baby! (Extended Club Mix)
11 :: Tammy Banks – My Life (Paradise’s Groove) [Bottom Line Records]
12 :: 50% – Tight Up (Murk Miami Boys Mix) [Madhouse Records]
13 :: Danny Tenaglia – Bottom Heavy [TRIBAL America]
14 :: 10 BC – Dub Generator [Magnet Sounds]
15 :: Francois Kevorkian – Hypnodelic [Open]
16 :: F.P.I. Project – Piano In Paradise [Rumour Records]
17 :: F.P.I. Project – Rich In Paradise [Rumour Records]
18 :: Ronald Burrell – Quiet Song [Jazzy Records]
19 :: Mood II Swing – Closer (Swing To Mood Dub) [King Street Sounds]
20 :: Betty Boo – Thing Goin’ On (MK Underground Dub) [Sire]
21 :: Lil’ Louis – Saved My Life (“Vintage” Louis Down Under Mix) [Epic]
22 :: UBQ Project – Regardless [Kult Records]
23 :: Michael Lange – Brothers & Sisters [Peppermint Jam]
24 :: Steve “Silk” Hurley – Oom-Dah [Silk Entertainment]
25 :: Bert Dunk – Groove Y’All [Loaded Records]
26 :: Afrika Bambaataa – Just Get Up And Dance (12″ Club Mix) [EMI USA]

The podcast is back! After a brief hiatus, Don returns with a mighty vengeance, laying down disco madness for the throngs of partygoing listeners.

Tracklist for February 28, 2018

01 :: Exodus – Together Forever [Charlotte Amalie]
02 :: Chicago – Street Player [Columbia]
03 :: Harvey Mason – Groovin’ You [Arista]
04 :: Musique – Love Massage [Prelude Records]
05 :: C.J. & Co. – We Got Our Own Thing [Atlantic]
06 :: Letta Mbulu – Kilimanjaro [MJS Records]
07 :: Teddy Pendergrass – Only You [Philadelphia International Records]
08 :: The Originals – Down To Love Town (Special Disco Version) [Motown]
09 :: Cameo – It’s Serious [Chocolate City]
10 :: D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals [Pyramid]
11 :: Goody Goody – It Looks Like Love [Atlantic]
12 :: Lenny Williams – Choosing You [ABC Records]
13 :: Brass Construction – Movin’ [United Artists Records]
14 :: Sylvester – Over And Over [Original Sound Track Recordings]
15 :: Bruni Pagán – Fantasy [Elektra]
16 :: The Rolling Stones – If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) [Rolling Stones Records]
17 :: Tony Orlando – Don’t Let Go [Elektra]
18 :: Chic – Good Times [Atlantic]
19 :: Roy Ayers – Running Away (Full Length Version) [CBS]