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]

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