Various ‎– Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960)

Ubuntu Publishing ‎– UP 2011.004LP
Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 The Skylarks (3) With Makeba* And Spokes Mashiyane Ekoneni 2:23
A2 Sophtown Cool Seven Sophtown Special                2:53
A3 Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers Tholi Bare 2:11
A4 The Skylarks (3) With Makeba* And Spokes Mashiyane Inkomo Zodwa 2:28
A5 Spokes Mashiyane & His Golden Saxophone* Bothe Bothe 2:39
A6 Cowboy Superman & His Cowboy Sisters Inhlizyiyo Yam 2:13
A7 Abafana Flute Jive Bra Zacks (I Nkosi) 2:29
A8 Doris Mkhize & The Cement Mixers Nanku 2:06
B1 Abafana Flute Jive 7 Up Swing 2:31
B2 Josiah Khuzwao & His String Band Emkhumbane 2:28
B3 Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers Chaba Chaba 2:02
B4 Martindale All Stars Thakane 2:13
B5 Harmony Crew Shirts Amanye Madoda 3:08
B6 Richard Nombali Kwela Rich 2:32
B7 Ndlovu Brothers Anilale Namhla 2:20
B8 Sample Siroqo Baya Vuma 2:39

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A collection of rare gems from International Library of African Music (ILAM), Limited Edition

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UP 2011.004LP Various Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960)(LP, Comp, Promo, W/Lbl) Ubuntu Publishing UP 2011.004LP Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
UP 2011.004CD Various Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960)(CD, Comp) Ubuntu Publishing UP 2011.004CD Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version


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January 8, 2018

These comps are pure gold, some of the happiest music you'll ever hear.


November 30, 2011

It’s winter. Its’ cold. It’s dark outside. Still it is almost impossible not smile as you hear and feel the sunshine beam forth from this record. I have to admit to having heard a small random selection of the tracks from Township Jive & Kwela Jazz (1940-1960) in advance, but the sequence, the mood and flow of the LP is just astonishing.

No so much a jounrey by DJ, but a soul safari with the DJ.

The groove is evident across all sixteen compositions: they breath a party spirit, of celebration and dance. Fairly impressive given they span a 20 year period.

I’m kind of lost for reference points in musical sound. you know the "it's like this" or "it's like that" – other than saying it sounds like Township Jive & Kwela Jazz – fairly distinctive when you know the two reference points.

The sound is honest. It is what it is and what it is, is lush, warm, groovy, organic, thoughtful, playful and cheeky. At times more one element than another, but always (in my humble opinion) a mix of those things.

The mastering has lost nothing in the live feel of the tracks – the clarity in sound is all there whilst the mood of the original vinyl is present in the warm sound.

This is one of those records when you get to the end of Side-2 – your best option is to flip it over and start at the beginning all over again… I only have one LP like this and this is the one - fantastic..!

A Volume Two..?