Mango Groove

Mango Groove

Hugely popular South African multiracial afro-pop crossover band, founded around 1983 and still active, albeit with a reduced and changed membership. At their peak they could boast some eleven members.

Mango Groove's career has spanned an exciting and turbulent time in South Africa’s history. Since its first iconic multi-platinum release in 1989, the band, together with its charismatic lead singer Claire Johnston, has gone on to become a household name in South Africa. Mango Groove has a special place in the hearts of South Africans, and in terms of its airplay across all radio and TV stations, continues to be an act that truly reaches everyone, young and old.

Many people have tried to define the Mango Groove sound, and have resorted to a host of adjectives and phrases to do this: Kwela/Marabi Pop, SA Pop, Big Band Swing Pop, Eclecto-Pop, and so on. Certainly, the Mango Sound is a pop sound, aiming at simple and accessible songs, grooves and melodies and certainly it is eclectic. This eclecticism is primarily reflected in the extent to which Mango Groove has drawn on the rich legacy of South African urban music forms from the ‘40’s and 50’s.


Mango Groove Discography


Mango Groove Mango Groove (Album) Tusk Music France 1989 Sell This Version
Mango Groove Hometalk (Album) Tusk Music, Tusk Music South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
WOND120 Mango Groove Another Country(CD, Album) One World Entertainment (2) WOND120 South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
Mango Groove Eat A Mango (Album) Tusk Music South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
CDEMC(WIS)6542 Mango Groove Bang The Drum(CD, Album, Sup) EMI CDEMC(WIS)6542 South Africa 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SONO M016 Mango Groove Two Hearts(12", Single) SonoVision Music SONO M016 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
PRS 40 Mango Groove Move Up / Tropical Rain(7", Single) Priority Records (6) PRS 40 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
Mango Groove Dance Some More (Maxi) Atco Records US 1990 Sell This Version
174349-7 Mango Groove Special Star(7", Single) Totem Records (3) 174349-7 France 1990 Sell This Version
95230 Mango Groove Island Boy(CD, Single) Cent Pour Cent 95230 France 1991 Sell This Version


CDEMCJ(WR)5730 Mango Groove Dance Sum More - All The Hits So Far(CD, Album, Comp) EMI Music (South Africa) CDEMCJ(WR)5730 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
CDRED667 Mango Groove The Best Of(CD, Album, Comp) Gallo Record Company CDRED667 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
CDGSP3081 (FN) Mango Groove Moments Away, Love Songs And Lullabies: 1990 - 2006(CD, Album, Comp) Gallo Record Company CDGSP3081 (FN) South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
CDREDD 694 (AN) Mango Groove The Essential Mango Groove(2xCD, Comp) Gallo Record Company CDREDD 694 (AN) South Africa 2008 Sell This Version
CDPS 040 Mango Groove Great South African Performers(CD, Comp) Gallo Record Company CDPS 040 South Africa 2011 Sell This Version


GMVDVD005 Mango Groove The Ultimate Collection DVD(DVD, Comp, PAL) Gallo Record Company GMVDVD005 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
GMVDVD079 (LN) Mango Groove The Essential Mango Groove DVD(DVD, Comp, PAL) Gallo Record Company GMVDVD079 (LN) South Africa 2009 Sell This Version
DVDEMIM (DDVD) 399 Mango Groove Mango Groove Live In Concert(DVD, PAL, Liv) EMI DVDEMIM (DDVD) 399 South Africa 2011 Sell This Version

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