Harari

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Formed in the late sixties and originally known as The Beaters, the South African group consisting of guitarists Selby Ntuli and Saitana (real name: Monty Ndimande), bassist Alec Khaoli and drummer Sipho Mabuse decided to change their name to Harari during a tour through Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1976. The name is taken from a township outside Salisbury (which is now the capital, Harare).
With their afro-rock/funk/fusion style they achieved huge successes back home and in the neighbouring states, and they were the first local black pop/rock band to appear on South African TV. Their label, Gallo, struck a two-album deal with the US A&M and their 1980 single, "Party", entered the American Disco Hot 100 in 1982. However, by 1984 the group had disbanded, and the members launched successful solo careers.
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Albums

GL 1874 Harari - Rufaro Happiness album art Harari Rufaro Happiness (Album) The Sun GL 1874 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
GL 1930 Harari - Genesis album art Harari Genesis (Album) Gallo GL 1930 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
ML 4236 Harari - Manana album art Harari Manana (Album) Gallo ML 4236 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
ML 4303 Harari - Kala Harari Rock album art Harari Kala Harari Rock (Album) Gallo ML 4303 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
ML 4447 Harari - Heatwave album art Harari Heatwave (Album) Gallo ML 4447 Mozambique 1980 Sell This Version
MC 4537 Harari - Flying Out album art Harari Flying Out (Album) Gallo Records MC 4537 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
AMS-20029 Harari - Harari album art Harari Harari (Comp, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMS-20029 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
ML 4636 Harari - Home Brew album art Harari Home Brew(LP, Album) Rufaro ML 4636 South Africa 1982 Sell This Version
HUL 501 Harari - Street Sounds album art Harari Street Sounds(LP, Album) Gallo Records HUL 501 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
HUL 516 Harari - Set Me Free album art Harari Set Me Free (MiniAlbum) Gallo HUL 516 Kenya 1984 Sell This Version
HUC 40092 Harari - Heartbeat album art Harari Heartbeat (Album, MiniAlbum) Rufaro HUC 40092 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
HUL 40130 Harari - Bad Boys album art Harari Bad Boys (Album) Gallo HUL 40130 Kenya 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PD 1379 Harari - Musikana album art Harari Musikana(7") The Sun PD 1379 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
PD 1498 Harari - Marabi album art Harari Marabi(7") Gallo PD 1498 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
PD 1654 Harari - Feeling Restless album art Harari Feeling Restless Gallo PD 1654 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
PD 1787 Harari - Give / Kalahari Rock album art Harari Give / Kalahari Rock(7", Single) Gallo PD 1787 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
PD 1714 Harari - Manana album art Harari Manana(7") Gallo PD 1714 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
SP-17183 Harari - Party album art Harari Party A&M Records SP-17183 US 1980 Sell This Version
PD 1895 Harari - Party / Good Vibes album art Harari Party / Good Vibes(7", Single) Gallo PD 1895 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
PD 1880 Harari - Party / Soul Fire album art Harari Party / Soul Fire(7", Single) Gallo PD 1880 Zimbabwe 1980 Sell This Version
AIT-HIT 25 Harari - Party album art Harari Party(7") A.I.T. Records AIT-HIT 25 Kenya 1980 Sell This Version
XPD 2018 Harari -  (Get Up And) Dance / Good Vibes album art Harari (Get Up And) Dance / Good Vibes (Maxi) Gallo XPD 2018 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
PD 1925 Harari Soul Fire(7", Single) Gallo PD 1925 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
PD 2090 Harari - Madala album art Harari Madala(7", Single) Rufaro PD 2090 Zimbabwe 1982 Sell This Version
XPD 2168 Harari - Boogie Through The Night album art Harari Boogie Through The Night (Maxi, Single) Rufaro XPD 2168 Mozambique 1983 Sell This Version

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saucer-people

April 3, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
I am astonished that not one of the many African reissue labels has yet to compile a collection of the Harari singles and album tracks thought the late seventies and eighties. Hopefully now that their first album has been reissued by the UK Matsuli Music label it will encourage others to follow. For CD buyers like myself there are a couple of compilations but that is about it (and the SA postage costs are so expensive, making a 2nd hand copy four times the selling price!) aside from the odd track like the magnificent 1979 'Give' track that appears on the Strut compilation Next Stop Soweto Vol 4 or other tracks on the Mr Bongo compilations.

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