Hilton Rosenthal

Profile:
Accountant, musician, producer, and businessman Hilton Rosenthal grew up in typical white, middle-class surroundings of a segregated South Africa. He liked the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but had never listened to black South African music. An accountant with his father's firm, he played in a band but had no plans to make a career in music.

After college though, Rosenthal went to work for the Gramophone Record Co., the South African affiliate of CBS Records. About a year later he was put in charge of the black music division (in those days, music was strictly segregated by race).

Despite this, in 1978 he persuaded CBS International to give him a small budget for musical experiments, and he began working with two gentlemen who were performing traditional acoustic Zulu music together. He encouraged them to work with a band (that eventually became Juluka), add some electronics and English, and combine Zulu music with Western pop -- although the music was initially considered "too black for whites and too white for blacks". Subsequently, he produced every Juluka and Savuka album. Mr. Rosenthal then went on to form (and eventually sell to EMI before his 1985 move to the USA) MINC, one of the country's largest independent record companies.

In 1990 he formed the Los Angeles-based Rhythm Safari Records before finally settling near Sydney, Australia, re-launching the label there and, in 2009, following it up with a stage show of the same name.
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Artist

Hilton Rosenthal Discography Tracks

Vocals

Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
015-2 CD Cheb Mami Cheb Mami - Let Me Raï(CD, Album) Totem Records (3) 015-2 CD France 1990 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

CIP 1 Various Hungry Child Various - Concert In The Park(2xLP, Album) Not On Label CIP 1 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte - Paradise In Gazankulu (Album) EMI-Manhattan Records Canada 1988 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World (Album) EMI UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
015-2 CD Cheb Mami Cheb Mami - Let Me Raï(CD, Album) Totem Records (3) 015-2 CD France 1990 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

ASF 1921 Hot Sound Of Mauritius Lalabye (as H. Rosenthal) and 1 more… Hot Sound Of Mauritius - Lalabye(LP, Album) CBS ASF 1921 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
D-R-U-M D-R-U-M - Lalabye (Single) Tom N' Jerry Records, Salsoul Records Spain 1977 Sell This Version
Various Lalabye (as Rosenthal) Various - 14 International Top Hits 2 (Comp) Polydor Finland 1977 Sell This Version
Hot Sound Of Mauritius Lalabye (as H. Rosenthal) Hot Sound Of Mauritius - Lalabye (Single) CBS, CBS Germany 1977 Sell This Version
REVX 1 Switch (7) Switch (7) - All You Gotta Do Is Smile / I Can't Do Without You(12") Reveille REVX 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
6830 757 Various Lalabye (as Rosenthal) Various - Spécial Club / Eté 77 Volume 1(LP, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Philips 6830 757 France 1977 Sell This Version
6830 545, 6816 033 various Lalabye (as Rosenthal) various - Audio Hifi-stereoluistertestplaat(LP, Comp) Philips, Philips 6830 545, 6816 033 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
SSC 1703 Rouge (5) Featuring John Weddepohl Set Me Free Rouge (5) Featuring John Weddepohl - Eloise / Set Me Free(7", Single, Red) CBS SSC 1703 South Africa 1978 Sell This Version
Various Lalabye (as Rosenthal) Various - Philips High Fidelity Laboratories Present (Comp) Philips Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
DNW 2345 Fantasy (31) Terri (as H. Rosenthal) and 2 more… Fantasy (31) - Fantasy(LP, Album) CBS DNW 2345 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
People Like Us (2) People Like Us (2) - Restless Hearts (Single) Passion Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
People Like Us (2) Featuring Cindy Dickinson People Like Us (2) Featuring Cindy Dickinson - Deliverance (Maxi) Passion Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Scatterlings Of Africa (Single, EP) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Third World Child (Album) EMI-Bovema Holland Europe 1987 Sell This Version
Various Deliverance (A Raging Edit) (as H. Rosenthal) Various - Series 6, Issue 2 (Comp) Hot Tracks US 1987 Sell This Version
B-44152 Johnny Clegg & Savuka Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Great Heart(7", Single) Capitol Records B-44152 US 1987 Sell This Version
EMCJ (L) 4051781, EMCJ(V) 4051781 People Like Us (2) Deliverance (as H. Rosenthal) and 1 more… People Like Us (2) - Deliverance(LP, Album) EMI, EMI EMCJ (L) 4051781, EMCJ(V) 4051781 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
EMIJ 4053297 People Like Us (2) Restless Hearts (as H. Rosenthal) People Like Us (2) - Hiroshima (Never Too Late For Tears)(7", PS) EMI EMIJ 4053297 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
PASH 12 68 People Like Us (2) Featuring Cindy Dickinson Deliverance (Remix) (as H. Rosenthal) People Like Us (2) Featuring Cindy Dickinson - Deliverance / Midnight Lover (The Remixes)(12") Passion Records PASH 12 68 UK 1987 Sell This Version