Shifty Records (2)

Shifty Records (2)

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Founded by Lloyd Ross and Ivan Kadey, Shifty Records was an independent South African record label which existed for over a decade beginning 1983. In 1985 Ivan Kadey left South Africa to pursue other interests, and Warrick Sony was brought in as partner with the purchase of recording equipment.

(In)famous for having their studio in a caravan hitched to a Ford bakkie and moving to various venues to record music (hence the name of the label - 'Shifting' between places), the label provided a platform for many artists to express themselves politically against the oppressive system of the time. As a result, many of their releases were banned outright and were only available through mail order or "under the counter". When not on the road to record at different venues, Shifty Records consisted of a caravan (the control room) parked in a garage next to a lone house (studio) in a derelict mining village belonging to Rand Mines and situated South West of Johannesburg.

This is how Sankomota's debut album was recorded in Lesotho (there were no recording studios in that country at the time and the artists were forbidden entry to South Africa so the Shifty caravan did the recording parked next to the premises of Radio Lesotho) and it became to be the label's first release in 1983. Instrumental in what was to become the "boerepunk" and "voëlvry" movements, other artists who have appeared on Shifty included Koos Kombuis, Bernoldus Niemand aka James Phillips (4), The Genuines, Happy Ships, Cherry Faced Lurchers, Corporal Punishment (5), Jennifer Ferguson, Johannes Kerkorrel, Kalahari Surfers, National Wake, and Tananas. Shifty Records also holds the distinction to have recorded the first Rock Album in Afrikaans: Bernoldus Niemand - Wie is Bernoldus Niemand?

In the decade of its existence Shifty Records released nearly 60 records and now concentrates on its back catalogue.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
5020 South African Trade Union Worker Choirs  album cover Various South African Trade Union Worker Choirs(LP, Album) Rounder Records 5020 US 1986 Sell This Version
113 554 Sit Dit Af  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Sit Dit Af(7", Single) Ariola, Ariola 113 554 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
210.454 Eet Kreef !  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Eet Kreef !(LP, Album) Ariola 210.454 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
260.454 Eet Kreef !  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Eet Kreef !(CD, Album) Ariola 260.454 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
AMS 2043 Eye For Africa / Snakes  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Eye For Africa / Snakes(7", Single) Amalthea AMS 2043 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
BANG CD003 Niemandsland & Beyond!  album cover Koos Kombuis Niemandsland & Beyond!(CD, Album, RE) Shifty Records (2), Tic Tic Bang BANG CD003 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
BANGCD 005 Hand Around The Heart  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Hand Around The Heart(CD, Album, RE) Shifty Records (2), Tic Tic Bang BANGCD 005 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
BANG CD 007 Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand?   album cover Bernoldus Niemand Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand? (CD, Album) Shifty Records (2) BANG CD 007 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
BANG CD 008 New Africa Rock - South Africa 1995  album cover Various New Africa Rock - South Africa 1995(CD) Tic Tic Bang BANG CD 008 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
BANGCD 009 Sea Level  album cover Urban Creep Sea Level(CD, Album) Tic Tic Bang BANGCD 009 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
Bang CD 013 Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari  album cover André Le Toit* Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari(CD, Album) Shifty Records (2) Bang CD 013 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
BANGCD 016 Eet Kreef!  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Eet Kreef!(CD, Album) Tic Tic Bang, Shifty Records (2) BANGCD 016 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
bangcd 021 Tightroper  album cover Urban Creep Tightroper(CD, Album) Shifty Records (2) bangcd 021 South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
BANGCD025 Soul Ou  album cover James Phillips (4) Soul Ou(CD) Tic Tic Bang! BANGCD025 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
BANGCD 028 E.P. Tombi  album cover Matthew v.d. Wandt & Chris Ledtcher* E.P. Tombi(CD, EP) Tic Tic Bang BANGCD 028 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
BANGCD033 Low Riding  album cover Van Der Want / Letcher Low Riding(CD, Album) Tic Tic Bang BANGCD033 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
BANGCD 851 Untimely  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Untimely(CD, Album, RE) Shifty Records (2), Tic Tic Bang BANGCD 851 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
BONG 1 Mission To Cairo  album cover The Softies (4) Mission To Cairo(7", Single, pic) Shifty Records (2) BONG 1 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
CD SHIFT 32 Eet Kreef!  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Eet Kreef! (Album) CD SHIFT 32 South Africa 1992 Sell This Version
CDSHIFT(WL)26 Tananas  album cover Tananas Tananas(CD, Album) BMG Records Africa (Pty) Ltd. CDSHIFT(WL)26 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
CGCD001 A Naartjie In Our Sosatie  album cover Various A Naartjie In Our Sosatie(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Cutting Grooves (2), Shifty Records (2) CGCD001 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
ELP 2007 Sankomota  album cover Sankomota Sankomota(LP, Album) Earthworks ELP 2007 UK 1985 Sell This Version
GNP 222 Urgent Release  album cover Kalahari Surfers Urgent Release(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) GNP 222 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
GNP 335 A Naartjie In Our Sosatie  album cover Various A Naartjie In Our Sosatie (Comp) GNP 335 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
GNP 999 Bigger Than Jesus  album cover Kalahari Surfers Bigger Than Jesus(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) GNP 999 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
HSY 001 Mad House  album cover Sankomota Mad House(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) HSY 001 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
Jawl 1 Fridays and Saturdays  album cover Corporal Punishment (5) Fridays and Saturdays(7", EP) Jawl Jawl 1 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
L4SHIFT (EM) 19 Change Is Pain  album cover Mzwakhe* Change Is Pain(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) L4SHIFT (EM) 19 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
L4 SHIFT (EV) 45 Soro  album cover Salif Keïta* Soro(Cass, RE) Shifty Records (2) L4 SHIFT (EV) 45 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
L4 SHIFT (EV) 46 Big Beat  album cover Radio Rats Big Beat(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) L4 SHIFT (EV) 46 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
L4 SHIFT (EV) 47 Season Of Violence  album cover Free State Music Season Of Violence(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) L4 SHIFT (EV) 47 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
L4 SHIFT (T) 1 Sankomota  album cover Sankomota Sankomota(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) L4 SHIFT (T) 1 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
LBL 2509 Mephato Ya Maloba  album cover Duncan Senyatso And The Kgwanyape Band* Duncan Senyatso And The Kgwanyape Band* - Mephato Ya Maloba(CD, Album) Label Bleu LBL 2509 France 1993 Sell This Version
none Own Affairs  album cover Kalahari Surfers Own Affairs (Album) none South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
none Living In The Heart Of The Beast  album cover Kalahari Surfers Living In The Heart Of The Beast(Cass, Album, RE) Shifty Records (2) none South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
none Wasamata  album cover Simba Morri Wasamata(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) none South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
none Sleep Armed  album cover Kalahari Surfers Sleep Armed (Album) none South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
none Budgie Beat  album cover Various Budgie Beat(Cass, Comp) Shifty Records (2) none South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
none Tropical Barbie Hawaiian Surf Set  album cover Kalahari Surfers Tropical Barbie Hawaiian Surf Set(LP, Comp, Ltd, Yel) Angry Africa Records, Roastin' Records, Gross National Products, Shifty Records (2) none South Africa 2014 Sell This Version
none A Naartjie In Our Sosatie & Forces Favourites  album cover Various A Naartjie In Our Sosatie & Forces Favourites(Cass, Comp) Shifty Records (2) none South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
NST 123 Grooving Jive No. 1/Soweto Bump/London Drive  album cover Jo'burg City Stars Grooving Jive No. 1/Soweto Bump/London Drive(12") Globe Style NST 123 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
ORB 045 The Art Of Noise  album cover Noise Khanyile With Jo'burg City Stars And Amagugu Akwazulu Noise Khanyile With Jo'burg City Stars And Amagugu Akwazulu - The Art Of Noise(LP) Globe Style ORB 045 UK, Europe & US 1989 Sell This Version
OU 116 Hou My Vas Korporaal / My Broken Heart  album cover Bernoldus Niemand Hou My Vas Korporaal / My Broken Heart(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) OU 116 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
OU 200 Boksburg Bommer / Jody  album cover Bernoldus Niemand Boksburg Bommer / Jody(7", Single) Shifty Records (2), Reamusic OU 200 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
PUT 254-2 Acoustic Africa  album cover Various Acoustic Africa (Comp) PUT 254-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
SHIB 23 Hand Around The Heart  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Hand Around The Heart(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 23 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
SHIB 26 Tananas  album cover Tananas Tananas (Album) SHIB 26 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIB 27 Mr Mac And The Genuines  album cover Mr Mac (2) And The Genuines Mr Mac (2) And The Genuines - Mr Mac And The Genuines(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 27 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
SHIB 28 Ek Sê  album cover The Kêrels Ek Sê(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 28 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIB 29 Voëlvry. Afrikaanse Musiek Vir Vandag  album cover Various Voëlvry. Afrikaanse Musiek Vir Vandag(LP, Comp) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 29 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIB 32 Eet Kreef !  album cover Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Johannes Kerkorrel En Die Gereformeerde Blues Band - Eet Kreef !(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 32 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
SHIB035 Niemandsland  album cover Koos Kombuis Niemandsland(LP) Shifty Records (2) SHIB035 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
SHIB 39 Not Undesirable  album cover Various Not Undesirable(12", Ltd, Promo) Shifty Records (2) SHIB 39 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIF34 Unbroken Spirit  album cover Mzwakhe Mbuli Unbroken Spirit(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIF34 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
SHIFT 1 Sankomota  album cover Sankomota Sankomota(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 1 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
SHIFT 6 Fosatu Worker Choirs  album cover Various Fosatu Worker Choirs (Comp) SHIFT 6 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
Shift 7 Live At Jamesons  album cover Cherry Faced Lurchers Live At Jamesons (Album) Shift 7 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
SHIFT 8 Voice of Nooit  album cover Corporal Punishment (5), Illegal Gathering Corporal Punishment (5), Illegal Gathering - Voice of Nooit(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 8 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFT 10 Forces Favourites  album cover Various Forces Favourites(LP, Comp) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 10 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SHIFT 19 The Aeroplanes  album cover The Aeroplanes (2) The Aeroplanes(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2), Gross National Products SHIFT 19 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFT 20 On The Other Side  album cover Abstractions* On The Other Side(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 20 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIFT 21 Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari  album cover André Le Toit* Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari (Album) SHIFT 21 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
Shift 22 Goema  album cover The Genuines Goema (Album) Shift 22 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
Shift 25 Township Boy  album cover The Mamu Players Township Boy(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) Shift 25 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
Shift 34 Unbroken Spirit  album cover Mzwakhe Mbuli Unbroken Spirit(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) Shift 34 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SHIFT 36 Winston's Jive Mix-Up  album cover Winston's Jive Mix-Up Winston's Jive Mix-Up(Cass) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 36 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
Shift 41 Medecine  album cover Ray Lema Medecine(LP) Shifty Records (2) Shift 41 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT 46 LP Big Beat  album cover Radio Rats Big Beat(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 46 LP South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT 49 In​-​To​-​Nation  album cover Tony Cox (4) In​-​To​-​Nation(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 49 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
SHIFT 51 End Beginnings  album cover Lesego Rampolokeng with the Kalahari Surfers Lesego Rampolokeng with the Kalahari Surfers - End Beginnings(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 51 South Africa 1992 Sell This Version
SHIFT52 The Otherwhite Album  album cover Cherry Faced Lurchers The Otherwhite Album SHIFT52 South Africa 2021 Sell This Version
SHIFT 52 The Otherwhite Album  album cover Cherry Faced Lurchers The Otherwhite Album(Cass, Album, Comp) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 52 South Africa 1992 Sell This Version
SHIFT 80 Koppies EP  album cover Koppies Koppies EP(CDr, EP, Dig) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 80 South Africa 2021 Sell This Version
SHIFT101 Alien Inboorling  album cover Rian Malan Alien Inboorling (Album) SHIFT101 South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
SHIFT 221 Goema  album cover The Genuines Goema(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT 221 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 003 Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand?  album cover Bernoldus Niemand Wie Is Bernoldus Niemand? (Album) SHIFTCD 003 South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 21 Vêr Van Die Ou Kalahari  album cover Koos Kombuis Vêr Van Die Ou Kalahari (Album) SHIFTCD 21 South Africa 2014 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 35 Niemandsland & Beyond!  album cover Koos Kombuis Niemandsland & Beyond!(CD, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTCD 35 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 103 Made In South Africa  album cover James Phillips (4) Made In South Africa(CD) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTCD 103 South Africa 2006 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 104 Shot Down: Resistance Music from Apartheid South Africa  album cover Various Shot Down: Resistance Music from Apartheid South Africa(CD, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTCD 104 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD114 Forces Favourites  album cover Various Forces Favourites(CD, Comp) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTCD114 South Africa 2009 Sell This Version
SHIFTCD 2135 Niemansland And Beyond! & Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari. (2 CD Set)  album cover Koos Kombuis Niemansland And Beyond! & Ver Van Die Ou Kalahari. (2 CD Set)(CD) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTCD 2135 South Africa 2014 Sell This Version
SHIFT (EY) 43L4 Untimely  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Untimely(Cass, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (EY) 43L4 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT (O) 16 Wasamata  album cover Simba Morri Wasamata(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (O) 16 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFT R9 One For All  album cover Isja One For All(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2), Shifty Records (2) SHIFT R9 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFT (V) 19LP Change Is Pain  album cover Mzwakhe* Change Is Pain(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (V) 19LP South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
SHIFT (V) 40 Viva! K-Team!  album cover The K-Team* Viva! K-Team!(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (V) 40 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT (V) 44 Mephato Ya Maloba  album cover Kgwanyape Band Mephato Ya Maloba(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2), Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (V) 44 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT (V) 45 Soro  album cover Salif Keita Soro(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (V) 45 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT (V) 48 The Palm Wine Sounds Of S.E. Rogie  album cover S. E. Rogie The Palm Wine Sounds Of S.E. Rogie(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (V) 48 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
SHIFTY 003 Wie is Bernoldus Niemand?  album cover Bernoldus Niemand Wie is Bernoldus Niemand?(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFTY 003 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
SHIFT (Y) 42 Fode  album cover Kasse Mady* Fode(LP, Album) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (Y) 42 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIFT (Y) 43 Untimely  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Untimely(LP) Shifty Records (2) SHIFT (Y) 43 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
SHIS 1 Angelfish / Garden of Iris & Co  album cover Jennifer Ferguson Angelfish / Garden of Iris & Co(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 1 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
SHIS 4 Won't Discuss It / Desperately  album cover Mr Mac (2) And The Genuines Mr Mac (2) And The Genuines - Won't Discuss It / Desperately(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 4 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
SHIS 5 Ry / Hillbrow  album cover Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Ry / Hillbrow(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 5 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIS 6 Standanyobo / Hard Hat Jive  album cover Steve Newman Standanyobo / Hard Hat Jive(7", Single, Promo) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 6 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIS 7 Golden Days  album cover The Kêrels Golden Days(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 7 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIS 8 Pieter van der Lugt / Khaki Monitor Pieter van der Lugt / Khaki Monitor - Afrikaanse Musiek Vir Vandag(7", Single) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 8 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
SHIS 9 Ossewa / Liefde  album cover Die Gereformeerde Blues Band Ossewa / Liefde(7", Single, Promo) Shifty Records (2) SHIS 9 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version