Next Stop Soweto vol 4

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Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975 – 1985

Ridiculously good 15 track compilation from the ever reliable Strut Records . There are dozens of comps released every month and I for one am a big fan when the labels get it right . Invariably, Strut dig hard and deep to present uncovered sounds from around the planet often from lost eras  and their catalogue is full of funk.

This is Volume 4 in the Next Stop Soweto title and despite previous volumes being 5 star collections , this latest edition has the edge to make it the cream of the series.  Kabassa’s Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo  injects a classic heavy rock punch into a moody funk stew and comes over like Eddy Grant’s Coach House Rhythm Section jamming with Nazareth, while Saitana  conjure up an Afro-pop-funk-sleaze-party diamond with the addictive 1-2-3 . The eclectic tone continues with Harari’s gospel flavoured Give. It delights with it’s neat funk, moogy fizz and stirring vocals while the analogue synths and folky electric guitar quirkiness of TY Boys’ Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa spells out the kind of freshness and experimental flavour South Africa was producing at this time. You’ll quickly fall in love with both Abafana Bama Soul’s woozy but magnificent Masisizwane and ‘Lady Africa’ Margaret Singane’s sparkling mantra Ubuhwele .

Heading further onto the dance floor  we find the  melodic roll of The Actions – Kokro-Ko , the spaced out  mindless boogie of Get Down from  Isaac And The Sakie Special Band plus exquisite township funk from  Damara  , Almon Memela and even Afro-Prog Rock Disco exponents Xoliso .  The more you listen, the more it gives. There’s a kind of weary , weathered spirit in these tracks which tells of the violence and revolution surrounding the music being made. Despite this , there’s  melancholic hope in the voices and instruments which makes it uniquely South African . A stunning collection worthy of all ears and hearts.




A celebrated underground DJ since the late 80s, Kelvin Andrews is that rare example of musical auteur, cult label owner and hit record producer. As resident DJ for over 10 years at two hugely influential UK clubs ( Golden 1991-95, The Bomb 1996 - 2002 ) and regular guest at institutions like Venus, Slam, Back To Basics, Heavenly Social and he has over the last 25 years rocked parties from Tokyo to Buenos Aires and beyond. First playing Pacha and Space in Ibiza in 1992 and dozens of trailblazing underground events worldwide. During that time, as Sure Is Pure and Soul Mekanik he has produced along with brother Danny Mekanik, scores of dancefloor and radio hits, notching no less than 7 Top Tens in the UK and Europe in the process. Famous for playing legendary 8-9 hour sessions, taking in along the way gentle sunset sounds, Balearic vibes, underground disco, and of course, spaced-out & dubby house music. Kelvin is still in demand as a DJ all over the planet, playing clubs and festivals in Europe, South America, Asia and the States with his broad, eclectic style, always performed with skill and undoubted experience.His most recent successes have been establishing the world's best balearic music brand Down To The Sea & Back and the unstoppable underground party force that is WoNk

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