With the World Cup in South Africa set to dominate the cultural
agenda this summer we thought it would be timely for a compilation of the
funkiest vintage grooves from 1960s-1980s South Africa.
Styles range from traditional Zulu, Shangaan and Sotho funky
sounds through to Jo’burg’s 70s and 80s JB wannabees, and on into
deep jazzfunk and spiritual dance-jazz work-outs; all funky,
forgotten S.A. dancefloor gems derived from John’s own vinyl collection
the majority of which have never before appeared on CD.
In the myriad Afro Funk, Afro Beat and Afro Jazz reissues and
compilations of the last few years, the name of South Africa has been
unaccountably absent: South Africa has always had the largest music
industry in the whole of Africa by a long, long way and “South African
the artists who rocked the blacks-only shebeens, brothels and
bars of Soweto, and the notorious migrant camps’ Saturday night