South African Vaudeville, Jazz, Jive and Rock ‘N’ Roll

7/24/2007 Dig Up The Roots

An all to brief listen in to the sounds of South African Jazz, Vaudeville and Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneers. The recordings ranged from 1930 to 1965; from the polished Elite orchestras of the cities clubs to rural village street recordings. Zulu miners phonetically singing in English trying to sound like Elvis (who was trying to sound like a Delta Blues man anyway – weird), tight vocal group harmonies, penny whistles galore, big band Latin and ska sounds. An incredible amount of diversity of influences, yet, one can plainly hear the distinct qualities of this region of the world.

An early example of ‘World Beat’ was the first recording heard which included yodeling and Hawaiian steel guitar! We also heard music from some of the later giants of South African music: Hugh Masekala, Miriam Makeba the Mahotella Queens. Many of these recordings have little to no documentation so we will need to listen.

There is a wonderful book called Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville by Christopher Ballantine. It is on Raven Press and came with a cassette with some of the featured music on this show.

Playlist Tracks:

Griffiths Motseieloa and Ignatius MonareAubuti Nkikho (Brother Nkikho)
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

Snowy Radebe CompanyeBhayi (In Port Elizabeth)
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

Amanzimtoti PlayersSbhino (Sponono)
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

Nkandla Guitar PlayersEvelina
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

UnknownLammandi Ugolohlano
Album: Siya Hamba: 1950’s S. African Country and Small Town Sounds; Label: Original Music

Royal Players(Cry Until The Tears Dry Up)
Album: The History Of Township Music; Label:

Nancy Jacobs Her SistersMeadowlands
Album: The History Of Township Music; Label:

Nancy Jacobs Her SistersBaby Are Yeng
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

Bogard BrothersThat’ll Be The Day
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Benoni RocketI’m Gonna Rock
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Willard CelePenny Whistle Boogie
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Solven WhistlersSomething New In Africa
Album: The History Of Township Music; Label:

Lenny Special MabuseKwela Blues
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

Manhatten BrothersThabu Tseu
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

Petersburg MelodiansWe Are Going Home
Album: The History Of Township Music; Label:

The Black MambazoAfter Muchacha
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Bogard BrothersI’m In Love
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Nelson Siboza MontanasBayilami Selmavukuvuku
Album: Siya Hamba: 1950’s S. African Country and Small Town Sounds; Label: Original Music

Dark City SistersShala Shala Twist
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Allen Kwela500 Guitar Rock
Album: Flying Rock: Early South African Rock ‘N’ Roll; Label: Global Village Music

Blue NotesNo Doli Wami
Album: Siya Hamba: 1950’s S. African Country and Small Town Sounds; Label: Original Music

Jazz Revellers BandSponono
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

W.P. ZikaliNtebejana
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

The Merry BlackbirdsiChain Covers / uMajaji / Woza we Mzala (Come on, everybody)
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

Hot Lips Dance BandMarabi No. 2 Jive
Album: Marabi Nights: Early South African Jazz and Vaudeville; Label: Raven Press

Jazz DazzlersDe Makeba
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

Orlando SevenLoafer’s Corner
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

Father Huddlestone FamilyNdenzeni Na?
Album: Township Jazz ‘N’ Jive; Label: Music Club

The Young StarsA Loafer
Album: The History Of Township Music; Label:

Jury Mpelho BandIsicatula
Album: Siya Hamba: 1950’s S. African Country and Small Town Sounds; Label: Original Music

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2 responses to “South African Vaudeville, Jazz, Jive and Rock ‘N’ Roll

  1. Greg I am so glad and amazed that you are doing this – I miss your show sooooo much and now I can listen again to the best of the best! Cool!

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