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GUMBA FIRE: BUBBLEGUM SOUL & SYNTH BOOGIE IN 1980S SOUTH AFRICA

Soundway Records



cd

Released: 9th Mar 2018

£9.99


3lp

Released: 9th Mar 2018

£22.99


this sun-streaked selection of 18 rare, handpicked 1980s cuts highlights the period that spans the jazz, funk & soul of the ‘70s, through to the ‘90s when Kwaito & eventually house-music ruled the dancefloors of urban South Africa.

In 1980s black South Africa, a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down & slowly mutated. It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down & lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards & drum-machines & overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals & harmonies that South African music is famous for. This compilation is in many ways a sister release to the hugely popular compilation of Nigerian boogie & disco that Soundway released in late 2016 : ‘Doing it In Lagos’, & fans of ‘digital zandoli’ & hotline will love it too.

GUMBA FIRE: BUBBLEGUM SOUL & SYNTH BOOGIE IN 1980S SOUTH AFRICA

Tracklist

  1. The Survivals - My Brother
  2. Stimela - Mind Games
  3. Hot Soul Singers - Hlala Nami
  4. Zoom - Wayawaya
  5. Ashiko - Gumba Fire (Madlakadlaka)
  6. Monwa & Sun - Heartbeat
  7. Ntombi Ndaba - Do You Trust Amajita?
  8. The Black
  9. Five - Selallane
  10. Starlight - Picnicing
  11. Zasha - Hayi Ngodlame
  12. Sabela - Africa
  13. Condry Ziqubu - She’s Impossible
  14. General Peter Maringa - Listen To Me
  15. Zasha - Arrow Dub
  16. Ozila - Wola Wola