Tuesday, January 3, 2012

flatinternational vol. 1/2 (2008)

Three years ago Matt Temple invited me to compile a mix of South African tracks for his blog Matsuli. I put together a two volume compilation of some of my favorite tracks from the flatinternational archive and it was posted on Matsuli in December 2008.

In many ways Matt's invitation marked the beginning for me of what would become a very fruitful exchange around South African music. In July 2009 Chris Albertyn and Matt started the blog Electric Jive featuring long out of print South African material. In September 2010, the flatinternational website and database, which had been in development since 2008, finally went online. In January 2011, I was invited, along with Nick Lotay and Francis Gooding, to join the blogging team at Electric Jive and this month marks a year of some incredible activity there.

At the time of the original posting of the 2008 flatinternational compilation, Matsuli operated under a limited-DL system and so in the interests of marking this anniversary of sorts I have re-posted the two volume set here today. The only exception is that the skandi-hop track, Amagwala by Zuluboy has been deleted from this DL compilation as his 2008 CD is still in print. Since the original posting, a number of the albums drawn from for this mix have been featured on Electric Jive, though there are still many more that have yet to come.























flatinternational - South African Audio Archive - Vol.1
(FX 6, 2008)

01) UnknownAnimal Imitations — 1966
(from The Naked Prey, Folkways, FS 3854)
From the Folkways soundtrack to the film, The Naked Prey.

02) Leslie Nkosi y Muchachos de Alexander Dead EndBaleka — c1958
(from Kwela, Vik, LZ 1026)

03) Letta & the SafarisWalkin’ Around — 1966
(from 45 rpm, Columbia, 4-43675)
Letta Mbulu's first recording in the USA.

04) Nzimande All StarsSide by Side — 1980
(from Side by Side Soul, Masterpiece, LMS 546)
One of my all time favorite tracks!

05) Zuluboy — Amagwala — 2008
(from Inqolobane, Native Rhythms, CDNATIV 007)
* deleted from this mix

06) KabasaUzozibona — 1980
(from Kabasa, Atlantic, ATH 4042)

07) UwandileTie Breaker — 1987
(from Apartheid, Mother Africa, MALP 01)

08) David ThekwaneAmanzi Ayeza — 1979
(from Sporo No. 4, Star Black, SKL 3010)

09) Woody WoodpeckersWelele — 1959
(from Music and Rhythm of Africa - Hits of 1959, HMV, JCLP 18)

10) Louis Moholo’s Viva-La-BlackWoza — 1988
(from Ogun, OG 533)

11) Dorothy MasukaIngalo — c1981
(from Ingalo, Starplate, 001)

12) Sophie ThapediHow Long — 1975
(from Sopie Thapedi and Lulama Legola, Soul Soul, SSL 0107)

13) Philip Tabane & his Malombo JazzmanKathlogano — 1969
(from The Indigenous Afro-Jazz Sounds of..., Atlantic City, AYC 1004)

14) The Wanderers & The SyndicatePezulu — 1975
(from Pezulu, Soul Brother, SOUL 103)

15) The MoversJacaranda — 1975
(from Jacaranda Phata Phata, City Special, CYL 1037)

16) Gideon NxumaloJazz Fantasia / 2nd Movement — 1962
(From Jazz Fantasia, Renown, NLP 233)
A hint of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika and featuring Dudu Pukwana and Kippie Moeketsi.
























flatinternational - South African Audio Archive - Vol.2
(FX 7, 2008)

01) UnknownTula Mtwana with conversation — 1960s
(from Zulu language LP set, Tegnidisc)

02) Princess Constance Magogo w/ Gatsha ButheleziBambulal’ uJesu yama Juda — 1972
(from The Zulu Songs of..., MOA Series no. 37, Gallo / ILAM, SGALP 1678)

03) Martha Mdenge & Harmony CrotchetsTell Me How Long Train’s Been Gone — c1956
(from Music was born in Africa, Trutone, TLP 2002)
The US issue of this LP did not feature this track, but rather had the famous Meadowlands.

04) Dollar BrandAir (excerpt) — 1971
(from African Sun, Spectator, SK 1025
From one of Abdullah Ibrahim's rarest LPs. The masters were destroyed in a fire.

05) Johnny Dynai / Okay TemizYesil Fener — 1976
(from Witchdoctor's Son, Yonca YCSLP 5013)
A great but rare Turkish-only issue!

06) KabasaBurning Splinters — 1980
(from Kabasa, Atlantic, ATH 4042)

07) The Soweto BoysWoza Sibali — 1977
(from The Soweto Boys, Disc Jockey, DJR 1047)

08) Nico Carstens met Rassie ErasmusBoland Boogie — Columbia (1950s)
from Nuwe Klanke en Konsertinamusiek, Columbia, JS 11005)

09) AmandlaGumboot Dance — 1980
(from Amandla, a-disc, BS 800718)

10) The Singing ZulusZinyakanyaka Zimkhonto Impela — 1976
(From Songs From the Valley, Skyline, SK 80168)

11) Green PasturesDon’t Cry Baby — 1960s
(from Groovin' with..., Raj, RMC SLP 022)

12) The SaversBrother — 1976
(from Darling, Darling, Pathe Marconi, 2C 064 82 443)

13) The MoversSoul on the Moon — 1970
(from The Movers, City Special, NCYN 1000)

14) BeatersThiba Kamoo — 1975
(from Harari, The Sun, GL 1814)

15) JabulaJourney to Africa — 1975
from Thunder Into Our Hearts, Jabula JBL 2001)

16) The Kings Messengers QuartetMy Lord — c1964
(from the EP Africa Calling, HMV, 7EYJ 6)

17) Banda Six Khomba Ka Mina — 1984
(from Rosy Awulunganga, Motella, BL 467)

18) Ebrahim ‘Brian’ IsaacsMeadowlands — 1970s
(from Bayete, Team Volym 1)

19) Dark City SistersNgiboniseleni —1959
(from Music and Rhythm of Africa - Hits of 1959, HMV, JCLP 18)

20) BoogiesDid you Know it’s Soul? — Trutone (1969)
(from The Golden City Album, Trutone, TBL 1)

21) Malombo Jazzmakers Abbey’s Mood — 1966
(from Malompo Jazz, Gallotone, GALP 1464)
This is the Abbey Cindi and Julian Bahula branch of Malombo.

22) J. LenkoeTshaba Tshaba — 1970s
(from Transkei Special, Trojan, TWLP 003)

23) The MoversCorrection — 1975
(from Jacaranda Phata Phata, City Special, CYL 1037)

24) Eric Nomvete’s Big FiveNomvete — 1962
(from Cold Castle National Jazz Festival 1962, New Sound NSL 1010)
My favorite track on this classic LP!

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