Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Have you ever taken a minicab in London and loved the music playing and asked the taxi driver if you could buy it off them? I have.
In the bins at Dalston Oxfam Shop this week I discovered two tapes made by SABTA, the South African Black Taxi Association. I can't find virtually any information about them on the net, but they are musical compilations made of mostly South African pop from 1988 interspersed with some hilarious ads and commentary, intended for taxi drivers to play for their passengers during rides. This is not just irony in action, however. Some of the tunes are really great and this cassette and music will not appear anywhere on ebay or the net. I think my favorite track on here is Siyaya E Jerusalema by the Holy Spirits Choir, but also very good are Money by Splash and Ushukela Mningi Lapha by Ashiko. But you have to listen to some of the interludes as well.
This post was featured on BBC6 on 26 Oct. Checkit here :)
(download all of Side A in one file here)
Splash - Money
Brenda Fassie - Party Time
Sox - Don't Call Me
Kamazu - Ju Ju Lady
Interlude 5 (interview with Rebecca)
Rebecca - Cheated
Alexander O'Neal - Criticize
The Jets - I Do You
Mordillo - Cry Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh - Equal Rights
Coyote - Who's the Lord of the House
Holy Spirits Choir - Siyaya E Jerusalema
Vusi Shangi - Remake the World
Chimora - Some More My Cherry
Ashiko - Ushukela Mningi Lapha
New Taxi - Don't Play with Fire
Pat Shange - Undecided Divorce Case
Senyaka - Jordaan
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Love Overboard
Umoja - Money Money
United Congregational Church Choir - He's the Only Way
Pure Gold - La Hao Le Teng
Mr. D & the G Men - She Doesn't Live Here Any More
Bibi Nsomi - What Kind of Love is This?
The Rockets - Everlasting Love
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I had problems with my file host and had to get a new account. In the meantime, all files have been taken down and I will have to re-upload in the next day or so. But keep your eyes open because I will be posting a compilation of South African pop prepared for Taxi drivers in the next few days.