Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Various Artists

Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

  • Label: Soundway
  • Catalogue number: SNDWLP124
  • Format: 3 x LP
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Disco, Beats Dancefloor, Disco, Electronica, Soul Funk, Tropical, World
  • Origin: United Kingdom
£19.99

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Tracklist

Side 1
1. The Survivals - "My Brother" (4:46)
2. Stimela - "Mind Games" (5:33)
3. Hot Soul Singers - "Hlala Nami" (4:12)
Side 2
1. Zoom - "Wayawaya" (5:26)
2. Ashiko - "Gumba Fire (Madlakadlaka)" (5:39)
3. Monwa & Sun - "Heartbeat" (4:48)
Side 3
1. Ntombi Ndaba - "Do You Trust Amajita?" (3:49)
2. The Black Five - "Selallane" (3:30)
3. Starlight - "Picnicing" (3:56)
Side 4
1. Zasha - "Hayi Ngodlame" (4:41)
2. Joshiba - "Gloria" (5:00)
3. Sabela - "Africa" (4:56)
Side 5
1. Condry Ziqubu - "She's Impossible" (5:55)
2. General Peter Maringa - "Listen To Me" (7:49)
Side 6
1. Zasha - "Arrow Dub" (4:50)
2. Ozila - "Wola Wola" (9:05)

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Description

Soundway's latest essential collection successfully shines a light on synth-heavy South African music of the 1980s, chronicling local musicians and producers' attempts to create their own hybrid forms of boogie, synth-soul and bubblegum pop. Naturally, compilers Miles Chant and DJ Okapi have done a brilliant job bringing together killer cuts that showcase the best of South Africa's '80s synth sounds, while at the same time ensuring a high ratio of rare and hard-to-treats. While some of the tracks genuinely sound like they could have been made in New York, London or L.A, there are plenty of others that include multiple instrumental nods to a diverse range of contemporaneous South African sounds. Crucially, the music is superb throughout.

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