Spokes Mashiyane - Spokes Hit Parade No. 1
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SPOKES MASHIYANE
SPOKES HIT PARADE NO. 1


recorded 1962
issued 1962
New Sound
Gallo
made in South Africa
published by Music Publishers of Africa (M.P.A.)
NSL 1009
matrix ABC 22569
matrix ABC 22570
33 rpm
first issue
cover printed by Record Pac
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Fire Up

(Mashiyane)

1.2Pas op my Kind

(Nkosi)

1.3Shukuma Spokes

(Mashiyane)

1.4Sipho

(Mashiyane)

1.5Imenduka Twist

(Mashiyane)

1.6Memela Special

(Memela)

2.7Hit and Run

(Nkosi)

2.8Theo's Blues

(Mashiyane)

2.9Quasha

(Mashiyane)

2.10Hlotse

(Mashiyane)

2.11Phehello

(Mashiyane)

2.12F.M Special

(Mashiyane)

ARTISTS

 

SPOKES MASHIYANE - saxophone, pennywhistle

NOTES

 

Spokes Mashiyane, is credited as having popularized kwela or pennywhistle jive with his recordings Ace Blues and Kwela Spokes in 1954. In the four years that followed he would remain one of the most famous and prolific proponents of this musical style.

In 1958, Mashiyane recorded Big Joe Special in which he switched out his pennywhistle for the saxophone. As with his earlier Ace Blues, Big Joe Special was a sales phenomenon. The record became the trendsetting hit of that year and would inspire a whole new style of music. Sax jive—latter called mbaqanga—would dominate South African urban music for the next twenty years. Mashiyane, after his successes with Trutone Records and their Quality and Rave labels, was lured away by Gallo Records in 1958. At Gallo he became the first black musician to receive royalties from his recordings.

Many thanks to Sean Conlon for making this LP available.