Prophets of the City - Our World
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LINER NOTES

 

Learning Institutes: Mitchell's Plain High No. 8 & No. 7, Zonnebloem Primary (District 6), East London High, KWT, Mafeking, Elsiesriver High, Map Drug Councelling Centre - Salt River Co-ordinating Council, Nicro-Ninro, All the Imams, Priests, Organisations & The public who are fighting all social diseases.

The music of Dollar Brand that inspired us - let's learn to understand and respect each other's music.

Design: Derek Carelse, Ivan Johnson, P.O.C
Art: Ivan Johnson.
Photography: Mike Carelse.

Mixing and scratching: MC-Ready D (Lenco's).
Sampling: D.S.A.
Scratch intro on Roots: DJ-Aski.
Instruments played by: Issy Ariefdien (SK-1).
Beat Boxing - Jazmo.
U.W.C. - Ramone.
Lyrics by The P.O.C.
Additional voices - P.O.C.'s Home Boys.
All tracks recorded on quarter inch 8 track Fostex -
Crucible Recording Studio, Cape Town and the bedroom.
Mixing - Home Studios (Thanks Richard Mitchell and Alex Jay). Crucible Recording Studio.
*Assisted by Garry - thanks.
Produced and arranged by P.O.C. and ISSY ARIEFDIEN
(SK-1) and Lance Stehr (Code - Jack).
Thanks to Steve, Kim and the Posse.
We will change the industry for the better. There are far too many norms.

P.O.C. Fan Club
P.O. Box 13160
Mowbray
Cape Town
7705
 

PROPHETS OF THE CITY
OUR WORLD


recorded 1989
issued 1990
Ku Shu Shu
Teal Trutone Records
made in South Africa
produced by POC and Issy Ariefdien
published by What Publishers
KVC 5107
cassette
first issue
cover images by Mike Carelse
cover design by Derek Carelse, Ivan Johnson, POC
cover printed by Artone
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Our World

(POC, KSS)

1.2Stop the Violence

(POC, KSS)

1.3Roots

(POC, KSS)

1.4Prophets of Boom

(POC, KSS)

2.5Murder on Stage

(POC)

2.6Dallah Flét

(POC, KSS)

2.7Stop the Vilolence (dub)

(POC, KSS)

2.8Our World (dub)

(POC, KSS)

ARTISTS

 

PROPHETS OF THE CITY
PROPHETS OF DA CITY
SHAHEEN ARIEFDIEN - sampling
READY D - mixing, scratching
DEON T. DANIELS - mixing, scratching (aka Ready D)
DJ ASKI - scratching on "Roots"
ISSY ARIEFDIEN - intruments
JAZMO - beat boxing
RAMONE - UWC

NOTES

 

Recorded 20 years before Die Antwoord began consuming the interweb, Prophets of Da City released Our World, South Africa’s first hip-hop album.

Dallah Flét—one of the first rap tracks in Afrikaans—could be viewed as an early precursor for future Afrikaans rap acts like Brasse Vannie Kaap, Isaac Mutant, Terror MC, Die Antwoord, and others.

After first calling themselves the Ballistic Rockers, Shaheen Ariefdien and Deon T. Daniels (aka Ready D) formed Prophets of the City (POC or more often Prophets of Da City) when they experimented on a demo recording in 1988. The recording—made in an 8-track studio owned by Shaheen’s father, Issy Ariefdien (a jazz musician, who also arranged and produced this LP) and Lance Stehr (the future CEO of Gheto Ruff Records)—became Our World and was released in 1990.

Check out an excellent video interview with Shaheen Ariefdien and Ready D on the early history of POC at the Red Bull Music Academy.

For more info check out the POC entry on Wikipedia and at Ghetto Ruff.

This cassette was also issued on LP (KVL 5107)