The Drive - Drive Live
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THE DRIVE
DRIVE LIVE


recorded 1975
issued 1975
RCA Victor
Teal
made in South Africa
produced by David Thekwane
published by Laetrec
RCL 1203
matrix RCL 1203 A
matrix RCL 1203 B
33 rpm
first issue
cover printed by Artone Press
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Lets's Cool It

(B. Luthuli)

1.2Reggae Mnaks

(S. Sithole)

1.3Walking in Style

(B. Luthuli)

2.4Time Out

(S. Sithole, T. Saoli)

2.5Move with the Spirit

(H. Sithole)

2.6Africa Bossa

(B. Mseleku)

ARTISTS

 

THE DRIVE
HENRY SITHOLE - leader, alto sax
STANLEY SITHOLE - tenor, baritone sax
D. SITHOLE - trumpet
ADOLPHUS 'BUNNY' LUTHULI - guitar
BHEKI H. MSELEKU - synthesizer, electric piano, hammond organ
ANTHONY SAOLI - fender bass
NELSON MAGWAZA - drums, percussion, congas

NOTES

 

The Drive were formed in 1971 after Bunny Luthuli approached Henry Sithole and his brother Stanley about entering a band competition. Luthuli had performed with the two brothers in Almon's Jazz 8 and the Heshoo Beshoo Group (Eshoo Beshoes) in the late 1960s. View the Heshoo Beshoo's classic album Armitage Road in this archive.

Sadly both Luthuli and Henry Sithole died in a car accident in Tzaneen on May 5th, 1977, about two years after this live recording was made.

What is possibly The Drive's debut LP Slow Drive to Soweto is also featured in this archive.

Drive Live could be one of the first albums to feature self-taught pianist, Bheki Mseleku who arrived in Johannesburg from Durban in 1975. Mseleku would also form the group Spirit's Rejoice with bassist Sipho Gumede later that same year.

Read Mseleku's obituary in The Independant, he died in 2008.