Spokes Mashiyane - Sweet Sax - Sweet Flute
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SPOKES MASHIYANE
SWEET SAX - SWEET FLUTE


recorded 1958c
issued 1962c
Quality
Trutone
made in Southern Rhodesia
published by Melody Music
LTJ 201
matrix RMG 1192 A
matrix RMG 1192 B
33 rpm
first issue
cover images by H. Street / Kalahari Films
cover printed by Record Pac
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Sweet Sax

(Spokes Mashiyane)

1.2Midnight Party Jive

(Spokes Mashiyane)

1.3Don't Be Mad

(Spokes Mashiyane)

1.4Girls, What About Jerry?

(Spokes Mashiyane)

1.5Jealous Down Twist

(Spokes Mashiyane)

1.6Big Joe Special

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.7Sheshisa Twist

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.8Bennies 2nd Avenue Special

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.9Emily Ngoma

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.10Double Up

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.11Daisy's Blues

(Spokes Mashiyane)

2.12Mamlombo

(Spokes Mashiyane)

ARTISTS

 

SPOKES MASHIYANE - sax, flute

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.

It is likely that this record is a compilation of previously issued 78 rpm discs from Mashiyane's time at Trutone and was probably issued after he had already moved to Gallo. The back cover features Gideon Nxumalo's Jazz Fantasia which was recorded in 1962.

For more about this record view it at Electric Jive