The Drive - A Tribute to Henry Sithole and Bunny Luthuli
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LINER NOTES

 

Henry Sithole and Bunny Luthuli were born in Natal: There they learned to play the instruments — (Henry Sithole - alto sax, Bunny Luthuli - lead guitar) that were to bring them fame — fame that took the name of the group they founded "The Drive" to the very heights. Undisputably the most talented group on the scene in Southern Africa the Drive through their LP's and 7 - singles were known and loved throughout the land.

In their many personal appearances on the stages of towns big and small they thrilled the big crowds that turned out to see and hear their special brand of musical magic. Right at the peak of their dazzling career when plans were laid to take the group overseas to engagements that would pave the way for International success - a fatal car accident claimed the lives of the two who had worked so hard to achieve these goals. Bunny Luthuli was married only a few months before his death. Henry Sithole leaves his wife and four children.

Join with us in remembering these two outstanding musicians through their music in this recording - made only two short weeks before their tragic death.
 

THE DRIVE
A TRIBUTE TO HENRY SITHOLE AND BUNNY LUTHULI


recorded 1977
issued 1977
RCA International
Teal
made in South Africa
published by Golden M.
RCL 1216
matrix RCL 1216 A
matrix RCL 1216 B
33 rpm
first issue
cover printed by Artone Press
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Mama We

(Henry Sithole)

1.2Sala Ngoxolo

(Henry Sithole)

1.3Let's Have A Ball

(Bunny Luthuli)

2.4Thando's Mood

(Bunny Luthuli)

ARTISTS

 

THE DRIVE
HENRY SITHOLE - alto sax
ADOLPHUS 'BUNNY' LUTHULI - lead guitar

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, roughly two weeks after this recording was made.

What is possibly The Drive's debut LP Slow Drive to Soweto is also featured in this archive. Other Drive albums include Drive Live (RCA Victor, RCL 1203, 1975) featuring self-taught pianist, Bheki Mseleku and Can You Feel It? (RCA, RCL 1202, 1975) which can be viewed at Electric Jive.