Various Artists - Top Hits of the Big Three - New Sound Vol. 4
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
TOP HITS OF THE BIG THREE - NEW SOUND VOL. 4


recorded 1962
issued 1962
New Sound
Gallo
made in South Africa
published by Music Publishers of Africa (M.P.A.)
NSL 1006
matrix ABC 21462
matrix ABC 21463
33 rpm
first issue
cover printed by Record Pac
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1MASHIYANE AND MSOMI DOUBLE FIVE
Zulu Khayalami

(arr. Reggie Msomi, Mathaba)

1.2MASHIYANE AND MSOMI DOUBLE FIVE
Durban Express

(Mathaba)

1.3MASHIYANE AND MSOMI DOUBLE FIVE
Dumazile

(Mathaba)

1.4MASHIYANE AND MSOMI DOUBLE FIVE
One More

(Mathaba)

1.5SPOKES AND GOLDEN SAX
Kwela Zulu

(Reggie Msomi)

1.6SPOKES AND GOLDEN SAX
Phatha Phatha

(Reggie Msomi)

2.7SPOKES MASHIYANE AND BIG BAND
Taps Phatha

(Sonto Modi)

2.8SPOKES MASHIYANE AND BIG BAND
Tau

(Tshukudu)

2.9SPOKES MASHIYANE AND BIG BAND
Phuza Tywala

(Mosela Rametsi)

2.10SPOKES MASHIYANE AND BIG BAND
Siyahamba

(Mosela Rametsi)

2.11LEMMY 'SPECIAL' MABASO
Casanova

(Lemmy Mabaso)

2.12LEMMY 'SPECIAL' MABASO
Mohlakaso

(Lemmy mabaso)

ARTISTS

 

REGGIE MSOMI - sax
LEMMY 'SPECIAL' MABASO - flute
SPOKES MASHIYANE - sax
MASHIYANE AND MSOMI DOUBLE FIVE
SPOKES AND GOLDEN SAX
SPOKES MASHIYANE AND BIG BAND

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 judging by the fact that the tracks by the various artists occur in even pairs.