Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here we come
One of my all time favourite South African instrumentals is "Here We Come" by Mister King Jerroo. When I first heard this back in 1983 I just kept wondering who the hell this guy with the great name is. Back then I had a cassette dub from a friend who bought the LP on an "overseas" trip to London and Amsterdam, but during this last summer I found a mint copy at Crocodisc in Paris. The download of the LP along with a limited extra comes courtesy of http://brotbeutel.blogspot.com
Rough Trade turned their back on distributing South African material when they realised that a percentage of sales revenue was being paid through to the South African government. Earthworks were dropped from Rough Trade distribution because of this hard-line position. Looking at it now and re-reading the notes on the LP it seems quite apparent that this Soweto LP was a bootleg anyway and unless someone out there corrects me I'm not sure any money got to the artists.
Here are brotbeutel's notes:
In 1983 Rough Trade Records released "Soweto", a compilation with rough and enthusiastic sounds from South African townships. 3 years later Paul Simon used this music for his "Graceland" album, but this is the original stuff. I included the 2 tracks from the Masterbag flexi disc which were not included on the original album. Masterbag was a promotional magazine issued by the independent British distributor The Cartel.
Soweto" (Rough Trade Rough 37, LP, 1982)
New Lucky Boys "Jane"
Kid Bera-Bera and Mister King Jerroo "Katanga Country"
S. Tshabalala "Bonakele"
New Lucky Boys "Indoda"
Steven Phiri "Malangabi D-One"
S. Tshabalala "Ukwenza Kwendoda"
John Motha "Zulu Boy"
Unknown "Queen Shikwambani"
Elfas Zondi "Umkumbani"
Saul Malapane and Mister King Jerroo "Here We Come"
Albert M'Kosane "Amaswati Special"
+ Soweto Selection (Masterbag BAG007, 7"/33.3rpm flexi disc, o.J.)
Unknown / Albert M'Kosane (Title unknown)
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