Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Beaters "Lost Memories" 1969 +“Harari” 1975 South Africa Afro Psych, Afro Funk,Afrobeat, Soul Jazz Rock


The Beaters  "Lost Memories" 1969  +“Harari” 1975  South Africa Afro Psych,  Afro Funk,Afrobeat, Soul Jazz Rock

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The Beaters “Lost Memories” 1969
The summer of ‘69 in Soweto sure had its own Memphis Soul Corner. This early gem from The Beaters is ample evidence of the popularity in South Africa of Booker T and the MG’s, Wilson Pickett, and bluesy, sinuous organ mix 
Performing bare-foot in mandarin-collared white jackets, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse Selby Ntuli, Alec Khaoli and Monty Ndimande became a hit with the urban hip black crowds in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Their first album “Soul-A-Go-Go” was released in 1969. American Soul and Jazz was assimilated into what became known as Soweto Soul. I am assuming that today’s offering was their second release, in the same year….~

Tracklist 
A1 Lost Memories 2:35 
A2 Exodust Song 2:40 
A3 Never My Love 2:30 
A4 Secrosanct 2:15 
A5 30 - 60 - 90 3:20 
A6 Shoes 2:50 
B1 Food On Feet 3:00 
B2 Ode To Smith 3:15 
B3 Anything 3:10 
B4 Love At First Sight 3:10 
B5 On And Off 3:05 
B6 Tribute To Herman Fox 2:50 
B7 We Pray 3:00




The Beaters ‎" Harari" 1975

In 1968, in full swing hippie, students of the college of Orlando in Soweto (Johannesburg), Selby Fikilu Ntuli (leader, guitar, voice), Alec “Om” Khaoli (bass, voice), Monty “Saitana” Ndimande (second guitar) and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (drums, vocals), founded the band The Beaters. In 1975, they recorded the album Harari (double gold disc), revealing a fusion jive, jazz, funk, marabi, mbaqanga that will contribute to their popularity. 

During a tour of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1976, they decided to rename the Harari Orchestra, and are distinguished by their hippie look (elephant paw jeans, puff sleeve shirts, short flower vests, colorful tank tops). 
Harari’s international recognition took place in 1978 when they were invited to perform in the United States with Hugh Masekela, an excellent South African jazz trumpet player (afro-jazz). During this tour, the guitarist and leader of the group, Selby Fikilu Ntuli, dies, leaving Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse as the new leader of the group. 

A legendary Afro-rock / afro-funk / afro-pop band, Harari was one of the most influential bands in South Africa’s music scene, from the 1970s until 1982, when they split. 
Harari will experience a second (ephemeral) youth with a new generation of more afro-dance and BCBG-style musicians, having as composer and producer the unmissable Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse……~

This LP emerges as a product of so many polarities and cross-roads that continue to challenge the fusion of South African identities – modern/traditional; urban/rural; north/south; foreign/local. Imagine a sixteen-year old Soweto schoolboy in 1965 identifying with the hippie movement and forming a band called “The Beaters”. 

Performing bare-foot in mandarin-collared white jackets, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse Selby Ntuli, Alec Khaoli and Monty Ndimande became a hit with the urban hip black crowds in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Their first album “Soul-A-Go-Go” was released in 1969. American Soul and Jazz was assimilated into what became known as Soweto Soul. 

“We listened to mostly white radio stations, the influences were The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Deep Purple, and the Woodstock festivals,” Mabuse says in an interview with Miles Keylock. The question arose: 'why all those overseas influences, when there’s all these other influences just across the border?’“ 

Mabuse recalls how urban and locally specific – perhaps its own sub-cult – their blend of music was. When the Beaters toured Swaziland, Botswana and Lesotho they struggled to attract any attention. The Beaters resorted to playing some mbaqanga songs to pull the crowds in. (see Gwen Ansell’s “Soweto Blues”). 

In 1976 the Beaters toured Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) their success turned a three-week tour into three months. Stories go that they helped smuggle liberation movement recruits out of South Africa in their amp boxes. Their new song “Harari” was such a hit with the township residents of Harari in the capital Salisbury that everyone began calling the band Harari – and so it was assimilated and stuck. 
This LP reflects the band’s eclectic influences. The second track "Love, Love, Love” might not have been out of place at Woodstock, while the third – Inhlupeko Iphelile – was an optimistic statement (the distress is over) and is probably in response to the South African Jazz classic “Inhlupeko” played by The Soul Jazzmen in 1969. “Push it on” has some soul and funk roots; Thiba Kamo with jazz fusion influences, and “Whats Happening” firmly rooted in the ‘bump jive’ tradtition. 

Harari was recorded before band-leader Selby Ntuli died in 1978. This LP was re-released in 1981 on the As-Shams label. It was also released on the A&M label….~

LINER NOTES: 

Africa’s most incredible combination of Selby Ntuli, Sipho Mabuse and Alec Khaoli still remains a big question to some people who have seen them live. The group is very popular and loved by the people of Africa. Their creativity and originality had the audience in Rhodesia astounded. They toured Rhodesia last year for three months although they only intended being there for three weeks. They appeared live on T.V. The Beaters have composed a song 'HARARI’ dedicated to the people of that town….~

Στα μέσα τις δεκαετίας του 70 η Ζιμπάμπουε ( Zimbabwe) ονομαζόταν ακόμα Ροδεσία, η πρωτεύουσα της Harare έφερε το όνομα Salisbury, και η AfroRock μπάντα Harari, από την Νότια Αφρική, ήταν γνωστοί ως “The Beaters”. 
“Harari” ονομάζεται επίσης και ένα τραγούδι των τελευταίων, που έδωσε και τον γενικό τίτλο στο 4o LP τους (κυκλοφόρησε το 1975). Λέξη κλειδί, που έμελλε να γίνει το “υποκοριστικό” του γκρουπ και τέλος το επίσημο όνομα του. Το συγκεκριμένο κομμάτι (από τα ομορφότερα που άκουσα τελευταία, χάρη στο καλό blog electricjive) είναι αφιερωμένο στους κατοίκους του Δήμου του Salisbury, και γράφτηκε (μάλλον) κατά την διάρκεια μιας περιοδείας των Beaters στην Ροδεσία.Το πότε έλαβε χώρα η αυτή η ιδιαίτερα επιτυχημένη περιοδεία είναι ένα θέμα που παραμένει ανοιχτό. Οι περισσότερες πηγές μιλούν για το 1976, οι πληροφορίες όμως από τα “Liner notes” αναφέρουν πως έγινε την προηγούμενη χρονιά από την κυκλοφορία του άλμπουμ, δηλ. το '74. Επιπλέον, ο Sipho 'Hotstix’ Mabuse (ιδρυτικό μέλος του γκρουπ), σε συνέντευξη του στην Mail & Guardian την τοποθετεί στα 1973. Όπως και να 'χει, οι 3 προγραμματισμένες εβδομάδες του “tour” έγιναν 3 μήνες, ενώ αρκετές ιστορίες θέλουν το γκρουπ να βοηθάει “λαθραία” και τον απελευθερωτικό αγώνα της Νοτίου Αφρικής, σε μιά περίοδο που μια αντίστοιχη κατάσταση επικρατούσε και στην Ροδεσία. 
“We had intended to go to Zim for three weeks,” αφηγείται ο Sipho Mabuse. “The struggle there was intensifying but most of the musicians were still influenced by Western rock. But then there was a [Congolese rhumba] group called OK Success, which was made up of exiled musicians from Zaire, playing in hotels. When we heard this music from them, we started thinking of people back at home. You know, there was this groundswell of black consciousness that was saying: ‘Black man, this is who you are, find your own identity, make your own music …’ 
Με την επιστροφή τους στην Ν. Αφρική και την κυκλοφορία του παραπάνω LP, που έγινε διπλά χρυσός, όλοι άρχισαν να αποκαλούν την μπάντα με το όνομα Harari, το οποίο τελικά και υιοθέτησαν. Το ομότιτλο κομμάτι σίγουρα ξεχωρίζει, το άλμπουμ όμως περιέχει και άλλα όμορφα τραγούδια, όπως τα Push it On & Thiba Kamo. 
Οφείλω φυσικά να προσθέσω και λίγα λόγια για το ίδιο το γκρουπ (δεν το έκανα στην αρχή), χωρίς να είμαι σε θέση να γνωρίζω διεξοδικά το θέμα. (Τα links, που έχω παραθέσει, δίνουν περισσότερες πληροφορίες). Oi “Beaters” δημιουργήθηκαν στα 1968, από τους Selby Ntuli (κιθαρίστα και ιδρυτή της μπάντας- αργότερα και κιμπορντίστα), Sipho Mabuse (στα κρουστά - αργότερα και στα πνευστά), Alec 'Om’ Khaoli (μπάσο) και Monty 'Saitana’ Ndimande (στην δεύτερη κιθάρα), ενώ ήταν ακόμα μαθητές στο γυμνάσιο του Σοβέτο. Με επιδράσεις από Beatles, Stones (που άκουγονταν κυρίως στο λευκό ραδιόφωνο), αλλά και τον ήχο της Stax, θα κυκλοφορήσουν 4 άλμπουμ με αυτό το όνομα: Πρόκειται για τα: Soul-A-Go-Go (1969), Bacon And Eggs (1970) Mumsy (1974) και τέλος το Harari (1975). 
Το 1978, παραμονές της εμφάνισης τους στις ΗΠΑ - μαζί με τον Hugh Masekela, ο Selby Ntuli θα βρει πρόωρο θάνατο, και τα ηνία του γκρουπ θα αναλάβει ο Sipho. 
Το 1980, το άλμπουμ τους Heatwave θα πουλήσει πάνω από 250.000 αντίτυπα. 
Υπήρξαν η πρώτη μαύρη μπάντα που εμφανίστηκε στην κρατική τηλεόραση (SATV) το 1979, και επηρέασαν σημαντικά αρκετά γκρουπς, όπως οι Stimela & Sakhile, που άρχισαν να έχουν πλέον αφρικανικά ονόματα. Θα διαλυθούν το 1982. 
Στην συνέχεια ο Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse θα έχει μια πετυχημένη “solo” καριέρα. …AfroΔυτες στο Web….~

Credits 
Bass Guitar – Alec Khaoli 
Drums – Sipho Mabuse 
Engineer – Peter Cerenio* 
Guitar, Vocals – Selby Ntuli 
Photography By – Margret Roestorf 
Producer – Rashid Vally

Tracklist 
Harari 8:33 
Love Love Love 4:36 
Inhlupheko Iphelile 5:31 
Push It On 4:37 
Thiba Kamoo 5:31 
What’s Happening 5:58 





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