A Box of Toys

A Box of Toys #89 The South African Century

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A journey through South Africa primarily through the Gallo Records imprint, whose A&R through 1950 was run by Griffiths Motseiloa.  We also explore the mystery of “Rae Gae”, published in 1939, a full 30 years before Reggae became a genre, Mirabi music,  Amapiano, and much more


Artist Song Album Label
Pietersburg MelodiansRea GaeFrom Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
The Manhattan BrothersJikela EmaweniMandela: Un Long Chemin Vers La Liberté (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)UMG - Decca (UMO)
Miriam MakebaUile Ngoan' A BathoPhata PhataORCHARD - Not Now Music
Makhona Tshole BandNgikhala Ngiya Baleka, No. 2From Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
Izintombi Zesi Manje ManjeOmzala BakhoFrom Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
Reggie Msomi's Hollywood Jazz bandMidnight SkaSka and Reggae Legends, Vol. 2Sound and Vision
Shoes & LacesUdakwa NjaloFrom Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
Abafana BaseqhudeniUmshado Ugcwele AmasakaUmshado Ugcwele AmasakaGallo Record Company
Abafana BaseqhudeniSize NgejongosiUmshado Ugcwele AmasakaGallo Record Company
Ladysmith Black MambazoAmabuthoZibuyinlazane (feat. Homeless)Gallo Record Company
MankunkuYakhal' InkomoYakhal'inkomoGallo Record Company
Eddy De Clercq & FriendsCoral ReefEddy De Clercq & Friends - Afrocentric Ep (MP3 EP)Ubuntu Publishing
Abafana BaseqhudeniXola Mzali WamiBakhuphuka Izwe LonkeGallo Record Company
Merry Black BirdsChineno (Little Speech)Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African MusicDust-to-digital
Kalahari SurfersKicked by the BallAfrican Central, Vol. 40BELIEVE - DJ Central Records
PesheyaFeelt ItErotic Lounge 9 - Cool DesiresSME - Ariola
ArthurYiyo LendawoYiyo LendawoSME - Sound African Recordings
ThandiswaAbenguniSinglesGallo Record Company
Lesley Bongo ProductionsNgafaLesley Bongo Productions Presents Songs Made Famous By ShwiORCHARD - MMT
BLK JKSMaiga Mali Mansa MusaAbantu / Before HumansGlitterbeat Records
Morena Leraba,BLK JKSHarareHarareBLK JKS music
MFR Souls,Major League Djz,Kamo Mphela,Bontle SmithAmanikinikiMusic Is KingSME - Sound African Recordings