A Box of Toys

RERUN Ep89: The South African Century

A journey through South Africa primarily through the Gallo Records imprint, whose A&R through 1950 was run by Griffiths Motseiloa. We 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
HarleighbluWho's That Girl?Tru Thoughts Covers, Vol. 2Tru Thoughts
Thomas MabiletsaZulu Piano Medley No. 1, Pt. 1From Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
Pietersburg MelodiansRea GaeFrom Marabi to DiscoGallo Record Company
The Manhattan BrothersJikela EmaweniMandela: Un Long Chemin Vers La Liberté (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Decca (UMO)
Miriam MakebaUile Ngoan'a BathoMama AfricaBroken Audio
VARIOUS GALLONgikhala 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
Krisan PatrykMoonstruck TheopathyDandyish EchtNFhits3
Jean ElanAaargh!Shake Me Please - DJ Mixes, Vol. 1 (Mixed by Jean Elan)WePLAY
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
Daniel DonatoLose Your MindLose Your MindRetrace Music
SantanaEuropa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)Les IndispensablesSony Music Media
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
PesheyaFeelt ItErotic Lounge 9 - Cool DesiresAriola
Kalahari SurfersShikhar TalAfrican Central, Vol. 32Blue Pie Records
ThandiswaAbenguniSinglesGallo Record Company
Lesley Bongo ProductionsNgafaLesley Bongo Productions Presents Songs Made Famous By ShwiMMT
BLK JKSHarareAbantu / Before HumansWe Are Busy Bodies
AAZ,Kobyy,Ghandi,C33jay,WinzuthedjMy Way (Ajinomoto)FindingaazDRZLVILLE
JungleBack On 74VolcanoCaiola Records
Isaac HayesMonologue: Ike's Mood / You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'You Only YouStax