Rush Hour Music presents: Pantsula! – The rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90
Rush Hour Music focuses its attention on the dance music revolution in South Africa circa 88-90.
Aptly titled, Pantsula! – The rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90, the compilation focuses on the influence of synthesized pop music and the Shangaan disco scene to create Pantsula.
Pantsula came from a dance form that grew in the townships of the Apartheid era.
It “represents the culmination of the bubblegum era, when South Africa’s disco artists outgrew their American influences and forged an increasingly electronic and ‘local’ pop sound” as Rush Hour explains in their press release.
The compilation was selected by DJ Okapi and Antal and holds tracks by Jivaro, The Hard Workers, Ayobayoba Band and many more.
These 12 tracks transport listeners to the era that birthed electronic music in South Africa during a time of tremendous hardship. It is the song of a people finding solace in dance music.
The songs are from a particular independent label from that time: Music Team.
Pantsula is not a sub-genre but a style and certain attitude of dance that is distinctly South African.
You can visit Rush Hour Music to get a taste of ‘Pantsula!’ and transport yourself to the infancy of electronic dance music in South Africa. http://rushhourmusic.com/
1. The Equals – New Lover
2. Jazino – Ushelakanjani
3. Jivaro – What Next
4. S.Y.B – Jika Magogo
5. Scotch Band – Watsotasama
6. Kakappa – Sisonke
7. Spirro – Ma Hero (Dub Mix)
8. The Hard Workers – Ayoba-yo
9. Ayobayo Band – Sorry Bra
10. Rush feat. Linda Ziqubu – Sobohla Manyosi
11. Chaka – Via Tembisa
12. La Viva – Go Siami