Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The Sound of Motella (1966)


Sometimes I wonder if I run against the grain of most record collectors in having a deep attraction for particularly damaged records. The album featured today is no exception. From an absent corner that must have provided sustenance for some small creature, to the beautiful water stain that runs across the back and visually approximates the north-western coastline of Africa—the cover by most accounts would be considered severely compromised... or as it would be listed on eBay... "G" for "Good"!


The condition of the vinyl, thankfully, is not as dire. Issued in 1966 on the Motella label, this compilation is the second long playing record published by Gallo's iconic Mavuthela stable following the debut: Meet the Mahotella Queens (LMO 101). The album brings together an eclectic range of early instrumental sax and harmonica jives, save for one track—Mayoyo—featuring female vocalists (perhaps Nick Lotay can help us out with identification). What more can be said about this iconic company that has not already been covered by Nick in his excellent posts here at Electric Jive and Matsuli. Do check these out!

As with most LPs from this period, the compilation features tracks previously issued on 78 rpm. While the track listing, oddly, does not reveal the artists' names, the images of the Motella labels on the front cover do; and so I have listed the details below:

01) Mario and his Khaila Alto — Jive March Time
02) Hlathi & Mahlathini — Khonza Egagasini (MO 43)
03) Marks Mankwane & His Alto Sax — Kap Kap Jive
04) Anania Wa Mfolo — Khula Anania (MO 63)
05) Jazz Manikiniki — Raai Raai (MO 55)
06) Jazz Manikiniki — Mayoyo (MO 75)
07) Jazz Manikiniki — Welcome 1966 (MO 74)
08) D. Makhekhe & His Sax — Qhude Manikiniki (MO 81)
09) D. Makhekhe & His Sax — Ginyitshe
10) Pyjama Party Band — Fukuzela
11) David Khanyile & His Alto Sax — Tha Tha U Thu Thuke
12) Jazz Manikiniki — Meropa Morago
13) Marks and His Alto Sax — Phalaborwa
14) Mario and his Khaila Alto — Jive Smodern Jive No.4


The Sound Of Motella (Town and Country)
Various Artists
1966
Motella, LMO 102

RS / MF

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for this.

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  2. Winckelmans RikTuesday, July 01, 2014

    Dumela Better ! very nice compilation,good rip you keep on going strong. thanks to this site I have the splendid jive collection I have always dreamed of baie dankie.ke a leboga

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  3. Winckelmans RikTuesday, July 01, 2014

    Dumela Better ! very nice compilation,good rip you keep on going strong. thanks to this site I have the splendid jive collection I have always dreamed of baie dankie.ke a leboga

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