Monday 28 May 2012

Timmy Thomas Live in Africa (1978)

It is a good time to revive that anthem that made Timmy Thomas so special to millions of South Africans. Milner Park Stadium, Johannesburg in December 1978 was an edgy place for thousands of black South Africans to sing songs like “Why Can’t We Live Together” at a live concert. The song again became a big hit on the eve of South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. For many, the song still holds relevance today, in South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

 Backing Thomas in this very funky and soulful recording are none other than one of South Africa’s most famous jazz-funk outfits, “Spirits Rejoice” with Joy bringing backing vocals:

Gilbert Matthews – Drums
Paul Petersen – Guitar
Mervyn Africa – Keyboard
Sipho Gumede – Bass
Duke Makasi – Sax
Thabo Mashishi – Trumpet
George Tyemfumani – Trumpet
Joy: Felicia Marlow; Anneline Malebu; Thoko Ndlozi.

You can find more about Spirits Rejoice on Electric Jive here and here and here. Spirits Rejoice also backed other visiting artists like Dobey Gray, Clarence Carter, Double Exposure and Leo Sayer. I am not aware of any recordings of these tours though?

 The original Why Cant We Live together album can be found over at snapcrackleandpops here.
Why Can’t We Live Together” reached number one R&B and number three Pop on Billboards singles charts in 1973. It went on to sell over six million copies, and was nominated for a Grammy award. This 1978 live recording has a great spontaneous feel to it - enjoy.
1. Why Can't We live Together (Thomas)
2. When a house got music (Dixon)
3. Rainbow Power (Thomas)
4. Sweet Brown Sugar (Wright)
5. Drown in my own tears (Glover)
6. Touch To Touch (Williams)
7. Sipho Mazibuko (Thomas)
8. Why Cant We live together (reprise)
Rapidshare here
Mediafire here


  1. I am floored by this. Floored.

  2. And how did you know it's my birthday? This is almost incomprehensible.

  3. Many thanks, Steve. TT LIve sounds good!

  4. Wow! This looks great, many thanks!

  5. Timmy Thomas's official remake of his hit song "Live together-New Generation"

  6. A labor of love as alaways here . Many thanx


  7. This is superb. Thank you.

  8. Oh my cat!!! Thanks for this music!


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