Did you know that hit records by Elton John, Malcolm McLaren, PM Dawn, Bow Wow Wow and even Serge Gainsbourg ‘borrowed’ rhythms, riffs and melodies from South African artists? In some cases, full credit was given to the original South African composers, but in other cases they had to fight legal battles to be recognised! In this episode we devote most of the show to playing these inspirational – in the true sense of the word – ‘borrowed’ records – and also throw in something old, new, and blue to keep things interesting.
In this episode, we feature
- Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds
- Phineas Mkhize
- The Boyoyo Boys
- The Mahotella Queens
- Miriam Makeba
- Hugh Masekela
- Springbok Nude Girls
- Johannes Kerkorrel
- Abdullah Ibrahim
Here is a video playlist – stating with Wimoweh – of the songs by International artists who have ‘borrowed’ from the songs featured in this episode:
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