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Matsuli Music

Various Artists - One Night in Pelican 2xLP

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The Afro Modern Sounds of Soweto’s First Nightclub. A night-time haunt in the backstreets of Soweto run by a well-known bootlegger should have been a prime zone for nefarious underworld activities. Instead, it nurtured an underground of a different kind. Soon after its opening in 1973, Club Pelican became a spot where musicians steeped in the tradition of South African jazz began to cook up experimental sounds inspired by communion, competition and the movements in funk and soul blowing in from the West. Located in an industrial park on the western edge of Orlando East, Soweto, Club Pelican was off the beaten track, among a matrix of railway and industrial infrastructure. In a different time and place, this would have been a prototypical nightclub location, except there was no local precedent to follow. This was Soweto’s first night club.

Ten seminal tracks journeying through jazz, funk, fusion and disco, detailing the incredible story and sounds behind the Soweto nightclub during the height of apartheid. A uniquely South African take on the trans-Atlantic sounds of Philadelphia, Detroit and New York City. Presented in a gatefold double vinyl edition with printed inner sleeves, cover artwork by Zulu Bidi (of Batsumi fame), unseen photographs, and liner notes by Kwanele Sosibo featuring interviews with key musicians, players and a former president of South Africa. Audio mastered and cut for vinyl by Frank Merritt at The Carvery with heavyweight 180g vinyl pressed at Pallas in Germany

TRACKLIST: 1. Dick Khoza and the Afro Pedlars - Chapita | 2. Ensemble of Rhythm and Art - Pelican Fantasy | 3. Spirits Rejoice - Sugar Pie | 4. Makhona Zonke Band - The Webb | 5. Abacothozi - Night in Pelican | 6. The Black Pages - There Goes | 7. The Headquarters - Moshate | 8. The Shyannes - Asso-Kam | 9. Almon Memela's Soweto - Pelican City | 10. The Drive - I Have a Dream