THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT OF SOWETO

Hopefully this marks the return of posting every few days. Time will tell, but I’m confident. BTW, it was all work-related stuff that led to the hiatus. Sorry it wasn’t a more juicy story to tell — but at least you enjoyed the suspense, and thinking about the possible outcomes, eh?

VARIOUS ARTISTS – “THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT OF SOWETO” (2007)

I thought I’d come back after these weeks off from posting with a true rocker.

This was one of the best LPs I ever had, back when I collected vinyl, and we’re talking a collection around 2,500 discs. It’s a twelve-song compilation of nine bands from South Africa in the early ’80s, all playing in a range of different styles. There’s swinging stompers, reggae-twinged efforts, heart-wrenching ballads, quick instrumentals, and just an abundance of mmense grooves all around. For a region that knew no boundaries when it came to suffering and strife, this is seriously the total emotional opposite.

Fuck The Arcade Fire — this is the most joyous music on Earth. If you’re not into this one, then I hereby pronounce you clinically dead.

Various Artists – “The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (ZIP file)

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726 Responses to THE INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT OF SOWETO

  1. Russell Stephens says:

    The link is coming up with a 404. Please help so I can get closer to the indestructible beat.

  2. eric says:

    Thanks for the arcade fire remark. And thanks in advance for the link who hopefully works soon…?

  3. eric says:

    Hi Russell. I’ve just found the correct link:
    http://www.eggcityradio.com/sharity/soweto.rar

  4. Crash The Driver says:

    It’s a .rar file, not .zip. Try this:

    http://www.eggcityradio.com/sharity/soweto.rar

    Thanks for the post ECR!

  5. MrFab says:

    Welcome back. And, as good as this album is, I like its predecessor “Zulu Jive” even more.

  6. John Storm says:

    Can’t wait to hear the record, been way into African stuff recently.

  7. quilty says:

    i don’t know why you need to knock the arcade fire. i didn’t think that was your style.

  8. quilty says:

    and the link is dead…

  9. ak says:

    personally i was hoping you’d knock Vampire Weekend…maybe someday in the future, *sigh*

  10. the hakka says:

    rename the link to ending .rar and it worx ;-)

  11. mmooww says:

    link still dead (:^(
    “is ther anybody out there ?” ?

  12. mmooww says:

    change “zip” to “rar” doesn’t solve the problem, no more link soweto.rar available

  13. leper mclymn says:

    it’s not as if there’s ever any original content here. here’s a link to this album i found easily on the web at 256k
    http://www.mediafire.com/?yezmc3mdof0

  14. Del Cano says:

    changing .zip to .rar worked for me!

  15. Russell Stephens says:

    Thanks!

  16. Luis says:

    You´re right! Great music from Soweto.

    Many thanks for share.

  17. Smicha1 says:

    Nice one! I actually found this in a bonus bin a week ago for 2 bucks, then here it is…great album.

  18. Dave Sez says:

    Nice to see this on eggcityradio – indeed, the music is pure joy! For those looking for more South African jive, kwela and mbaqanga, Aladdin’s cave can be found at the great electricjive.blogspot.com. Great music from several African countries (check out Zimbabwe’s chimurenga style!) can be found at freedomblues.blogspot.com and globalgroovers.blogspot.com. Thanks to them and thanks to you. sharity, cheers Dave Sez.

  19. marsbars says:

    Takin’ me back to the 80′s. This vinyl was in heavy rotation along with King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey. Thanks for the memories.