Sofrito Super Singles
Teaspoon & the Waves – led by veteran alto player Teaspoon Ndelu – released one super rare LP in 1980, covering a mix of disco and funk sounds then popular on South African dancefloors. “Oh yeh Soweto” is a cheeky version of Lamont Dozier’s classic “Going back to my roots” – changing the lyrics and toughening up the beat, but with the same killer riffs! “Saturday night Special” is taken from the same LP and is a low-slung, spaced-out Afro Disco groove with great percussion and psychedelic synths. Here it is re-edited by the Sofrito team alongside John Armstrong (compiler of the “South African Funk Experience” album on Nascente).
The B-side features a track from The Nzimande Allstars – another mysterious group of session musicians. The drawn-out groove of “Highway Sporo Disco” fuses a heavy disco backing with jive guitar and stellar horns and organ for a unique taste of the underground dancefloors of the Cape.