40 Years Later: Music in the 1970s
As we commemorate 40 years the 1976 Soweto Uprising, we have decided to build a small capsule that looks back at the time.
It’s always painful looking back into our history because it is marred with stretches of time where most of the population was under subjugation. However, we have decided to look back to those moments of exhale and humanity. Moments that, while the country was unlivable, created small pockets of comfort.
In times of pain, in times of joy and all of the moments in-between, music is there comforting and congratulating us. In the spectrum of emotion, if you’ve felt it, there’s probably a song for it.
While it is impossible to completely capture the intoxicating essence of the 1970s, sometimes it takes hearing the crisp opening of a song long forgotten to remind us of the zeitgeist of the 1970s in South Africa and how far we’ve come.
1972: Malaika – Miriam Makeba
Did you know? Makeba was one of the performers at the 1974 Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
1973: Nomathemba – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Dreams do come true! Founding member, Joseph Shabalala credits a recurring dream as the inspiration for the group’s signature sound.
1976: Chocolate Toffee – Saitana
What to expect? Led Zeppelin meets Jimi Hendrix, but angrier.
1979: Paradise Road – Joy
Did you know? Joy was made up of Felicia Marion, Thoko Ndlozi and Anneline Malebo. When Paradise Road was recorded, Malebo was on maternity leave and persuaded an 18-year-old Brenda Fassie to sing her lyrics on the album.