The 1980s were an epoch of upheaval and rapid change in South Africa. The decade began with the country’s apartheid government fighting to maintain its institutionalized racial segregation in the face of global protests and demands for the release of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, who had been jailed since the early 1960s. By 1990, Mandela was free, and apartheid was on the way to being dismantled. On the music front, things were changing too; At the beginning of the decade, the main music style of black South Africans was the jazzy indigenous jive of mbaqanga, a provincial style that had held its place as the sound of South Africa since Mandela was first imprisoned. By the end of the decade, South African music stars were making international waves with bubblegum, a flashy variety of Afro-techno-pop.
1. Varikweru – Saturday Night
2. Margino – You And Me
3. Hot Soul Singers – Good Vibes – Have a Listen.
4. Brenda Fassie – No No Señor
5. Supa Frika – Let’s Get On It
6. Brenda Fassie – Love Action
7. Black Five – Wa Ikgona
8. Margino – Holiday
9. Soundburger – Ambiguously The Same
10. Supa Frika – Love Satisfaction