Mar 15, 2012

Get it: "The Beaters"!! ... Thanx to "" for the amazing post!

Amazing posted this band years ago and currently I re-discovered and listened to this album again, therefore I am not hesitating to recommend you this amazing album from South Africa.

... Here's some information provided by

This LP emerges as a product of so many polarities and cross-roads that continue to challenge the fusion of South African identities – modern/traditional; urban/rural; north/south; foreign/local. Imagine a sixteen-year old Soweto schoolboy in 1965 identifying with the hippie movement and forming a band called “The Beaters”.

Performing bare-foot in mandarin-collared white jackets, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse Selby Ntuli, Alec Khaoli and Monty Ndimande became a hit with the urban hip black crowds in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Their first album “Soul-A-Go-Go” was released in 1969. American Soul and Jazz was assimilated into what became known as Soweto Soul.

"We listened to mostly white radio stations, the influences were The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Deep Purple, and the Woodstock festivals," Mabuse says in an interview with Miles Keylock. The question arose: 'why all those overseas influences, when there’s all these other influences just across the border?'"

Mabuse recalls how urban and locally specific – perhaps its own sub-cult – their blend of music was. When the Beaters toured Swaziland, Botswana and Lesotho they struggled to attract any attention. The Beaters resorted to playing some mbaqanga songs to pull the crowds in. (see Gwen Ansell’s “Soweto Blues”).

In 1976 the Beaters toured Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) their success turned a three-week tour into three months. Stories go that they helped smuggle liberation movement recruits out of South Africa in their amp boxes. Their new song “Harari” was such a hit with the township residents of Harari in the capital Salisbury that everyone began calling the band Harari – and so it was assimilated and stuck.

This LP reflects the band’s eclectic influences. The second track "Love, Love, Love" might not have been out of place at Woodstock, while the third – Inhlupeko Iphelile – was an optimistic statement (the distress is over) and is probably in response to the South African Jazz classic “Inhlupeko” played by The Soul Jazzmen in 1969. “Push it on” has some soul and funk roots; Thiba Kamo with jazz fusion influences, and “Whats Happening” firmly rooted in the ‘bump jive’ tradtition.

Harari was recorded before band-leader Selby Ntuli died in 1978. This LP was re-released in 1981 on the As-Shams label. It was also released on the A&M label. Enjoy.


Some other information about Sipho Hotstix Mabuse can be found here!


01. Harari
02. Love Love Love
03. Inhlupheko Iphelile
04. Push it on
05. Thiba Kamoo
06. What's Happening


  1. Thanks for the acknowledgement of electricjive - feels good to be part of a bigger African blogging family ... a heads up ..if the download links you share stop working - go back to electricjive ... we are slowly renaming our links files to take names out ... some pesky US companies doing aggregate searches and writing to file host companies with complaints ... a little while ago we got a warning from mediafire that they had removed one of our files (Meet the Mahotella Queens) because US lawyers had written to them on behalf of a Florida-based porn company ... saying they believed that file was the propoerty of their clients ... we will try and make space to share some more Beaters in the next few months

    1. Thanx for your words, if the link should not work anymore I gonnna change it ...

      last but not least especially thanx for the info that there will be more "the beaters" in the future, hopefully coming soon ...

  2. Your link is dead!please re-up!!Many thanks.Kind regards.

    1. Besides that the link still should work, check it out here:

    2. I tried the link, it does not work from here, but should work from the electricjive page ...

  3. It`s a pitty, but still doesn`t work. Even from Jive. Any chance to reup? That would be kind of you

    1. Not quite sure what's goin on, but the link works for me from electricjive ...

  4. let me explain. the link from jive leads me to rapshare directory which contains a file named "btrsharari" but with no extension of it. though it has a size of 80 mb. should i download it "as is" and give it an extension lately? (rar or zip)
    anyway, it is getting too much fuss about it.) thanx in advance

    1. As fas as I know add .rar and u can easilz open it ... even though difficulties occured for zou in the past days to get this album, get it coz it really worth to listen to!

  5. Tnx very much!!!! Muchas Gracias!!!!

    Work perfect!!!!