Apr 20, 2012

South African Funk&Soul: The Movers - Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (get it) ... Thanx to "electricjive.blogspot.com" for the amazing post!

The liner notes of their Dutch single She Loves You maintains that the The Movers were formed in June of 1969 by keyboardist Sankie Chounyane and producer David Thekwane. Though Rob Allingham points out that they were discovered and first recorded by producer Hamilton Nzimande. Furthermore the liner notes of their second LP, Greatest Hits Volume 2 actually state that Kenneth Siphayi formed the group in Alexandra. Siphayi's image is featured predominantly on the back cover of their third LP Greatest Hits Volume 3.

According to Max Mojapelo, the original group included Sankie Chounyane, Oupa Hlongwane, Norman Hlongwane and Sam Thabo, though the lineup would shift throughout the seventies. Others that performed with the group at various times included Lulu Masilela, Lucky Mbatha, Blondie Makhene, Philip Malela, Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Shange, Rammy McKenzie, Jabu Sibumbe, Lloyd Lelosa, Archie Mohlala, Peter Moteolhe, Thomas Phale, David Thekwane, Dakkie Tau, Robert Mbele, Maxwell Kubheka and Peter Morake.

Below I have complied a provisional discography for The Movers LPs, with EPs and 45s to follow in the near future. The earliest single in the flatinternational archive, Danny's Corner (City Special, CYB 67) dates from 1969 and is also featured on what appears to be an early compilation LP, titled just The Movers. This album was issued on Teal's budget series "Music for Leisure" in 1970. Most of The Movers early albums were pressed on Teal's City Special label and then roughly around 1976 they shifted to Teal's RCA labels.



About last June, The Soul Group now know as "The Movers" was formed in Alexandra by Kenneth Siphayi (know to this friends as Kenny). This is how it happened - a youngester called Oupa Hlongwane and his brother Norman (both guitarists) approached Kenny. They got together with drummer, Sam Thabo, and Kenny's friend Sankie Chonuyane the organist ... and now we have the successful sound of "The Movers". Shortly after launching of the spaceship "Apollo 11" the group recorded the hit single "Apollo 14", and so great became the demand for their records that top hits were collected into a great LP - "Movers Greatest Hits". Since then there has been a clamour for more "Movers" - and now - "Movers Greatest Hits Volume 2".- from the original liner notes.


01. Back From the Moon
02. Love Me Not
03. The Best of Away
04. Toasted Chops
05. Mountain Breeze
06. Slow Down
07. Soul Crazy
08. Norman's Road
09. Lets Have It
10. Move for More
11. Crying Guitar
12. Beat Corner


  1. I first heard The Movers when I was at school in Vancouver, strangely enough. One of my roommates was from SA and he loved these guys. Great stuff!

  2. NOW this calls back the past. I worked in a car repair place in Alex in 1970 and the movers used to practice in the back room. I still have the single called Crying Guitar

  3. Great guys, great music from the 70s, loved it! Do you remember a South African band that did a song called; "So dull without her"?

    1. Unfortunately do not know that song, maybe you should asked @electricjive, they have a better overview of south african music scene ...


  4. Thank you so much! That did the trick, you saved me more endless hours of searching for a fix.

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