One Night In Pelican: Afro Modern Dreams 1974-77
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Matsuli Music presents an array of tracks from various South African groups who all coalesced around an influential nightclub in the 1970s. The title refers to Club Pelican, in Soweto, Johannesburg, which was the first nightclub in the district. The musicians who played there combined jazz, funk and soul as well as popular music and local styles like mbaqanga, and the venue became a locus for experimentation and creativity.
The artists featured here are not well-known and for some tracks only guesses are made for the personnel list, but the compilation paints a picture of the musical influences and the creative energy of the era, and shows how significant a single venue can be.