“Ice Cream And Suckers” by Various Artists - album review

features in: (B-list) Album Chart of 1969(B-list) Album Chart of the 1960s

TJR says

A rare compilation made for the American market, featuring some quirky sound effects and comedic-sketch voice-overs before and during the largely instrumental tunes themselves. Some of my song notes: In the opener “Soweto Stockvel Septette - Ice Cream & Suckers” you can feel the spirit of the Zulu wedding! Mr. Dube is the nom-de-plume used by saxaphonist David Thekwane. In “Mr. Bull - Mr. Bull No. 4” we get a lively dialogue: “You bloody bastard, get out of my yard you”… a charming welcome for the poor little bull whose only crime is to pay a visit to a man’s yard… Mr. Bull has been Freddie Gumbi’s nickname since he was a lad… story goes he was chased by one as a lad and his Dad coined it… clearly, he’s still not gotten over it! “S.D.V. Swing Band - School In” - there’s the cowbells again… school’s out! “Mr. Bull - Mr. Bull No. 3” - more bull abuse from, er, Mr. Bull! “T.V. Sisters - Lindi” female quartet led by the saxaphone playing Lynette Leeuw - one of only two known female players in SA at the time! “S.D.V. Swing Band - Yo-Yo Jive” - writer Strike Vilakazi seems to like his cartoon sound effects with his township jive. “Soweto Stockvel Septette - Ice Cream & Suckers No. 2” - version 2 has a bit more emphasis on the moothie and is a tad cooler. The liner notes were smooth for the American reader:

What kind of music is popular with the urban African? ICE CREAM & SUCKERS, a new album of South African soul, gives you a good cross-section of current sound in Africa. The roots of this music go as far back as the traditional Bantu music played in the homelands far away from the influence of city life. These basic melody lines, with their repretitive themes, have been retained in much current music, and will appeal to listeners interested in Afro-culture and the unique, pure, Afro sounds. Other selections show how older styles, instrumentation, and even rhythms have changed and reflect the modern beat that appeals to the urban African taste.

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A1 [02:29] 7.8.png Soweto Stockvel Septette - Ice Cream & Suckers (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
A2 [02:12] 5.7.png Mr. Dube - Mr. Dube No. 5 (David Thekwane) Africana
A3 [02:00] 7.0.png Jabulani Quads - Sweetie Love (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
A4 [02:25] 6.0.png Mr. Bull - Mr. Bull No. 4 (David Thekwane) Africana
A5 [02:32] 7.1.png S.D.V. Swing Band - School In (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
A6 [01:59] 7.9.png Cassius The Great - Brown Pepper (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
B1 [02:46] 6.4.png Mr. Bull - Mr. Bull No. 3 (Freddie Gumbi) Africana
B2 [02:20] 6.3.png Mr. Dube - Mr. Dube No. 7 (David Thekwane) Africana
B3 [02:12] 7.2.png T.V. Sisters - Lindi (Lynette Leeuw) Africana
B4 [02:22] 7.0.png Cassius The Great - Sunny Side Up No. 2 (Albert Ralulimi) Africana
B5 [02:29] 7.3.png S.D.V. Swing Band - Yo-Yo Jive (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
B6 [02:18] 8.1.png Soweto Stockvel Septette - Ice Cream & Suckers No. 2 (Strike D. Vilakazi) Africana
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