Black Disco’s Night Express arrived to instant acclaim in South African townships in 1976. Part Philly-soul, part Cape Jazz and part bump-jive, it immediately struck a chord across apartheid-defined boundaries. “It was our way of saying we are with you”, recalls band leader Pops Mohamed. Originally entitled Black Discovery/Night Express, this was changed to avoid censorship.
The album – part of a series of ‘70s releases, three as Black Disco and two as Movement in the City – lives on as a declaration of musical identity from communities whose jazz histories have hardly been documented yet – the apartheid defined ‘coloured’ townships of Johannesburg’s East Rand.
Another fine reissue from the good folks at Matsuli Music.
1. Yasmeen’s Blues
2. Night Express
3. Super Natural Love
4. Oh Happy Day
5. Echo On The Delay
6. Odd’s On
Black Disco’s ‘Night Express’ is out now via Matsuli Music (buy)