Johannesburg 4 March 2021 The music industry is fast changing and with the yanos releasing hits on a daily, some of the timeless music released by the legends of Africa has fast begun gathering dust in our music libraries. Gallo Records has decided to take matters into their own hands by meticulously curating a playlist which had us bumping and jaiving with our grandmothers in Kitchen on a Saturday evening next to the Welcome Dover stove

“A curated playlist of classic songs that have been part of the fabric of daily Southern Africa life VAN TUKA. In our efforts to revive the culture of sharing and listening to music together with family and friends, we’ve mixed the playlist up with a few contemporary songs from a younger generation of artists to balance all occasions. The playlist is updated monthly and you can expect all sorts of genres from Jazz, Mbaqanga, Afropop, World to Mbube not forgetting all the other genres created over the years”


This playlists raked in all the heavyweights from the likes of Dorothy Masuka, Miriam Makeba, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Lucky Dube, Jabu Khanyile, Solomon Linda, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, African Jazz Pioneers, Harari, Mango Groove, Marc Alex, Andile Yenana, Thandiswa Mazwai… 

“The Objective of the project is to reconnect meaningfully with Gallo’s core audience over the years, become relevant to the new music and culture landscape while tapping into the global creative community that value the depth and history of Gallo.”


Miriam Makeba & The Manhattan Brothers 

Considered some of the first superstars of South African pop, the group was known for their hybrid singing, overall style, fashion sense and as trendsetters. Started by Ronnie Sehume, Joe Mogotsi, Rufus Khoza and Nathan Mdlele in the 1940s in Sophiatown, the group of friends found more popularity in the 60s, in exile. 

A future international icon, Miriam Makeba joined The Brothers in the 1950s before joining the renowned Skylarks, a vocal group whose members included other iconic singers namely Abigail Kubeka, Mary Rabotapi, Letta Mbulu and Viccie (later Busi) Mhlongo during its active years before disbanding following Makeba’s historical move overseas. 

The Mahattan Brothers and Skylarks are among our heritage of vocal groups along with the likes of Solomon Linda & The Evening Birds, Mahotella Queens, Dolly Rathebe & The African Inkspots, King Star Brothers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo and  many more whose stories are either half told or untold.