Boomkat Product Review:
'One Night In Pelican' - The Afro Modern Sounds of Soweto’s First Nightclub.
"Ten seminal tracks journeying through jazz, funk, fusion and disco, detailing the incredible story and sounds behind the Soweto nightclub during the height of apartheid. A uniquely South African take on the trans-Atlantic sounds of Philadelphia, Detroit and New York City.
One Night in Pelican captures the halcyon seventies period with a single nightclub embodying an indomitable spirit of its troubadour players. While schooled and rooted in “standards” and local forms, the music could take any direction, at a moment’s notice. This compilation features all the key groups and players of the time: Abacothozi, Almon Memela’s Soweto, The Black Pages, Dick Khoza and the Afro Pedlars, The Drive, Ensemble of Rhythm and Art , The Headquarters, Makhona Zonke Band, the Shyannes and Spirits Rejoice.
Over ten years in the making, this is the first compilation from South African vinyl re-issue specialists Matsuli Music."