Thabo ‘Tbose’ Mokwele, Kaya FM midday presenter of the Best T in the City; broadcasting from 09h00-12h00 is one of the best rated shows among Kaya FM’s Afropolitan listeners.
The songs selected on T’s Touch of Soul was an emotion provoking process as the objective was to include songs that South Africans did not have access to, yet passionately wanted, especially for Tbose who is a music collector since the early days of his youth.
Soul like Jazz is the only original ingredient in this mix; it is also an unending story. The compilation is a labour of love, and all the songs were released during the cultural boycott of 1961 whilst only the daring and privileged few had access to the music, for many South Africans the music on this compilation still is the soundtrack to many youths gone bye
Say’s Tbose of the album “Personally for me every time I play the music on air or at music events, I get requests to either repeat the songs or people are prepared to pay obscene amounts of money to buy their favourite songs from me.
So when the opportunity presented itself to make the music available to everyone it was a great moment as people could now own a personal original copy of memories tied into songs on this album.
I’ll take you through some of the songs I treasure and form part of my personal collection.
The inclusion of Laidback – takes me back to 1985, it was declared the year of the youth, and this song was the most happening song from winter 1985 into the winter of 1986. A Big song indeed, a rare find and now you have your own copy.
I remember Soul Shadows – I didn’t know this version until someone told me that Dave Hollister’s “Call Me” was a sampling of this original. I then walked into a CD shop at Sammy Marks Square in Pretoria during my varsity days and they were playing it; the guy behind the counter said to me “it’s a private cassette collection” It concerned me as to why they would play a song they weren’t interested in sharing, needless to say I never bought a CD from that shop again.
Fast forward 12 or so years later, I find the original track, unlike that ‘behind the counter guy’ who was keeping good music away from the people; here you have the song for your listening pleasure courtesy of T’s Touch of Soul.
Boy George’s ‘I specialize in Loneliness’ this song was a special song of the time, the ‘Kitchen Party era’ as it was known. Pre ‘94, I was not allowed to go to any of these parties but, always being inquisitive and passionate about music I would sit outside in our yard just to hear the music blaring from the next street and this song was one of those. I wanted to juxtapose the song with “Sign of the Times” by Prince to make a perfect mix. But I’ve left it for Volume 2….”
Without a doubt, A Touch of Soul will be one of the memorable albums for the summer & the Xmas/new Years period, a timeless compilation made with love… ENJOY!
01. Try Again – Champaign
02. One Of These Nights – Leata Galloway
03. I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now – The Temptations
04. Soul Shadows Ft Bill Withers – The Crusaders
05. I’ll Always Love You – Boney James
06. Lea – Toto
07. Rise To The Occasion – Climie Fischer
08. Still Water( Love) – O’ Bryan
09. I’ve Got To Go On Without You – Shirley Brown
10. One Good Reason – Marva Hicks
11. Oh How I Love You Girl – James “D Train” Williams
12. Gotta Get You Home Tonight – Eugene Wilde
13. Big Bad World – Patti Austin
14. I Specialize In Loneliness – Boy George
15. Fly Away/Walking Into Sunshine – Laid Back