Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie / 1980s South Africa

The latest excursion from Soundway Records finds the label beaming out eighteen glittering and never-before-heard tracks of 80s bubblegum soul and electro-dance. It’s a revelatory listen, crossing a wide range of sounds, all of them bursting with an eagerness to be heard. Songs from groups like The Survivals and Hot Soul Singers are glowing technicolor disco with an analog minimalism that glimmers and grooves in its roots to earlier forms of afrobeat and highlife.

The compilation’s title is, according to Soundway, “derived from ‘gumba gumba’, the term given to the booming speakers of the old . . .

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