A colleague of mine recently pointed this little beauty out to me. Afro-Synth is a blog that deals specifically with South African bubblegum/disco music from the 80’s and 90’s. Below I’ve posted some tracks by Skyjinx that I found on their site. I had no idea about this scene and as ever the internet amazes me.
This is the wikipedia definition of ‘Bubble Gum’ music;
Bubblegum was a form of pure South African pop music that arose in the middle of the 1980s, distinctively based on vocals with overlapping call-and-response vocals. Electronic keyboards and synthesizers were commonplace. Dan Tshandaof the band Splash was the first major bubblegum star, followed by Chicco Twala. Twala introduced some politically-oriented lyrics, such as “We Miss You Manelo” (a coded tribute toNelson Mandela) and “Papa Stop the War”, a collaboration with Mzwakhe Mbuli.
The late 1980s saw the rise of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, beginning with her 1984 hit “I’m In Love With a DJ”, which was the first major hit for bubblegum. Her popularity rose into the 1990s, especially across the rest of Africa and into Europe. Chaka Chaka’s first major rival was Brenda Fassie, whose popularity began with 1993’s Amagents; since becoming embroiled in numerous scandals as well as drug problems before her death in 2004. Jabu Khanyile‘s Bayete and teen heart-throb Ringo have also become very popular.