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Honest Jon’s present Shangaan Shake

West London imprint Honest Jon’s will collate the series of mostly astounding Shangaan Electro revisions on a forthcoming double CD compilation entitled Shangaan Shake.

Honest Jon’s first introduced the world to the sounds of Shangaan Electro via the widely acclaimed Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa compilation in 2010. Curated by label boss Mark Ainley and Basic Channel’s Mark Ernestus, the release was an illuminating insight into the colourful, marimba heavy 180+bpm booty shaking afro electro sounds of a scene that’s been bubbling in the Soweto region of South Africa since its emergence in 2005.

It has been followed by a series of increasingly excellent 12″s from some of our favourite artists at Juno Plus, seemingly offered the chance not to merely remix tracks from the compilation, instead use the source material as a starting point for all new productions, with the most recent release from Actress perhaps the most stark example to date. Two further twelve inches releases will precede the new compilation as MMM, Old Apparatus, Hype Williams and Demdike Stare all tackle tracks; the latter is perhaps the most exciting prospect given how devastating their “Hashashin Chant” still sounds.

Honest Jon’s will release Shangaan Shake on double CD format on February 27.


01. Mark Ernestus Meets BBC
02. Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro
03. MMM Meets Tshetsha Boys
04. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn Meet Tshetsha Boys
05. Burnt Friedman Meets Zinja Hlungwani
06. Actress Meets Shangaan Electro
07. Old Apparatus Meets Shangaan Electro
08. Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani
09. Demdike Stare Meets Shangaan Electro
10. Peverelist Meets Tshetsha Boys
11. Anthony Shake Shakir Meets BBC
12. RP Boo Meets Shangaan Electro
13. Actress Meets Shangaan Electro 2
14. Hype Williams Meets Shangaan Electro
15. Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Meet Shangaan Electro
16. Mark Ernestus Meets BBC Version