The Movers - Soweto Inn




recorded 1976
issued 1976
RCA International
made in South Africa
produced by David Thekwane
RCL 1213
matrix RCL 1213 A
matrix RCL 1213 B
33 rpm
first issue
cover images by Sam Kieser
cover printed by Artone Press
source: flatinternational Archive



1.1Soweto Inn

(Thapedi, Thekwane)

1.2Phefeni Special - Part 1

(Chounyane, Thekwane)

1.31977 Bump Jive - Part 1

(Sankie Chounyane)

1.4Zone One

(Sankie Chounyane)

1.5Don't Touch

(David Thekwane)

1.6Sammie's Mood No. 2

(David Thekwane)

2.7Woza Lapha

(Thapedi, Thekwane)

2.8Phefeni Special - Part 2

(Chounyane, Thewane)

2.91977 Bump Jive - Part 2

(Sankie Chounyane)


(Sankie Chounyane)

2.11Help Me

(David Thekwane)

2.12City Special

(Oupa Hlongwane)






The liner notes of the Dutch single She Loves You maintains that the The Movers were formed in 1969 (June) by keyboardist Sankie Chounyane and producer David Thekwane. Though Rob Allingham points out that they were discovered and first recorded by producer Hamilton Nzimande. Furthermore the liner notes of their second LP, Greatest Hits Volume 2 actually state that Kenneth Siphayi formed the group in Alexandra. Siphayi's image is featured predominantly on the back cover of their third LP Greatest Hits Volume 3.

It is difficult to pinpoint the line-up on this particular LP, but according to Max Mojapelo, the original group included Sankie Chounyane, Oupa Hlongwane, Norman Hlongwane and Sam Thabo, though the lineup would shift throughout the seventies.

Others that performed with the group at various times included Lucky Mbatha, Blondie Makhene, Philip Malela, Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Shange, Rammy McKenzie, Jabu Sibumbe and Lloyd Lelosa.

Finding a chronology and discography of The Movers is proving to be quite difficult. The earliest single in the flatinternational archive, Danny's Corner (City Special, CYB 67) dates from 1969 and is also featured on what appears to be another compilation LP, titled just The Movers. This album was issued on Teal's budget series "Music for Leisure" also in 1970.

Most of The Movers early albums were pressed on Teal's City Special label which also issued other albums by them including: Greatest Hits (CYL 1003), Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1970, CYL 1004), Greatest Hits Volume 3 (1970, CYL 1006), Greatest Hits Volume 6 (1971, CYL 1011) Sleep Out Baby (1972, CYL 1013), Greatest Hits Volume 10 (CYL 1020) Black Reggae, Repeat After Me (1974, CYL 1029), Bump Jive, Bump Jive No.9 (CYL 1035), Jacaranda Phata Phata (1975, CYL 1037) to name but a few.

View their second LP Greatest Hits Volume 2 at Electric Jive.

For a Movers discography visit the new flatint blog at flatint.blogspot.