A lot of amazing musical styles have emanated from South Africa, but I’m inclined to think that the electronic genres are the best, and usually the most unique.
But even mainstream funk/disco can benefit from the diverse touch of South African music!
“Gorilla Man” is so funky it seems set to explode. I have no idea what the song is about; neither am I particularly worried about that. It is, as far as I’m concerned, a masterpiece.
The track is driven along by a smorgasbord of synths, from the delicious bassline to the captivating hook. The melody is actually ripped off from the fantastic Italo-Disco hit “Dance For Denise”, which was released the year before around Europe.
But this version has more of the South African Bubblegum vibe, and is accordingly much cooler!
The track was released in 1986, on an eponymous E.P.