Apartheid social engineering in South Africa resulted in increasingly restrictive regulations in the early 1970s. Musical styles such as jazz, soul and rock were viewed as subversive, and there were more and more restrictions on radio, and licensing requirements that meant playing to urban audiences was inherently problematic. Despite these setbacks, The Drive were indisputably the most talented group on the scene in South Africa during this period, renown throughout the country. By the time of the 1975 album Can You Feel It?, sales were buoyed with rotation radio plays of the hit Way Back 50’s, the first track on the album, which is still revered in South Africa to this day.
2 classic albums from psychedelic South African afro-rock, Rufaro and Harari, are re-released on 3/1/2021.
The Beaters – Harari was released in 1975. After changing their name, Harari went into the studio late in 1976 to record their follow-up, Rufaro / Happiness. In 1976 they were voted South Africa’s top instrumental group and were in high demand at concert venues across the country.