Johannesburg - #Trending looks at the album art that captured our imaginations and distilled a moment in time, reflecting the South African zeitgeist. We also roped in some local music experts and vinyl collectors, who reveal the covers they believe shaped our audio landscape.
Worldwide, Makeba’s 1967 Pata Pata LP is without a doubt the most iconic album and cover. If you search online, you will most definitely find more images of this record than any other. Ironically, though, many of Makeba’s later 1960s issues were banned and therefore (in theory) unavailable in South Africa. I suspect some were still available as imports or maybe even on the “underground” market. Interestingly, the Pata Pata LP was a major global hit and thus was issued and available in South Africa.