South Africa singer and dancer Penny Penny

Penny Penny – Shaka Bundu

Penny Penny hails from 1994 South Africa. Shaka Bundu contains simple yet deep synth-pop anthems that couldn’t give a fuck if you thought they sounded corny at first. It’s that kind of tape. And this music, a more pop-leaning side of Tsonga (or Shangaan) Disco, feels as if Fast Eddie hijacked the regional neo-traditional sounds. WBMX by way of Transvaal.

The world we live in now is an awesome one. For evidence look at this blog devoted entirely to Tsonga Disco.

The remarkable story of South African singer and dancer Penny Penny is fit for Hollywood. A nearly homeless janitor without formal education gets a record deal, becomes a multi-platinum selling pop star, plays stadiums across Africa, then builds a career as a popular politician for Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress party. His debut recording Shaka Bundu, recorded in 1994, is the album that launched a 34-year-old Giyani Kulani Kobane from the streets of Johannesburg to the national political spotlight.

Penny Penny is a Tsonga who hails from the Limpopo Province in Northeast South Africa, near the border with Mozambique. Born in 1960, he was the last of his father’s 68 children. A 2.1-meter (6’10”) tall traditional healer (sangoma), Penny’s father had 25 wives and was well-respected in the region. He lived a long life and passed away in 1966.

(Thanks to Wills and Tshepang for this cassette.)

Update: we reissued “Shaka Bundu,” legally-licensed from the artist, in 2013. LP/CD/Tape available here. We also recently reissued his powerful second album Yogo Yogo.

Side 1
Ndzihere Bhi
Dance Khomela


Side 2
Shaka Bundu
Milandu Bhe
Shichangani (Remix)


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

Nice to see some Shangaan disco up here, kudos to my friend Tshepang and Wills who I met when he was in SA. So much more to explore in this genre guys from early 80s roots shangaan to the dance tracks like these!


April 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

That was fun

April 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

We were shopping for tapes in downtown Jozi and I thought this one was perfect for your site. So great to see it posted. Thanks!!!

May 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

More and more exciting album to come. We like it.

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May 5, 2010 at 1:10 am

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Steroid Blogreply
May 8, 2010 at 5:49 am

havn’t seen one of his tapes in years, I used to live in RSA back then.

den parserreply
May 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

I love the songs.. keep it up..

May 25, 2010 at 3:19 am

thanks for posting something in Tsonga!! just got back from a trip to the northeast corner of South Africa and loved the people, language, and music. its nice to still be able to hear it.

June 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm

really nice songs!

July 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm

hey can u make videos of shangaan music please

July 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

hi im based in England and im looking all Penny Penny albums and Chicco Twala where can i find them online its very hard to find african music in England and anyone who have ideas can you please e mail me on thanxs

tyler metalreply
October 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for the Penny Penny! Do you have any Peta Teanet?

November 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

DUUUUDE! youve no idea how you made my day with that penny penny. some shangaan dopeness that takes me back to my high school days back home in mpumalanga. What youre missing though are his two eponymous signture hits: BUM BUM & the self-titled PAPA PENNY! Everyone knows those 2 songs, even the hardcore local hip hop guys jammed that! :-) If youre interested i could pop down to a cd/tape merchant out here in johannesburg (theyre really good with the classics) and see if they have it. I still remember hopping off the school bus in my home town and watching a street concert with PENNY PENNY himself at the height of his fame in the early 90’s, ahhh shangaan disco; Takes me back!

July 16, 2015 at 11:29 pm
– In reply to: Anonymous

Please do and please can i have their contacts

January 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Please post locations of some downtown stores where one can find this and the like… I heard there is a good store opposite Truworths on Eloff… any others?!

May 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Penny Penny was one of the early artist during the beginnig of the Kwaito scene during the late 80s and ealy 90s. Even though he was considered “Shangaan (Tsonga) Disco” it still remains a Kwaito classic.

May 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thank you for the Penny Penny music! I remember as a teenager in Sierra Leone he came to perform we couldn’t get in it was so packed. I brought the album with me to the U.S. Figuring I could easily get a replacement I gave it to a friend who heard me play it and kept asking to borrow it, and on two subsequent trips home I bought the album again each time -and ended doing the same thing for other friends. Since then I haven’t been able to find this music anywhere. You have no idea how much you just made my day! Thank you!

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Calum MacDonaldreply
November 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

Nice blog unusual and fun cheers Calum

April 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

How would I be able to get this my search got me here yet I don’t know how to get this songs on here. Am from Sierra Leone I remember when I was little boy begging my to play them. She’ll say ”if you don’t do this, I won’t play Shaka Bundu” as we knew him then. Gosh(tears).

November 10, 2014 at 1:08 am

I can’t believe nobody has brought up how incredibly solid the saxophone work is on this album. What a boss.
One of my fave albums on here for sure.

January 17, 2015 at 1:13 am

Those pants though!!

you have done wellreply
August 23, 2015 at 2:18 am

good god blessed you

August 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

damm these man right here got style!

Ntwanano Ngobenireply
December 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm

i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it ..

elisha mosesreply
August 7, 2016 at 1:49 pm

i love papa penny penny songs but i dont know how to get the videos i need some help

December 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

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Benjamin mwanjareply
December 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I have all albums for penny penny ,pamela nkhuta chicco selo thwala and peter teanet may his soul rest in peace and I can’t sleep without playing this wonderful music Benjamin mwanja nick named magubane because I use to play this album for papa penny and all the neighbours enjoyed the music

Ndago Johnreply
September 10, 2017 at 5:29 am
– In reply to: Benjamin mwanja

I love Papa Penny’s songs so much. please help me get more. I beg you my brother. please let me get your WhatsApp line. My WhatsApp line is +233205796736. Thank you!

Rolivhuwa Nechipisereply
February 27, 2017 at 1:28 am

I love papa penny penny songs……

April 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm

I just want the Milandu Bhe lyrics. I love that song.

December 17, 2017 at 2:45 am

I love this songs, but cant be able to fine others like-ingani, orillia etc

Kulani Brenda mdunwazireply
March 7, 2018 at 4:45 am

Papa penny ahee, I love this songs.

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