BENJAMIN BALL - Paulina (1984)

Third World, TWL 510

Absolute classic album by Ball backed by his former Sound Busters bandmates Neo Maphaka and Cyril Mnculwane, soon to become CJB, and Thami Mdluli aka Professor Rhythm . 'Flash A  Flashlight' was one of the first big bubblegum hits (with 'Weekend Special' and 'Burnout') and set the tone for countless imitators in the years to come. The album is American-styled disco-funk with a touch of reggae. Other tracks are 'Soweto Tonite', 'I Just Keep Dancing', 'Reggae Music' and 'Rocket Baby'. Ball (real name Benjamin  Msane) also released maxi singles such as 'I Need It' (1984) and 'Come To Me' (1986) before drifting into obscurity, reportedly serving time in jail, becoming a qualified sangoma and converting to Rastafarianism. He is currently living in Umzinto on the KZN south coast and trying to revive his music career.