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Spiritual Mushrooms

Like 7 day after the days
The Godbody was Like……
Let there by Light
Let there by Fright
Let there by AIGHT!”
oNe:Drous oNe

In 2012, Radio Robert was approached by a low-range frequency pirate radio station called Invisible Cities Pirate Radio (ICR 102.2FM) to do a vinyl based show.

Having been inspired to start collecting vinyl in 2005 by his friends over at Mind Your Head, it only made sense to Radio Rob to invite Kool oNe Ebony (aka oNe:Drous oNe*) and Soul Diablo (aka Grandmaster Cap) to join him – lovers of music and legends of the Johannesburg underground rap scene, who formed part of the legendary super rap group, Basemental Platform and are now making music as, The Pharaoh Express…………………

Inspired by a radio podcast hosted by Binky Griptite (a funky representative of Daptone Records and the mighty Dap-Kings) called the “Ghetto Funk Power Hour”………which Radio Robert happened to be listening to on a friend’s couch one day while on magic mushrooms………… the original show was meant to be a once off set…..….. Radio Robert would supply the wax, Kool oNe and the Soul Diablo would dole out the freestyle raps…………

And so, on that cold night in April, on a rooftop in Jeppestown, armed with a selection of funky, spiritual 45s, microphones and turntables, mad Amstel, mushrooms, Mrs. Balls Chutney Chips, Zoo Biscuits, a few beedies and some (holy) water……….the trio took to the pirate waves.

And out of the Funk, The Mushroom Hour Half Hour was born…………….

Shout outs to the Hotbox Show, a hip hop radio show on UCT radio back in the day hosted by Breeze (aka Frank Talk), Dice (aka Non-Depiction) and S.E.L.F of the legendary Groundworx crew, which was a big inspiration for us……..

You can apparently download the show here


Broadcast live on ICR Pirate Radio on 14 April 2012

On the Word: Grandmaster Cap & oNe:Drous oNe*
On the Wax: Radio Robert
Hosts: Radio Robert, Soul Diablo & Kool oNe Ebony

Recorded by João Orecchia

Shout outs to Kuttin’ Keith at Slang Audio for the technical support


  1. Hamilton Bohannon • Truck Stop
    (Brunswick, 1974)
  2. New Hope • Godofallous
    (Light Records)
  3. Osibisa • La Ila I La La
    (Buddah Records, 1973)
  4. Charles Mingus • Cumbia & Jazz Fusion (Atlantic, 1978)
  5. The Brights • Soul on Soul
    (Atlantic City)
  6. The Soul Throbs • X 333
  7. Tom Scott & the L.A. Express • Sneakin’ in the Back
    (Ode Records, 1974)
  8. Sly & the Family Stone • Underdog
    (Date, 1970)
  9. Willie Henderson & the Soul Explosions • Off Into A Black Thing
    (Brunswick, 1970)
  10. Mo’ Horizons • Southern Fried Funky Lovesong
    (Agogo Records, 2007)
  11. The Soul Kickers • Grooblas Dal
  12. Jet Streams • Hippies on Highway
    (Soul Soul)
  13. The Soul Kickers • Joe is on the Way (Pirate)
  14. Teenage Lovers • Fortune Teller
    (RPM, 1974)
  15. Mighty Thorns • Triumph over Drive (RPM, 1974)
  16. Stevie Wonder • Skeletons
    (Motown, 1987)
  17. Soweto Soul Orchestra • Mapantsula (Gallo, 1981)
  18. Rex Rabanye • Somlandela
    (Black Music,1987)
  19. The Drive • Spiritual Prayer – Part 1
    (RCA, 1975)