From South Africa to South Carolina

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From South Africa to South Carolina
From South Africa To South Carolina.jpg
Studio album by Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Released November 1975
Recorded June–July 1975
Label Arista
Producer Perpis-Fall Music, Inc., Jose Williams, Midnight Band
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson chronology
The First Minute of a New Day
From South Africa to South Carolina
It's Your World

From South Africa to South Carolina is a studio album by American vocalist Gil Scott-Heron and keyboardist Brian Jackson. It was released in November 1975 by Arista Records.[1] Scott-Heron performed "Johannesburg" and "A Lovely Day" on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in December 1975.[2]

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Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B+) link
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Rolling Stone (mixed) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Johannesburg" 4:52
  2. "A Toast To The People" 5:47
  3. "The Summer Of '42" 4:42
  4. "Beginnings (The First Minutes Of A New Day)" 6:23
Side two
  1. "South Carolina" 3:45
  2. "Essex" 9:17
  3. "Fell Together" 4:30
  4. "A Lovely Day" 3:29

Bonus tracks[edit]

CD reissue bonus tracks

  1. "South Carolina (Barnwell)" (Live from the No Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden) 6:29
  2. "Save The Children" (Live from Blues Alley, Washington DC) 4:23
  3. "Johannesburg" (Live from Gil Scott-Heron: Black Wax) 11:14
  4. "Let Me See Your I.D." (from Sun City: Artists Against Apartheid) 7:30


"Let Me See Your I.D." performed by Big Youth, Ray Barretto, Brian Jackson, Duke Bootee, Peter Garrett, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Gil Scott-Heron


  1. ^ "New LP/Tape Releases". Billboard. November 15, 1975. p. 68. 
  2. ^