Montag, 28. März 2016

VA - South African Rhythm Riot - The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto, Volume 6

This sixth entry in the landmark guide to township jive is, like most collections, a mixed bag. Some songs offer up delicious grooves and inspiring harmonies, while in others the beatbox, synthesizer, and American influence are all that come through.

Standout tracks include Chicco's "Sixolele Baba (Forgive Us Lord)," which sets a message of dire need delivered by male chorus and a lone, wailing woman against a background of catchy beats and increasing complexity and one of the last songs recorded by the late Simon Mahlathini Nkabinde and a bragging song entitled "Sihambile (We Traveled)." There's not much point in enumerating the lesser works; suffice it to say that four of five tracks out of a total of 15 sound like outtakes from the Graceland sessions. Interestingly, two or three tracks evince a strong Jamaican influence that works very well. If you are a fan of South African popular music, you need not hesitate about "South African Rhythm Riot".

From the opening strains of "Vuli Ndlela" (South Africa's 1999 song of the year) through the distinct afro-techno grooves of "Oyi-Oyi" and "Girls", this album is a winner. It's accessible and danceable enough to get any party started, but still incredibly gorgeous and intriguing.


VA - South African Rhythm Riot - The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto, Volume 6
(ca. 256 kbps, cover art included)

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