Montag, 30. Januar 2017

Mahotella Queens - Township Idols - The Best Of

Mbaqanga, a fusion of rural and urban musical styles that emerged in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s, has no more important or influential exponents than the Mahotella Queens, who have been recording and performing together, with and without male lead singer Simon Nkabinde Mahlathini, for almost 40 years. They have been superstars in their own country for decades, and the European and American markets began to take notice of them as well following the explosive success of Paul Simon's Graceland album in 1986 (on which they did not appear).

This long-overdue best-of collection purports to "cover their entire career," but most of the tracks are not dated and almost all of the material sounds like it was recorded no earlier than 1985. Regardless of its completeness as an overview, though, it offers an excellent sampler of the group's various sounds and styles, from the traditional mbaqanga flavors of "Jive Motella" and "Josefa" to the reggae-influenced "I'm in Love With a Rastaman" and the resolutely forward-looking "Kumnyama Endini" (recorded after Mahlathini's death in 1999). Many tracks feature Mahlathini's trademark "groaning" vocals, but the album's focus is on the women: their sweet and powerful voices, their skillfully composed melodies, and their soaring harmonies. Very strongly recommended.               


1. Malaika
2. Amabhongo
3. Matsole a Banana (Female Soldiers)
4. Jive Motella
5. I'm in Love With a Rastaman
6. Stop Crime
7. Women of the World
8. I'm Not Your Good Time Girl
9. Ifa Lenkosana [Heir to Wealth]
10. Kumnyama Endlini [It's Dark in the House]
11. Umculo Kawupheli (No End to Music)
12. Zibuyile Nonyaka (Things Have Happened This Time)
13. Uthuli Lwezichwe (Dance Up a Dust Storm)
14. Mbaqanga
15. Thina Siyakhanyisa (Bringing the Lights)
16. Josefa
17. Gazette
18. Senon-Nori (Porcupine!)
19. Sebai- Bai (Spinster)
20. Dilika Town Hall
Mahotella Queens - Township Idols - The Best Of
(320 kbps, cover art included)

6 Kommentare:

paladin hat gesagt…
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SonofTransitFord hat gesagt…

Thank you for this. Some happy music on January 30th! Surely one of the darkest days of the year... 1933/1948/1972 and as for 2017?


Anonym hat gesagt…

Do you have "Thokozile" album from Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens?. Thank you for the blog

vuoksenniska hat gesagt…

Thank you for great songs from sunny South Africa.
Does wonders on dark winter day :)

Anonym hat gesagt…

Every day is now dark here in the US with the fascist DT in office. Thanks to Zero for all of the positive dance, protest and folk music you post. Certainly gives me hope.
Sí se puede!

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