on 24 February 2010
Painstakingly compiled selection of 60s/70s tracks from Soweto. It's a fairly eclectic mix, from what sounds traditional to some stuff that even by today's standards is pretty out-there.
Standouts for me are:
S. Piliso & His Super Seven's "Kuya Hanjwa" which (improbably) has a guitar sound like something from early 1980s Orange Juice. (Maybe Dennis Bovell had been listening to some of this stuff and had passed on the knowledge?). Outstanding stuff.
African Swingsters "Emuva" - there's nothing particularly striking or unique about this instrumental, it's just one of those tunes that has a legendary quality about it. Bass, drums, sax, and some brilliantly played guitar.
Melotone Sisters/ Amaqola Band "I Sivenoe" - one male vocalist with a female group vocal interacting. The guitar on this track is amazing. The intro could be something off of The Velvet Underground & Nico. Who knows, maybe along with Bovell the V.U. were fans of the Mbaqanga sound too?
A great compilation. The track selectors have easily managed to convey their knowledge and love of the music without the compilation ever getting worthy but dull or accidentally switching on a 'world music' radio show.