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NEXT STOP…SOWETO TOWNSHIP SOUNDS OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF MBAGANGA

March 15, 2010

BARCODE: 730003305429
CAT. NO. STRUT54CD
LABEL: STRUT

Strut follow their recent forays into Nigerian and Ethio grooves with a brand new
wide-ranging three-part series exploring underground South African music during the late ‘60s
and ‘70s, NEXT STOP… Soweto. Volume 1 explores the vibrant energy of the township jive sound,
whilst Volumes 2 and 3, to be released in the course of 2010, cover rare SA soul, funk &
Hammond R&B and the country’s rich jazz scene.
The NEXT STOP… SOWETO series is the result of several years of painstaking research and vinyl
archaeology in South Africa by compilers Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding. The CD package
features an extensive booklet featuring detailed notes by Gooding alongside many previously
unseen archive photos.

TRACKLISTING
01. MELOTONE SISTERS WITH AMAQOLA BAND – I SIVENOE
02. THE MGABABA QUEENS – MAPHUTHI
03. S.PILISO & HIS SUPER SEVEN –KUYA HANJWA
04. THE BIG FOUR – WENZANI UMOYA
05. MAHLATHINI & THE QUEENS – UMKHOVU
06. ZED NKABINDE – INKONJANE JIVE
07. INTOMBI ZEPHEPHA – INGOINA LE NYATHI
08. TEMPO ALL STARS – TAKE OFF
09. BOY-NZE NA MAQUEENS – I’SMODENI
10. MAHOTELLA QUEENS – ZWE KUMUSHA
11. AFRICAN SWINGSTERS – EMUVA
12. UBHEKITSHE NAMAJONGOSI – UMADUNA OMNYAMA
13. LUCKY STRIKE SISTERS – MR J.S. MPANZA
14. ABA-LILIZELI – SIKHWELE
15. REGGIE MSOMI & HIS HOLLYWOOD JAZZ BAND – SOUL CHAKARI
16. AMAQAWE OMCULO – JABULANI BALALELI (PART 2)
17. PISTON MAHLATHINI & THE QUEEN – NOMACALA
18. SAMMY BOY – 10 TO 11
19. IZINTOMBI ZASI MANJE MANJE – AWUFUNI UKULANDELA NA?
20. ‘IZA WENA’ HAPPY AFRICA

http://www.nextstopsoweto.com

The Soweto Uprising of 1976–1977 inflamed black townships throughout South Africa (except in conservative Natal) and inaugurated what might loosely be called ‘the period of permanent rebellion’. The youth of the townships, inspired by the Soweto Students’ Representative Council, had laid down their lives to ensure that the future would not be over before it began, and that the country would never be the same again. Among the effects of the Uprising was a shift away from the entertaining but ersatz ‘traditionalism ‘ of simanje-manje towards the live-wire contemporary dynamism of township youth culture. The popularity of the groaners and their girl quartets faded forever in South Africa. Music fans as well as musicians in any case often lacked transport or were afraid to travel to night-time performances. White or multi-racial venues where black artists could perform were few and safe transport home in the early hours difficult to organise. By the time the smoke cleared in the early 1990s, the durable Mahlathini and his Queens appeared once again upon the scene with a sackful of new music, some of which appeared on their driving, multifaceted new simanjemanje CD. From Paris to Soweto (1990). While their tours of North America and Europe drew enraptured audiences, sales of their CDs did not keep pace, and they never experienced a revival again in South Africa. But mbaqanga lives once again on this superb compilation, a tribute to the resilient creativity of black South African musicians attempting to provide the best of times during the worst of times. Listen and enjoy. [David Coplan]

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