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EFTERKLANG – PERFORMING PARADES

April 11, 2010

CAT NO: BAY 69CDVD
BARCODE: 843190006922
FORMAT: LTD ED CD+DVD
LABEL: LEAF
TRACKLISTING:
CD/2LP:
1. Polygyne
2. Mirador
3. Him Poe Poe
4. Horseback Tenors
5. Mimeo
6. Frida Found A Friend
7. Maison de Réflexion
8. Blowing Lungs like Bubbles
9. Caravan
10. Illuminant
11. Cutting Ice to Snow
DVD:
– Performing Parades: a 55-minute concert film directed by Benjamin Hesselholdt
– Recreating Parades – behind the concert: a 35-minute documentary directed by Ralf Christensen, with Danish & English subtitles
– 7 Music Videos taken from the album Parades by Carolina Melis, Hvass&Hannibal & UFEX, Rasmus Bro, Anders Morgenthaler, Tobias Stretch, Jeremiah Zagar and Renaud de Foville
http://vimeo.com/6429021

Performing Parades is Efterklang‘s most ambitious project yet. A limited edition deluxe gatefold CD+DVD and DMM-cut double LP+DVD package, it features Efterklang performing their acclaimed 2007 album Parades in full, accompanied by The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, in their hometown of Copenhagen. A sweepingly majestic affair, the performance takes Efterklang’s sumptuous, otherworldly pop songs to new heights of heart-bursting joy and wonder.

Shortly after the release of Parades, Karl Bjerre Skibsted from DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) approached Efterklang with a proposal to work with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Efterklang leapt at the opportunity. From the off, the intention was to unite the two groups as a single musical unit: 50 musicians on stage in full Efterklang regalia. Composer and arranger Karsten Fundal was invited to write orchestral arrangements for the songs, and after ten months of preparation, the first performance took place on September 26 2008 at DR´s brand new Koncerthuset in Copenhagen in front of a capacity audience. The show was recorded for posterity in sound and on film.

The original Parades album recording involved more than 30 guest musicians, including a string quartet, a brass quintet and three separate choirs. On Performing Parades the music is brought to life in new arrangements in a way that is both dazzling and profoundly moving. Or, as Mojo described the performance in their live review: “uplifting, celebratory and gloriously ridiculous, like an alternate national anthem for a new northern utopia of untrammelled happiness.”

“In many ways this release marks the pinnacle of what we have been trying to achieve with our two albums, Tripper and Parades,” says the band’s Casper Clausen. “It also closes a chapter as we work on taking our music in a new direction.”

The live recording is packaged with an intimate 55-minute concert film directed by Benjamin Hesselholdt. The DVD also includes a behind the scenes documentary (with English and Danish subtitles) of the preparations for the event, as well as all six video clips made for songs from Parades, including lead single ‘Mirador’, which now has racked up over a million (1,000,000!) views on Youtube. An acoustic performance of the same song is also featured on the DVD.
Performing Parades is Efterklang’s most ambitious project yet. A limited edition deluxe gatefold CD+DVD and DMM-cut double LP+DVD package, it features Efterklang performing their acclaimed 2007 album Parades in full, accompanied by The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, in their hometown of Copenhagen. A sweepingly majestic affair, the performance takes Efterklang’s sumptuous, otherworldly pop songs to new heights of heart-bursting joy and wonder.

“In many ways this release marks the pinnacle of what we have been trying to achieve with our two albums, Tripper and Parades,” says the band’s Casper Clausen. “It also closes a chapter as we work on taking our music in a new direction.”

The artwork for the project is by the acclaimed design duo Hvass&Hannibal, who also produced the artwork for Under Giant Trees and Parades, as well as the costumes, production and stage design for the Copenhagen show.

JEAN PIERRE – A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE

April 8, 2010

CAT NO: ELEMENTCD001
BARCODE: 6009807230287
LABEL: KMD/ALL ELEMENTS

Thozamile…

It’s the name given to Jean-Pierre by his Xhosa speaking work colleagues. It refers to someone who is observant & intelligent, and translated into English it means to be respectful & humble. This is almost an exact reflection of the character & personality of Jean-Pierre – and subsequently forms the foundation of his creativity & musical orientation.

After a decade of ‘grass roots’ level Hip Hop activity with rap groups Ill Minded Society, Native Sons, & School of Thought, Jean-Pierre emerged on the general music scene as a open minded & eager musician. Already well respected & well known within his own genre Jean-Pierre explored new horizons & became an artist instinctively aligned to collaborations with other genres. This lead to the creation of Supadan, the fresh Cape Town band that certainly shaped the direction & future of music within the Mother city (Cape Town).

With Supadan Jean-Pierre performed his unique urban styled soul Hip Hop on almost all the stages of live venues in Cape Town as well as numerous music festivals. Hip Hop has long been seen as a genre filled with positivity & Jean-Pierre follows in the footsteps of Hip Hop legends ‘Public Enemy’ ; ‘Mos Def’ ; and Cape Town’s own ‘POC’…

Now as a solo musician it could be said that Jean-Pierre has laid the foundation for a new sub-genre within rap music. He incorporates a talented group of young musicians known as ‘The All Elements Band’ to interpret his music live on stage. In addition to his live band Jean-Pierre has also included the soulful voice of singing sensation Garth Links into his outfit for performances. Jean-Pierre has succeeded in fusing Jazz & Reggae into his music in such a way that it makes for an extremely exciting listening experience for lovers of any music genre.

TRACKLISTING
01. INTRO
02. GATEKEEPERS
03. A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE
04. EMPLOY TO EXPLOIT
05. THE INDIE
06. I’M THE STORYTELLER
07. DAAI VERSE CITY
08. MENT JOU MET DIE SEMEL DAN EET DIE VARKE JOU OP
09. DOS IS OLD CAN YOU BREAK THE CODE
10. SHOW HER LOVE
11. ELEMENTAL P
12. YES I’M AFRICAN
13. UNDER THE NEW SUN
14. ALT TO CHANGE THE WORLD

MANAGEMENT

MULATU ASTATKE – MULATU STEPS AHEAD

March 28, 2010

BARCODE: 730003305627
CAT NO: STRUT056CD
LABEL: STRUT
Following his acclaimed collaboration on Strut with The Heliocentrics, the Father of Ethio jazz presents his brand new studio album, ‘Mulatu Steps Ahead’ for 2010. The album explores new directions in fusions of Western jazz with Ethiopian modes, moving forward the pioneering sound Mulatu developed during the ‘60s and ‘70s, showcased on the recent Strut compilation ‘New York * Addis * London’. For the new album, tracks were recorded with members of Either/Orchestra in Boston, with contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis, members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK’s leading jazz and African players during the final sessions in London in November 2009.

Each track on the album tells its own story. The reflective, meandering opener, Radcliffe, was composed specifically for the Radcliffe Institute during Mulatu’s time lecturing at Harvard in Boston – the original score is now framed on the wall there. The Way To Nice was written and arranged on the tour bus during Mulatu’s recent French dates – “with this track, you are travelling on a long journey, talking and thinking” explains Mulatu. “It was inspired by the many beautiful places on the coast road around Nice.” Assosa adapts traditional music from the Assosa tribes in North-Western Ethiopia and Mulatu’s Mood re-works a Mulatu jazz fusion composition from the early ‘90s into a new swinging Afro highlife arrangement. “I wanted to use West African styles within this version and try new ways of using the beautiful sound of the kora.” Boogaloo and I Faram Gami I Faram reprise Mulatu classics with new, fuller scores and bonus digital track Derashe highlights the traditional diminishing scales of the Derashe people of Southern Ethiopia, a musical technique that would later feature in the classical compositions of Debussy and the jazz of Charlie Parker. “Many debate how this music developed but the Derashe have played these scales for centuries. It is an untold story.”

TRACKLISTING
1. RADCLIFFE
2. GREEN AFRICA
3. THE WAY TO NICE
4. ASSOSA
5. I FARAM GAMI I FARAM
6. MULATU’S MOOD
7. ETHIO BLUES
8. BOOGALOO
9. MOTHERLAND

NANCY ELIZABETH – WROUGHT IRON

March 28, 2010

CAT NO: BAY68CD
BARCODE: 843190006823
LABEL: LEAF

“Wrought iron is made by repeatedly heating and working the raw material with a hammer,” says Nancy Elizabeth of the source of her second album’s title. “This ancient process brings impurities out of the metal, making it stronger, and this was often used to make beautiful and ornate things. I like the analogy of personal adversity and experience being the process of forging, and the pure and strong wrought iron being the end result.”

Like true wrought iron, they rarely make them like this any more. In contrast to the rich tapestries of her debut album, 2007’s Battle and Victory , Nancy has taken inspiration from silence and solitude to fuel these strangely gripping, quietly involving songs. Turning her back on the harp that provided the musical focus for her earlier work, these beautiful, understated compositions allow for a fresh instrumental palette, most of which she plays herself – including guitar, glockenspiel, vibraphone and a hundred-year-old Dulcitone – but built around her main instrument of choice, the piano, and her warm, unaffected voice.
Nancy has forged quite a reputation in the four years since she emerged from her Lancashire home-town with her debut EP, The Wheel Turning King. She has performed throughout Europe and as far afield as Mexico, as well as recording with James Yorkston on his last album When The Haar Rolls In, and a forthcoming album of traditional folk songs as part of The Big Eye Family Players. She also recently collaborated with Japanese artist Susumu Yokota on his album Mother, and contributed a unique take on ‘Cornfield’ to the Lal Waterson tribute album Migrating Bird.
The album is as much influenced by the minimalism of Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich as by the choral harmonies of Judee Sill and the bare expression of Leonard Cohen’s early records. “I find music attractive in its simplicity.” Nancy explains. “I’m fascinated when I listen to Steve Reich’s work. I love his use of voices, mallet instruments and pianos, and I wanted to bring some of that to the album.”
TRACKS
1. Cairns
2. Bring On The Hurricane
3. Tow The Line
4. Feet Of Courage
5. Divining
6. Cat Bells
7. Canopy
8. Lay Low
9. The Act
10. Ruins
11. Winter, Baby

VLADISLAV DELAY – TUMMAA

March 28, 2010

CAT NO: BAY72CDP
BARCODE: 843190007226
LABEL: LEAF

Finnish composer Sasu Ripatti returns in late summer with Tummaa, his first album as Vladislav Delay since 2007’s Whistleblower. The new album marks a significant shift in emphasis in this acclaimed musician’s work, reflecting a renewed interest in jazz and acoustic performance: Tummaa is far more organic and live-sounding than anything he’s done before.

Ripatti is considered a genuine musical maverick; the devotion inspired by the depth, innovation and emotional volume of his music is passionate in the extreme. While he has largely shunned the limelight since emerging as a producer in Helsinki in the late 90s, his prolific output (as Delay, Luomo and Uusitalo, as well as collaborations with partner Antye Greie (AGF)) speaks for itself.

His accomplishments include collaborations with a vast array of musicians and singers such as Craig Armstrong, Black Dice, Massive Attack, Towa Tei, Jake Shears, Robert Owens and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Since returning to live in Finland in 2008 after seven years in Berlin, Sasu Ripatti has begun to emerge more fully as the identity behind this decade of fascinating, although somewhat clandestine endeavours, coinciding with a return to Ripatti’s first love of performing as a percussionist.

Created during the winter while Ripatti and his family were living on a remote island in the Baltic Sea within the Arctic Circle, he explains that “Tummaa means dark or darkness, which reflects the music on the album somehow but also the fact that I worked on the album during ‘kaamos’ time of the year in Finland. Kaamos time really gets dark from December to February where you only have few hours of light per day. I really liked that and the whole winter enormously.”

It’s not often you find yourself both dumbfounded and emotionally spent by listening to an album, but Tummaa is a feat of uncommon musical power and magnetic force. Once introduced to Sasu Ripatti’s hypnotic world, you won’t ever want to leave.

TRACKLISTING
1. Melankolia
2. Kuula (Kiitos)
3. Mustelmia
4. Musta Planeetta
5. Toive
6. Tummaa
7. TunnelivisioN

BOB BLANK – THE BLANK GENERATION BLANK TAPES NYC 1975-1985

March 27, 2010

CAT NO: STRUT053CD
BARCODE: 730003305320
LABEL: STRUT

MICROSITE

The first ever album retrospective of one of New York’s most revered of all producers, Bob Blank, this album traces the history of his independent studio, Blank Tapes, one of the city’s most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s.

Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12″ disco records in ‘75 – Jimmy Sabater’s ‘To Be With You’. He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later. He quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s diverse artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and, with producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, helping to shape the sound of many disco classics. Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes. Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix, as well as ‘Wax The Van’ with Blank’s wife, Lola. Other regulars at Blank Tapes included Latin producer Tito Rodriguez, whose Charanga 76 and Eddie Palmieri recordings with Blank would receive Grammy nominations.

Strut, in the label’s first collaboration with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton’s DJ History, celebrate Blank’s time at Blank Tapes with an exclusive compilation, covering the many facets of his work. We feature the very first track ever recorded at the studio, Milton Hamilton’s ‘Crystalized’, anthems including Fonda Rae’s ‘Over Like A Fat Rat’ and lesser known Blank classics from the vaults from Debby Blackwell and Mikki.

The package features an extensive interview with Bob Blank about his career in music, by Bill Brewster, alongside rare archive photos from Blank’s personal archive.

Tracklist:
1. DEBBY BLACKWELL – ONCE YOU GOT ME GOING
2. CHARANGA 76 – MUSIC TRANCE
3. MILTON HAMILTON – CRYSTALIZED
4. SUN RA – WHERE PATHWAYS MEET
5. THE NECESSARIES – STATE OF ART
6. LYDIA LUNCH – A CRUISE TO THE MOON
7. JAMES BLOOD ULMER – JAZZ IS THE TEACHER, FUNK IS THE PREACHER
8. BUMBLEBEE UNLIMITED – I GOT A BIG BEE
9. MIKKI – ITCHING FOR LOVE (M+M mix)
10. FONDA RAE – OVER LIKE A FAT RAT
11. GLADYS KNIGHT – IT’S A BETTER THAN GOOD TIME (Walter Gibbons mix)
12. LOLA – WAX THE VAN (Jon’s Dub)
13. AURAL EXCITERS – EMILE (NIGHT RATE)

PIERCED ARROWS –> DECENDING SHADOWS

March 23, 2010

CAT NO: VCA800014
LABEL: VICE RECORDS

To call Fred Cole a “living legend” is like saying, “Yes, and water is wet.” A true frontiersman without peer, Fred has blazed his own sonic trail for over 45 years, resulting in leaving his own unique, indelible stamp on nearly every genre imaginable. And if he wasn’t directly part of a particular scene or musical aesthetic, you can be damn sure he was at least an influence on it. 

TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
The Weeds —> The Lollipop Shoppe —> Zipper —> Kingbee —> The Rats —> Dead Moon

The new name seems to evoke the saying “If you cut me, I will bleed.”  Not that any of us want to see that literally happen, but Pierced Arrows, just like Fred’s previous bands, bleeds all over their performances and records with such wrought emotion it only took one 45 to prove that the band was the worthy successor to Dead Moon. Ma and Pa Cole’s General Store has reopened for business, producing “rock ’n’ roll that’s rough, ragged, and honest,” as Fred once described their predecessor’s collective output. It’s both a new sound and an inheritor of tradition.

 A Pierced Arrows performance is a form of communion. They are there to see you just as much as you are to see them. You are not likely to find them cowering in a backstage corner. Though they are there to work, and work hard, don’t be surprised to find them hanging with friends and fans, checking out the opening act. Fred and Toody have always done it their way. This is their life’s work, and life is just the beginning if you really believe.

TRACKLISTING
1. This Is The Day
2. Buried Alive
3. On Our Way
4. Ain’t Life Strange
5. Paranoia
6. Tripped Out
7. On The Move
8. This Time Around
9. Let It Rain
10. Zip My Lip
11. Down To Earth

WU TANG – RETURN OF THE WU MIXED BY MATHEMATICS

March 18, 2010

CAT NO: GDM028CD
BARCODE: 730003002823
LABEL: GOLD DUST

Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, South Side, Mathematics (then known as Supreme Cut Master) began his career in 1987 by DJing block parties and throwing his own park jams in Baisley Projects. In 1990, Mathematics linked up with (then) Cold Chillin’ artist, and one of Wu Tang’s founding members, The Genius, aka GZA. This partnership would earn Mathematics a spot on his first official tour; The Cold Chillin Blizzard Tour

Mathematics’ first real exposure to the nuts and bolts of production came late one night as he attended a session where he witnessed RZA construct a beat from nothing (the track would become Raekwon’s classic “Ice Cream”), and inspired Math to follow his lead.
While putting the finishing touches on his next solo album, Math decided to put together a compilation of rare & remixed Wu-tang Clan material, produced entirely by Mathematics, called “Return of the Wu”. This album features the entire Wu-tang Clan with vocals and remixes, some of which, have never been heard before. A testament to Math’s long standing legacy with the Clan, Return of the Wu is sure to please any hard core fans of the group.
For more info head over to:wutang-returnofthewu.com

TRACKLISTING
1. Clap 2010 feat. Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man, U-God
2. Respect 2010
3. Its What It Is feat. Raekwon & Ghostface – Masta Killa
4. Strawberries & Cream feat. Inspectah Deck, RZA, Ghostface
5. Station ID Break – GZA
6. All Flowers feat. Raekwon, Method Man, Ghostface, Ica da Don & Inspectah Deck
7. John – Method Man
8. Treez – Raekwon
9. What It Is feat. RZA, Streetlife, Buddah Bless
10. Iron God Chamber feat. RZA & Method Man – Masta Killa
11. Real Nillaz feat. Ghostface, Buddah Bless, Raekwon, Eyes Low – Masta Killa
12. Rush feat. Method Man & GZA
13. Da Way We Were – Mathematics
14. Early Grave feat. ODB & Bad Luck
15. Keep Pace
16. Spotlite

BOMB THE BASS – BACK TO LIGHT

March 18, 2010

CAT NO: !K7251CD
BARCODE: 730003725128
LABEL : !K7 RECORDS

The dusky atmosphere of Future Chaos has given way to a more radiant sound, buoyed by waves of synthesizers and propelled by clean-lined grooves. Raising the tempo, Simenon takes inspiration from classic techno, while vocal contributions from Richard Davis, Kelley Polar, The Battle of Land and Sea, and Paul Conboy bring Bomb the Bass into newfound melodic focus. It’s a brighter, more immediate sound than before; warmer, too, with the singers’ voices positively glowing inside intricately woven electronic nests. But there’s no lack of nuance. Every track is a delicate balance of intimate delivery and cosmic sonics, underscored by a faint sense of melancholy.

The album came together quickly. While the shrink-wrapping still cooling on copies of Future Chaos, Simenon was already sketching out tracks for a new album, and in late 2008 he headed into a São Paulo studio to work with a new collaborator: Gui Boratto, Brazil’s master craftsman of deep, melodic techno, known for his records on Kompakt and Kompakt Pop, as well as a thrilling remix of Bomb the Bass’ own “Black River.”
A final guest appearance is made by none other than Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore, who plays synthesizers on the closing song, “Milakia.” The original tapes were recorded more than a decade ago, after Simenon had produced the band’s album Ultra. “It’s a track I’ve always loved, but could never find a home for, really,” he says. “It seemed like a perfect closer for this particular album.”
It goes without saying that an album this rich offers a wealth of material to inspire remixes—and so old hands and upstarts alike are jumping at the chance to put their spin on the music. Four digital singles feature an impressive cast of characters: Gui Boratto, John Tejada, Extrawelt, Atom TM, Mark E, Jake One, Kwesachu (Kwes + Micachu), Anderson Noise, Leo Zero, FM Radio Gods, and DJ Marky & S.P.Y. Even Simenon himself gets in the act, with an additional Bomb the Bass remix of “The Infinites.” And why not? After Simenon’s many years spent producing other people’s records, Bomb the Bass is making up for lost time—and it’s our gain.

Tracklisting:

01.   Boy Girl featuring Paul Conboy
02.   X Rays Eyes featuring Kelley Polar
03.   The Infinites featuring Paul Conboy
04.   Price On Your Head featuring Richard Davis
05.   Blindspot featuring Paul Conboy
06.   Start featuring Kelley Polar
07.   Burn Less Brighter featuring Paul Conboy
08.   Happy To Be Cold featuring Richard Davis
09.   Up the Mountain featuring The Battle Of Land And Sea
10.   Milakia featuring Martin Gore

www.back-to-light.com

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]