Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves from the Townships 1969-1976

Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves from the Townships 1969-1976

     
 

It would be understandable if you were to mistake this set as an exercise by South African musicians to replicate their Western counterparts' soul golden years. There are numerous tracks fitting that bill, but there are also songs that merely integrate rhythm & blues stylings into the local South African township mbaqanga. One such song, the compilation's opener,…  See more details below

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It would be understandable if you were to mistake this set as an exercise by South African musicians to replicate their Western counterparts' soul golden years. There are numerous tracks fitting that bill, but there are also songs that merely integrate rhythm & blues stylings into the local South African township mbaqanga. One such song, the compilation's opener, "Khubani" by J.K. Mayengar & the Shingwedzi Sisters, is the least Western of the bunch, although it does feature a call-and-response chorus over the top of a driving percussion section. The influence really starts to overtake the traditional South African sounds in songs such as the Down Tones' "Short Man's Soul," which has elements of guitar work similar to the feel of "Save Me" as performed by numerous artists such as Aretha Franklin and James Knight & the Butlers. Accompanying it is some sizzling organ work by an unknown player as the main rhythm carries on. Equally, the Soul Prophets' instrumental soul-jazz piece "Soul Imbaq" could easily fit into the third volume, focusing on jazz from the townships. The vocal tracks bring the compilation back to a more international affair, mainly because most of the songs are not sung in English and feature one of the other near-dozen official languages of the nation. "Tiba Kamo," which starts off with a hi-hat solo à la "Theme from Shaft," switches gears into a dancefloor burner with some timely chicken-scratch guitar work. The Mahotella Queens' "Wozani Mahipi" is another excellent representation of the blend. The male lead's cigarette-stained vocals contrast with the females' sweeter refrains, laid over the top of a nasty drum break midway through. Compilers Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding have gone to great lengths to assemble an assortment of tracks representing a marriage of styles and influences in this set (and in the series in general). Their painstaking work is a living document to be kept in the annals for musical posterity. ~ Eric Luecking

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
Strut Records
UPC:
0730003305726
catalogNumber:
57

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Tracks

  1. Khubani  - J.K. Mayengani
  2. Blockhead  -  Monks
  3. Nkuli's Shuffle  -  Heroes
  4. Tiba Kamo  - Phillip Malela
  5. Akulalwa Soweto  -  Bra Sello & His Band
  6. Funky Message  -  Heroes
  7. Soul Time Nzimande Go  -  Heroes
  8. Mozani Mahipi  -  Klooks
  9. Skophom  -  S.A. Move
  10. Soul "Imbaq"  - Phillip Malela
  11. Gwinyitshe  -  Toreadors
  12. Back Home Soul  -  Down Tones
  13. Bazali Bam  - Bazali Bam
  14. Come With Me  -  Heroes
  15. Intandane  -  Phillip Malela & the Movers
  16. Little Girl  - Phillip Malela
  17. Can You Feel It  -  Grasshoppers
  18. Wait and See  -  Heshoo Beshoo Group
  19. Last Time  -  Anchors
  20. Mosquito  -  Flaming Souls
  21. I Am There  -  Grasshoppers
  22. Saduva  - Gibson Kente

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Paul Wright   Engineer
Teaspoon Ndlela   Composer
Mackay Davashe   Composer
C.B. Matiwane   Composer,Producer
Edmund Piliso   Composer
David Thekwane   Producer
Almon Memela   Producer
Frances Gooding   Concept
Gibson Kente   Composer
Duncan Brooker   Concept
Hardways   Composer
David B. Coplan   Liner Notes
Thomas Mdakane   Producer
Flaming Souls   Composer
Monks   Composer
Heroes   Composer
Anchors   Composer
Henry Sithole   Composer
J.K. Mayengani   Composer
Zulu Bidi   Composer
Sello Mmutung   Composer
Philip Ngubane   Composer
N.F. Bopape   Composer
Michael Smandler   Producer
J. Gulane   Composer
David Coplan   Liner Notes
Phillip Malela   Composer
P. Tukane   Composer

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