Putumayo Presents: South African Legends

Putumayo Presents: South African Legends

     
 
A surprisingly comprehensive collection, this album from Putumayo really does cover nearly every South African musical legend that's made a name for themselves (with the only really obvious exceptions being Dorothy Masuka and Dave Matthews, though the latter's music isn't as rooted in African tradition in

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A surprisingly comprehensive collection, this album from Putumayo really does cover nearly every South African musical legend that's made a name for themselves (with the only really obvious exceptions being Dorothy Masuka and Dave Matthews, though the latter's music isn't as rooted in African tradition in the first place). The album opens with some nice jive courtesy of the Soul Brothers. The great groaner Mahlathini combines with his favorites the Mahotella Queens for a bouncing, lilting number that shows off his deep, deep delivery. Vusi Mahlasela shows off his guitar style on a newer track, and the Mahotellas return for the classic "Mbube" (which really kicked off the recognition of African music in the Western world). More jive comes from the great West Nkosi, whose saxophone also leads the way into South African jazz in its modern form, as realized by Hugh Masekela in the next track. Lucky Dube evokes Marley and Tosh in his light reggae, and the cross-cultural Johnny Clegg presents a number. The album closes with two of the biggest stars of South Africa -- Miriam Makeba and a metaphorical song of exile, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo with their classic iscathamiya sound. Just about every sound that someone may have heard in recent years (or in years past) coming from South Africa is represented here. For a listener curious about the sounds of the country and its strong musical history, this makes for an outstanding introduction. For those already taken with South African music, it will still provide an enjoyable listen, and may even remind you to go look up someone you've forgotten about.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248016320
catalogNumber:
163

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lucky Dube   Track Performer
Johnny Clegg   Track Performer
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Track Performer
Mahotella Queens   Track Performer
Miriam Makeba   Track Performer
Hugh Masekela   Track Performer
Juluka   Track Performer
West Nkosi   Saxophone,Penny Whistle,Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Masondo   Composer
Maxwell Mngadi   Composer
Black Moses Ngwenya   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Marks Mankwane   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Solomon Linda   Composer
Jacob Edgar   Liner Notes

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