South African Rhythm Riot: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 6

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
This sixth entry in the landmark guide to township jive is, like most collections, a mixed bag. Some songs offer up delicious grooves and inspiring harmonies, while in others the beatbox, synthesizer, and American influence are all that come through. Standout tracks include Chicco's "Sixolele Baba (Forgive Us Lord)," which sets a message of dire need delivered by male chorus and a lone, wailing woman against a background of catchy beats and increasing complexity and one of the last songs recorded by the late Simon Mahlathini Nkabinde and a bragging song entitled "Sihambile (We Traveled)." There's not much point in enumerating the lesser works; suffice it to say that four ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
This sixth entry in the landmark guide to township jive is, like most collections, a mixed bag. Some songs offer up delicious grooves and inspiring harmonies, while in others the beatbox, synthesizer, and American influence are all that come through. Standout tracks include Chicco's "Sixolele Baba (Forgive Us Lord)," which sets a message of dire need delivered by male chorus and a lone, wailing woman against a background of catchy beats and increasing complexity and one of the last songs recorded by the late Simon Mahlathini Nkabinde and a bragging song entitled "Sihambile (We Traveled)." There's not much point in enumerating the lesser works; suffice it to say that four of five tracks out of a total of 15 sound like outtakes from the Graceland sessions. Interestingly, two or three tracks evince a strong Jamaican influence that works very well. If you are a big fan of South African popular music, you need not hesitate about South African Rhythm Riot. But if you do not already love the genres of the region, approach this disc with caution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1999
  • Label: Earthworks [virgin]
  • UPC: 740042153820
  • Catalog Number: 38

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Vuli Ndlela - Brenda Fassie (4:23)
  2. 2 Sabothoka Isidudla @@Ihashi Elimhlophe (4:26)
  3. 3 Oui Oyi - Arthur Hanlon (5:25)
  4. 4 Banamanga - Bhekumuzi Luthuli (4:03)
  5. 5 Sum' Bulala - Brenda Fassie (4:05)
  6. 6 Thul'ulalele - Rebecca (4:37)
  7. 7 Zeq'umthetho @@Isu Labasa (5:11)
  8. 8 Hamba Sathane - Pure Gold (4:48)
  9. 9 Sixolele Baba - Chicco (6:42)
  10. 10 Ngiyakuthanda Papa Wemba - Brenda Fassie (3:56)
  11. 11 Sihambile - Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens (5:04)
  12. 12 Ipiki Nefosholo - Bhekumuzi Luthuli (4:05)
  13. 13 Mosadzi Wa Tshikuma - Chicco (5:30)
  14. 14 Girls - Aba Shante (5:51)
  15. 15 Mama Ka S'Bongile - The Soul Brothers (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Papa Wemba Track Performer
Brenda Fassie Track Performer
Pure Gold Track Performer
Rebecca Track Performer
Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens Track Performer
Chicco Track Performer
Aba Shante Track Performer
Technical Credits
Maxwell Mngadi Producer
Condry Ziqubu Producer
Marks Mankwane Producer
Trevor Herman Producer, Liner Notes
Moses McHunu Producer
Tom Mkhize Producer
Hamilton Nzimande Producer
Bunt Stafford-Clark Mastering
Sizwe Zako Producer
Felicia Nkomo translation
Arthur Mafokate Producer
Freddie Gwala Producer
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