Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 1

The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol. 1

     
 
The Indestructible Beat of Soweto is one of the most powerful albums ever released, an impossibly intense album of proud, even joyous, music created amid the most oppressive circumstances. In fact, considering the conditions that created it-forced migration, hellish poverty, the absolute deprivation of cultural identity-the South African 'mabaqanga,' compiled

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The Indestructible Beat of Soweto is one of the most powerful albums ever released, an impossibly intense album of proud, even joyous, music created amid the most oppressive circumstances. In fact, considering the conditions that created it-forced migration, hellish poverty, the absolute deprivation of cultural identity-the South African 'mabaqanga,' compiled here is nothing short of a miracle. Rooted in the gospel-like a cappella singing style known as mbube and the swing-jazzy marabi, this Zulu-sung township soul is rhythmically tough, melodically buoyant, and vocally deep -- really deep-deeper than the diamond minds Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing of with tear-wrenching beauty on their album-closing hymn. Featuring the massive "groaner" Mahlathini and some of the most feverishly intense guitar interplay and rhythmic drive ever laid to wax, The Indestructible Beat of Soweto is as fierce and frantic as it is lovely. A decade after it effectively introduced the West to the concept "Afropop," it remains the best record to fall under that heading, and one of the ten most satisfying records of all time.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This anthology of South African artists surprised everyone by becoming a best-seller. It introduced worldbeatniks to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mahlathini, and Moses Mchunu and paved the way for Paul Simon's Graceland. Winner of The Village Voice's Jazz and Pop Poll for Best Record of 1987, it's an essential sampler of modern African styling, a revelation and a joy. ~ J. Poet & Hank Davi

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351433329
catalogNumber:
43033
Rank:
58154

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Track Performer
Mahlathini   Track Performer
Jonhjon Mkhalali   Track Performer
Amaswazi Emvelo   Track Performer
Moses McHunu   Track Performer
Udokotela Shange Namajaha   Track Performer
Makgona Tsohle   Track Performer
Zomgqashiyo   Track Performer
Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo   Track Performer
Nelcy Sedibe   Track Performer
Umahlathini Nabo   Track Performer
Nezintombi   Track Performer
Nganezlyamfisa No Khambalomvaleliso   Track Performer

Technical Credits

West Nkosi   Producer
Richard Siluma   Producer
D.A. "Jumbo" Vanrenen   Producer,Liner Notes
Marks Mankwane   Producer
Trevor Herman   Producer,Liner Notes
Moses McHunu   Composer
Lucky Monama   Producer
Nobesuthu Shawe   Composer
Nelcy Sedibe   Composer
Lucky   Producer

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