Uptownship

Uptownship

by Hugh Masekela
     
 

The title of this New York City-recorded album suggests a combination of township jive and uptown Gotham soul and energy, but what we get is some of the former and little of the latter. Here, Masekela alternates South African-inflected pop/jazz with lugubrious covers of a couple of U.S. soul tunes (Gamble & HuffSee more details below

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The title of this New York City-recorded album suggests a combination of township jive and uptown Gotham soul and energy, but what we get is some of the former and little of the latter. Here, Masekela alternates South African-inflected pop/jazz with lugubrious covers of a couple of U.S. soul tunes (Gamble & Huff's "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and Smokey Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby") and a Bob Marley anthem, "No Woman, No Cry." While the covers are instantly disposable, even the South African-rooted tracks suffer from a lack of energy, not helped by the dull recorded sound. "Now or Never" is a leisurely stroll through the township; "Hold On" has a stuttering jive feeling to it where Masekela plays well but has little new to say. Altoist Morris Goldberg's contributions range from dreary jazz-lite clichés to some passages where he can spar effectively with Masekela, and the cast of the Broadway show Sarafina! provides some of the backing vocals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/1989
Label:
Novus
UPC:
0012416307024
catalogNumber:
3070

Tracks

  1. Uptownship  - Hugh Masekela
  2. If You Don't Know Me by Now  - Hugh Masekela
  3. Now or Never  - Hugh Masekela
  4. Hold On  - Hugh Masekela
  5. Ooo Baby Baby  - Hugh Masekela
  6. Egoli  - Hugh Masekela
  7. No Woman, No Cry  - Hugh Masekela
  8. Emavungweni  - Hugh Masekela
  9. Naledi  - Hugh Masekela
  10. Elijah  - Hugh Masekela
  11. Nomalizo  - Hugh Masekela

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Masekela   Primary Artist,Percussion,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Cedras   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Damon Duewhite   Drums,Background Vocals
Francis Fuster   Percussion,Background Vocals
Emmanuel Chulo Gatewood   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Morris Goldberg   Alto Saxophone,Penny Whistle
Remi Kabaka   Percussion
Mark Ledford   Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mbongeni Ngema   Organ,Background Vocals
Branice McKenzie   Vocals
John Selolwane   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jenny Douglas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thandi Zulu   Background Vocals
Ntomb Khona Dlamini   Background Vocals
Lindiwe Hlengwa   Vocals
Bakithi Kumalo   Bass Guitar
Sipho Kunene   Drums
Rico Tyler   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Hugh Masekela   Arranger,Producer,Mastering
Joe Cang   Producer
Matthew Cang   Producer
John Cartwright   Producer
Morris Goldberg   Producer,Mastering
Rick Rowe   Producer,Mastering
John Stirling   Executive Producer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Lindiwe Dlamini   Contributor
Leleti Khumalo   Contributor
Mali Hlatshwayo   Contributor
Pat Mlaba   Contributor
Lance McVickar   Engineer

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