Blog Roddus

Blog Roddus
My Favorite Place

Saturday, June 30, 2012

VA - Next Stop Soweto Vol 1 (Strut 2010)

An Uncle Roddus Album Review

1. I Sivenoe - Amaqola
2. Maphuthi - Mgababa Queens
3. Kuya Hanjwa - S. Piliso & His Super Seven
4. Wenzani Umoya - Big Four (The)
5. Umkhovu - Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens
6. Inkonjane Jive - Zed Nkabinde
7. Ingoina Le Nyathi - Intombi Zephepha
8. Take Off - Tempo All Stars
9. I'smodeni - Boy-Nze Na Maqueens
10. Zwe Kumusha - Mahotella
11. Emuva - African Swingsters
12. Umaduna Omnyama - Ibhekitshe Namajongosi
13. Mr. J.S. Mpanza - Lucky Strike Sisters
14. Sikhwele - Aba-Lilizeli
15. Soul Chakari - Reggie Msomi's Hollywood Jazz Band
16. Jabulani Balaleli, Pt. 2 - Amaqawe Omculo
17. Nomacala - Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens
18. 10 to 11 - Sammy Boy
19. Awufuni Ukulandela Na? - Izintombi Zasi Manje Manje
20. Happy Africa - Iza Wena

I get to procure items from all three of the Afro-centric record labels I have mentioned recently with this first volume of Strut's 'Next Stop Soweto series'. I already have volume three which is the best but this first volume of this South African black pop music, created during a time when the white government were trying to eradicate black musical expression, is a joy to the ears. South African music has its own unique characteristics that set it apart from the funk inspired beats of West Africa, that I love so much and the production and recording are also much more advanced thus making a very high quality set of recording even though some are quite old. 20 tracks of inspired South African pop of a high quality makes for a great listen from start to finish and if you like your African music more polished and jazzy than the primal Afro-funk I mostly listen too then get into this.Rating 4.5/5.

No comments: