12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This expertly curated set of early '80s recordings by the leading lights of South Africa's mbaqanga scene introduced a new audience to the sound of the townships. These instantly irresistible songs feature rubbery basslines, pumping accordions, and skittering rhythm guitars underneath complex vocal harmonies and dance floor-ready percussion. The mood ranges from the uplifting, gospel-like call-and-response (and barnyard animal noises) of Udokotela Shange Namajaha's "Awungilobolele" to the kinetic, giddily entwined countermelodies of Johnson Mkhalali's joyous instrumental "Joyce No. 2."

EDITORS’ NOTES

This expertly curated set of early '80s recordings by the leading lights of South Africa's mbaqanga scene introduced a new audience to the sound of the townships. These instantly irresistible songs feature rubbery basslines, pumping accordions, and skittering rhythm guitars underneath complex vocal harmonies and dance floor-ready percussion. The mood ranges from the uplifting, gospel-like call-and-response (and barnyard animal noises) of Udokotela Shange Namajaha's "Awungilobolele" to the kinetic, giddily entwined countermelodies of Johnson Mkhalali's joyous instrumental "Joyce No. 2."

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