Putumayo Presents South Africa
Putumayo World Music (p) and ©2010 Putumayo World Music. (http://www.putumayo.com)
Missing liner notes.
1. Soul Brothers – Ujaheni
Good song about moonbeams, or something…
2. Bholaja – Mbombela
Hey la’Osteen! Island-vibe; nice tune. I like this singer’s voice.
3. Mahube – Oxam
Xylo-centric; starts off Christmas-y. Beta-wey (Better Way?)
4. Blk Sonshine – Nkosi
Really cool – Sounds like human mouth instruments. Then it’s a rap-slide jazz thing. In English.
5. Nibs van der Spuy – Beautiful Feet
English lyrics. Reggae-plucked Flamenco-cooled. Weird.
6. Steve Dyer – Mananga
Fast-moving familiar tune done in a hoot-like way. Instrumental only.
7. Miriam Makeba – Orlando
Sounds like old-time 20’s/30’s/40’s flapper and War Era sister groups (like the Andrews sisters) in African language. Miriam Makeba receives a brief mention in Andrew Hussey’s book, The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs, on page 215, and is described as an anti-apartheid militant, mentioned in the context of having attended the first Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algeria in 1969.
8. Phinda – Tiki Tiki
It does sound like African take on Polynesia emerging from the ’40’s and ’50’s.
9. Johannes Kerkorrel – Halala Afrika
Acoustic guitar, Dutch folk-style, with Ha-la-la Afrika background.
10. Zoro – Work
Reggae. I think I’ve heard this tune before. Cliff? Marley? Tosh? Sounds too low and too harsh – Guess it makes a point.
11. Kaya – Vulamasango Mandinke
I like it. Very rich in vocals.
12. Soweto Gospel Choir – Ngahlulele
The high voice is so round and able. A good fit for the closing song of the album (CD).