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Compilations: Doing The Right Thing

By Published: December 5, 2010
The Mahotella Queens, like the Dark City Sisters (check their lovely "Langa More" on the YouTube clip below) and their groaner, Jack Lerole, were segregation-era South Africa's voices of the townships much like Motown artists were the voices of black urban America—creating a stream of catchy, uplifting, well-crafted pop singles. The Soul Brothers created a stickier sound, based around a slower beat, florid organ lines and use of the township slang spoken by tsotsis (up to that point, most township groups sang in "pure" Zulu and other South African languages).

It's all here, except for the right packaging.

Tracks and Personnel

The Voice Of Lightness Vol. 2: Congo Classics 1977-1993

Tracks: CD1: Ekeseni; Mere Ando; Ponce Pilate; Monument; Ohambe; Ma Nono; Tanga Tanga; Monsieur Malonga. CD2: Kabasele in Memoriam; Lisango Ya Banganga; Michelle Marina; Loyenghe; Sarah; Tu As Dit Que...; Sacramento; Exil-Ley; Le Glas A Sonne.

Collective Personnel: Tabu Ley: vocals; Franco Luambo: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; Mbilia Bel: vocals; Nico Kasanda Mikaleyi: lead guitar; Dizzy Mandjeku: lead guitar; Dino Vangu: lead guitar; Damoiseau Kambete: lead guitar; Huit Kilos Nseka: lead guitar; Maika Munan: mi-solo guitar; Brazzos Panga Kasongo: mi-solo guitar; Dave Makondele: rhythm guitar; Calen Madoka: rhythm guitar; Modero Mekanisi: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Empompo Loway: alto saxophone; Kongi Aska: trumpet; Kaber Kabasele: trumpet; Ntumba Muamba: trumpet; Ray Lema: keyboards; Shaba Kahamba: bass guitar; Petit Mando: drum kit; Deba Sungu: conga; Armando Muanda: conga; others.

Jive & Soul: The Very Best Of

Tracks: CD1: Pitseng Tse Kgolo; Tate Ntshwarele; Mogologolo; Monna Le Mosadi; Thonthodi; Thoko (O Jola Nobani); Tsa Lebowa; Hamba Phepha Lami; Guga Mzimba; Ngiyakkhala Ngiyabaleka; Mahlare; Jive Makgona; Wala Wayeka; Ngikhala Ngiya Baleka; Deda Endleleni; Igugu Lezwe; Umntanam' Ulahlekile; Izinyembezi Zesuliwe; Vuka Uzibuka; Yadilika Intaba; Kuqale Bani; Dinaka; We Boy; Hamba Mzala; Izinyoni; Zulu Nge Lami; Amagoduka; Bayasimiemeza; Ngibuzindlela; Shayani Izandla. CD2: Mshoza Wami; Malume; Indawo Yokulala; Mama Ka S'Bongile; Uthando; I Feel So Lonely Without You; Ke Niyeke Botsotsi; Mantobazane; Kulukhuni; Nilindeni; Ukhalelani; Usathani Simehlulile; Ke Kopa Tshawerelo; Isiphiwo; Ogandanda; Isicelo; Diketso Tsa Hao (Sotho); Abantu; Amaphutha; Mary.

Personnel: Ethel Mngomezulu: vocals (CD1); Nunu Maseko: vocals (CD1); Hhildah Tloubatia: vocals (CD1); Joyce Thabe: vocals (CD1); Mahlathini: vocals (CD1); Shadrack Piliso: saxophone (CD1). David Masondo: vocals (CD2); Moses Ngwenya: Hammond B3 organ (CD2); Solly Tameetse: Hammond B3 organ (CD2); Tusa Mthethwa: guitar (CD2) ; Zenzele Mchunu: bass (CD2); other personnel uncredited.


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