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Caiphus Semenya

Caiphus Semenya - arranger, composer, bandleader, vocalist Caiphus Semenya is one of South Africa’s foremost musical directors and composers, dedicating a lifetime of work as a performer and arranger of African music. Semenya left South Africa in the 1960's, together with his wife, singer Letta Mbulu. Whilst in exile, he worked with compatriots Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Hotep Galeta, and Miriam Makeba amongst many others. He subsequently took up residence in Los Angeles, where his talent resulted in work with the top range of American artists and producers, and saw his compositions being performed by Cannonball Adderley, Harry Belafonte, Herb Alpert, The Crusaders, Lou Rawls, and Nina Simone, amongst others. Most notable have been Semenya’s regular collaborations with Quincy Jones

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Sam Tshabalala: Returning Home

Read "Sam Tshabalala: Returning Home" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

The late 1970s saw a surge of extraordinary musical creativity in South Africa. Driven in part by a changing political climate reflecting the youth-led Soweto uprising of 1976, a younger generation of South African artists harnessed the arts to give voice to a new chapter in the anti-apartheid struggle. Indeed, rising ensembles like Movement ...

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Hugh Masekela: Masekela '66 - '76

Read "Masekela '66 - '76" reviewed by Chris May

Like his compatriot and close contemporary Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela has a 24-carat discography which stretches back six decades and digs deep into the taproot of jazz. Ibrahim is still with us--he has a new album scheduled for June 2019--but Masekela passed in January 2018. Among the several solid Masekela compilations on the market, this 3-CD ...


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