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Letta Mbulu - South African vocalist, composer Letta Mbulu was born and raised in Soweto, South Africa. Still in her teens, Letta began touring outside of Africa with the musical "King Kong," which ran for a year in England following a highly successful two-year run in South Africa. When the tour ended, she returned to South Africa but soon the policies of Apartheid were to force her to leave her native land for the U.S.A. She arrived in the United States in 1965 and quickly befriended such fellow South African exiles in New York City as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa - all alumni of the "King King" musical

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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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Jazz in Exile, Part Two

Read "Jazz in Exile, Part Two" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South Africa's Jazz enters a period of exile following the Sharpeville Massacre. In Part Two of Jazz in Exile, we'll examine more closely the artists who leave South Africa for Europe, learn about their stories, and hear their music. Playlist Blue Notes “Ntyilo Ntyilo" from Blue Notes for Johnny (Ogun Records) 01:49 Brotherhood of Breath “Mra" ...

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Angeles Chorale Presents Spirituals, Gospel & Jazz, including Robert Ray's Gospel Mass March 24

Like Scheherazade, the Angeles Chorale has become a storyteller extraordinaire, devoting its entire 37th season to “Stories Worth Telling." The season opened last December with the story of Christ when the Chorale presented Handel's Messiah. Now, on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, the renowned choral ensemble will leave ...

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Africa: 50 Years of Music - 50 Years of Independence

Read "Africa: 50 Years of Music - 50 Years of Independence" reviewed by Chris May

Various ArtistsAfrica: 50 Years of Music: 50 Years of IndependenceSterns2010 “In my country alone, there are 80 ethnic groups and 200 dialects," says the Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango in an interview in the booklet enclosed with this box set. “So it's hard to talk about Cameroonian music ...

Not Yet Uhuru

Label: Columbia Records
Released: 1999

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Label: A&M Records
Released: 1978

Letta

Label: A&M Records
Released: 1978


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