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Amaphisi/Uthwalofu Namakentshane

  • City Shoes, Rural Blues [Kijima, 1988] B

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City Shoes, Rural Blues [Kijima, 1988]
Showcasing two deserving mbaqanga acts, both fond of squeezeboxes. Good. But as an American who's listened to more mbaqanga than 99 per cent of those who've heard any at all, I shouldn't have to strain to distinguish between the one described as spearheading a "revitalization of traditional Zulu music" and the one said to be "zulu jive's fastest rising group." Hint: the latter shares a family tree with the Soul Brothers, so bear down on the harmonies. B