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Dark City Sisters/Flying Jazz Queens

  • Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens [Earthworks, 1994] A-

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Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens [Earthworks, 1994]
Lumped with the Mahotella Queens when recalled by Afropop historians at all, Joyce Mogatusi's close-harmony Dark City Sisters are far less raucous--more girl-group than big-mama. They offer the best clue yet as to just exactly what the mysterious "marabi" sounded like. Recall if you can the pop-jazz shadings of Dorothy Masuka, and note the three inevitable and excellent Mahlathini tracks--where the Queens compete with the witch doctor, the Sisters stay as sweet as they are. Also, be glad of this: no fewer than seven songs adduce dances--some new, some traditional, some just themselves. A-