Presents the Chisa Years 1965-1975
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BBE Records is proud to release the new album from World music and South African trumpet great, Hugh Masekela, Presents: The CHISA Years 1965 1975 (Rare & Unreleased). The tracks on the album come from the vaults of CHISA Records, the label formed and run by Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine.
Hugh Masekela has enjoyed major success as one of the earliest leaders in fusing Pop, Funk, R&B, Disco, Afropop, and Jazz. Masekelas vibrant trumpet and flugelhorn solos have been featured on hundreds of recordings. Hes had American and international hits and worked with bands all around the world, including Paul Simons Graceland. In addition to being an accomplished mucician, Masekela has produced for World music great Miriam Makeba and others.
Stewart Levine has produced music over the years for Hugh Masekela, Simply Red ("Holding Back The Years"), The Crusaders, Dixie Dregs, Minnie Ripperton, Sly & The Family Stone, and B.B. King. Recently, Levine has produced Jamie Cullums Twentysomething and Catching Tales albums.
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"Macongo" all have a mixture of both 60's Motown and African township sounds;musically and the language of the singing itself. Other songs such as "Tepo","Ahvuomo","Za Labalaba" and "Joala" all showcase a more progressive afro-beat sound similar to what groups such as Osibisa were doing in the early/mid 70's whereas the serious funk/disco elements show up on the openening "Afro Beat Blues",which strong resembles the title song to Hugh's 1975 album Boy's Doin It and who knows;could be an outtake from those sessions. Same goes for the hardcore afro-disco of "Witch Doctor". As a sampler of what was going on within the African music world in the original funk/disco/world music during the most innovative years of those genres from the mid 60s to mid 70's this really gives you the flavor of a certain musical revolution in a certain place.
CHISA was Hugh Masekela's label, both creatively and as a business venture. In partnership with producer Stewart Levine, the label made its name by releasing more than a dozen albums of Masekela's own work and another dozen or so records from The Jazz Crusaders. Neither of those very well-known bodies of work are represented on this CHISA retrospective.
The artists highlighted here represent the more obscure side of CHISA's ventures into Africa. Much of it still involves Masekela as a creative force (The Zulus were he and Levine's group). It also includes unreleased material from notable African artists including Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Ojah, and Miatta Fahinbulleh. The overall feel of the record is one of fusion. Masekela's involvement in most of the recordings means his Afro-jazz leanings influence and are influenced by the varying musical stances of those he collaborated with. This record is substantial in that it completes the picture of Masekela's evolution as both a musician and a purveyor of music.