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Soweto Street Music: The Definitive Collection

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prism Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0002Y00O0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the real thing. Decades after its release, the tracks from various local artists have power, verve and passion unlike that usually heard on collections. If you want to hear 80s/90s township jive for real, get this.
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I have over 2,000 CDs in my music collection, and if I had to pick one above all the others, it would be this one. It's is absolutely astonishing to me that this is unavailable anywhere. I don't know the story behind how this CD was made or why it became unavailable, but it is a priceless gem.

The music is stellar and amazingly well-produced. I don't know what a single word means, but after a million or so listens, I sing along in my lame phonetic white guy bleating with every song. It's uptempo, township jive, but not some inaccessible field recordings. Crystal clear, electric guitars, keyboards, horns and fabulous vocal harmonies by people who are real pros.

If you're unfamiliar with the genre, it's reminiscent of the late fifties birth-of-rock-and-roll vocal harmony groups, with a bit of Sly Stone sounding funk, and some rockabilly kick, and the blaring horn section you'd find in a reggae orchestra.

If you can find a copy anywhere, buy it. You'll be privileged to own it.
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I had the vinyl LP back when, and did realize this was the same album. It is an excellent mbaqanga set, and well worth the investment unless you already have an extensive library of mbaqanqa.
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