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The Indestructible Beat of Soweto - Volume One

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Awungilobolele
Artist: Udokotela Shange Namajaha
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Holotelani
Artist: Nelcy Sedibe
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Qhude Manikiniki
Artist: Umahlathini Nabo
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Indoda Yejazi Elimnyama
Artist: Amaswazi Emvelo
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Emthonjeni Womculo
Artist: Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo
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Sobabamba
Artist: Udokotela Shange Namajaha
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Qhwayilahle
Artist: Moses Mchunu
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Thul'ulalele
Artist: Amaswazi Emvelo
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Sini Lindile
Artist: Nganeziyamfisa No Khambalomvaleliso
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Ngicabange Ngaqeda
Artist: Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo
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Joyce No. 2
Artist: Johnson Mkhalali
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Nansi Imali
Artist: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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04.22.11
Various Artists, The Indestructible Beat of Soweto - Volume One
1985 | Label: Earthworks / The Orchard

Around the time Paul Simon heard his first cassette of South African mbaqanga, or township jive, Trevor Herman and Jumbo Vanrenen, a pair of S.A. ex-pats in England, began compiling this landmark. Their timing, as it turned out, was perfect. Opposition to South Africa's oppressive, racist apartheid system was beginning to get noticed in America and Europe, buoyed along in the pop world thanks first to the charity "Sun City" single and later by Simon's… read more »

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Like Cyrus, it's the one and only

Death

I got this on cassette when in college in 1987, back before CDs and when African pop music was pretty hard to find, there was King Sunny Ade and Paul Simon's Graceland, and then this wild compilation. It never failed to blow the minds of those I played it for. Nowadays some of the synths may seem cheesy, but you can't deny its furious, fresh creativity and joyful power.

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Essential

Sherab

This compilation bridges the gap between the huge influence of Jamaican music in the 70's and what would become known as World Music in the 80's and 90's. This recording was like "The Harder They Come" for me with Reggae. It was a gateway to a lot of great African music. It is Essential.

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Undeniably Great

jrhat

Download this now.

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Forget Paul Simon . . .

trout7

...who later abandoned the bands whose music he kept. Get this.

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Indestructable

katieandchris

Sometimes I think I could just listen to 'Sobabamba' on repeat all day.

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Terrific

jamis

If you like Paul Simon's "Graceland" get this. Absolutely joyous.

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Juggling Rocks

EMUSIC-01F441E0

I spent 2 days trying to hitch a ride on the AlCan highway. To kill the four hours in between sightings of Winnebagos towing Cherokees, I juggled rocks and listened to the Indestructible Beat of Soweto on a lo-fi cassette player. I highly recommend if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road in Alaska juggling rocks.

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a touchstone

Verdunguy

This was one of the first African recordings for local consumption that made it to North America in a big way, at least for the punk generation. These things always get re-invented as generation after generations industriously forgets what we could have built from... It was a breakthrough, and hearing it again many years later, it still holds the power to start listeners on a rich journey of exploration.

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Music that I never forgot

candigirl911

I remember spring of 2002 in Oralndo, FL. I was an intern at Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and my coworkers from Africa was here in America only for a few months. While working this CD was my favorite to listen to. These songs brought back so many memories. I will never forget these tunes nor my African friends--Jabu-Lindway-and Zenigi--much lov

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Iconic

Nasrudin

The first cd I ever bought, before I even had a player. This is the disk that introduced the rest of the world to the Soweto sound. Still on my top 100 list of all time after all these years.

They Say All Music Guide

This anthology of South African artists surprised everyone by becoming a best-seller. It introduced worldbeatniks to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mahlathini, and Moses Mchunu and paved the way for Paul Simon’s Graceland. Winner of The Village Voice’s Jazz and Pop Poll for Best Record of 1987, it’s an essential sampler of modern African styling, a revelation and a joy. – j. poet & Hank Davis