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Thunder Before Dawn (The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto Vol.2)

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Utshwala Begazati
Artist: Amaswazi Emvelo
3:48
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Thuto Ke Senotlolo
Artist: Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo
3:37
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Amazimuzimu
Artist: Dilika
3:04
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Wakwami
Artist: Abafakasi
2:57
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Sunshine Boots
Artist: Johnson Mkhalali
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Phumani Endlini
Artist: Jozi
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Kwa Volondiya
Artist: Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo
3:15
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Vula Bops
Artist: Makgona Tsohle Band
3:21
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Jabula Mfana
Artist: Amaswazi Emvelo
4:02
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Siwuhambile Umhalaba
Artist: Amaswazi Emvelo
4:45
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Ngasebenza Ngedwa
Artist: Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo
2:37
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Motshile
Artist: Malombo
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Thandaza
Artist: Nganeziyamfisa No Khambalomvaleliso
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 45:56

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Thunder Before the Dawn.

pxdenevan

Improbable beyond belief, I recognized 2 songs from this 25 year old album on my first trip to South Africa this past July (2014). We heard a lot of music wherever we went and as always it adds so much to the sense of a place and people. This collection is old and perhaps dated, as you would expect since music everywhere grows, but it is still relevant and reflective.

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Kwa Volondiya. What more can I say...?

downdinoiling

Goodness this track is just sublime. I have listened to it for almost 20 years now and it is still as fresh now as the day I first heard it. Plus I saw them singing it live in concert. You can't get any better than that for sheer exuberance! Thuto Ke Senotlolo is no slouch either. A timeless Album.

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Wonderful...

NightTrane

If you have any interest in African Music this is a must have..Joyous singing,great guitar work and it sounds like a cohesive recording though performed by different artists...A Wonderful compilation!

They Say All Music Guide

Part of the series on Earthworks of current urban township-style songs from South Africa, Thunder Before Dawn is the second volume, overall a very nice collection of works, predominantly in Zulu, from Soweto. Quite possibly the main highlight of the album is the music from Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo, a South African supergroup comprised of Mahlathini, the quintessential groaner, the Mahotella Queens, and Marks Mankwane’s Makgona Tsohle Band. The other nice surprise is the accordion work of Johnson Mkhalali. To find out what’s been happening in South Africa as far as music is concerned (before the end of apartheid, that is), this series is key. – Adam Greenberg

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