In its seventh selection of Mukatsuku Records Afro Funk Gems, Mukatsuku Records visits South Africa and gives us two tracks that will certainly have the dance floor busting and grooving about. Two politically charged recordings give new meaning to the way you hear them. The first track is by the South African jazz singer Letta Mbulu, who wails on the side “Mahlalela” from 1970. Known for her work with Michael Jackson, Cannonball Adderley, and others (way after she did this record), it is indeed emotional and radical for the time. The flip, “Chapita”, by Dick Khoza is a mid 70’s, downtown Johannesburg groove he recorded with the Pelican Club House Band. Recorded after the Soweto Uprisings, this side was originally issued on the As-shams label in 1976. Highly sought after by collectors, you get two African bangers (and mash) with this latest from Mukatsuku Records. This label is key to getting the word out of these types of records. For those who need a lesson in African music, or want to get deep in soul, funk, gospel, and other funky areas, they’ve got you covered. Limited quantities, so don’t sleep! Have a listen to a snippet of both tracks below:
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