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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Morning Disc - Dudu Pukwana & Spear - In The Townships on Caroline (1973)


South Africa gave to British jazz and, to a larger extent, whole jazz music, A LOT... Chris McGregor and his Brotherhood of Breath were the spring which generated (almost) everything... on this SUPERB disc from 1973, Dudu Pukwana (also part of Stevie Winwood's Traffic in "The Low Spark of...") is with his long-time friends Mongezi Feza, Louis Moholo, Harry Miller and Bizo Mugqikana and the music is 100 percent Mother Africa - i.e. same joyful, rough, singing, sincere character, always felt like a work-in-progress, unfinished magma, yet containing the same seed as ALL African music owns.

Like Hugh Masekela's, it's Mama Africa's ancient voice and soul, but proudly thirsty of Western tradition... its sounds and feeling, BUT without loosing the "beat"... THAT beat!

Funky... and highly recommended.

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