Category Archives: African Classics

Sipho Gumede – Live Legend

Sipho Gumede - Live LegendJazz legend. Multiple Awards Winner. SA Music Icon. Gold sales status. Sakhile band member and foremost exponent of the bass guitar as a lead instrument.

This is a celebration of the best of Sipho Gumede Live.

A 20 track double disc of live recordings taken between 1997 and 2003 (Including the ultra rare What’s your name girl originally released as Banana City Jive in 1991).

Sipho Gumede passed away tragically in July 2004.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of his untimely death.

Tracklisting Disc 1:

01. Ubuntu
02. Dunbar Road
03. Blues for my Mother
04. When days are dark, friends are few
05. Hammersdale
06. Township Jive
07. Song for Johnny Dyani
08. Don’t mess with me
09. Mantombi
10. Please don’t dance

Tracklisting Disc 2:

01. Trust no one
02. What’s your name girl?
03. Peacocks today, featherdusters tomorrow
04. Alone in a strange place
05. Down freedom avenue
06. Cato Manor
07. Tugela river
08. Positive Energy
09. I Love You too
10. Jessica

RIP ‘Barefoot Diva’ Cesaria Evora.

Cesaria EvoraCesaria Evora, the Grammy-winning singer from Cape Verde who brought that nation’s morna music to a wide international audience, died today, her label Lusafrica reported. She was 70 years old.

Evora, who was known as the “Barefoot Diva” for her habit of performing without shoes, was born in 1941 on the Cape Verde island of Sao Vicente, off the coast of West Africa.

She began singing at the age of 16 in the local sailors’ taverns and recorded her first album in 1988, when she was 47. Her 1995 album Cesaria garnered her first Grammy nomination and brought her international acclaim. In 2003, Evora won a Grammy in the World Music category for her album Voz D’Amor… Read more

Source: Rolling Stone South Africa

Oliver Mtukudzi – Chikonzi

Oliver Mtukudzi - Chikonzi (Messenger)Re-releases of 1990 classic Oliver Mtukudzi album ‘Chikonzi’, due to popular public demand. No longer manufactured and since even the Zimbabwean pressings ceased in 2000, this great album has thus been unavailable over the years.

The golden voice of Zimbabwe, multi platinum seller and award winner, Tuku is no stranger to South African’s. He has had a string of radio hits, including Toddi, Kunze Kwadoka, and Neria, as well as sold out shows, local and international awards, and has even appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

These classics are back to replace those scratched LP’s, lost albums and once again make that world music collection complete!