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AFRICAN JAZZ

2011 - recommended recordings


Albums of the year

 Album of the year - Style Jazz Congolais release of the year - Township Jazz release of the year -  Afrobeat release of the year - Newcomers of the year - Reissue of the year   


Artists of the year

GuitaristsSaxophonists - Trumpet and Flugelhorn - Horn SectionsPiano and Keyboards - Bass - Drums -PercussionVibes - Vocalists Female - Vocalists  Male - Vocal  duets and multi voice groups -Big Bands - Small Bands - multi instrumentalists   -  ArrangersComposers - Electronica - Miscellaneous instruments -  African Jazz Party Albums - Some memorable brief appearances - DVD documentariesDeaths


To read an article giving an overview of 2011 in African jazz click here.

Links to reviews of individual albums can be reached by clicking the highlighted album titles below or by browsing the 2011 reviews section.

 

Album of the year

Live at Carnival City - Hugh Masekela

Bra Hugh's many devotees often remark tat he generally sounds better live than in the recording studio. Add to that the fact that despite his advancing years and somewhat diminished prowess he has been going through an extraordinary purple patch over the last couple of years and it will comes no surprise to learn that this live set fronting a young four piece band for an ecstatic local audience captures one of the world's great talents in an exceptional performance in this DVD/CD set. A must have release. (South Africa)


Style Jazz Congolais release of the year

Bakolo Mindule - Mbilia Bel

 Sandwiched between performances that don't feature Bel at all, holes in the sound and some lacklustre editing lies a jewel of a live performance on this DVD/CD set of Bel singing and dancing to the Tabu Ley  Rochereau style jazz Congolais standards which he composed for her and which form the core of her repertoire. A performance close to perfection with a strong stripped down band in front of her home audience who stay on the dance floor from start to finish.(DR Congo)

 

Township jazz release of the year

Future Talk - Brian Thusi

- The sleeve note describes this unit as a "collective" and the recording has a pleasingly collaborative feel which gives all of the young musicians featured space in which to express themselves. Brian Thusi trumpet playing and leadership bring coherence and drive to a project which captures the blossoming of a new generation of talent in a manner reminiscent of the recordings Chris McGregor made before he went into exile. Irresistible jazz from a a promising new stable of Jozi jazz talent.(South Africa)  

 

Afrobeat release of the year

E Gbà Mi O! - Lágbájá!

More proof, if it were needed, that if contemporary Africa has a a jazz star as great as Fela, Franco or Kippie Moeketsi it is Lágbájá! This Video CD features a mixture of promo clips for songs from his recent releases combined with new live material. As a package it works well and displays Lágbájá's musical intelligence and wit. A strong return to form from the best jazz musician in Africa. (Nigeria)

 

Newcomer of the year

Temesta "Remembrance" - Addis Acoustic Project

 Magical, mellow mostly instrumental cover versions of Ethiopian standards performed and arranged in the Ethio jazz style with aplomb by a gifted group of young and veteran musicians playing mandolin, clarinet, double bass, guitar, Ethiopian percussion etc. Music which gets into the soul.


Recommended newcomers

Abidemi Adebiyi Adekunle - Baritone saxophonist with Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Bernice BoikanyoDrummer, composer (South Africa)

Sbusiso Dlamini Pianist, composer (South Africa)  

Kevin Mfinka Percussionist, multi instrumentalist, composer, vocalist (Congo Brazzaville)

NikiyasePianist, female vocalist, composer (South Africa)

Sunnyboy Guitarist, composer (South Africa)

 

Reissue of the year

Sathima sings Ellington - Bea Benjamin

Sathima shows why she's so highly regarded as n Ellingtonian in a beautiful set produced by her husband Abdullah Ibrahim with whom she shares this musical passion. Duke's song writing, like his piano playing is sometimes under rated but aficionados - who include about nine tenths of jazz lovers - will want to hear these artful, subtle interpretations again and again. The bonus tracks, none of which are by Ellington will convince the unconverted that Sathima is a real force to be reckoned with in African jazz. The most under rated of all the established jazz divas in Africa whose stock can only rise. (South Africa)  

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Artists of the year


Guitarists

Release of the year

Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota  (Mozambique)

 

Recommended releases

Alexis Azulino, Rigo Starr & Caen Mandoka  – featured on  Amour à deux, Amour à vie by Sergio Polo (Cameroun & DR Congo)

Erik Paliani  – featured on the CD/DVD set Live At Carnival City by Hugh Masekela (Malawi)

 Dally Kimoko  – featured on the CD The Queen by Mbilia Bel (DR Congo)

Girum Mezmur – featured on the CD Temesta "Remembrance" by Addis Acoustic Project (Ethiopia)

Papa Noel  – featured on the eponymous CD by Ablaye Ndiaye  Thiosanne (DR Congo)

Sunnyboy – Let it Play (South Africa)  

Sunnyboy – featured on Dance of the Forgotten Free by Thandiswa available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray (South Africa)  

Sunnyboy – featured on With Love by Unathi (South Africa)  

 

 Reissues

Mpassi Mermans – featured on the CD Les rois de la rumba Africaine Vol 1 by Les Bantous De La Capitale (Congo Brazzaville)    

Dr Nico – featured with African Jazz, African Fiesta and Sukisa on the  double CD set Afro Latin via Kinshasa by Various artists (DR Congo)

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Saxophonists

Release of the year 

Manu Dibango – Ballad Emotion (Cameroun)  

 

Recommended releases

Abidemi Adebiyi Adekunle - featured on the CD From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Thierno Kouate  – featured on the eponymous CD by Ablaye Ndiaye  Thiosanne (Senegal)  

Lágbájá!  - E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)  

Dudu Pukwana – featured on the CD Spiritual Knowledge and Grace by Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Rev. Frank Wright (previously unreleased posthumous CD, South Africa)


Reissues

Manu Dibango - Afro-Soul Machine double CD compilation (Cameroun)  

Orlando Julius - featured on the eponymous CD  Orlando Julius and the afro sounders (Nigeria)

Orlando Julius - featured on the VCD Vol 1 Bamio by The Legendary  Orlando Julius and his Afro-Hi Sounders (Nigeria)

Orlando Julius - featured on the VCD Vol 2 Ololufe by The Legendary Orlando Julius and his Afro-Hi Sounders (Nigeria)

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Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Release of the year 

Hugh Masekela – Live At Carnival City CD/DVD set  (South Africa)

 

Recommended releases

 Muyiwa Kunuji  – featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)  

Sakhle Mambukwe – featured on Rear Window (Don't Look Back) by Take Note (South Africa)

Brian Thusi  – Future Talk (South Africa)  

Marcus Wyatt  – featured on the CD ZAR by The Marcus Wyatt Quartet (South Africa)


Reissues

Dennis Mpale - Paying my Bills/ Still Paying my Bills double CD set (South Africa)  

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Horn Sections

Recommended release

Egypt 80's horn section  – featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Jimmy Mondo Miele and Kabert Kabasele – featured on The Queen by Mbilia Bel (DR Congo)  

Orchestra Poly Rhythmo's horn section  – featured on Cotonou Club double CD set (Benin )

Bez Roberts and Adam Howard – featured on Dance of the Forgotten Free by Thandiswa available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray (South Africa)  

 

Reissues  

Bantous de la Capitale's horn section – featured on Les Rois de la Rumba Africaine Vol 1 by Les Bantous De La Capitale (Congo Brazzaville)

  Orchestra Poly Rhythmo's horn section  – featured on Echos Hypnotique 1969 - 1979 Vol 2 (Benin)

Various Artists - featured on four double CD sets Afro Latin Via Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar & Kinshasa (Guinee Conakry. Benin, Senegal &DR Congo)  

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Piano and Keyboards

Release of the year 

Afrika Mkhize – featured on the CD ZAR by The Marcus Wyatt Quartet (South Africa)  


Recommended releases

Sbusiso Dlamini – featured on OS Freedom by Ological Studies (South Africa)

Abdullah Ibrahim – featured on Sotho Blue by Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya (South Africa)

Kaz Kasozi – featured on the eponymous CD Jazzmoss (Uganda)

Ray Lema – 99 (DR Congo)

Sylvester Mazinyane – featured on My Soul by Bernice Boikanyo (South Africa)  

NikiyaseMudar É Bom (South Africa)  


Reissues

Joni Haastrup - featured on Give the Beggar a Chance by Monomono (Nigeria)  

Joni Haastrup - featured on The Dawn of Awareness by Monomono (Nigeria)  

Joni Haastrup – Wake Up Your Mind (Nigeria)  

Joni Haastrup - featured on the CD Black Goddess The Soundtrack from Ola Balogun's film (Nigeria)  

Rob  – Funky Rob Way (Ghana) 

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Bass

Release of the year 

  Harry Miller - featured on Elton Dean's Ninesense Suite Becket/Miller/Moholo  (previously unreleased posthumous CD, South Africa)

 

Recommended releases

Citie – Initiation (Botswana)

Johnny Dyani – featured on the CD Spiritual Knowledge and Grace by Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Rev. Frank Wright (previously unreleased posthumous CD, South Africa)

Bakthi Khumalo - Change  (South Africa)

Etienne Mbappe - featured on 99 by Ray Lema (Cameroun)

Harry Miller - featured on the DVD/ CD set Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop - April '69 by John Surman (previously unreleased posthumous footage/recording, South Africa)

Jimmy Mngwandi – featured on With Love by Unathi (South Africa)  

Carlo Mombelli - featured on Theory by Carlo Mombelli & The Prisoners of Strange  (South Africa)

Phumlani Mtiti– featured on OS Freedom by Ological Studies (South Africa)

Fana Zulu  – featured on the CD/DVD set Live At Carnival City by Hugh Masekela (South Africa)

  

Reissues

  Etienne Mbappe - featured on the double CD compilation Africa by Henri Dikongué (Cameroun)

 Carlo Mombelli - double CD set Abstractions Retrospective 86 to 92  (South Africa) 

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Drums

Release of the year 

Louis Moholo – Moholo - featured on Elton Dean's Ninesense Suite Becket/Miller/Moholo  (previously unreleased CD, South Africa)

 

  Recommended releases

Bernice Boikanyo – My Soul (South Africa )   

Vusi Khumalo – Reasons for Seasons,double CD set   (South Africa)  

Louis Moholo – Moholo - featured on Kongens Gade by Jon Corbett's Dangerous Music's  ( South Africa)

Louis Moholo – Moholo - featured on the CD Spiritual Knowledge and Grace by Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Rev. Frank Wright (previously unreleased CD, South Africa)

 

Reissues

  Tony Allen - Black Voices Revised (Nigeria)

 Dick Khoza - Chapita  (Malawi) 

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Percussion

Release of the year 

Kevin Mfinka - Congo Bolingo (Congo Brazzaville)

 

Recommended release

 Armando - featured on the CD/DVD set 16e Arrondissement by Modogo Grand Franco Frere feat. Papa Wemba (DR Congo)

John Hassan & Bolaji - featured on Tonota by Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)

Lágbájá's percussionists  - featured on the VCD E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)

Mavungu - featured on  the CD Amour à deux, Amour à vie by Sergio Polo (DR Congo)

Wale Totiola & Kola Onasanyaists  - featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

 Tabang Tabane - featured on Dance of the Forgotten Free by Thandiswa available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray (South Africa)   

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Vibes

Release of the year 

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead (Ethiopia)

 

Recommended releases

Manu Dibango - Ballad Emotion (Cameroun)

  

Reissue

Manu Dibango - Afro-Soul Machine double CD compilation (Cameroun)  

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Vocalists Female

Release of the year 

Mbilia Bel –  Bakolo Mindule (CD/DVD set, R Congo)


Recommended releases

 Aster Aweke –  Checheho (Ethiopia)

Mbilia Bel –  The Queen (DR Congo)

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening with Simphiwe Dana Live in Concert (available on Blu-Rauy and DVD, South Africa)

NikiyaseMudar É Bom (South Africa)  

Siphokazi  - Ethembeni (South Africa)  

Thandiswa  - Dance of the Forgotten Free available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray (South Africa)  

Unathi  - With Love (South Africa)  

 

  Reissues

Mbilia Bel  – La Belle Epoque Vol 1 (DVD DR Congo)  

 Mbilia Bel  – La Belle Epoque Vol 2 (DVD DR Congo)

Bea Benjamin  – Sathima sings Ellington (South Africa)  

Letta Mbulu  – Naturally (South Africa)

Siphokazi  - Best of the Best CD/DVD set (South Africa)   

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Vocalists Male

Release of the year 

Ferre Gola – 50 ans de la Musiqe Congolaise (DVD/CD set,  DR Congo)


Recommended releases

Bonga – Mulemba Xangola (Angola)

  Lágbájá!  - E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)

Hugh Masekela – Live At Carnival City CD/DVD set  (South Africa)

Koffi Olomide – Chante Lutumba Vol 1 (DVD/CD set,  DR Congo)

Sergio Polo  - Amour à deux, Amour à vie (Cameroun) 

Caiphus Semenya  -  Live At Carnival City available on CD and DVD  (South Africa)

 

  Reissues

Bonga – double CD set Angola 72 - 74 (Angola)

Manu Dibango - Afro-Soul Machine double CD compilation (Cameroun)

El Rego  -  featured on the eponymous CD El Rego and the Commandos (Benin)   

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Vocal duets and multi voice groups

Recommended release

Sibongile Khumalo, Ladysmith Black Manbazo, Hugh Masekela, etc. – featured on Hugh Masekela Presents Songs of Migration (South Africa)  

Nyboma Mwan Dido & Ballou Canta – featured on The Queen by Mbilia Bel (DR Congo)   

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Big Bands

Release of the year 

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead (Ethiopia)

 

Recommended release

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening with Simphiwe Dana Live in Concert (DVD South Africa)

Egypt 80 - - featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Lágbájá!  - E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)

Orchestra Poly Rhythmo - double CD set Cotonou Club (Benin)  

 

Reissues

Bantous de la Capitale - Les Rois de la Rumba Africaine Vol 1 (Congo Brazzaville) 

Orchestra Poly Rhythmo - The 1st Album (Benin)

Orchestra Poly Rhythmo - Echos Hypnotique 1969 - 1979 Vol 2 (Benin)

Vijana Jazz Band – The Koka Koka Sex Battalion (Tanzania)  

Western Jazz Band – Dar es Salaam Dancing Club 1973 - 1975 (Tanzania)  

Various Artists – Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974 - 1979 (Burkina Faso)  

Various Artists - featured on four double CD sets Afro Latin Via Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar & Kinshasa (Guinee Conakry. Benin, Senegal &DR Congo)   

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 Small Bands

Release of the year

Addis Acoustic Project  Temesta "Remembrance" (Ethiopia)

 

Recommended releases

Bazwake Jazz Band – Future of Africa (South Africa)  

Ological Studies – OS Freedom (South Africa)

Take Note – Rear Window (Don't Look Back) (South Africa)

Marcus Wyatt Quartet – ZAR (South Africa)

 

Reissue s

Monomono  -Give the Beggar a Chance (Nigeria)  

Monomono  - The Dawn of Awakening (Nigeria)

Various Artists – Angola soundtrack: The Unique /Sound of Luanda 1968 - 1976 (Angola)  

 Various Artists  -Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times &Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979 - 1983 (Nigeria) 

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multi instrumentalists

Recommended release

Kevin Mfinka - Congo Bolingo (Congo Brazzaville)


Reissue s

Francis Bebey  -  La Belle Epoque ,4 CD Boxed et (Cameroun)   

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Arrangers

Release of the year 

Caiphus Semenya  -  Live At Carnival City available on CD and DVD  (South Africa)


 Recommended releases

Lekan Animashaun - - featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead (Ethiopia)

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening with Simphiwe Dana Live in Concert (DVD South Africa)

Manu Dibango - Ballad Emotion (Cameroun)

Toto Guilaume - featured on Amour à deux, Amour à vie by Sergio Polo (Cameroun)

Abdullah Ibrahim – featured on Sotho Blue by Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya (South Africa)

Bakthi Khumalo - Change  (South Africa)

Vusi Khumalo – Reasons for Seasons,  double CD set (South Africa)  

Lágbájá!  - E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)

Hugh Masekela – featured on Hugh Masekela Presents Songs of Migration (South Africa)

Lawrence Matshikiza  - featured on the CD Ethembeni by Siphokazi (South Africa)

Girum Mezmur – featured on the CD Temesta "Remembrance" by Addis Acoustic Project (Ethiopia)

Mbongeni Ngema  - featured on the CD Mjedevu by Futhi (South Africa)

Nyboma Mwan Dido – featured on The Queen by Mbilia Bel (DR Congo)  

  

  Reissues

  Abdullah Ibrahim & Bea Benjamin  – featured on Sathima sings Ellington by Bea Benjamin (South Africa)  

Caiphus Semenya  – featured on Naturally by Letta Mbulu (South Africa) 

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Composers

Release of the year 

Francis Bebey  - La Belle Epoque, 4 CD Boxed set (Cameroun)


Recommended releases

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead (Ethiopia)

Bakthi Khumalo - Change  (South Africa)

Lágbájá!  - E Gbà Mi O! VCD (Nigeria)

Tabu Ley Rochereau  – featured on the DVD/CD set Bakolo Mindule by Mbilia Bel (DR Congo)  

 Caiphus Semenya  -  Live At Carnival City available on CD and DVD  (South Africa)

Le  Poète Lutumba Simaro - featured on the DVD/CD set Chnate Lutumba Vol 1 by Koffi Olomide Bel ( DR Congo)

Unathi  - With Love (South Africa)  

 

Reissues

Manu Dibango - Afro-Soul Machine double CD compilation (Cameroun)  

Henri Dikongue - Africa double CD compilation (Cameroun)  

Orlando Julius - featured on the VCD Vol 1 Bamio by The Legendary  Orlando Julius and his Afro-Hi Sounders (Nigeria)

Orlando Julius - featured on the VCD Vol 2 Ololufe by The Legendary Orlando Julius and his Afro-Hi Sounders (Nigeria)

Caiphus Semenya  – featured on Naturally by Letta Mbulu (South Africa)

Various Artists - featured on four double CD sets Afro Latin Via Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar & Kinshasa (Guinee Conakry. Benin, Senegal &DR Congo)    

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Electronica

Some Recommendations

Paul IK Dairo – Hero (Nigeria)  

Kwela TebzaGauteng Made in South Africa (South Africa)  

OskidoOskido's Church Grooves: !0th Commandment (South Africa)  

ProfessorUniversity of Kalawa Jazmee  (South Africa)  

Revolution – Meropa (South Africa)  

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Miscellaneous Instruments

Clarinet

Davit Ferew  – – featured on the CD Temesta "Remembrance" by Addis Acoustic Project (Ethiopia) 

 

Karindula (giant banjo)

Muskipa & Musonda  – featured on The Karindula Sessions: Tradi-modern Sounds from South East Congo, CD/DVD set (DR Congo) 

 

Kora

Dawda Jobartei  – Northern Light Gambian Night (The Gambia)

 

Mandolin

Ayele Mamo  – – featured on the CD Temesta "Remembrance" by Addis Acoustic Project (Ethiopia

 

Penny Whistle

Kwela TebzaGauteng Made in South Africa (South Africa)  

 

Tenor Guitar

Davi Obavendu– featured on From Africa with Fury: Rise by Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)

 

Various traditional instruments

Various Artists's – featured on the double CD set Something is Wrong: Vintage Recordings from East Africa (Kenya & Uganda) 

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African Jazz Party Albums

African Jazz Party album of the year:

  Manu Dibango - Afro-Soul Machine double CD compilation (Cameroun)    

Definitive, irresistible dance floor compilation form African Jazz alumnus' latter day solo career.

 

Recommended releases

Mbilia Bel –  The Queen (DR Congo)

Her Majesty's style jazz Congolais rules supreme.

 

Unathi  - With Love (South Africa)  

Sassy, kwai jazz from young giant killer with Oskido, Mpumi Dhlamini, Jimmy Mngwandi, Sunnyboy, etc.

 

Various Artists –  The Karindula Sessions: Tradi-modern Sounds from South East Congo CD/DVD set (DR Congo)

Grassroots acoustic karindula (giant banjo) played amid crowd mayhem which will delight lovers of OK Jazz bass lines

 

Reissues

Bantous de la Capitale - Les Rois de la Rumba Africaine Vol 1 (Congo Brazzaville) 

Half century old performances prove great dance music is timeless

 

Dennis Mpale - Paying my Bills/ Still Paying my Bills double CD set (South Africa)

Legendary, veteran trumpeter who surprised and delighted with seminal kwai jazz at the end of his career. Why did he do it?

 

 Vijana Jazz Band – The Koka Koka Sex Battalion (Tanzania)

Viljana's dancefloor to bedroom march stands the test of time

 

 Various Artists  -Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times &Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979 - 1983 (Nigeria)  

The great Amas and his peers say "Slow Down" to all who write off the  

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Some memorable brief appearances

Release of the year

Themba Mkhize - featured on the track Fusion on Meropa by Revolution (South Africa)  

 

Recommended releases

Black Coffee, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Thandiswa - featured on the remix of the track Turn on the Sun on A Lifetime... by Stimela (South Africa)  

Mpumi Dhlamini - featured on the tracks Only For You & Kwa Nolali on With Love by Unathi (South Africa)  

Jimmy Dludlu & Tshepo Tshola - featured on the CD/DVD set Live at Carnival City by Hugh Masekela (Mozambique, Lesotho &South Africa)  

McCoy Mrubata  -  featured on the track Mavusana on My Soul by Bernice Boikanyo (South Africa)  

Jaziel Brothers, Mahube, Judith Sephuma and Siphokazi  – featured on Abiango: Duets of my Time by Oliver Mutukudzi (South Africa & Zimbabwe)  

Angelique Kido  - featured on the track Gbeti Madiro on Cotonou Club by Orchestra Poly Rhythmo (Benin)

  Prince Lengoasa, Khaya Mahlangu & Thandiswa - featured on Live at Carnival City by Caiphus Semenya available on CD and DVD (South Africa)

Mayula Mayoni - featured as co composer on the track Ata Ndele on 99 by Ray Lema (DR Congo)  

Sidney Mnisi & Herbie Tsoaeli - featured on the DVD An Evening with Simphiwe Dana Live in Concert by Simphiwe Dana (South Africa ) 

Nanutu  - featured on the track Julia Florista on Luanda International Jazz Festival 2010 by Various Artists (Angola)  

Sindi Nene – featured on bass on the track True Love on her CD Infinite (South Africa)

Pu2ma – featured on Rear Window (Don't Look Back) by Take Note (South Africa)

Barney Rachebane – featured on the track African Mood on Reasons for Seasons by Vusi Khumalo (South Africa)

John Selowane – featured on Initiation by Citie (Botswana)

Thandiswa – featured on the track Amadoda on Let it Play by Sunnyboy (South Africa)

  

Reissues

Tony Allen  – featured on the track Aloko Party on Afro-Soul Machine by Manu Dibango (Nigeria & Cameroun)

Gbemi Amas & Willy Nfor  – featured on the track Slow Down by Amas  on Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times &Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979 - 1983 by Various Artists (Nigeria & Cameroun)

George Lee  – featured on the track Music Alone by Martha   on Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times &Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979 - 1983 by Various Artists (Ghana)     

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DVD documentaries

Benda Bilili - also available on Blu-ray (DR Congo)

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Deaths

 Zim Ngqwanasaxophonist, flautist, composer, band leader (South Africa)  


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