Zulu Jive, Umbaqanga
Urban & Rural Zulu Beats
from South Africa
Various Artists, Carthage 1984

Zulu Jive, voorkant

Hallo, als er iets opvalt in Zuid Afrikaanse muziek is het wel
de eeuwige opgewektheid. Ook al passeren er thema’s die
minder vrolijk stemmen, de muziek klinkt altijd alsof er een
feestje gaande is. Uit 1984 stamt deze schijf met onvervalste
‘Umbaqanga’ ofwel zulu jive zoals de titel al doet vermoeden.
Laat er maar een dansje op los hoor..

Hello, eventhough themes are sometimes a bit less on the
happy side, South African music always sounds as if there’s a
party going on. From 1984 w’ve got this slice of ‘umbaqanga’
or zulu jive as the title already suggests. Music made to dance
to, so let go, the makers sure meant you to..

titels ;

01 – Aaron Mbambo – Selishonile ilanga
02 – Joshua Sithole – Sedelini thina
03 – The Rainbows – Futhi
04 – Shoba – A smbe diye e goli
05 – Joshua Sithole – Uqalile ukuba nomona
06 – Shoba – Obaba nxase be thandana
07 – Joshua Sithole – Sisi nomdi
08 – Aaron Mbambo – Sambambha ushemeni
09 – The Rainbows – Mashonisa
10 – Joshua Sithole – Lento oyenza kimi


Moses Mchunu – Babulala Umuzi Ka Baba
Mavuthela Production 1981

Moses Mchunu, front

“During the mid-70s and early 80s, Mchunu was one of the
leading vocalists in the raucous Zulu ‘jive’ style, which
gave way to mbaqanga. Mchunu’s band typified its appeal,
featuring driving rhythms and instruments such as guitar,
violin and concertinas, together with powerful blues-based
vocals. He has released a number of albums that have sold
strongly throughout South Africa, but none have managed to
sustain an international reputation.”
Taken from All Music at the world wide web.
Until now I haven’t been posting a lot of mbaqanga simply
because I don’t own and know that much. I knew Moses
Mchunu from that great collector that was released in
1985, the Indestructible Beat of Soweto, so when I
stumbled upon this lp, I knew what to do.
The jive is so stirring, it’s impossible
to ignore, dance music of the
first kind, enjoy..


1 Kabulala umuzi ka baba
2 Kulezo ntaba
3 Zophela i’mpondo zenyanga
4 Yashisa igugu intombi yami
5 Umona usuka esweni
6 Musukukhala
7 Sibanqoba ngamunye
8 Uyayibona lentombi
9 Gijima mfana
10 Usitshela amaganyana
11 Siyavuma
12 Yekelani inzondo


Mahotella Queens – Izibani Zomgqashiyo,Earthworks 1977

If you are into Zulu Jive, the South African music of the people,
you better don’t miss this one. This is one of their best albums.
The Mahotella Queens are here with their backing group, Makhona
Zonke Band. They are also accompanied by their ‘male groaners’
Robert Mbazo Mkhize, Potatoes Mazambane or Joseph Mthimkhulu.
The Queens are Emily Zwane from Brakpan,
Thandi Radebe from Dube ( Soweto ),
Beatrice Ngcobo from Durban,
Thandi Nkosi from Emdeni ( Soweto )
and Caroline Kapentar from Bloemfontein.
They are considered the best Mgqashiyo entertainers in Southern Africa.
Maybe someone can explain to us why on the cover they speak of five
queens while pictures show only four of them ? Strange.
An early post this saturday, so much football I don’t want to miss,
we, The Netherlands, shall play Japan this afternoon and later we get
Ghana – Australia and Cameroon – Denmark. Great day of sports
in South Africa, let this music make you dance through it.
By the way, just the cover we need today, lots of orange, catch my drift ?


1 Zibuyile nonyaka
2 Yadilaka intaba
3 Asambe mntakamama
4 Uthuli lwezichwe
5 Bekumnandi
6 Demazana
7 Ziyatshitshimba izintombi
8 Vuka uzibuke
9 Siqhamuka kwazulu
10 Xola mama
11 Ifa lenkosana
12 Asambeni bafana