lunes, 13 de abril de 2009

Letta Mbulu: Naturally (1973) ... plus

Resident in the USA since 1964, Letta Mbulu first came to prominence in South Africa in 1960, as a member of the cast of the musical King Kong. On arrival in the USA, she was still under a exclusive world contract with leading South African label Gallo which, afraid of reprisals from the Pretoria authorities, declined to offer her any new recording opportunities. For three years she continued her fruitless negotiations with Gallo's New York representatives, before unilaterally severing the agreement and signing to Capitol Records. For her new label she released two albums before Gallo re-emerged waving her contract and threatening legal action. The continuing ramifications of this situation meant that Mbulu was unable to record for a further two years, instead spending much of her time on tour with, first, Masekela and, later, Cannonball Adderley. In 1973, the singer issued the album Naturally for Adderley's label Fantasy Records. Indeed, he and Mbulu were paired for several of the album's songs. It's here that the L.A. stamp on Mbulu's still-true take on African township pop starts to reveal itself. Songs like ‘Kube’, ‘Noma Themba,’ ‘Hareje’ and ‘Zimkile’ reflect how comfortable Mbulu could be at the crossroads of African and American music. With brilliant production courtesy of Caiphus Semenya, the album also includes the killer soul flute & break ‘Afro Texas’ plus some creamy strings, afro-bass and nice drums. I added three bonus tracks to the original LP: her catchy soul jazz classic ‘What Is Wrong with Groovin’?’, which starts with a throbbing bassline and then leaps into a beautiful soulful vocal that's among one of her best ever, and two songs from her 1968 album Free Soul, ‘Kukuchi’ and ‘West Wind’. After enjoying considerable USA and UK dance-floor success with the single ‘Kilimanjaro’ in 1981, she guested on Michael Jackson's ‘Liberian Girl’. Her singing can also be heard in Roots and The Color Purple. Mbulu continued to be active throughout the 80s and 90s, based in the USA but frequently touring Africa, the Far East and Europe. http://www.nme.com/


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Letta Mbulu astonishing rendition of 'Carry On', from 1983:

7 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

http://rapidshare.com/files/220694340/Letta_Mbully_-_Naturally__1973__..._plus.rar

scottdavida dijo...

Thank you, this is one of her albums that I did not have. I noticed that you were showing the cover on your latest aquisitions and hoped that you might share it with us. Thanks again.

David

Any possibility of Ecstasy, Passion and Pain?

I think I saw the Tina Britt on www.funkmysoul.gr

Nosi dijo...

Thanks, David! Check this link for the Ecstasy...

http://myfavouritesound.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/ecstasy-passion-pain-ecstasy-passion-pain/

scottdavida dijo...

Thanks for the link.

David

Bill dijo...

Thank you so much!

josé neves dijo...

wonderful, wonderful! many thanks

bobbysu dijo...

thank you very much