Audio/Video: The Roots of Shangaan Electro

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The folk at ElectricJive dig up the influences of Shangaan electro — the South African lightning-speed dance genre that's gained recent popularity through an Honest Jon's compilation. EJ highlights Nkulungwani Wa Nwalungu Vol. 1 (1977), a late-70s collection of what was then called Shangaan disco featuring artists that "would go on to get international exposure with [the likes of] Lizzy Mercier and Paul Simon." Head below for the download and tracklist.

>>>Download Nkulungwani Wa Nwalungu Vol. 1 (via ElectricJive)

01 Sapota: M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters

02 Pfukani Rishile: Samson Mthombeni and the Gazankulu Girls

03 Ndzi Khumbula Vaka Hina: G.S. Chauke

04 Angelinah Nkata: Star Flying Gazankulu

05 Miyela N'whanyana: Samson Mthombeni and the Gazankulu Girls

06 Pfuka N'wavolo: M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters

07 He Mdjadji: M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters

08 Bombo Ratika: Samson Mthombeni and the Gazankulu Girls

09 Salani Va Chiawelo: James Makhubelo and the Nhlalukweni Sisters

10 Ha Kunene: M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters

11 Shinengana: Samson Mthombeni and the Gazankulu Girls

12 Xiniyengile: M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters

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