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Audio: Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups Vol. 2


A few months ago, we brought you the effervescent sounds of old-school Mbaqanga girl groups. Now in a second installment, ElectricJive compiles a more laid back and smooth collection of everyone's favorite South African XX-chromosome crooners. Sweet melodies from the Dark City Sisters and traditional harmonies from the Mahlathini Girls are some of the tunes found in this collection. Do yourself a favor and download this perfect playlist for the coming spring!

>>>Download: ElectricJive's Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups- Vol. 2 (via ElectricJive)

Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups - Vol. 2

1. ONTSEKISANG – DARK CITY SISTERS (1968)

2. OH! BABA OMKHULU – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1972)

3. NKHONO OAKA – THE ZEBRAS (1976)

4. NGIZOKWENZANI MAHLALELA – SOWETO STARS (1968)

5. SIDL’ IMALI ZETHU – MGABABA QUEENS (1973)

6. IZINDABA ZABANTU – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1973)

7. UMFOKANKOSI – MAHLATHINI AND THE QUEENS (1976)

8. UTHULI LWEZICHWE – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1977)

9. HHEM, HHEM, HHEM – MTHUNZINI GIRLS (1971)

10. KEBA BONE – THE QUEENS (1977)

11. MAJAZANA – MTHUNZINI GIRLS (1972)

12. MAMA ZALA – MAHLATHINI GIRLS (1975)

13. KUDALA BEKUSHO – THE QUEENS (1977)

14. AKULALWA ESOWETO – MGABABA QUEENS (1973)

15. SUZIE UYANGIPHOXA – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1979)

16. LERATO LARONA – DARK CITY SISTERS (1981)

17. TSHEPO – S’MORDEN GIRLS (1980)

18. UMZIMBA OKHALIMALI – THE QUEENS (1977)

19. LAKHALA IQHUDE – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1972)

20. WAKHALA UMNTWANA – MAHLATHINI GIRLS (1976)

21. THATHU KISI – DARK CITY SISTERS (1966)

22. BUYA BUYA – SOWETO STARS (1966)

23. USIKHESHE KHESHE – IZINTOMBI ZOMQASHIYO (1968)

24. THEMBELENKOSINI – DIMA SISTERS (1964)

25. EMANXIWENI – KILLINGSTONE STARS (1962)

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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