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Audio: ElectricJive 'Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups Vol. 3' [Mixtape]

Volume 3 of ElectricJive Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups series, featuring gems from 1960s/70s South African girl groups.


ElectricJive drops the third installment of what's rapidly become one of our favorite mixtape series Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups — which features gems from 1960s/70s South African girl groups. Volume 3 is an individual MP3 compilation of guitar-led grooves from the likes of Umthunzi Nezitombi Zesimanjemanje, Mahotella Queens, Joy Sisters , S'Modern Girls and plenty more. Hear two selections off the compilation below and download it from ElectricJive.

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Umthunzi Nezitombi Zesimanjemanje "Silihambile Ilizwe"

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Joy Sisters "Andikathale"

>>>Download: ElectricJive "Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups Vol. 3"

CLASSIC MBAQANGA GIRL GROUPS VOL. 3

1. SILIHAMBILE ILIZWE – UMTHUNZI NEZINTOMBI ZESIMANJEMANJE (1972)

2. AMAZING GRACE (SIMAKADE) – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1972)

3. WE BABA ZALA – MAHLOKOHLOKO STARS (1966)

4. ANDIKATHALE – JOY SISTERS (1962)

5. NGIBUZINDLELA – SOWETO STARS (1968)

6. MALOME OREKILE SEPANE – S’MODERN GIRLS (1971)

7. UHLATHANA – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1970)

8. SHELA WETHU – IZINTOMBI ZESI MANJE MANJE (1967)

9. UMNUMZANE – MTHUNZINI GIRLS (1968)

10. LAMALOBALEMABANE – SOWETO STARS (1965)

11. BEKEZELA – MELLOTONE SISTERS (1976)

12. ASAMBENI – MTHEMBU QUEENS (1977)

13. HA KE TSEBE – IZINTOMBI ZOMGQASHIYO (1984)

14. DITABA TSA HAO – THE MATTERS (1980)

15. MALUME – MAHOTELLA QUEENS (1982)

16. MENATE YA LEFATSHE – THE MATTERS (1980)

17. JULIETA – MTHEMBU QUEENS (1977)

18. IQHUDE – DYNAMIC SISTERS (1966)

19. SEKULU KHUNI – THE QUEENS (1976)

20. JABULANI BALALELI – AMAQAWE OMCULO (1972)

21. UYADELELA – MTHUNZINI GIRLS (1972)

22. MORATUOA – THE SLICK SISTERS (1962)

23. SEKUYASA – MAHLABATHINI (1975)

24. LEPAE LAKA – THE QUEENS (1975)

25. AMAZWE NGAMAZWE – MTHEMBU QUEENS (1977)

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In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

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