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'Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1' Celebrates Women's Month In South Africa

Listen to the Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 compilation in celebration of Woman's Month in South Africa.


This year the South African government is recognizing August as a national Women's Month (in addition to the annual Women's Day) in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Women's Charter and 20 years of democracy. In celebration, Southern African reggae community Mzansi Reggae assembled its very first Mzansi Reggae Sistas compilation as a soundtrack for the month. The 74-minute project is a special acknowledgment of the women who are keeping the reggae flame burning in Southern Africa. MissLee of MzansiReggae explained to Okayafrica that "Although Reggae in South Africa remains a marginalised music genre, there are artists whose dedication is keeping the Reggae fire from being totally extinguished, and a considerable number of these are women. This compilation highlights the work of Mzansi's Reggae and Dancehall artists..." and "serves to draw attention to the presence of Reggae musicians that are largely unknown to lovers of reggae music (both nationally and internationally)." For more from MissLee read her essay on Sistas of the rhythm section – Revival and Heaven Cele (Undivided Roots). Stream Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 in full below.

Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 Tracklist

It is time - Thobs the Zulu Queen

Jah fire - Kulcha Queen feat Sir Mockery

Ghetto Uman - Faya Uman

Lead you Way - Empress Pro

Jah Lead the Way - Miss Independent feat Fire Flame

Peace inna di Dancehall - Miz Dee

Handichakuda - Nikki Empress

Don't sell Your Soul - Da Ada Rise feat Mpress Devine

Kasi to Kasi - Roserro

Liberation - Faya Uman

Ungasabi - Mpress Tallowah

A Shirolo - Rhodalia

Kudala - Sistah Roots Tafari

Love the Way - Nkulee Dube

Tribute to Lucky Dube - Sista Phumi

African Woman - Sista Ites (1967 - 2013)

Bonus Track: Hero' s Party - Brenda Fassie & Colbert Mukhwevo

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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