Various - Next Stop... Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga

You have to hand it to Strut (again). Releasing a compilation with a subtitle that sounds like a Mastermind topic is a brave move. Mbaqanga translates as 'jive'. As the press release helpfully explains, this is a form of South African music that became popular in the '60s and combines 'rural Zulu music and harmony vocal styles with Western instrumentation'. In layman's terms, it's the sort of material that 'inspired' Malcom McLaren's 'Double Dutch' ; that track's backing in fact bears an uncanny resemblance to a couple of tracks here. Next Stop... Soweto might be a hard sell, but one can't deny the vibrancy and timelessness of its contents, especially when jangly guitar is paired with insistent, toe-tapping rhythms. Enthusiasts will be pleased to know Strut are releasing two more volumes of South African music this year.

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