Sunday, 23 August 2009

Grooving two times with Letta Mbulu

Two criminally out of print South Africa soul LPs for your listening pleasure today:

Letta Mbulu - Letta (1970)
1. Mahlalela (Lazy Bones) (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:51
2. Use Mncane (Little One) (Letta Mbulu) - 3:27
3. I Won't Weep No More (C. Semenya/O. Drake) - 2:42
4. You Touched Me (C. Semenya/M. Dancy) - 3:41
5. Melodi (Sounds Of Home) (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:29
6. I Need Your Love (C. Semenya/O. Drake) - 2:45
7. Macongo (Hugh Masekela) - 3:15
8. What Shall I Do? (Hugh Masekela) - 2:30
9. Jigijela (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:19
10. Qonqoza (Caiphus Semenya) - 3:39
The players: Hugh Masekela (tp, background vcl); Wayne Henderson (tb, d); Wilton Felder (sax, el-b); Joe Sample (key); Arthur Adams, Wayne West (g); "Stix" Hooper (d); Francisco Aguabella (cga); Letta Mbulu (vcl); Murray Adler, Carroll Stephens (vln); Barbara Simons (viola); Nathan Gershman (cello); Frank Dale (string arr).
Produced by Stewart Levine and Hugh Masekela

Letta Mbulu - Naturally (1972)
1. Afro Texas (Wayne Henderson/Caiphus Semenya) - 3:31
2. Learn To Love (Caiphus Semenya/Letta Mbulu/Wayne Henderson) - 3:33
3. Noma Themba (Letta Mbulu/Caiphus Semenya) - 3:28
4. Kube (Caiphus Semenya) - 3:17
5. Hareje (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:06
6. Never Leave You (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:05
7. Now We May Begin (Joe Sample) - 3:35
8. Saddest Day (Caiphus Semenya) - 5:00
9. Setho (Wayne Henderson) - 4:20
10. Zimkilee (Caiphus Semenya) - 3:15

The players: Joe Sample (key); Arthur Adams, David T. Walker (g); Wilton Felder (b); Stix Hooper (d); Mailto Correa, Milt Holland (perc); Letta Mbulu (vcl), horns, background vcl, Wayne Henderson (arr, hrn orchestrations), Carroll Stephens, Barbara Durant (vln); Leonard Selic, Carole Mukogawa (viola); Nathan Gershman (cello); Marion Sherrill (music preparation); Jimmy Jones (string orchestrations); Caiphus Semenya (arr, cond), Wilton Felder (el-b); Joe Sample (key); Jay DaVersa, Larry Ford (tp); Maurice Spears, Britt Woodman (tb); Herman Riley, Fred Jackson (reeds); Nat Adderley (tp); Cannonball Adderley (as); background vcl.
Produed by Caiphus Semenya.

For much more on Letta's story check these links:


  1. Oooooh yes! How i'd wished that my favourite south african singer would appear here. A million thanks for this. She's just marvelous.

  2. Nice. I take it the title of the post was a play on a Mbulu song that does not feature on these LPs.

  3. Great this Ur own rip?
    If Yes, I request from U to repost this in Lame320Kbs or/and Flac (!)...192 kinda sux...
    Thanx dude...

  4. Please does any one out there know the name of Letta's track about "believing in the music of the sacred drums" . I can't seem to find it anywhere.

    1. The track is titled Sacred Drum from the album There's Music In The Air..I'm also looking for it!!


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