It is extremely honouring to become a part of the fantastic team here at ElectricJive, bringing forgotten gems to the fore again: flatint’s wonderful share highlighting The Movers last week certainly gives you an idea of the treats in store for you! For this post though, we’re going to be departing from the soul train for a while and putting the focus on some straight, no-nonsense mbaqanga – the tasty musical meld that dominated the townships for some twenty years.
Our rare share today is Good Luck Motella, a compilation LP from 1968, bringing together the most successful singles from the past year. This LP is a classic example of the successful hit factory that was Mavuthela, Gallo’s African music subsidiary, the musical home of the biggest pop stars of the day. Some fantastic vocal jive is contained on this record, courtesy of the Mavuthela girl group collective under various names (Izintombi Zo Mgqashiyo, Dima Sisters, Mthunzini Girls, Mahotella Queens), with regular guest vocals from the King, Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde. All this along with two sax jives from the force behind the scenes – the wonderful Makhona Tsohle Band who so defined the mbaqanga scene for so long – makes this a truly definitive record.
I won’t spoil it by telling you what each track has in store for you, but I will say that fans of Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens (post-1986 reunion) are in for a surprise: this record contains the original versions of “Izulu Liyaduduma” (recorded for Thokozile in 1987), “Sihambile” (from 1994’s Stoki Stoki) and “Thokozile” (the title track on their 1987 album).
GOOD LUCK MOTELLA (Various)
Motella LMO 107
1. IZULU LIYADUDUMA – IZINTOMBI ZO MGQASHIYO
2. WOZA JIVE SOSOLO – MTHUNZINI GIRLS
3. MOKHOSI – DIMA SISTERS
4. KHUPA MARAMA NO. 2 – MARKS MANKWANE & HIS ALTO SAX
5. SIBUYILE – IZINTOMBI ZO MQASHIYO
6. SITHUNYIWE THOKOZILE NO. 3 – INTOMBI ZOMGQASHIYO
7. DLAMINI – IZINTOMBI ZO MQASHIYO
8. MATAMATO JIVE MATAMATO NO. 2 – MAKGONA - TSOHLE BAND
9. PHOROKGOTLHO – DIMA SISTERS
10. MAFEHLEFEHLE – MAHLATHINI & THE QUEENS
11. DIKGOMO – DIMA SISTERS
12. OKUSHA-SHA – MTHUNZINI GIRLS