Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Zimbabwe’s Talking Drum – Red Sun (1989)

An early (1989) Zimbabwe jazz oriented album in which mellow guitar wizard Louis Mhlanga was centrally involved. Earlier, we shared a record from another Zimbabwe band, “Ilanga” – for whom  Louis Mhlanga also played.

Now based in South Africa, Louis has gone on to make some truly fantastic music, collaborating with the likes of Vusi Mahlasela (Live at the Baseline), Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri, Sipho Mabuse, and Busi Mhlongo. Mhlanga has also produced music for the likes of Thomas Mapfumo and King Sunny Ade. Saba Mbata was the original drummer for Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. The other leading light, Michael Lannas was reportedly falsely accused of a crime and spent some time in jail. He is apparently living in the UK now.

It would be a treat if I can get Louis to sign this old album when I see him playing live at the Rainbow on Sunday!

1. Moyo Wangu Uri Kuchema (My Heart is Crying)
2. Red Sun
3. You should have been a dancer
4. Drum Talk
5. In your Eyes
6. Mazimbakupa
7. You are my World
8. Kukus
9. The Hunter (Song of the Bushman)
10. Take Me Back

Michael Lannas – Guitar and Vocals
Saba Mbata – Drums and Percussion
Louis Mlhanga – Guitar and Vocals
Henry Peters – Bass and Vocals + Engineering
Brian Rusike – Keyboards and Vocals
While not directly referenced, Rick Van Heerden is most probably the saxophonist.

Published by Zimbabwe Music Corporation in 1989 - TDLL 200

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1 comment:

  1. Louis Mhlanga on guitar also did some great work with mahhotela queens in 2005. their album called "kazet" recorded in france.


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