Albert Ralulimi and Chris Songxaka were key members of the Elite Swingsters in the 1960s, while Mario Daconceicao's sax featured regularly in the legendary Makhona Tsohle Band. Backed by "The Crunchies" with keyboards, base and drums, these fellas fled the city hype for a soothing sabbatical at Msiza's Village to record this album. Or so it seems.
"Somewhere, Somehow, there is a lonely road the leads to Msiza's Village - a place known for its Silence, Peace and Tranquility. The only thing that disturbed the Peace and Silence during our stay there was the sound of the old-fashioned gramophone.
"Thus, we decided to grab our horns to help the poor old gramophone - all in all that's how it started. At Msiza's Village. The undermentioned great musicians brought their heads together to make this album such a success. At Msiza's Village." (from the back cover).
The reference to Manenburg is not only about the mood and time of this music, but there are historical parallels. Msiza's Village is a rural settlement 50kms North of Pretoria holding a long history of dispossession, forced relocation and resilience. In 1953 these families were forcibly removed from the land that now is Wonderboom airport in Pretoria, and eventually re-located to what became known as Msiza's Village in the Odi district. The Msiza's, led by Chief Speelman Msiza resisted being moved to Mamelodi township and demanded to go where they could grow crops and keep livestock.
Today, Msiza's Village has been revived and given the honour of preserving an art-form that many say saw its origins in the village - Ndebele mural decoration. For more on this story, see here
Produced by Simon Nkosi
Engineer: Paul Wright
Backing: The Crunchies
Philips PKLP.706 (1975)
1. Msiza's Village (Albert Rululimi)
2. Old Shoes (Mario Da Conceicao)
3. Babe's Joint (Albert Rululimi)
4. Water Falls (Mario Da Conceicao)