Soweto has long been a vibrant attraction for fortune seekers from all over South Africa and further afield. Reggie Msomi and His Jazz Africa attest to a pleasing accommodation of multiple roots, most probably originally forged in the pulsating Pelican Night Club.Soweto somehow always seems to effortlessly fuse the old and the new, the young and the old. Leaders such as Msomi and Lemmy Mabaso had been producing great music since the late 1950s, while other names appearing on this album were yet to become famous – for example guitarist and singer Ray Chikapa Phiri went on to form “Stimela”.
“On first alto sax Lemmy Special Mabaso from Diepkloof Johannesburg; on tenor sax Aubrey Simani from Meadowlands Johannesburg; on baritone sax Freeman Lombatha from East London, Eastern Cape; on tenor and guitar Reggie Msomi from Port Shepstone, Natal; on lead guitar Chikapa Phiri from Nelspruit, Eastern Transvaal; on bass guitar Richard Shongwe from Nelspruit; on drums Isaac Mtshali also from Nelspruit.” (from the sleeve notes).
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Recorded at the EMI Studios in Johannesburg on 27th September 1976.Recording Engineer; Glen Pearce
Produced by West Nkosi
Soul Jazz Pop BL90
All tracks composed by Reggie Msomi
1. Butterfly (6:20)2. Soweto Grooving (6:30)
3. Lovers Party (6:00)
4. Nomndayi (7:00)
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