Wednesday 24 April 2013

Daisy Dumakude's African Disco Soul Triumph (1977)

Some artists who left South Africa in the ‘dark days’ found themselves in the right place at the right time, while equally talented others just did not get the breaks they should have. Here is a great album, but allow me to introduce you to a great person too!

Thuli Daisy Dumakude: Image taken from
A French pressing of this rather extraordinary African disco soul album is hotly pursued worldwide by vinyl collectors who know. Here is the 1977 original South African pressing. 

Sure, Daisy Dumakude has been very successful, gracing the stages of Broadway, associated with multiple productions, including the Lion King, Sarafina, singing solo in the movies “Cry Freedom” and “Power of One”. But, just listen to this powerful and beautiful voice and tell me why she was not at least as big as Letta Mbulu?  Perhaps she found herself in the ‘right place’ at the ‘wrong time’, arriving in New York more than a decade later?

Born 1949 in Durban, Thuli Daisy Dumakude lives in New York, married to Welcome Msomi, the co-producer of this album. Msomi has been Director of the Izulu Dance theatre in New York since 1979. Given a living legend award by the city of her birth in 2009, Dumakude  continues her work with rural women in the village of Galibasi in Muden (KZN) doing beadwork. The beadwork is sold to New York theatre goers, with part of the proceeds going to AIDS organizations in South Africa.
Umabatha (1975) featuring
Welcome Msomi and Daisy Dumakude
In 1987 the New York Times published a rave review of a “superb” South African band featuring Dumakude as leader, with Morris Goldberg playing saxophone.  Ms. Dumakude is a simply extraordinary singer, with a vivid soprano voice that reaches up for high, Zulu-style ululations.”
Msomi and Dumakude go back a long way, with Msomi in 1975 producing Umabatha, a South African version of Macbeth set in Mfolozi around the time of Kings Shaka and Dingane. With Dumakude as ‘Lady’ Mabatha  (KaMadonsela) and Msomi as Mabatha, the production toured the world.

Itsyou! Daisy Dumakude
Produced by Johnny Boshoff and Welcome Msomi
Engineer: Owen Wolf
1. Why Did You Go Away (6:29) (Boshoff & Msomi)
2. Early In the Morning (5:15) (Msomi)

3. Call Me Baby (3:58) (Msomi)
4. It's You (6:25) (Msomi)
5. Is It True (6:21) (Boshoff)
6. Who Can It Be (3:49) (Msomi).
Rapidshare here
Mediafire here


  1. merci beacoup pour ce lp , on attend des albums style afro-disco-soul-funk bonne continuation

  2. Thank you very much for this great album!

  3. Thanks for stopping by and leaving positive comments mantra and vuoksenniska - we appreciate it

  4. Hi Chris - I played all the keyboards on this album! (worked a lot with Johnny Boshoff who now lives in Somerset West)

  5. Hi Chris

    Would you by any chance have the album by Daisy Dumakude and Welcome Msomi, Sala Nokuthula. I desperately need it.
    Would appreciate any leads.


  6. Hi Andile - check out this link to the title song - adapted by Welcome Msomi and sung by Saidy Dumakude.

  7. Early in the morning, long before the Weekend Special! Childhood memories all over again. Thanks for this.

  8. Long before Weekend Special, there was African disco. A cross between Donna Summer and Mahotella Queens. Childhood memories all over again. Thanks for this.

  9. thank you, such an amazing record

  10. thank you, such an amazing record


Electric Jive is currently receiving a deluge of spam. Apologies for the additional word verification requirement.