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VA: Shweshwe - The Sound of the Mines (1988)
Rounder Records (Cambridge, Mass., USA) /Reamusic, 5031 Producer: Clive Risko Engineer: Jan Smit
Compilation featuring four Basotho bands: Manka le Phallang, Manonyane a Moama, Majakathatha and Sebata Sebata, all based in the goldmines of the then Orange Free State. The album offers typical South Sotho (Shweshwe) music - accordian-driven and repetitive, with distinctive rap-like vocals, packaged for foreign audiences. Not everybody's cup of tea, but an interesting compilation nonetheless.