May '17

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JAMBO - Calling All Children (1991)

Cool Spot, SPOT(V)011   
Producer: Mally Watson       
Engineer: Sipho Jonson Mdletshe   
Recorded at: Cool Spot Studios, JHB


Jambo were perhaps second only to Lucky Dube in popularity among reggae acts in Mzansi. This was their third album, after Prodigal Son (1988) and Bad Friend (1990), and came during a time of growing uncertainty and violence ahead of the imminent fall of apartheid. The title track is "dedicated to the leaders of tomorrow" and calls on the youth to go back to school, after the student uprisings of 1976 set the tone for much of the militant 1980s:

"The time has come for you to go to school,
The time has come to get education...
One child, one education
will build tomorrow nation...
I cannot always be there to protect you,
So you must learn to stand up on your own"