Over the past decade, there are three music CDs I’ve given multiple times as gifts. Which means I think they’re pretty special. So I may as well blog about them.
Actually, I blogged about South African vocalist Busi Mhlongo two years ago. I am glad to speak again on her 1998 CD “Urbanzulu” (which is downloadable from iTunes).
This one was a world-music hit, and it spawned a live CD and a remix project. Listening to these tracks, you can understand why Ms. Mhlongo is more than a popular recording artist and international concert attraction. She is a culture hero to the Zulu people.
Busi Mhlongo has been fighting breast cancer for the past couple of years. But the Sowetan newspaper reports that she has a new album coming out soon, produced by Shaluza Max (Max Mtambo)... another one of my favorite South African musicians.
Here are some streaming tracks off “Urbanzulu”:
1. “Yehlisan’Umoya Ma-Afrika”
2. “Ngadlalwa Yindoda”