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Mahlathini and Amaswazi Emvolo

  • You're Telling Tales [Shanachie, 1990] B+

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You're Telling Tales [Shanachie, 1990]
Mbqanga maestro West Nkosi long ago commandeered the above-named male vocal combo to inject Swazi traditions into his basically Zulu product. They're movers on Mahlathini's definitive Paris-Soweto, and get numerous leads and writing credits on this robust exercise as well. The track where their backing resembles barking will frighten Arsenio. B+