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ARTIST
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Born to Jive
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CD

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STEW 037CD STEW 037CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/2/2015

1997 release. The South African Soul Brothers are, as the BBC DJ Andy Kershaw has said, "the greatest township jive group... ever!" In fact, they and Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens pretty much defined township jive (also called mbaqanga) in the 1970s and '80s, though in contrast to Mahlathini's low, gruff "groan," the Soul Brothers' lead singer, David Masondo, has a distinctive high, tremulous voice, and instead of the Queens' chirpy chorus, the Brothers have terrific saxophonists and, above all, Moses Ngwenya's funky, funky Hammond organ. As the recordings on this CD confirm, the Soul Brothers were as strong as ever in the '90s. Included in this collection are four songs recorded live at the BBC in London in 1995.