post 3 — Music

busi, live

Busi Mhlongo

1947 – 2010
I have been studying African Music. Busi Mhlongo is my new favorite. She was from South Africa, a Zulu woman, singer, musician, songwriter, bandleader, political activist, and a Sangoma—a Zulu shaman.
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Throughout her career Busi was not known in the U.S., but very well known and loved in Europe. She was an activist against apartheid, banished and exiled, and separated from her husband and child for much of her life. She returned to live in South Africa when apartheid was ended.
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Busi Mhlongo’s music was a unique mix of acapella and vocal styles from Zulu and South African traditional forms—mbaqanga, maskanda, mirabi , fused with contemporary elements from jazz, funk, rock, gospel, rap, opera, reggae and West African music. She was both traditional and progressive—Maskanda is competitive acapella singing that developed among migrant South African mine workers, traditionally the province of men, Bus Mhlongo became known as the Queen of Maskanda.
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Yehlisan’umoya ma-Afrika (African nation – calm) is a beautiful song. You can see the video on youtube—here’s the link: 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55d0vqKsePM 

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The photograph above is from the youtube site as well.
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youtube credits:  Sep 24, 2009
South African diva, singer and songwriter Busi Mhlongo – Live recordings from the Fin de Siecle Festival in Nantes France, 1997 and the the Roskilde Festival in Denmark 1999. Cameras by Dick Jewell and Marcus Conway. edited by Lianne Cox. Taken from the DVD Busi Mhlongo Urbanzulu live by MELT 2000 cat. No MZADV7CD014. featuring Spector Ngwayi, Thierry Mvie, Serge Ngndo, Brice Wassy Ndodile Shezi & Thembisa Khuzway.

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