“Babulala Umuzi Ka Baba” by Moses Mchunu - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1981Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

There he is again with that trademark diamond smile, he's got you onside from the start really. I though his “Inkunzi Emnyama” long-player of 1975 was excellent, but this is on another level again, rougher and tougher, more urban this time around with the drum, bass, guitars and vocal chanting dominating, albeit still peppered tastily and tastefully here and there with accordions, fiddles and whistles. He seems to know which side his bread is buttered on; since the debut, he's released several LPs all with the Mavuthela Production stable, West Nkosi at the helm all the while. From start to finish, the whole fast-paced effect is highly intoxicating, guaranteed to get me nodding, tapping, humming drumming, and - I can scarcely even believe it myself - dancing along. Moses, who plays guitar and sings, writes all 12 of these pieces himself, clearly a great talent. I'm led to believe that his LPs sold well in South Africa, but it beats me why this guy is not more widely celebrated.

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A1 [03:47] 8.2.png Moses Mchunu - Kabulala Umuzi Ka Baba (Moses Mchunu) Africana
A2 [03:39] 8.8.png Moses Mchunu - Kulezo Ntaba (Moses Mchunu) Africana
A3 [03:42] 8.2.png Moses Mchunu - Zophela I’mpondo Zenyanga (Moses Mchunu) Africana
A4 [03:39] 8.5.png Moses Mchunu - Yashisa Igugu Intombi Yami (Moses Mchunu) Africana
A5 [03:34] 8.3.png Moses Mchunu - Umona Usuka Esweni (Moses Mchunu) Africana
A6 [03:36] 9.5.png Moses Mchunu - Musukukhala (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B1 [03:35] 9.8.png Moses Mchunu - Sibanqoba Ngamunye (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B2 [03:39] 8.8.png Moses Mchunu - Uyayibona Lentombi (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B3 [03:53] 9.9.png Moses Mchunu - Gijima Mfana (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B4 [03:43] 8.9.png Moses Mchunu - Usitshela Amaganyana (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B5 [03:43] 9.6.png Moses Mchunu - Siyavuma (Moses Mchunu) Africana
B6 [03:35] 9.1.png Moses Mchunu - Yekelani Inzondo (Moses Mchunu) Africana
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