African Songbird

by Sathima Bea Benjamin

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Philip Graham
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Philip Graham OK, Sathima Bea Benjamin's song"Africa," on the Matsuli Music anthology, is so damn good I need the entire album. The other two tracks are just as remarkable. I chose the a cappella "African Songbird" here because her expressive voice and phrasing utterly shines. Singer and songwriter Benjamin, btw, was the wife of and musical collaborator with Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim), friends with Duke Ellington, and mother of hip-hop genius Jean Grae. Favorite track: African Songbird.
mastakaspa
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mastakaspa Outstanding music, definitely too short - every piece is a masterpiece. Favorite track: Music.
Daniel Schmitt
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Daniel Schmitt Epic. Spiritual. Beautiful.
What else do we need? Favorite track: Africa.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    180g deluxe repressing of this timeless gem. Repressed in a single sleeve with printed inner containing the liner notes from Francis Gooding and archival photograph by Ian Bruce Huntley. With remastered sound from the original master tapes. Featuring Dollar Brand. Highly recommended!

    Includes unlimited streaming of African Songbird via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Get all 10 Matsuli Music releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Witchdoctor's Son, Mzanzi Afro Jazz Sounds - Matsuli Label Sampler, Night Express, Inhlupeko (Distress), One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, Moving Along, Ndikho Xaba and the Natives, African Songbird, and 2 more. , and , .

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Sathima's 1976 masterpiece, finally re-issued.

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released June 1, 2013

Originally recorded and released in 1976 on Rashid Vally's As-Shams (Sun) label.

Reissued 2013 by Matsuli Music under license from Rashid Vally and Sathima Bea Benjamin. Copyright Matsuli Music, Published by Ekapa Records.

SATHIMA BEA BENJAMIN - vocal
DOLLAR BRAND - piano
ABDULLAH IBRAHIM - piano
LOUIS SPEARS - bass
BASIL MOSES - bass
LIONEL BEUKES - bass
DOUG SYDES - drums
MONTY WEBER - drums
BILLY BROOKS - trumpet
BASIL COETZEE - tenor sax, flute

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