African Songbird

by Sathima Bea Benjamin

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i_came_to_dance do you realise how lucky we are that Matsuli have released this rarity on vinyl?!

not only essential, THIS WILL BECOME A FAVOURITE ALBUM IN YOUR COLLECTION

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.
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mastakaspa Outstanding music, definitely too short - every piece is a masterpiece. Favorite track: Music.
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Africa 21:29
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Music 08:54
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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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