Sunday, 8 June 2014

REWIND: Bhekumuzi Luthuli - 'Banamanga'

A superb artist whose music I have recently discovered after hearing a track featured on the excellent Monolith Cocktail site, to which I sometimes contribute. Fuelled by jubilant, joyous rhythm, Bhekumuzi Luthuli's 'Banamanga' is the perfect soundtrack for a sunny day like the one I'm currently enjoying in Wiltshire right now. The song can be found on the 'South African Rhythm Riot' compilation, but is lifted from Luthuli's 1999 album 'Iphupho'.

Bhekumuzi Luthuli was a well known South African Maskandi musician, born 1961 in Kwa-Maphumulo, near the Kwa-Zulu Natal town of Stanger. After spending years crafting traditional Zulu music on a home-made guitar he joined the Mbaqanga band Oshimi in the early 80s. After two albums with the group, Luthuli went solo, releasing 24 albums throughout his career, his second and third solo releases, 'Unembeza' and 'Wongikhonzela Enhliziyweni', winningn OKTV awards, and 'Impempe' attaining platinum status. His final LP 'Imali YabeLungu' went gold in just one week. Luthuli died aged 48, after struggling for several weeks with the after-effects of a stroke.