South Africa has given us some of the most memorable voices from the African
continent the soaring, passionate
alto of Miriam Makeba, the purr and pounce of Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
the amazing sub-bass groaning of Mahlathini and these artists and many
others all feature on Beginner’s Guide to South Africa.
From the earliest colonial days until the present time, South African
music has created itself out of the mingling of local ideas and forms with
international influence, giving it all a special twist that carries with it the
unmistakeable flavour of South Africa.
Part 1: South Africa Now! features the current movers & shakers of
South Africa such as nu-soul diva Simphiwe Dana, avant-rock from
the hyped BLK JKS, hip-hop-afro-poppers Freshly Ground,
reggae-influenced kwaito from Bongo Maffin and a track from the new
darling of South Africa’s house scene Black Coffee.
Part 2: Rainbow Shoots highlights the musicians who were popular around
the birth of the Rainbow Nation and who continue to exert an influence on
the music of this country such as Boom Shaka, Skwatta Kamp, Sakhile, Mandoza
and Lucky Dube.
Part 3: Township Roots features the artists who came to define apartheid
South Africa either with stirring politically charged protest songs or
their dreams for a future outside of apartheid such as Hugh Masekela,
Dorothy Masuka, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
& Mahlathini & Mahotella