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Mbube

Posted by shanoah on April 29, 2009

Since we’re here on one of the Seanless days again, I felt like playing an old South African folk song. You’ll recognise it due to the popular, Americanized, mispronounced versions, but I thought it’d be worth playing African covers. Besides, I’ve already played the other version.

The earliest known recording of Mbube was sung by Solomon Linda And The Evening Birds in 1939. Mbube and Uyimbube are some of the more common words in there. Pete Seeger misheard the latter as Wimoweh, though. Then a group called the tokens got involved. Here’s Solomons version, though:

Miriam Makeba (who died in 2008), often known as Mama Afrika, also did her own cover of the song.

And here’s the Mahotella Queens, with their own take on it. Wonderful voices, and they give the song their own touch.


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