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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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Africa

Posted by shanoah on August 12, 2008

Good idea. And I’ll keep on playing music, or going wherever my muse takes me.

That was a pretty cool video, and I honestly wasn’t sure where to go next with todays post. So somehow, I decided on Africa:

Africa - Toto

This is another of these songs that I absolutely love. Enough that I filked it at one point. A lot of it, once again, is the lyrics.

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you

From here, I decided to actually go to music being played in Africa. Zimbabwe, to be specific:

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, 
Ray Phiri, & Miriam Makeba

This is from Paul Simon’s Graceland tour, with the awesome band Ladysmith Black Mambazo on backup, as well as several other great musicians. I recommend watching the whole concert, actually. Great Stuff.

I found myself recalling all the lyrics as I was listening to this song. And I don;t think I’ve played my copy of Graceland for a few years. I’ll have to put it back in rotation. And check out Ladysmith Black Mambazo on their own sometime. They’re pretty good.

I was thinking of playing the Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” next, but ended up here instead:

The Guitar (the Lion Sleeps Tonight) - They Might Be Giants

This is a great track from Apollo 18. Typical for TMBG, I couldn’t help but be amused by some of the lyrics.

In the spaceship,
the silver spaceship,
the lion takes control.

Beautifully surreal.

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