South African music recommendations

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Anyone here really into South African (or area) music? If so, I'd love some recommendations of great artists to check out. Just getting into this area of music and know very little about it, so would appreciate any helpful tips. Particularly interested in stuff with a rhythm section, township or similar sort of stuff (not even sure if that's the right terminology). I know there are lots of sub genres so it's a bit of a vague question - in the same way that to ask about "American music" would be a bit silly. I dig Ladysmith Black Mambazo and that style too but more interested in groove stuff right now.
Any more general Afro-beat recommendations would be cool too, though South African-style stuff is my particular interest right now.
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I bought this CD many years ago, and I still listen to it over and over. And I have since purchased additional mp3 music by these artists, and others in the kwela and township jive style. Melodic, swinging, mostly joyful and upbeat. Some of the most infectious-sounding music I've ever heard. 'Midnight Ska' by Reggie Msomi is one of my favorite tunes.

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Most of the material on this album is from the 1950's. On exception is 'Mbube' by Solomon Linda (which dates back to 1939, and is the tune on which 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' is based... or was stolen from, actually).
 

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Check out Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited. they are from Zimbabwe, & combine traditional & contemporary styles & instruments, especially the mbira(or thumb piano). Absolutely mesmirizing. Mapfumo was a leading musical voice for Zimbabwe's independence movement back in the '60's. Forward Kwenda is probably Zimbabwe's leading mbira player. He is truly gifted, & plays this haunting music almost spontaneously. It is spiritual music, & unbelievably beautiful..........marko
 

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Can't go wrong with these guys . Drummer on this album lives ten minutes from where I'm sitting right now . He helped me sort things out when I drummed for a Congolese band



EDIT -

I'm in Ottawa - might be worth your while to get a hold of him .

http://www.derekdebeer.ca/
 
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contemporary jive by Mafikizolo (w/ Hugh Masekela, special guest artist) :

 
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Not "South Africa" exactly but southern Africa (Zimbabwe):
 
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In the '80s I used to listen to Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba. All South African artists.
 

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DrumGerry said:
In the '80s I used to listen to Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba. All South African artists.
Saw Hugh Masakela at Ronnie Scotts a week or so ago - still amazing at 77 - great band with him
 

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davidh said:
In the '80s I used to listen to Hugh Masekela, Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim and Miriam Makeba. All South African artists.
Saw Hugh Masakela at Ronnie Scotts a week or so ago - still amazing at 77 - great band with him
check Masekela cameo vocal in the Mafikizolo video that I linked
 


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