A collaboration with the South African mbaqanga supergroup Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. Mahlathini was a singer that was well known for his deep voiced ‘groaning’ style. Both he and the Queens formed at the start of the sixties. They were very influential in so called World music around the time of Paul Simon’s Graceland.
Mbaqanga (the Q is pronounced with that fabulous unspeakable Zulu click sound) developed around the same time from the Zulu countryside. It is named after a traditional cornmeal porridge. The story of its origin might sound romantic, with poor singers and a rural lifestyle, the reality is a bit more grim, as they were mostly exploited by white record producers. Mahlathini died a poor man in 1999.