Swingin' Mzoli's

2007-11-29 08:23
We pushed Condry Ziqubu’s “Skorokoro”, did the Zulu dance and got down to Bongo Maffin’s “Thathi’isigubhu”. This was African jive at its best! Celebrating our blackness wouldn’t be complete without re-visiting the memories of Sophiatown – a home to many of our 1950s black intelligentsia like Can Themba and mbaqanga/jazz musos such as Bra’ Hugh Masekela, Mama Miriam Makeba, Mahlathini and Mahotella Queens, just to mention a few. The seven-piece band, Mpho & Uvimba, dug deep into the heart of Sophiatown. They wowed us with Miriam Makeba’s 1967 worldwide hit “Phata Phata”, took us through mbaqanga veterans, Mahlathini and Mahotella Queen’s “Lilizela Mlilizeli” and “I’m in Love with a Rasta Man”, Corry Moraba’s Lenyalo and Busi Mhlongo’s “Imali Yam”. Mpho (the lead vocalist) also gave us a taste of the band’s original work in “Madam” and “Sabela”. And finally they performed more afro-pop tunes like Mafikizolo’s “Ndi hamba nawe”. We were all mimicking the dance moves our grannies were into in the 50s and doing the two-step wedding dance in no time!

-Tiisetso Tlelima

Sunday at Mzoli’s went vintage when Mpho & Uvimba took us back to the 50s with a fusion of maskandi and afro-jazz.

Watch them perform live at Mzoli's

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