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Playlist of West Nkosi

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  • West Nkosi - Mazuzu

    4:51

    West Nkosi (RIP), great producer, saxophonist and penny whistle player performs, Mazuzu (Young Woman) from his Rhythm Of Healing album.

  • Durban Road

    2:44

    Provided to YouTube by AFRICORI

    Durban Road · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · Rupert Bopape / West Nkosi · Rupert Bopape / West Nkosi

    Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1991-10-09

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • West Nkosi - Village Bump

    4:02

  • The Makgona Tsohle Band featuring West Nkosi - Stokfel Jive

    3:06

    Party Jive

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  • West Nkosi - Two Mabone

    2:26

    Violins? Sure! Possible an extremely out-of-tune saxophone? Throw it in there! Not a hit.

  • Duba Duba Feat West Nkosi

    3:16

    The individual band members were all domestic workers from Pretoria. West Nkosi, born in Nelspruit in 1940, was sent to live with his grandfather in Pretoria at the age of 16 to find employment. Nkosi found work as a market porter, and then as a house servant, in 1957. During his off-hours, Nkosi played meticulous pennywhistle kwela tunes outside sports centres or on the streets, in awe of his idol Spokes Mashiyane, who at that time was a great kwela star. Two fellow domestic workers, Joseph Makwela and Lucky Monama, happened to see Nkosi playing. In awe of his music, Makwela and Monama persuaded Nkosi to teach them how to play rhythmic music. Not long afterwards, they formed their own group The Pretoria Tower Boys, with three more members. Nkosi was on pennywhistle (though he changed to saxophone in the early '60s), as was Monama, with Makwela on guitar. The Tower Boys sometimes encountered another pennywhistle group, led by talented guitarist Marks Mankwane, who hailed from the Warmbaths area. Nkosi said to his band members to look out for Mankwane, who was a very polished musician, having played guitar since he was 12 years old.

    Eventually, Nkosi travelled to Johannesburg in 1962 with Monama and Makwela, all of them hoping to join the recording industry. They ended up as session musicians for Gallo Record Company, playing in producer Reggie Msomi's line-up the Hollywood Jazz Band (Nkosi was now on saxophone, Monama was now on drums, whilst Makwela had made history by becoming the first black electric bassist in South Africa). In mid-1963, Msomi took them on a tour of Northern Rhodesia, which was to become Zambia; however, the tour ended up being a disaster, as political turmoil prevented the group's audiences attending their concerts. As a result they were stranded there for six months. When they returned to Gallo in Johannesburg, they found that it had been severely reorganised.


    Los miembros individuales de la banda eran todos trabajadores domésticos de Pretoria. West Nkosi, nacido en Nelspruit en 1940, fue enviado a vivir con su abuelo en Pretoria a la edad de 16 años para encontrar un empleo. Nkosi encontró trabajo como portero de mercado, y luego como sirviente de la casa, en 1957. Durante sus horas de descanso, Nkosi tocó meticulosas melodías kwela fuera de los centros deportivos o en las calles, en el asombro de su ídolo Habla Mashiyane, quien en ese momento Fue una gran estrella kwela. Dos compañeros de servicio doméstico, Joseph Makwela y Lucky Monama, vieron a Nkosi jugar. Asombrados por su música, Makwela y Monama persuadieron a Nkosi para que les enseñara a tocar música rítmica. No mucho después, formaron su propio grupo The Pretoria Tower Boys, con tres miembros más. Nkosi estaba en pennywhistle (aunque cambió a saxofón a principios de los 60), al igual que Monama, con Makwela en la guitarra. Los Tower Boys a veces se encontraron con otro grupo de silbatos, liderado por el talentoso guitarrista Marks Mankwane, que provenía del área de Warmbaths. Nkosi le dijo a los miembros de su banda que cuidaran a Mankwane, que era un músico muy pulido y que había tocado la guitarra desde que tenía 12 años.

    Finalmente, Nkosi viajó a Johannesburgo en 1962 con Monama y Makwela, todos ellos con la esperanza de unirse a la industria discográfica. Terminaron como músicos de sesión para Gallo Record Company, tocando en la alineación del productor Reggie Msomi, la banda de jazz de Hollywood (Nkosi ahora estaba en saxofón, Monama ahora estaba en la batería, mientras que Makwela había hecho historia al convertirse en el primer bajista eléctrico negro en el sur África). A mediados de 1963, Msomi los llevó a una gira por Rhodesia del Norte, que se convertiría en Zambia; sin embargo, la gira terminó siendo un desastre, ya que la agitación política impidió que el público del grupo asistiera a sus conciertos. Como resultado, quedaron varados allí durante seis meses. Cuando regresaron a Gallo en Johannesburgo, encontraron que se había reorganizado severamente.

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  • West Nkosi South african township jivemarabi bell 800

    2:31

    A masterpiece from South Africa,early 70's. Marabi Bell 800,by West Nkosi! The opening lines translate to English as follows:
    Hey,West,have you forgotten about the marabi bell? NO,I haven't forgotten,and I'm going to hit it again on 'marabi bell 800'.The number 800 doesn't refer to anything,it just sounds good!The spirit is here,say 'yes'guys! YESSS!

  • 1985 West Nkosi with Makgona Tsohle Band ∙ Vula Bops

    3:28

  • West Nkosi - Marabi Bell 800

    2:31

    Artist: West Nkosi

    Song Title: Marabi Bell 800

    Genre: Marabi

    Date: 1995

    From the album The Kings and Queens of Township Jive (1995)

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  • Umthakathi500-West Nkosi Nabashokobezi..

    2:53

    Umthakathi500-West Nkosi Nabashokobezi..
    featuring Marks Mankwane.

  • South African West Nkosi

    13:04

  • West Nkosi - 1815 Special

    2:33

    Single on the London label from 1973
    Credited to West and Robert Bopape
    Amazing slice of mbaqange
    I assume its relating to a train - does anyone know?

  • Wenzile

    4:37

    Provided to YouTube by AFRICORI

    Wenzile (She Didi It) · West Nkosi & Thelani AJB · West Nkosi & Thelani AJB · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Rhythm of Healing

    ℗ 2018 The Gallo Record Company Vault

    Released on: 2018-05-28

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • 24 Tracks

    4:02

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    24 Tracks · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 2

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • West Nkosi Izambane

    2:38

  • West Nkosi south africa township jive chillis 500 saxophone

    2:58

    The mighty West Nkosi,with his 1973 hit Chillis 500. The opening lines translate to English as follows:
    Hey,West! What's happening with music in 1973,young man? Oh,this year I'm going to fill you up with chillis.Oh,really? You're going to fill us up with chillis? What do you think of that Sebaka Borena?Yes,we're going to fill them up with Peri Peri sauce!Fill them up,guys,right up to their eyeballs! Finish them up completeley so they can't see no more!!

  • Seven Mabone

    2:57

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    Seven Mabone · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · Rupert Bopape / West Nkosi · Rupert Bopape / West Nkosi

    Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1991-10-09

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • 2 by 2

    2:22

    Provided to YouTube by AFRICORI

    2 by 2 · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · Rupert Bopape / Shadrack Piliso · Rupert Bopape / Shadrack Piliso

    Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1991-10-09

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens ft West Nkosi - Thunthswane Basadi

    3:05

    The Women Raised The Dust With Their Dance. Accompanied By The Makgona Tsohle Band

  • Last Night

    5:23

    Provided to YouTube by AFRICORI

    Last Night · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · Lazarus K Moncho · Lazarus K Moncho

    Help Me Make it Through the Night

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1993-09-21

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  • Vula Bops

    2:19

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    Vula Bops · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1991-10-09

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • 1 03 West Nkosi and His Sax July Handicap

    2:23

    A Mavuthela Christmas - Part One – 2012
    A special festive compilation of sounds from 1960s and 1970s black South Africa. Electric Jive

  • 1 16 West Nkosi and His Mouth Organ Speedy Man

    2:28

    A Mavuthela Christmas - Part One – 2012
    A special festive compilation of sounds from 1960s and 1970s black South Africa. Electric Jive

  • Dubaduba West Nkosi

    2:22

    West Nkosi (born Johannes Hlongwane, 1940 – 8 October 1998) was a South African music producer, saxophonist and songwriter.

    Nkosi was born in Nelspruit, South Africa. He was an original member of the Makgona Tsohle Band which backed Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. He was also a producer in the Mavuthela Music subsidiary of Gallo Record Company where he produced thousands of recordings by several famous South African artists, including the first 22 records for Ladysmith Black Mambazo (he managed the group until their international discovery in 1987). Nkosi also produced all the international releases for Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, and the Makgona Tsohle Band between 1986 and 1991, when he left both the Mahlathini and the Queens and Makgona Tsohle to concentrate solely on producing. Nkosi did, however, return to the recording studio with the critically acclaimed Rhythm of Healing: Supreme Sax and Penny Whistle Township Jive, in 1993.

    Nkosi was paralyzed in an automobile accident in August 1998, and died from his injuries two months later, at 58 years old.

  • West Nkosi - Shona Phansi

    4:54

  • Duba Duba

    3:14

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    Duba Duba (Feat. West Nkosi) · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 1

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • Thelani Ajb Feat West Nkosi - Marabi Kwela

    5:24

  • Mazuzu - West Nkosi

    4:50

  • Mzala Wami Amaswazi Emvelo

    3:47

    Mzala Wami - Amaswazi Emvelo
    (Meshack Mkhwanazi/West Nkosi)
    Produced by West Nkosi for Mavuthela Productions 1981
    Label: Ezom Dabu / RPM

  • Damaged Archive #1

    3:22

    The first in a series of damaged records from the flatinternational South African audio archive.

    West Nkosi Nabashokobezi
    Marabi Bell 800
    (West Nkosi, Rupert Bopape)
    Smanje Manje 45 rpm
    SJM 129
    ABC 32531
    1973

  • Ungithantha Kanjani - West Nkosi

    4:22

  • Durban Road

    4:33

    Provided to YouTube by WM South Africa

    Durban Road · Mango Groove

    Faces To The Sun

    ℗ 2016 Mango Groove, Distributed by Warner Music South Africa

    Composer: Rupert Bopape
    Composer: W. Nkosi

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Landzela Siyohlehla - Kakai

    3:29

    Landzela Siyohlehla - Kakai
    (Sonnyboy Khumalo-K.Mosupe)
    Produced by West Nkosi for Mavuthela Productions
    Soul,Jazz,Pop Label 1982.

  • Maphutha

    4:04

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    Maphutha · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 2

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • Ditaba Tse Monate.

    3:36

    The Mahotella Queens es una banda femenina sudafricana formada en 1964 por el productor musical Rupert Bopape, compuesta por Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu y Amanda Nkosi. El grupo se destaca por su distintivo sonido de armonía vocal, música mbaqanga guiada por guitarra y baile rápido en el escenario.

    Bopape fue un buscador de talentos y productor en la filial independiente de Gallo Africa dedicada a la música negra, Mavuthela Music Company. Formó el Mahotella Queens como el grupo de chicas residentes de la compañía y el conjunto, a menudo dirigido por la voz masculina de Simon 'Mahlathini' Nkabinde, llegó a tener muchos éxitos durante la década de 1960. La alineación de Queens durante este período usualmente comprendía a Hilda Tloubatla, Juliet Mazamisa, Ethel Mngomezulu, Nobesuthu Mbadu y Mildred Mangxola. The Queens y Mahlathini fueron respaldados por la banda de la casa de Mavuthela, la Makgona Tsohle Band (incluyendo Marks Mankwane en la guitarra principal y West Nkosi en el saxofón alto). En 1972, la formación de las Mahotella Queens se desintegró después de desacuerdos de regalías con Bopape; Mahlathini dejó la compañía en una disputa similar con el productor. Sin embargo, con un cambio de membresía, las reinas siguieron siendo productivas y populares en los años setenta y ochenta. En 1987, después de la explosión de interés en la música sudafricana, la alineación de Queens se reagrupó y tres de sus cantantes originales, Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu y Mildred Mangxola, regresaron al grupo. En combinación con Mahlathini, el grupo forjó una exitosa carrera de giras internacionales que dura hasta nuestros días.

    A pesar de las muertes de Mahlathini, Marks Mankwane y West Nkosi a fines de la década de 1990, Mahotella Queens continúa actuando y grabando en el siglo XXI. En 2013, la miembro de larga data Mildred Mangxola se retiró del grupo. Fue reemplazada por una nueva recluta, Amanda Nkosi.

  • Musani Ukungithunuka - Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahlathini.

    4:17

    Musani Ukungitthunuka - Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahlathini.
    Produced by West Nkosi Ezomdabu Label
    LP.Utshwala Begazati A Mavuthela Production
    1985.

  • South African Jazz - Offerings, 1999

    1:11:59

    Ever wondered what the original recording of Skokiaan sounded like ? Press Play. ;-)

    Tracklist :
    1 00:00 Skokiaan - Bulawayo Sweet Rythms Band, 1950
    2 02:44 Dance No. 1 - Unofficial Language, 1994
    3 07:46 Dudu - Imeko feat. Bra Benny, 1995
    4 11:56 Bra Ntemi's Kwela - African Jazz Pioneers, 1993
    5 15:58 Qalaphansi in Afrikaans - Winston's Jive Mix-Up, 1989
    6 19:51 Funky Bumpkins - Tananas, 1996
    7 23:11 Kampala - Jabu Nkosi's Jazz City 7, 1997
    8 28:51 Chobolo - Spokes Mashiyane, 1957
    9 31:36 Wait Awhile - Winston's Jive Mix-Up, 1989
    10 35:28 Kgaitsedi Rebecca - Big voice Jack, 1998
    11 40:43 Marabi Kwela - Thelani AJB feat. West Nkosi, 1992
    12 45:52 See You Later - Lemmy Special Mabaso and Dan Hill, 1958
    13 48:16 Emsengeni - King Jury And His Band, 1959
    14 50:35 Mazuzu (Young Woman) - Thelani AJB feat. West Nkosi, 1992
    15 55:08 Inguga (Theme from Beckett's Trek) - Henry Zuma, 1974
    16 57:10 Pennywhistle - Mango Groove, 1988
    17 1:00:19 The Last Sixpence - Spokes Mashiyane, 1959
    18 1:02:44 Way Back Fifties - The Drive, 1975
    19 1:08:44 The Rock - Unofficial Language, 1994

  • Sisi Nomvula-Umzansi Zulu Dancers.

    4:59

    Sisi Nomvula-Umzansi Zulu Dancers.
    Produced by West Nkosi 1987

  • Two Mabone

    2:36

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    Two Mabone · West Nkosi · West Nkosi · West Nkosi / Rupert Bopape · West Nkosi / Rupert Bopape

    Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 1991-10-09

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Kikizelani - Nelcy Sedibe

    3:51

    Kikizelani - Nelcy Sedibe
    Produced by West Nkosi for Mavuthela Productions
    Soul Jazz Pop Label 1984

  • Vula Bops

    3:21

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    Vula Bops · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 1

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • Abafana Baseqhudeni-Size Ngejongosi.

    2:26

    Abafana Baseqhudeni were produced by West Nkosi and ace guitarist Marks Mankwane.The deep voiced singer Robert Mbazo Mkhize, was discovered and mentored by Simon Mahlathini Nkabinde,.Another song covered by Malcolm Maclaren on Duck Rock.

  • Holotelani - Nelcy Sedibe

    3:53

    Holotelani - Nelcy Sedibe
    Produced by West Nkosi for Mavuthela Productions
    1983..Soul Jazz Pop Label

  • 2 by 2 VOL.1

    3:21

    The individual band members were all domestic workers from Pretoria. West Nkosi, born in Nelspruit in 1940, was sent to live with his grandfather in Pretoria at the age of 16 to find employment. Nkosi found work as a market porter, and then as a house servant, in 1957. During his off-hours, Nkosi played meticulous pennywhistle kwela tunes outside sports centres or on the streets, in awe of his idol Spokes Mashiyane, who at that time was a great kwela star. Two fellow domestic workers, Joseph Makwela and Lucky Monama, happened to see Nkosi playing. In awe of his music, Makwela and Monama persuaded Nkosi to teach them how to play rhythmic music. Not long afterwards, they formed their own group The Pretoria Tower Boys, with three more members. Nkosi was on pennywhistle (though he changed to saxophone in the early '60s), as was Monama, with Makwela on guitar. The Tower Boys sometimes encountered another pennywhistle group, led by talented guitarist Marks Mankwane, who hailed from the Warmbaths area. Nkosi said to his band members to look out for Mankwane, who was a very polished musician, having played guitar since he was 12 years old.

    Eventually, Nkosi travelled to Johannesburg in 1962 with Monama and Makwela, all of them hoping to join the recording industry. They ended up as session musicians for Gallo Record Company, playing in producer Reggie Msomi's line-up the Hollywood Jazz Band (Nkosi was now on saxophone, Monama was now on drums, whilst Makwela had made history by becoming the first black electric bassist in South Africa). In mid-1963, Msomi took them on a tour of Northern Rhodesia, which was to become Zambia; however, the tour ended up being a disaster, as political turmoil prevented the group's audiences attending their concerts. As a result they were stranded there for six months. When they returned to Gallo in Johannesburg, they found that it had been severely reorganised.


    Los miembros individuales de la banda eran todos trabajadores domésticos de Pretoria. West Nkosi, nacido en Nelspruit en 1940, fue enviado a vivir con su abuelo en Pretoria a la edad de 16 años para encontrar un empleo. Nkosi encontró trabajo como portero de mercado, y luego como sirviente de la casa, en 1957. Durante sus horas de descanso, Nkosi tocó meticulosas melodías kwela fuera de los centros deportivos o en las calles, en el asombro de su ídolo Habla Mashiyane, quien en ese momento Fue una gran estrella kwela. Dos compañeros de servicio doméstico, Joseph Makwela y Lucky Monama, vieron a Nkosi jugar. Asombrados por su música, Makwela y Monama persuadieron a Nkosi para que les enseñara a tocar música rítmica. No mucho después, formaron su propio grupo The Pretoria Tower Boys, con tres miembros más. Nkosi estaba en pennywhistle (aunque cambió a saxofón a principios de los 60), al igual que Monama, con Makwela en la guitarra. Los Tower Boys a veces se encontraron con otro grupo de silbatos, liderado por el talentoso guitarrista Marks Mankwane, que provenía del área de Warmbaths. Nkosi le dijo a los miembros de su banda que cuidaran a Mankwane, que era un músico muy pulido y que había tocado la guitarra desde que tenía 12 años.

    Finalmente, Nkosi viajó a Johannesburgo en 1962 con Monama y Makwela, todos ellos con la esperanza de unirse a la industria discográfica. Terminaron como músicos de sesión para Gallo Record Company, tocando en la alineación del productor Reggie Msomi, la banda de jazz de Hollywood (Nkosi ahora estaba en saxofón, Monama ahora estaba en la batería, mientras que Makwela había hecho historia al convertirse en el primer bajista eléctrico negro en el sur África). A mediados de 1963, Msomi los llevó a una gira por Rhodesia del Norte, que se convertiría en Zambia; sin embargo, la gira terminó siendo un desastre, ya que la agitación política impidió que el público del grupo asistiera a sus conciertos. Como resultado, quedaron varados allí durante seis meses. Cuando regresaron a Gallo en Johannesburgo, encontraron que se había reorganizado severamente.

  • Bridge No. 1

    4:01

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    Bridge No. 1 · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 2

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • Musukudlala Ngomsebenzi-Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahalthini

    4:04

    Mus'ukudlala Ngomsebenzi-Amaswazi Emvelo & Mahalthini
    Produced by West Nkosi Ezomdabu Label 1985
    During the time that the Queens were taking leave Simon Nkabinde
    teamed up with Mavuthela productions top male act,Amaswazi Emvelo.

  • Hlonipha Abazali. ELECTRIC JIVE.

    3:46

    Mbaqanga con alma con el toque característico de West Nkosi, lleno de sonidos de órgano y ritmos pesados ​​en graves. Los puristas descartarán los cordones de los zapatos como intentos de Nkosi de empujar a mbaqanga a la era moderna después de que su popularidad comenzó a disminuir en la década de 1980, al menos antes del auge en el interés internacional por actos como Mahlathini y Mahotella Queens . Al hacerlo, Nkosi recurrió a los sonidos del alma que perfeccionó produciendo artistas como Mpharanyana y Cannibals , empleando a músicos de su establo Mavuthela, incluidos miembros de otro influyente acto de mbaqanga, Amaswazi Emvelo.

  • Kataki

    4:04

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    Kataki · Makgonatsohle Band · Makgonatsohle Band · West Nkosi · West Nkosi

    Mathaka, Vol. 2

    ℗ 2013 Gallo Record Company

    Released on: 2007-10-05

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  • Sengaliwe - Nelcy Sedibe

    4:29

    Sengaliwe - Nelcy Sedibe
    A Mavuthela Production by West Nkosi
    Soul Jazz Pop Label 1984

  • 1 17 Makhona Tsohle Band Inkalakatha

    2:37

    A Mavuthela Christmas - Part One – 2012
    A special festive compilation of sounds from 1960s and 1970s black South Africa. Electric Jive

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