“Indoda Mahlatini Na Madodana” by Indoda Mahlatini Na Madodana - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1979Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

At first I was thinking Madodana might be some sort of co-credited backing group, but I'm more inclined to guess the reading is “The main man Mahlathini and his choir”. If anyone can clarify then please do. His “choir” would consist of two guys – Lazarus 'Boy Nze' Magatole and ‘Bra’ Sello Mmtung (as well as adding his own voice, the saxophonist produced this album) and (at least) three girls – Lindiwe Gamedi, Gugu Sithole and Hilda Tausi. This LP is not a patch on his album-of-the-year standard from ’74, but the end-of-decade offering from the great man still had many outstanding moments. “Isidwaba” (which was released as a single credited to Mahlathini and The Queens) is the major highlight on side one, a joyful number with an insanely catchy skipping rhythm. Side two gets off to a great start with “Umona” and “Sidedeleni Sigiye”, both of which were written by Lazarus Magatole who is also the most prominent vocalist on each. The Mahlathini Girls also play a big part on both occasions. The main man is in the driving seat for the album’s prime cut, the galloping “Akekho” which closes the set. Listen out for the magnificent bass which isn’t afraid to wander higher up the neck; Peter Hook eat your heart out. You can pick this one up via Electric Jive. Go deh!

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A1 [02:52] 6.5.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Sathi Sihambile (Lazarus Magatole, Sello Mmutung) Africana
A2 [02:45] 5.4.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Suka Unganyathelwa (Simon Nkabinde, Sello Mmutung) Africana
A3 [03:01] 5.9.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Musani Zintsizwa (Simon Nkabinde, Sello Mmutung) Africana
A4 [02:57] 7.6.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Siyabuza (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
A5 [02:48] 6.8.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Ungilahlelani Kanjena (Lazarus Magatole) Africana
A6 [02:56] 8.6.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Isidwaba (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
B1 [02:45] 7.5.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Umona (Lazarus Magatole) Africana
B2 [02:47] 8.9.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Sidedeleni Sigiye (Lazarus Magatole) Africana
B3 [02:35] 6.9.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Kuphinde Kwabanjalo (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
B4 [02:53] 6.7.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Siyanibingelela (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
B5 [02:55] 6.7.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Kwamhlaba Uyalingana (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
B6 [02:55] 9.7.png Indoda Mahlatini na Madodana - Akekho (Simon Nkabinde) Africana
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