“Something New In Africa” by Various Artists - album review

features in: (B-list) Album Chart of 1957(B-list) Album Chart of the 1950s

TJR says

A compilation of Kwela (pennywhistle jive) recordings featuring five black groups, all naturally gifted with a sense of rhythm and an ear for a tune. Solven Whistlers, one of the most popular pennywhistle groups of the day, are well represented with six tunes, mostly operating in a jazzier spectrum. Although they don't hit the spot for my tastes quite so often, “Golden City Kwela” and the rather unimaginatively titled “Penny Whistler’s Kwela” sound pretty good to me. Basement Boys and Romantic Boys take my top honours, both outfits stirring some spoken word banter into the mix, breaking up the predominently instrumental LP. “Kwela Bafana” and “Upstairs Jump” are best from the former, with “Pilani Kwela” and “Timitoy Baby” from D. Pilane's Romantic Boys standing tallest. Notably, Pilane's group are furthest away from the Jazz and closest to creating something which sounds, to my ears anyway, uniquely South African.

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A1 [02:40] 4.8.png Solven Whistlers with Tony Scott - Something New In Africa (Peter Mokonotela) Jazz
A2 [02:16] 5.4.png Alexandra Junior Bright Boys with Lemmy Special - Lemmy Special Kwela (Lemmy Special) Jazz
A3 [02:28] 6.5.png Basement Boys - Kwela Bafana (Albert Tshitereke) Jazz
A4 [02:29] 5.1.png The Six Lads - Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy (Harry Stone, Jack Stapp) Jazz
A5 [02:33] 6.8.png Solven Whistlers - Golden City Kwela (Peter Mokonotela) Jazz
A6 [02:41] 8.8.png Romantic Boys - Pilani Kwela (D. Pilane) Africana
A7 [02:21] 5.4.png Solven Whistlers - Hamba Kwela (Peter Mokonotela) Jazz
B1 [02:28] 6.3.png Alexandra Junior Bright Boys with Lemmy Special - Joburg Kwela (Alexandra Junior Bright Boys) Jazz
B2 [02:23] 7.6.png Basement Boys - Upstairs Jump (Albert Tshitereke) Big Band / Jive / Swing
B3 [02:44] 5.0.png The Six Lads - Tennessee Kwela (Julius Kuczynski, Henry Stewart) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [02:30] 5.6.png Solven Whistlers - Orlando Jump (Solven Whistlers) Jazz
B5 [02:50] 8.4.png Romantic Boys - Timitoy Baby (D. Pilane) Africana
B6 [02:28] 6.5.png Solven Whistlers - Penny Whistler’s Kwela (Solven Whistlers) Jazz
B7 [02:33] 5.2.png Solven Whistlers - Ulova Kwela (Peter Mokonotela) Jazz
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