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Musa Ukungilandela

by Juluka
Musa Ukungilandela by Juluka
Released: Mar 1984
Label: Rhythm Safari Pty Ltd
Years before Paul Simon brought together Western rock and South African pop and folk, Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu initiated a similar interface. The mere existence of Juluka was radical. After all, they were political agitators actually from the land of apartheid (where interracial bands were banned). On 1984's Musa Ukungilandela the duo laces their "Zulu rock" with synthesizers. Despite deep roots in mbaqanga and Afro-pop, many tunes feel inspired by the new wave movement then dominating MTV. "Nans'impi" in particular contains hints of The Police and their love of slyly shifting rhythms.
Justin Farrar