Busi Mhlongo - Yehlisan'umoya Azania (in the mix)
Southern Africa

altBusi Mhlongo      

1947 - 2010 

Yehlisan'umoya Azania (in the mix)

We miss you Mam Busi

MZA 050

 

 

A singer, dancer, and composer whose music defies categorisation, Ma Mhlongo, as Rudeboy Paul fondly refers to her, draws on various South African styles, such as Maskanda, Mbaqanga, Marabi and traditional Zulu songs. Born in Kwa Zulu, Natal, Busi Mhlongo grew up with a song on her lips. Her debut maskanda album for M.E.L.T.2000 in 1998 called Urban Zulu brought her international fame.   

Track Listing

  1. Webaba (Black Coffee & Culoe de Song remix)
  2. Uyeph'unembeza (Hip hop, dub mix by Monde Mkhizwana)
  3. Izizwe (Black Coffee & Busi Mhlongo)
  4. Baba We (Deep) (Frederic Galliano)
  5. Crocodiles (Soothsayers (UK) & Busi Mhlongo)
  6. Father of my children (Castro B with Busi Mhlongo)
  7. Hlisani Umova (Featuring DJ Zee & Busi Mhlongo)
  8. Webaba (Culoe de Song remix)
  9. Yintoni Na (Black Coffee & Busi Mhlongo
  10. Lua Lua (DJ Qness Zulu Warrior mix)
  11. Sibuza Indlela (Rudeboy Paul & the Legendary Busi Mhlongo)
  12. What is she saying to me? (Kalahari Surfers & Greg Hunter Featuring Busi Mhlongo)



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 Touring internationally and bewitching audiences with her powerful stage presence and vocal prowess she rightfully took her seat in the musical arena as one of the most phenomenal and exciting musicians to have ever emerged from South Africa. Ranked alongside Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and The Mohatella Queens, unique in becoming the first female to spread the maskanda vocal style internationally, Busi had been applauded by audiences the world over.
We like to thank all the artists who contributed remixes and original tracks for this album for their dedication, love and respect for the original compositions by Ma Busi and her co-composers Themba Ngcobo and the late Mkhalelwa Spector Ngwazi.

Music has always played a vital role in the peace and prosperity process of the new South Africa and a couple of generations later the youth of today is hungry to know about traditional and world music. It is not that our youngsters want to "steal" the music but rather honor artists like Ma Busi by giving new life to the important messages from artists like her. They are inventing the new sound, adding to the powerful message that made her a household name across the globe. This is the new sound of our youth! I have the privilege of being a temporary archive keeper of a lot of traditional music and so I am acutely aware that all that has been created does not belongs to us, but to the universe.

 

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This remix album of our beloved Ma Busi Mhlongo came a few months before she lost her fight against breast cancer and at a time when  the first world's old fashioned financial-and political structures have crumbled, when crime in our beautiful country Azania is still rampant, when xenophobic attacks on foreigners have hit the international headlines, at a time when a large part of the country celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup but also at a time when the prime object is to reduce crime - a goal that is amplified by the loss of our best friend and M.E.L.T.2000 associate Ananda Masset who gave his life in pursuit of peace.

In 1998, when we first released Busi Mhlongo's revolutionary album Urbanzulu, she asked for the people of Africa to calm. The appeal of this album remains the same and is to ask the people of Azania (South Africa) to PLEASE calm down and find peace and its own path again without further bloodshed. We ask the Azanians and non-Azanians to live together peacefully and to be united in a multiracial community-more than a decade into democracy we ask those in charge to put a lot more effort into achieving the goal of sustainable living in a country with a abundance of natural resources and endless beauty - a country that MUST become the African leader in combating corruption and become a shining example of how to feed all its people with the right diet to combat rampant illnesses like AIDS and TB.

We must not forget Desmond Tutu's dream of a happy Rainbow Nation and if you don't know what it is all about simply stretch out your hand to greet your neighbor... may the universe keep sending love and light upon the people of Azania until they all wake up with a smile on their faces.

Robert Trunz  M.E.L.T.2000