Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand

African Songbird

 Bea Benjamin with Dollar Brand - African Songbird

The opener is a first-round knockout: moody and hurting, soaring and visionary, with him-indoors Dollar Brand threading electric keys through the free-fall, doubled-up, deep-funk drums and bass. Then some delicate Cape Town swing, featuring Basil 'Manenberg' Coetzee on flute; and finally Sathima herself alone at land's end, like a bird. Originally released in 1976 on Rashid Vally’s As-shams label, this is a long overdue revive, perfectly realized.

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