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Maskanda Roots (1927-1964) Vol. 2

Maskanda Roots (1927-1964) Vol. 2

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Petros Mtambo, Sidney Mkize, Cowboy Ndlovu, Star Cousins, Sample Sixogo and more.

A chronological selection of tracks sourced from 78 rpm discs tracing the early roots of this Zulu, neo-traditional style. Maskanda is most famously linked to the guitar, though not exclusively. The long syncretic tradition has incorporated a number of instruments including the concertina, accordion and violin. This compilation traces the history from early A cappella recordings, through ndlamu dance traditions, to what became known as “Zulu Guitar”.

All tracks sourced from the Flatinternational South African Audio Archive.
Originally published at Electric Jive in 2011, (FXEJ 3).
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