MASUTUTSA DANCE BAND - Vol 1: Setsokotsane (1991)

Diamond, TUH35
Producers: Professor & Doc Mice
Mixed by: David Moloele
Engineers: T. Mdluli & A. Cadabra

Co-produced and composed by Thami Mdluli (Professor Rhythm, Taboo, CJB), one of the leading names in early SA electronic music. While the Professor's solo albums from the same time are all instrumental, the Masututsa Dance Band makes use of a chorus of female vocals - The Super Trio - adding depth to the sound. Setsokotsane ('hurricane' in Sesotho) is split into "chapters" rather than sides. The first relies more heavily on drum machines and samples for an upbeat dancefloor groove that pre-empts kwaito and house. The second chapter ventures into other territory, drawing influences from the Dalom Kids (on 'Hayi Uku Dlala Ngami' / don't play with me), the gospel of Platform 1 (on 'Dineledi' / star) and the flute-driven anthems of Blondie's African Youth Band ('Abazali Bami' / my parents).

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