PURE GOLD - By the Rivers of Babylon (1989)

Shanachie (US). 64018

Liner notes: "Pure Gold comes from Mzinmophe, Soweto. Like so many mbube groups, they are a close knit aggregation of ten singers all brothers or cousins, all in their twenties. Led by the expressive lead vocals of Freddy Gwala....The vocal harmonies would make for enjoyable listening even acapella but here they are wedded to a rocking dance rhythm...They deliver the best of both worlds: the pure expressiveness of traditional music and the high-energy dynamics of pop."