Thursday, 14 December 2017

Ngixolele: Forgive me

Amongst year-end reflections of gratitude and disappointment the question of forgiveness keeps coming back to me.  Those who seek it, those who give it, and those who cannot even ask because they will not admit their wrongs. South African imaginations are currently captured by political and corporate leaders who deny their own wrong-doing. 

I hope this will change – the truth will be found, and hope can be restored. Asking for forgiveness can be a happy and fulfilling experience. If it does not land you in prison – it can really make you dance!

Everyone of the seven tracks in this mix are asking for forgiveness (Ngixolele, or Ngiyaxolele) – from heartfelt 70s soul, via an unstoppable disco groove that will capture you, to labd amongst some irresistible mbaqanga to bribe you with involuntary movement. And, to round it off are the Mahotella Queens beautifully singing the traditional church hymn “Baba Ngixolele”. (Father forgive me).

I wish you happy holidays.

1. Ngixolele: The Movers (1978).
2. Ngixolele: The Hotella Stars (1978).
3. Ngixolele: Imitshotshovu (date uncertain – re-released on Earthworks Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 5)          
4. Ngixolele Baba: Izintombe Zesi Manje Manje (1978).
5. Ngixolele Mngani: Izintombe Zesi Manje Manje (1978).
5. Ngixolelene: The Soul Brothers. (1978).
6. Ta Ta Ngixolele : The Mofolo Queens. 78rpm RCA 173
7. Baba Ngixolele: Mahotella Queens (1966) Church Hymn.

Download mp3 here