Hugh Masekela 'The Chisa Years 1965 - 1975' 2xLP
The Chisa Years: 1965–1975 (Rare and Unreleased) is a compilation album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. The album consists of 14 rare or forgotten tracks recorded by Stewart Levine and Hugh Masekela from 1965 to 1975 when they ran their own Chisa Records label. From the early experiments of the Zulus (a group featuring M’Bulu) in mixing doo-wop, rhythm and blues and South African gospel and the mbaqanga / ”Grazing in the Grass”-style work of the generically named Johannesburg Street Band to the clearly Fela-influenced Ojah (Masekela’s band in the mid-’70s, consisting of players from Ghana and Nigeria) and the ready for-prime time belting of M’Bulu, each track reveals a multi-pronged effort to find and challenge the notion(s) of how African and American cultural forms could interact.
Catalogue number: BBELP69