Monday, November 01, 2010

African Jive

It's safe to say that I'm not a big fan of reissues, however they can at times serve a valuable purpose, especially if the original becomes so rare and expensive that only a few lucky collectors would even have the opportunity at owning and enjoying a record of such degree. For this reason, I was excited to see the recent reissue of Dick Khoza's funky 1976 South Africa jazz gem Chapita. This amazing record features classic Afro-jazz gems like "African Jive", "Zumbwe (Baby Tiger)", as well as the funky slow-groovin' title track "Chapita". The reissue also makes an appeal to those that might actually even own the original by including extensive liner notes and never-before-seen photographs that aren't present on the original release. The reissue was released by the new label Matsuli Music, who actually got ahold of the original master tapes and re-mastered them for this release. Overall, Matsuli Music did an amazing job of putting together a great reissue that upholds the integrity and sound of the original. Hopefully this will now open the door for new generations of listeners to enjoy the brilliance of Dick Khoza's masterpiece. Enjoy!

Dick Khoza - Zumbwe (Baby Tiger)

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