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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Week after Mother-loving week, I use this space to share some of the spectacular free-album downloads I find online. But this effort isn't just about getting cool music for free, it's about the thrill of discovery and the stupefying joy of stumbling upon some life-changing sounds that only moments earlier you had no idea existed. Miraculously, the joys and thrills come for the most part at no cost, but not always.
For a little change of pace, I'd like to dedicate today's Motherlode to a few generous music bloggers who, in addition to posting a steady flow of rarities and gems, found the time, resources and chutzpah to produce some magnificent reissues. There are four releases of African music here, two from South Africa and two from Ghana. Each one is a stunner and well worth a little—gasp!—cash.
Various ~ Township Jive & Kwela Jazz
(Blog: Soul Safari)
"It’s official folks! Soul Safari is proud to announce the release of our first compilation in collaboration with the International Library of African Music (ILAM), Grahamstown, South Africa. All titles on this compilation have been handpicked from the ILAM Archives and have been professionally mastered and restored from the original 78 shellac discs. The track listing represents a wide variety of styles from the golden era of jive and kwela, originally released on small independent record companies like Gallotone, Hit, BB and New Sounds. Zulu jive, Sotho vocal, accordion and violin jive to name a few style. The compilation features a few rarities by the big names obviously but presents mostly obscure material that has never been heard since the day of it’s original release. Truly music treasures from a long gone past." (Eddy De Clercq, at Soul Safari)