Allen Kwela – Black Beauty (1975/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 32:50 minutes | 373 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © As-Shams – The Sun
The cream of Johannesburg’s jazz musicians gathered at state-of-the-art Satbel studios to create Black Beauty for the “Soweto” label. Led by guitarist extraordinaire Allen Kwela and featuring the godfather of South African jazz Kippie Moeketsi, the album successfully straddles producer pressure to emulate the commercial success of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Mannenberg, against the musicians’ own impetus to play a jazz they wanted. While the title track “Black Beauty” nods at Ibrahim’s stylings, the magic happens in the three remaining tracks where Kwela and his top-notch band lay down new directions.
1-1. Allen Kwela – Black Beauty (07:09)
1-2. Allen Kwela – Mild Storm (08:12)
1-3. Allen Kwela – Qaphela (06:51)
1-4. Allen Kwela – Willow Vale (10:36)