Thursday, August 17, 2006
In the early 1960s Marks Mankwane and others added electric instruments to the local version of American vocal harmonies. This transition is heard on today's podcast. You can hear the unique five part vocal harmonies, echoing the earlier Manhattan Brothers, the electric guitars advancing and the introduction of the male groaner - first Aaron Jack Lerole of Black Mambaso and later Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde. On these tracks you can hear both of them. Later Mahlathini joined forces with the Mahotella Queens and the Makghona Tsohle Band (meaning the "can do" band). Whilst this is history the music lives on. For further information check this.
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