Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Greetings

Here's a Chrismas record put out by Gallotone in the late '60s.
"Peter Molobye is 10 years old. He and his brother Laban (age 13) have been playing the piano every minute of their spare time for 3 years. Now Laban's rendering of Schubert's Impromptu comes to you on this record. Along with 150 other pupils, Peter and Laban come to Union Artists to learn music theory, jazz improvision, piano, drums, guitar, saxophone and drama. Over the years Union Artists has put on over 50 productions, many of which have been smash hits. 'King Kong' played to over 100 000 people in South Africa before going to London with its full cast. 'Sponono' went to New York. Recently the songs and jazz of 'Thembeni' (also on this record) provided the highlights of the Lesotho Independence Celebrations. Union Artists itself is a non-profit association, kept going almost entirely by subscriptions, of which the profit on the sale of this record forms a small part. All the artists gave their services free and we hope you enjoy 'Something Out of Africa' and the wealth of talent it enshrines."

More info on Union Artists here. This must be one of the first benefit records in South Africa.

And so from me to you all the very best for the holidays and best wises for 2009.

Impromptu (Schubert) by LABAN MOLOBYE
Tula Baba (Trad.) by VINAH BENDILE
Shaweni (Trad) by BETTY MTHOMBENI



david said...

Thank you for another great Malombo track! I also liked the Betty Mthombeni track. Have scoured the internet looking for the Malombo (S/t) and the Kajima comp. and must say they are impossible to find. If anyone has an extra copy or feels like sharing, please let me know.It would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing all the great music and information, Matt! Reading your blog is always a pleasure.

ubu said...

Thanks a lot & merry x-mas to you, too!