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Listen to the new single "Faceless People"

  • ReleaseProduct
    Face To Face
    Artist
    Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu and Jive Connection
    Label
    Strut
    Catalogue Number
    STRUT211D
    Release Date
    January 27, 2023
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    Strut revives a lost recording from the archives in January with a 2002 collaboration between acclaimed South African folk singer Vusi Mahlasela, singer songwriter Norman Zulu and Swedish jazz / soul collective Jive Connection.

    The links between South Africa and Sweden have long been strong with Sweden one of the most supportive European nations in the struggle against apartheid; the government helped to fund the ANC for decades and Mandela visited the country on one of his first European stops following his release from prison in 1990.

    Sotho folk singer Vusi Mahlasela, dubbed “The Voice” Of South Africa, performed at Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 and has enjoyed his own long relationship with Sweden, regularly embarking on cultural exchanges and forging a strong bond with the Jive Connection band, featuring guitarist / bassist Stefan Bergman and Little Dragon drummer Erik Bodin within its line-up.

    Although touring regularly, the collaboration has rarely been documented beyond a lone studio album in 1994. This “lost” recording, discovered in the archives of producer Torsten Larsson, also features songwriter / vocalist Norman Zulu and showcases their natural musical chemistry together. Vusi’s songs have traditionally addressed the struggle for freedom and the need for reconciliation and, here, his lyrics are as powerful as ever, ranging from parables (‘Prodigal Son’) to an unflinching lament on child abuse (‘Faceless People’). Jive Connection vary the soundtrack, bringing in hints of reggae, jazz and post-punk alongside traditional township arrangements.

    Face To Face is mastered by The Carvery. Artwork features unseen photos from the album sessions along with full lyrics. Produced in association with Torsten Larsson.

    Digital Tracklist

    1. 1 Prodigal Son 5:40
    2. 2 Umzala 4:01
    3. 3 Faceless People 5:00 Buy

      Faceless People

    4. 4 In Komo 4:04
    5. 5 Face To Face 4:18
    6. 6 Themba Lami 6:54
    7. 7 Intombi Ye Mbali 4:57
    8. 8 Push 4:47
    9. 9 Abantu Abangana Buso 4:47
    10. 10 Anastacia 5:28
    11. 11 Thululalele 5:08
    12. 12 Roots 3:33
    13. 13 Still 3:40
    14. 14 Son of Prodigal Son 5:44

Strut revives a lost recording from the archives in January with a 2002 collaboration between acclaimed South African folk singer Vusi Mahlasela, singer songwriter Norman Zulu and Swedish jazz / soul collective Jive Connection.

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