African artist Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe has a new album titled June 16, 1976 (Umsakazo Records), featuring a inspiring tribute to the fallen of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
With his ultra-baritone rasps, squeezed vocal phrases and distinguishing tribal marks, the great Mazambane carved out a significant place in history as one of South Africa’s most popular and recognizable vocal stars during the era of Mbaqanga township jive.
A familiar name to township audiences through the 1970s and well into the 1980s, he followed in the footsteps of Mahlathini, the first hugely successful ‘groaner’. Now in his 70s, Mazambane is the lone survivor of the era when groaners walked the African townships as heroes. But the changing times haven’t stopped him from creating excellent music.
Buy June 16, 1976