I find this music intoxicating! Come join the party and add your favorites.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Best song EVAH in praise of traditional homebrew.
This was Yvonnes big hit that really introduced her to Africa. Bigger than 'I'm In Love With A DJ' and went viral Afica wide. The video was shot in October 1986 in varios locations in Johannesburg and out at Heia Safari Ranch near Muldersdrift. Filmed on 16mm Arri. DOP Roy MacGregor, styled by Leigh vd Merwe, produced by Pierre Hinch for S&H Films. Record co is Dephon, Phil Hollis. The video was Written, edited and directed by a young Makhlari. The aim was to put sneak in some social commentary desguised as celebration. It was the apartheid era afterall and little dissent could be shown on TV.
VerseMahlathini Mahotella Queens
I work hard every day
To make my beer
Wake up early every morning
To please my people with African beer
I make sure the fire burns
To make my beer
My special beer Umqombothi
Is African beer
We MaDlamini (Everybody)
Uph'umqombothi (Come and drink my)
We MaDlamini (magic beer)
I work hard to make them happy
Every weekend (Umqombothi)
Makes them party to the rhythm
Makes them dance, this magic beer (Umqobothi)
I wanna make you happy (Umqobothi)
I wanna make you smile (Umqobothi)
I wanna make you dance (Umqobothi), dance
I'll make sure there's a party
Where they drink my special beer
Umqombothi is magic beer
Umqombothi is African beer
These women know how to dance!
Contrast of traditional rural and modern urban. Like the foregoing, a longing for the traditional and a commitment to maintain that spirit in modern surroundings.
I first heard this song on the radio when visiting South Africa in the '90s. First order of business was to get to a music store and get a CD!
This part always gives me spirit chills:
When the night is lonely and I fear the coming dayThe I Threes sing a Bob Marley tune
I reach out and touch you
And I call your name
From Jamaica, of course, but it fits
Lively up yourself and don't be no drag
Lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag
Hey, lively up yourself and don't be no drag
You lively up yourself, dig it, the other bag
Hey, you rock so, you rock so, like you never did before
You dip so, you dip so, and you can dip thru my door
You come so, you come so, oh yeah, like I do adore you
You can lively up yourself and don't be no drag
Hey, you lively up yourself, can you dig it?