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Letta Mbulu: Naturally

Letta Mbulu

Ace Records
April 20, 2010




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South African singer Letta Mbulu had come to the United States in the mid 60s as an exile from the apartheid regime. She made a triumphant return to her home country after the the dismantling of apartheid in the 1990s. The music she made is exceptional, and her one offering for Fantasy is a very special recording. She was brought to the label through her friendship with Cannonball Adderley – they shared a manager at one point. He appears on the album alongside his brother Nat. Her husband Caiphus Semenya produced and worked alongside members of the Crusaders creating the mix of funk and African sounds, which meld beautifully, not just on the club tracks but on exquisite pieces such as ‘Kube’.

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