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Stream Busi Mhlongo’s 2001 Awesome Africa Festival Performance

Njabulo Ngubane | Jun 18, 2020

Relive Busi Mhlongo’s 2001 performance at Awesome Africa Festival in newly released live album.

In light of June 15th, which marks the 10th Anniversary of Busi Mhlongo’s passing from cancer in 2010, the label Early Big5 shares a previously unreleased 2001 concert recording of the legendary South African artist. The performance took place in Durban during the Awesome Africa Festival.

Dan Chirboli, founder of Awesome Africa Festival recalls: “In light of June 15th, which marks the 10th Anniversary of Busi Mhlongo’s passing from cancer in 2010, the label Early Big5 shares a previously unreleased 2001 concert recording of the legendary South African artist. The performance took place in Durban during the Awesome Africa Festival.”

The 2001 concert features a unique 16-minute rendition of “Ntandane” from the artist’s 1990 debut album Babhemu alongside staples such as “Yaphel’ iMali Yami” and “Uganga Ngengane” from her 1999 album Urbanzulu. Busi Mhlongo is one of the greatest South African artists and performers. She claimed her place in the maskandi genre with a spiritual take and spoke up against issues the country’s working class can still relate to, to this day.

The news of the release of Live @ Awesome Africa Durban 2001 comes after an announcement that Urbanzulu will be re-issued. The album remains a fan-favorite and the essential album by the musician and healer. It won three South African Music Awards: Best Female Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Album and Best African Pop Album. The re-issue will be available on vinyl and comes with remastered audio and new notes by esteemed journalist Kwanele Sosibo.

Busi Mhlongo’s influence remains visible among contemporary South African artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai and Mashayabhuqe KaMamba among others.

Stream Busi Mhlongo’s Live @ Awesome Africa Durban 2001 on MaskandiTV, Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer, and pre-order Urbanzulu on Bandcamp.

Written by Njabulo Ngubane

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