Various Artists- Putumayo Presents South Africa   Leave a comment

Various Artists

South Africa


As is the case with most Putumayo releases, South Africa– released just in time for World Cup festivities- brings diverse sounds into a harmonious blend, presenting a cross-section of music representative of a nation’s artistry.

Miriam Makeba’s Orlando serves as the foundation of this wide-ranging examination of South African music. Phinda Mtya is featured twice, once as a member of Mahube and solo on Tiki Tiki. Bholoja’s Mbombela wouldn’t sound out of place on a Ladysmith Black Mambazo album, while more contemporary flavours are found within tracks from Kaya, Bik Sonshine, and Zoro.

I couldn’t tell you the difference between township jive and African jazz, and I don’t care if the music is hip-hop inspired or if it has more traditional roots. This music impacts me at the most base level, where the rhythms- so unlike those I normally encounter within my roots, country, and folk world- work themselves into my two left feet.

If only soccer was this engaging.

On a related but entirely different note, The Soweto Gospel Choir has recorded a version of “Walking on Sunshine” as part of the festivities around the 25th anniversary of the recording of the classic track, not withstanding that most of us know the song was originally recorded and released in ’83 on Attic Records. That song is not on Putumayo Presents South Africa, but SGC’s “Ngahluleleis. See the video here:, and watch the ‘new’ video for Katrina & the Waves’ “WoS” here:

Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee


Posted 2010 June 2 by Donald Teplyske in Uncategorized

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