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Mbaqanga
Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens Lyrics


Umbaqanga man won't you play it if you can
That special music
Umbaqanga man -- he's an African
He's got a special music
Chorus
And we'll move it, we'll move it along
African music, wherever you're from
You'll never lose it -- the rhythm is strong
Umbaqanga music will move you along
Umbaqanga man can you reach me where I am
I need that music
Umbaqanga man won't you play it if you can
That special music
Chorus
And we'll move it, we'll move it along
African music, wherever you're from
You'll never lose it -- the rhythm is strong
Umbaqanga music -- a special song

Contributed by Amelia A. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Reverend 'Gator

I'll have to give YouTube credit for one thing, at least. It brings a lot of great international music to the greater populace. Years ago, thanks to Paul Simon, I was introduced to Ladysmith Black Mambazo and now I find this. Most of us live sheltered lives when it comes to music of the world. This is wonderful stuff.

Dineo Mokgosi

Reverend 'Gator Babe! 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

Tau Mohlodi

2019, we enjoying Mbaqanga

Rorisang Matea

Go ntse jalo Letona

Prem's Writing

used to hear this in Nigeria when I was a kid and I've been trying to find it since then

Opoku Ofosu Prince

My favorite part is “ ladies and gentlemen, this group was found 1964 and has been together till then” wow 😲. Much love from Kumasi, Ghana 🇬🇭

NickLotay

@KetronWeb (part 2) Bopape's protege was West Nkosi, who took over the reigns of producer/manager/royalty collector (...) etc. after the international breakthrough of the 'Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens' act in the mid-1980s. Nkosi continued the exploitation and his wealth, at the time already massive enough, grew and grew whilst the performers' incomes remained at a steady and low level. Nkosi left the group in the early '90s but the damage was already done.

Tito Original D'SanPdro

C A R T A G E N A... C O L O M B I A!!!

Musica Afrocaribe Original

Tito esyo lo que dicen que es soweto. El género es MBAGANGA.

NickLotay

@KetronWeb (I'll have to post my comments in two or three parts due to the character limit) It's a really complicated story, but essentially, all paths lead to exploitation on the part of the producer of the time. The black music industry in South Africa of the 1960s and 1970s was such that the producer - in Mahlathini's case, Rupert Bopape - reaped all the benefits including royalties. The artists were all paid a paltry flat fee.

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