Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Bakithi Kumalo - San Bonan (1998)

02.San' Bonan' (Greetings)
03.Ul Wandle (The Sea)
04.Lalela Kahle (Listen up!)
08.My Elizabeth
09.Darkstreets of Soweto
11.Mbali (Flower)
12.African Woman.


  1. Paulette McWilliams - Vocals
    Ozzie Melendez - Trombone
    Sammy Merendino - Drum Programming
    Bernie Minoso - Vocals (Background), Rap
    Chieli Minucci - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
    Marc Quiñones - Percussion, Maracas, Timbales, Guiro, Conga, Bongos
    Maucha Adnet - Vocals (Background), Rap
    Lindiwe Dlamini - Vocals (Background)
    Noah Bless - Trombone
    Keith Fluitt - Vocals (Background)
    B.J. Nelson - Vocals (Background)
    Don Alias - Percussion
    Pablo Calogero - Sax (Baritone)
    James Campagnola - Sax (Tenor)
    Tony Cedras - Accordion
    Barry Danielian - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
    Bob Franceschini - Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Horn Arrangements
    Morris Goldberg - Flute, Penny Whistle
    Donald Harrison - Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
    Jeff Haynes - Percussion
    Oscar Hernandez - Horn Arrangements
    Bakithi Khumalo - Bass, Vocals, Main Performer
    Mark Ledford - Percussion
    Mark Egan - Bass
    Steve Khan - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards, Programming, Horn Arrangements, Rhythm Arrangements.

    By Jim Ferguson
    On this side of the Atlantic, Kumalo is best known for his vocals and electric bass work on Paul Simon's Graceland. Featuring the likes of Steve Khan, Mark Egan, Chieli Minucci and Don Alias, San Bonan fuses South African, Latin and jazz elements into a vibrant panorama.

    With occasional assistance from Khan and keyboardist Mike Landy, Kumalo contributes the lion's share of the compositions, which utilize instrumentation that ranges from a large Latin band to a duo with Alias. Minucci takes a few nice acoustic guitar solos and Morris Goldberg colors the textures with bamboo flute and penny whistle, but the album's focal points include infectious vocal melodies (handled by Kumalo, his wife, Robbi, and others), kaleidoscopic rhythms, and killer percussion-driven grooves. It's all held together by Kumalo's articulate bass playing, which anchors the sometimes complex compositions and frequently pops with authority.