Batsumi (pana013)

by Batsumi

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Batsumi (R&T, 1974) is a masterpiece of spiritualised afro-jazz, and a prodigious singular- ity in the South African jazz canon. There is nothing else on record from the period that has the deep, resonant urgency of the Batsumi sound.
The Batsumi sessions were completed on a limited budget at Audio Arts, a facility nor- mally used for recording advertising jingles. The newly established Record and Tape Company (R&T) agreed to issue the album. A subsidiary of Satbel, R&T and associated record labels King, Soweto and Joburg sought to exploit indigenous black music and market it aggressively into the increasingly affluent and articulate urban black popula- tions of the major metropoles of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. To fit with R&T’s marketing plan and to conform with Apartheid radio-play restrictions the band were obliged to classify the songs on the cover according to language used. Stories of a seSo- tho hero (‘Moshanyana’), the ancestral home of the Pondo people (‘Empondoweni’), the setting of the sun on the rural past (‘Lishonile’), joy and pride (‘Itumeleng’) and other themes inform the lyrics. The cover features an original painting by bassist Zulu Bidi.

アフロ〜レアグルーヴ・ファンにはお馴染みの、仏のComet Recordsや英のStrutのコンピレーションに楽曲(tr.1"Lishonile"/tr.4"Ithumeleng")が収録されるなどしていた、南アのグループBATSUMIによる74年のファースト・アルバム。去年、英のMATSULI MUSICからアナログ・リイシューされるも、日本国内ではほとんど出回らず廃盤となっていた作品ですが、専門店や海外のウェブジンなどでは、2011年ベスト・ジャズ・リイシューとの高い評価も受けていました。ズールー族、コーサ族、シャンガーン族、ソト族といった南アフリカの原住民に伝わる土着音楽をベースに、ピアノ、フルート、サックス、パーカッション、そしてソウルフルなヴォーカルとチャントが恍惚と響き渡る、70年代らしいグルーヴィーなアフロ・ジャズを展開する一枚です。CD化にあたり、去年リイシューされたアナログ盤には未収録の、超絶レアな彼らのセカンドから2曲を追加収録!

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released June 20, 2012

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