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Abahambi / Umlazi

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"Matasuna Records" journey goes to "South Africa" for the first time to reissue two superb Afro-/Jazzfunk songs by the band "Freeway". Released in 1975 on the South African label "Flame", the album "Abahambi – Balomhlaba" was rediscovered and re-released by the good folks of "Black Pearl Records" from Berlin in 2013. The LP immediately landed on Matasuna Records' album best list and was at the top of the reissue wish list. Now that goal has come true to officially release two songs on 45, making them available as 7inch vinyl singles for the first time. Transferred from the original master tapes and remastered to sound as good as never before. An essential release! The title track of the album "Abahambi" composed by "Sipho Gumede" and also the album opener is also the A-side of the Matasuna release. The song immediately builds up an incredible groove with the first bar and offers an atmospherically dense, 5-minute funk firework. The musicians master their instruments to perfection: be it in the collective playing as well as in the polished solo passages, where they can fully demonstrate their skills. One of the tunes that could run endlessly without ever getting boring. On the flip side, the song "Umlazi" composed by "Enoch Mthalane" is another testament to the sophistication of their arrangements & musicality. Although this song is much slower in tempo, it is in no way inferior to the A-side in intensity. Especially the piano generates a hypnotic groove, which is skillfully continued by the guitar. Another musical treat! The fact that the composers of the songs and musicians of the band are (or were) well-known greats of South African jazz music, but the album respectively the band name "Freeway" does not appear in any bio/discography is more than curious. Apparently it is considered proven that the band was founded by bass player "Sipho Gumede". Born in "Durban" (South Africa), "Sipho Gumede" learned to play the guitar autodidactically until he received his first introduction to jazz from jazz guitarist "Cyril Magubane" at the age of 16. He switched to bass and then got his first professional music job as a member of the "Jazz Revellers" band. In 1970 he went to "Johannesburg" where he met, worked with and toured with some great musicians of that time. He formed several bands with some of them such as "Roots", "Spirits Rejoice" or "Sakhile". Gumede also recorded collaborative pieces with other jazz legends before recording his first solo album in 1985. In the following years he was involved in tours of North America, Europe, as well as many African countries. In 2000, Sipho moved back to "KwaZulu-Natal", where he taught music and performed for township youth. His artistic productivity did not stop there, however, and he produced a number of other albums. In total, he produced, recorded and contributed to more than 20 albums. He died in July 2004 after a short illness.

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Release Date

08.07.2022

Cat No

MSR033

Tracklist

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Track 2
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Soul
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7"
Freeway
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No More / Coming From The Heart Preservation Records
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7"
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Freeway
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No More / Coming From The Heart Preservation Records
Latin Soul / Boogaloo
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7"
La Tribu
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Latin America
7"
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La Tribu
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No Te Quiero Mas (I Don't Want You More) Matasuna
Funk
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7"
La Retreta Mayor
10.95 €
Zambo Matasuna
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Funk/Soul
7"
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La Retreta Mayor
10.95 €
Zambo Matasuna
Northern Soul
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7"
Cliff Nobles & Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks
11.95 €
My Love Is Getting Stronger / The Bold Matasuna
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Funk/Soul
7"
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Cliff Nobles & Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks
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My Love Is Getting Stronger / The Bold Matasuna
Latin
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7"
Phirpo y sus Caribes
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Comencemos (Let's Start) Matasuna
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7"
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Phirpo y sus Caribes
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Comencemos (Let's Start) Matasuna
Soul
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7"
The Meters & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
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Sing A Simple Song / Giggin' Down 103rd Matasuna
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7"
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The Meters & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
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Sing A Simple Song / Giggin' Down 103rd Matasuna
Latin
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Apache
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Liberate / Hombre Matasuna
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7"
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Apache
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Liberate / Hombre Matasuna
Electronica
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The Paradox (Jean-Phi Dary/Jeff Mills)
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Live At Montreux Jazz Festival Axis
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Electronica
2-LP
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The Paradox (Jean-Phi Dary/Jeff Mills)
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Funk / Soul-Re Edits
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7"
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Funk/Soul
7"
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Thomas Haak
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Resense 056 Resense
Brazil
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LP
Various
18.00 €
10 Anos De Bossa Nova Fontana
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Latin America
LP
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Various
18.00 €
10 Anos De Bossa Nova Fontana
Reggae / Dub
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EP
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Midnight Meditation EP Higher Note
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Reggae / Dub
EP
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Midnight Meditation EP Higher Note
Funky Breaks
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SoulBrigada & Voodoocuts
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Right Now / Respekt (feat. Dedy Dread) Friday’s Funky 45
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Headz
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SoulBrigada & Voodoocuts
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Funky Breaks
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Krafty Kuts
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Humpty Nas / Get On Down Friday’s Funky 45
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Headz
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Krafty Kuts
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Humpty Nas / Get On Down Friday’s Funky 45