SA movies -1965 OST ‘Dingaka’ by Bertha EgnosMay 31, 2010
good day to all! Over the last week or so the attention over here has been focused mainly on musicals and soundtracks from our favorite 50′s & 60′s South African movies. Served here today are some highlights, a few unusual works of Bertha Egnos, one of South Africa’s most underrated and forgotten composers.
A remarkable talent that produced one of South Africa’s most succesful musicals ever and many scores for movie soundtracks, plays and pop music that crossed over to the hit parade. But how well remembered is Bertha Egnos??
A Google search for a picture of the lady did not turn up anything! Not even some documentation on her long career in movies and musicals was found although Bertha Egnos was quite famous back in the 60′s and 70′s. I believe the time has come to reconstruct a few bits and forgotten parts of her long career. Here’ s part one…
The musical sequences featured on the soundtrack of ‘Dingaka’ were personally selected and edited by South Africa’s star actor-director-producer Jamie Uys. The soundtrack was written by Bertha Egnos, Eddie Domingo and Basil Gray. From a musical point of view, this soundtrack recording is without a doubt one of the most valuable contributions ever made to the ever-growing library of authentic African music. The songs reflect the colour, the driving rhythm, the vast panorama of sound and music which add up to what novelist Stuart Cloete once described as being ’the song of Africa….the song no white man will ever sing’.
excerpts from the original liner notes of ‘Dingaka’ Gallotone GALP 1385 released in 1965
the original soundtrack of ‘Dingaka’ can be found here
Cast “Dingaka” 1965
Stanley Baker -Tom Davis
Willem Botha-Court Clerk
Bob Courtney-Prison Chaplain
Ken Gampu-Ntuku Makwena
Sophie Mgcina-Choir Soloist
George Moore-Legal Aid Society Secretary
Hugh Rouse-Bantu Commissioner
John Sithebe-Witch Doctor
Clement Mehlomakulu Tlhotlhhalemji-Priest
Fusi Zazayokwe-Stick fighter