Best African music finds 2017 # 10 -Letta Mbulu –Kilimanjaro


one post a day for the remainder of 2017 featuring a selection of some of my best finds of African music last year…not necessary brand new releases. Mostly vintage original pressings found during my travels all over the world.

# 10. Letta Mbulu –Kilimanjaro – MJS 101

 MJS Records ‎– MJS-101 Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM  US 1981

Letta Mbulu -Kilimanjaro A side watermarked

  Kilimanjaro  Vocal Version       5:52

Letta Mbulu -Kilimanjaro B side watermarked

      Kilimanjaro (Instrumental)         6:00

Producer – Caiphus Semenya

Written-By – Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu

This is the 1981 US pressing of one of the big boogie/disco-tunes by Letta Mbulu. Especially interesting since the B-side contains a great instrumental version…. Mixed with love by the legendary American producer Ray Martinez

see also Township Soul & Boogie Vol 13; Letta Mbulu -I’ll Never Be The Same (Mosadi) -Tamla Motown

hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie

hey sista, go sista, soul sista -Township Soul & Boogie Vol 2

Play Of The Day -Letta Mbulu -Kilimanjaro 1981

Play Of The Day is one of Letta Mbulu’s great South African singles released in 1981 on the Munjale label; the disco-influenced “Kilimanjaro” with “Help Me Somebody” on the b-side.

Letta Mbulu -Kilimanjaro

All that’s important on Letta’s career can be found on the authoritative site of Doug Payne so I refer to this site for more info and a (almost) complete biography.

‘Oluwa (Many Rains Ago)’ was originally written by Caiphus Semenya years before it was included as the African theme in the  soundtrack for the TV movie ‘Roots’ (1977), composed and arranged by Quincy Jones.

Letta Mbulu -Oluwa (Many Rains Ago) African version