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Makube Njalo (Make It So)
Amandla Poets
Makube Njalo (Make It So)
Genre: World Music
 
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All Artists: Amandla Poets
Title: Makube Njalo (Make It So)
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Total Copies: 0
Label: X Dot 25
Release Date: 3/8/1996
Genre: World Music
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 759145001426

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IC B. (icberry)
Reviewed on 12/29/2008...
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Amandla is the Xhosa word for "power".
Their Azanian/South African name, Amandla Poets, combines Amandla with Poets, as writers of words in meter, and was coined by the band founder and leader, Dumile Vokwana. Vokwana is a native of Guguletu township bordering Capetown, South Africa, a town whose name itself means, "our pride". His partner and ensemble frontwoman Eloise Burrell, is a native of Texas, whose history as an activist brought her to a love of South African music, even was Vokwana, from his homeland, resonated to American R&B.

Their style is furious, catchy and almost unclassifiable. They call it "[S]outh African Mbaqanga reggae". Mbaqanga translates roughly as "township jive" - the sound popularized by Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. The band's reggae roots can be traced back to Africa rather than Jamaica. Stir in some R&B grit and soul, and... Make it So is the result.

Amandla Poets believe that music has always been a thread of communication and reinforcement for a people who strive to control their own destiny. This is the power of Makube Njalo: Make it So.

You can read more about Amandla Poets, and hear sample of their music, here: http://www.associatedentertainment.com/aec/Music/World-music/Amandla-Poets