Glen Innes, NSW, Listen To The Wind (Lp), Music, Vinyl LP, MGM Music, Sep20, Word and Sound/Be With Records, Caiphus Semenya, Unclassified

Listen To The Wind (Lp)


2020 re-issue, 140g vinyl. Caiphus Semenya, AKA Mr Letta Mbulu, is a South African legend, and Listen To The Wind, his iconic debut album, is simply a superb modern-soul/boogie album. Its also incredibly rare, especially in good condition, so Be With is delighted to present this reissue. Now a revered composer, musician, and arranger, Caiphus left apartheid South Africa in the 60s for self-imposed exile in Southern California together with his wife, Letta Mbulu. Settling in Los Angeles he started working with the likes of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba and other exiled and semi-exiled South african artists, as well as, of course, his wife Letta. It took until 1982 for Caiphus to get around to putting out the first album of his own. There are elements of boogie, soul, funk and jazz, all shot through with pan-African flavour, and moving effortlessly from uptempo floor fillers to more meditative, slower soulful tracks. Produced by Caiphus himself, he makes full use of a stellar line up of session musicians including Nathan East, Michael Stanton, Sonny Burke and Paulinho DaCosta. And of course, there are Lettas show-stopping vocals.

Tracks

1~1~Angelina
1~2~Play With Fire
1~3~Umoya
1~4~Without You
1~5~Ziph'inkomo
1~6~Gumba Boogie

Details

Format: Vinyl LP
Artist: Caiphus Semenya
Release Date: 18 September 2020
Genre: Unclassified
Label: Word and Sound/Be With Records
Distributor: MGM Music

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