This is the excellent soundtrack to the 1970s documentary of the same name about South African music. An excellent introduction to S/A Music. Ladysmith Black Mambazo contributes two really nice tunes (their second selection is a real toe-tapper) acapella. There is a lovely instrumental featuring just guitars and congas and an equally sweet gospel song. But the highlights are the live selections from the S/A counterpart to the Apollo Theater from the documentary. The tune that features the Mahotella Queens will get you hooked even if you don’t have a clue of what’s being said. You feel it, though.

Editorial film review:

Rhythm of Resistance crosses the forbidden boundaries of apartheid and looks at the sorrow and joy of Black South African music. Music that had been ignored, censored or suppressed comes alive in unforgettable moments, often filmed clandestinely. From Zululand roots to Soweto street singing, from the defiant dancing of workers on their day off to all night singing contests, Rhythm of Resistance captures the panorama of Black South African music during the years of apartheid. Features performances and intimate moments with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Philip Tabane and Malombo, the Mahotella Queens, Abafana and more.”

Tracklist:

A1 Babsy Mlangeni U Mama Uyajabula 3:18
A2 Babsy Mlangeni Ke Ya Le Leboha 3:12
A3 Malomba Perefere 4:10
A4 Malomba Pampa Madiba 5:23
A5 Mparanyana & Cannibals, The       Jesu Otsohile 3:25
B1 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Umthombowase Golgota 3:29
B2 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Yinhleleni 4:32
B3 Johnny & Sipho Inkunzi Ayi Hlabi Ngokusima 3:25
B4 Mahotella Queens Igula Lamasi 2:37
B5 Abafana Baseqhudeni Ubu Gowele 4:20

VA – Rhythm of Resistance – Music of Black South Africa
(320 kbps, cover art included)