Batsumi - Batsumi
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LINER NOTES

 

[liner notes from Batsumi's second LP Moving Along (R&T, RTL 4100)]

From their inception in 1972 Batsumi were in search for new indigenous sounds and in 1974 they cut their first disc BATSUMI, popularly called BATSUMI SOUND by their fans.

MOVING ALONG consists mainly of familiar SOUNDS to prepare the many fans for BATSUMI's third Album which will revel in rapturous indigenous sounds BATSUMI caught in their quest. All the songs in this Album are composed and arranged jointly by the Group.

Buta-Buta is the main vocalist, blind Minesh Sibiya plays bongos and sings Toi-Toi. Abel Maleka, who is the leader of the group, is the percussionist and plays drums. John-Maswaswe Mothopeng, the blind pianist, also plays acoustic guitar. All these are founder members who for the last four years have been engaged in hunting for new sounds.

Also featured in this Album as session men are the three former Batsumi members, Zulu Bidi, Temba Koyana and Sello Mothopeng, and two other musicians Peter Segona, a trumpeter and Sipho Mabuse, a flutist.
 

BATSUMI
BATSUMI


recorded 1974-1976
issued 1977
Disc Jockey
SATBEL
made in South Africa
produced by Baba Matiwane
DJR 1053
matrix DJR 1053 A
matrix DJR 1053 B
33 rpm
stereo
compilation
cover printed by Artone Press
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Itumeleng

(traditional)

1.2Lishonile

(traditional)

2.3Mam Shanyana

(traditional)

2.4Moving Along

(traditional)

2.5Evil Spirits

(traditional)

ARTISTS

 

BATSUMI
THABANG MASEMOLA - flute, Jews harp, drums
THEMBA KOYANA - tenor sax
MASWASWE MOTHOPENG - vocal, guitar
SELLO MOTHOPENG - organ
LEKGABE MALEKA - drums
ZULU BIDI - double bass
M. SIBIYA - bongos (2nd LP)
PETER SEGONA - trumpet (session 2nd LP)
SIPHO MABUSE - flute (session 2nd LP)
BUTA-BUTA ZWANE - vocal, bongos

NOTES

 

Locating information on Batsumi is difficult and finding their albums is equally hard. The group was formed in 1972. Their first LP Batsumi (R&T, RTL 4041) was released in 1974 and was followed by Moving Along (R&T, RTL 4100) in 1976. This compilation features tracks from each of those albums and was issued in 1977. The liner notes to their second LP (see liner notes) allude to a third album but it is not clear whether this could have been it—probably not.

The track Lishonile has been featured on the compilation CD: Ouelele: Another Collection of Modern Afro Rythms.