Various Artists - Bayakala Abazali / Sasihlezi Nentombi Yami
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VARIOUS ARTISTS
BAYAKALA ABAZALI / SASIHLEZI NENTOMBI YAMI


recorded 1951c
issued 1951c
Bantu Batho (BB)
Record Industries (Trutone)
made in South Africa
BB 100
matrix N 1291
matrix N 1303
78 rpm
first issue
source: flatinternational Archive

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1COWBOY SUPERMAN
Bayakali Abazali

(uncredited)

2.2PHILEMON MOGKHOSI
Sasihlezi Nentombi Yami

(Jimmie Rodgers)

ARTISTS

 

COWBOY SUPERMAN - guitar, vocal
PHILEMON MOGKHOSI - vocal
SOLOMON NDABA - aka Cowboy Superman

NOTES

 

The late Philemon Mogkhosi, who passed away in 1985, was the leader of the famed African Inkspots, popular in South Africa in the late 1940s and early 50s. The group along with Dolly Rathebe was featured in a number of early films including Jim Comes to Joburg (1949) and The Magic Garden (1951).

As a recent comment on Electric Jive points out, Moghosi's Sasihlezi Nentombi Yami is quite clearly an interpretation of Jimmie Rodgers Waiting for a Train recorded in 1929. Both versions include yodeling and an opening train whistle. The BB label does credit "Waiting for a Train" to Rodgers but gives no translation of the Zulu title nor credit for the Zulu lyrics.

Themes of trains or other modes of transport feature often in South African songs, sometimes with social implications. Perhaps Mogkhosi was alluding to this by quoting Rodgers' song?

For more information on the track visit my post Rock Jive - Volume 2 at Electric Jive.

Many songs by Cowboy Superman are credited to Solomon Ndaba, and it is my educated guess that they are one in the same. For more information on the track Bayakala Abazli by Cowboy Superman visit my post Maskanda Roots (1927-1964) at Electric Jive.