Letta Mbulu - In The Music The Village Never Ends
originally released: Priority Records South Africa; 1983
thankfully reissued: Be With Records; 2015
The first time I "encountered" Letta Mbulu's incredible singing was on some Hugh Masekela recordings. She performed alongside him and he also produced some solo albums under her name. "Letta" was the sole record of hers I had for the longest time - recorded on Masekela's Chisa label. That's great and, if I had never come across another album of hers, I would still think she was amazing. Recently though, the folks down the road at The Mixtape Shop hipped me to this one. And wow. It's even better. Beautiful, dancey, happy music... a South African disco delight, but entirely honest and sincere.