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Thread #63182   Message #3686705
Posted By: GUEST,Mike Yates
18-Dec-14 - 04:18 AM
Thread Name: origin: Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika
Subject: RE: origin: Nkosi Sikeleli Afrika
Have only just come across this thread. There is a beautiful version that was recorded in London c. 1930 by Griffiths Motsieloa and Company and issued as a 78rpm record on the "Singer" label. The group sing the song with great dignity. It is available on a superb 4 CD set "Opika Pende - Africa at 78 RPM" Dust-to-Digital DTD-22 (CD4 track 25). According to the set's notes the song had first been recorded in 1923. Motsieloa (1896 - 1950) was a bandleader & actor and was helped out on the recording by three South African students, then living in GB. They were Ignatius Monare, Conference Setlogelo and Samuel Putsoane. Motsieloa later became Gallo Records' first black African talent scout.