Motownship, the combination of Cape Town township music, traditional African instruments and motown tunes, is the topic of this Radio 4 documentary
. While purists - both of the African music and motown persuasion - may think this is just a gimmick, it is hard not to have a smile on your face when you listen to the tunes on Abavuki's album Africa Got Soul
What is even more amazing is the background of these musicians - kids who grew up in one of the most deprived townships in South Africa, Langa
. To check out the band for yourself, see them playing at the legendary Mama Africa club, via youtube
(this is not a motown tune from the album).
posted by Megami
on Apr 11, 2009 -