ladysmith black mambazo
Was actually hoping you'd respond. Haven't heard of ladysmith but will listen later... and yeah, I was thinking of naming Fela Kuti's Zombie. The endless groove is just great.
I haven't been able to get my hands on the original Toots "Funky Kingston", just the American compilation version. It's bothering me haha
are incredible. the greatest vocal group of all time, & at their pinnacle without any form of backing music whatsoever (although that one album with an english chamber orchestra was stunning). a great starter song to represent what i was hinting around in my post would be something like "inkanyezi nezazi"
kuti crossed my mind straight away too, along with the likes of tinariwen, the early skatalites material & a number of other gorgeous soul soaked early ska harmonies from many great artists. there was such an astounding raw & heavily emotive quality to those recordings. people who ignore this era of music are doing themselves a huge wrong