Matsuli Music follow up their acclaimed Sathima Bea Benjamin release with the second and final instalment in the Sowetan afro-jazz group Batsumi’s untold story. The deep spiritual indigenous afro-jazz sounds of Moving Along follow in the footsteps of Matsuli’s timely reissue in 2011 of Batsumi’s debut. Out of print since 1976, Moving Along is now lovingly restored from the original master-tapes and contains additional photography and liner notes.
Moving Along was recorded in October 1976 and was lost in the aftermath of the Soweto uprisings. Many artist and musicians were driven into exile; and bands such Batsumi, who had briefly made their mark at festivals, small clubs and theatres suddenly vanished.
This album has remained a hidden treasure for almost 40 years, but thanks in no small part to Matsuli Music this wonderful music can be heard and enjoyed once again.
If you like what you hear you can purchase the 4-track album via Matsuli Music’s bandcamp page.