Batsumi :: Lishonile

South African spiritual jazz. Out of print since its initial release, Batsumi's self-titled 1974 LP was unearthed in 2016 via the UK based Matsuli Music. A heady fusion, the album's first track, the eleven and half minute "Lishonile", immediately sets the scene as hypnotic grooves reverberate amid propulsive polyrhythms, flute, sax, jew's harp and vocal chants. Press play, wait for the shaker, and dig the brief respite around the seven minute mark before sliding back into the stew . . .

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