The subject of many musical accolades over the years, South African liberation fighter (and President from 1994-99) Nelson Mandela receives his due in this cassette (Ahadi/Flatim MSKCAS 512) by Tanzania's immortal DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra. It was released around 1994 but I suspect the material was recorded a few years earlier in the Radio Tanzania studios.
I don't have much to say about this one save that it combines the usual sweet vocals, expert finger-picking and red-hot horns of classic Muziki wa Dansi with the poor recording quality that is the hallmark of most of these Flatim Records releases, usually made from second- and third-generation dubs of the original masters. I am pleased to announce, however (and thanks to Zim Bida for making me aware of it) that a project is underway to digitize and preserve for posterity more than 100,000 hours of recordings like this in the Radio Tanzania archives. You can go to the website of the Tanzania Heritage Project here, listen to some recordings here, and pledge your financial support here. Plans are to release a compilation CD and make a documentary film of the project.
Enjoy Nelson Mandela!
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Nelson Mandela
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Tumetoka Mbali
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Utamaduni
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Kauli Yako Nimeisikia
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Maneno Maneno Ya Nini
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra - Kupenda Sio Ndoto
Download Nelson Mandela as a zipped file here.