Robert Doc Mthalane - Respect

 

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RESPECT (BW2094)

"Robert 'Doc' Mthalane may not be a household name, but the South African master guitarist spent much of the 1990's both playing and writing songs for the acclaimed Zulu singer Busi Mhlongo and her group Twasa. Sadly Doc fell victim to tuberculosis and died prematurely in 1998, but not before leaving us with one last exquisite album of uplifting and heart-rending beauty. From the languid opening chords of Eva, the slowly surging crescendoes of Masihlanganemi to the rousing rhythmic call to action of Mamambo, this is one of those rare albums that can enrich your life and soothe your soul." 

Dave Stelfox - Seven, Sep 2000
Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of South Africa, Doc shone as a brilliant composer and player for many years before his untimely demise. This album recorded alongside Busi Mhlongo, Brice Wassy, Mabi Thobehane and Madala Kunene is simply a beautiful epitaph to the great man, full of the subtlest rhyhtms and melodies crafted with considerable knowledge and skill. Seek out. Phil Meadley - Wax, Oct 2000
Unfortunately Doc was taken away from us by way of the common illness tuberculosis, for which he was being treated around the time he came to England to record this last album in the company of Madala Kunene and Mabi Thobejane. The recording, mixing and mastering of this album was done over a period of four years and capture some rare moments of fine music making in the short history of this label.
The last track on this CD, by Busi Mhlongo, is a dedication, a moving tribute and a thank-you to a great South African guitar player, composer and writer.
Respect and thanks for the privilege of being chosen to record your last album !
Robert Trunz, Feb 2000

Track Listing (30 Second Samples) 

1. EVA(THORN)
2. NALEDI (MORNING STAR)
3. SONG FOR JIMMY
4. MASIHLANGANENI (LET'S COME TOGETHER)
5. ISIGQOKOMASI (HAT)
6. ITHEMBALAMI (MY TRUSTED ONE)
7. UNONGWAJA (RABBIT)
8. MAMAMBO
9. SONG FOR DOC