Michael's Nightingales Mixed Voice Choir - Nokana Ea Lerato / Sejojo Sejojo
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MICHAEL'S NIGHTINGALES MIXED VOICE CHOIR
NOKANA EA LERATO / SEJOJO SEJOJO


recorded 1941c
issued 1941c
Better
Lafayette (Trutone)
made in South Africa
XU 51
matrix XU 51A
matrix XU 51B
78 rpm
mono
first issue
cover printed by Rand Litho
source: Flat International

TRACK LISTING

 

1.1Nokana Ea Lerato

(uncredited)

2.2Sejojo Sejojo

(uncredited)

ARTISTS

 

MICHAEL'S NIGHTINGALES MIXED VOICE CHOIR - vocals

NOTES

 

Veit Erlmann dates a number of the Better (XU) label recordings from this period in his book Nightsong. Notably Isaac Mzobe's Crocodile Male Voice Choir recorded a number of tracks (XU 12-14) in 1939. A later recording by the same group (XU 30) is tentatively dated circa 1941. Recordings by the Amanzimtoti Male Voice Choir (XU 32, 33, 38, 41, 42) similarly are dated circa 1941 and two tracks by the All Nations Male Voice Choir (XU 63) are dated circa 1942. Based on this information I would date this recording by Michael's Nightingales from around 1941.

Erlmann's Nightsong traces the history of isicathamiya—a style, which he notes, is predominantly dominated by Zulu-speaking performers. Though he goes on to explore examples of the style being performed in other languages such as Sotho. It is not clear to me whether the music on this particular disc could be termed isicathamiya but the rhythmic piano behind the vocals suggests some elements of marabi influence.