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Dick Khoza - Chapita (CD/LP, Matsuli Music, 2010)



Incredible 1976 album from legendary Malawian Afrojazz drummer Dick Khoza!

In September 1976, in the aftermath of the June 16 Soweto uprisings, Dick Khoza took the Pelican Club house band into the studio to lay down the five tracks that comprise the Chapita album. Lost for over 30 years, these recordings are a fleeting glimpse of the mid-70s mood of downtown Johannesburg, filtered through the artistic vision of troubadour, arranger, composer and impresario Dick Khoza.

Dick Khoza Chapita
Dick Khoza - Chapita
(LP/CD/Download) Matsuli Music MM101, 2010-10-17

Tracklisting :
01. Chapita 9:44
02. Zumbwe (Baby Tiger) 7:17
03. African Jive (Moto) 6:28
04. Lilongwe 7:34
05. W.D. 20 Mendi Road 3:50

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Press Release :
Dick Khoza 's Chapita Reissued

* Available now for MP3 download and vinyl.
* Legendary long lost South African afro-jazz classic from the vaults of Rashid Vally's As-shams (Sun) record label
* Re-mastered from the original master tapes and re-issued for the first time since 1976
* Features detailed research, extensive liner notes and unseen photographs
* Available in a deluxe limited edition of 500 hand-numbered 180g vinyl LPs and in multiple digital formats
* First in a series of classic original South African jazz LPs to be re-issued by Matsuli Music

Recording Engineer: Peter Ceronio
Recorded at Gallo Studios
Produced by Rashid Vally
Original Release 1976
Reissue copyright & published by Matsuli Music 2010
Under license from Rashid Vally



Chapita, Chapita, How Are You?
In September 1976, in the aftermath of the June 16 Soweto uprisings, Dick Khoza took the Pelican Club house band into the studio to lay down the five tracks that comprise the Chapita album. Lost for over 30 years, these recordings are a fleeting glimpse of the mid-70s mood of downtown Johannesburg, filtered through the artistic vision of troubadour, arranger, composer and impresario Dick Khoza.

The Chapita recording was financed by Rashid Vally's growing As-shams (Sun) label. Vally was responsible for backing and producing the seminal mid-seventies recordings of Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), including the classic South African jazz anthem Mannenberg. Whilst the As-shams label is well known for these recordings of Abdullah Ibrahim, Vally extended the catalogue by funding numerous recording sessions for jazz musicians keen to be given a free reign in the studio. Over the course of the next twenty years more than 40 albums were issued. These records were heavily promoted through Vally's Kohinoor (Mountain of Light) record store, which was a legendary hangout for jazz lovers. It was also one of the few spaces in the city where people of different races could mix comfortably.

On the title track, in which Edgar Dikgole sings Khoza's stoic evocation of an encounter between two migrants in the city, the tension between a rooted African past and a precarious urban present is laid bare. The urban migrant "must" assure all at home that he is "doing alright", no matter how fragile and lonely he may feel. His most immediate of home comforts might well be that he is wearing his all-purpose blanket - as Khoza insisted on for the cover image of this album - a deep cultural connection, but also a cheap and practical means of protection from the Highveld cold.

CHAPITA (Chiyanja)
Hello Chapita, how are you?
Me, I'm alright, I just came here.
How is my mother Chapita?
Me, I'll be coming home soon.

The title track is sung in Chiyanja, the Zambian variant of Malawi's national language Chichewa. Chichewa has its roots in the Maravi Empire, which covered most of present-day Malawi and parts of Mozambique and Zambia from the 15th century to the 18th century. Khoza was born in Malawi but grew up and lived most of his life in South Africa.

Kohinoor and As-shams were beacons of light in a dark time. Today, the albums issued on the As-shams label are highly prized by collectors, archivists and lovers of South African jazz for the freedom of spirit they capture and embody. This re-mastered recording is testimony to the endurance of Khoza's musical vision and to Rashid Vally's seminal role in the history of recorded jazz. And now more than 30 years after its original release, the afro jazz sounds of Dick Khoza and the Pelican house band live on.

For more information on Dick Khoza, the As-shams label or Matsuli Music please contact http://matsuli.blogspot.com.
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