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Mabulu: Karimbo

One of the remarkable traits of much African music is its ability to rise high above the ruckus at ground level, to provide the world with some of the most uplifting, life-affirming music we know. You’d think, from the vibrant energies of juju and township jive that Nigeria and South Africa were the happiest places on earth, even though we fully know otherwise. It has to do with the spiritual resiliency of a people, whatever the travails of real life, and the transcendent nature of music.

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