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Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from the label's run-ins with Ethiopian and Nigerian music, Next Stop... Soweto finds Strut exploring the sounds of the South Western townships of South Africa. Featuring music from the 1960s and 1970s, this album compiles all manner of rarities infusing indigenous jazz and jive (known regionally as 'mbaqanga') with contemporary funk and soul. "With Next Stop Soweto, Strut trace some of the amazing music that often only appeared on short run 45s at the time, including tracks by smaller and lesser known bands that plied their trade under apartheid during the years before the tumultuous Soweto uprising of 1976. Featuring music recorded primarily for the local market, the album takes the listener far beyond the accepted township jive template into fusions with jazz, gospel, rumba, funk and traditional mining songs, all under-pinned by a gritty, uncompromising edge."