The Movers - Vol.1 1970-1976
Although their first record was entirely instrumental, The Movers started working with different singers soon after – scoring a nearly hit with 14 year old vocal prodigy Blondie Makhene – and enriched their sonic palette with horns, extra percussion and various keyboards. Their stylistic range also expanded, incorporating elements of Marabi, Mbaqanga, jazz, funk, and reggae into their soul- steeped sound. But the essence of their music came from the almost telepathic connection of its founding members: the simmering organ of Sankie Chounyane, the laid- back guitar lines of Oupa Hlongwane, the energetic bass grooves of Norman Hlongwane and the simmering rhythms of drummer of Sam Thabo.
The band reached their apex in the mid-1970s, and their hit 'Soweto Inn', sung by Sophie Thapedi, became inseparable from the student revolts that signalled a new resistance to the apartheid government. In 1976, however, their manager was forced out, and their producer started to play a more active role in the band's direction. By the end of the decade there were no original members left. But at their height The Movers were titans of South African soul who left a legacy of over a dozen albums and countless singles of pure groove.
On The Movers 1970– 76, Analog Africa presents 14 of the finest tracks from the band's undisputed peak.
Artist: The Movers
Label: Analog Africa
Genre: Latin, African & International
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: AALP095
Released: 5th August 2022