🎵 AotW AOTW: Letta Mbulu - LETTA (SP-4688)

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Letta Mbulu

A&M SP-4688


Released 1978

Format: Vinyl/8-Track/Cassette/CD (Japan)

Produced by Herb Alpert, Stewart Levine and Caiphus Semenya

  • 1. Open Up Your Heart (Caiphus Semenya/Arthur Adams) - 4:04
    2. Buza (There's A Light At The End Of The Tunnel) (Letta Mbulu/Lamont Dozier) - 3:43
    3. I Need You (Caiphus Semenya/Letta Mbulu) - 5:10
    4. Baile Baneso (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:27
    5. I Can Depend On You (Arthur Adams/Letta Mbulu/Caiphus Semenya) - 3:41
    6. Hareje (Caiphus Semenya) - 4:27
    7. Mamani (Caiphus Semenya) - 7:54

    Rhythm and Background Vocals Arranged by Caiphus Semenya
    Horns and Strings Arranged and Orchestrated by Paul Riser
    String Contractor: McKinley T. Jackson
    Horns on "Baile Baneso", "I Need You" and "Hareje" Arranged by Caiphus Semenya and Orchestrated by Donald Cooke

Letta Mbulu - Vocals
Arthur Adams - Guitar
Mitch Holder - Guitar
Robert Popwell - Bass
Hotep Cecil Barnard - Electric & Acoustic Piano
James Gadson - Drums
Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
Lee Ritenour - Guitar (3, 5)
Michael Boddicker - Synthesizer (3, 4, 6)
Caiphus Semenya - Vocal (5)
Trumpets: Steve Madaio, Oscar Brashear, Gary Grant, Charles Findley
Trombones: Lew McCreary, Charles Loper, George Bohanon
Saxes: Jim Horn, Herman Riley, Ernie Watts, Earle Dumler, William Green
French Horns: Henry Sigismonti, David A. Duke, Arthur Maebe, Vincent DeRosa
Background Vocals: "The Waters" - Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard, Luther Waters and Oren Waters, Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya

Ms. Mbulu is singing in the following languages and rhythms:
"Buza" - Xhosa (L), Mbaqanga (R)
"I Need You" - Sesotho (L), Timiti (R)
"Baile Baneso" - Sesotho (L), Mbaqanga (R)
"Hareje" - Sesotho (L), Dikosha (R)
"Mamani" - Seshangane (L), Madiba (R)

Recorded at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Recording and Remixing Engineer: Don Hahn
Assistant Engineer: Derek duNann
Mastered at A&M Recording Studios by Bernie Grundman

Art Direction: Roland Young
Design: Phil Shima
Photography: Charles Bush
Background & Apparel Design: Mac James

Capt. Bacardi

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While this album is not as strong as her A&M debut, this is still a pretty good album. My favorite track is "Hareje" with "Mamani" a close second. The only downer is the disco-ish "I Can Depend On You".

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