You know, I should’ve already posted here about this, but I got so immersed in the ThunderTuesday Facebook group I created, I forgot about poor old Egg Dot Org. BUT! Every Tuesday in February, I (Will) am the songwriter in residence at Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St., in San Francisco. Each night, I’ll open at 7:00 P.M.; a slate of brilliant musicians will follow. (For the Feb. 12 show with John Elliott, I’ll play a full set.)
Letta Mbulu, “Jigijela (Don’t Throw Stones),” from Letta (Chisa/Motown, 1970)
The jam of the day comes from Zulu vocal star Letta Mbulu. This whole album is great—it definitely is honey for Western ears, but I prefer its laid-back R&B groove to David Axelrod’s sometimes amazing, sometimes overbearing studio orchestrations on Mbulu’s previous record, Free Soul. And anyway, it’s fellow South African Hugh Masekela handling the production, and a lot of the YouTube comments here are about warm memories of South African childhoods—so I guess, happily, the consensus is that in this case, the cultural crossover worked.