“Scatterlings of Africa” by Juluka (1982)

6 02 2009

Juluka was one of the first “world music” bands that I listened to.  I absolutely love how they incorporate south African music and rhythms into a western pop framework.  The music is great, and the lyrics will teach you a lot about what it was like to live in South Africa.

The two main members of Juluka, Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu, were good friends who started the band in South Africa during apartheid.  Mchunu is Zulu, Clegg is white, and the band was quite controversial in South Africa.  Reportedly, band members were jailed and beaten by South African authorities for their diversity, as well as for their lyrics, which were often critical of apartheid and their government.

But their music got out, and they had a decent hit with this track, especially in Europe.  Their music certainly opened my eyes to a region I didn’t know much about, and for that I’m eternally grateful to them.

Music can be a big window to the world, if you look in the right places.

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