Letta Mbulu

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Born 23 august, 1942. With her performance at the Unity Festival Apartheid in 1991, Letta Mbulu returned triumphantly to her homeland of South Africa. Having been exiled, due to Apartheid, for more than a quarter century, Mbulu had gone from a teenager in the groundbreaking South African musical production King Kong of 1960 to one of the most influential singers to ever come out South Africa. In addition to recording such South African hits as "I Need Your Love," "Buza," and "Everybody Sing Along," Mbulu added her soulful vocals to recordings and/or concerts with late jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and Harry Belafonte. Mbulu, whose screen credits include, A Warm December and The Color Purple, performed the opening title track and most of the African music for the historical 1970s miniseries Roots, part one and part two.
During her lengthy exile, Mbulu remained committed to the music of her birth land. She helped to form South African Artists United (SAAU) in 1986, basing the group on the Union of South African Artists that grew from the African Jazz and Variety for whom she made her early debut. Mbulu's husband, Caiphus Semenya, who she met while touring with King Kong, plays an essential role in her music. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

Update :mars 24, 2023


1967 Letta Mbulu Sings ST2874

1968 Free Soul ST2929

1970 Letta CS805

1971 Mosadi
I'll Never Be The Same

1973 Naturally FS9428

1976 There's Music In The Air SP4609

1978 Letta SP4688

1980 Sound Of A Rainbow 85315

1983 An Evening Of African Music RCI529


Not Yet Uhuru COL8010


In the Music the Village Never Ends COL8015


Greatest Hits



Letta Mbulu Sings/Free Soul


Letta Mbulu also performs on these albums:
1972 Belafonte...Live VPSX-6077

1977 Roots SP-4626

1985 The Color Purple 25389-1