America – South Africa

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America - South Africa
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago with the Amabutho Male Chorus
Released 1990
Recorded December, 1989 & January, 1990
Genre Jazz
Length 48:15
Label DIW/Columbia
Producer Art Ensemble of Chicago
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Art Ensemble of Soweto
(1990)Art Ensemble of Soweto1990
America - South Africa
Thelonious Sphere Monk
(1991)Thelonious Sphere Monk1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

America – South Africa is a 1991 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus released on the Japanese DIW label in association with Columbia Records. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye with vocals by Elliot Ngubane, Kay Ngwazene, Welcome "Max" Bhe Bhe, Zacheuus Nyoni and Joe Leguabe.


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn describes the album as a mix of "African rhythms, township melodies, and the Ensemble's usual array of blistering solos, vocal effects, percussive colors, and furious collective improvisations".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "U.S. Of A. - U. Of S.A." (Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leguwabe) - 17:56
  2. "Colors One" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 3:52
  3. "Eric T" (Jarman) - 3:11
  4. "You Got It" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 14:12
  5. "America" (Amabutho Male Chorus) - 5:12
  6. "Zola's Smile" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 3:52
    • Recorded December 1989 & January 1990 at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Wynn, R. Allmusic review accessed February 16, 2009.