America – South Africa

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America - South Africa
America - South Africa.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedDecember, 1989 & January, 1990
ProducerArt Ensemble of Chicago
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Art Ensemble of Soweto
America - South Africa
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 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.