Art Ensemble of Soweto

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Art Ensemble of Soweto
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago with the Amabutho Male Chorus
Released 1989
Recorded December 1989 & January 1990
Genre Jazz
Length 48:51
Label DIW
Producer Art Ensemble of Chicago
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
The Alternate Express
(1989)The Alternate Express1989
Art Ensemble of Soweto
America - South Africa
(1990)America - South Africa1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Art Ensemble of Soweto is a 1990 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus released on the Japanese DIW label. 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 Brian Olewnick describes the album as " very enjoyable recording, possibly the last all-around excellent Art Ensemble release before the group's retrenching after the departure of Joseph Jarman and the untimely death of Lester Bowie".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Coming Soon" (Bowie) - 1:31
  2. "African Woman" (Ngubone) - 13:55
  3. "Fundamental Destiny" (Jarman) - 9:14
  4. "Fresh Start" (Mitchell) - 6:42
  5. "Khauleza" (Amabutho Male Chorus) - 2:44
  6. "The Bottom Line" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 5:33
  7. "Black Man" (Amabutho Male Chorus) - 9:18
    • Recorded December 1989 & January 1990 at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Olewnick. B. Allmusic review accessed 16 February 2009.