Blk Sonshine

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Blk Sonshine is a jazz duo featuring Malawian-born Masauko Chipembere and the South African Neo Muyanga.[1]

The group was formed when Chipembere, who had been raised in the United States, traveled to South Africa to explore its jazz traditions, uniting with Muyanga to produce an album under Russell Pope. Released in 1998, their eponymous album was distributed by Fresh records and BMC music, proving particularly successful in South Africa, where it charged at number 6 and launched the #1 single "Building."[1][2] Their follow-up album, Good Life, was recorded internationally and released in 2009.[3]

Muyanga and Chipembere do not live in the same country and pursue their own solo projects, but continue to collaborate as Blk Sonshine, including live performances and guest appearances, as on an upcoming album with RZA of Wu-Tang.[4][5]

Songs[edit]

  • Borders
  • Soul Smile
  • Building
  • Agitation
  • Born in a taxi

Discography[edit]

  • Blk Sonshine - 1998, highest position: 20 weeks on Top 20, highest position was 6 on charts.[6]
  • Good Life - 2009 (Sony/BMG)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.nathanielturner.com/historicalcontextforhiphopstoremalawi.htm
  2. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/legends/90s/blk_sonshine_album.html
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  5. ^ http://whatsonsa.co.za/news/index.php/events-listings/details/3987-blk-sonshine-at-cape-town-fifa-fan-park.html[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/legends/90s/blk_sonshine_album.html
  7. ^ http://www.mio.co.za/article/blk-sonshine-living-the-good-life-2009-12-17