Letta Mbulu

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Letta Mbulu
Born (1942-08-23) 23 August 1942 (age 72)
Origin Soweto
Genres Jazz, World
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1965-
Labels Capitol Records, Chisa Records, Fantasy Records, A&M Records

Letta Mbulu (born 23 August 1942 in Soweto, South Africa), is a South African jazz singer born and raised in Soweto. She has been active since the 1960s, but left for the United States in 1965 due to Apartheid.

In the U.S. she worked with Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte. Her singing can also be heard in Roots, The Color Purple (1985), and the 1973 film A Warm December, and she was a guest on a Season 6 episode of Soul Train. Mbulu also provided the Swahili chant in Michael Jackson's single, "Liberian Girl".


  • Letta Mbulu Sings (Capitol, 1967)
  • Free Soul (Capitol, 1968)
  • Letta (Chisa, 1970)
  • Naturally (Fantasy, 1972)
  • There's Music in the Air (A&M, 1976)
  • Letta (A&M, 1977)
  • Letta Mbulu - Gold (A&M, 1978)
  • Letta Mbulu - Sweet juju (Morning, 1985)
  • The Best of Letta & Caiphus (Columbia, 1996)
  • Greatest Hits (Columbia, 1999)
  • Letta Mbulu Sings/Free Soul (Stateside, 2005)
  • Culani Nami (Sony, 2007)

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