Letta Mbulu (born 23 August 1942) is a South African jazz singer who has been active since the 1960s.
Biography [ edit ]
Born and raised in
Soweto, South Africa, she has been active as a singer since the 1960s. While still a teenager she toured with the musical , King Kong — but left for the [1 ] United States in 1965 due to Apartheid.
New York she connected with other South African exiles including Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa, and went on to work with [1 ] Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte.
On screen, her singing can also be heard in
, Roots (1985), and the 1973 film The Color Purple , A Warm December and she was a guest on a [2 ] . Mbulu also provided the Swahili chant in Season 6 episode of Soul Train Michael Jackson's single, " Liberian Girl". Producer Quincy Jones has said of her: "Mbulu is the roots lady, projecting a sophistication and warmth which stirs hope for attaining pure love, beauty, and unity in the world." [2 ]
Discography [ edit ]
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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