Manhattan Brothers

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The Manhattan Brothers was a popular South African singing group in the 1940s and 1950s, during the Apartheid Era.[1] Their sound drew on American ragtime, jive, swing, doo-wop, and several other jazz strains, as well as African choral and Zulu harmonies.[2] Members of the group included the late founding member and lead singer Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle,[1] Joe Mogotsi,[3] Ronnie Sehume,[1] Rufus Khoza,[1] and Miriam Makeba. Makeba, who went on to international fame, started her career with The Manhattan Brothers and was part of the group for much of the 1950s.[2] The group has one US Billboard pop chart hit, "Lovely Lies", which peaked at #45 in March 1956.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Lloyd Gedye. "Early recordings get a facelift". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Payback time for the kings of swing". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  4. ^ - accessed May 2011