Universal Men

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Universal Men
Studio album by Juluka
Released 1979
Length 40:09
Juluka chronology
Universal Men
African Litany

Universal Men is the debut album from Juluka, a South African band led by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu. It was first released in 1979 and has acquired the status of a classic album in the history of South African music.[1]

The album explores the experiences of a Zulu migrant worker, caught between his traditional rural background and the city where he lives and works.[2]

In addition to Clegg, Mchunu, and other regular Juluka band members, the album features studio musicians including Colin Pratley of the South African progressive rock band Freedom's Children and jazz artists Mervyn Africa and Sipho Gumede.

Juluka's early albums did not receive much airplay from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the time because the racially mixed band and fusion of Western and African music were contrary to the country's apartheid policy at the time.[2]

However the album's release coincided with the launch of Capital Radio 604, the station which broke the SABC's monopoly. Juluka's producer took it to the station, and Africa became the first local number one on the Capital Countdown.[3] [4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sky People" 5'08
  2. "Universal Men" 4'46
  3. "Thula 'Mtanami" 4'11
  4. "Deliwe" 5'21
  5. "Unkosibomvu" 5'05
  6. "Africa" 3'37
  7. "Uthando Luphelile" 5'02
  8. "Old Eyes" 3'24
  9. "Inkunzi Ayihlabi Ngokumisa" 2'58


  1. ^ Pithouse, Richard (25 October 2000). "A National Treasure Turns 21". Pithouse. 
  2. ^ a b Suter, Billy (8 June 2010). "It's all go, go, go for the 'white Zulu'". Independent Newspapers. 
  3. ^ "Universal Soul" (PDF). Centre for Civil Society. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "IOL.co.za". Sunday Independent. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2012-03-13.