The Philani Mothers aren't really a musical group. Not in the modern, "western" sense. Their forming in 1986 was a reaction to health issues, not musical ambitions, a fact made clear by the title of their 1998 cassette, The Philani Mothers Lyrical Heath Messages. This CD sees the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Kid Loco, and Kalahari Surfers reworking those original 10 vocal songs with some very groovy instrumentation. The track "Breathe Together" features Miriam Makeba, apparently doing the tricky breathing part. Far more effective than a similar reworking of the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Township Sessions is musically exciting, even if you don't speak the language.
[mp3] The Mothers:
from Township Sessions