IoS album review: Jabula, Thunder and Happiness: The Complete Albums (Cherry Red)


This band of South African exiles formed in London in 1974, and over two years produced two albums, both of which feature on this CD

Miriam Makeba’s influence is apparent in the vocals, but their overall sound is a potent mix of tough township jive grooves, progressive rock and American funk. What excites most, though, is that they branch off in a slightly different direction with each track. Wholly appropriately, “Jabula” is Zulu for “happiness”.