Album Review

Bulawayo Blue Yodel [coll] – [Mississippi Records]

aarbor   2/9/2022   12-inch, International

These are the songs of (itinerant) cowboy-styled African troubadours from Zimbabwe, Kenya, and South Africa mostly recorded by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s. Restored from their original 78 and 45 rpm discs. The hard fighting, independent cowboy heroes of American Western (movies) appealed to African viewers who were wary of losing their wide open spaces to European colonialists. African cowboys with 4 gallon hats strummed guitars like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers or Tex Ritter, and a form of African pop music was born. The liner notes provide stories of the musicians, recording engineers and labels. Another very cool release from Mississippi Records. AArbor

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