THE MOVERS - VOL. 1 (1970-1976) VINYL (GATEFOLD LP)
Release Date: 5th August 2022
"Although the first record was entirely instrumental, The Movers started working with different singers soon after – scoring anearly hit with 14 year old vocal prodigy Blondie Makhene – and enriched their sonic palette with horns, extra percussion andvarious keyboards. Their stylistic range also expanded, incorporating elements of Marabi, Mbaqanga, jazz, funk, and reggaeinto their soul- steeped sound. But the essence of their music came from the almost telepathic connection of its foundingmembers: the simmering organ of Sankie Chounyane, the laid- back guitar lines of Oupa Hlongwane, the energetic bassgrooves of Norman Hlongwane and the simmering rhythms of drummer of Sam Thabo.The band reached their apex in the mid-1970s, and their hit 'Soweto Inn', sung by Sophie Thapedi, became inseparable fromthe student revolts that signalled a new resistance to the apartheid government. In 1976, however, their manager wasforced out, and their producer started to play a more active role in the band's direction. By the end of the decade there wereno original members left. But at their height The Movers were titans of South African soul who left a legacy of over a dozenalbums and countless singles of pure groove. On The Movers 1970– 76, Analog Africa presents 14 of the finest tracks fromthe band's undisputed peak"