Friday, 16 October 2009

Tsonga Disco: General Muzka

Let us return to the Tsonga Disco. Today we bring you a couple of tracks from General Muzka's 2007 album "Means Business: Kufa Ka Yin'wana". I would speculate that "Kufa Ka Yin'wana" means "Means Business" in Tsonga. And as you can see from the cover, he really does:


I know nothing about the General apart from his real name, which is Chris Mkhonto, but he is obviously well-connected. "Means Business" was mixed by our old friend Joe Shirimani, and this year he has made an album with the mighty Penny Penny which Joe produced - that is a treat that is still to come. In the meantime, wrap your lugholes around these two:

"Xitulu Xale Mahlweni" - General Muzka

"Dudula" - General Muzka

I can only think of two other musical Generals and, like Muzka, they are both pretty cool dudes - General Saint (of "Clint Eastwood and" fame) and General Johnson of the Chairmen Of The Board - and there are clips of both below. Perhaps calling yourself is sufficient to bestow coolness, in which case please call me General Goggins from now on.

The second clip is about as cool as it is possible to get - General J and Joey Ramone with a Carolina beach music version of "Rockaway Beach". If you ask nicely I might put the mp3 up as well.





22 comments:

  1. I, THEMBHANI OLLIES MALULEKE, CANA CALL GENERAL MUZKA AS THE BEST TSONGA ARTIST WHEN IT COMES TO DISCO MUSIC. GENERAL MUZKA SIMPLY MEANS GENERAL MUSIC. HE HAS RELEASED A VIBRANT ALBUM BY THE NAME OF "NEGOTIO" WHICH IS DOING FINE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

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  2. Thembhani

    Good to hear from you. I only discovered Tsonga/ Shangaan disco about a year ago so am still learning. If you can suggest any other artists I should look out for, let me know. Thanks.

    Ernie

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  3. The name 'General Muzika' is also borrowing a lot from Congolese (both Brazza and Kinshasa) trends where you get a lot of groups called '[some name] Musica'. for example, you have the likes of Wenge Musica, Extra Musica, College Musica, etc. And of course you have the legendary General Defao from Congo-Kinshasa. Have never listened to our Muzika's music (lol), but I am sure it has the same pulsating rhumba/sokouss/kwassa-kwassa/ndombolo beats of the central african region. interesting genre that, you need to listen to it!

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  4. General Muzka is the new king of shangaan disco following in the foot steps of shangaan disco greats like the late Paul Maesela Ndhlovu, the late Peta Teanet and the now defunct Penny Penny. Your music rocks my brother, it carries very strong messages and one can also dance to it.

    I'm absolutely sure that your collaboration with Papa Penny and and the master producer, Joe Shirimani will be as hot as ever. Can't wait to buy the album.

    I'm writing this extract from the US, I listen to your music on the internet. God be with you so you can make more music.

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  5. Gautrain will take you anywere ... Laphinda iTshangane nomakanjani !!! Tsonga Disco is jus the best.
    I.Dube

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  6. malanga langa is the best of muzka and also mati[water] na gezi [electricity]and also tiko ra joni [city of johannesbury

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  7. general muzka is the king of disco not penny penny who sony the poorest album. muzka is the best,actually my most interesting songs is,mikhawurile nwuna va mona,mati na gezi,nghunyuta hi kuvona,dudu,vusiwana byi chava mavoko,xibalesa xa ndlala,mapata,is my best songs for ever.basically let us support general muzka.indeed deed speak aloud in the most of the time.I keep on support muzka in the university of limpopo. NEVER NGOVENI GAWULA at mavalani village at GIYANI.

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  8. general muzka is the king of disco not penny penny who sony the poorest album. muzka is the best,actually my most interesting songs is,mikhawurile nwuna va mona,mati na gezi,nghunyuta hi kuvona,dudu,vusiwana byi chava mavoko,xibalesa xa ndlala,mapata,is my best songs for ever.basically let us support general muzka.indeed deed speak aloud in the most of the time.I keep on support muzka in the university of limpopo. NEVER NGOVENI GAWULA at mavalani village at GIYANI.

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  9. Never

    I think I get the point, thanks. We will be featuring "Malanga-Langa" in the next few weeks. I agree with you, it's a great album.

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  10. I'm VINCENT from GIYANI AT xikukwana village general muzka is the best disco artist.my best songs is dudu,hambana na va santi va vanhu,vatukulu va maIndia,KUFA KU ETLE,tiko ra joni,malanga langa,nwana mamana,xibalesa xa ndlala,nwa nuna wa jazi,zino fobia i vuvabyi,vusiwana byi chava mavoko.my best album is tiwili,malanga langa and mikhawurile nwina va vona.

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  11. general muzka is the best, just watch the ''means business'' DVD and you will be astonished........

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  12. stanley B.A khoza9 May 2010 at 17:29

    i stanley khoza(also known as b.a) from phaphazela i say general muzka is the best disco artist.i know everytime he releases an album is hot more than flames.but the best tracks are dudula,n,wana mamani,mamana wanga, nhwanyana wa ku xonga,wansati wa ku dyondzeka,a hifambeni hi ya siza boti,thenda ya malunghelo,wanuna u dlayi hi lexi a xi dyeke.

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  13. i say do not team up with penny penny he's gonna distruct your music as his time was the 1990's do your album with joe shirimani excluding penny penny

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  14. general is the king of disco and the late matshwa-bemuda was the best tsonga artist these 2 guys' music really rocks.i say muzka rocks and the late bemuda rocks. i love and suport your music.

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  15. its very rar to find general music.
    he's the best in tsonga music.

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  16. General Muzka is the master of disco, my best album is hi pepile moyeni,ndzo rila,mi khawurile and Malanga lango. The General rocks

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  17. General is a great musician i really enjoy listening to his music

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  18. I really like 95 percent of his muziks I'm from Mozambique, I do have all his albums as from Julieta in 1990s

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  19. Obrigado,obrigado General Musica pelos seus discos. Gosto muito de ouvir seus discos principalmente o album Boza wavulavula de 2000. Gosto tambem do album kufa Ka ndotha,makwero vamu djikisile matilho,e muitas outras. Obrigado continue a fazer musica.

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  20. I wish Peta Teanet was still alive

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  21. General Muzka is the best when it comes to traditional music....Ntukulu WA Vangoni

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  22. General Muzka is the best at what he is doing. He had a unique approach to disco music building on what has been established by late artist, Paul Ndlovu, and peterTeanet. I love General Muzka, the ryhthm of his beat is just amaizing...I can't single out any song because they all the best according to me. Advice Sinarito Valoi

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