Saturday, 17 March 2012

Tsonga Tsell-out?

We have featured Esta M, the former Queen of Tsonga Disco, here before. If you were paying attention you will recall that she was a schoolteacher who was taken under the wing of the Shangaan Svengali, Joe Shirimani, in the late 1980s and went on to enjoy many local hits over the next ten years or so.

Around the turn of the century, Esta left Joe and set off to find a new direction. This led in 2003 to the album "N'Ta Sala Na Mani". It is not Tsonga Disco in any way shape or form but, while not up to the standard she and Joe produced at their peak, it is still a decent album. These are a couple of the stronger tracks.

"Mthetho" - Esta M

"Mavunwa" - Esta M

If you miss the trademark Shirimani sound, here she is back in the old days.

"Wanavela" - Esta M

There are no Esta videos on YouTube so instead here is something I am a bit obsessed with at the moment. It has had over 40 million hits - about a third of them from me.

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