Margaret Singana – Lady Africa

Tracks

  1. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (1977) A cover of John Russell’s “I Never Loved A Woman The Way I Love You” from 1976. It is not the Aretha Franklin song from 1967.
  2. Light Up The Light (1973)
  3. Stand By Your Man (1975) Tammy Wynette cover
  4. Where Is The Love (1975)
  5. Tribal Fence (1977) originally by Freedoms Children in 1970, also recorded by Rabbitt featuring Margaret as guest vocalist
  6. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (1976) Creedence Clearwater Revival cover
  7. Love Is The Power (1974)
  8. I Feel So Strong (1974) not the Hotline & Steve Kekana song from 1982
  9. Mama Tembu’s Wedding (1973) from The Warrior
  10. We Are Growing (1986) with Julian Laxton, from the Shaka Zulu TV series; reached number 1 in The Netherlands in 1989
  11. Orang Outang (1977) originally by Hawk in 1972
  12. Johannesburg (1977) originally by Julian Laxton in 1976
  13. Help! (1974) The Beatles song, also covered by Hotline in 1982
  14. Many Rivers To Cross (1976) Jimmy Cliff cover
  15. Gimme Your Love (1973)
  16. Why Did You Do It (1977) Stretch cover
  17. When Will I Be Loved (1976) The Everly Brothers cover. Also a big hit for Linda Ronstadt
  18. Stop The Rain (1974)
  19. My Name Is Margaret (1978) a cover of Billy Lawrence’s “Playground In My Mind (Mama Je’Taime)” from 1971, and “Playground In My Mind” by Clint Holmes in 1973.
  20. Love Will Find A Way (1975)

Release information

1996, Gallo, CDRED 603 J

Comments

A powerful compilation from the soulful voice of Margaret Singana. Different to the 1973 album with the same title. Margaret has covered a number of classic South African rock tracks, including Freedoms Children’s ‘Tribal Fence’, The Julian Laxton Band’s ‘Johannesburg’ and Hawk’s ‘Orang Outang’.

She is probably most famous for ‘Mama Tembu’s Wedding’ from ‘Ipi ‘N Tombia’ and also the brilliant theme song from the Shaka Zulu TV series, ‘We Are Growing’. This song went to number 1 in The Netherlands in 1989.

Patric van Blerk wrote a few songs for her and also produced most of her albums. Trevor Rabin makes an appearance on some of her songs as well.

There are also some very strong soul songs on this CD including ‘I Never Loved A Man’ (sounds nothing like the Aretha Franklin song with the same title, actually a cover of John Russell’s ‘I Never Loved A Woman’), Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ and Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand Up Like A Man’ (done in a reggae-style).

So if you enjoy strong female vocals with a touch of rock, a bit of Africa and a lot of soul, then ‘Lady Africa’ is for you.

Brian Currin

Read more at The South African Rock Encyclopedia

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