Thursday, August 23, 2012

Stitched Portraits: Letta Mbulu

Michael Jackson's Bad is kind of incredible from start to finish, but the standout track for me has always been "Liberian Girl". Much of that has to do with the Swahili chant of "Naku Penda pia, Naku Taka pia, Mpenziwe!" uttered by Letta Mbulu, a jazz singer from South Africa. In addition to working with Michael, she's also recorded with Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod, and Harry Belafonte. She turned 70 years old today.

Letta Mbulu (stunning, youth):

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