Sipho “Malambule” Sithole has played a pivotal role in preserving culture through music. The award-winning producer has been on the front line as one of the few producers that continue to use music as a tool to celebrate culture and roots. Each and every song he has penned or produced embodies his values, message and beliefs.
Sithole has helped launch the careers of some of SA's most celebrated musicians, including Thandiswa Mazwai, Camagwini, Simphiwe Dana, Siphokazi, Zulu Boy and Nkulee Dube, to name a few. As co-owner of the successful independent label Native Rhythms, he has turned acts like The Soil, Zakwe, Pu2ma and Zulu Boy into stars. Sithole’s résumé speaks for itself and with his first compilation, he celebrates years of success and making music that has changed lives. Malambule’s Retrospective is a window to this man's impressive career.
The album is filled with chart-topping African classics that capture the man’s authentic sound. Classics like Mazwai’s Zabalaza and Dana’s Zobuya nin’ Iinkomo will forever be some of the most significant songs to be written in SA. We Tembisile by Unathi, Imvumi by Camagwini, DJ Gogo by Zulu Boy and Usemncane by Siphokazi will make you reminisce about the days when they used to burn the radio charts. As you reminisce you might fall in love with some tunes which were never hits but still have the power to move your musical senses. Tselane by KB and Rae’s Ingoma are some of the songs that showcase Sithole’s gift of song arrangement and his power to breathe life into any song. The compilation also boasts powerful artists like Jabu Khanyile, Deborah Fraser, Kelly Khumalo and Lebo Mathosa and even when working with artists of their stature, Sithole never loses his voice.
Malambule’s Retrospective is a very important body of work and every up-and-coming producer should listen to this record and take notes. If you are a lover of rich South African music, then this compilation should definitely be in your collection.