Sonti Mndebele

Profile:
South African singer/songwriter (born in Mohlakeng on the West Rand).
Since leaving apartheid South Africa in 1976, Sonti Mndebele has enjoyed a whirlwind career. After exile in Botswana she moved to Germany with the musical “Sounds of Soweto” where she met and performed with Donna Summer and Tina Turner. She moved to London to join Ipi Tombi in 1984 and met Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, working with them for the next 9 years. She performed with Paul Simon on his Gracelands tour and has since worked with Sting, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sade, Boy George, Peter Gabriel, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Grace Jones and has recorded with Soul II Soul. Sonti sang at Wembley Stadium to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday and 1990 release from prison. She was invited by Botswana’s First Lady, Mrs Masire, to perform for Mandela on his 1995 state visit. Later that year she sang at the Royal Albert Hall for Mandela’s state visit to the UK. Since 1998 she has been a featured artist with Mbawula and has appeared with the band at festivals up and down the UK and released her solo CD ‘Always Sonti’ in South Africa in 2011.
Variations:

Vocals

JIVE T 86 Sonti Mndebele - Blow Barney Blow album art Barney Rachabane Barney Rachabane - Blow Barney Blow (Single) Jive Afrika JIVE T 86 UK 1984 Sell This Version
HIP 23 Sonti Mndebele - Blow Barney Blow album art Barney Rachabane Barney Rachabane - Blow Barney Blow(LP, Album) Jive Afrika HIP 23 UK 1984 Sell This Version
6.26155 AP Sonti Mndebele - Waiting For The Rain album art Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela - Waiting For The Rain (Album) Jive Afrika 6.26155 AP Germany 1985 Sell This Version
PR 101 Sonti Mndebele - Esi Vivian album art Vincent Arthur & Dagomba Vincent Arthur & Dagomba - Esi Vivian(LP, Album) Piliviar Records PR 101 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
254573-1 Sonti Mndebele - Tomorrow album art Hugh Masekela Hugh Masekela - Tomorrow (Album) WEA 254573-1 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
YAZZ CD 1 Sonti Mndebele - Wanted album art Yazz Got To Share Yazz - Wanted (Album) Big Life YAZZ CD 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
RE CD 017 Sonti Mndebele - En Concert A Banlieues Bleues album art Chris Mc Gregor's Brotherhood Of Breath* - Archie Shepp Chris Mc Gregor's Brotherhood Of Breath* - Archie Shepp - En Concert A Banlieues Bleues(CD, Album) 52e Rue Est RE CD 017 France 1989 Sell This Version
VNC 5171 Sonti Mndebele - Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) album art Soul II Soul Our Time Has Now Come and 1 more… Soul II Soul - Vol. II (1990 - A New Decade) (Album) 10 Records, 10 Records VNC 5171 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
TOCP-6916 Sonti Mndebele - MU album art The KLF Justified And Ancient (All Bound For Mu Mu Land) (as Sonti) The KLF - MU (Comp) DJ: TOCP-6916 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
COMA 127023, COMA 127 023, KLF 99X Sonti Mndebele - Justified & Ancient album art The KLF The KLF - Justified & Ancient (Single, Maxi) KLF Communications COMA 127023, COMA 127 023, KLF 99X Scandinavia 1991 Sell This Version
TOCP-7404-6 Sonti Mndebele - This Is What The KLF Is About II album art The KLF / The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu The KLF / The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu - This Is What The KLF Is About II(3xCD, Single, RE + Box, Comp) KLF Communications, DJ: TOCP-7404-6 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
07822-18707-2, ARCD-8657, 07822-12403-2 Sonti Mndebele - The White Room + Justified & Ancient album art The KLF The KLF - The White Room + Justified & Ancient (Album, Maxi, Single) Arista, Arista, Arista 07822-18707-2, ARCD-8657, 07822-12403-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
517 968-2 Sonti Mndebele - Rachid Taha album art Rachid Taha Rachid Taha - Rachid Taha (Album) Barclay 517 968-2 France 1993 Sell This Version
CD 240995 Sonti Mndebele - To Mother Afrika album art Kojo Antwi Kojo Antwi - To Mother Afrika (Album) Freedom Family Productions CD 240995 Ghana 1995 Sell This Version
0630 14844-2 Sonti Mndebele - Children Of The Future album art Beautiful World Beautiful World - Children Of The Future(CD, Maxi) WEA 0630 14844-2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
none Sonti Mndebele - Forever  album art Beautiful World Children Of The Future (as Sonti Mnidibili) and 1 more… Beautiful World - Forever (Album) Warner none Turkey 1996 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

91367-2, 2-91367 Sonti Mndebele - Vol II - 1990 - A New Decade album art Soul II Soul 1990 - A New Decade (as Sonti Nmdebele) Soul II Soul - Vol II - 1990 - A New Decade(CD, Album, Club) Virgin, Virgin 91367-2, 2-91367 US 1990 Sell This Version
88697977152, 88697977152OS Sonti Mndebele - Graceland album art Paul Simon Paul Simon - Graceland(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RM + 2xDVD, NTSC + B) Legacy, Legacy, Sony Music 88697977152, 88697977152OS US 2012 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

RE CD 017 Sonti Mndebele - En Concert A Banlieues Bleues album art Chris Mc Gregor's Brotherhood Of Breath* - Archie Shepp Sangena (as Sonti Mndébélé) Chris Mc Gregor's Brotherhood Of Breath* - Archie Shepp - En Concert A Banlieues Bleues(CD, Album) 52e Rue Est RE CD 017 France 1989 Sell This Version
590 097, 590097 Sonti Mndebele - Sangena - We Are Coming In - Live Au Petit Faucheux album art South African Friends Sangena South African Friends - Sangena - We Are Coming In - Live Au Petit Faucheux(CD, Album) AA Records (5), AA Records (5) 590 097, 590097 France 1992 Sell This Version