Friends First - Dumisani Ma-Afrika!

Tuesday 1st February 1994
Friends First - Dumisani Ma-Afrika!
Friends First - Dumisani Ma-Afrika!

STYLE: World
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20410-23035
LABEL: Myrrh MYRCD1298

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

An album which sold BIG in Britain's Christian bookshop ever since its release in 1986 (and is still in catalogue!) finally gets a follow-up! 'We See A New Africa' was pioneering stuff, not only was it the first time the western church had given much thought into the music of South African townships it was, thanks to some pretty funky Fairlight programming, a decidedly comtempary album. This one plays down the rhythm, plays up thoughs rich township harmonies. On a purely personal level some elements of Graham Kendrick's stylings (this is tied in with the Global March For Jesus) stop the full spine-tingling effect of South Africa praise coming through. And I definatly don't care for the mix. But many will be blessed, challenged, inspired and envisioned through this album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by COLIN LLOYD in KENT @ 18:47 on Jul 28 2015

i actually have both albums.and met them in 1986 on their first visit to the uk. and if people remember what South Africa an aparthaid. they came over a mixed group of beautiful christian kids. both albums amazing.

Posted by machi in lusaka @ 22:50 on May 28 2012

i have been hunting for this album for ages. where can i find it. i need it asap.

Posted by Brighteyes in United Kingdom @ 18:55 on Apr 27 2012

Just spotted this album on ebay! Wish I'd seen this last year, I paid US $48 for my copy!! Here's the link:
It's on a buy-t-now listing so I'd say it probably won't last long!!!

Reply by Leslie Siziba in Johannesburg @ 16:30 on Nov 18 2013

Contact me if still in need of the album. Thank you.

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Posted by mamello phaswana in essex, uk @ 20:31 on Mar 1 2011

I'm desperately looking for a copy of this album. please can somebody help!

Posted by Henry in Virginia, USA. @ 02:02 on Jan 27 2011

I also desperately looking for a copy. I gave mine to a friend and never gave it back to.May the Good Lord bless this group because these songs are really inspiring.

Posted by Simulekwa Sifaya in Mansa, Zambia @ 14:21 on Oct 3 2010

I've been desperately looking for this album for years now. Where and how can I get it. Friends First's Dumitsani Ma-Africa is one of the best Holy Spirit inspired gospel albums I have ever listened to. It never fades and always refreshes.


Reply by albert Kaonga in Holland @ 12:07 on Dec 11 2010

Hello my brother,am a zambian who works in samfya jst next to your town. I met a gentle man who had a copy 2 yrs ago. I'm not sure he stil has but in case he does I can owez link u to him. Regards

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Posted by Worldbeat in USA @ 05:47 on Jun 18 2010

Just checked and the tracks from Dumisani are available at !/Friend-First

The original album's arrangement sounds more authentic RSA. .

Posted by Joe Couer in Malaysia @ 17:07 on Mar 21 2010

Someone put it up on Youtube yesterday...pleasantly pleased I found it the day after it was posted!

I have been hunting for this track forever. No one sells it...never turns up on ebay and not in the apple store.

Posted by Akinkunmi in UK @ 12:14 on Jul 16 2009

I so love this album, its one of the best ever, the Holy Spirit was obviously present big time on this one!

I have brought this album several times, lent it to friends and family and off it goes, i'm so glad i found it on Amazon this morning! I got the MP3 downloads, and i am now reconciled with my best ever worship CD! YAY!!!

Pls someone tell this group that their work continues to inspire, encourage, and motivate millions around the world. I praise God for them... i cant go on about how blessed i am!

Posted by Maxwell Christian in Zimbabwe @ 14:31 on Jun 23 2009

Better still You can purchase the CD online track by track on:- !/Friend-First

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