(“The world music one”)
Like Inferno, Chisa didn’t begin life as a Motown label. Founded by Stewart Levine and South African trumpet legend Hugh Masekela in LA in 1966, Chisa’s remit was to promote South African-tinged jazz and R&B music.
Motown took over distribution of Chisa in September 1969. Most of the Chisa records distributed by Motown fall into a world music/soul crossover bracket, and though none of them was ever a hit, the use of different musicians and different studios to the regular Motown catalogue give these Chisa sides a subtly different feel to the rest of the singles featured on this site.
The first Chisa single released under the Motown arrangement was Home On The Range (Everybody Needs A Home) by Stu Gardner, and over the course of the next two years, a number of jazz, R&B and world music sides were put out under the Chisa name. The Motown deal came to an end in early 1971, and the last Motown-distributed Chisa 7″ was Masekela’s own Dyambo (Weary Days Are Over) that June.
Here’s a list of the Chisa Records singles that have been covered on Motown Junkies so far.
THE CHISA RECORDS SINGLES (THE MOTOWN YEARS)
- STU GARDNER: Home On The Range (Everybody Needs A Home) / It’s A Family Thang’ (Chisa C 8001, September 1969)
(Click a song title to read a full review of that side. NB: The coloured numbers after each title indicate the highly subjective mark out of ten I gave that song on the day I happened to write about it. They weren’t intended to be taken too seriously.)