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Dudu Pukwana - Diamond Express FLAC album

Performer: Dudu Pukwana
Genre: Jazz / Folk and World music
Title: Diamond Express
Country: UK
Released: 1977
Style: Free Jazz, Afrobeat
FLAC version ZIP size: 1586 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1330 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1369 mb
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Four of the five cuts feature, in addition to Pukwana, two of the musicians from the prior date, drummer Louis Moholo and the glorious trumpeter Mongezi Feza, who was to die prematurely shortly after this session. The remainder of the band on these pieces, however, is filled out by several musicians who operated more from the electric funk end of the spectrum than the acoustic-oriented township music which was Pukwana's roots.

Complete your Dudu Pukwana collection. Diamond Express ‎(LP, Album). Diamond Express ‎(CD, Album, RE). Freedom.

Written By – Dudu Pukwana, Tete Mbambisa.

Diamond Express Dudu Pukwana. This album has an average beat per minute of 117 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 104/134 BPM). Tracklist Diamond Express.

Dudu Pukwana was born in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He grew up studying piano in his family, but in 1956 he switched to alto sax after meeting tenor sax player Nikele Moyake. In 1962, Pukwana won first prize at the Johannesburg Jazz Festival with Moyake's Jazz Giants (1962 Gallo/Teal). With Mongezi Feza, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, and Louis Moholo, Pukwana recorded two masterful acoustic tracks on the mostly electric album Diamond Express (Freedom 1977). The death of his great friend Mongezi Feza in 1975 also inspired the heart-rending "Blue Notes For Mongezi" (Ogun Records), alongside Blue Notes colleagues Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor and Louis Moholo.

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Listen to music from Dudu Pukwana like Diamond Express, Baloyi & more. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Dudu Pukwana. Along with Chris McGregor, Mongezi Feza, Nikele Moyake, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo, Pukwana was a member of The Blue Notes, the pioneering mid 1960s South African sextet. As mixed-race groups were illegal under apartheid, the Blue Notes emigrated to Europe in 1964, and eventually settled in London.

Diamond Express, 1975. Diamond Express, 08:15.

Dudu Pukwana - Diamond Express 08:17. Dudu Pukwana - Bird Lives 08:57. Dudu Pukwana - Ubagile 08:04. Dudu Pukwana - Madodana 07:56. Dudu Pukwana - Tete And Barbs In My Mind 04:35. Up To Earth - Dudu Pukwana, Evan Parker, John Surman, Louis Moholo, Mongezi Feza, The Chris McGregor Septet. Mbizo - Churchill Jolobe, Dudu Pukwana, Ed Epstein, Johnny Dyani. Witchdoctor's Son - Alfredo do Nascimento, Dudu Pukwana, John Tchicai, Johnny Dyani, Luez "Chuim" Carlos De Sequaira, Mohamed Al-Jabry.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Ubaguile (See Saw) 8:00
A2 Diamond Express 8:22
B1 Madodana (The Young Ones) 7:53
B2 Tete And Barbs In My Mind
Written By – Dudu Pukwana, Tete Mbambisa
B3 Bird Lives 8:55

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
  • Distributed By – Arista Records, Inc.
  • Licensed From – Black Lion Records Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Island Studios


  • Alto Saxophone, Composed By – Dudu Pukwana
  • Art Direction – Howard Fritzson
  • Artwork – Nathan Dambuza Mdledle
  • Bass – Victor Ntoni (tracks: B2)
  • Double Bass, Electric Bass – Ernest Mothole* (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3)
  • Drums – James Mene* (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3)
  • Drums, Percussion – Louis Moholo
  • Guitar – Lucky Ranko*
  • Keyboards – Frank Roberts (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B3)
  • Photography By – Herbie Yoshinori Yamaguchi*
  • Piano – Keith Tippett (tracks: B2)
  • Producer – Alan Bates
  • Producer, Liner Notes – Michael Cuscuna
  • Saxello – Elton Dean (tracks: B2)
  • Trombone – Nick Evans (tracks: B2)
  • Trumpet – Mongezi Feza


Recorded on two sessions at Island Studios, London, autumn 1975. This album is dedicated to Mongezi Feza (1945-1975).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: AF AL(Scratched) 1041 A -1B HUB
  • Matrix / Runout: AF AL(Scratched) 1041 B-1B HUB

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
FLP 41041 Dudu Pukwana Diamond Express ‎(LP, Album) Freedom FLP 41041 UK 1978
874744-2 Dudu Pukwana Ubagile ‎(CD, Album, RE) Jazz Colours 874744-2 Germany 1999
PA-7191 Dudu Pukwana Diamond Express ‎(LP, Album) Freedom PA-7191 Japan 1978
TKCB-70336 Dudu Pukwana Diamond Express ‎(CD, Album, RE) Freedom TKCB-70336 Japan 1994
AF 1041 Dudu Pukwana Diamond Express ‎(LP, Album, Promo) Freedom AF 1041 US 1978