Tony Bird (singer-songwriter)

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Anthony Bird, better known as Tony Bird (Zomba, 1945 – New York City, 2009) was a South African folk rock singer-songwriter [1] known for his Dylanesque vocals and for his songs describing life in colonial Africa from a progressive anti-colonial point of view. [2]

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Biography

Tony Bird was born and grew up in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in Southern Africa. In 1970 he relocatd to Cape Town where he made his first solo performances at the Space Theatre. Bird's unique style was reviewed favorably by the local press and promoters. He recorded two albums in the 1970s, the eponymous Tony Bird (1976) and Bird of Paradise (1978). In the 1980s Bird moved to London and toured internationally with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who covered his song "Go Willie Go". In the late 1980s Bird settled permanently in New York City. [3] In 1990 Bird recorded his comeback album Sorry Africa, on Rounder Records in the US and Mountain Records in Europe and Africa. The album was recorded at the Chocolate Factory in London and features guest musicians such as guitarists Arlen Roth and José Neto. [4] Sorry Africa includes one of Bird's most popular songs, "Mango Time", which describes the happiness of the mangoes being ripe, once a year. [5]

Bird died 17 April 2019 following a battle with cancer. [6]

Discography

Albums

Singles

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References

  1. Robert Cochrane, "A Rarely Heard Bird", CultureCatch, 18 December 2007.
  2. http://www.mangotime.net
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/1976/12/25/archives/tony-bird-appeals-as-singer-presenting-sounds-of-africa.html
  4. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/arlen-roth-mn0000501240/credits
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Music News Digest, April 24, 2019".