Melt Music Catalogue
Outernational Meltdown Sessions - Healers Brew
Jazz - Africa

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Healers Brew
from the Outernational Meltdown sessions recorded in South Africa 1994

The Outernational Meltdown sessions had a simple mandate; bring into the studio a bunch of South African musicians who during the age of repression had little chance to expand their musical horizon and invite some of the finest western Jazz and World  musicians, then watch and see what happens. Among others was Brazilian master percussionist Airto Moreira, Sao Paolo born guitarist Jose Neto, South African bassist Sipho Gumede and Pop Mohammed. After two weeks of spontaneous recording sessions in Jo'burg and Cape Town out came  three albums dubbed the Outernational Meltdown Series no longer available except in form of a compilation called Hungry On Arrival. All three complete albums are available for digital download only.

 

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Outernational Meltdown Sessions - Hungry on Arrival
Jazz - Africa

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This album is a compilation of the now deleted recordings first released in 1995 under the heading of Outernational Meltdown Soouth Africa with 3 titles then called "Free At Last" "Healers Brew" and "Jazzin' Universally". The album contains a couple of Q videos which can be viewed on your PC or Mac.

The energy of these recordings lies in the spirit of exchange; an exchange of rhythms and colours between musicians who came together to break the isolation that had too long been forced upon a people - the year is 1994 and it was time for the musicians of South Africa to join with the rest of the world.

The game plan was vague but under the loose direction of two South African musicians, bassist Sipho (pronounced 'Seepo') Gumede, Pops Mohamed and Brazilian master percussionist, Airto Moreira. The two weeks of recording in Cape Town and Jo'burg were fired by the winds of spontaneity.

Kicking off the set, 'Hungry On Arrival' is exactly as the title suggests. Airto and São Paulo born guitarist, José Neto, along with two North Londoners, trumpeter Byron Wallen and drummer Andrew Missingham, had flown into Jo'burg, dumped their bags at the hotel and headed for the Downtown studio. It took no more than bass-man Fana Zulu to drop a funky 5/4 B-line for the rest of the posse to jump right on it. Listen to percussive touches of pianist Moses Molelekwa, the momentum whipped up by Airto, the sweeping muted horn of Byron, the sensual but ecstatic guitar of Neto and the feverish vocals of Shaluza Max. I think Miles Davis might have ventured a smile at this cut.

If music is the healing force of the universe, then in South Africa it has a special role. This is a nation where a spiritual undercurrent underpins everything, where tribal traditions are tuned to the past present and future through the spirits of the ancestors - the Amadlozi. Coming from the spiritual tradition in Brazil, where his father was a healer, Airto Moreira was naturally keen to make contact on a musical level with this tradition in South Africa. Appropriately, a day of special recordings had been arranged through Pops Mohamed. There was to be a session with a group of sangomas: traditional healers, the direct line to the spirit world and the ancestors of the sky people. Once in the recording booth, they switched their street clothes for traditional dress. Their presence was magnified as they revealed themselves in plumed head dresses and toting fly whisks with short spears. They were adorned with complex, patterned beads and protective amulets. They gathered in a circle beneath the microphone. As they knelt on the floor, khambas (traditional beer pots) before them, Susan launched into a spoken but charged invocation that was to stir the spirit world, praise the god of the sky, Nkulunkulu, and bless the season in progress. Incense was burned as the hair whisk flashed through the air. The drums were like rolling thunder.The local musicians had piled into the studio and like me were checking the goings on beyond the glass. They were clearly unused to such happenings in the recording studio. Under the guidance of Pops the next song was soon underway and Airto, who had slipped quietly into the recording booth, joined them. There was a serious intensity in the air, everyone felt it, especially Airto, who was playing one of the drums. It wasn't until much later that we discovered that the percussionist had directly encountered a spirit from the other side.

 

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Outernational Meltdown Sessions - Jazzin' Universally
Jazz - Africa

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Jazzin' Universally
from the Outernational Meltdown sessions recorded in South Africa 1994

The Outernational Meltdown sessions had a simple mandate; bring into the studio a bunch of South African musicians who during the age of repression had little chance to expand their musical horizon and invite some of the finest western Jazz and World musicians, then watch and see what happens. Among others was Brazilian master percussionist Airto Moreira, Sao Paolo born guitarist Jose Neto, South African bassist Sipho Gumede and Pop Mohammed. After two weeks of spontaneous recording sessions in Jo'burg and Cape Town out came three albums dubbed the Outernational Meltdown Series no longer available except in form of a compilation called Hungry On Arrival. All three complete albums are available for digital download only.

 

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Peter Giger - Jazzz
Jazz - Europe

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Peter Giger  -  Jazzz

 

 

 

 

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

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Jones Bones
2 Sweet and Short
3 Rue de la Tour
4 Frankfurt - Maputo
5 Zbigi
6 Henrik's Choice
7 Gaba
8 Sweet Maya
9 Some Drum Samba

 

 
Peter Giger - Mozambique Meets Europe
Jazz - Europe

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Mozambique Meets Europe

PETER GIGER’S FAMILY OF PERCUSSION & FRIENDS
feat. Tom Nicholas, Dom Um Romao, Gerd Dudek, Vitold Rek & GRUPO TIMBILA EDUARDO DURAO

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

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Jones Bones
2 Nbantumbuane
3 Matekenba
4 Zavala-Rio-Nessau
5 Kuweleka
6 Frankfurt-Maputo 

 

 
Pops Mohamed & Sie Medway Smith
Electronica

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Pops Mohamed & Sie Medway-Smith - Harrison Thando

Pioneered and created just after Pops recorded his legendary album HOW FAR WE HAVE COME. Sie Medway-Smith assisted and engineered at MILO studios in London and all the Bushmen songs and the many traditional instruments Pops brought along inspired him to convince Pops to create this masterpiece of ambient ethnic African & UK breakbeats. The album remained unreleased for over a decade and is now available for digital download only. I'm very happy to see this beautiful piece of early ethnic electronica finding its way onto your MP3 players and straight into your brains.
Thank you Sie and Pops for being so patient - god bless Africa and our Bushmen family in the Kalahari who are the inspiration for a lot of the beautiful music that has come from this label.    Robert Trunz

 

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