Melt Music Catalogue
Shana - Shende Lami
Kwaito

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Shende Lami

 

 

 

 

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

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Shende Lami
2 Saafu
3 Benikuphi.
4 Wena Kuphela
5 Saafa (Gauteng Remix)
6 Shende Lami Dub

 

 
Shana - Ungenwe Yini
Kwaito


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Ungenwe Yini

(Simply Hot And Naturally African) Three young and highly talented vocalists from KwaZulu Natal with fine stage appearance have conquered the hearts of radio DJ’s and music compilers across the country. Shana was discovered by Busi Mhlongo, while performing at the Bat Centre, Durban.

 

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Sipho Gumede - Down Freedom Avenue
Jazz - Africa

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DOWN FREEDOM AVENUE (BW051/BWR051)

With the advent of a new political dawn in South Africa, the vibrant musical tradition of the townships is now emerging onto a world-wider stage. Sipho Gumede's first recording for B&W Music is the latest result of rich vein of music mined by the jazz fraternity of Durban that includes Darius Brubeck and Chris Merz of Counterculture. The album conveys the turbulence and pain of a nation straining to be reborn.
From the beginning of track one, Sipho Gumede's masterful bass playing dictates the direction of the playing, with Baba Serakoeng caressing sweet runs from the upper register of his guitar and Sithembiso Ntuli letting fly on tenor sax. 'Ngiyabonga Thanking You' provides a platform for Sbongiseni Shange and son, with Faca Kulu and the assembled Zulu choir of the Challengers to explore the kind of territory made familiar by Ladysmith Black Mombaza.
'Song For Johnny Dyani' is a masterpiece of mellow, plaintive jazz with lyrical guitar playing from Baba Mokoene, sensitively supported on keyboards by Barney Bophela with Chris Merz' soprano sax giving voice to the emotion of the tune, rendering vocals unnecessary. Johnny must have been quite a guy.
The sinuous, insistent rhythm of 'Please Don't Dance' allows the funkier side of the band to assert itself, with Sbongiseni Shange's delightful drumming to the fore. The teasing guitar of 'Nozipho, the Dancer' makes this cut the obvious choice for a single.
Seven tracks in, the haunting vocals of Sthembiso Shange mark out 'Hlabelela, Just Sing' as a classic while the choir transports you to heaven. Welcome to a new South African standard.
'Village Lullaby' is the sound of home, a reminder that even under oppression mothers must still care for their children, seasons arrive and depart and the eternal wheel keeps turning.
A native hymn of praise, 'African Wedding' uses tribal drums and voices to capture the occasion. 'Country Side' is a fitting conclusion to the album, laying down the arm colours of the Natal landscape using Matume Rachabane's muscular alto sax and virtuoso piano playing from Barney Bophela.
The listener is left with a rolling landscape of sound, etched with optimism of a people emerging from political darkness, marching step by step as the lights go on Down Freedom Avenue.

 

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Sipho Gumede - UBUNTU HUMANITY
Jazz - Africa

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UBUNTU HUMANITY (BW084)

Ubuntu is an inborn thing with the African race; its meaning is very deep. 'Ubuntu' means: be honest, be accommodative. Share with those in need and pass on what you know to the young. Save life at all cost, respect young and old. Criticise constructively, feed those who are hungry.
'Ubuntu' is the title of Sipho Gumede's second solo album for B&W/M.E.L.T.2000. Predominantly instrumental, it features the cream of South African musicians and many other artists from the Outernational Meltdown, including Pops Mohamed, Madala Kunene, the late Moses Molelekwa, Mabi Thobejane, Barney Bophela and Zim Ncqawane, among many other talented players.

 

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Skeleton - Skeleton in Johannesburg
World Music

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Skeleton

Maskanda from the township of Umlazi in Durban, South Africa. Produced and recorded by Juno Reactor's Ben Watkins in 1995 during his residence at the seconf Outernational Meltdown sessions in Johannesburg. The album features sessions by Busi Mhlongo, Jessica Lauren, Lungiswa, Max Laesser and Pops Mohamed.

Recorded end of 1995 at Downtown Studios in Johannesburg during the second Outernational Meltdown recordings by M.E.L.T. 20000. It was during these sessions when Ben Watkins discovered the talents of Mabi Thobejane and members of Amampondo which consequently led to the first tour of Juno Reactor with African musicians. Juno Reactor toured the USA with Moby at that point. Skeleton are a Durban (Zulu) based maskanda group and for the first time in the long history of this very traditional form of rap presented almost exclusively by male, have stomping techno flavored beats put a new twist to it. Ben Watkinks's production skills are immaculate and his range of musical taste allows for working with always new and experimental flavors.
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Smadj - Equilibriste
Jazz - Europe

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Equilibriste

Smad met and impressed Robert Trunz, owner of MELT2000, with this exotic musical melange. Robert signed him and they released 'Equilibriste'(BW2126), which features Stephano Di Battista, Laurent Robin, F. Thullier, Malik, C. Atef, R Amblard and of course, Sofi Hellborg. Meaning tight rope walker in French, this title reflects his musical interests and attempt to balance the equally powerful sounds of world jazz with jungle. Of this album,he says, "It's a really fine mix between acoustic and electronic. " In fact, he claims that many people couldn't tell the difference. Not only that but the sounds stretch the boundaries of world music to its full extent, bridging many boundaries and echoing the cultural diversity that he has experienced in his life. He performed thirty gigs in 99 in England and France to promote this album.

 

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