Melt Music Catalogue
Lungiswa Plaatjies - Ekhaya
Vocal Male / Female

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Lungiswa - Ekhaya

Extract from SA Rock Digest Top 30 Albums  (2000)

Why?: Lungiswa "Lulu" Plaajties had more than served her apprenticeship in the Amampondo musical family/collective, and it was time for her to record her own album. MELT 2000 boss Robert Trunz made it happen and the result is our strongest contender for SA/World album of the year. 'Lungiswa' merges African rhythms and languages, acoustic and indigenous instruments, Motown and Maskanda, and her gorgeous voice in an album that is a sheer delight. From the opening lullaby version of our anthem and her spoken self-introduction right through to her impassioned version of Marvin Gaye's 'Inner City Blues', 'Lungiswa' is this year's 'Urbanzulu'.

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Mabi Gabriel Thobejane - Madiba
Jazz - Africa

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MADIBA (BW086)

"It's a gem...in turn relaxed, loping and out-there wiggy, full of lovely textures from a range of instrumental collaborators (guitars, flutes, brass, keyboards, dobro, bass etc - but always held in tasteful check) and co-vocalists including Busi Mhlongo...glorious music which is simultaneously familiar and refreshing."
Folk Roots magazine

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Madala Kunene & Baba Mokoena Serakoeng - First Double 1 & 2
World Music

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First Double 1 & 2

is a special collaboration with 3 of the top Zulu string players being Madala Kunene, the late Baba Mokoena on guitar and Bernad Sibusiso Mndaweni on electric bass. special guest Mabi Thobejane

Baba Mokoena Seakoeng was one of the finest mbaqanga guitar-players and a well known collaborator with Madala Kunene.
Simon Baba Mokoena was born at Umkumbane in Durban in the late '40. He started making music at the age of 12, playing a home-made guitar made from a five-liter oil container. At 17, he picked up his brother's acoustic guitar and has never looked back. Baba's first gig was with a group called Mhlathi and His Comets, whom he stayed with for four years. Next he met Dick Khoza, a jazz drummer. They formed a small jazz group with Pat Matshikiza on piano and Victor Gaba on bass, playing gigs around Durban.

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Madala Kunene - King of Zulu Guitar
Vocal Male / Female

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KING OF ZULU GUITAR (BNET001)

Bootleg recording with stereo DAT in Sipho
Gumede's backyard and farm in the year 1995

 

 

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1. Indiza (Aeroplane)
2. Nqo, Nqo, Nqu
3. Amnandi Amasi
4. Khono Thwele
5. Cabazini
6. Apartheid
7. Gumbela

 

 

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Madala Kunene and Bernard Mndaweni - Uxolo
Vocal Male / Female

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UXOLO (MZA 036)

special guest: Umshika Shika Qabe (guitar)

Peace, oscar nominations and a lifetime of plucking strings and chickens The 21st century has been hard for many live performers. Chiefly because DJing and digitally generated music leave little room for traditional musicians to earn a living playing live. This led to arguments and discontent amongst several artists in Kwa-Zulu Natal. To a point when in 2004, I decided to pack my car with a portable DAT recorder (plus a couple of microphones) and head off to seek peace between the bickering factions by using music as a medium for negotiation. Uxolo is the result of this mission.

 

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Madala Kunene and Max Laesser - Madamax
Vocal Male / Female

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MADAMAX (BW2119)

MADAMAX is a superb collaboration between veteran M.E.L.T.2000 artists - South African trance musician Madala Kunene who amongst other projects released the sensational Kon'ko Man (on the M.E.L.T. 2000 label), and Swiss guitar supremo Max Lässer, famous for many recordings, including Between and A Different kind of Blue (M.E.L.T.2000.)

 

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