Melt Music Catalogue
Pops Mohamed - How far have we come
Jazz - Africa

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HOW FAR HAVE WE COME (BW088)

Pops Mohamed, South Africa's unofficial Minister for Music, is on a mission to prevent the indigenous music of the rainbow nation being overrun by American pop. A perfect mix of traditional and modern forms, this album is based upon an amazing set of recordings with the Khoi-San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert. Made over three days in a makeshift studio set up in the back of a 4X4 drive jeep, the tapes were then flown to London, where Pops worked with musicians including Andrew Missingham and Chris Bowden of Barungwa, Jessica Lauren and Yolanda Charles, to produce an album that is truly a unique meeting of cultures. Pops combines a contemporary electric line-up with the unusual textures of traditional African instruments offset against jazz, funk, dance and township rhythms. His own vocals are mixed with samples of the chants of the San people to produce a richly textured, thoroughly modern music that's deeply imbued with the indomitable spirit of ancient Africa. In booklet accompanying the CD, Pops tells the story of each song:

A booklet accompanying the CD tells the story of each song, along with the ?A booklet accompanying the CD tells the story of each song, along with the background to the whole project, written by Pops and featuring photography that gives an insight to the life of the San people. A percentage from the sales of the album is being donated to the Khoi San Foundation.

 

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Pops Mohamed meets London Sound Collective
Jazz - Africa

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Pops Mohamed meets London Sound Collective (ELM8004)

Drum n' bass with ethno sounds

Pops Mohamed is South Africa's unofficial Minister for Music and is renowned for his dedication to protect and preserve the indigenous tribal music from his homeland. Interestingly however he is simultaneously at the helm of the current world music movement experimenting with global sounds - fusing tradition with modern technology.
This collaboration with the cutting edge underground drum'n'bass outfit, The London Sound Collective demonstrates the innovative and versatile vision that is Pops' trademark. This vinyl is an explosive fusion of East London urban sounds with indigenous instrumentals, guaranteed to fully possess the senses. Marking a new style of drum'n'bass, the essence of South African music has been brought to the global dancefloor.


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Pops Mohamed, Greg Hunter, Gloria Bosman - Lotus Blossom
World Music


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LOTUS BLOSSOM (MZA 006)

Pops Mohamed, Greg Hunter, Gloria Bosman, Suzan Hendricks Johannesburg to London via Cairo
Traditional African music has grown in popularity rapidly over the last decade. Unlocking the inspiring and healing qualities of African rhythms and melodies (both ancient and new) from the Mother continent as well as the diaspora, is a job still in its infancy. Yet a greater challenge perhaps, remains not just the locating and preserving of the old songs and chants, but significantly finding ways of informing the hearts, minds and technologies of the 21st century with the spirituality and timeless wisdom of the older musics. African music doesn’t simply belong in a museum or on the shelves of the Smithsonian Institute. It dwells on the streets and in the temples, churches and clubs of the diaspora of which we are all part - whether observers or participants. The MOOD AFRICA© series seeks to advance just such an agenda. Listen to how the uplifting creativity plays out here on LOTUS BLOSSOM.
Pops Mohamed


 

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Protocol & Simon Phillips - Force Majeure
World Music

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PROTOCOL - Live !

Force Majeure
(1992)

 

 

 

Tracks (30 Second Samples)

1. The Gooz
Written by Simon Phillips and Ray Russell

2. Force Majeure
Written by Simon Phillips and Ray Russell

3. Two Socks
Written by Simon Phillips

4. Harlem Nights
Written by Simon Phillips and Ray Russell

5. Cosmos
Written by Simon Phillips

6. Blue Shoes, No Dance
Written by Ray Russell

7. The Bottom Line
Written by Ray Russell

8. Streetwise
Written by Simon Phillips

9. One for CI
Written by Simon Phillips

10. Outback
Written by Simon Phillips

Recorded at Freiburg Zelt Festival by Ric Walton on June 20th and 22nd 1992
Mixed at Last Chance Studios, London by Ric Walton and Stuart Bruce

Ray Russell - Guitar
Anthony Jackson - Bass
Tony Roberts - Horns
Simon Phillips - Drums

 

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Reflexionen - Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Jazz - Europe

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REFLEXIONEN - LIVE AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

URS LEIMGRUBER (SAX)
DON FRIEDMAN (PIANO)
JOEL ALLOUCHE (DRUMS,TABLA)
PALLE DANIELSSON (BASS)


recorded by John Dunkerley & Terry Nelson
Mastered by Rik Walton
special thanks to Claude Nobs

 

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Ricky Randimbiarison - Olembelona Ricky
Vocal Male / Female

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Olembelona Ricky (BW113)

"Everyone wants to live longer, to be creative and original. Everyone wants to do things in a new way. Do not forget the roots. Without them we will never be able to realise the real power"
Ricky Randimbiarison
Headlines declaring 'Ricky Mania!' in the Malagasy press testify to the popularity of Ricky Randimbiarison, who is know throughout the island as 'Olombelona Ricky' ('Ricky-the-human-being'). Fully versed in the diverse forms of indigenous music in his native country, this album represents Ricky's first outernational venture.
Originally recorded in Switzerland in 1996 by Ricky and his band - Toty, Seta, Luc, Mendrika & Rivo - this music was remixed at Brownhill Farm, west Sussex by Airto Moreira and Ricky in July, 1997, with overdubs by Mabi Thobejane, Suzan Hendricks, Diana Moreira, and Mantombi from Amampondo.
All music and lyrics by Ricky, except: 'Adolantsento', composed by Toty with lyrics by Ricky; 'Tsy Hiady', composed by Ricky with lyrics by Pilaza; 'Faradia', composed by Mantombi with lyrics by Ricky.

 

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