Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Wa Mpona

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WA MPONA (BWSA2281)

Followers of jazz and world music in South Africa were stunned by the news that Moses Taiwa Molelekwa had been found dead in his Johannesburg offices. Aged just 29, Molelekwa had already carved out for himself a place in the country's musical pantheon as a uniquely gifted keyboard man and composer who had started to blossom from his jazz roots to a richer and more eclectic style which drew on the music of Cameroon, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba and London's clubland.

 

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Music With No Name Vol 2


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Music With No Name Volume 2

We are approaching the year 2000 - five years after the first sensational offering of Music With No Name Vol.1 - a unique remix project involving World Music artists mainly out of South Africa.

Volume 2 we present herewith is more jazz orientated - again with a fine bunch of remixers at work - enjoy!

 

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Pops Mohamed meets London Sound Collective

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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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Fourth World - No Gap

alt altIn our daily life we are often confronted with the term Generation Gap loosely used to describe differences between us parents and our kids. When I started working with Flora and Airto in 1993 they introduced their daughter Diana and her now husband Krishna Booker (Eyedentity).During the years of recording with the four of them the so called generation gap transpired often over trivial matters or when the wisdom of the parents or the common sense of the younger generation got completely ignored.

However when in the studio everything was forgiven and forgotten and the creative juicy would flow immediately amidst the speckle of colorful sparks and the fairies of musical creation would dance amongst them all filling every empty space with joy and laughter.

The genes that were passed onto our youngsters by our parents like Flora and Airto are so evident in the beauty of their common creation. The openness of Fourth World (being Airto, Flora, and Jose Neto) to welcome a fresh breeze into their music has made it possible for Ragga to compile this album using many oft he tracks composed by Diana & Krishna without even being aware of - just feeling the never ageing youth in their common creation.

A deep thank you to the creative spirits to allow such an intimate relationship to be created for their fans to enjoy this organic compilation free of Generation Gap

Robert Trunz Melt 2000

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Fourth World - Return Journey

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Return Journey (ELM8021)

Featuring 10 new interpretations from some of today's leading underground remixers/producers, The Return Journey aims to open the world/jazz sound to a whole new audience of discerning music lovers. The Herbalisers head nodding remix of Last Journey paves the way for 4 Hero, IG culture, London Electricity, Nation World Service, Tony Thorpe, Fila Brazilia and Argonaut to add their individual style which results in an eclectic mix of cutting edge sounds.

 

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