The World of MELT

MELT releases a carefully selected choice of new World Music, Jazz and Acoustic recordings from Africa. It features names from the past; Madala Kunene, Bernard Mndaweni, Amampondo and Mabi Thobejane, and new exciting artists; Greg Georgiades, Ashish Joshi, L.A.P. (Live African Percussion), Syd Kitchen & Thongo African Band. MELT 2000 has a vast library of video recordings spanning more than a decade, and this is being transferred and edited for DVD release during the course of 2006/7.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Darkness Pass 1

Moses Molelekwa's Darkness Pass 1 from the album Darkness Pass Solo Piano (BWSA079) has been edited into a music video by Lianne Cox for MELT 2000's DVD release Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Live at the Fin de Siecle Festival Nantes 1997 (MZADV001).

See for more information

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Darkness Pass 3 (Improvisation)

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

It has to do with sounds.
Natural sounds from far up north.
Sounds of rivers with gentle waterfalls.
Sounds from trees though still.
Sounds from the mountain in their fix.

Sounds not only from chirping birds,
Also from least thought of pigs
Creaking doors tenderly pushed ajar
Whispers of wings in the divine space
All in the likeness
of melancholy thoughts.

Many, many years will go by,
Pain will be reduced to understanding
Tears will spell out acceptance
A boy so adored will grow
to find solace in the music
of the Ancestors
for decades to heal.

Jerry “Monk” Molelekwa
Father of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

1997 was a great year for the late Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. He travelled overseas with his own band for the first time to perform at the Fin de Siècle à Johannesburg Festival on the Atlantic coast of France. The band featured veteran Kaya Mahlangu on sax, Fana Zulu on bass and Sello Montwedi on drums. Sello had just recovered from injuries incurred in an almost fatal car accident. It’s a measure of Moses’ faith in Sello’s spirit and musical gifts that he was chosen for the dates.

The idea of the Nantes Festival was a French initiative, inviting cultural representatives from three of the world's great cities to Nantes to document the creativity of each of these places near the close of the second millennium. The festival began on the 17th October 1997. Around about 380 artists were selected from every creative field.

This recording was made with the Dutch mobile studio “The Van” and is potent evidence of the vitality and gifts of a young man just starting to enter his musical prime, sadly lost to us by his untimely & tragic death on February 13th 2001.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Madala Kunene & Friends

Madala Kunene, from Cato Manor outside Durban, is one of South Africa's most expressive guitarists. Kunzima, from MELT 2000's Acoustic Africa DVD (MZADV002), features Mabi Gabriel Thobejane, who performs with Juno Reactor and is considered to be one of the top drummers in Africa.

The two are also introduced by the Poet of Africa, Zolani Mkiva.

See for label info, and for booking info.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Simpiwe Matole - Brass Kap van Langa

From the Amampondo: 25 Years of Skins DVD (MZADV 003) this is a beautiful track composed by Simpiwe Matole, of Amampondo fame, with simple percussion and two penny-whistles, played by Duke Norman & Luyanda Nbete.

Published by MELT 2000 Publishing. Go to Amampondo's site, or Peak Performances for bookings.


Max Lasser & Busi Mhlongo

The album Between (BW103) saw Swiss Max Lasser collaborate with Zulu Busi Mhlongo on Lua lua.

This extract is taken from the Busi Mhlongo Live Urbanzulu DVD soon to be released by MELT 2000.

Peak Performances for booking information.

Busi Mhlongo - Urbanzulu

This track Uganga Nge Ngane is from Busi's famed Urbanzulu (BW2118SA) album.

Busi was one of the first Zulu women to sing and transform Maskanda to reflect the modern society of her day.

Urbanzulu, released by MELT 2000, was produced by Will Mowat.

Peak Performances for more info

Amampondo - Drums for tomorrow

A recording from the Amampondo 25 Years of Skins DVD (MZADV 003) of a live performance of Drums for tomorrow by Amampondo at Spoleto Festival in Italy in 1997.

Composed by Mzwandile Qotoyi & Michael Nkululeko Ludonga and published by MELT 2000 Publishing.

Peak Performances for bookings, and further artist info see Amampondo's site.

Madala Kunene & Greg Hadijyorki Georgiades

Taken from the newly released Acoustic Africa DVD (MZADV 002) the track Martha Gotta Free features Madala Kunene, Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades, Ashish Joshi and Ernest Mothle.

Live @ The Fort West Village Heritage & Cultural Festival in Tshwane West (Pretoria) South Africa on 22nd of October 2004.

Composed by Madala Kunene, published by MELT 2000 Publishing cc and for bookings contact Peak Performances.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

MELT enters the Blogworld

This first post is just to say that we are going to be adding lots of exciting and interesting information from the World of MELT - stay tuned for more.