Sipho Gumede - UBUNTU HUMANITY
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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.

 

 

Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1.
DON'T MESS WITH ME
You lied to me, I won't forget. You lied to yourself, I won't forgive. Make me to forgive, but I won't forget. Don't mess with me 'cause you messing yourself.

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Barney Bophela - Piano and Sync

Kenny Mathaba - Guitar

Moses Molelekwa - Grand Piano

Jetro Shasha - Drums, Shakers & Timbalis

John Hassan - Drums, Shakers & Timbalis

Mabi Thobejane - Congas

Brass:

Prince Lengoasa - Trumpet

Teaspoon Ndelu - Alto Sax

Vivian Majola - Tenor Sax Solo 

Bheki Mbatha - Trombone

 



2.
TUGELA RIVER

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Bongani Nkwanyana - Second Bass

Barney Bophela - Keyboards & Sync Solo

Jerry Ngcobo - Keyboards

Moses Molelekwa - Sync

Wake Mahlobo - Drums

Mabi Thobejane - Congas & Toys

 



3. UBUNTU
Humanity. Do we still have it? I wonder.

Ubuntu is an inborn thing with African race

The meaning of Ubuntu is very deep

Ubuntu means “be honest - be

accomodative

Share with those in need, learn and pass

what you know to the young

Save life at all cost, respect young and old

Criticise constructively, feed those who are

hungry”

Do we still have it? I wonder.

 

Shaluza Max Ngcobo - Lead Voice

Busi Mhlongo - Voice

Beula Hashe - Voice

Phumzile Ntuli - Voice

Tu Nokwe - Voice

Dizu Plaatjies - Percussion, Mbirambau and Voice

Sipho Gumede - Toms and Vocals

Backing Voices - Sipho Nxumalo / Papi Nokwe /

Bongani Masuku / Imilonji Kantu

 



4.
FACE & PLACES
I've travelled, been to places. I've played for many faces. I wonder what the world would be. Without the song that introduces us to faces and places.

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Kenny Mathaba - Guitar

Themba Mkhize - Grand Piano

Wake Mahlobo - Drums

Mabi Thobejane - Congas and Toys

John Hassan - Shakers

Zim Ngqawane - Soprano Sax Solo

Prince Lengoasa - Trumpet

Teaspoon Ndelu - Alto Sax

Vivian Majola - Tenor Sax Solo

Bheki Mbatha - Trombone

Voices - Beula Hashe / Phumzile Ntuli / Tu Nokwe



5.
TOWNSHIP JIVE
I'm dancing with an invisible partner. Getting rid of a negative energy. I'm jiving my frustration away as long as my feet can carry me. I'm jiving 'cause the township is jiving.

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Barney Bophela - Piano and Sync

Kenny Mathaba - Guitar

Jetro Shasha / John Hassan - Shakers

Mabi Thobejane - Congas

Brass:

Prince Lengoasa - Trumpet

Teaspoon Ndelu - Alto Sax

Vivian Majola - Tenor Sax Solo

Bheki Mbatha - Trombone

 



6.
MIKA
The name of a little girl.

She looked at me with innocent eyes

We became best of friends in no time

What is your name she asked?

I told her

And what is yours? Mika she said

Her smile took me back to my childhood

My mind was travelling at high speed

Like a tape being rewound

Suddenly I enjoyed being a child again

Somehow we were in our world of inno-

cence

The world of trouble free

Let the children enjoy being children

Let them explore their world of freedom

Mika - thanks for being a true friend .

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Moses Molelekwa - Grand Piano

Jetro Shasha - Drums 

Romeo Avelino - Toys and Sounds

Mabi Thobejene - Congas

Brass:

Prince Lengoasa - Trumpet

Teaspoon Ndelu - Alto Sex

Vivian Majola - Tenor Sax Solo

Bheki Mbatha - Trombone

 

 

 



7.
ISOMISO (DROUGHT)
Drought is an enemy of mankind. In olden days, African people prayed to Unomkhubulwane, the rain goddess, for rain. When rivers stop flowing, tears start flowing. The soul is separated from the body. We all get affected since we are part of the universe. Let us pray for rain - rain is life.

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Zim Ncqawane - Flute

Barney Bophela - Keyboards

Kenny Mathaba - Acoustic Guitar

Wake Mahloso - Drums

Mabi Thobejane - African Drums

Pops Mohamed - Mbira

John Hassan - Congas



8.
SANDILE
He was five years old. He thought he had no enemies. How wrong we were. His life was taken just before dawn. Another victim of violence. When will it all end? How many more Sandiles to go before we realise that we have a problem?


Sipho Gumede - Bass

Barney Bophela - Piano

Kenny Mathaba - Acoustic Guitar

Jetro Shasha - Drums

Romeo Avelino - Kabas Skulls Congas

Mabi Thobejane - Congas

Themba Mkhize - Sync Solo

Max Ngcobo - Lead Voice

 


9. HAYI BO
She sat in the dark corner of the house. The moonlight was shining through the door frame. Her eyes facing the floor, sadness written on her face. Children becoming restless, waiting for answers. She knows something is wrong. It is almost midnight; her husband is not back home. He left early in the morning for work as usual. He is a respected man in the community, a family loving man. Two days later she received bad news. He was found covered with newspapers, cold as ice in the city street corner. She just said softly, "Oh No Hayi Bo Hayi Bo".

 

Sipho Gumede - Mbira

Mabi Thobejane - African Drums

Dizu Plaatjies - Shakers

Madala Kunene - Lead Voice / Jawharp

Busi Mhlongo - Lead Voice

Pops Mohamed - Kora

Backing Vocals - Beula Hashe / Phumzile Ntuli / Tu

Nokwe / Imiloji Kantu



10.
HAMMERSLADE
They got together, they spoke. They became one - I'm talking about people of Mpumalanga township - true leaders of the nation. Can we afford to fold our arms and turn a blind eye and pretend all is Ok when there is so much violence around us as a nation? No. We should follow the same path of wisdom, just like the mothers and fathers of Mpumalanga. They saved the nation. People of Mpumlanga, you are the shining light of hope. We look up to you as true leaders of the nation. Long live Unwele Olude - peace be with you all. With love and respect we salute you. From all of us: your children, your nation.
'A little bit of everything to keep your feet clapping. there's sweet 'n' soft jazz, songs that sound sacred and soulful tunes like 'Places and Faces'. Sipho is tough and gentle with his music and poetry. The printed lyrics are well worth reading.' DJ Nick, Spirit magazine, July/August 1996

Sipho Gumede - Bass

Max Ngcobo - Lead voice

Moses Molelekwa - Grand Piano

Themba Mkhize - Strings

Jetro Shasha - Drums

Mabi Thobejane - Congas & African Drums

Prince Lengoasa - Trumpet

Teaspoon Ndelu - Alto Sax

Vivian Majola - Tenor Sax

Bheki Mbatha - Trombone

Backing Vocals - Beulah Hashe / Phumzile Ntuli /

Tu Nokwe

 

 

I would like to thank all the artists who took part

in recording the Ubuntu project.

Thank you guys; I know that you know that I’m

thanking you from the bottom of my heart.

 

Special thanks to:

Mega Music for the use of their guitar

Ray Phiri for dropping by in the studio

Marilyn Nokwe for getting me the best voices

Dr. Tsonele / Dr. Murare - hectic weekend

crazy guys

Bra George Mqadana & Imilonji for support

Ajay & Nosipho for practising Ubuntu

Jacie Conley for spirit of Ubuntu

Rose Francis for The name of her angel Mika

Robert Trunz for giving me a hard time in the

studio

Mabi Thobejane who played until he collapsed

Phumzile Langa for getting the budget together

Cover photograph by Fanie Jason

Recorded at M1S ABC Studios Durban &

Downtown Studios Johannesburg by Peter

Thwaites 1995, mixed by Chris Lewis & Robert

Trunz at Brownhill Farm Sussex England April

1996.

Composed and produced by Sipho Gumede for

Sigude Productions

All songs published by Sigude Music

Executive Producer Robert Trunz

 

Artwork designed by Fred and Swifty at Swifty

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