VIBRATIONS FROM THE MOTHERLAND is a celebration of Africa, an acknowledgement of the Dark Continents huge influence on western music & rhythms. The MELT 2000 label works tirelessly to promote the cause of South African musicians, artists, its people & their struggl' Alan Gubby has invited some of the coolest producers in western jazz, electro & funk genres to remix stand-out MELT recordings under a simple directive respect the original artists and make western ears & dance floors pay attention.
Vibrations From The Motherland project realised & co-ordinated by Alan Gubby
Nanny Tango Records, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 7930 718504
Executive producer Robert Trunz, MELT 2000
Cover Art and Design by Jon Kemp at JKDesign, London.
Abaphantsi - Maga Bo - featuring Teba Shumba & Susan Hendricks
English translation, lyrics reproduced by permission of TEBA - copyright 2007.
Nanny Tango Records / MELT 2000.
The Dlamini, the Ndlovu, the Cira and the Madiba clans complain
The Tswana, the Venda and the Khoisan say it is cold
Minutes and years have passed, but it is still dark
For the black people, the people with the humanity of this earth
Births take place and funerals are held-in parliament fires are being made
The uteruses, testicles and brains of the indigenous San
Debates are taking place, prophecies uttered, witchcrafts practiced
These days the outcome of success is like a failure
We are being given food to eat that tastes like the meat that is most below
By the Queen from Britain who is a traitor
Bush and them finish the daggazol (joint) completely before they pass on the butt to Thabo
You have chased us from kraals and made us live in locations
You drove us into the bushes and in the end gave us only a jacket
The old man is still being called boy and the old lady, girl our parents are still treated as youngsters
That which happens in parliament burns us-it seems as if we are the piece of paper around the tobacco
We cannot afford universities, we do not get work-we end like ghetto-youth in a police van
If you are not being carried into a graveyard, then you will certainly end as a drunk
They switch off MK they switched off APLA and then made us gangsters
They shot Hani and imposed triple 6-we are controlled by a mobster
Capitalists and government are full of corruption
Our lives and economy are often pinched
These pigs that are full of blood are always getting fatter
Our pain and suffering is always laughed at
Let's be together, be united and unite and be one
Support each other, encourage each other, come closer in all directions
Help each other, protect each other, share at all times
War and hatred must end
Listen-Did you hear me, did you hear me? I'm asking if you heard.
Album: Music With No Name Vol.3
Title: Vibrations from the Motherland
Record Label: Melt 2000/Electric Melt
Reviewed by: Kwelagobe Sekele, South Africa
Music With Name was the first remix album to have Drum & Bass remixes of South African songs. That was in 1996, just a few years after the genre emerged from the U.K. underground scenes. One of the tightest tracks from that album was the Drum & Bass remix of Kwazulus profound veteran guitarist Madala Kunenes Ubombo, which is a hit in the alternative scenes even here in South Africa, where Drum & Bass still appeals to a very small niche. That was then and this is now. 2008 brings you Music With No Name Volume 3, 10 years after the second volume and twelve years after the first volume and it is far from the first two. Not far from the quality of sound and the overall repertoire, which is what Melt2000 has prided itself in from day one, but in a good way. This album is sticking to the times just like its predecessors. But its not the poppy Pop and latest inaccessible, high school rebellion genres you can expect from this album. And you are more than welcome to give this music whatever name you can think of.
Titled Vibrations from the Motherland this album features remixes by some of Europes renowned producers of Dance, Electro and Funk to reverberating some stand out recordings that have come out of Melt. The album opens with Cape Town based toaster/rapper Teba Shumba, former member of Skeem and one of South Africas heavy weight artists. He opens the album as if opening ways to the world of Music with No Name with Abaphantsi, a fiery political rap for change done over Sangomas chanting, now this has never been done before and Teba was definitely the best man for the job. The Sangomas recording Siya Dengelela Ngonyama is itself a plus decade old recording and was also featured in Volume 1 and is here remixed by Maga Bo, straight out of U.K. German Dance producer Henrik Schwarz, who is big in the house scene is also on this album with a remix of the Langa township international world traditional group Amampondo. Theres actually more than one Amampondo remix on this album and Amapondos Mother Mantombi Matotiyana also celebrated. The old Uhadi and Xhosa mother of music Madosini is also honored with a remix.
Other artists such as Mabi Thobejane, Bernard Mndaweni and Comoros Mayito are also celebrated. This album is the new day for the dance scene and a freshly polished dance floor. Be sure to catch one stand out Deep House track on this album, number 11 Distant Djembe, also an Amampondo remix and is slowly becoming a hit amongst local house deejays. This album is clearly a tribute to our greats and also features other U.K based producers such as Adam Hurst, John Kennedy left me speechless.
Its a pity that our local radio doesnt play good music, listeners will miss out on this baby. But if you are a C.D. buyer then make sure you get this Music With No Name.