Amampondo (DVD)

alt Amampondo - 25 Years of Skins

This DVD of mostly unreleased footage by Amampondo, South Africa's ambassador for 3 decades of traditional drum and marimba music, was compiled with the many supporters of the group in mind who for decades haven't missed an opportunity to see the group live. There is no better way to experience the energy and beauty of acoustic dance music then having such a large group of drummers, marimba players and singers being united on one stage giving themselves over to the forces and the spirit of collective music making.

We'd like to thank all the people and institutions who made it possible for this fantastic group to tour the world for the past 25 years and a special thanks goes to Chris Lewis and the various film makers for mixing and shooting so many of their live shows whilst keeping an eye on recording performances, thus creating a library of highly precious raw and undiluted Amampondo music.

Robert Trunz

 

Amampondo:
Dizu Plaatjies - lead vocal, uhadi, percussion and dance
Simpiwe Matole - soprano marimba, percussion & acrobatics
Mzwandile Qotoyi - bass marimba, percussion & vocals
Michael Nkululeko Ludonga - African drums, tenor marimba & vocals
Mandla Lande - picolo marimba, percussion & acrobatics
Blackie Mbizela - bass marimba, percussion & vocals
Xola Mlambe - percussion & vocals
Lungiswa Plaatjies - vocals and dance
Nondzondelelo Galada - vocals and dance
Mandisa Menisi - vocals and dance
Nontle Sylvester - vocals & dance
Mantombe Matotiyana - umrhubhe, percussion & vocals
Nomfundo Mayeskiso - vocals & dance

Guests:
Airto Moreira - drums and percussion
Brice Wassy - Drums and percussion
Mabo Thobejane - Congas, African drums & percussion
Mangaliso Maxanjana - Concertine
Luyanda Nbete- Penny whistle
Duke Norman Penny whistle
Byron Wallen - trumpet and kudu horn
Changuito - timbale & congas
Suzan Hendricks - vocals & percussion

FILMED CLIPS FEATURED
1. MOTOKALE AUTO - MANTOMBE MATOTIYANA
2. MAMA'S MOOD - MANTOMBE MATOTIYANA
3. OLUTARO NSINSI
4. MAMALIYE (THEMBA TANA)
5. UYANDIBIZA (SHADROCK PLAATJIES)
6. SCULUMAYELE (AMAMPONDO)
7. BRASS KAP VAN LANGA
8. DRUMS FOR TOMORROW
9. LONG LIVE SHANGAAN
10. MATOLA PUMA
11. BAGLEY'S JAM