Drums & Percussion
Vuyani (Celebrate) (BW2143)
This album from Amampondo is to celebrate their 20 years of music making. It looks forward with some exciting new tracks, whilst drawing from some of their great tunes from the past performed in new ways.
Featuring guests from the amazingly talented musicians that live in the townships, often struggling to survive in a country that does not always appreciate its own talent, this is a showcase for the music of Cape Town. Through the 20 years Amampondo have had many struggles, fighting to perform their music and keep traditions alive, whilst being seen as a threat by the Apartheid regime who harassed them and tried to make their lives as difficult as possible.
To survive for so long in the face of such pressure is quite an
achievement, they deserve recognition for their part in keeping Xhosa
culture alive and growing. Today the pressures are different and many
members of the group are working with young people to teach them how to
play traditional instruments. The future in South Africa still looks
This is an African album drawing influence from traditional Xhosa
songs, music from the rest of Africa and the music of African
descendants all over the world. It is an acoustic album with minimum
electronics, but the sound is big, itÙs a celebration of life in the
Rainbow Nation, feel free to dance!
Play it loud!
Track Listing (30 Second Samples)
2. Seng' Inkomo
3. State of Emergency
4. African Pride
7. Vuyani - intro
9. ITshintsh' Ikhona
12. Abantu Abadala