Melt Music Catalogue
Busi Mhlongo - Urban Zulu
Vocal Male / Female

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Busi Mhlongo 

1947 - 2010

Urban Zulu (BW2118)

 

 

 

THE ULTIMATE AND MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM FROM THE DIVA OF AFRO POP


When we first started working on these awesome songs penned by Themba, Spectre and Busi, the style was recognisably traditional maskanda. Over the months of work, the maskanda in this album metamorphosed, deepened, widened and finally has come to represent the contemporary Zulu Nation's truest form of expression, with all the agony, the ecstacy, the pain and sorrow, the trials and ironies of life in the modern South Afrika.
This is the first time maskanda has been expressed by a Zulu woman, and who better than Busi, one of the great voices of Afrika. A truly astonishing performer on the stage and in the studio, her original creativity as expressed here represents a quantum leap in South Afrikan music. This is maskanda for the millennium. Listen and be humbled.

Will Mowat (Producer)


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Busi Mhlongo - Urban Zulu Remixes
Vocal Male / Female

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Urban Zulu Remixes (MZA019)

Tracks from Busi Mhlongo's debut MELT album Urbanzulu remixed and produced by some of the most exciting names in South African kwaito amd house music of the late 90's  as well as one of London's top house DJ's.



  1. OXAMU
  2. YEHLISAN'UMOYA MA-AFRIKA
  3. OXAMU
  4. YEHLISAN'UMOYA MA-AFRIKA
  5. OXAMU MARIA CEE
  6. YEHLISAN'UMOYA MA-AFRIKA
  7. UGANGA NGE NGANE
  8. YEHLISAN'UMOYA MA-AFRIKA
  9. YEHLISAN'UMOYA MA-AFRIKA




Tracks 1 & 3 - Oxamu The ibomvu Dance Remix by Gabi LeRoux
Tracks 2, 4 & 9 - Yehlisan'umoya ma-Afrika - Soul II Black Remixes

Track 5 - Oxamu The London Mix Mario Cee
Track 6 - Yehlisan'umoya ma-Afrika - The Kalahari Surfers Rock Remix

Track 7 - Uganga Nge Ngane (Bonus Track)
Track 8 - Yehlisan'umoya ma-Afrika (Album Version)
All photographs of Busi Mhlongo in traditional dress by Rashid Lomabard All tracks published by MELT2000 Publishing Ltd. except for tracks 1 & 3 arrangements by Gabi LeRoux published by MELT 2000 and Kaleidosound MPS Administered by EMI MUSIC Publishing SA

 

 
Busi Mhlongo - Yehlisan' umoya Azania (in the mix)
Southern Africa
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Yehlisan'umoya Azania (in the mix)

MZA 050

A singer, dancer, and composer whose music defies categorisation, Ma Mhlongo, as Rudeboy Paul fondly refers to her, draws on various South African styles, such as Maskanda, Mbaqanga, Marabi and traditional Zulu songs. Born in Kwa Zulu, Natal, Busi Mhlongo grew up with a song on her lips. Her debut maskanda album for M.E.L.T.2000 in 1998 called Urban Zulu brought her international fame.

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Byron Wallen - Earth Roots
Jazz - Africa

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EARTH ROOTS (BW090)

With the onset of the millennium, new values, standards and attitudes will continue to emerge. We have already reached the point where many of us realise we have become victims of man-made destruction. Indeed, there are many changes we need to implement if we plan to survive. The most crucial of these changes must be our realisation that the Earth is alive. Gases, minerals, water, fire and air all have consciousness. The awareness and experience of this is vital for our survival and will revolutionise our earthly experience.

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Byron Wallen - Sound Advice
Jazz - Africa

iTunes

SOUND ADVICE (BW063)
produced by Airto Moreira

"The idea of the album is a journey through someone's life. It could be at any time. they could come from any culture," Byron Wallen explains the concept behind his debut for MELT. It's a madly eclectic recording, which veers from straight jazz, fusion and Latin to avant garde, hip hop and funk, all blended into a gleaming-but-edgy whole, and focussed by Byron's increasingly distinctive and primal blowing. Mystical voices flow into mist-shrouded skin-pattering, burnished horns scribbling around Afro-vocalising with Wallen also giving the nod to forerunners like Don Cherry and Lester Bowie.

 

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Castro B - FIDELITY
Remix

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CASTRO B.
FIDELITY

Castro B self thought musician and DJ was born in East Rand, Johannesburg. He introduced himself to music by making his own tin guitar at the age of 6 copying the tunes the elders in his township played in the streets. The strong influence of traditional music grew on him and carried well into the 90s. In 1995 Catro B got his first PC making his own tracks in his bedroom studio playing and testing them out at parties in the hood

 Album: Castro B Fidelity

find additional unreleased tracks by Castro B on MP3 only

 

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