Melt Music Catalogue
Changuito - Syncopation
Drums & Percussion

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Syncopation (BW2095)

Percussion maestro and former timbal player with Los Van Van, Changuito(Jose Luis Quintana) is best known for his groundbreaking work with the legendary Cuban band. As one of the world's leading multi-percussionists, Changuito expanded the vocabulary of Latin rhythms with his seminal Songo grooves, and has taught some of the finest conga players of today including Giovanni Hidalgo. Changuito released a series of educational videos which have become a must for any up and coming percussionist playing Cuban music - for more info see: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/p/JoseLuisQuintana-1066973/

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Charlie Mariano Quartet - Warum Bist Du Traurig (Why Are You So Sad)
Jazz - Europe

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Warum Bist Du Traurig (Why Are You So Sad)

 

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Christy Doran and Boris Salchak - Shaman
World Music

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SHAMAN (BW2112)

Christy Doran met Boris Salchak in 1994 in Boswil, Switzerland. Christy, together with the Swiss Percussionist, Mani Neumeier, was leading a workshop in jazz improvisation in which Boris took part. Coming as he does from the southern Siberian republic of Tuva, it is still not clear how Boris got notice of this workshop, but his presence proved to be providential.

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Dan Mampone and Mabi Thobejane - Melodi
Vocal Male / Female

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featuring a remix of Busi Mhlongo on Kae Kae

This long awaited collaboration is finally here. Its the beat that unites us, the rhythem from the past generation to our future. Words of love and wisdom that will echo forever in our minds. To restore our human race's dignity "Mayibuye" sons and daughters of our land.

Notes by Dan Mampone

What a mortal man you are so mindful of that you have entrusted him with your lightness to translate the vision to reality. May all the glory, power and honour be given unto your Almighty God. Thanks to my family (my wife Dorah) and three beautiful kids (Sizo, Kabelo and Rorisang) for being there for me at all times and being understanding. Thumbs up to my co-artist, my father Mr. Gabriel Mabi Thobejane, we shared every moment if this album together Joy and Sadness. It is such a wonderful thing to learn and work together. To all musicians I worked with, if it was'nt your support I will still be hanged up unable to finish now. I wish you all success to your individual projects you're working on. Peter, you are not just a friend, you're simply the best with your golden voices that smoothes my creativity. Robert Trunz, you can spot a talent from Far, I simply cannot doubt your ear to music which polished me and the album to be where it is today. 

Tswana Poem

Mokelekele wa mokhise yo A reng lona le bo mang Le tsositseng sekgwa lenyaonyao Keletsi ya Matswere Motho wa bo Mampone Wa gore mponne ruri Ke madi ke matlalatlala naga E re ke ya taemaneng Ga ke itse ke tla boa

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Deepak Ram - Flute For Thought
World Music

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Flute For Thought (BW104)

These tunes were all written during the past ten years. Some of them are extracts and themes from larger compositions written for Western Classical and Jazz ensembles. They all use elements of Indian music in varying degrees.
Deepak Ram

 

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Deepak Ram - Searching For Satyam
World Music

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Searching For Satyam (BW2137)

A master of the Bansuri flute, Deepak's project is a musical exploration of traditional Indian sounds mixed with contemporary western influences.
Born in South Africa, Deepak made his first journey to India at the age of 17. In a country which has a rich culture, Deepak soon found himself the disciple of flautist Pandit Chaurasia. Another great influence was flute maker Shri Suryakant Limaye who when he died left his flute collection to Deepak. All these instruments have a history and are made with master craftmanship.
'Searching For Satyam', blends Deepak's classical Indian flute playing with funky jazz, flamenco guitar, tabla and bass to produce an elegant example of musical syncretism. Highly acoustic and improvisational, the album was awarded a SAMA (South African Music Award) in 2000 for 'Best Instrumental Album'.
Deepak Ram is at the forefront of the indo-jazz cross-cultural fiesta and although formally trained in traditional Indian music, he creates a thoroughly modern sound.

 

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