2023 Remixes Episode One – Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

About Album

Celebrating a Musical Pioneer – Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, an extraordinary composer and piano virtuoso, elevated South African Jazz before his untimely demise in 2001 at just 28. His legacy is rooted in a rich musical lineage, with a grandfather who was a pianist and a father, Jerry, who was deeply influenced by Thelonius Monk’s music. This rich heritage nurtured Moses’s prodigious talent.

Moses’s musical journey was remarkable, starting with his piano studies at FUBA. He quickly became a mainstay in Johannesburg’s well-frequented jazz clubs, collaborating with the likes of Miriam Makeba and Jonas Gwangwa. His international exposure included touring the USA with icons like Bra Hugh Masekela, Dorothy Masuka, and Julian Bahula.

He seamlessly blended traditional and modern elements, often sharing the stage with the likes of TKZee and Loyiso Bala. This ability to navigate between jazz and kwaito set him apart, showcasing his improvisational skills and his flair for captivating live performances.

For the REMIXES SERIES we selected Moses’ second album, “Genes & Spirit”. It cemented his status, earning nominations for Best Producer and Best Male Artist at the FNB SAMA and winning the Best Contemporary Jazz Performance. The album’s impressive line-up of musicians, including Jazz Greats like Chucho Valdes, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, reflected the high esteem he held globally.

Moses’s composition “Free Spirit” was a significant contribution to Sibongile Khumalo’s album. His artistic journey, however, was cut short, but his music lives on through posthumous albums like “Darkness Pass” and “Wa Mpona.”

EPISODE ONE – A Birthday Tribute

Released on April 17th, 2023, Episode One features remixes from South African artists, reinterpreting Molelekwa’s masterpieces.

1. Rich Akoustic’s Jazz Remix
Tsala – Rich Akoustic Remix
Composers: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Richard Bruiners

Rich delivers a chilled jazzy remix of Tsala featuring singer Faith Kekana.

2. Echo Deep’s Unique Touch
Kwaze Kwangcono – Echo Deep Remix
Composers: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Tsheo Molefe

After the release of Episode One in April 2023, this track attracted a lot of attention, which we hope you will share too.

3. Deeper Kings’ Interpretation
Wa Mpona Maputo 2 (Forest Jam Version) – Deeper Kings Master Mix
Composers: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Mphodisa Frans Boshomane & Morena Eric Lenkoe

The arrangements of the reinterpreted version by the FOREST JAM BAND are credited to Jul Dillier. Vocals by Chico Antoino and Cyril Michel recorded at Matchume Zango’s studios in Maputo MOZ. Featuring is Moses’ son Zoe Molelekwa on additional keyboard and original voices by Lungiswa Plaatjies, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Shaluza Max.

4. Cool Affair’s Creative Remix
Wa Mpona – Cool Affair Remix
Composers: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa & Siusiso Zephania Ntombela
Cool Affair preferred to remix the original track from the album Wa Mpona – a track that was left off the album GENES & SPIRITS by Moses for personal reasons and only got released after his untimely passing.

Through these remixes, M2KR aims to bring the spirit of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa to new audiences, celebrating his timeless contributions to music.
Release Date
April 17, 2023
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