Black Motion x Osaze x Spice Drums Mix & Busi Mhlongo – DBN Flight 389
       

About Album

 

M2KR – MELT2000 REVISITED has declared 2024 as “The Year of Busi Mhlongo Remix Sequences.” Over a decade after DJs such as Culoe De Song, Soul II Soul, and Black Coffee propelled Mam Busi’s music into club scenes from Ibiza to New York, M2KR is set to continue this legacy with a new remix project mainly based on tracks from the album URBANZULU.

 

BUSI MHLONGO & BLACK MOTION – DBN FLIGHT 398 6:16
(BLACK MOTION x OSAZE x SPICE DRUMS MIX)
LABEL: M2KR
CATALOG NO. M2KR0038
ISRC: ZA-A99-24-03801

Original song from the title track of the album INDIZA by BUSI MHLONGO, produced by BRICE WASSY & BUSI MHLONGO

Composers of the original song are:
Busi Mhlongo & Brice Wassy
MELT2000 Publishing/admin by SHEER Publishing

Remix composers are:
Thabo Roy Mabogwane
Intascore / Sheer Publishing

Lehotlo Nelson Mailula
Osaze Publishing / Sheer Publishing

Mpho Ngoato Thobejane
Intascore / Sheer Publishing

 

Busi Mhlongo, South Africa’s urban punk king

Nombuso Mathibela – Thank you for telling the world.

Victoria Busisiwe Mhlongo, originally from Inanda, Natal, South Africa, was a multifaceted artist known for blending traditional South African music styles like Mbaqanga, Maskanda, and Marabi with modern genres including jazz, funk, and reggae. Known initially as Vickie in the 1960s, she later embraced the name Busi Mhlongo. Her performances were notable for their spirited, barefoot style, and her lyrics were marked by poignant messages. An initiated sangoma, her music deeply reflected this cultural heritage. Ranked alongside Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu and The Mohatella Queens, unique in being the first female to be spreading the maskandi style of vocals internationally, Busi Mhlongo has been applauded by audiences the world over and scored several SAMA- and a KORA award.

“The sound is hip, quirky and compelling, upbeat in a modern, upfront way. Busi’s voice is rich and variable, covering textural and stylistic boundaries.” – The Guardian UK

“Urbanzulu is a triumphant affirmation of her mature expressive powers.” – The Wire

“Busi’s stunning hybrid Zulu/English vocals takes the distinctive flavour of Maskandi and creates pan-African pop with a western twist.” – Big Issue UK.

Mam Busi sadly lost her fight with breast cancer on the 15th of June 2010.

 

King of the 6/8 Rhythm – Drummer & Producer Brice Wassy

Madala Kunene & Brice Wassy in Paris (France)

Brice Wassy, a master drummer, played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of the album *Urbanzulu* with his tight rhythm sections. Known as the “King of 6/8 Rhythm” and based in Paris, Wassy has significantly influenced West African music. He is a former bandleader for Manu Dibango and Salif Keita and has collaborated with numerous prominent African and international artists, including David Byrne.

Years after the release of *Urbanzulu* Brice Wassy reunited with Mam Busi in Durban, South Africa, to collaborate on new tracks for the compilation album Indiza. The title track, produced co-composed and arranged by Brice Wassy features vocals by both Mam Busi and Malian singer Oumou Sangaré. Having crossed paths multiple times previously, Oumou readily accepted Brice and Busi’s invitation to participate in Indiza.

 

BLACK MOTION

In 2023 BLACK MOTION and M2KR released two different remix versions of “Abangoma,” a deeply spiritual track from Madala Kunene’s classic album, Konko Man.
“Abangoma” features the haunting vocals of Mam Busi Mhlongo which can be heard on both on their “CAVE MIX”

and the M2KR “North London Mix”.

As the Executive Producer of Busi Mhlongo’s albums Urbanzulu and Indiza, it was a natural step to invite Black Motion along with their collaborators Osaze & Spice Drums to reinterpret a track by Mam Busi Mhlongo.
Robert Trunz

Black Motion, formed in 2010, gained early international recognition and has continued to build a prolific music footprint. Their 2016 album Ya Badimo was released globally, winning Best Dance Album at the 23rd South African Music Awards and achieving platinum status. They continued to thrive with their 2018 release *Moya Wa Taola*, which won several awards at the 25th South African Music Awards, including Best Dance Album and Duo/Group of the Year.

Their 2020 album, *The Healers: The Last Chapter*, featured prominent artists like Nokwazi and Ami Faku and also won Best Dance Album at the 27th South African Music Awards.
A new single “Ngoma,” was released in November 2022, marking their latest contribution to the evolving dance music scene.
They proceeded to announce their seventh studio album, *Rebirth of the Drum*, released in September 2023 and featured a remix of Madala Kunene’s song Abangoma strongly emphasising on Busi Mhlongo’s vocals in the intro section.

Further promoting their innovative sound, “Takala,” a collaboration with Afrikan Roots, DJ Buckz, and Mörda, released on May 10, 2024.

Black Motion national and international tour bookings and management please contact:
info@iconart.co.za
Cell: +27827144298

Label
Release Date
July 26, 2024
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