Producer and musician Ben Amato gathered two generations of Malombo drummers in Cape Town to record an album with music far removed from their usual style. The drummers are no less than the co founder of the original Malombo – Mabi Thobejane and his nephew Thabang Philip Tabane – the son of founder Philip Tabane. Most of the album was recorded and mixed in my house and it was a great privilege to see Uncle Mabi teaching Thabang some of the old songs from the Northern territories of South Africa with Ben Amato mixing it all his own unique style. Thanks is given to the members of Amampondo and especially Buddy Wells for his great sax playing.
The album features:
Mabi Thobejane – drums, mbira and vocals
Thabang Tabane – djembe, drums, thai marimba and vocals
Ben Amato – Producer
Zimbini Msesane – female vocals on eOffisini & Malume
Dave Mayekana – guitar
Simpiwe Matole – percussion
Peter Ndlala – bass
Vola Mambo – percussion
Michael Ludongo – African drums
Mandla Lande – djembe
Buddy Wells – sax
Ben Amato – guitar , flute and programming
Vincent Mtetwa – keyboards
Black Coffee contributed a mix to the album called Basubeletsu and remixed another Chililo from this album for his own release under the name of Yena Chililo on his debut album Black Coffee.
M2KR is ‘MELT 2000 Revisited’!
MELT 2000, with its offshoot ELECTRIC M.E.L.T. remains as one of the most important record labels ever launched in South Africa.
Now, the M2KR team are proud to extend this legacy with a roll-out of remix projects, that honour the eternal excellence of both the artists and their original recordings.