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Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - Genes And Spirits
Tracklist
A1Tsala
A2Spirits Of Tembisa
A3Down Rockey Street
B1Itumeleng
B2Sogra (Mmatswale Mamazala)
B3Genes & Spirits
C1Wa Mona
C2Kwaze Kwangcono
C3Rapela
D1Dance To Africa
D2Ntatemoholo

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Genes And Spirits

Matsuli | Item No: 588891
Vinyl 2LP | 2018 / UK – Original | New
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Genes and Spirits: herald of a new South African jazz.

When pianist and composer Moses Taiwa Molelekwa died in February 2001, fans and fellow musicians alike were swept away by grief. He was so young – not yet 30 – and had shown such musical promise.
Genes and Spirits was his second album, released a year before his death. While the composer’s voice and pianist’s touch are instantly recognisable from his debut, Finding One’s Self, the ideas underlying the music mark a conscious step into the unknown: what he called “finding a range of rhythmic alternatives,” inspired by the rhythmic complexity he was hearing in both pan-African music and the New Music he had been exploring in Europe; and by the possibilities of electronic club music – jungle in London, and kwaito in Soweto.

Inspired like many of his musical age-mates by the optimism of the post-liberation 1990s in South Africa, Taiwa crafted what he described as ragga with a kalimba groove; Tswana vocals over a programmed drum
track; a duet with Chucho Valdez and more, across eleven tracks combining the talents of multiple South African and world musicians, including Valdez, Flora Purim and Cameroonian drummer Brice Wassy. With Genes and Spirits, Molelekwa was stepping into the kind of genre-busting territory we associate today with players such as Robert Glasper, but he was doing it almost a decade earlier: asserting a new jazz identity that was young, popular and African. This re-release also includes one additional track, Wa Mpona, recorded for, but omitted from, the original release.

Remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery, Genes and Spirits is presented as a deluxe gatefold sleeve including new liner notes by Gwen Ansel.

“Think Robert Glasper - only ten years earlier.” Gwen Ansell

“Helped define the new cool.” The Guardian

“Heartily recommended.” All About Jazz
Item Details
Item No:588891
Artist:Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Titel:Genes And Spirits
Label:Matsuli
Katalog-Nr:MM111
Format:Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:UK – Original
Release Date:2018
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:17.05.2018
Condition:New
Price:35,99 €
Weight:500g (plus 250g Packaging)
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