23 April 2007

Monday's mp3: PSAs from The Mothers

A couple years ago, a curious CD arrived from our friends at Mr Bongo. Now the same CD has been picked up and re-released by Rasa. Here's a Spin The Globe review from 2005, and a track from the album. Check out the Cape Town-area activities of the Philani organization. You can hear two more tracks from this album at myspace.com/townshipsessions

The Philani Mothers aren't really a musical group. Not in the modern, "western" sense. Their forming in 1986 was a reaction to health issues, not musical ambitions, a fact made clear by the title of their 1998 cassette, The Philani Mothers Lyrical Heath Messages. This CD sees the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Kid Loco, and Kalahari Surfers reworking those original 10 vocal songs with some very groovy instrumentation. The track "Breathe Together" features Miriam Makeba, apparently doing the tricky breathing part. Far more effective than a similar reworking of the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Township Sessions is musically exciting, even if you don't speak the language.

[mp3] The Mothers: Pefumlani Kunye/Breathe Together feat. Miriam Makeba
from Township Sessions

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