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AFRICAN JAZZ

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Discography

 introduction, released recordings, compilations,  unreleased recordings,  Molelekwa on film, cover versions, tributes, bibliography, some observations

introduction

 This is a comprehensive discography of the African jazz musician Moses Taiwa Molelekwa who died on 13th February 2001, aged 27. Molelekwa was the most revered musician of his generation in South Africa. Many believe he was Africa’s most innovative and influential jazz musician since Fela Kuti. Reasons for this assertion which the discography demonstrates are set out in some observations which appear as the last item at the bottom of this page.

     If anyone has corrections or additions to the discography, please contact this site ( africanjazzinfo@gmail.com ). However please do not ask for copies of the music. Many releases detailed here are still available from record stores and for download from Internet retailers. Items which are harder to track down can often be ordered delivered around the world by reputable retailers based in in South Africa.

    Wherever possible the releases are listed in chronological order by recording date.

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released recordings

UNTIMELY

Jennifer Ferguson

Johannesburg, South Africa: 1989

 

Jennifer Ferguson, (vcl);  Jennifer Ferguson, Victor Masondo, Vuvi Pefile (choir); Bheji Khosa (g); Nico Carstens (p, accordion); Victor Masondo (b); Lloyd Martin (d, perc)

 

          g. Where you gonna be, tomorrow? (words: Jennifer           Ferguson, Christo Leach; music: Jennifer Ferguson; arrangement: Jennifer Ferguson, Victor Masondo, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; rap: Bheki Khosa) – 4:34

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: First issued by Tic Tic Bang, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989 (catalogue number and format unknown); reissued Tic Tic Bang, Johannesburg, South Africa  BANGCD 851 in 1999
Producer: Jennifer Ferguson; mixed by Lloyd Ross
Engineer: Dave Subcleve, Richard Mitchell
Notes: Jennifer Ferguson 

 

 

IN AFRICAN EYES
René McLean
Johannesburg, South Africa: March and April 1992


 

René McLean (as); Hugh Masekela (flhrn); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Johnny Choncho (g); Bakhiti Khumalo (b); Ian Herman (d); Jon Hassan, Papa Kouyate (perc); Stella Khumalo, Faith Kekana, Doborah Fraser, Zamo Mbuto, Victor Ntoni (background vcl)

 

a. Africa Sondela (René McLean) - 5:11

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: Triloka 7195-2 (cd)
Producer: K.D. Kagel & René McLean. Executive Producer: K.D. Kagel
Engineer: Peter Thwaites
Notes: René McLean, K.D. Kagel. 

 

 

FINDING ONE'S SELF
Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa: May 11–17 and  21-22 1994 except (i) Milestone Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); Timothy Prince Lengoasa (flhrn); McCoy Mrubata (ts); Soyaphi Louis Mhlanga (g); Bassie Mahlasela Matlanyane (perc)

 

a. Nomkhosi (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:18

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, M1 Korg); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); Bassie Mahlasela Matlanyane (perc)


b.
Finding One's Self (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:29

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, M1 Korg); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); McCoy Mrubata (ss); Max Ngcobo (vcl)

 

c. Nobohle (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 9:00

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Lulu Gontsana (d); Sibusiso Victor Masondo (dbl bs); Sipho Maboya (vcl)

 

d. Melancholy Thoughts (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:11

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Lulu Gontsana (d); Janji Mayo (b); Timothy Prince Lengoasa (tp); McCoy Mrubata (f); Vivian Thulani Majola (ss); Sydney “Ace” Mnisi (ts); Soyaphi Louis Mhlanga (g)


e.
Kwalo (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 7:20

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, M1 Korg); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); McCoy Mrubata (as)


f.
Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 9:21

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); Timothy Prince Lengoasa (flhrn); Vivian Thulani Majola (ts)


g.
Ntate Moholo (Grandfather)  (aka Ntatemoholo)

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:25

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p)

 

h. Marabi A Aremogolo (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as the composer but the record company’s website states that it was composed by Moses' grandfather in the 1940s.) – 2:40

 
i.
Bo Molelekwa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:47

 

Issues: B & W Music, UK, BW 053 and South Africa BWCD 2 issued 1995; reissued in 2003 with a different cover MELT 2000, UK, BW 053 and South Africa, BWSA 053; (b) and (f) reissued in 2005 on African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033 titled SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA; (a), (f), (g), and (i) reissued in 2009 on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183,titled AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

Samplers: (g) on Sheer Sound, South Africa,  SSPCD 008 titled JAZZ AT THE BASS LINE; (a) on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SSPCD 043 titled AFRICAN IVORIES and on Sheer Sound, South Africa, NSJFCD001 titled NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2000-2004; (f) on EMI, South Africa, CDEMCJ 5941 titled JAZZ GROOVES
Producer: Pops Mohamed and Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. Executive Producer: Robert Trunz
Arranger: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Engineer: Peter Thwaites
Notes: anonymous.

 

In 1996 won two FNB music awards for the Best Traditional Jazz performance and Best Contemporary Jazz performance

 

 

OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN - FREE AT LAST
Various Artists

Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa: October, 1994

 

Fana Zulu (b); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); José Neto (g); Andrew Missingham (d); Airto Moreira (perc); Byron Wallen (tp); Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl)

 

        a. Hungry on Arrival (Fana Zulu) – 7:41

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: B and W Music BW076, UK/South Africa; issued 1995. Also as part of three disc boxed set containing BW076, BW077 and BW078 titled OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN SOUTH AFRICA; (a) reissued in 2005 on MELT MUSIC PHASE 2, MZA 029, South Africa titled HUNGRY ON ARRIVAL 

Samplers: (a) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2149 titled AFRIKA MELTDOWN; on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW087 titled MELT 2000: VOLUME 2 and on Melt Music Phase 2, South Africa, MZADV001 as part of the DVD titled LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIECLE FESTIVAL NANTES 1997
Producers: (a) produced by Fana Zulu, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, José Neto, Andrew Missingham, Airto Moreira, Byron Wallen and Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo; mixed by Airto Moreira assisted by Robert Trunz at The Sound Design Studio, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Engineers: (a) Peter Thwaites (recording engineer); Geoff Gillette (mixing engineer)

Notes: Paul Bradshaw and Robert Trunz

Remixes: (a) Spring Heel Jack mix (remixed by Spring Heel Jack and engineered by Mack Geke, London, UK) on B and W music, UK BW080 (cd) and BWR080 (vinyl) titled MUSIC WITH NO NAME VOLUME ONE; issued 1996 and on Lacerba, UK CERBAD 04 titled LOST IN SPACE DRUM ‘N’ BASS PHASE 00:03 issued in 1997.

 

 

OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN - JAZZIN' UNIVERSALLY

Various Artists

Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa: October, 1994

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Fana Zulu (b); Airto Moreira (d); Valarie Naranjo (perc); Johnny Chonco (“electric guitar (traditional styled maskanda guitar)”);Barry Olsen (tbn); Byron Wallen (tp); Zim Ngqawana (harmonica); Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Mgxabhiso Kubheka (vcl)

 

a.     Amagoduka (Migrant Workers) (Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo) – 10:22

 

unidentified (possibly Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) (p, key); Faca Khulu (vcl); Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Lindiwe Ngwane (vcl); Tsidi Manye (vcl); Nonhlanhla Ngcobo (vcl); Sipho Gumede (b); Leonard Rachebane (ss); Mandla Masuku (as); Sithembiso Ntuli (ts); Byron Wallen (tp); Baba Mokoena (g); José Neto (g); Sibongiseni Shange (d); Mabi Thobejame (perc)

 

b.    Phambili (Sipho Gumede and Jabu Nkosi) – 5:36

(the pianist/keyboard player is not identified but Paul Bradshaw’s sleeve notes refer to “Sipho Gumede… united with… Moses Moleleekwa.”)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p)

 

d. Bo Molelekwa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:12

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Fana Zulu (b); Andrew Missingham (d); Byron Wallen (tp) José Neto (g); Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Valerie Naranjo (perc);  unidentified perhaps Barry Olsen (tbn); unidentified, prob. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key)

 

e. Dance To Africa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:51

 

unidentified (possibly Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) (key/organ; Sipho Gumede (b); Leonard Rachebane (ss); Mandla Masuku (as); Sithembiso Ntuli (ts); Byron Wallen (tp); Baba Mokoena (g); José Neto (g); Sibongiseni Shange (d); Mabi Thobejame (perc)

 

f. Nikiwe (Sipho Gumede) – 7:42

(the cd lists the same vocalists as for track (b) but this track is in fact an instrumental; also see note about track (b) re Molelekwa.)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Fana Zulu (b); Andrew Missingham (d); Byron Wallen (tp) José Neto (g); Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Airto Moreira (perc); Mia Kera (vcl)

 

g. Nobohle (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 8:09

 

Note: (c) does not feature Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: B and W Music BW078, UK/South Africa; issued 1995. Also as part of three disc boxed set containing BW076, BW077 and BW078 titled OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN SOUTH AFRICA; (a), (d),(f) and (g) reissued in 2005 on MELT MUSIC PHASE 2, MZA 029, South Africa titled HUNGRY ON ARRIVAL; (e) reissued in 2009 on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183,titled AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

Samplers: (a) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2142 titled JAZZIN' & JIVIN'

Producers: (a) and (g): Pops Mohamed; (b) and (f): Sipho Gumede; (d) Pops Mohamed and Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; (e) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and José Neto. All tracks mixed by Airto Moreira assisted by Robert Trunz at The Sound Design Studio, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Engineers: Peter Thwaites (recording engineer); Geoff Gillette (mixing engineer) except (b) Chris Lewis (mixing engineer)

Notes: Paul Bradshaw and Robert Trunz

Remixes: (e) appears to be remixed with overdubs and additional production on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW079 and BWSA079 titled GENES AND SPIRITS

 

 

BARUNGWA - THE MESSENGERS
Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo, Chris Bowden, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Mxolise 'Dave' Mayekana, Andrew Missingham, Ike Leo

Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa (January 1995) and Milo Studio, London, UK (1995)

 

Themba Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Chris Bowden (sax); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Mxolise 'Dave' Mayekana (g, vcl); Andrew Missingham (d and MPC3000); Ike Leo (dbl bs)

 

With: Gabriel Mabe Thobjane (perc); Richard Ajileye (perc); Simpiwe Matole (marimbas, perc); Pops Mohammed (mbira, digereedoo); Khanyo Maphumulo (vcl); Khuliliwe Sithole (vcl); Gugwana Dlamini (vcl); Thandi Sikhutshwa (vcl); Wendy Mseleku (vcl); Nozipho Nguse (vcl); Faca Khulu (vcl), Mgxabhiso (vcl); McCoy Mrubata (ts, fl); Prince Lengoasa (tp); Bheki Mbatha (tbn); Mick Foster (baritone); Ian Price (ts); Andy Rogers (tbn); Neil Yates (tp); Peter Martin (g, b); Jeremy Shaw (g)

 

a.     Aboncono (Barungwa) – 4:33

 

b.    Capitalisimo (Barungwa) – 5:54

 

c.     Vuyiso (Barungwa) – 4:44

 

d.    Abangoma (aka Vugani) (Barungwa) – 6:47

 

e.    Tutu (Marcus Miller) – 4:31

 

f.        Ba Naba Afrika (Barungwa and Simpiwe Matole) – 5:25

 

g.    My Dali (Siyazi Zulu) – 3:11

 

h.    Biko’s Dream (This cd states that this composition is by Barungwa

but on MZA005 Moses Taiwa Molelekwa is cited as sole composer) – 6:15

 

i.        Siyahamba (Barungwa) – 6:12

 

j.        Singalone (aka Sing Along) (this cd cites Barungwa as composers

but BWSA2281 sites lyrics by Shaluza Max Mntambo, music by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Chris Bowden, Mxolise “Dave” Mayenkana, Andrew Missingham, Shaluza Max Mntambo) – 5:37

(a different version of this composition was released only in South Africa on Barungwa the Messengers BWSA070 – green cover and later included on BWSA2281 titled WA MPONA and on  African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033 titled SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA)

 

k.     Mawethu (Barungwa) – 4:18

 

l.  Ba Naba Africa (Return) (Barungwa and Simpiwe Matole) – 4:51

 

NOTE: The CD is confusing about the membership of Barungwa. The list of members on the cover excludes Ike Leo and the list of composers omits Ike Leo and Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. The notes by Andrew Missingham, who produced the cd and was definitely a member of Barungwa, state that both Leo and Molelekwa were members and that all six members were songwriters and this is presumably correct. Note also that vocalist Themba Max Mntambo is now known as Shaluza Max. 

 

Issues: B and W Music BWCD 3, South Africa; BW070, MELT2000, UK (note that the UK issue has a different running order; omitting tracks (d), (j) and (k) and includes an additional opening track entitled “Welcome” – 5:39)

BWSA070, MELT2000, South Africa issued 1996; (b), (c) and (e) reissued in 2005 on on African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033 titled SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA; (b) reissued in 2009 on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183,titled AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

Samplers:  (a) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2142 titled JAZZIN' & JIVIN'; (e) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa MZA009 titled ESSENTIAL JAZZ; (b) on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 092 titled THE BEST OF SHALUZA MAX
Producer: Andrew Missingham (also mixed by Andrew Missingham)

Engineers: Peter Thwaites (recording engineer); Richard Edwards (mix engineer except (b) and (l)); Mike Nielsen (mix engineer (b)); Jono Podmore (mix engineer (l); Sie Medway-Smith (assistant mix engineer)

Notes: Andrew Missingham

Remixes: (d) DJ Smash Mix (remix and additional production, New York, USA) on B and W Music BW080 (cd) and BWR080 (vinyl), UK, titled MUSIC WITH NO NAME  VOLUME ONE; issued 1996 and same remix of (d) re-titled Vugani reissued on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW085 titled MELT2000 VOLUME 1

 

 

UBUNTU HUMANITY

Sipho Gumede

M1S ABC Studios, Durban, South Africa and Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa; 1995

 
Sipho Gumede (b);  Barney Bophela (p, snth); Kenny Mathaba (g); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Jetro Shasha (d, shakers, timbales); John Hassan (d, shakers, timbales); Mabi Thobjane (congas); Prince Lengoasa (tp); Teaspoon Ndelu (as); Vivian Majola (ts); Bheki Mbatha (tbn)

 

a.     Don’t Mess With Me (Sipho Gumede) – 4:26

 

Sipho Gumede (b);  Bongani Nkwanyana (second bass)Barney Bophela (key, snth solo); Jerry Ngcobo (key); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (synth); Wake Mahlobo (d); Mabi Thobjane (congas, toys)

 

b.    Tugela River (Sipho Gumede) – 5:33

 

Sipho Gumede (b);  Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Jetro Shasha (d); Romeo Avelino (“toys and sounds”); Mabi Thobjane (congas); Prince Lengoasa (tp); Teaspoon Ndelu (as); Vivian Majola (ts); Bheki Mbatha (tbn)

 

f. Mika (Sipho Gumede) – 5:04

 

Sipho Gumede (b);  Max Ngcobo (lead vcl); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Themba Mkhize (strings); Jetro Shasha (d); Mabi Thobjane (congas, african drums); Prince Lengoasa (tp); Teaspoon Ndelu (as); Vivian Majola (ts); Bheki Mbatha (tbn); Beulah Hashe, Phumzile Ntuli, Tu Nokwe (backing vcl)

 

          j. Hammersdale (Sipho Gumede) – 5:45

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: B and W Music BWCD 4 and BW084, UK/South Africa; issued 1996;  (b) and (j) reissued in 205 on African Cream Music, South Africa ACM-CD035 titled  SPOTLIGHT ON SIPHO GUMEDE

Samplers: (b) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa MZA009 titled ESSENTIAL JAZZ

Producer: Sipho Gumede. Executive Producer: Robert Trunz

Engineers: Peter Thwaites (recording engineer); Chris Lewis and Robert Trunz (mixing engineers, Brownill Farm, Sussex, UK)

 

1997 saw Sipho nominated at the 3RD Annual FNB South African Music Awards in three categories - Best Producer, Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Contemporary Album- Other Languages

 

 

EKAYA

Gito Baloi

Gemini Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, March 1995

 

Gito Baloi (b, vcl); Gaston Goliath (d); John Hassan (perc); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p)

 

a. Mpfumo Samba (Gito Baloi) – 5:40

c. 5/4 Groove (Gito Baloi) – 5:36

 

Gito Baloi (b, vcl); Vusi Khumalo (d); John Hassan (perc); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Johnny Choncho (g); Scorpion Madondo (sax, fl); Busi Mhlongo (backing vcl)

 

b. Ekaya (Gito Baloi) – 4:51

 

Gito Baloi (b); Gaston Goliath (d); John Hassan (perc); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Dave Reynolds (steel pan)

 

g. Caribbean Fusion (Gito Baloi) – 4:44

 

Gito Baloi (b, vcl); Busi Mhlongo (backing vcl); Vusi Khumalo (d); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Johnny Choncho (g); John Hassan (perc); Vaughan Tromp (saxes)

 

h. Ifikile Inkululeko (Gito Baloi) – 3:22

 

Gito Baloi (b, vcl); Busi Mhlongo (backing vcl); John Hassan (perc); Scorpion Madondo (as); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Vusi Khumalo (d); Saskia Juhasz (violin)

 

i. Ampvula ya Vuyo (Gito Baloi) – 5:41

 

Gito Baloi (b, vcl); Johnny Choncho (g); John Hassan (perc); Busi Mhlongo (backing vcl): Vusi Khumalo (d); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p)

 

 k. Kuluma Nami (Gito Baloi) – 4:07

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues:  Sheer Sound, Gauteng, South Africa SSCD 008 issued 1995; reissued in 2003 as part of a two cd set titled TWO IN ONE – EKAYA & NA KU RANDZA together with Gito Baloi’s Na Ku Randza, Sheer Sound, Gauteng, South Africa SLCD 042; (a), (h) and (j) reissued in 2004 on Sheer sound, Gauteng, South Africa SLCD071 titled REMEBERING: THE BEST OF GITO BALOI

Samplers: (a) on Sheer Sound, Gauteng, South Africa SSPCD 011 titled EVERGREEN AND JAZZ; (g) on Sheer Sound, Gauteng, South Africa SSPCD 003 titled SHEER JAZZ; (i) on Sheer Sound, Gauteng, South Africa SSPCD 010 titled AFRICAN JAZZ MEN - VOL 2

Producer: Gito Baloi; Executive Producer: Damon Forbes; Mixed by: Chris Manolitsis & Gito Baloi

Engineer: Chris Manolitsis

 

 

ANCIENT EVENINGS

Sibongile Khumalo

Rhino Recording Studios, South Africa, 1996

 

Sibongile Khumalo (lead vcl); Khanyo Maphumulo, Phumzile Ntuli, Wendy Mseleku, Tu Nokwe, Wings Segale, Bongani Masuku, Marilyn Nokwe, Suthkazi Arosi, Vicky Vilakazi, Magaret Motsoge, Innocent Modiba, Mthunzi Namba, Lindelani Mkhize (backing vcl); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Themba Mkhize (key); Johnny Chonco (g); Fana Zulu, Mandla Zikalala (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); Basie Mahlasela, Godfrey Mgcina (perc); Khaya Mahlangu (ss, fl, ts);

 

plus: on tracks (a), (c), (e), (f)Themba Mkhize (programming); on track (c) Mthunzi Namba (programming); on track (i) Khentse Mphahlwa (programming);  on track (f) Johnny Chonco (opening chant) and Mthunzi Namba, Lindelani Mkhize, Themba Mkhize (male chorus)

 

a.     Untold Story (Motsumi Makhene) – 6:23

 

b.    Ngibizwe (Mthunzi Namba) – 3:15

 

c.     Little Girl (Mthunzi Namba, Sibongile Khumalo) – 4:31

 

d.    U Ea Kae (M. Masonga, J.S.M. Khumalo, J.P. Mohapeloa) – 5:32

 

e.    Thula Mama (composer unidentified; Arr. by Sibongile Khumalo with

 additional music by  Mthunzi Namba) – 4:04

 

f.        Amathonga (Themba Mkhize) – 4:33

 

g.    Sabela (Motsumi Makhene, Sibongile Khumalo) – 5 :07

 

h.    Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Sibongile Khumalo)

– 5:16

 

i.        Shango (Motsumi Makhene, Avashoni Mainganye based on a theme by John McLaughin) – 5:20

 

j.        Isoka Lam (Mthunzi Namba) – 3:09

 

Issues: Colombia, South Africa, CDCOL 8001 P; issued 1996; (a), (c) (d) and (g) reissued in 2006 on Sony, South Africa CDSTEP 113 titled THE GREATEST HITS

Samplers: (a) on Sony Music, South Africa, CDSM 066 titled HELLO AFRICA; (g) on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 033 titled TUTU, THE MAN & HIS PHIOSOPHY and on African Cream ACM CD0023 titled WINDS OF CHANGE; (d)

 on  Sony Music, South Africa, CDSM 294 titled AFRICAN LADIES OF SONG 2; (e) on Putmayo PUT 212-2 titled PUTMAYO KIDS PRESENTS DREAMLAND WORLD MELODIES AND SOOTHING SONGS

Producers: confusingly the sleeve lists different producers for the whole CD and for each track. The producers listed for the whole CD are: Themba Mkhize, Mthunzi Namba and Motsumi Makhene (producers); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Sipho Mabuse (co-producers); Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize and Lindelani Mkhize (executive producers). The producers listed for each track are:

(a)     Motsumi Makhene, Themba Mkhize (producers); Sipho Mabuse (co-producer); Sibongile Khumalo, Sipho Mabuse (vocal arrangement)

(b)     Mthunzi Namba (producer)

(c)     Mthunzi Namba (producer); Sipho Mabuse (co-producer)

(d)     Motsumi Makhene, Themba Mkhize (producers); Sipho Mabuse (co-producer); Sibongile Khumalo (arranger)

(e)     Mthunzi Namba, Sibongile Khumalo (producers)

(f)        Themba Mkhize (producer)

(g)     Motsumi Makhene, Themba Mkhize (producers)

(h)     Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Themba Mkhize (producers)

(i)        Motsumi Makhene(producer)

(j)        Mthunzi Namba (producer)

Engineers: Richard Mitchel, Khentse Mphahlwa (engineers); Neelan (assistant engineer)

 

At the Third Annual FNB South African Music Awards, 1997 this CD won the Best Female Vocal Award and  Best Adult Contemporary Award-Language. The song Untold Story composed by Motsumi Makhene won the Song of the Year Award.
 

 

MANDELA AND DE KLERK

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Tree House Studio,Orchards, Gauteng, South Africa, 1996

 

Cedric Sampson (d, perc, key, African drums, drum prog; Kelly Petlane (pennywhistles); Marc Rantseli, Alex Santeli (lead vcl); Gauteng ATeam (choir); Laurence Marshiza (g); Fana Zulu (b); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key, marimba)

 

b.    Mandela: Symbol to the World (Vocal) (Cedric Gradus-Samson) – 3:04

 

p.    Mandela: Symbol to the World (Instrumental) (Cedric Gradus-Samson) – 3:02

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issue: Showtime Records, USAR2 72766; issued 1997. Also issued as part of the film sountrack of the TV movie released in the USA on DVD and VHS Directed by Joseph Sargent; starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine

Producer:Cedric Gradus-Samson; Supervising Pproducer:Spencer Proffer

Arranger: Cedric Gradus-Samson

Engineer: Fernando Perdigao

Notes: Cedric Gradus-Samson, Spencer Proffer,Cedric Scott
 

 

FOLLOW YOUR DREAM

Vusi Khumalo

Realworld Studios, Bath, UK; November – December 1996

 

Vusi Khumalo (d); Lawrence Mashiza (g); Themba Mkhize (organ, programming); Fana Zulu (b); Khaya Mahlangu (ts); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Noel Langley (lead tp); James McMillan (2nd tp); Basilio Bernardo Maquez Richards (tp); Dave Bitelli (baritone sax); Jose Miguel Melendez Alarcón (congas, timbales); Shaluza Max Mntambo ( lead vcl, backing vcl); Khanyisile Maphumulo (backing vcl)

 

c.     Scamtho (Vusi Khumalo) - 5:13

 

Vusi Khumalo (d); Lawrence Mashiza (g); Themba Mkhize (p, key); Fana Zulu (b); Khaya Mahlangu (ts); Byron Wallen (tp); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key); Jose Miguel Melendez Alarcón (congas)

 

e. Stop the Killing part 2 (Vusi Khumalo) - 4:12

 

Vusi Khumalo (d); Lawrence Mashiza (g); Themba Mkhize (key, programming); Fana Zulu (b); Khaya Mahlangu (ts); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Mark Anthoni (lead vcl); Elizabeth Troy (lead vcl); Shaluza Max Mntambo (backing vcl); Khanyisile Maphumulo (backing vcl)

 

f.        Follow Your Dream (Vusi Khumalo) - 5:09

 

Vusi Khumalo (d); Lawrence Mashiza (g); Themba Mkhize (key, programming); Fana Zulu (b); Khaya Mahlangu (ts); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key)

 

j. Song for the Gurus (Vusi Khumalo) -4:58

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: MELT2000, BW093, UK/South Africa; issued 1997.

Samplers: (c) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2142 titled JAZZIN' & JIVIN' ; (f) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa MZA009 titled ESSENTIAL JAZZ; (j) on Sheer Sound, South Africa,  SSPCD 008 titled JAZZ AT THE BASS LINE
Producer: Russell Herman. Executive Producer: Robert Trunz

Arrangements: Vusi Khumalo and Themba Mkhize except (e) which has horn arrangement by Vusi Khumalo

Engineers: Mark Chamberlain (engineer); Russell Kearney (assistant recording engineer); Simon Bunwell (assistant mixing engineer)

Notes: Vusi Khumalo in conversation with Tebego Alexander

 

 

ECHOES FROM THE PAST

Jimmy Dludlu

CSR Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1997

 

Jimmy Dludlu (g); Fana Zulu (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); John Hassan (perc); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Zim Ngqawana (ss); Bruce Cassidy (EVI); Gugu Dlamini, Khanyo Maphumulo, Wendy Mseleku (backing vcl)

 

d.    Nolwazi (Jimmy Dludlu) – 4:43

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: Polygram, South Africa CDRBL 253; issued 1997.

Samplers: (d) on Sheer Sound, South Africa,  SSPCD 008 titled JAZZ AT THE BASS LINE
Producer: Jimmy Dludlu; Co-producer: Mark Goliath; mixed by Themba Mkhize, Jasper Williams

Engineer: Jasper Williams

 

Winner of two 1998 FNB SAMA Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Contemporary Jazz Album

 

 

DARKNESS PASS

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
SABC M1 Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa, circa1996 to 1997


Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (Steinway Grand Piano)

 

          Disk 1

 

a. Darkness Pass 1 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -12:10

 

b. Darkness Pass 2 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -10:26

 

c. Darkness Pass 3 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -9:52

 

d. Darkness Pass 4 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -18:40

 

e. Darkness Pass 5 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -3:37

 

 

Disk 2

 

f. Darkness Pass 6 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -26:44

 

g. Darkness Pass 7 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -8:19

 

h. Darkness Pass 8 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -10:03

 

i. Darkness Pass 9 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) - 3:19

 

j. Darkness Pass 10 (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -15:12

 

 Issues: MELT MUSIC PHASE 2 CC, South Africa, MZA009/2, August 2004; (a) reissued  in 2005 on Melt Music Phase 2, South Africa, MZADV001 as part of the DVD also titled LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIECLE FESTIVAL NANTES 1997

Engineer: Peter Thwaites. Mastered by Chris Lewis, London, UK; Executive Producer: Robert Trunz; Compiled by Jerry Monk Molelekwa and  Chris Lewis

Notes: Jerry Monk Molelekwa

 

 

GENES AND SPIRITS

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Rhino Studios, Bophuthatswana, South Africa; Downtown Studios, Gauteng, South Africa; The Garden, London, UK; Real World; Bath; UK; Brownhill Farm, West Sussex, UK; Livingstone Studios, London, UK: 1996 – 97 execept (i): Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa ,1994 plus additional recording  1996/7 as above
 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, background vcl); Faith Kekana (lead vcl); John Hassan (perc); Frances Reardon (bass clarinet); Geoff Gascgoyne (dbl bs); Andrew Missingham (background vcl); unidentified, prob. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key)

(note: the first issue of same recording of this track on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW085 titled MELT2000 VOLUME 1 the sleeve notes included the following additional personnel and instruments – Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key); Andrew Missigham (drum programming); Mzwandile Qoytoi, Dizu Platjies, Simpiwe Matole (additional vcl))

 

a. Tsala (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4 :56

 

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (Ravioli piano, Fender Rhodes, key); John Hassan (perc); Andrew Missingham (drum programming)

 

b. Spirits Of Tembisa (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Andrew Missingham as composers but other issues omit Missingham) – 4 :59

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Fana Zulu (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); Jose Miguel Melendez (perc); Khaya Mahlangu (ss); Lawrence Mashiza (g); Dennis Rollins (tbn); Rowland Sutherland (f); unidentified, prob. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (vcl.)

 

c. Down Rockey Street  (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 8:30

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, Fender Rhodes, key); Bassie Mahlasela (perc);  Frances Reardon (cl); Geoff Gascgoyne (dbl bs)

 

d. Itumeleng (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:41

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Flora Purim (vcl); Fana Zulu (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); Jose Miguel Melendez (perc); Khaya Mahlangu (ss); Lawrence Mashiza (g solo); unidentified prob. Dennis Rollins (tbn)

 

e. Sogra (Mmatswale/Mamazala) (aka Matswale)

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6 :36

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Jantshi Mayo (b); Kwazi Shange (d); Tlale Mokhene (djembe)

 

f. Genes & Spirits (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:21

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, org, kalimba, vcl); Mark Anthony (angelic vcl); Lungwiwa Plaatjies (soprano vcl); Faith Kekana (alto vcl); Julie (tenor vcl); Kwazi Shange (d); Jantshi Mayo (b); John Hassan (perc); Lawrence Mashiza (g)

 

g. Kwaze Kwangcono (aka A Happier Year) (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa)  – 6:01

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, vcl); Brice Wassy (d, additional vcl); Hilaire Penda (b)

 

h. Rapela (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5.59

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); Fana Zulu (b); Brice Wassy (d); Byron Wallen (tp solo) José Neto (g); Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Zim Ngqawana (fl); Valerie Naranjo (perc);  unidentified perhaps Barry Olsen (tbn); unidentified, prob. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key)

 

i. Dance To Africa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5.17

 

Chuco Valdes (p first solo); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p second solo); unidentified prob. Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (vcl, key); unidentified prob. Jose Miguel Melendez Alarcon (perc)

 

j. Ntatemoholo (aka Ntate Moholo (Grandfather))

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:37

 

CD also contains video clips and information about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa which is read from the CD-Rom drive of a computer; designed by Mark Allin (file created 28/10/97). This includes a different version of different version of (f).

 

 

Issues: (a) first issued on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW085 titled MELT2000 VOLUME 1 in 1997; (g) first issued as A HAPPIER YEAR on Sheer Sound, South Africa SSPCD 006 titled AFRICAN JAZZ MEN; MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW079 and BWSA079 issued 1998; reissued in 2000 and 2003. (b), (c) and (f) were also issued as a cd single on MELT2000 in the UK and USA, BW079P in 2000; (a), (b), (c), (f) and (i) also reissued in 2005 on African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033 titled SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA; (b) also reissued in 2005 on Melt Music Phase 2, South Africa, MZADV001 as part of the DVD titled LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIECLE FESTIVAL NANTES 1997; (b), (c), (d), (f) and (h)reissued in 2009 on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183,titled AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

 

Samplers: (a) on; on National Geographic CD titled DESTINATION: AFRICA - CONTEMPORARY MUSIC OF AN ANCIENT LAND and on MELT2000,UK/South Africa BW2144 titled GLOBAL VIBES; (b) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa BW2149 titled AFRIKA MELTDOWN and on Madiba Music DVD ADVD02 0007 titled JAZZ; (c) on African Cream, South Africa ACM-CD010 titled AFRIBEAT COMPILATION; on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2142 titled JAZZIN' & JIVIN'; on Sheer Sound, South Africa SSPCD 051 titled OPPIKOPPI- 10 – JAZZ and on Sheer Sound, South Africa SSPCD 096 titled AFRO JAZZ - VOL2 THE ERA CONTINUES (d) on BMG South Africa CD titled GIANT STEPS; (f) on World Music Network, UK, RGNET1045CD titled ROUGH GUIDE TO SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ; on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SSPCD 038 titled JAZZ AT THE BASSLINE - VOL.2; on MELT2000, UK/South Africa MZA009 titled ESSENTIAL JAZZ and on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SSLCD 200 titled SOUTH AFRICA SOUND OF A NATION; (i) on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 092 titled THE BEST OF SHALUZA MAX
Producer: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Andrew Missingham except (h) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Brice Wassy and (i) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and José Neto. Executive Producer: Robert Trunz
Arranger: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Engineer: Richard Mitchell; Jasper; Richard Edwards; Peter Hoffman; Mark Braithwaite; Russell Kearney; Chris Lewis assisted by Neelam; Sie Medway-Smith; Derek Fischer; Simon Burwell except (i) Peter Thwaites
Notes: Gwen Ansell

Remixes: (b) Mama City  Remix on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BWSA2281, titled WA MPONA; (b) or (f) Ashley Beedle Deep Space Breeze remix on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2149 titled AFRIKA MELTDOWN and on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BWSA2281, titled WA MPONA (note: bizarrely this remix is referred to as “Genes and Spirits” on BW2149 and as “Spirits of Tembisa” on  BWSA2281; the music itself throws no light on the issue – it does not sound remotely like either of the original tracks)

 

Winner SAMA 1999 Best Contemporary Jazz Album; also nominated for SAMA 1999 Best Male Artist and Best Producer

 

 

LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIÈCLE FESTIVAL, NANTES 1997

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Fin de Siecle Festival,Tour a Plomb, Nantes, France; Wednesday 22nd October 1997 six


Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, vcl, key); Khaya Mahlangu (sax,fl); Sello Montwedi (d); Fana Zulu (b)

 

a. Biko's Dream (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as sole

composer. The original issue of this composition (BWCD 3) stated that it was by “Barungwa (Mayenkana, Bowden, Missingham, Mntambo)” For more details see entry for Barungwa – The Messengers) -11:20

 

b.    Matswale (aka Sogra (Mmatswale/Mamazala))

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 9:58

 

c.     Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -13:07

 

d.    Dance to Africa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:45

 

e. Ntatemoholo (aka Ntate Moholo (Grandfather))

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 12:58

 

f. Spirits of Tembisa (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as sole

composer. The original issue of this composition (BW079) stated that it was by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and AndrewMissingham)

- 8:04

 

Issues: MELT2000, UK/South Africa, MZA005, 2003; (a), (b), (c) and (e) reissued  in 2005 on Melt Music Phase 2, South Africa, MZADV001 as part of the DVD also titled LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIECLE FESTIVAL NANTES 1997; (a) reissued in 2009 on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183,titled AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

Producer/ Engineer: recorded live by Jan De Groot assisted by Richard Edwards. Mixed and mastered by Chris Lewis, Brownhill Farm, Sussex, UK

Arranger: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Notes: Robert Trunz

 

 

 

LIVE IN JO'BURG NINETEEN NINETY NINE

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Johannesburg, 1999, exact date and venuue not identified but the performance appears to date from January 1999 and the venue may be Kippie's


Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, vcl, key); Robert Manaso (key), Moses Khumalo (sax,vcl); Sello Montwedi (d); Joss Dhlathu (b), Tlale Makhene (perc)

 

a. Nobhole (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa - 2:18

 

b.    Down Rockey Street (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 8:53

 

c.     Genes and Spirits (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) -9:36

 

d.    New Year - New Man (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 7:12

 

e. Eh Eh Ah (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:32
 

f. Bo Molelekwa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:55 - 8:04

 

g. Spirits of Tembisa (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as sole composer. The original issue of this composition (BW079) stated that it was by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and AndrewMissingham) – 4:17

 

h. New Offerings (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 7:11
 

i. Djambo Djmboe (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:32

 

j. ltumelemg (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:23

 

k. Medley/ Malaika & You are the Sunshine of my Life        (Fadhili Williams & Stevie Wonder) – 9:01

 

Issue: MELT2000, South Africa, MZA027, 2010

Sampler: (a) and (b) onSheer Sound, South Africa SSLCD 190 titled THE BEST OF MOSES KHUMALO,  

Recording and  Live Sound Engineer:  Martin C Horne; mastered by Chris Lewis, London. UK

Notes: Robert Trunz

 

 

 

GUZ 2001

TKZee Familly

The Guz Kitchen, Johannesburg South Africa with additional recording and programming at Audio Lab and CSR Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1999

 

Guezin Wamampela (aka Dr Mageu) (vcl); Zwai Bala (programming and instrumentation), Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (programming); Kutlwano Masote, Elizabeth Rennie, Minas Berberyan, Erna Berberyan (string section, arranged by Zwai Bala)

 

a. Fellakae (aka Fella Kae) (lyrics: M I Ntshebele, T Tshabalala; music Zwai Bala, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) - 5:06

 

TKZee Family (Tokollo (aka Magesh), Kabelo (aka Bouga Luv), Zwai Bala, Guezin Wamampela (aka Dr Mageu) (vcl); Zwai Bala (aka Ló), Loyiso, Gwyza, S’bu (aka 2shot) (vcl); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key, synth, programming); Zwai Bala (programming and instrumentation); Kutlwano Masote, Elizabeth Rennie, Minas Berberyan, Erna Berberyan (string section, arranged by Zwai Bala)

 

          f. It’s My Party (TKZee Family, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:10

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key, synth, programming); Zwai Bala (programming and instrumentation); Kutlwano Masote, Elizabeth Rennie, Minas Berberyan, Erna Berberyan (string section, arranged by Zwai Bala)

 

k. It’s My Party (Instrumental) (TKZee Family, Moses Taiwa

 Molelekwa) – 6:10

 

Note: Other titles are listed as being without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa but there is piano on several tracks (eg (d), (e), (h) and (i)) which is reminiscent of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and some reviewers believed these contributions to be his. Zwai Bala is a talented keyboard player and it is not inconceivable that he played these piano parts; but it would have been strange to use Zwai Bala if Moses Taiwa Molelekwa was available. The horn section from Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’s band including Moses Khumalo (sax) and Mokani Senkhane (tbn) is also featured for example on (g) and (h). Moses Taiwa Molelekwa was described by TKZee Family in the sleeve notes as “our brother, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, our underground syndicate” which may also suggest that he was more involved in these recording session than the sleeve notes indicate. Certainly when TKZee performed live during this period Moses Taiwa Molelekwa was the featured pianist. On balance it appears quite likely that Moses Taiwa Molelekwa did play a bigger role in these tracks than the sleeve notes indicate. Perhaps this could not be disclosed for contractual reasons: on this CD he “appears courtesy of MELT 2000,” but on subsequent recordings made in 2000 by Kabelo, Tokollo, Zwai Bala and Dr Mageu, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa openly played a  bigger role and there is no mention of MELT 2000. From some point during 2000 it therefore appears that Moses Taiwa Molelekwa had or beleived he had no record contract with MELT 2000. Two Sony CDs released in 2000 appear to corroborate this. On Sibongile Khumalo’s “Immortal Secrets” Molelekwa appeared “courtesy of MELT 2000” whilst on Brothers of Peace “Project A” released later   that year there is no mention of MELT 2000 or any other record contract.

Finally note that several of the tracks from the “GUZ 2001” session were later issed as singles/EPs by BMG Records, South Africa with other tracks which may or may not have been recorded at the same sessions. These are TKZee Family’s single IZINJA ZAM INA DI JUNGLE (CDHOLAS708); Loyiso’s EP LOYISO (CDBALA100) and S’bu’s EP INJA YANGASESE (CDHOLAS (EP) 705).

 

Issues: BMG Records/TKZee Recordz, South Africa CDHOLA(LSP)7 issued 1999; track (a) reissued in 2000 on BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLAS(EP)704 an untitled EP by Dr Mageu (aka Guezin Wamampela); on BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLA9 titled NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER by Dr Mageu and in 2004 on BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLA2004 titled GUZ HITS

Samplers: (a) on BMG Records, South Africa CDBRU2003 titled TUMBA - BIG BROTHER AFRICA 2003

Producers: producers track (a): TKZee (Tokollo, Kabelo, Zwai Bala); producers tracks (f) and (k) TKZee and Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Executive Producers: Sipho Setu Dlamini & The Karp (all tracks) ; mixed by TKZee and Christopher Tuck (all tracks)
Engineers: Sam Wingate, Andrew Stansfield (Audio Lab); Crichton Goodwill (CSR)

 

Nominated for SAMA 2000 Best Duo or Group category as well as the Best Kwaito Album (GUZ 2001); single IZINJA ZAM INA DI JUNGLE went on to win best Kwaito single in 2001 (CDHOLAS708)

 

 

WA MPONA

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

A collection of previously unreleased material recorded at various studios and live concerts in South Africa, The Netherlands and the UK, recorded 1994 – 1999 (except (b) previously released in South Africa on Barungwa the Messengers BWSA070 – green cover)); and (i) previously released in the UK on  Afrika Meltdown  BW2149). See each track for details.

 

Chuco Valdes (p first solo); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p second solo, key); Jose Miguel Melendez Alarcon (congas, timbales)

 

a. Ntate Moholo (aka Ntatemoholo (Grandfather))

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:02

(previously unreleased version recorded at Real World Studios, Bath, UK during the Genes and Spirits/ Follow Your Dream recording sessions; November – December 1996)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key); Shaluza Max Mntambo, Lungiswa Plaatijes, Mxolise “Dave” Mayenkana (vcl);  Mxolise “Dave” Mayenkana (g); Chris Bowden (sax); Simpiwe Matole (marimba)

 

b. Sing Along (aka Singalone)(this cd cites the following as composers: lyrics by Shaluza Max Mntambo, music by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Chris Bowden, Mxolise “Dave” Mayenkana, Andrew Missingham, Shaluza Max Mntambo. The original issue of this composition (BWCD 3) stated that it was by “Barungwa (Mayenkana, Bowden, Missingham, Mntambo)” For more details see entry for Barungwa – The Messengers) – 4:40

(previously released only in South Africa on Barungwa the Messengers BWSA070 – green cover; recorded at Milo Studio, London, UK and Downtown Studios, Johannesburg during the Barungwa recording sessions 1995)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key); Andrew Missingham (drum programming)

 

          c. Siya Modumisa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 2 :52

(previously unreleased composition recorded in London,

          UK during the Genes and Spirits recording sessions, 1996 and/or 1997)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (Ravioli piano, Fender Rhodes, key); John Hassan (perc); Andrew Missingham (drum programming) with additional recordings by Buddy Wells (as); Mark Buchanon (g)

 

d. Spirits Of Tembisa – Mama City Remix (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as sole composer. The original issue of this composition (BW079) stated that it was by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and AndrewMissingham) - 4:54

(The original version was recorded in South Africa and/or the UK during the Genes and Spirits recording sessions, 1996 and/or 1997. This version is remixed by Ben Amato with undated additional recording presumably in Cape Town, South Africa) 

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Vusi Khumalo (d); Fana Zulu (b); McCoy Mrubata (ts)


e.
Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 8:35

(previously unreleased version recorded during the Finding One’s Self recording sessions, Downtown Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa: May 1994)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p)

 

f. Bo Molelekwa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:00

(recorded live during the Outernational Meltdown recordings at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa, 18th October, 1994. Recorded by Peter Thwaites)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); José Neto, Mxolise “Dave” Mayenkana (g, vcl); Byron Wallen (t); Sipho Gumede (b); Airto Moreira (perc); Shaluza Max Mntambo (vcl); Andrew Missingham (d)

 

g. Nobohle (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 9:50

(recorded live as (f) above)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key, vcl); Andrew Missingham (drum programming); Lungiswa Plaatijes (vcl)

 

          h. Wa Mpona (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4 :58

(previously unreleased composition recorded in South Africa and/or UK during the Genes and Spirits recording  sessions, 1996 and/or 1997)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (Ravioli piano, Fender Rhodes, key); John Hassan (perc); Andrew Missingham (drum programming)

 

i. Spirits Of Tembisa – Deep Space Breeze Remix (aka Genes and Spirits – Deep Space Breeze Remix) (this cd cites Moses Taiwa Molelekwa as sole composer. The original issue of “Spirits of Tembisa” (BW079) stated that it was by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and AndrewMissingham) – 7:06

(The original versions were recorded in South Africa and/or the UK during the Genes and Spirits recording sessions, 1996 and/or 1997. This version is an undated remix by Ashley Beedle. Bizarrely this remix is referred to as a remix of a different track (“Genes and Spirits”) on BW2149; the music itself throws no light on the issue – it does not sound remotely like either of the original tracks.) 

 

musicians unidentified,  probably: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Jantshi Mayo (b); Kwazi Shange (d); Tlale Mokhene (djembe); Lawrence Mashiza (g)

 

j. Genes & Spirits (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 7:54

(previously unreleased version recorded in South Africa and/or the UK during the Genes and Spirits recording sessions, 1996 and/or 1997.)

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p, key); Sello Montwedi (d); Joss Dhlanthu (b); Moses Khumalo (sax): Mokone Sengane (tbn)

 

k. Ntate Moholo (aka Ntatemoholo (Grandfather))

(Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 11:45

(recorded live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Netherlands; 1999)

 

Issues: MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BWSA2281, 2002; (b) and (e) reissued in 2005 on African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033 titled SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA

Samplers: edited extract from (i) on MELT2000, UK/South Africa, BW2149 titled AFRIKA MELTDOWN; edited extract from (h) on MELT PHASE 2, South Africa, MZA 033 titled AFRIKA MELTDOWN VOL 2 - MISOSO

Producer: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Andrew Missingham (a), (c), (d), (h), (i) and (j); Andrew Missingham (b); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Pops Mohammed (e);  unidentified (f), (g) and (k). Executive Producer: Robert Trunz (except (k))
Arranger: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Engineer: Richard Mitchell; Jasper; Richard Edwards; Peter Hoffman; Mark Braithwaite; Russell Kearney; Chris Lewis assisted by Neelam; Sie Medway-Smith; Derek Fischer; Simon Burwell except (d), (e), (f) and (g) Peter Thwaites and unidentified (k)
Notes: Andrew Missingham

 

 

UNTITLED EP

Dr Mageu aka Guezin Wamampela

The Guz Kitchen and BMG Studio, Johannesburg South Africa 2000

 

M.I.  Ntsebele, S. Ntshangase (vcl, instruments); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key overdubs)

 

          b. As’ thengi Skelem (lyrics: S. Ntshangase, K. Diseko, T. Tsahbablala, M.I.  Ntsebele; music: Zwai Bala, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 3:52

 

Note: Other titles without without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa except (f) which is a reissue of Fella Kae from BMG Records/TKZee Recordz, South Africa CDHOLA(LSP)7 by TKZee Family titled  GUZ 2001

 

Issues: BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLAS(EP)704; (f) reissued in 2004 on BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLA2004 titled GUZ HITS

Samplers: (f) on BMG Records, South Africa CDBRU2003 titled TUMBA - BIG BROTHER AFRICA 2003

Producer: Zwai Bala; vocal arrangement: M.I.  Ntsebele; Executive Producers: Zwai Bala, M.I.  Ntsebele, S. Dlamini; mixed by Zwai Bala, S. Dlamini
Engineer: Crichton Goodwill (CSR)

 

NDABEZITHA

Tokollo aka Magesh

CSR Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa except (f) and (i) Bassline Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000

 

Personnel not listed but included: Tokollo aka Magesh (vcl); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (programming, key)

 

b.    Ndlov Iyangena (Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Wakes Zondeca, A. Mazibuko) - 5:27

 

c. Summer 2000 (Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Wakes Zondeca, L. Mereki) – 4:39

 

e. Izinto Zenzeka  (Geshino, A. Mazibuko, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Wakes Zondeca) – 6:22

 

f. Msindo Phezulu! (Geshino, Mandla Mofokeng, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:43

 

h.    Akuna Mathata (Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 4:27

 

i. Izinto Zenzeka (Instrumental) (Geshino, Wakes Zondeca, MosesTaiwa Molelekwa, A. Mazibuko) – 6:20

 

j. Relax And Groove (Geshino, A. Mazibuko, Wakes

 Zondeca, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) - 5:24

(this track is essentially an instrumental version of (b))

 

k.     Msindo Gesh (Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Bruce Sebitlo) – 4:38

 

 

Note: Other titles probably without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRMCD 005 issued 2000

Samplers: (b) on CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRBCD 142 titled KWAITO BASH HITS and on CCP Record Company, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDKWAITO 2 titled EZIMTOTI KWAITO HITS PRESENTED BY SMOOTHIES

Producers: The producers listed for each track are:

(a)   and (j) Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Wakes Zondeca (co-producer)

(b)  Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Geshino

(e) and (i) Geshino, A. Mazibuko; Wakes Zondeca (co-producer)

(f) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, M. Mofokeng ; Geshino (co-producer)

(h) Geshino, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

(k)  Bruce Sebitlo, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Geshino

Engineers: Andile and Lucky

 

Nominated for SAMA 2001 Best Kwaito Music Album

 

 

EVERYBODY WATCHING

Kabelo

CSR Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa 2000

 

Kabelo (vcl), Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (probably all instruments as per (i))

 

b. Amasheleni (K. Mabalane, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:07

 

Kabelo (vcl), Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (all instruments), Mandla Mofokeng (d)

 

g. Sukuma Ndoda (K. Mabalane, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:15

 

Kabelo (vcl), Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (probably all instruments as per (g) and (i))

 

h. Akuna Nicks (K. Mabalane, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 5:07

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (all instruments)

 

i. Amasheleni (instrumental) (K. Mabalane, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:27

 

 

Note: Other titles probably without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRMCD 007 issued 2000 reissued in 2005 on CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRFCD 227 which is a three CD boxed set titled THE KABELO COLLECTION

Samplers: (b) on CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRBCD 142 titled KWAITO BASH HITS

Producers: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Kabelo “Bouga Luv” Mabalane; mixed by Guffy except (b) mixed by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Guffy

Engineer: Lucky Mereki

 

Nominated for SAMA 2001 Best Male Artist, and Best Kwaito Music Album

 

 

PROJECT A

Brothers of Peace

Bassline Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000

 

Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope (programming, vcl); Jimmy Ngwadi (b); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key solo)

 

a.     Phambile Siyaya (Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope) – 6:14

(note this track seems to pay homage to the Stimela track of the same name)

 

Note: Other titles without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: KALAWA JAZMEE Records/Columbia, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDCOL 8149 issued 2000

Producer: D.C.C. and B.O.P. and mixed by Bruce Sebitlo

Engineer: Bruce Sebitlo

 

Nominated for SAMA 2001 Best Duo or Group and for Best Kwaito Music Album

 


IMMORTAL SECRETS

Sibongile Khumalo

M2 Studios, SABC, Auckland Park, South Africa, 2000

 

Sibongile Khumalo (lead vcl); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (key, programming); Johnny Chonco (g); Fana Zulu (b); Sello Montwedi (d); Vicky Vilakazi, Nonhlanhla Radebe, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Innocent Modiba, Thabo Mdluli (vcl)

 

a.     Free Spirit (words and music: Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Tsonga words: Given Mkhari) – 5:31

 

Note: Other titles without without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

 

Issues: Colombia, South Africa, CDCOL 8142; issued 2000.

Producers: Themba Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo; executive producers: Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize

Engineer: Richard Mitchel

 

Nominated for SAMA 2001 Best Female Artist and for Best Adult Contemporary Album: African

 

 

 

LIFTED VOL. 1

Zwai Bala

Recording studio not identified – probably Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000. Mixed at CSR Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Zwai Bala (programming)

 

          e. Taiwa Touch (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Zwai Bala) – 4:17

 

Note: Other titles without without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: Bala/BMG Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDBALA(EP)104issued 2001

Producer: Zwai “Ndlalifa” Bala; Executive Producers: Zwai Bala, Sipho “Homes” Dlamini

Engineer: Crighton Goodwill

 

This cd was released after Moses Taiwa Molelekwa passed away with the following dedication:

 

“ … to three of the most beautiful beings I’ve known…. In loving memory of Odette & Nandiph Strydom & Moses Taiwa Molelekwa”

 

Winner SAMA 2002 Award for Best Rap Album

 

 

PLAY

Joanna MacGregor 
Recorded live at City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa, July 2000

 

Joanna MacGregor (prepared piano); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (prepared piano); unidentified, probably Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (drum programming)

 

g. Strumming (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Joanna MacGregor) - 4:10

 

 

Note: Other titles from different recording sessions without without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: Sound Circus, Reading, UK SC007 issued 2001 and re-releasesd Enja, Munich, Germany 9438

Producer: Jame Mallinson; Executive Producer: Joanna McGregor; mixed by Matt Fairclough

Engineer: Andrea Wright

Notes: Joanna McGregor

 

Short listed for the UK’s Panasonic Mercury Music Prize album of the year award 2002

 

The Observer, London, UK:  CD of the Week.

 

 

ZABALAZA: PROJECT B

Brothers of Peace

Bassline Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2001

 

Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido (programming); Godfry Pilane (additional programming); Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope (vcl);  Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p solo)

 

e. Last Number (Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido) – 5:43

 

Note: Other titles without without Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: KALAWA JAZMEE Records/Columbia, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDCOL 8187 issued 2001

Arrangers: Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope

Producer: D.C.C. and B.O.P. mixed by Bruce Sebitlo

Engineer: unidentified (probably Bruce Sebitlo)

 

 

 

ZABALAZA: PROJECT C “THE STRUGGLE” REMIXES PLUS MAW MIXES

Brothers of Peace

probably Bassline Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2001 remixed 2002

 

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p); unidentified, probably Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope (programming, vcl) 

 

h. Moss (probably Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope) – 5:31

 

Note: this is the only track/remix featuring Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: KALAWA JAZMEE Records/Columbia, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDCOL 8213 issued 2002

Arrangers: Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope

Producer: unidentified: probably D.C.C. and B.O.P. remixed by M.D. Mofokeng, Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope

Engineer: unidentified (probably Bruce Sebitlo)

 

Nominated for SAMA 2003 Best Duo or Group

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compilations

SPOTLIGHT ON MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA

Compiled by Alex Agulnik

 

          a. Capitalismo from BARUNGWA – THE MESSENGERS

 

          b. Down Rocky Street from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          c. Dance to Africa from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          d. Finding One’s Self from FINDING ONE’S SELF

       

          e. Mountain Shade from FINDING ONE’S SELF

 

          f. Genes and Spirits from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          g. Spirits of Tembisa from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          h. Tsala from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

i. Sing Along from BARUNGWA – THE MESSENGERS (BWSA070 – green cover)

 

          j. Vuyiso from BARUNGWA – THE MESSENGERS

 

          k. Tutu from BARUNGWA – THE MESSENGERS

 

          l. Wa Mpona from WA MPONA

 

 

Issues:  African Cream Music, South Africa, ACM-CD033, 2005

Mastered by Chris Lewis at The Music With no Name Studios, Cullinan, South Africa in April 2005

Notes: Nicola Temkin

 

 

AFRICAN JAZZ CLASSICS  MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA MODERN JAZZ MASTER

Compiled by Richard Woodlin

 

          a. Nomkhosi from FINDING ONE’S SELF

 

          b. Genes and Spirits from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          c. Ntate Moholo (Grandfather) from FINDING ONE’S SELF

 

          d. Spirits of Tembisa from GENES AND SPIRITS

       

          e. Mountain Shade from FINDING ONE’S SELF

 

          f. Itumeleng from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          g. Capitalismo from BARUNGWA – THE MESSENGERS

 

          h. Down Rocky Street from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

i. Dance to Africa from OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN - JAZZIN' UNIVERSALLY

 

          j. Rapela from GENES AND SPIRITS

 

          k. Biko's Dream from  LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIÈCLE

                FEZTIVAL, NANTES 1997

 

          l. Bo Molelekwa from FINDING ONE’S SELF

 

 

Issues:  Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 183, 2009

Mastered at JAZZWORX

Notes: unidentified

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unreleased recordings

1996/7

SOLO PIANO LIVE

Live CD/LP announced by MELT2000 catalogue number BNET CD/LP 004 but never released. Contents unknown. According to an email received from robert Trunz/MELT in 2006 this project became the doble CD of studio recordings later releeased as DARKNESS PASS. It appears therefore that the SOL:O PIANO LIVE CD/LP was infact planned bu never recorded.

 

 

1996/7

 

“When making the Genes and Spirits album, he once left me waiting in the Illovo flat, rented so that we could complete the albums demos”

Andrew Missingham, Wa Mpona notes

 

 

1997

 

“ he has acquired four-track recording gear”

Mail and Guardian 14/2/97 Gwen Ansell “New King of Swing”

 

 

1998

 

LIVE AT WEST END, CAPE TOWN

Live broadcast, P4 Radio, Cape Town, South Africa, and September 1998

          (contents and duration of this broadcast are unknown)

 

 

SUNDAY WIRELESS

Recorded live at The Bassline, Melville, Johannesburg for Michelle Constant’s show on 14th November 1999 featuring Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Big Voice Jack, Wendy Oldfield, Frank Opperman; broadcast on SAfm on 20th November 1999 (duration of broadcast: 2  hours)

 

(the contents of this show are unknown but it included all the musicians performing on Frank Opperman's “Happy Birthday”)

 

1999

 

November 14 ”Michelle Constant, whose show Saturday Wired takes an upbeat look at the entertainment scene, will be incorporating a live music slot into her existing session. Called Sunday Wireless, the station hopes it will become the ultimate bandstand show.

Once a month, for an initial trial period of six months, Melville's premiere jazz spot The Bassline will play host to an ongoing interesting mix of local music heroes who may not necessarily join forces in their careers. These public concerts will be recorded by the station and will be edited into a broadcast format for transmission on Constant's show, at a later date.

"I'm really into multi-cultural stuff," Constant says, "in the future we can do things like putting the Ghetto Ruff crew together with artists they might not have worked with in the past. It's like the wonderful thing that happened when Vusi Mahlasela got together with Laurika Rauch."

On this basis, the first session will take place this weekend and will consist of a really unusual line up: Frank Opperman and Prime Time Addiction, Wendy Oldfield, penny whistle legend and groaner Big Voice Jack, pianist Moses Molelekwa and saxophonist Scorpion Madonda - whew!

These strange and unnatural combinations are bound to give rise to some awesome sounds that may, however, result in cacophony. Constant is of a different opinion though: "I'm sure it will result in some magical moments," she comments.

"We are hoping that this will give South African musicians, and the industry, the opportunity of enriching the dynamics of their music, and that these moments will be shared on national radio."

Catch the above line-up at 2pm on Sunday November 14 at The Bassline on 7th Avenue in Melville or listen to the edited version on SAfm on Saturday November 20 between 11am and 1pm “

11/11/99 Matthew Krouse Za@play

 

“event with the various artists, Moses Molelekwa, Big Voice Jack and Wendy Oldfield (saxophonist Scorpion Madonda was missing in action, although he had been advertised as playing) adding their penny's (or was that pennywhistle) worth.

But talking of worth, there certainly were worthwhile moments which bode well for the future. Moses Molelekwa playing lyrical keyboards on Frank Opperman's hit Happy Birthday, a millennium a song worth every minute and moment. Wendy Oldfield and Big Voice Jack joined forces on that particular track as well.”

ZA@play  November 18 1999

Track appears on:

Serial Boyfriend
Artist:  Frank / Prime Time Addition Opperman
Label:  Gallo World Vision
Product Code:  GWVCD 17

 

 

LIVE WITH JOANNA MCGREGOR

Pieces performed by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Joanna McGregor on their tour in 2000 included the following as well as “Strumming” which has since been released:

 

Yakhal’ Inkomo (WinstomMankunku Ngozi)

Rapela (Moses Taiwa Molelekewa)

Fast Lane Africa (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Joanna McGregor)

Incarnation II (Somei Satoh)

Kwalo (Moses Taiwa Molelekewa)

Hollyhocks (Django Bates)

Ntatemoholo (Moses Taiwa Molelekewa)

 

Recording took place at City Hall, Cape Town 8th July 2000

 

 

THOUGHT FOR YOU

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
 
Album: Promo
Label: MELT 2000
Catalogue No: MELT 2000 Promo
Date Track Played: 9 June 01

Played by Charlie Gillet

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Molelekwa on film

 

MOSES AND FANA ZULU FILMED IN DOWNTOWN STUDIOS

Filmed in 1994 and released on Genes and Spirits multimedia section

 

(note: Pops Mohamed, Johannesburg thanked the SABC “Jazz Studio” film crew particularily Rob Banfield and Don Albert, in the sleeve notes to the Outernational Meltdown series of CDs. Possibly this is the origin of this footage)

 

 

BO MOLELEKWA AND NOBHOLE FILMED LIVE AT BAXTER THEATRE, CAPE TOWN

Filmed 18th October, 1994 and relesed on Genes and Spirits multimedia section

 

 

BARUNGWA FILMED IN REHEARSAL ON SONG “WELCOME”

featuring Peter Martin on bass and Richard Ajileye on perc., filmed 1995 and released on Genes and Spirits multimedia section

 

 

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF MOSES OUTSIDE FIRST HOME

In Tembisa where he spent his teens up to 19 filmed circa 1996/7 plus footage of mural in Tembisa about Moses and released on Genes and Spirits multimedia section

 

 

A PORTRAIT OF MOSES MOLELEKWA

A film by Palesa ka Letlaka

Screened by South African Broadcasting Corporation on SABC3, 20th February 1997

 

 

STEVE BANTU BIKO: BEACON OF HOPE

(South Africa, 52min., 1997) 
Director: Nkosinathi Biko

Screened by South African Broadcasting Corporation on SABC1 12th September 1997

with score by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and poetry by Don Mattera

 

 

MANDELA AND DE KLERK

(South Africa,114 mins, 1997)

Director: joseph Sargent

 

TV movie also released in the USA on DVD and VHS starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine.

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa played keyboards and marimba on the soundtrack. See released recordings above for details.

 

 

LIVE AT THE FIN DE SIÈCLE FESTIVAL, NANTES 1997

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa
Fin de Siecle Festival,Tour a Plomb, Nantes, France; October 1997

 

This DVD features:

 

Previously unreleased rehearsal recordings/footage which was filmed in the afternoon before the concert

 

          (a) Darkness Pass 3

 

(b) The Spirits of Tembisa

 

Previously unreleased footage of tracks (a), (b), (c) and (e) from the CD with the same title (MELT2000, UK/South Africa, MZA005, released in 2003);

 

     (c) Mountain Shade

 

    (d) Biko’s Dream

 

    (e) Matswale

 

    (f) Ntate Moholo

 

(g) Matswale (this track is not listed in the notes which accompany theDVD and appears to have been included in error – it is exactly the same performance as (e) above)

 

Previously unreleased footage of rack (a) from the CD titled OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN – FREE AT LAST (B and W Music BW076, UK/South Africa; issued 1995)

 

     (h) Hungry on Arrival

 

Music video previously released on the DVD titled JAZZ (Madiba Music DVD ADVD02 0007)

 

     (i) Spirits of Tembisa

 

Previously unreleased music video of rack (a) from the CD titled DAKNESS PASS( MELT MUSIC PHASE 2 CC, South Africa, MZA009/2, issued in August 2004)

 

          (j) Darkness Pass 1

 

Previously unreleased interviews with Jerrry Luri Molelekwa aka “Monk” (father of Moses); Pops Mohamed; Nicholads Swabile Hauser; Robert Trunz plus footage of Bo Molelekwa performed live in Cape Town (from Wa Mpona) and footage from the recording session for Ntatemoholo (from Genes and Spirits)

 

Studio footage some of which was previously released on the multimedia section of GENES AND SPIRITS: The Making of Nobohle (from OUTERNATIONAL MELTDOWN – JAZZIN’ UNIVERSALLY, 1994); Moses and Friends at the Juno Reactor Bowlcourt Studio in London (probably 1995);  Moses and Brice Wassy at Brownhill Farm Studios, Sussex, England (probably 1996 or 1997). The Studio footage concludes with a version of Ntate Mohollo probably from the Genes and Spirts recording sessions followed by an unidentified previously unreleased instrumental track featuring keyboards played by Molelekwa and programmed drums. This last section is not credited in the accompanying booklet or on the DVD credits.

 

Plus biography (in text form) and still photographs

 

 

Note: an xtract from Nantes rehearsal footage was included in the Genes and Sprits CD multimedia section.

 

Issues:    Melt Music Phase 2, South Africa, MZADV001, 2005

DVD Director: Lianne Cox (who also directed the Music Videos)

Camera team: Dick Jewell, Mark Conway (Nantes)

 

 

LAUNCH CONCERT FOR GENES AND SPIRITS FILMED  LIVE AT THE AFRICA CENTRE, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON

To be Ielesed on DVD by MELT 2000 , contents not known

 

 

1999 SAMA AWARDS

Filmed 13th May 1999 at Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa

Featuring TKZee and Moses Taiwa Molelekwa performing TKZee songs including  Shibobo, We Love This Place and Palafala…

Recorded version of the awards broadcast on 18th May 1999 on South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC1.

 

 

LIVE AT THE NORTHSEA JAZZ FESTIVALS

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa feat Mokone Shenkhane (tb) Moses Khumalo (sax) Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (p) Christopher Dlathu (b) Sello Montwedi (d) filmed in Den Haag, The Netherlands on 11th July 1999 (an audio recording of one track from this concert can be found on Wa Mpona). There is also footage of Molelekwa's appearance at the north Sea Jazz Festival staged in Cape Town in april 2000. Robert Trunz of MELT 2000  has stated that negotiations concerning the release of footage from both appearances had started by 2006.

 

 

INTERVIEWS AT AT THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Filmed in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2000 (4 interviews, TV companies unknown)

 

 

BET INTERNATIONAL, RUFF SESSIONS

Filmed at The Blues Room, Village Walk, Johannesburg, South Africa in April 2000 featuring Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Louis Mhlanga Gloria Bosman and Sani Gamedze

Screened, DStv, South Africa, May 2000

 

 

IN REHEARSAL WITH JOANNA MCGREGOR

Two TV companies film Moses Taiwa Molelekwa an Joanna McGregor rehearsing in Grahamstown, South Africa on 3rd July 2000

 

 

BBC NEWS HALF-HOUR

Included feature filmed at OppiKoppi SA music festival, Northam, South Africa, August 2000 including Moses Taiwa Molelekwa performing with his band plus short interview

Screened, DStv, South Africa

 

MOSES MOLELEKWA AND KHAYA MAHLANGU

Music Profile

Screened 28th February 2001 on South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC2 (duration 60 minutes)

 

 

SOUNDS UNLIMITED

Filmed live at Morotele Park, Pretoria, South Africa; featuring Sibongile Khumalo, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, Don Laka and Hugh Masekela (date of performance unknown – perhaps December 1999/ Standard Bank Jazz Festival)

Screened 7th April 2001 on South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC3 (duration 60 minutes)

 

 

LIVE AT KIPPIE’S

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa last appearances were recorded according to his father’s sleeve notes to “Darkness Pass.” The songs performed included some which were earmarked for release on his next album.

 

Recording took place at Kippie’s, Johannesburg 26 and 27 January 2001. An email received from Robert Trunz of MELT 2000 confirmed that his record compan intended to release these recordings/videotapes as part of a forthcoming DVD.

 


MADIBA MUSIC JAZZ

DVD including the video of “Spirits of Tembisa” and “Memories of Moses, interviews with his friends” (Vusi Khumalo and McCoy Mrubata) released July 2002

 


Y0UTUBE CLIPS

DMany of the clips on Youtube are culled from material already available with better picture and sound quality on DVD. But there are also several clips which are not available elsewhere some of which probably stem from filmed performances described above. These include:

·        a version  of "Moraldi" performed and composed by tenor saxophonist Ratau Mike Makhalmele featuring Molelekwa on piano, Ernest Mothole (bass) plus unidentified guitarist and drummer. This is the earliest film of Molelekwa available. I is undated but appears to predate Molelekwa's first solo recording  by swvweeral years. The studio version of the same song which doesn't feature Molelekwa dates from 1990 and appears on the CD entitled "Thabang;"  

·        a live performance of an unidentified composition performed by Sipho Gumede and friends at the Baxrwr Theatre in 1994 as part of the Outernational Meltdown project featuring Gumede on bass, Molellekwa on piano, Andrew Missing ham on drums, Dave Makena and Jose Neto on guitar, and Airto Moreia on percussion; 

·        Several clips of performances with the Mozambican jazz guitarist, Jimmy Dludlu and McCoy Mrubata on sax;  

·        several tracks recorded live at the Blues Room, Johannesburg in 1997 featring trumpet and soprano sax (Prince Legoasa and Khaya Mhlnagu)  including a version of "Song for Biko" closing with an excerpt from a live version of Ringo's tribute to Molelekwa "Moshe" and a spoken interlude by the singer. From the same concert there are There are versions of "Nomkhozi," " Mountain Shade," a tune titled  "Woza Kimi" and Kippie Moeketsie's composition "Blues for Hughie" (the first version of which appeared on South Africa's first jazz LP in 960 - "Verse One" by the Jazz Epistles which featured Moeketisi, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa);  

·        a version of Bo Molellekwa performed solo on grand piano which appears to be part of the same Blues Room show;

·        a live version of "Mountain Shade" performed at a large outdoor jazz festival in South Africa in black and white/sepia brown with a spoken interlude about Spouth African jazz standards (the speaker may be Gloria Bosman). There is also an extract from the same performance in full colour but with inferior sound.The clip ends abruptly - so this is not a complete performance, but that aside this is perhaps the finest recording of Molellekwa's own jazz standard performed by himself on electric piano with Moses Khumalo (sax) recorded sometime between 1998 and 2001, probably in the earlier part of this period;  

·        a version of "Dance to Africa" performed at a large open air jazz festival and featuring a vibes player; 

·        a live version of "Eh Ah" performed with Molelekwa on keyboards; 

·         a promo film clip of Tokollo's hit from 2000 "Ndlov Lyangena"  which features Molelekwa on keyboards, programming and as  as co-composer/ co-producer;

·        footage of Robert Trunz interviewing Mose Khumalo about Molelekwa; 

·        a cover version of Molelekwa's composition "Rapela" performed by Brice Wassey; 

·        a performance of "Finding Oneself" by unidentified musicians.

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cover versions

ANCIENT EVENINGS

Sibongile Khumalo

Filmed during the S.A.A. Sibongile Khumalo Tour, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban, South Africa, 1997

 

Musicians include: Sibongile Khumalo (vcl); Themba Mkhize (p); Fana Zulu (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); John Hassan (perc); Wendy Mseleku (backing vcl)

 

          k. Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Sibongile Khumalo) – 8:00

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

Issues: Columbia, South Africa SMV 47 (VHS video cassette) issued 1997; reissued on Sony, South Africa DVDHEITA09 (DVD) titled LIVE

Music director: Themba Mkhize

 

 

LIVE AT THE MARKET THEATRE

Sibongile Khumalo

Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd and 3rd May 1997

 

Themba Mkhize (p); Herbie Tsoaeli (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); Prince Lengoasa (t, flhrn); Khaya Mhlangu (ts); Sibongile Khumalo (vcl)

 

          i. Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Sibongile Khumalo) – 12:30

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

Issues: Columbia, South Africa 491322 2 issued 1998; (i) reissued in 2006 on Sony, South Africa CDSTEP 113 titled THE GREATEST HITS

Producers: Themba Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo; mixed by Richard Mitchell;  Executive Producers: Sibongile Khumalo, Themba Mkhize 

Engineer: Richard Mitchell assisted by Khense Mphahlwa; stage crew sound engineer: Christo Boshoff

Notes: Sibongile Khumalo

 

Winner SAMA 1999 Best Adult Contemporary Performance, other than English or Afrikaans; nominated for SAMA 1999 Best Traditional Jazz Album

 

 

KUSILE

Shaluza Max

M3 and M2 RP Studios, Auckland Park, South Africa, 2000

 

Shaluza Max Mntambo(vcl); Johnny Chonco (acoustic g); Thuthukani Cele (accordion); Valentia Ferlito (el p); Mandla Zikalala (b); “Mnca” Issac Mtshali (d); Tlale Makhene (perc); Sonto Khumalo, Nomusa Magwaza, Nunu Mkhize, Nomthi Langa, Shaluza Max Mntambo (becking vcl)

 

          j. Abangoma (“Kusile” Mix) (music by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Chris Bowden; Andrew Missingham; Mxolisis “Dave” Mayekane; Max Mntambo, lyrics by Max Mntambo) – 5:01

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, South Africa SSCD 061 2000; (j) reissued on Sheer Sound, South Africa, SLCD 092 titled THE BEST OF SHALUZA MAX

Arranger: Johnny Chonco

Producers: Shaluza Max Mntambo and Johnny Chonco; pre programming: Mthandeni Mvelase, Valentia Ferlito and Andile Yenana; Executive Producer: Damon Forbes 

Engineer: Jasper Williams; Mixing engineers: Jasper Williams and Peter Thwaites

 

Nominated SAMA 2001 Best Zulu music

 

LIVE

Sibongile Khumalo

 Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa 1998

 

Themba Mkhize (p); Herbie Tsoaeli (b); Vusi Khumalo (d); Prince Lengoasa (t, flhrn); Khaya Mhlangu (ts); Sibongile Khumalo (vcl)

 

          m. Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Sibongile Khumalo) – 14:12

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition but it appears in two versions on this DVD. This version is previously unreleased. The other is a reissue of the performance which appeared on the VHS video cassette  titiled ANCIENT EVENINGS

 

 

Issues: Sony, South Africa DVDHEITA09 (DVD) issued 2006

Music director: Themba Mkhize  

Producer/ Director: Willie Mooka 

Engineer: Jurg Human



L.A.P.

Stiff Pap & the Gang

 South Africa 2006


Bafana Nhlapo  (vcl,perc); Gontse Makhene (perc); Zwelake Zwane aka Ragga (djembe); Frank Magongwa (b); Mathulwe Mashilo (soprano marimba); Samuel Masilo aka Sax (tenor marimba); Mabi Thobjane (perc); Moses Khumalo (sax)

 

          g. Ntate Moholo (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 3:37

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

 

Issues: MELT 2000, South Africa MZ4008 issued 2007

Belief, support & executivivity: Robert Stiff Pap Trunz  

Engineer & Mastering: Chris Lewis

 


THE BOSWIL CONCERT

Paul Hanmer & McCoy Mrubata

 The Alte Kirche Boswil, Centre of African Studies, Basel, Switzerland, 9 June 2009


Paul Hanmer (organ); McCoy Mrubata (sax)

 

          e. Genes & Spirtits (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 7:02

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

 

Issues: African Music Productions, Switzerland KLANFARBENBOSVIL 9 issued 2010

Producer: Stiffung Küstlerhaus Bosvil

Sound Engineer & Mastering: Andreas Fleck

 



MAMA AFRICA

Brussels Jazz Orchestra with Tutu Puoane

Hogent Studio, Ghent, Belgium, 30th September and 1st October 2009

 

Tutu Puoane vcl); Frank Vaganée (lead as & ss, flute);Dieter Limbourg (as, ss,cl solo, flute); Kurt van Herk (ts, flute); Burt Defort (ts, cl); Bo van der Werf (bs, bass cl); Serge Plume (lead t & flhrn); 
Nino Schepers, Pierre Drevet, Jeroen Van Maderen (t, flhrn), Ben Fleerakkers (lead tbn); Lode Mertens, Frederik Heirman (tbn); Laurent Hendrick (bass tbn); Hendrik Braekman (g); Nathalie Loriers (p); Jos Machtel (b); Klass Balijon (d)

 

   

        e. Mountain Shade (Moses Taiwa Molelekwa; Sibongile Khumalo) – 7:40

       

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

Issue: Saphrane, Belgium, S 62612, 2010

Arranger: Bart van Caenegem; 

Producer and Artistic Director: Frank Vaganée;  Executive Producer: Koen Maes for Bussels Jazz Orchestra vzw, Hans Peters for words and music, Netherlands 

Recorded, Edited, Mixed and Mastered: Gyurl Spies assisted by Vannes Gonnissen; Recording Assisstant: Bart van Caenegem


Winner SAMA 2011 for Best Traditional Jazz Album



SAWADU

Sawadu

Studio Guimick, Yerres, France, 2010


Hervé Somb (g, vcl); Hubert Duport (b, fx); Brice Wassy (d, perc, vcl)

 

          l. Rapela (Brice Wassy & Moses Taiwa Molelekwa) – 6:49

 

Note: this is the only Moses Taiwa Molelekwa composition.

 

 

Issues: Ultrack,  France UTK 1001 issued 2010

Producer: Ultrobolic, co-produced by: Somb, Duport & Wassy

Recorded & Mixed: Syvain Thévenard, Mastered: Morwon Donoun


 



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 tributes

BONGOLUTION

Bongo Maffin

Bassline Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001

 

Stoan, Thandiswa, Appleseed (vcl); Don Laka (p); Mandla Mofokeng (programming); Jimmy Mngwadi (b); Poy Poy (g); McCoy Mrubata (sax)

 

        b. The Way Kungakhona (Lyrics: Thandiswa Mazwai, Tshepo Seate,Adrian Mupemhi; Music: Oscar Mdlongwa, Zynne Sibiko) – 6:26

 

Sleeve note:

 

“Sometimes the only thing left to do is to pack the most important stuff and head “home.” Of course home is a different longing in all of us.

 

(Dedicated to Mos and Flo)”

 

Note: this is the only track dedicated to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

 

Issues: KALAWA JAZMEE Records/Columbia, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDCOL 8159 issued 2001; a live version of this track recorded in Cape Town in November 2003 as part of 46664: Nelson Mandela's  AIDS Day Concert appears on Rhino WEA, USA and  Warners, UK CD 5046721342 titled 46664: THE MANDELA CONCERT PART 2 - LONG WALK TO FREEDOM  and on Rhino WEA, USA and Warners UK DVD two disc set 2564614752  titled 46664: NELSON MANDELA CONCERT

Samplers: (b) on Madiba Music DVD ADVD 020008 titled WORLD (this is the music video for the studio version of the song) and on African Cream ACM-CD040 titled THE GREATEST S.A. TRIP- VOL 2

Arrangers: Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo aka Dope

Producer: D.C.C; mixed by Bruce Sebitlo

Engineer: unidentified

 

 

Kora Award 2002 for Best African Group (ie in the whole of Africa); SAMA 2002 for Best Duo or Group

 

 

TRINITY

TKZee

The Guz Kitchen (Llandudno Branch), Mama Dance Studios, and Spaced Out Sounds, Cape Town, South Africa 2001

 

Tokollo, Kabelo, Zwai Bala (vcl); Zwai Bala (primary programming and instrumentation); Charlie Hamiliton (additional programming and arrangement);

 

          f. Moses (Somewhere up There) (Moses Taiwa Moleleekwa, M. Bala, K. Mabalane, T. Tsabalalal) – 6:14

         

Sleeve note:

 

“contains re-recorded elements of “Finding One’s Self” by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa”

 

“Tokollo thanks… To Moses I’ll see you when I get there – sohlangana emnqa mlezweni.

 

Kabelo thanks…Moses & Flo Molelekwa, you are sorely missed – R.I.P.

 

Zwai thanks… Moses”

 

Note: this is the only track about Moses Taiwa Molelelekwa.

 

Issues: TKZ WRECKORDS CDHOLA8 and  BMG Records/ HOLA Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDHOLA(CLM)8 issued 2001; (f) reissued in 2004 on BMG/HOLA Records, South Africa CDHOLA2004 titled GUZ HITS

Producers: TKZee (Tokollo, Kabelo, Zwai Bala); Mixed by Christopher Tuck; Executive producer: Sipho “Homes” Dlamini

Engineer: unidentified

 

nominated for ‘Best Duo/Group’ and ‘Best Rap Album’ at the SAMA 8 awards

 

 

LOST & FOUND

Themba Mzikhe

Pre-production and programming: Mavovo Studioss, Newtown, South Africa; piano recorded: SABC Studios, Cape Town, South Africa, 2001

 

Themba Mzikhe (p, key); Tlale Makhene (perc); Fana Zulu (b); Kelly Pellane (fl)

 

i Song 4 Mo (Themba Mzikhe) – 7:48

 

Sleeve note:

 

“to the musical genius of the late Moses Molelekwa. His superior and courageous efforts of stretching the SAFRO beat to dizzying heights of creative imagination will always bea torch for all to acknowledge, bear and relay to future generations.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Akwehlanga lungehlnga, okwezekile kufana nokudaliwe!””

 

Note: this is the only track dedicated to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Sony Jazz/Colombia, Johannesburg, South Africa, CDCOL 8172 issued 2001

Producer: Themba Mzikhe; Co-producer: Sibusiso Mkhize; Mixed by Richard Mitchell assisted by Troye Unser

Engineer: Richard Mitchell (sound engineer); Troye Unser (assistant sound engineer); “Engineers & Madoda. SABC (Cape Town, South Africa)”

Notes: Dumisani Xhakaza

 

nominated for best male artist SAMA 2002

 

won the DaimlerChrysler international award

 

 

AFROCENTRIC
Jimmy Dludlu
Sting Music Studio, South Africa: 2001

 

Jimmy Dludlu (g, vcl); Hugh Masekela (flhrn); Mark Goliath (p, key); Fana Zulu (b); Tlale Makhene (perc); Duma Ndlovu (poetry).

 

c. River Of Lost Dreams (music:Jimmy Dludlu; poetry: Duma Ndlovu ) – 5:07

 

        Sleeve note:

 

“River of Lost Dreams dedicated to late Moses Molelekwa”

 

Note: this is the only track dedicated to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Universal, South Africa 016 952-2 issued 2001 and on Universal, South Africa CDSRBL 299 titled AFROCENTRIC REVISED
Arranger: Jimmy Dludlu

Producer: Jimmy Dludlu; Co-producer: Mark Goliath; Assistant producer: Fernanado Perdigao; mixed by Fernanado Perdigao

Engineer: Fernanado Perdigao
Notes: Hugh Masekela, Kgomotse "KG" Moeketsi

 

Winner 2002 SAMA Awards: Best Male Artist; Best Contemporary Jazz Album; Best Producer

   

 

NTUMBA

Ringo

Joe’s Garage, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001

 

 Ringo Madlingozi (voice)

 

          o. Intro (unidertified: probably Ringo Madlingozi) – 0:20

 

Ringo Madlingozi (lead vcl, backing vcl); Victor Masondo (keys); Joe Arthur (g)  

 

p. Moshe (Ringo Madlingozi, Victor Masondo) – 4:19

 

Sleeve note:

 

“This is dedicated to the memory of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and his wife Flo Molelekwa. On the day of lovers, 14th Feb 2001, they were found dead on the floor of their office downtown Johannesburg. No one will ever know what happened to the couple, only speculation. May their soul rest in peace.”

 

Note: this is the only track dedicated to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Flo Molelekwa. Ringo’s website describes them as “a couple with whom Ringo was very close”

 

 

Issues: CCP, Johannesburg, South Africa CDRINGO 5; a live version of this track appears on CCP, Johannesburg, South Africa, CD CDRINGOD 6  and DVD DVDRINGO 6 titled RINGO LIVE - THE GREATEST HITS

Producer: co-production team:  Ringo Madlingozi, Victor Masondo, Joe Arthur; Mixed by Joe Arthur; Executive Producer: Ringo Madlingozi

Engineer: Joe Arthur

 

nominated for SAMA 2003 Best Adult Contemporary Album African

 

 

KALAMAZOO 3

Pops Mohammed and Sipho Gumede

Kalamazoo Studio, South Africa 2001

 

Pops Mohamed (kora, key, programming, bird calls, hand percussion); Sipho Gumede (b); Thuli Mdlalozi (backing vc); T. Puljak (“Beautiful Trees” vocal sample); Anna Igubi, Tietie Igubi (Namibian San voices); Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (voice sample)

 

          k. Thank You Very Much (dedicated to Moses Molelekwa) (Pops Mohamed) - 5:49

 

Sleeve note:

 

“Pops Mohamed  - Thanks…

This album is dedicated to the wonderful memory of the late Moses Molelekwa and his wife Flo Molelekwa. May their beautiful soulds rest in peace. Thank you Moses, wherever you are. Peace!

“In the beginning there was sound” ”

 

Note: this is the only track about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SSCD 070 issued 2001

Producers: Pops Mohamed; mixed by Pops Mohamed; executive producer: Damon Forbes

Engineer: Peter Thwaites; assistant engineer: Pops Mohamed

 

nominated for Best South African Traditional Jazz Album at 2002 SAMA Awards

 

 

AFRICAN CHILD

Tu Nokwe

Digital Cupboard, Gauteng, South Africa, 2001

 

Tu Nokwe (acoustic gtr, vcl); Joe Nkwanyana (acoustic gtr); Concorde Nkbinde (b); Mabeleng Moholo (perc)

 

        l. Letting Go (Tu Nokwe) – 4:18

 

          Note: Sheer Sounds website states:

“"Letting Go" is a special tune for Tu in that it came to her after the death of Moses Molelekwa & his wife Flo, and how it caused such sadness, especially for their young child. Tu felt a connection and realised there was meaning in it for her; in that in order to move on in life, one has to let go. This track was one of the last added to the album.”

 

Note: this is the only track about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SSCD 076 issued 2002

Producers: Marilyn Nokwe, Tu Nokwe; vocals arranged by Tu Nokwe, Marilyn Nokwe; executive producer: Damon Forbes

Engineer: Ian Osrin; Assistant Engineer: Mjakes Thebe

 

Nominated for SAMA 2003 Best Female Artist

 

 

MNTUNGWA

Moses Khumalo

M2 studios, Johannesburg, SABC, South Africa, 2002

 

Moses Khumalo (saxes); Africa Mhkize (p); Prince Kupi (g), Jimmy Mngwandi (b); Sello “Skholo” Montwedi (d)

 

        b. Hymn for Taiwa (Moses Khumalo) – 7:07

 

Sleeve note:

 

“thank you’s…

to the Molelekwa family, may the Lord be with you. And to you, Zoe, Moses and Flo’s son, may you grow with strength and wisdom. Bra Monk you are the best, God bless you and mama Sophie and Refilwe and Lesego and your family, may peace be with you.”

 

Note: this is the only track which is definitely about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SSCD 079 issued 2002 and (b) reissued in 2010 on Sheer Sound, South Africa SSLCD 190 titled THE BEST OF MOSES KHUMALO

Samplers: (b) on Heads Up, Cleveland, Ohio , USA  HUCD 3077 titled SMOOTH AFRICA II - EXPLORING THE SOUL; on Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa SSPCD035 titled AFRICAN CONNECTION PART IV; on Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa SSPCD 034 titled JAZZ BREW VOL 1 and on  Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa SSPCD 079 titled STRRET HORN JAZZ 

Producers: Moses Khumalo; executive producer: Damon Forbes

Engineer: Evert de Munnik; Assistant Engineer: Sarah McGregor

 

Winner Best Newcomer SAMA 2003.  Mose Khumalo dedicated his award to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

 

NAIVASHA

Paul Hanmer

M2 studios, Johannesburg, SABC, South Africa, Febuary 2002

 

Paul Hanmer (p); Andre Abrahamse (fretless bass); Barry van Zyl (d); Barry van Zyl, Basi Mahlasela (perc loop); Lesley Luburn (cor anglais); McCoy Mrubata (as); Marcus Wyatt (t) Zonta Hofmeyer, Miroslav Chakaryan, Viara Murkova (violin 1); Anneke De Villiers, Maria Branco, Jacques Fourie (violin 2); Jeanne-Louise Moolman, Elizabeth Rennie (viola); Susan Mouton, Laurie Howe (cello)

 

          a. The Ballad of Christinah & William (Paul Hanmer) – 9:15

 

         

Sleeve note:

 

“Custodians of Home & garden – written 13.02.01 – the day we all lost Moses & Flo”

 

Note: this is the only track which is about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SSCD 082 issued 2002

Producers: Paul Hanmer, Peter Pearlson; Loop doctor for the percussion loops: Adrian Hamilton; executive producer: Damon Forbes

Engineer: Peter Pearlson; Assistant Engineer: Sarah McGregor

 

Nominated for SAMA 2003 Best Contemporary Jazz Album

 

 

IMPILO

Shaluza Max

Groovemachine Studios, South Africa 2002

 

Shaluza Max (vcl), David Rex (programming, key)

 

          k. The Spirit Of Moses Molelekwa (lyrics: T.M. Mntambo; music: T.M. Mntambo, D. Rex) – 3:56

 

Sleeve note:

 

“This album is dedicated to the spirit of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. Rest in Peace, I will always miss you, may your spirit live forever… LALAKAHLE QHAWE”

 

And

 

“This is a song dedicated to one of our great and young pianists who died on the eve of 14th February 2001. You may be gone but your spirit will remain with us. May your spirit find peace with God, as we are striving for the same. All of us in music lost a comrade, a pioneer, an innovator. May your soul rest in peace!”

 

Note: this is the only track which is definitely about Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

 

Issues: Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SSCD 093 issued 2002

Producers: David Rex; mixed by David Rex; executive producer: Damon Forbes

Engineer: David Rex

 

winner of the SAMA 2003 for Best Zulu Album

 

 

OUR LANGUAGE

Tribe

Beech Road Studios, SABC, Cape Town, South Africa 2003

 

Buddy Wells (saxes); Kesivan Naidoo (d); Charles Lazar (dbl bs); Mark Fransman (p)

 

          b. Nommo Blues (Blues for Moses) (Buddy Wells) – 6:30

 

Note: this is the only track dedicated to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa.

 

Issues: Ready Rolled, South Africa RRRCD 003 issued 2003; an alternative version of (b) issued on Sheer Sound, Johannesburg, South Africa, SLCD 048 titled JAZZ IMPRESSIONS AT THE GREEN DOLPHIN VOLUME 1 issued 2003 (This is a shorter version – 5:26 – with fewer sax overdubs, recorded as part of a compilation by various artists who have played at The Green Dolphin which is a jazz club/restaurant at the Waterfronf, Cape Town South Africa. This alternative version was recorded by Tribe at the same studios with the same engineer; mixed by Gavin Minter, Richard Mitchell;
Executive Producers: Real Wired Music, Johnnie Walker, The Green Dolphin.) The CD was reissued in 2005 with the same catalogue number titled JOHNNIE WALKER JAZZ IMPRESSIONS VOL 1

Producer: Tribe

Engineer: Richard Mitchell

 

 

THE BOUGA LUV ALBUM

Kabelo

South Africa, 2004

 

Kabelo (vcl); A. Howard, B. Roberts (horns)

 

a. Intro (K. Mabalane, A. Howard, B. Roberts) – 1 :22

 

 

Notes: In this track, Kabelo dedicates the CD to his recently deceased father and to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

The backing track appears to be based on a sample from Kabelo’s 2001 CD titled REBELWITH A CAUSE.

 

Issues: CSR Records, Johannesburg, South Africa, CSRFCD209 issued 2004

Producer: Kabelo (Executive Producer); (a) mixed by A. Howard

Arranger: kABELO

 

nominated for SAMA 2005 Best Kwaito Music Album


UZONGIKHUMBULA

Richy Ramolefe

South Africa, 2005

 

Richy Ramolefe (t, vcl); other instruments & musicians unidentified

 

i. Xbongeni (Richy Ramolefe) – 1 :22

 

 

Notes: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: EMI, South Africa, CDCCP JAZ (WLM) 3 issued 2005

Producer: Richy Ramolefe

 


 
FACE-BRICK

Brickz

South Africa, 2005

 

Brickz (vcl); other musicians not identified

 

l. Rest In Peace (Sis Nengi) (lyrics Sc Ndlovu; music: composer not identified) –  4:23

 

 

Note: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: Will Of Steel Productions, South Africa, CDWOS002 issued 2005

Producer: (l) Dj Cleo; Executive Producers: Dj Cleo, Code Jack

 

 

won SAMA 2006 Best Kwaito Music Album and Best Newcomer; nominated for Best Male Artist

 

 

COMBINED ELEMENTS

Mpumi Dhlamini

South Africa, 2007

 

Mpumi Dhlamini (p, synth, cl,b); Ike Alexander (fl); Nhlanhla Radebe (perc); Dave Klassen (d)

 

m. A Journey With Taiwa (Mpumi Dhlamini) –  6:54

 

 

Note: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: Sony, South Africa, CDSTEP123 issued 2007

Producer: Mpumi Dhlamini; Executive Producer: Dave Thompson

Engineered recorded and mixed: Greg Bester; Mastered: Jasper Williams

 

nominated for  SAMA 2008 Best Newcomer and  for Jazz contemporary

 

 

FUNKIN' FOR OBAMA

Hotep Idris Galeta and the Cape Town Digital Jazz Band

South Africa, probably Cape Town, 2008

 

Hotep Idris Galeta (p);  unidentified (b, d, per)

 

f. Montuno for Molelekwa (Hotep Idris Galeta) –  8:00

 

 

Note: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: MP3 only, issued 2009

Producer: unidentified

Engineer: unidentified


SONGBOOK CHAPTER 1

Lwanda Gogwana

P5 SABC Studios, Cape Town, South Africa, 2011


Lwanda Gogwana (p); Sisonka Xonti ( ss); Sbusiso Nkundene (mbira)

 

k. Jam for Moses Molelekwa Lwanda Gogwana, Sisonka Xonti,Sbusiso Nkundene) –  9:41

 

 

Note: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: Gogwana Music Company, South Africa, No catalogue number,  issued 2011

Producer: Lwanda Gogwana

recorded: Thabo Mobo; mixed: Murray Anderson; mastered: Dave Segal

 

nominated for  SAMA 2012 Best Male Artist, Best Newcomer and   Best Jazz



CASE CLOSED

lLil Noise

Milestone Studios, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012

 

Mpumi Dhlamini (p, keys, ts, vcl, all programming,synth); Mano Simeli b); Legan Breda (d); Mark Fransman (as); Darren English (tp); DJ Ready D (scrarch); Bryce Anderson (vcl); Garlic Brown (rap)

 

k. Hip Jazz (music:Mpumi Dhlamini; lyrics: Bryce Anderson; Garlic Brown: rap) –  4:32

 

 

Note: This is the only track which refers to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. 

 

Issues: TMP, South Africa, CD TMP 009 issued 2012

Producer: Mpumi Dhlamini; Executive Producer: Tumi Mokwena

recorded: Murray Anderson;mixed & mastered: Bryce Anderson


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bibliography

Sidewinder vol 3 “South Arica 95 Outernational Meltdown by Paul Bradshaw, Editor Kathryn Willgress, Photography Peter Williams; published by Straight No Chaser – The magazine of world jazz jive, London  April 1995

 “Musician;” by Joanna McGregor in “Art, Not Chance – nine artist’s diaries;” Edited by Paul Allen; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London; 2001; pp 9 to 21

 Moses Taiwa Molelekwa’s diary, unpublished – referred to by Jerry "Monk" Molelekwa in his sleeve notes to Darkness Pass

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some observations

Many believe Moses Taiwa Molelekwa was Africa’s most innovative and influential jazz musician since Fela Kuti. Reasons for this assertion which the discography demonstrates are include the following.


"...another live DVD of his launch concert of Genes and Spirits at the Africa house in London plus there are some live recordings and video tapes of his very last concert at Kippies in Joburg in 2001.

Negotiations have started to get live footage released with his young band of concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festivals in The Hague and Cape Town."(Robert Trunz, Melt Phase 2, February 2006)


Many thanks to Robert Trunz for giving his permission to publish this information on this site.    For more information about Molelekwa releases on his label see www.melt.co.za. There is also a wealth of unreleased and rare material on Youtube. The number of clips on Youtube and their popularity demonstrate Molelekwa’s appeal.

Updating the discography for  2006 to 2011 demonstrates that the flow of Molelekwa releases, tributes and cover versions continues. The years 2009 - 2010, for example, saw the release not only pf the magnificent "Live in Jo'burg Nineteen Ninety Nine" CD featuring previously unheard compositions originally intended for release on the follow up to "Genes and Spirits," but also a new compilation of Melt 2000 recordings titled "African Jazz Classics", the first big band arrangement of the Molelekwa jazz standard "Mountain Shade" sung by the young diva Tutu Puoane which also constitutes the first recording of a Molelekwa's piano part by a woman (Belgian pianist Nathalie Loriers) plus a superb tribute "Montuno for Molelekwa" which was one of pianist/composer Hotep Idris Galeta's last pieces.

    It is only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches up with this great music. A well documented, representative compilation targeted at the world music, dance and jazz markets beyond South Africa, featuring his collaborations with kwaito, house and classical as welll as jazz musicians is long overdue. The tributes recorded in the immediate aftermath of his death will also make a stunning CD one day.

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