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First Amampondo re-issue - Drums for Tomorrow

The first re-issue of the MELT recordings of world famous marimbas ensemble, AMAMPONDO will be out on 25th of September.The award winning album was first released in 1997. It was recorded partly in Cape Town and partly in the UK. The album was recorded and mixed by Chris Lewis. These re-issues will appear on the Mountain Records label.

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Marimba heroes Amampondo, albums for re-issue

African marimba stars albums to be re-issuedFor some time the MELT label releases by Amampondo have not been available. In terms of a new deal between the group, the former MELT owner, Robert Trunce and Mountain Records, some of the back catalogue albums will soon be available again.
One of the founder members Dizu Plaatjies, has secured the approval of his former band mates to issue the records once again. Dizu fronted the group for ten years before leaving to start his own project, Ibuyambo.The remaining members continued with occasional live performances but did not make any new recordings. We expect that at least three albums are involved in the deal as well as possibly adding some of the side projects that were issued with individual members of the band, becoming available at a later stage.Amampondo toured the world in the 1980s and 90s spearheading an African music wave that drew many imitators. Among their highlight engagements was their appearance at Wembley Stadium, at the Nel…

McCullagh / MacKay - Progrock project, first single.

A taster from a forthcoming album by two seasoned artists.The first preview from the forthcoming McCullagh / MacKay recording project is a track called Unicorns are Screaming. This will be released on the 30th September.Terence (Tully) McCullagh and Gordon MacKay have been working for months on the new album which began as a McCullagh solo project.  Some songs had been written by Tully alone towards the end of 2019. Gordon came into the studio to do keyboard tracks for Tully and they realised that they were really gelling on an artistic level. This first single was then re-written and now credits both MacKay and McCullagh as composers. The song is a musical masterwork with virtuoso playing, creative musical arrangement and hi-tech recording technique. The artists top it off with some very personal lyrics. 
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