African marimba stars albums to be re-issued
For 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.
|Amampondo circa 1986 (c) Songwrights Publishers|
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 Nelson Mandela Birthday Bash and their show at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
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Issued by Mountain Records