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Shabaka and The Ancestors – Wisdom Of Elders [2016]

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Shabaka and The Ancestors – Wisdom Of Elders [2016]


1. Mzwandile 13:31

2 Joyous 06:38
3.The Observer 09:02
4.The Sea 11:47
5.The Observed 01:43
6.Natty 09:57
7.OBS 05:14
8.Give Thanks 08:09
9.Nguni 09:29

Shabaka Hutchings – Tenor Sax
Mthunzi Mvubu – Alto Sax
Mandla Mlangeni – Trumpet
Siyabonga Mthembu – Vocals
Nduduzo Makhathini – Rhodes, Piano
Ariel Zamonsky – Bass
Gontse Makhene – Percussion
Tumi Mogorosi – Drums

Wisdom of the Elders was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to
immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a
sonic journey across the Atlantic.

“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in
the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” explains Shabaka Hutchings.

8 men in a studio in Johannesburg; one tenor sax, one alto sax, one trumpet. One on vocals, one on ivory, one bass,
one on percussion and one the drums. 800 million voices. 700 years. Millions of bones cracking under the weight of 22
false free years. Innumerable tiny sparks. One uncontrollable blaze.

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