Saturday, January 16, 2010
Feel the Pulse of Amampondo
Anyone who has experienced the live force of Amampondo is almost certain to have been disappointed with their recorded output. Nothing quite matches the spectacular energy and passion of the band playing live. Except perhaps for this single which was released in 1984 and has long since been deleted. Just a year earlier I was involved in hosting Amampondo live in concert at the University of Pietermaritzburg's Old Main Hall. The lo-fi recordings we made of that performance are still remarkable. Before listening to the blistering 915 take some time out to listen to the Amampondo version of Qongqothwane aka The Click Song recorded at that 1983 concert.
LISTEN: Qongqothwane (live at the PMB Old Main Hall, 1983 - A Stun Production)
Amampondo - Sibuyele 915 (Gallo, XPD2313, 1984)
1. Sibuyele 915 (Dub)
2. Sibuyele 915
"Dedicated to the people of the No 915 Langa Barracks"
(More background on the Langa township here).
Amampondo: Dizu Plaatjies, Mzwandile Qotoyi, Simpiwe Matole, Nkululeko Ludonga, Blackie Mbizela, Mandla Lande, Xola Mlambo, Thandi Mashiloane, Mapule Mlambo.
Mixed by Nic Pickard and Amampondo. Produced by Bruce Gordon and Amampondo. Recorded at Revill Studios.
at 11:20 AM