Matsuli announce reissue LP for 2018 – ‘Genes and Spirits’ by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

Matsuli Music continue their relentless mission of bringing South African jazz to the light and will be issuing Genes and Spirits by Moses Taiwa Molelekwa. His seminal album was originally on Melt2000 and licensed via Robert Trunz, who was the executive producer on the original sessions. It is expected early in 2018 for the first time on vinyl and is supported by the Molelekwa family. This double LP will feature an additional track composed and recorded for the original release, but withdrawn at the last moment by the artist.

The album contains multiple influences of Latin music, with nods to Cuba (with celebrated Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes) and Brazil (Flora Purim’s vocals), as well as Cameroon (with Brice Wassey’s drums).

The latest Matsuli reissue is a masterpiece from the South African jazz diaspora – the 1976 Istanbul session featuring Johnny Dyani and Okay Temiz.

Remastered by Frank Merrit at the Carvery, Witchdoctor’s Son is presented as a deluxe gatefold sleeve including new liner notes by Francis Gooding. Also included are previously unpublished photographs by Hank O’Neal.

Available for the first time since Yonca Records originally released only 1,000 copies in Turkey, this album has remained an elusive and sought after record.

Side one features material arranged by Temiz, and the second has material arranged and composed by Dyani – including a wonderful arrangement of Don Cherry’s Elhamdulilhah Marimba, with Dyani on piano and vocal duties.

Pacific Express ‘Black Fire’ LP is one of the standout jazz releases of this year

Matsuli Music has added the debut album of this Cape Town ‘supergroup’ to their growing catalogue of  South African Afro-jazz  reissues.

New liner notes from acclaimed jazz historian Gwen Ansel explains how this album successfully fused multiple styles in 1976 forging a new sound from what was ‘Cape Town Jazz’, Latin, R&B, soul, pop and fusion.

Black Fire presents the core repertoire that made Pacific Express the resident band sensation they became at the Sherwood Lounge in Manenberg, Cape Town in the mid-seventies. The ‘coloured’ township of Manenberg – about 20km away from Cape Town’s city centre, and cut off from the black settlements of Gugulethu and Nyanga by a railway track – had been officially established in 1966. The apartheid regime had defined different “racial groups” and forcibly moved people from various suburbs and allocated them to ‘white’ people.  The Sherwood Lounge was located close to the highway and people flocked to the venue for music.

World Treasures Music will present a Matsuli label feature on Thursday, July 20th, at 2pm (GMT), on Kmah Radio (click to listen).