Moses Khumalo - Mntungwa
Africa is a real fountain for Smooth Jazz. After several reviews about
SA artists of this genre mainly of the Sheer Sound label I have to
present you Moses Khumalo's "Mntungwa".
What you're getting: "The
debut album from one of SA's most promising young saxophonists, a
subtle glimpse into the future of South African jazz music".
Moses didn't started with the
saxophone but with the study of piano play.
He performed with the likes of: Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo,
Themba Mkhize and Paul Hanmer.
Wa Mme, the first tune of Moses' debut album reveals the
musician's heritage, which demonstates Johannesburg is the heart of
Africa. Rhythm and melody although blended with jazz have the African
character, we already knows for example by Jonathan Butler's music.
the centre of Hymn for Taiwa are Moses'
sax and especially Afrika Mkhize's piano in long improvised solos. One
cannot deny a certain Gospel mood.
is the beginning of He Said. Moses plays
the main theme with soprano and tenor saxophones in a chorus. The bass
is speaking in a reggae language and the rhythm takes it over.
Fabulous is Moses' soprano solo.
Tempo opens anew the door to South African music. The drummer
Sello "Skholo" Montwedi combines seamlessly South Afrian and
Mzansi has more of it. Moses shows in his music his locality
and especially the expression of his own personality. Surrounded by
South African music Moses understands his instrument as a wild animal
with all its vital power.
African Mood we listen to Moses raw jazzy
side of sax playing. One must know that South Africa has a strong
connection to jazz. For example the North Sea Festival is happening at
that place too. Originally coming from Netherlands it is transposed to
this country. "Jazz was invented and developed in the US, and
South Africa is the only African country, if not the world, with its
own authentic jazz tradition," comments Mel Puljic, the head of
impression of Song for Leonhard is
African jazz meets fusion. Afrika Mkhize's electric piano solo is high
Vat My Huis Toe African jazz and fusion
jazz find a melting summit. The song is floating like a river. Moses '
sax play is powerful and energetic.
first vocal song Kgotso Africa is
featuring Sonnyboy "Mzanseka" Seokolo from Potchefstroom,
a city in the North West province of South Africa. The song recitated
in the home language has an impressing vibe.
tune is the slow tempo title song Mntungwa,
a measured Blues styled piece.
Moses Khumalo's debut album "Mntungwa",
is not the common Smooth Jazz album, someone will await who is used to
the American style. South Africa is developing an own way of Smooth
Jazz and that's a splendid alternative.