Jazz / Afrique du Sud

Kalamazoo is Pops Mohamed and Sipho Gumede Pops Mohamed is a well-travelled multi instrumentalist, who has taken it upon himself to keep traditional sounds - from mbaqanga to kwela and marabi - alive. He specialises in indigenous instruments: the Kora (a harp from West Africa), the Mbira (a thumb piano from Zimbabwe), the Didgeridoo (native to the Aboriginal people of Australia) and the Birimbau and the African Mouth Bow - developed by the South American Indians and the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert respectively. Pops is also a record producer, who has travelled widely recording ancient music and producing what is now being labelled as 'World Music'. Pops has toured Switzerland with Andreas Vollenweider's band featuring Max Lasser and Busi Mhlongo. As a result of his travels, he is constantly developing new approaches to music and strives to preserve ancient musical instruments as well as ancient performance techniques. Sipho Gumede is regarded as one of South Africa's premier bass guitarists. Throughout his career, Sipho has continuously been creating new and challenging music through a series of inspired collaborations. He has toured the world and recorded with many of the best jazz artists in the world, including Harry Belafonte, Abdullah Ibrahim, Juluka, Stimela, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Abigail Kubeka, Joe McBride and Andy Narell. He is also the winner of numerous South African Music Awards (SAMA's) for 'Best Producer', 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album', and 'Best Contemporary Jazz – Other Languages'.


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