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Brussels Jazz Orchestra / Tutu Puoane
Brussels Jazz Orchestra / Tutu Puoane
Mama Africa
Record Labels Saphrane
Phonographic reference S62612
Released February 26, 2010
Media cd
Recorded September 2009
  Ghent (B)
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Tutu Puoane - Vocals    
Frank Vaganée - Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Flute, artistic director    
Dieter Limbourg - Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet, Flute    
Kurt Van Herck - Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet, Flute    
Bart Defoort - Tenor saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Clarinet    
Bo Van Der Werf - Baritone saxophone, Bass clarinet    
Serge Plume - Trumpet, Flugelhorn    
Nico Schepers - Trumpet, Flugelhorn    
Pierre Drevet - Trumpet, Flugelhorn    
Jeroen Van Malderen - Trumpet, Flugelhorn    
Marc Godfroid - Trombone    
Lode Mertens - Trombone    
Ben Fleerakkers - trombone    
Laurent Hendrick - Bass trombone    
Nathalie Loriers - Piano    
Jos Machtel - Double bass    
Klaas Balijon - Drums    
Lode Mertens, Pierre Drevet, Pierre Bertrand, Ewout Pierreux, Gyuri Spies,Bart Van Caenegem - Arranger    


Brussels Jazz Orchestra  


1.   The House in the Midrand / Jikele' Maweni      
2.   What more could be right      
3.   When I've passed on      
4.   West wind      
  W. Sater / C. Semenya
5.   Mountain shade      
  Taiwa Molekwa
6.   Thanayi      
7.   Mayibuye      
8.   Africa is where my heart lies      
9.   Umqokozo      
Because the Brussels Jazz Orchestra worked before with South African vocalist Tutu Puoane on various projects, they invited her to compose a program of songs from her homeland. As Miriam Makeba died in this period, she decided to choose songs mostly from this great singer’s repertoire of Xhosa and Zulu songs.
‘Mama Africa’ is the first album where Tutu Puoane is the lead vocalist of a big band. Seven arrangers were picked, mostly musicians from the BJO. They turned the music into sparkling renditions. The combination of her sublime voice, the quality of the BJO’s musicians and the beautiful arrangements turn this album into a worthy tribute to South African music and culture and to Miriam Makeba.
'Working with the BJO has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my music career. The songs on this album have been transformed from simple South African songs to intricate and interesting pieces of music. That's the beauty and the mystery of jazz music.' (Tutu Puoane).

Miriam Makeba is one of the most famous artists from South Africa. In the 50s she broke through as a jazz singer. Besides jazz, Makeba sang pop and Xhosa and Zulu folk music. Makeba's cultural status gave her political clout - she was an active opponent of the apartheid era which yielded her thirty years exile.
Miriam Makeba collaborated with musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Harry Belafonte and Paul Simon. She scored her biggest hit with 'Pata Pata'. On 10/11/08 Miriam Makeba died at age 76.
The BJO and Tutu have chosen from her South African extensive repertoire. The songs have been reworked by a team of BJO arrangers to yield the unique BJO spirit: exciting and adventurous, with, for the occasion, a trace of Africa.
And, as always, with much passion for the music.

In 2011, the album received a South African Music Award 2 in the category 'Best Traditional Jazz Album' in Johannesbourg.

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