Amaryoni – Marabi Moments
Usually a specialist acappella group, in the mbube tradition, Amaryoni step outside their normal genre to deliver this album – a reinterpretation of music by two gifted South African composers, Victor Ndlazilwane and Gcinani Kubheka. Here, full instrumentation is used in its rhythmic glory -all in the name of African blues.
This is the beginning of a new journey for Amaryoni – a celebration of the music and compositional talents of some of South Africa’s lost musical geniuses – and of a few gifted newcomers too. These are not modern- day remixes; they are reinterpretations of the originals, with the idea of preserving the culture for future generations.
A journey through the songbooks of Victor Ndlazilwane and Gcinani Kubheka, the album features carefully selected songs, to which Amaryoni has added their own magic. Victor Ndlazilwane is a well-known South African composer and singer of the 1960s. With his band, Jazz Ministers, he revived the South African jazz scene with his uniquely South African influence on the genre, which is what made his music so interesting. Gcinani Kubheka is a young musician. Although not that well known yet, there is absolute gold in his songbooks that needs to be discovered and exposed. He also plays guitar on this album, and arranged one of Victor Ndazilwane’s songs “iJongwana”.
Amaryoni’s album is sure to become a collectible, creating a catalogue of the great South African musicians and composers for people to enjoy far into the future, and to ensure that this glorious music is not lost. This is Amaryoni’s long-term project to keep the fires of African music burning bright.