To the Peace on Earth Book Discussion with Mr Tsietsi Winston Mohapi

The Miriam Tlali Reading & Book Club (MTR&BC), founded by the wRite associates held a To the Peace on Earth Book Discussion with author Struan Douglas in June 2019.

It is music that drives me. It is my fundamental passion and it has guided me through the country of South Africa to meet so many unique people with their own ways of doing things. And helping to form and mould me. Music has been a sculptor to me as I have flown down the journey of live meeting great musicians and griots. And the good people of South Africa who have taken me under their wing and turned me into the person who can hopefully carry forth this light and love to the next generation.

What prompted you to write the book?

It came together. The main character in the book was Robert Trunz. He came and set up Melt2000 and spent huge fortunes in creating the record label, recording all the great artists of SA, Moses. Madala, Busi in a huge catalogue. Initially as a music journalist I thought I should write a book about Robert. But he said he has got this guy Ananda who has healed and moulded him. So I got to know Ananda. And Ananda got to know my story and the near death experience. So he said well actually you need to write a book about yourself because this information can help a lot of people.

So we had these three characters. And then you mentioned Lianne who was like a mother to this unusual grouping of people. And the book wrote itself. And it came out in April this year because the main characters specifically Moses, Robert, Ananda and Madala are all born in April.

What about the deaths of Moses and Moses at the age of 27?

It was a tremendous mystery to us how this happened. Most people thought that this was a murder covered up. The elders said these youngsters were not taking care of their lives. I was just a couple of years younger them and coming to 27 and was able to see their self destruction through the lens of my own life and try and find ways not to go down that path and that is when the mystery was kind of solved by Ananda who said “come with me and I will show you.” It was a mystery and the solution is to choose life over the things on the stage that bring you down. It is a huge problem International suicide at the age of 27 and specifically with musicians and it is really a driving point to solve that mystery.

What about the police investigation?

Absolutely, I think some truths are just too hard to handle. Even with this book I was not able to follow the investigation and say these are the culprits and this is exactly what happened. The only way I can tell this story is to try and find the meaning through my own life. What exactly happened here might still be able to be told in movies and books still to be written.

The story specifically about Moses Molelekwa was devastating and life changing to us at the time because he was right at the forefront of music in SA and suddenly he was gone. I got hold of the evidence and I followed it but the advice given to me was “Don’t bark at the bad. Rather follow the good.”   

It was not my job to find the culprits but rather to say there were three or four things that lead to his downfall one of which was jealousy in the music industry which could have resulted in the murder. And another was drug use among the young musicians maybe having to sustain a career of many performances doing two gigs in a night. There was cocaine use which should not have happened. Another difficult thing was husband and wife working together did create inordinate pressures. And finally the lack of support from the SA music industry and instead its opposite – heavy competition. This was a sensitive soul and we needed to work with him to bring out the best of his work like you are doing here at this book club. There wasn’t these kinds of structures in the industry at the time. He was one his own.

How did Robert come to Moses?

Robert was always into music as an entrepreneur. He created B & W Speakers but his real access was meeting Airto Moreira and they started recording in Brazil and Cuba around ’92 and then Airto said South Africa has democracy coming and it is an exciting time lets go to South Africa. They arrived in Durban and they met Sipho Gumede and the circle grew. Airto was also performing at various festivals. And it was at the festival at the Market Theatre that he saw the young Moses performing and was absolutely blown away and he had a religious experience.

Was the Cullinan farm still operating as a music centre?

Lianne wanted to make films about all the music Robert was recording. Lianne contacted Robert to do the film side. Unfortunately at the time Robert was in a difficult space, He had just moved to SA, Airto had gone back and he was a bit lost. He formed a friendship with Lianne and moved in to stay. And at the same time Ananda had moved to SA and had met Lianne and had also moved in so at one point Lianne had both these guys living with her and that is when they decided to get a project as a canvass for their dreams. The music Fram started at that point.

What was the role of Ananda? We read he had a certain magnetism, but what kind of a character was he?

He was a kind of healer. And a person who would try and bring joy and ought by his youth. Like the Dalali Lama in Cape Town pinched someone on the cheek. Ananda was child like. And with all the musicians coming to the farm under stressful conditions, he was able to bring some light. Also he had been through a life struggle and in prison, so he knew what paths not to go down. He had the effect of galvanising the musicians spirit. Robert brought the recording studio. He was someone who brought everyone together as you said.

But what was his temperament because he changes to become angry?

Yes he was a myriad of personalities. And that is part of his teachings that we can be all things. The anger that eventually caused him to be murdered himself did come  out. Perhaps with the healer there is a kind of empathy. The anger that surfaced in him might have been a collective anger that surfaced through him. He might have been a channel through the which the anger could be released.

I came to respect him very much so it was strange to see things that were against what you believe. It makes us realise we are all human. And that specifically as a master Ananda was trying to tell everyone to be the master themselves.

How much did he use nature to heal?

That is a great mystery. He once told me he could fast on pineapple.

Paw Paw.

Yes he loved Paw Paw. But once he did a test with just pineapple and that he could perfect his body so much that he would eat just pineapple and he could defecate pineapple.

Was he a lonely person?

Yes he was like that and many times as an eccentric and outsider you do long for company so you are right. But he was very happy with his family and the farm was a busy place. And he likes to be around people.

You have been expelled twice from the farm. Why did they have to expel you?

It is strange! I am still in the story. The first time as the story was told there was this incident of black magic. Just as a person flowing in the river of life maybe I picked up randomly things that disturbed this black magic as I am not trained in black magic at all. That is what Ananda told me. The second time I got fired is still the current situation at the farm where it is no longer a music farm. And that has happened since Ananda’s death. He kept the place alive and after his death it has been take over. We tried to reclaim it again for music but we failed.

What is black and white magic?

The way Ananda would have described it  would be GOD is the some total of all things and that would be more powerful than any divisive element. So black magic might be some bones to make some funny story and would be a small incident, but the collective of all that is would be more powerful and that is the lesson I took to go for GOD consciousness or even what he called love and then onto what I have come to understand as uBuntu, being this exchange of love. If you take that on a level that is complete and incorporates everything around us black magic as an aspect alone has no power.   

Why did he call the African heathen?

I say that there is a danger to this idea of GOD being all and each one of us connected into the being of GOD. There is a danger of superiority thinking. I am born here and able to know that that is not right. And for Robert it was a different story because he really tried to create change by doing the recording. That was the anomaly about this character Ananda.

If you go into his childhood he grew up as an … orphan … yes but more in the biblical sense of the word because he actually came from French gentry. A very wealthy how right in the hills but he was always an outsider known as the “infant terrible” and they sent him into an orphanage. So, there were all contradictions in him.

Was he not maybe frustrated?

Yes he became frustrated and particularly before he was murdered, he was feeling frustrated. Actually when I met Ananda I asked him how Moses had been killed and he said I will show you. And Ananda himself was murdered at a point where he became frustrated. He had so much to give yet not everyone was listening. And that is a lesson we can learn about taking care of one another and having initiatives to allow people the platform to be heard. So, those frustrations don’t come up. But maybe if you go back to that era or even to the late 90s perhaps we are more advanced now.

How did he treat the farm labourer?

There was farm labourer who was there called Wilson and I never detected anything but years later after his murder there was a rumour that was circulated that there was some anomosity.

Questions to the audience:

Why the title?

It is from the French saying because Ananda was from France. His saying was A la paid our Terre which means to the peace on earth. His philosophy that he was bringing forward we thought was an external vision to build a sustainable village but the book deals with trying to understand the philosophy. I have turned it around to say maybe the philosophy is to find the peace within. A la paid sur Terre for me means finding the peace within.

When did Moses start his music career?

At the age of 17, 1991.

What type of a healer was Ananda?

Ananda the name was disciple of the Buddha if you go back in history. He served under the compassionate healer in India and he also served under Osho kind of a Zen Buddhist healer. An then I believe he was in Mexico where he learnt to be a mescalito, healing with a psychedelic drug. I believe he combined all these elements. I would describe him as a sympathetic healer as he could see things others could not see.

But he was not exactly Ananda, what was he before?

He was born and christened Andre and then he was turned into Ananda. He was serving Hugging Amma and she travels the world hugging millions of people. She has an ashram in India. Because he was big man, he was her bodyguard. It was his first job after prison. She came to like him and said I will give you the name Ananda. It is kind of symbolic of Budhha’s disciple being called Ananda so he in a way was disciple to Hugging Amma.

If Ananda was murdered did Moses commit suicide?

It was questionable. It is a mystery and I wish one day we all know the truth. I think it will help us. I have given my best describe what it is.

Is the best, what you have or what you think is appropriate to share?

You know if I did have more when I first started writing this book I thought I could go into a crime genre and plot it out and show you the whole thing exactly as it happened, as it had been told to me. But as I started with that it did not resonate properly with my spirit, so possibly the initial facts that I had been given were incorrect.

    

And that is why I draw on the message that Lianne gave that said “Don’t bark at the bad. Follow the good and bring out all the creative projects in you and that is where the magic lies.”

I think the truth of exactly what happened is not in the best interests of everybody. The truth at this stage – how will we deal with the anger. If there was this beautiful guy that we all know and he actually killed somebody, how will we deal with it as a people? As people we need to find ways to heal ourselves, to deal with our anger, understand the story and ultimately protect ourselves so if we are in a position like Moses with global attention and magical talents we are able to remain rooted and protected in the face of the great difficulties that stage performance brings. There is adoration and all unusual things. The Moses story could be more, a feature film or a series of books. It was a very deep and rich story.

What other facts contributed to his death?

The main story in in the industry and the elder musicians that were touring with him at the time close to his death was drug use and specifically cocaine. I was invited to put it into the book and the relationship between drug usage depression and suicide. That is a very real thing that we can analyse as a society.

There were other musicians and even close friends of mine that committed suicide. So I think Moses’s story is a catalyst for understanding the phenomenon of suicide in a greater way rather than the actual details of his suicide. There was shock and anger as well that would have clouded us getting to the truth and unfortunately the investigation from the private investigator did bring in the names of some very famous people from South Africa. That is also why the police would have rejected it. And now 15 years later and no explanation. It is a closed case. It was re-opened again in 2007 with some new strong evidence pointing to that it was a murder. We had all felt impulsively it must have been a murder. It was squashed by the police.

Why are musicians and writers lonely people?

I think it takes a long time to do these projects. A book like this takes 15 to 25 000 hours. It is a long time. If you are not working you are eating or sleeping. It is your passions that take over your life and you become a servant of your muse so to speak for this creativity that flows through you. If you take the spiritual quest we are all hear to serve and it is our duty as a human being. And maybe that is the contradiction. The loneliness is inherent. And creativity is going to be a lonely pursuit because it is so time consuming.

Before Handle wrote Messiah he had take Opium.  And there were others in South Africa like Kabelo that had to be educated. Why do singers in South Africa have to go through that?

It is not certain that the work was done on drugs. I know a lot of people who say the work was done after the drugs. It is more that you are chasing something that doesn’t exist when you are creating, an album, ballet or whatever doesn’t exist. I think when you use drugs it helps you to chase and keeps you chasing after something to try and get there. It is also depression from the loneliness the drugs become a friend in need.

Don’t you think the community in Cullinan was some sort of cult?

I don’t think so because I don’t really know what cult has come to mean. Cult is like you need a leader  to follow.

Well Ananda was!

But no-one was following him I was the only one following him!

So it was developing into that?

But it never got there. These were very unusual people and a lot of musicians. And musicians are not really cult people unless it is death metal. But in African Jazz you have guys like Madala Kunene and these are not cult people. These are just very open souls. That was not a word that I saw. This idea of master disciple was really from Ananda’s own personal journey of having worked with Osho and Hugging Amma in India under the tradition of master disciple. And that is a tradition that exists beyond cult. I know Osho has had different publicity through the Wild West series that illustrated he was some kind of Cult but the Melt2000 farm didn’t have that kind of organisation either. It was very fluid.

What is psychedelic music?

Yes it came in this expression in the late 90s as trance music which brought a psychedelic experience of people having trance parties out in these outdoor locations and they were secretive parties so you would just get a message and people would arrive at these parties. This was a kind of new psychedelic experience that came through in the late 90s into the early 00s. Why it fitted into the book is that Robert Trunz joked that with a surname like Trunz he was bound to get into trance. He helped to design the speakers for these parties that brought people together into outdoor environments. It wasn’t the same as the 60s, but it was music amongst psychedelic experiences and psychedelic drug taking.

Is there an awareness that can break the cycle of suicide and depression?

A lot of people in the music industry are saying that this idea of musicians chasing money is something in the past. We are not finding a new kind of star that puts love and care as the primary thing they are chasing. This is kind of new for society. I went to Exclusive Books at the airport and looked at all the titles and not one had a positive title. It was all crime, theft and murder and so on. I was wondering where does my title fit. There are very few positive titles out there. So, what we are doing about it is we are having to come together as people who do care and hopefully it is a change that is greater than us. When you have many people who start to care hopefully it will become inspiring and grown exponentially. In terms of organisation and structures the kind that are working are these amazing individuals who have gone on and done it themselves. And this is an example the Write Associates – to have the space to air your views and opinions is a wonderful platform.

The Moses Molelekwa story was a real shift changer as he was a stunning musician that made stunning music and he seemed to believe in all these ideals of love and care.

Don’t you think you can start something to remedy this?

Yes I was inspired by a group of musicians in UK who started Help Music call lie. And apparently they have saved lives specifically for the music industry. It was three musicians who started that. And we definitely need that. Our music industry in South Africa is very fragmented. In fact what has happened with Moses is an example how our industry is and then HHP and we might read about somebody else tomorrow.

Will there be another book on this topic?

There could be lots but whether I will write them I don’t know. There is the Robert Trunz story, just recently Lianne released her film on Kwaito music which was a whole other scene happening around 2000. At the launch Moses’s father Jerry Molelekwa was saying his sister has a great book that she wants to write. And now there is new information that has come out over the last few months which I have not read yet regarding the circumstances of Moses’s death. And that could be another story.

It is the same philosophy as with my jazz book The Story of SA Jazz and that is more we want to give the tools to the young writers to take these rich stories, the young musicians to take this inspiration and go forward. Whether I write another book in this vein I don’t know but if this starts an unveiling of freedom literature I think that would be amazing. In my opinion there are some many stories you could even talk to a beggor. It is more to spark an inspiration.

Where would Moses be today?

The women used to scream. He used to drive women crazy and that was another difficulty with his wife – coping with the attention he was getting. He was young handsome talented. He had everything the attention was always on him.  But I want to talk about the music industry. You make an album and then you go down but with jazz it is different. It has hot longevity. You can sustain it. Do you think Moses would still be at that level?

His story is exactly as it is. I don’t think it could be different.  It makes me think of Thelonious Monk. It was a limited catalogue he left us with. If we had 40 years of Moses Molelekwa I personally think he could have recreated the whole world he was so powerful. We would have a Moses Molelekwa centre for learning in ever suburb in South Africa. His band was so strong and powerful. I have never since seen a band play so tight and well rehearsed. You can hear in the live recordings in Johannesburg he was on another level. But, what he wanted to do was take that other level to everybody. He wanted his band to be a travelling school with people coming in. He was similar to Ananda who wanted to have a school. Moses was the character that if he was still alive could have created something really big for the whole world to get into this idea of “finding oneself.” Genes and Spirits understanding the philosophy of reality. And then expressing yourself in multiple ways. He says you can be a myriad of things.   

Why do people get into drugs?

I am trying to turn that around and it is not that people gets into drugs but that drugs gets into people. And that is how we can protect ourselves by getting to know ourselves.

That is why I say they are vulnerable. They need protection.

Awareness.

Mentorship.

What was your connection with Moses?

First of all I lived this story. The I started my career as a music journalist the first person I started writing about was Moses. I lived his death and coming to terms with his death.

When I started to write that story there was that moment at about 4AM when suddenly I couldn’t describe the murder scene that I had been told. Maybe that was an instance of Moses coming and saying just go with the healing, or maybe it wasn’t. It was an unusual episode and where I suddenly changed course to present the book in this way. And thirdly at the launch Madala Kunene who was also born on the 17th of April. The coincidence was the Moses and Ananda similarity both born on April 17th. And then at the launch at Roving Bantu Kitchen, Sifiso says he wants to get Madala Kunene to launch the book. He has not read the book and Madala is a big star in it. He is the person who mentors me into making music and helps me to overcome anger. The practice of making music is ver healing specifically with anger. And now Sifiso is in Durban with Madala and he says he has discovered the elder brother he never had. So all these coincidences are suddenly coming out of the book. And also Robert Trunz coming to the launch was very healing because Robert has retired from the industry. He put all his money into recording African music and in a sense he has been mistreated by the industry which is very competitive and jealous.

And another small coincidence was I read on Facebook something Zoe Molelekwa was writing to his friends. And it was exactly the sentiment I am trying to get across in the book – of awareness, forgiveness and love and ubuntu. And that was another confirmation for me that we are on the right track of healing.

And that is the memory I have of Moses. Him sitting on the side of the street pouring his heart out to a beggar. Or when those girls were screaming for him, he said ladies just give your love. He doesn’t want more. He was just like that and above all those things. These noble qualities of forgiveness and so on are things he would have stood for.

What do you feel about plagiarism?

Well obviously that is not the way. You must live your own story. And I think in the process of doing it you would probably come to discover that. However translations would be wonderful. Ananda was French. And you talk about African languages. Taking these iconic stories and translating them and getting them to other people would be good. It is a catch 22 because we want as many people as possible to be touched by the story as with the great Winston Mankunku quote, “If I can help one person stop killing I have done my job.” So, if I can help one person stop killing I have done my job.

Question to the audience:

There are a lot of things that we youngsters don’t know. Some people went through a lot. It was very interesting for me and I am sure I am going to start reading.

For me it was very insightful. I was not there when all this happened but somehow I am taken aback especially on jazz. I am starting to have this thing how do I listen to jazz. I want to know about the elders like Miriam Makeba and these ones that died young. What happened? It is very insightful.

Thank you to Innocent Tseu for these photographs and video

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To the Peace on Earth Book Reading and Discussion in Johannesburg

Herewith an exciting book event among very esteemed colleagues :

For those who  missed the official launches of the book but if you are interested could catch up here : JHB : https://iono.fm/e/683933 DBN : https://youtu.be/eHh9MD1Z_30

With much gratitude for those whose interest and love is helping to get this book initiative to the hands of the ordinary reader:

This is about music, literature and spirituality.

In the words of Winston Mankunku, “If I can help one person to stop killing I have done my job.”

To the Peace on Earth Durban Launch with Madala Kunene, Robert Trunz and Sifiso Ntuli

 

To the Peace on Earth, a book about discovery through music was launched in Durban at KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road on mother’s day May 12th 2019.

Robert Trunz world renowned speaker entrepreneur is at the centre of the story as between 1995-2005 he recorded the music of the freedom era of South Africa. It was a surprise when he arrived for the Durban launch on May 12 2019. He had flown to Johannesburg for the launch that took place there on April 25th but had not attended. He rather sent a message, “I hate these kinds of gatherings.” Which he confirmed when he took the microphone.

But now in Durban he had a different energy. He carried in his hand a letter that Ananda (the late spiritualistic mystic of this book) had written out. It was about kakka pippi Robert said.

The event was headlined by Madala Kunene who performed solo guitar in the first set and then in the second set was joined by his collaborator the saxophonist Sithembiso Ntuli.

During the interval the author spoke briefly of the power of music education and music gatherings to give purpose and sense of direction to the seeker. Sifiso Ntuli from Roving Bantu Kitchen made the visit to Durban and delivered a few words.

As a legendary Johannesburg “cultural agitator” what would Ntuli make of Durban? Durban is culturally difficult. There is a common saying, “Live music in Durban is dying.”

The first words Sifiso said in his introduction, “If I phone my friends in Johannesburg and tell them that it is a beautiful afternoon in Durban under the trees and Madala is playing for an audience of ten people, they will laugh.”

Madala Kunene had played a delightful set solo! Even Robert who had recorded and heard Madala all over the world in so many different bands, quipped that Madala played music he had never heard before.

8 hours of transcribed interviews with Robert Trunz made up the backbone to the book, To the Peace on Earth. Robert said he really loves to hear Madala play solo.

When I invited Robert to share the texts by Ananda he had brought, bouyed by the cheers of the author’s brother, he reluctantly came to stage.

He said, “Yes, Ananda did change you for the better!” looking directly at the author. “And he changed a lot of people,” he continued turning towards the audience.

“But what I want to say,” he continued, “There aren’t enough venues. There aren’t enough people to come to listen to live music, because live music is energy. It is then when the spirit comes in. It is then when everything happens. And there were fantastic bands that I was able to work with like bands from Amampondo in the Cape, and when you see 10 -12 percussionists on stage and it gets to the point when everything kicks in and goes off, it is no more making music it is just the spirit that comes in. And it moves people, not only here but it moves people everywhere in the world.”

The Durban visit was nothing less than a mission of cultural agitation. We were buoyed by the presence of a reasonable audience of about 35 people including real luminaries of arts and culture in Durban.

Thank you to Robert Trunz,  Madala  Kunene,  Sifiso  Ntuli, Sinothi Malunga, Mikhail and Sanabelle, Philani Duma, Tate Mahlangu, Eben Otto, Marianne Meyer, George Thawn, Linda Turner, Tessa and Angus Douglas, Angela Shaw and Sinothi Malunga.

Malunga is part of the eThekwini jazz appreciation society. eThekwini is what Shaka Zulu called the port of Durban to describe how it is shaped like one ball (or testicle). eThekwini Jazz Appreciation Society have a venue called Jazz Expressions.

Curiocity Backpackers downtown Durban offered Ntuli awesome accommodation for the duration of his stay. When meeting the manager Megan Nortjie he quipped, “We should make T-shirts, “Come have a ball in Durban!””

The music of the freedom era in South Africa was made possible by a unique Swiss / South African inter-relationship. The book traces the story of the compassionate and mutually beneficial donation of Robert Trunz to creating Melt2000 records.

The launch event in Durban showcased the dire need for cultural intervention in the city. Vast and expensive developments such as Ushaka and the beachfront lie fallow whilst cultural centres are caught in the battle for power.

According to Mr Ntuli September 24th is King Shaka Day. He believes it was  a political decision to re-brand this date as cultural heritage day and a grave mistake. As he explained, when he was in exile the people of North America called the South African’s ‘Mandela’s children.’ He said, “King Shaka is a name that the unborn children of South Africa will eat from.”

Images beneath Robert Trunz,  Madala  Kunene,  Sifiso  Ntuli, Sinothi Malunga &  Struan  Douglas:

TO THE PEACE ON EARTH

MAY 12 2019 KZNSA

Celebration of Music of the Freedom Era : Live music literature and film event

 

The Durban launch of To the Peace on Earth will take place on May 12th at KZNSA in Bulwer Road Glenwood and feature a live performance by Madala Kunene and Bafo’s.

The book is set in the post apartheid era and is released under a multi-media theme of 25 years of democracy. Durban is a breeding ground for so much culture of SA. And the people of Durban are invited to celebrate with us in a magical afternoon of music and celebration.

Programme of the KZNSA Launch MAY 12 2019:

3:30 – 4:30 PM Madala Kunene performing live set one:

4:30 – 500 PM The launch will take the form of a 30 minute discussion between Sifiso Ntuli of the Roving Bantu Kitchen in Brixton Johannesburg  and Struan Douglas author of To the Peace on Earth on the power and transformation of the music of the freedom era in the late 90s in South Africa.

5:00 – 6:00 PM Madala Kunene performing live set two:

Cultural Upliftment

In Johannesburg the book launch supported the Moses Taiwa Molelekwa Arts Foundation whose founder and director the father of Moses, Jerry Molelekwa who spoke at the Johannesburg book launch of the importance of scoring Moses’s compositions for performance across all genres be it jazz or choral music.

Publicity

To the Peace on Earth the new book featuring the life and death of Moses Molelekwa and many musicians of the freedom era was launched in Johannesburg at the Roving Bantu Kitchen on April 25th 2019: The event was a success and documented by the Jazzuary FM team: For more info: https://tothepeaceonearth.wordpress.com

Please find the Preview Interview for the book on Jazzuary FM to learn a little more about the book : https://iono.fm/e/681159

Please find a book review by Carol Martin here : http://www.alljazzradio.co.za/2018/09/01/struan-douglas-journeys-with-ubuntu-healing-through-music/

ABOUT MADALA KUNENE (From the book story of SA Jazz Volume One)

Madala Kunene is a Zulu guitarist playing his own style of music Madalaline. It is based on melody and traditional composition. Madala is often given the title ‘King of Zulu guitar’, however his music expands far beyond the traditional maskanda. His music is of universal appeal. It has a jazz influence, a reggae influence and many other influences.

Madala Kunene was born in 1951 in Cato Manor. He refused to spend so much as a day at school. He started busking on Durban’s beachfront at the age of 7, making his first guitar out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut for the strings, soon becoming a popular performer in the townships. He said: “It was my ancestors that didn’t want me to go to school. They gave me a talent so that instead of school, I played my music”.

Madala grew up in uMkhumbane, the cultural hotspot of the 50s. He grew up, amongst a plethora of other musicians. Musically this influence would have brought a massive variety of sights and sounds to him as a young child. Madala began paving his own path and creating his own unique sound from the word go. This is what he today calls Madalaline. He wanted to touch the world with his music. By the age of 7 he was playing a homemade guitar and about to begin a lifelong career as a musician. He began busking on Durban’s beachfront in the late 50s. Durban was at its most pristine.

It was a Cuba of that era with the sea running right up to the rocks that neighboured the roads. Durban beachfront was a multi coloured array of people and cultures trading and enjoying the lovely cool spray from the warm Indian Ocean as they walked the promenades, taking rickshaws, perusing bead craft and listening to the young buskers that Madala joined. To this day there is a tradition of busking on the beachfront. Madala and his great friend, Syd Kitchen shared an amazing history and lived experience that would eventually lead to an extended collaboration. The two Bafo’s (friends) performed and recorded together as Bafo Bafo. Unfortunately Syd Kitchen passed away shortly after he was married for the first time. He was in his fifties! “Death is life lived halfway!” explained photographer Peter McKenzie when we heard the news. At some point of both these musicians careers, they made their daily bread from busking on Durban’s beachfront. That takes incredible faith. But they did it. Madala’s music continues to tell his amazing story of the life of a true blue Zulu Gypsy musician, like Manu Chau. Madala can be recognised in performance throughout the world through his multi coloured and typically African attire. Madala was recorded extensively by Melt2000.

When record producer Robert Trunz arrived in Africa from England (and the Swiss Alps before that) he found an incredibly new world. He changed radically. He became a multi coloured man with an African understanding of spirituality and a flare for bright coloured dress. Madala gave Robert many great recordings and Robert gave Madala a house in Queensborough not far from where he grew up and where he lives to this day. This was a defining moment of Madala’s career for it was during these years that he formed a distinctive international presentation of his music that fits under the definition Madalaline.

Sometimes it may only be two chords, but it is the music of Madala, what he has been playing from his very first days as a musician. Madala is a Zulu word for old man, an indication of the wisdom of this man, more than the age because Madala has a youthful exuberance and a childlike humour. He is able to make one laugh and smile regardless of one’s age.

Madala Kunene’s book and film idea centres around Umkhumbane in 1959. As a 12 year old, Madala became acquainted with the father of bass player Marius, Mr Botha a strapping man working at the time for Durban Municipality. In 1959 Kunene and Botha were on the opposite sides of an emotional and tragic forced removal from Umkhumbane. Today they are good friends:

ABOUT SIFISO NTULI

Sifiso Ntuli was born in Kwa Zulu Natal and lived in Johannesburg. During the anti-apartheid struggle was a member of the ANC and went into exile in Swaziland,  Tanzania and Canada where he studied electrical engineering and also got involved with the Native American struggle.

For Ntuli, culture was always a primary outlet for creating change. He made the radio documentary,‘Umzabalazo, the songs of struggle,’ which was later transferred to ‘Amandla: A revolution in four part harmony,’ a successful documentary film, in which he acted as narrator.

In 1994 as a returning exile, Ntuli began to work closely with culture to create the conditions to sustain freedom and build on the concept of African Renaissance.

Ntuli’s Pan African and reggae music promotion concept  ‘Dark City Jive’ at the Tandoor venue in Yeoville started a reggae tradition there that continues to this day. He was co- founder of the Politburo digital and live music sessions. The House of Nsako music venue in Brixton initiated many artists of the era including Blk Jks, The Soil, Tidal Waves and Bongeziwe Mabandla.

Ntuli together with Ashley Herron founded Roving Bantu Kitchen in Brixton. It was once a strategic high point of Johannesburg. It is now a multi-cultural neighbourhood in transition.

ABOUT STRUAN DOUGLAS

Struan Douglas was born in Umhlanga Rocks Kwa Zulu Natal to Tessa and Robert Douglas in 1976. His early years were dedicated to sport. A near death experience in 1988 shifted his interests from sports to humanities. After graduating from UCT (University of Cape Town South Africa) with honours in religion and philosophy, he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in South African jazz and African music. He created the recording archives Archive Africa, Wondergigs and Goema Captains of Cape Town. The website afribeat.com was launched in 2000 and is a content portal helping people tell their stories.

He has authored, edited and published books including; Shadows of Justice, Airborne to Africa, The New South Africa and the friends around her, and The Story of SA Jazz, Volume’s 1 – 3:

ABOUT TO THE PEACE ON EARTH

To the Peace on Earth explores the authors search for meaning after the tragic double double suicide of Moses Molelekwa and his wife, and then Moses Khumalo.

It is written through the lens of South Africa’s freedom march documented by Melt2000 records, and the enormous and multi beneficial investment into music by Swiss speaker entrepreneur Robert Trunz.

“Melt2000 projects harnessed and promoted energy and a spirit of activism and thoughtfulness. It was never in an overt political social way, it was simply in the spirit of doing, creating and making magic. It became the documentation heritage of post-apartheid music. People were coming together and finding their truth beyond race. ”Extract

The cultural identity of that post-apartheid South Africa era is an awareness of social cohesion and multi-cultural harmony, such as unity in diversity, uBuntu and xe xarra xe are all described in the book.

To the Peace on Earth is a story of many musicians and masters that help create healing.

The urgency to release this book was inspired by a Winston Mankunku quote which will be published in the Story of SA Jazz Volume 2 later in the year. Mankunku said “If I can stop one person from killing I have done my job.”

The book has been constantly written over the last four years and has enjoyed wonderful contributions from the cultural family of Melt2000, Trunz, Lianne Cox and the late Ananda Masset who the book is dedicated to.

Carol Muller confirms the healing spirit of the book. She writes: “This book touches the unavoidable real by opening our minds to what constitutes the ‘void’, from entering disorientation that can manipulate the mind,  to experiencing the beauties of Ubuntu love and respect found on the African continent.  Douglas uses the metaphorical ‘fifth’ to explain:  “As the fifth in music harmonically divides the octave, so the fifth dimension in Spiritual terms co-creates.”

To the Peace on Earth is targeted at people between the age of 18 and 35. As much as the book deals with the “27 suicide club” it focuses on the causes of suicide offering a full university for overcoming it.

“Every suicide particularly in that vulnerable age group of 18 to 35 in the music industry specifically is not necessary. I don’t think suicide is necessary. In Australia they have brought an awareness of the risks of suicide into their governance and guidelines. Everything from drug addiction to relationships, emotional problems, fatigue – all these things can impact and cause someone to lose their life way too young.” Struan Douglas Jazzuary FM

To the Peace on Earth aims to bring peace internally to those on the journey of life.

Website : http://afribeat.com/peaceonearth/musicman.htm

DETAILS

For more information: struan@afribeat.com
072 956 8134

To the Peace on Earth launch edition books will be sold at R200 for soft cover. A limited hard cover edition is available for R350

 

To the Peace on Earth Johannesburg launch with Madala Kunene & Jazzuary FM

 

Thank you to Simphiwe Mahlangu for these awesome photos of the Johannesburg launch of the book To the Peace on Earth  images here

Preview Interview : Spha Mdlele chats to Struan Douglas on Jazzuary FM: listen here

 There must be a sigh of relief?

Yes a sigh of release?

Was the book inspired by the death of Moses Molelekwa?

Yes it was a trigger and an unprecedented shock. I fell to my knees when I got the call from Shado Twala early in the morning. She was in tears. When you are faced with such a shake of your reality there does open up an opportunity to start looking at how that affects yourself.

And Moses himself stood for very human ideals which made the trigger to change even more stronger? The band was also fantastic and giving wonderful shows at the Galaxy in Rylands and in Johannesburg where they were based. It was such a high quality and joyful music that we followed almost like the wake of a great ship passing through the sea we followed this music and it started to teach us firstly with the album ‘finding oneself’ to look within and then ‘genes and spirits’ to look into other dimensions. Spirituality is so vast and diverse that everyone has their own perspective on life and afterlife.

Moses was very advanced when he talks about having many lives in order to master so many different things. We are all allowed to do so many different things. His example really did showcase that to my generation which was three years younger than him.

The book goes back to this idea of journeying. Most of the story is told about you going to live on the farm with Lianne, Ananda and Rob and your relationship with those characters and how they evolve and fall away as the book goes on. Why did you choose to release the book now?

There are so many things that happen coincidentally or synchronicitously that we begin to feel there is something greater at play that we don’t fully understand. There is some perfection or greatness about the world that brings everything into place. There has been a release in this story among all the characters. Lianne’s film on kwaito is going to broadcast on ETV. She was at the forefront of documenting kwaito in the late 90s. That is a long term  project that is coming to fruition. For Robert he is retiring from the music industry having spent 25 years recording music . And on the farm there have been some changes as Lianne has left. And it all came together. This April would have been Moses 46th birthday and Ananda’s 68th and Robert and Madala are also born in April and Freedom Day is coming up on April 27th. It all came together right now and I was ready.

There is a beautiful review that Carol Martin wrote about the book : “To the Peace on Earth is an engaging account of one man’s journey of healing, with upfront honesty and attempted enlightenment through a rebirth into Ubuntu Africa from European roots.  Struan Douglas, an arts journalist and musician, portrays a fascinating, yet mysterious, plunge into the spirituality surrounding the music industry in South Africa, and why all is not always rosy in the perceived healing abilities of this art form.”

Much of the media about Moses’ death calls it a lovers suicide and he is believed to have killed his wife and then himself. But in the book you say Rob hired a PI who said that that was not the case. I find in the documentation of our stories so much is left out and so much not told. What can we do better as people living in the now and want to pass on these stories to the next generation?

Yes attend more gigs and get to know the people more like Madala who is now 70. One of the great lessons in the Story of SA Jazz comes from Elias Ngidi to Feya when he was still studying at UKZN. He said to him just be with the elder musicians even if you walk with them or go with them somewhere just be in their presence. That is the thing, respect your elders and learn from those who have lived life because that is where you hear their stories and find your own. And there are these shooting stars like Moses who is already an elder by the age of 24 or even at 17. There are young people who have this mature spirit we can learn from so we just need to learn from one another and  that will help inspire us to tell our own story and hear one another’s stories.

You go onto write about the suicide of Moses Khumalo too and if course in South Africa we were rocked by the suicide of HHP. Do you think we are failing our artists?

Every suicide particularly in that vulnerable age group of 18 to 35 in the music industry specifically is not necessary. I don’t think suicide is necessary. In Australia they have brought an awareness of the risks of suicide into their governance and guidelines. Everything from drug addiction to relationships, emotional problems, fatigue – all these things can impact and cause someone to lose their life way to young.

In this industry you as an artist give so much to the audience and then go home empty. It is like a void. As a healer you are always healing, but who heals the healer?

Society should heal the healer. The healer should be known to society as with the stories of the griot in Senegal. It is a living example of how a musician, a story-teller, a healer a griot is such a crucial part of society that society takes care of these people. They would know if they could be on the edge of an emotional situation as with Moses. What is he feeling? Has he given so much that he has nothing left? This is where society needs to be one another’s keeper in that regard and have ways that we are expected to look after each other:

Where did your love for music begin?

That is the journey. What is the source of this passion and inspiration. You are always chasing your tail like the ouroborus – it is a wonderful journey. A lot of the teachings bring the source into the present moment. Can you trace the source through the present moment? It is something that is always existing this love for music. Can I walk out into the street and see someone snap his fingers to the beat and that brings joy to me. Is it something that is within. I discovered this passion through the journey of life.

Do you think it was something triggered as a child. Moses said his dad was such an avid jazz fan that he  imbibed this music in the household and it seeped into his subconscious and then manifested in him being a musician?

My dad loved Nat King Cole and I loved that too but I developed on a much slower and different path to Moses. But at the age of 15 he had taken in all these musical influences. But in childhood there was music there.

You talk about Madala Kunene as a mentor?

Madala is known in the industry as being a father figure to many younger musicians around. You just mention his name and some of the younger musicians say that is my father. He has got this way of wanting the best out of you. He is not plagued by any of the problems we were speaking about in the industry such as jealousy and competition. He is really himself and he uses that power to help others find themselves. The specific example with me is that he got something out of me I did not really know existed and he sent me to Eric Duma his trumpet player in his band. And it was Eric that mentored me on a day to day basis at Stable Theatre to learn a musical instrument which was a very healing thing. It gets back to who heals the healer and in fact music is very healing itself. And Madala has that capacity to heal and with his music that audiences also experience that when they listen to him. Reinvigorated and revived.

What can we look forward to at the launch?

Look forward to seeing Madala in action and playing solo in a small  intimate environment and listen to Madala play solo. And the Roving Bantu is a cultural hotspot run by Sifiso Ntuli a pioneer of the documentary Amandla. He is a very unique character. He calls us the weirdo’s and that is in fact what we are, we are all very unusual people. And that is what I hope you will gain by being there, and realise what an unusual person you are to be among all these unusual people. And then we just let our hair down, I mean who are we : dot dot dot

A publishing perspective on “Process”

This story was lived between 2002 and 2012 and written between 2014 and 2019 in a workshop style of multiple editions and conversations.

The first edition of the book was released under the subtitle “Moses, Ananda and Buddha.” At this time Robert Trunz and the Forest Jam crew made their way to Cullinan were I was working.

This lead to the second evolution of the book under the subtitle, “Healing of the Sound Shamans.”

At this time Lianne Cox remarried and added insight to the story resulting in a third edition subtitled “Projections Manifest.”

This is the fourth edition of To the Peace on Earth and is written in living and loving memory of Ananda and Moses together with special acknowledgement and thanks to multiple luminaries whose names, insights and being are drawn on within the pages of this book …
Robert Trunz, Lianne, Cox, Charmaine Cox, Madala Kunene, Mabi Thobejane, Adam Knight, Tesliso Moahloli, Fabio Meier, Taran Cissoko, Jenny Hands, Graham Fuller, Tessa Douglas, Carlo Mombelli, Joy Macnab, Mark Fransman, Wenkidu …

This is the process shown through the change in cover designs : 1. Proof Edition : “Moses Ananda Buddha.” 2. Referee Edition “Love, Light and Life.” 3. Safety Deposit Edition 4. Launch Edition

Beneath are the images of some of the covers that led to this point ::: 

To the Peace on Earth Launch Edition

 

The official release celebration of the new book To the Peace on Earth takes place in Johannesburg on Thursday evening 7PM at the Roving Bantu Kitchen.

The book is set in the post apartheid era and is released under a multi-media theme of 25 years of democracy.

Programme of the launch:

Madala Kunene performing live:
Showing of the film “Rebirth: The House of Nsako” by Sifiso Ntuli
Release of the book To the Peace on Earth and introduction to some of the stars of the story including Madala Kunene, Robert Trunz and Zoe Molelekwa.

About Madala Kunene From the book story of SA Jazz Volume One)

Madala Kunene is a Zulu guitarist playing his own style of music Madalaline. It is based on melody and traditional composition. Madala is often given the title ‘King of Zulu guitar’, however his music expands far beyond the traditional maskanda. His music is of universal appeal. It has a jazz influence, a reggae influence and many other influences.

Madala Kunene was born in 1951 in Cato Manor. He refused to spend so much as a day at school. He started busking on Durban’s beachfront at the age of 7, making his first guitar out of a cooking oil tin and fish gut for the strings, soon becoming a popular performer in the townships. He said: “It was my ancestors that didn’t want me to go to school. They gave me a talent so that instead of school, I played my music”.

Madala grew up in uMkhumbane, the cultural hotspot of the 50s. He grew up, amongst a plethora of other musicians. Musically this influence would have brought a massive variety of sights and sounds to him as a young child. Madala began paving his own path and creating his own unique sound from the word go. This is what he today calls Madalaline. He wanted to touch the world with his music. By the age of 7 he was playing a homemade guitar and about to begin a lifelong career as a musician. He began busking on Durban’s beachfront in the late 50s. Durban was at its most pristine.

It was a Cuba of that era with the sea running right up to the rocks that neighboured the roads. Durban beachfront was a multi coloured array of people and cultures trading and enjoying the lovely cool spray from the warm Indian Ocean as they walked the promenades, taking rickshaws, perusing bead craft and listening to the young buskers that Madala joined. To this day there is a tradition of busking on the beachfront. Madala and his great friend, Syd Kitchen shared an amazing history and lived experience that would eventually lead to an extended collaboration. The two Bafo’s (friends) performed and recorded together as Bafo Bafo. Unfortunately Syd Kitchen passed away shortly after he was married for the first time. He was in his fifties! “Death is life lived halfway!” explained photographer Peter McKenzie when we heard the news. At some point of both these musicians careers, they made their daily bread from busking on Durban’s beachfront. That takes incredible faith. But they did it. Madala’s music continues to tell his amazing story of the life of a true blue Zulu Gypsy musician, like Manu Chau. Madala can be recognised in performance throughout the world through his multi coloured and typically African attire. Madala was recorded extensively by Melt2000.

When record producer Robert Trunz arrived in Africa from England (and the Swiss Alps before that) he found an incredibly new world. He changed radically. He became a multi coloured man with an African understanding of spirituality and a flare for bright coloured dress. Madala gave Robert many great recordings and Robert gave Madala a house in Queensborough not far from where he grew up and where he lives to this day. This was a defining moment of Madala’s career for it was during these years that he formed a distinctive international presentation of his music that fits under the definition Madalaline.

Sometimes it may only be two chords, but it is the music of Madala, what he has been playing from his very first days as a musician. Madala is a Zulu word for old man, an indication of the wisdom of this man, more than the age because Madala has a youthful exuberance and a childlike humour. He is able to make one laugh and smile regardless of one’s age.

About Sifiso Ntuli

Sifiso Ntuli was born in Kwa Zulu Natal and lived in Johannesburg. During the anti-apartheid struggle was a member of the ANC and went into exile in Swaziland,  Tanzania and Canada where he studied electrical engineering and also got involved with the Native American struggle.

For Ntuli, culture was always a primary outlet for creating change. He made the radio documentary,‘Umzabalazo, the songs of struggle,’ which was later transferred to ‘Amandla: A revolution in four part harmony,’ a successful documentary film, in which he acted as narrator.

In 1994 as a returning exile, Ntuli began to work closely with culture to create the conditions to sustain freedom and build on the concept of African Renaissance.

Ntuli’s Pan African and reggae music promotion concept  ‘Dark City Jive’ at the Tandoor venue in Yeoville started a reggae tradition there that continues to this day. He was co- founder of the Politburo digital and live music sessions. The House of Nsako music venue in Brixton initiated many artists of the era including Blk Jks, The Soil, Tidal Waves and Bongeziwe Mabandla.

Ntuli together with Ashley Herron founded Roving Bantu Kitchen in Brixton. It was once a strategic high point of Johannesburg. It is now a multi-cultural neighbourhood in transition.

Ntuli’s film is Rebirth: Closing of House of Nsako

About Robert Trunz  (Extracts from To the Peace on Earth)

Rob had a life long love affair with sound. By the age of 12 Rob got his first amplifier, a one piece turntable. He modified the terrible speakers. After establishing himself in the speaker trade, he joined B & W Speakers in management and marketing. By 1984 he headed B & W Speakers which was a massive international proposition.

Rob began recording South African music on a farm he bought in Brownhill UK. Old horse stables were converted into a studio where all the musicians would crowd in to make their records. It was a full house all the time. There was Mabi Thobejane, Byron Wallen, Amampondo and Robert “Doc” Mthalane. It was on this farm that Mabi met Ben, or Juno Reactor as he was known in England. They made their first trance track with African rhythms called Conga Fury, later licenced to the Matrix movie and they toured the world regularly, with frequent visits to the United States and Japan.

MELT2000 standing for Musical Energy Loud Truth Beyond 2000 was founded by Robert Trunz and Airto Moreira in 1996 in West Sussex after Rob’s son Nico was born.

Rob with B & W loudspeakers as his backbone was very efficient and very hard working in creating a foundation for music. This came at great personal cost to his social and financial life. There were very real risks. He was very concerned about how people lived, and what tools they had. In South Africa it was a time for skills transfer and change in all directions. Everyone wanted the opportunity to change.

In 2014 he started a studio and founded Forest Jam in Switzerland. With his ability to spot talent, he got a lot of great musicians to join the project. Parents and friends sponsored the studio to become an education outlet for young people to access different cultures and music.

ABOUT Zoe Molelekwa

Zoe Molelekwa was 6 years old when his parents died. As a pianist, Zoe recorded in Maputo with Forest Jam. They made a version of the Moses Molelekwa composition called “Wa Mpona.”

About the author: 

Struan Douglas was born in Umhlanga Rocks Kwa Zulu Natal to Tessa and Robert Douglas in 1976. His early years were dedicated to sport. A near death experience in 1988 shifted his interests from sports to humanities. After graduating from UCT (University of Cape Town South Africa) with honours in religion and philosophy, he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in South African jazz and African music. He created the recording archives Archive Africa, Wondergigs and Goema Captains of Cape Town. The website afribeat.com was launched in 2000 and is a content portal helping people tell their stories.

He has authored, edited and published books including; Shadows of Justice, Airborne to Africa, The New South Africa and the friends around her, and The Story of SA Jazz, Volume’s 1 – 3:

About the book:

To the Peace on Earth explores the authors search for meaning after the tragic double double suicide of Moses Molelekwa and his wife, and then Moses Khumalo.

It is written through the lens of South Africa’s freedom march documented by Melt2000 records, and the enormous and multi beneficial investment into music by Swiss speaker entrepreneur Robert Trunz.

Carol Muller’s review on All jazz radio states: “A healing in music took place through Trunz’s music label, MELT2000, and writer/musician Douglas found a much needed home in this Musical Energy Loud Truth space.”

To the Peace on Earth is a story of many musicians and masters that help create healing.

Madala Kunene who also featured in the book Story of South African Jazz Volume One is one such musical mentor and healer to many. He will be performing at the opening launch of the book in Johannesburg April 25th

The urgency to release this book was inspired by a Winston Mankunku quote which will be published in the Story of SA Jazz Volume 2 later in the year. Mankunku said “If I can stop one person from killing I have done my job.”

The book has been constantly written over the last four years and has enjoyed wonderful contributions from the cultural family of Melt2000, Trunz, Lianne Cox and the late Ananda Masset who the book is dedicated to.

An inspiration is Moses’s son Zoe Molelekwa. Zoe wrote on facebook: “I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to all the people who have had a positive influence on my life in the darkest of times with my fight against depression/PTSD. All the Artists I have seen on stage who reignite our fires each time we witness them sharing parts of themselves that would be unknown to us, if it were not for their courage, passion and integrity, for uplifting our spirits even when yours was in a constant struggle too.”

Carol Muller confirms the healing spirit of the book. She writes: This book touches the unavoidable real by opening our minds to what constitutes the ‘void’, from entering disorientation that can manipulate the mind,  to experiencing the beauties of Ubuntu love and respect found on the African continent.  Douglas uses the metaphorical ‘fifth’ to explain:  “As the fifth in music harmonically divides the octave, so the fifth dimension in Spiritual terms co-creates.”

To the Peace on Earth is targeted at people between the age of 18 and 35. As much as the book deals with the “27 suicide club” it focuses on the causes of suicide offering a full university for overcoming it.

As Zoe Molelekwa wrote in his message: “Let go of what you’re holding onto if it isn’t building your character, for the better. Take care of yourself, take care of your body and your mind, nurture them so that they may be able to carry you through the High times and the Low, as we each journey forth towards our dreams. I wish you well on your journey to happiness and finding peace within yourself. Stay strong and pat yourself on the back. Don’t forget how you thought it would never get better.”

Muller confirmed in her review: “The Cullinan farm and its various inhabitants provided this ‘nature spirit’ space  where African griots, drummers, trance-dancers of the Kalahari, and other newer students of sound in his Forest Jam project could co-create.  By 2015, Douglas found a new journey, having manifested projections involving a vast healing.”

 “Melt2000 projects harnessed and promoted energy and a spirit of activism and thoughtfulness. It was never in an overt political social way, it was simply in the spirit of doing, creating and making magic. It became the documentation heritage of post-apartheid music. People were coming together and finding their truth beyond race. ” Extract

The cultural identity of that post-apartheid South Africa era is an awareness of social cohesion and multi-cultural harmony, such as unity in diversity, uBuntu and xe xarra xe are all described in the book.

 

Music Playlist for To the Peace on Earth

To the Peace on Earth : A la Paix sur Terre

“The events take place in South Africa, in a post-democracy climate of change. The struggles that had taken place below ground are suddenly above ground. South Africa at the time was so beautiful and enticing.” Extract

This story draws on the music of Melt2000 records : “In the spirit of doing, creating and making magic, this catalogue became the documentation heritage of post-apartheid music.” Extract

Music playlist for To the Peace on Earth non fiction book :

1. Madosini
1.1 Down Rocky Street, Moses Molelekwa
1.2 Spirits of Tembisa, Moses; Shrine Dance Brice Wassy
1.3 Genes and Sprits, Bo Molelekwa, Darkness Pass, Moses Molelekwa
1.4 New Offerings, Moses Molelekwa, Infidel. Ohm

2. Masihlangane Doc
2.1 Ubuntu Sipho Gumede, Claps and Bows Sanscapes, Alien Soap Opera
2.2 Masters of the Universe Shango, Alien Soap Opera, Banda Cultural, Airto Moreira
2.3 Teiko Pete Lockett, Djemba Aman Amampondo, Voodoo Julie Sanscapes
2.4 Infinite Boris, Irakere Souti Soulei, Cow Song Madamax
2.5 Yehlisan Busi

3.1 washy washa, ubombo remix Madala Kunene
3.2 700 years Airto Moreira, Another Cheek Square Window

4. Be there, Galiano Remix,
4.1 Flute Solaris; Open Your Eyes Square Window
4..2 Heart of Darkness, Ohm; Madosini Transkei Recordings
4.3 State of Emergency Amampondo, Yise Wabantu Madosini

5. Uxolo Skeleton
5.1 Talk becomes a mantra, Square Window; Isigqokosami, Robert Doc Mthalane
5.2 Nontokzai, Roots and Ancestors, Jaw Harp Madosini Field Recordings.
5.3 Madiba Mabi Thobejane ; Kadachymy Boris Salchak
5.4 Communion Airto Moreira; Sone Siyamangala Busi Mhlongo
5.5 God my father Sipho Gumede;  Nquo Nqo Madala, Dance of the Chief Brice Wassy

6. Alien Soap Opera, Burly Brawl Mabi Thobejane
6.1 Conga Fury Mabi
6.2 Mountain Shade, Darkness Pass 2 Moses Molelekwa

7. Kon’ko Man, Madala Kunene
7.1 Umunutu ‘nyama Skeleton; Ntjilo Ntjilo Amampondo
7.2 Nozimanga Madosini remix; Introduction Sanscapes, Golan Ricky Olombelo
7.3 Milisa, Bafo Bafo; Amagoduka Jazzin Universal

8.1 Kind of Mabi; Mfaz Onga Busi Mhlongo; Gone Forever Madosini Remix
8.2 Unidentifed, Zim Ngqawana; Darkness Pass 1 Moses Molelekwa
8.3 Vuyani Amampondo; Lekker Lekker Sanscapes

9.1 Africa Amampondo, Bulenga Village Brice Wassy, City Sushi Man Airto Moreira; Kalbadevi Rd Deepak Ram
9.2 ho ho ho Amampondo, wa mpone Moses Molelekwa