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.”

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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 and Angela Shaw.

This event was made possible by a compassionate donation from a Swiss of South African live music. Thank you. We have much work to do. The visit to 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.

We were blessed in the audience to have Sinothi Malunga. He 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.

We were blessed to receive support from Curiocity Backpackers situated downtown Durban. They gave Sifiso 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!””

Durban Cultural Tourism now is the time : We are agitating toward September 24th : According to Mr Ntuli this 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

To the Peace on Earth

Following the trail of the mysterious suicide of 27 year old prodigy, jazz pianist Moses Molelekwa; the writer lands at the knee of self discovery. Ananda DNA, a French mystic, mescalito and healer provides a terrific scripture, enjoyable metaphysics and amusing spirituality on which a university of celebration is founded. Set on the Musical Energy Loud Truth (Melt
2000) record label farm and during the freedom era of South Africa’s miracle peaceful transformation, a whimsical and colourful group of creative characters come together to share in the metaphors, philosophies and permanent reminders of being human.

 

“A very readable story, the reader goes away amazed, with a revived spirit that co-creation in music can indeed find causes of illness, and bring joy, growth, and healing to the collective consciousness.” Carol Martin All Jazz Radio … full review here  :

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