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AFRICAN CHORAL LEGACY, historic recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
CD, , 2013. R
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982) was born in Molumong in the eastern mountains of Lesotho. Apart from a few years spent in Johannesburg studying music at the University of the Witwatersrand Mohapeloa spent most of his life in Morija, where he worked in the Morija Printing Works and composed and trained choirs. After he retired in 1973 he taught music at the National Teacher Training College in Maseru until his death. He created a modern African choral idiom inspired by traditional Basotho music, jazz, western classical music and hymns.
FREEDOM'S CHILD, Melanie Scholtz sings James Matthews
approx. 27 minutes, CD, , 2013. R250
"Freedom's Child" is a collaborative project between jazz singer Melanie Scholtz and revolutionary poet James Matthews.

Melanie Scholtz was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz in 2010.
James Matthews' anthologies of poems include "Cry Rage", "Poisoned Wells & Other Delights" and "Poems from a Prison Cell".
THE WINDS OF CHANGE, a journey through the key music and moments that gave birth to a free, democratic South Africa
1 hour 45 minutes running time, CDs, Johannesburg, 2004. R180
A 2-CD set that includes extracts from Albert Luthuli's Nobel Prize Award speech, Nelson Mandela's Rivonia Trial and Inauguration speeches, J.B.Vorster's Fight to the End speech, P.W.Botha's Total Onslaught speech, an AWB speech by Eugene Terblanche, F.W.de Klerk's Unbanning speech, and Thabo Mbeki's I am an African speech.
Also music by Jeremy Taylor, Pops Mohamed, Amampondo, Johnny Clegg, Stimela, Johannes Kerkorrel, Hugh Masekela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sibongile Khumalo, amongst others.
!Xun Traditional Council of Elders KULIMATJI NGE, we tell our old stories with music
40 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback + CD, 73 minutes running time, Cape Town, 2004. R165
These traditional songs and stories are sung by the elders of the !Xun community now living in Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
The text introduces some of the musicians and includes a short history of the Schmidtsdrift community, written by Hennie Swart.
Ferrus (D.) ANSELA, van de Caab
40 minutes running time, CD, Cape Town, 2007. R100
The true story of a young woman, Ansela, born into slavery in the Cape of the 17th century. After she was freed she married a German, Lourens Campher, who had been granted a piece of land in 1699 by the governor of the Cape. Together they built a house, which still exists, and planted the first vines on the farm now called Muratie Wine Farm.

Text in Afrikaans.

Written and read by Diane Ferrus. Victor Fredericks, who wrote the songs for the production, sings and plays the guitar. Producer Charles Louw plays the piano and "klawerbord".
Kramer (D.) KAROO KITAAR BLUES,
47 minute running time, CD, Cape Town, 2002. R80
Includes video clips of the performers.

Filmed on the last night of David Kramer's 2001 show, Karoo Kitaar Blues, at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. With David Kramer and his band are Tokai Lodewyk from Richmond, Hannes Coetzee from Herbertsdale, Siena, Jan and Magdelena Mouers from Victoria West and the Jaers brothers from the Kamieberge in Namaqualand. David had travelled to remote areas in the Karoo to find these singers and guitarists
Mhlope (G.) SONGS AND STORIES OF AFRICA,
73 minutes running time, CD, Pietermaritzburg, 2006. R120
A collection of songs and stories written by storyteller Gcina Mhlope and illustrated by various artists.

See also the book, "Stories of Africa" by Gcina Mhlope @ R99
Miller (P.) SHONA MALANGA, a classical celebration of freedom
48 minutes, CD, Johannesburg, 2007. R115
A collection of South African freedom songs for orchestra and choir composed or arranged by Philip Miller. Includes the tracks "The Blue Crane" and "Patrick's Theme".

Philip Miller has composed scores for many of WIlliam Kentridge's animated films.
Miller (P.) composer REWIND, a cantata for voice tape and testimony
65 minutes, CD, , 2008. R120
Philip Miller composed this cantata to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this composition he integrates extracts of recorded testimony from TRC hearings as part of the music and as libretto.

Also available is "Rewind", a 50 minute documentary on DVD in which director Liza Key uses footage from a performance of the cantata filmed at the Market Theatre in 2008, news archive, an interview with Philip Miller and interviews with some of the victims and perpetrators included in the cantata. R295.
Miller (P.) composer THE REFUSAL OF TIME,
29 minutes, CD, , 2012. R125
The recording of Philip Miller's composition commissioned for 'The Refusal of Time", a 5-channel video installation with breathing machine, made by William Kentridge, Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison for Documenta (13) 2012, in Kassel, Germany
Miller (P.) prod. AN ALBUM OF SOUTH AFRICAN LULLABIES,
44 minutes running time, CD, Johannesburg, 2003. R155
The Thula Project brings together a range of lullabies that reflect South Africa's diverse languages and culture. Includes a 32 pp. booklet of lyrics and English translations of each of the songs as well as photographsa of and commentary by the musicians.
Rattray (D.) THE DAY OF THE DEAD MOON, the story of the Anglo-Zulu War 1879
approx. 338 minutes runnning time, CDs, Rorke's Drift, 1997. R630
A set of 5 CDs, written and narrated by David Rattray:
Preamble to the Battle of Isandlwana
The Battle of Isandlwana
Chelmsford's Story and the Events at Fugitive's Drift
Rorke's Drift
Ulundi - the final chapter

An expert on the Anglo-Zulu war, David Rattray's Fugitive's Drift Lodge near Rorke's Drift and his battlefield tours were legendary. He was murdered at Fugutive's Drift in 2007.