Amampondo – An Image Of Africa – DVD
AMAMPONDO (which means the people of Pondoland in Xhosa) are the biggest name in ethnic African Music to come out of South Africa in the last 25 years.
They toured doing their special brand of energetic singing, dancing and acrobatics, world?wide, but most often in Europe. Notable shows were their UK appearances at the Nelson Mandela Birthday Bash (they were known as Mandela?s favourite band) in Wembley stadium, their first season at the Edinburgh Festival and their debut in the UK WOMAD festival series. They played their hand made marimbas and cow hide drums in Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Amsterdam, Hamburg and many other European cities and at home in South Africa they were celebrated as the voice of traditional African music of the 1980?s and 90?s.
They had not only a live presence; some 8 albums were released at home and internationally. On this DVD they perform most of their now well-loved repertoire, including tracks from their first 3 albums.
In 1992 they released their best seller album called - An Image of Africa. The album continues to sell today.
The show that launched this CD was filmed but never edited. In 2006, producer Patrick Lee-Thorp managed to edit the footage and the result is this DVD. It is a fitting document of the group?s live act at the height of their creative success.
The package includes a short documentary shot in 2005, interviewing with the founder members looking back on their career, entitled, The Amampondo of Langa. Langa is the township in Cape Town where they all still live.
The DVD contains the only substantial film live footage of the original line-up that includes Dizu Plaatjies, Simpiwe Matole, Mzwandile Qotoyi, Mandla Lande, Michael Ludonga, and dancers, Lungiswa Plaatjies and Tembi Nyandine.
- Zimkile Inkomo
- Umtshingo Nentombi
- Umfana Ndini
- Umfana Kabawo
- Igazi Lemvana
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