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Boomkat Product Review:
Few bands can claim Nelson Mandela as a big fan, and fewer still have actually collaborated with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but Amampondo can make such boasts, clocking up thirty years of activity as one of South Africa's leading popular groups, combining marimba, drums, kudu horns (an instrument made from bits of antelope, apparently) and one or two more 'modern' contraptions such as trumpet, sax and accordion. This disc compiles the band's work during their stint with the Melt2000 label and brilliantly represents the percussive firepower of the band, which is just awesome on the likes of 'Song For Fela' or the superbly elaborate 'Collective For "Changuito"' . Quite unlike many of the Afropop compilations to have inundated our ears over recent months, this body of work tends to more representative of traditional music, drawing on Amampondo's Xhosa tribal heritage, and it's a musical culture you'll want to investigate further after hearing this.