Mzansi (Kellerman Music, 2013)
On his new album Mzansi, South African flute virtuoso Wouter Kellerman presents a collection of traditional and original pieces that bring together various musical influences, ranging from South African and West African folk music to Celtic melodies, reggae and pop.
“Mzansi represents the voices of my influences — African and otherwise,” indicates Kellerman. “Being influenced by different styles and cultures, and working with musicians who bring their own energy to the project, make this a very varied album — from traditional Senegalese songs to Celtic and South African influences. The last few years have been filled with inspiring collaborations. I have really been happy to work with different and very talented musicians and singers.”
The musicians on Mzansi use various traditional and less conventional techniques such as vocal percussion, beat-box flute-playing, and mesmerizing water percussion. Kellerman also added an African children’s choir to the mix. The lineup on Mzansi includes Kellerman (flutes); Erik Paliani (guitar), Juan-Pierre Oosthuizen (guitar), Paul Carlos (guitar), Lamine Sonko (guitar) and Mauritz Lotz (guitar); Sibusiso Victor Masondo (bass) and Schalk Joubert (bass); Melissa van der Spuy (piano) and Wessel van Rensburg (piano); Barry van Zyl (drums), Kevin Gibson (drums) and David Klassen (drums); Godfrey Mgcina (percussion), Tlale Makhene (percussion) and Ady Thioune (percussion); and Mfaniseni Ntlama (vocals), Eunice Harris (vocals), Lamine Sonko (vocals), Jolette Odendaal (vocals), and David Matamela (vocals) . The vocalists on the album sing in various African languages and also perform wordless vocals.
“When I collaborate with someone, I try to adapt to what they are doing musically and get out of my comfort zone which allows for really interesting discoveries,” says Kellerman.
Mzansi showcases the passionate cross-cultural, upbeat music of Wouter Kellerman, one of the leading flute players in South Africa.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.