HOUSE OF MEMORY RECORDS
     
 

House of Memory Records is a division of Putu and Roti Investments that seeks to diversify the South African music by introducing unique and historically rich acts. The following are brief biographies of HOMR’s current bands and releases.

Introducing the ZULU ROCK BAND



There was in the 1970s and the 80s a sound that fused the Zulu guitar/string instruments.  The Western rock guitar (Jimi Hendrix), and the vocal prowess of the coastal cultures of Durban.  It was popularly referred to as the “Durban Underground sound”, with its Zulu, English and Indian cultures of Durban. The Curries Stadium Festival was a major event to expose and to celebrate this compelling guitar and voice music.
Music icons that readily come to mind are Blondie and Steve Fataar, Bheki Mseleku, Sipho Yeni, Mbusi “Black Magic Woman” Mchunu, Vusi Thusi, Themba Mokoena and Aubrey Thabethe.  They were to be succeeded in the 1980s by Sipho Gumede and Khaya Mahlangu’s  “Sakhile”, Ben Langa and Peter Sefolosha’s “Thwasa”, Doc Mthalane and Ken Godfrey’s “Gijima”.
But the real king of Zulu Rock is Robert “Doc” Mthalane, and the undisputed queen is Busi Mhlongo.
House of Memory Records had the privilege and the pleasure to work towards a revival and re-development of the ZULU ROCK music in South Africa and beyond.   Their first album is celebrating the brilliant writing, playing and singing of Robert “Doc” Mthalane, who is the real king of ZULU ROCK BAND

Seed of Light



Seed of Light is a collective of Urban Youngsters that have been making waves on the Cape Town and Johannesburg underground scene. 
The name Seed of Light represents the union of different individuals with a common vision of enlightening other young people about the journey of life and the experiences that we all share.  The music the band creates is a reflection of what is happening in the world and within us as human beings.
With the group’s mixture of traditional, indie rock, jazz, hip hop, alternative and everything else, Seeds of Light produces a universal sound.  The group draws inspiration from the world around it, personal experiences, and individual feelings, what it learns daily from people close to it and further away from it.
Seed of Light has shared stages with the likes of Freshly Ground, Kabelo, MXO, Tumi and the Volume, 340ml, Napalma (Brazil), Kwani Experience and many more.  Seed of Light has also performed in festivals in Cape Town and Bloemfontein.

HOMR is currently in the process of merging the two together.  The idea is to establish what opportunities they can both obtain for the period of world cup 2010.

INTRODUCING THE NEW CD FROM BUSI MHLONGO
(Produced by House of Memory Records)



The launch of Busi Mhlongo’s Amakholwa CD coincided with the singer’s 60th birthday.

Almost 8 years since her last groundbreaking album, Busi Mhlongo awakens, stronger than ever before. Recovering from a life threatening attack by cancer, which led to the removal of a breast in 2008, Busi Mhlongo has returned home, to the music scene, where she belongs. Her new album “Amakholwa”, a Zulu word which translates to “Believers” or “Most Insightful” is a musical brew of ancestral and spiritual melodies.

The songs on her new CD are a divergence from slow poignant tracks such as “Amagugu” a farewell lament to the dead and “Afrika Nithini na” which questions Africa on it’s diminishing values, to pulsating rhythms of “Baba Wethu”, a funky take on the Christians Lord’s prayer and “Udlala Ngami” playing on 3 Zulu proverbs, warning ones lover not to continue cheating.
With so many songs reflecting religious and spiritual influences, surely this album is categorised as a gospel album? Perhaps not! According to Busi…

“This is not gospel; it’s more like Amahubu, a music drawn from African spiritual traditions and not necessarily the western ideas of ‘Praise the Lord’. We praise both the Lord and our 3 tired intermediaries: The unborn ancestors, the physically alive ancestors and those who have gone before us – o khoko”

The songs are African spiritual takes that explore the despair, the anguish, the salvation and the hope of redemption, by one icon of African music.
House of Memory Records (HOMR), Busi Mhlongo’s new record and management label has had a long association with Busi.

HOMR is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Busi Mhlongo again and is honoured, having had been the catalyst in awarding one of Africa’s greatest icons, the opportunity to convey her musical talent to the people after so long.

 

“We are proud to be part of this project. The music that has emerged reflects her mood and emotion to thank the creator, the ancestral spirits, the angels, family, friends and fans, who have continued to support her, as she valiantly battled cancer”. Mbongeni Ngema, on hearing this new music exclaimed, “This is the deep African spiritual music that I have been talking about. I always tell those imitating the African American gospel a group, that we have much more spiritual songs of our own, Busi Mhlongo is proof of that.”

Amakholwa Believers: “My way of conveying appreciation, my way of thanking you all who’ve crossed multiple bridges of troubled waters with me.” – Busi Mhlongo
Busi Mhlongo’s new CD:  Available Nationwide from November 2009. Some CD proceeds to be given to CANSA. Questions/Queries: HOMR- 011 403 7045

The Amakholwa Launch Gallery




A dance performance by Dudu Mchunu at the launch of Amakholwa CD at Moyo’s in Melrose  Arch



Percussionist William Ago performs at the Amakholwa launch in October last year



Busi Mhlongo together with Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee



Busi Mhlongo Celebrating her Amakholwa album media launch



Busi Mhlongo and Mr. Vusi Mchunu – Managing Member of House of Memory Records



House of Memory Records Members together with Withit Marketing



Busi Mhlongo Celebrating her Birthday and the media launch of her CD called AMAKHOLWA