Sunday, March 2, 2014

CD Review – Mzansi, by Wouter Kellerman

South African flutist Wouter Kellerman leads a wonderful assortment of fellow native musicians in this vibrant and engaging album.

The collection features an infectious mix of vocal songs and instrumental tracks, brought to rhythmic life by amazing singers and players. Kellerman's unique flute melodies are embellished and fleshed out with guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums and percussion.

My limited experience with African music (Stewart Copeland's The Rhythmatist, Paul Simon's Graceland, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo) has always been joyous and uplifting, and the work of Kellerman and his musical mates is no different.

If you like the aforementioned albums and artists, or have had some taste of African music, you will really enjoy this CD.

Wouter Kellerman is definitely an artist worthy of the world's stage.

--Raj Manoharan

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