‘Live, straight from the moon and other planets’….. Maji Maji, an inner and outer stellar journey armed with music as both the weapon and the cure
Marcus Wyatt’s music collective Language 12 return with their second album Maji Maji, the product of a collective of musical nomads whose crates of vinyl would clearly be worth years of digging in, such is the astonishing range of influences.
Genre-defying can sound like cold fusion but Maji is no lab project. This is a deeply spiritual and unfettered record that doesn’t so much break boundaries as bend dimensions. Language 12 move with complete freedom, sometimes with stealth, sometimes raw power but always with relentless invention.
A dextrous signature emerges as the cosmic jazz, funk, fusion and West African influences of trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, vocalist Siya Makuzeni and bassist Prince Bulo spill over glitched hip hop and rolling Drum & Bass breaks from drummer Justin Badenhorst.
As an album of live un-cut takes and few over-dubs, the jam ignites deft arrangements with each listen revealing layers and details, but the greatest achievement is how quickly you forget the sign-posts and give in to the journey. There’s little option. Maji is a gonzo dose of pure magic realism, 72 mins in the company of some kind of bi-polar, schizophrenic, super musical oneness: heroine, hero and anti-both, all at once.
released September 12, 2014
Trumpet - Marcus Wyatt
Voice - Siya Makuzeni
Drums - Justin Badenhorst
Bass - Prince Bulo
Piano - Melissa Van der Spuy
Guitar - Louis Mhlanga
Rap/spoken word - Nicholas 'Pule' Welch aka MC Gwaza Juice
Kids choir - Mpho Pierreux,Gabriel Poulsen,Lerato Kistner ,Leila & Jenna Choriatopoulos-Muftic
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