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Mampoer Mushrooms

it’s a North West wrath fest……mushroom cloud forming/something toxic’s storming…….no verses/just death vessel rap propelled grenades to your ear
Bavino Bachana

The first show of Volume II.

Untethered from our home base, we scooped the turntables, mics, a faulty zoom recorder, some vinyl & hit the road, searching for the next adventure….. destination? Unknown…. Wax? The digging went deeper … Words? Many stories yet untold……

Our next show would be the beginning of a new chapter, one that left an indelible mark on our journey of Word On Wax. A show where the Mushroom Hour Half Hour grew up so to speak.

It is therefore fitting that we would visit the Godbody..…Elder…..Friend….Lesego Rampolokeng……… Papa Ramps……… Bavino Bachana himself…. Godfather of the Johannesburg rap scene we grew up in…. a deep figure in the pantheon of eminent South African poets and writers, alongside Lefifi Tladi, Mafika Gwala, Ingoapele Madingoane and James Matthews to name just a few……… a writer who bridged together the old school and new school……..

Mampoer Mushrooms is an improvised session recorded in the backyard of Papa Ramps’ then home in Zeerust, North West Province.….. the theme for the night was the blues in all their guttural hues …….. under the kind of starlight we never get to see in the city….. we broke bread and captured the-Bavino-sermonizing-Head-on-Fire….deconstructing myths over drum solos…….. mongrel poems breaking beats with horns blaring ……even the dog’s next door were howling the Blues For A Hip King..….

The dogs next door are going crazy…..

The Gods have come down from the mountains…..
The supreme architecture is God Body…….
Miles Davis
meets ………
Bavino Bachana
meets ………
Claudine Amina Myers
meets………..
Lesego Rampolokeng
meets ………..
Radio Robert
meets ………….
John Lee Hooker
meets ……………….
The Count Basie
meets………..
Soul Diablo
meets………..
..The Mushroom Hour Half Hour…. we do it on the hour every half hour …..

You can apparently download the show here…..

Credits

Recorded in Zeerust on Zee Street on 9 March 2013

On the Word: Lesego Rampolokeng a.k.a. Bavino Bachana
On the Wax: Radio Robert
Host: Soul Diablo
Special Cameo Performances: Grandmaster Cap and oNe:Drous oNe*

Photos taken by Mambila Mageza and Nhlanhla Mngadi

Curated by Nhlanhla Masondo, Andrew Curnow & Nhlanhla Mngadi

Special Thanks to Tshepang Ramoba

Shout out to our brother, Reikanne Mofokeng for helping us get there …..

Playlist

  1. Lightnin’ Hopkins • One More Time (Boulevard, 1971)
  2. John Lee Hooker • Born in Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee (ABC Records, 1980)
  3. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins • Alligator Wine (Charly R&B, 1983)
  4. Champion Jack Dupree • Mr. Dupree Blues (Blues Horizon, 1968)
  5. Tom Waits • Warm Beer And Cold Women (Asylum Records, 1975)
  6. Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson • H20gate Blues (Strata-East Records, 1974)
  7. Nina Simone • The Backlash Blues (RCA, 1968)
  8. Ted Hawkins • Put In A Cross (Rounder Records, 1982)
  9. Hugh Masekela • Blues For Huey (Blue Thumb / Chisa, 1972)
  10. Dollar Brand • Blues for B (The Sun, 1977)
  11. Johnny Dyani Quartet • Song for Biko (SteepleChase Records, 1979)
  12. Amina Claudine Myers • African Blues (Leo Records, 1980)
  13. Malombo • Motshile (Kaya, 1973)
  14. Dollar Brand • Blues For A Hip King (The Sun, 1976)
  15. Miles Davis (Orchestra Under the direction of Gil Evans) • Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (Columbia Records, 1959)
  16. Count Basie • Hanging Out (Pablo Records, 1973)
  17. Hamilton Bohannon • The Day to Remember (Dakar Records, 1975)
  18. Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach • Fleurette Africaine
    (United Artists Jazz, 1963)
  19. Max Roach • Driva Man (Candid Records, 1960)
  20. Charles Mingus • Moanin’ (Atlantic, 1962)
  21. Hugh Masekela • Maesha (Blue Thumb / Chisa, 1972)
  22. Archie Shepp • The Cry of My People (Impulse!, 1972)