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Afrocentric EP “Poem for a Coral Reef “Orlando Voorn’s RMX

May 10, 2011
  something old, something new…

imo  it’s important to listen to the original and traditional grooves  as it is essential to hear the new funk as well. It’s all about finding the right balance, I guess.

These days my choice of African music butterflies between the dusty grooves of scuffy old vinyl and the shiny fresh lacquer-discs of my own productions. What a joy to record and publish the ‘Afrocentric EP’.

Three brand new remixes by Dutch/American producer/DJ Orlando Voorn who reshaped “Miss Ghana (Afro Baby)” , “Topaz” and  ‘Poem for a  ‘Coral Reef’.

South African singers Yemu Matibe and Alungile Sixishe translate the lyrics in Xhosa beautifully. Their young voices, the sensuous words mix with the dubby rhythms like magic. The mood of these remixes  is upbeat and happy while tranquil and reflective at the same time. Sung in Xhosa. Recorded in South Africa and Amsterdam. Mixed with love.

Support your local artists! Buy this music @ iTunes. Out now!


Poem for a Coral Reef (Ikorale yoqaqa lolwandle)

lyrics translated in Xhosa by Lunga Heleni

Mthombo wanaphakade wombala nokhanyo

Ilizwe ngaphandle kwamaxesha onyaka

Ilizwe ngaphandle kwezizathu

Kungekho suku nabusuku

Zintyatyamb’ ezizelelw’ ematyeni nasesantini

Sitiya esingachukunyiswanga sandla samntu

Matha okhanyo aqhekeza ngapha kwe – emeraldi

Ntlanzi ezinyamalalela kwiinzulw’ eziluhlaza

Mafu esilivere amenyezelayo

Intontozo esukumayo yobomi

Kwiinzulu ezinkungwana zobunzul’ obumnyama

Zizele zizilo ezingekabonwa

Zikhasela kumazantsi olwandle

Zizimele kumathanda nasemingxunyeni yoqaqa lolwandle

Zijik’ umbala msinyane

Zizimele kwilifu lamanz’ aluzizi

Ezantsi apha zidada ngaphaya kwekorale yolwandle

Lenzolw’ ibang’ ubuthul’ obundingqongayo

Xa umntu ethe wabona obubuhle

Angayiqonda na eyakhe inkolelo?

© Eddy De Clercq/Ubuntu Publishing 2010



Afrocentric EP

OrlandoVoorn Remixes

Eddy De Clercq & Friends

Original versions from  the album ‘Musique Exotique’

P + © Ubuntu Publishing 2011. catalog nr. UP 2011.003


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