Marumo ‎– Modiehi

Spades ‎– BL 340
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A1 Modiehi
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
A2 Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?
Written-By – John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya
A3 Molato Ke Eng
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
A4 Re A Hlopheha
Written-By – John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya, Simon Falatsi
A5 Toitoi
Written-By – John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya
A6 A Mohau
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
B1 Bosiu Bona
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
B2 Lenyalo
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
B3 Ke Eo Terene
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
B4 Ha Se Nna Fela
Written-By – Simon Falatsi
B5 Siyahlupheka
Written-By – John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya, Simon Falatsi
B6 Ungioambela Amanga
Written-By – John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya

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Those who tend to think that blind people are living in their own microcosm simply because they are blind must give that idea up. Here are four progressive musicians who will not be labelled blind but rather win an admirable position with a well-deserved and self-acquired label.

The Athlone School for the blind in Bellville near Cape Town, is a cradle of all the gems in the musical sphere. It is there where they learnt to love and idolise music and develop their talent in composing, singing and mastering musical instruments with the most eviable dexterity.

John Mothopeng, band leader a renowned pianist, music arranger and composer was born in Olando West Soweto, in 1944 and was blinded at the ahe of seven an taken to school.

Munich Sibiya, a fine vocalist with a traditional inclination and a prominent percussionist was born in White River in the Eastern Transvaal in 1943, He became blind six years later and was admitted at the only blind school catering for Blacks then.

Simon Falatsi, a talented vocalist, guitarist and composer was born in 1942 at Mapoteng in Lesotho. At the age of three he moved with his parents to Soweto he lost his sight in 1948 after a dangerous disease struck him. It took him five years to enter into the blind school.

The Benjamin of the group is Marks Mbuthuma, who was born blind in 1952 in Bloemfontein. In 1957 he was accepted at the Siloe School for the blind in Pietersburg. As if blindness lends skill to the artist, he revealed his talent at the early age of eight when he participated in the school band. He is an enticing vocalist, guitarist and composer.

The first three artists are original band members of the well-reputed All Rounders. They were wrenched away from this promising pioneer band of the blind, by the blind, trough various avenues of employment. As blind people are very creative and would always want to be engaged in some worthwile venture John and Munich again found themselbes intertwined with Batsumi, an indigenous jazz band which became a dominat terror in musical festivals.

On the other hand, immediately our young artist Marks stepped on the threshold of Itireleng Blind Institution he saw his castles materializing and initiated a band which gained a speedy reputation, called the Orations. It is here that he and Simon Falatsi were united trough their love and talent in music. As wishes are not horses they were once again severed from this prosperous band by the same sword in order to earn a living.

As the Transvaal Associantion for Blind Black Adults is the dome, the foresight and the future of the blind, our four artists' roads crossed while involved in found raising for the organisation. They then took a firm decision to combine and clique to form this new band Marumo. Theri most solemn prayer is to see Marumo succeed to the mist highest accessable peak. This should prove to you that Marumo has a wide variety of talent Give them a "Go" support them. They are not modest of their own microcosm: they ra part of you an BELONG to you. All they need is your encouragement.

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  • Label Code: ABC 10622 A
  • Label Code: ABC 10623 B



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November 28, 2016
Motor City Drum Ensemble played "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?" at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris this year and brought the house down! Must have!