No Way To Go

by Ben Molatzi

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    Tracklist:
    01 Sida !hu (Our Land Damaraland)
    02 Danisa Sam (Honey Harvest)
    03 Tae e ta go di? (What Have I Done)
    04 lAesa Khaure (Lit He Fire)
    05 lÛbare (Mother’s Daughter, Forgive)
    06 Matis kaikhoesa (Why Does The Woman)
    07 ‡Nukhoe lgôase (Damara Girl)
    08 D:R:M:D (D:R:M:D)
    09 Ben’s Fluit Liedjie (Ben’s Whistling Song)
    10 Sada Hoada nî ?naxu !hub ge (All Of Us)
    11 Dama !hao (Damara People)
    12 lNamtes kha a? (Do You Love Me?)
    13 Ausi Nama (Sister Nama)
    14 Ukhâisen Dama lgôa (Rise Damara Child)
    15 ?Gamrona lom (Wipe Off Tears)
    16 Bazumi Fluit Stuk (Bazumi Whistle Piece)

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about

Ben ’Tukumazan’ Molatzi (1954 -2016), a self-taught singer and songwriter from Tsumeb, Namibia, wrote timeless, beautiful ballads drawing on the distinctive melodies and harmonies of his Damara and Sotho heritage.

His music recordings have been slumbering in oblivion in Namibian radio archives. His songs were consciously censored and damaged as its messages did not please the South African apartheid regime. The album contains field and studio recordings that were made in 1981 by SWABC. To this day, these recordings have never been commercially released. In his liner notes, Thorsten Schütte describes his ultimately successful search for Ben Molatzi and further meetings with the artist, who talks in detail about his life, his songs and the life circumstances in his country.

• Previously unreleased African folk songs by late singer/songwriter Ben Molatzi from Namibia.
• From the early fifties to the late eighties, every form of popular culture in Namibia was suppressed. For four decades Namibia suffered from racism and discrimination by the South African apartheid regime.
• The NBC's national television and radio station in Windhoek operated the only recording studio.
• The exhibition 'Stolen Moments - Namibian Music History Untold' (until 09-21-2019 in London's prestigious Brunei Gallery) documents the Namibian pop underground of that time.
• Bear Family proudly presents Ben Molatzi's ’No Way To Go’ on our Cree Records world music subsidiary in co-production with Stolen Moments and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation - The first official album release with master recordings of Namibian musicians from a hitherto undiscovered cultural epoch.
• Artwork by local artist John Muafangejo.
• High-quality 180-gram pressing limited to 1,000 copies!
• Also available as CD in eco packaging with 32 page illustrated booklet. Bonus titles. Cat. no. CCD1232.

credits

released September 6, 2019

Album produced by Thorsten Schütte
Excecutive producers for Cree Records: Merten Kaatz and Detlev Hoegen
Sources research: Aino Moongo and Sabine Linn
Tape and vinyl disc transfers: Marcus Heumann // Mastering: Marcus Heumann
Art Direction: Merten Kaatz // Front cover art: John Muafangejo - No way to go what can I do?
(C) Estate of John Muafangejo (The John Muafangejo Trust) / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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