Afro Tenors - This is The Moment

2008-02-06 16:41
After receiving standing ovations wherever they performed across the country, Afro Tenors have finally released their debut album. It’s music to anyone’s ears, even if you don’t listen to opera. The album kicks off with an operatic version of Johnny Clegg’s 1987 protest song “Asimbonanga” which called for the release of Nelson Mandela and featured names of other Mzansi liberation struggle heroes such as Steve Biko. Then they bring back to life the late Jabu Khanyile who became popular in the ‘80s with his smash hit song “Mmalo We”. Other moments worth mentioning include jazz muso, Godfrey Mgcina’s powerful percussion in the traditional Sotho jam “E Oya kae” and the inspirational “African Dream” song penned by Alan Lazar.

On the international classics side, look out for renowned Italian songwriter, Salvatore Cardillo on “Italian Medley” which includes his popular 1911 tune “Core ‘ngrato” (Ungrateful Heart) which has remained a staple of the Italian tenor concert repertoire ever since. Finally, you have to listen to these boys reaching their highest vocal potential in Joe Darion’s “Impossible Dream”.

-Tiisetso Tlelima

If you’re looking for opera that has a strong African sound, then Afro Tenors is the right band for you. It’s a world class collection of Italian, French and German opera with a touch of Mzansi music influences.

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Ceejay 2008/04/05 4:43 PM
Brilliant.. Hi..Im Ceejay and i wanna say 'Well done' to the Three Tenors..What a beautiful album and most of all containing hits sounds as well.I've always been an R'n'B fan but after listening to the beautiful voice's of these three men,i feel in love with Opera music..Keep it up dudes!!
TD 2008/08/21 2:36 PM
awesome I really love it guys, m a chorister also and love both choral and opera. n i got the message from those songs. I am very proud of you guys, i don't have so much words to express myself. and thanks for not forgeting your roots.
Makhosi 2008/09/29 5:07 PM
Magnificent I'm curently listening to their album " A New Dawn" wow thatnk you guys for happening in my lifetime. I'm just loving their rendition of Thonga Lami and off course Ndibemsulwa among others....Oh the collaboration with Tuku doesn't disappoint. They really are a breath of fresh air.....
nosipho 2008/11/11 3:16 PM
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN when i bought the first album it was because of the first track and love listening to DA WHOLE ALBUM,when da second one came around. i said to myself i can not believe this i have always loved 'asimbonanga' both albums are beautifully arranged. the blending of the voices DRIVES ME CRAZY LIKE SUMMER BODIES & tells me what track to listen to and when.BOTH ALBUMS ARE MARVELOUS IT'S A MUST HAVE.THEY KEEP YOU PROUDLY SOUTHAFRICAN ALWAYS AND WHEREVER.
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