Pilani Bubu

Folklore - Chapter 1
Sortie le 6 mai 2022
Label: MDC / Pias
The album and its repertoire were birthed from Pilani Bubu’s international travels and shows, as she shared of herself, the questions of her origins and the place she calls home, were begged of her from her audience.
BACKGROUND

The album and its repertoire were birthed from Pilani Bubu’s international travels and shows, as she shared of herself, the questions of her origins and the place she calls home, were begged of her from her audience.

She dug deep into her roots & origins, to tell her story of identity, tradition and culture. She shares stories of South African people in the ancient and modern social context, starting thought provoking conversations about men, women, and children in our culture. The music is interweaved with poetry and spoken word, interpreting our folklore.

Folklore is the collective documentation of our culture and beliefs, made up of an expressive body of work in various art forms: music, dance, tales, jokes, sayings, proverbs and more.

With this project, she seeks to build a community dedicated to restoring, preserving, and documenting our culture through storytelling for future generations. Taking inspiration from learning our traditional folk music, our language and writing styles.

THE STORY

We intro with a series of songs about our protagonist: aggrieved women, with ‘Mama Ka Sibongile’ & ‘Makoti’ to ‘Baile’. Women told to stay in abusive marriages despite their pain, so as not to humiliate their families.

Building on to the plight of domestic violence and trauma of the child when it comes to absent fathers and their experience of abuse in the home.

There is a thread and flow in the music and key transitions interlining the tracks, where repetition is necessary to unpack the messaging and stories to be drawn from the music.

Baile (Acoustic), Baile (Band), Baile (Reprise) to ‘Buyela eKhaya’ …. A lot is captured in the interludes, that hold space for poetry and the spoken word.

There is also the integrity of stripping down the songs to acapella voices and bass, to remind people of the essence of our traditional folk music that inspired the contemporary songs & poems written by Pilani & her features.

We go on to take guidance from ancient wisdom, with the click song: ‘Qongqothwane’  ,and ‘Qamata’ asking us to remember the old spirit guides and old ways of being. To learning from animals and nature in the crab song: ‘Wadidiyela’, that talks to forging on forward to our destiny despite these distractions and trials. To searching for true leadership, and identity in songs like ‘My Horn’ and ‘Uphondo Lwam’ .

Whilst songs like ‘Boom Che’, are a modern interpretation of the folk song: ‘Theza Inkuni’, the latter honours its most original version and makes for a bit of a palate cleanser before landing the fundamental meaning of the song that celebrates & honours women in the spoken word:’ oMama Bethu’

And finally to the biggest question of all, why the antagonist is the way he is. The African Men in the South Africa context (in various tribes) and his rite of passage to manhood. ‘Qula Kwedini’ and ‘Qula’ as whether circumcision and toxic masculinity is the way to teach young men?

The story of Folklore - chapter 1 closes  with a proclamation and declaration of healing with ‘iGghira’ (the Healer), which also opens the story of Folklore - chapter 2 to be continued….
CREDITS

BASS: Bheka Mthethwa

DRUMS: Lungile Kunene

KEYBOARD: Mpumi Ndamase

PERCUSSION: Gontse Makhene

TRUMPET: Sithembiso Bhengu

TROMBONE: Senzo Ngcobo

TENOR SAXOPHONE: Linda Sikhakhane

ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Billy Monama

ELECTRIC GUITAR: Innocent Mzizi

ACCORDIAN, MARIMBA, FLUTE: Mpumi Ndamase

SPOKEN WORD: Lebo Mochudi

VOCAL PRODUCTION: Pilani Bubu

LEAD VOCAL & BV’s: Pilani Bubu

PRODUCERS: Pilani Bubu

CO-PRODUCER: Bheka Mthethwa

MIX ENGINEER: Robin Fernie

MASTERING ENGINEER: Troy Lillye

ARTWORK & ILLUSTRATION: Bright Ackwerh

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ojwok – Roger Ouma