South African group, Amampondo, was once hailed by National Geographic as “one of the most interesting and experimental groups in South Africa,” according to Wikipedia.
Amampondo formed as a group around 1979 and gained significant popularity. This song, “Nomabongo” was recorded in 1990 and has a mesmerizing quality, in the same way that Bizet’s “Toreador Song” from Carmen pulls you in and spins you around. Adjectives like polymorphic sound are thrown around in describing the music they make. Among their accolades, Amampondo performed for Nelson Mandela on numerous occasions including his 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium, and at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Their marimba infused music is a treat to hear. – Harry