Matumbi after tonight

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Matumbi 's relationship with Trojan was testy, to say the least. The label seriously neglected Matumbi , high-handedly rejecting their own compositions, while contractual disputes saw the label lay claim to the talented group's hits long after the bandmembers thought they had parted ways. Music in the Air goes some way to salving these old wounds, as across two CDs Trojan bundles up a plethora of singles and album tracks, concentrating heavily on the group's work across the '70s. A potted biography and the chronological jumping between discs do little to assist fans in charting Matumbi 's progress; their debut single, "Wipe Them Out," for instance, appears on disc two. But at least it's here, as are a slew of album tracks and such smash hits as "After Tonight" (the biggest-selling reggae single of 1976) and their cover of Bob Dylan 's "Man in Me." But there are notable omissions as well, like the splendid "Empire Road," penned for a BBC series, and the phenomenal "Rock," the highlight of the band's Seven Seals album. By the end, though, younger listeners will be forgiven for thinking the band's music was all over the place. In truth, it was: Trojan forced Matumbi to be beholden to the pop charts and record covers accordingly, but the bandmembers themselves were obviously influenced by the . R&B scene and the . pop scene, as well as the latest musical fashions pouring forth from Jamaica. Funk, blues, jazz, swing, doo wop, and various shades of R&B all left their imprint, stirred through with reggae, roots reggae, rockers, and steppers, as Matumbi followed the latest island trends. Inspired arrangements and production were their trademarks, as were their distinctive vocals and harmony style, although there was an obvious shift with the departure of original frontman Tex Dixon . Sadly, this set virtually ignores the band's still relevant -- although less popular -- work in the early '80s. As a grand overview, this set does a decent job, but a more coherent story is still waiting to be told.

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Saz’iso’s instrumentalists are from the other great city of Saze: Korçë. Violinist Aurel Qirjo graduated as a conductor from the High Institute of Arts in Tirana and, despite having lived abroad for many years, he remains one of the most distinguished violinists of Southern Albania, where he returns frequently to perform. Aurel now lives in London, recording and performing as a member of the Greek group Kourelou as well as playing in Turkish and Albanian ensembles. Clarinettist Telando Feto has remained in Korçë, where he teaches music in a school. He is famous for the tone and musicality of his playing, which is in high demand by Albanian popular artists. Llautë (lute) master and instrument maker Agron Murat and dajre (frame drum) artist Agron Nasi are veteran performers, who were part of Korçë’s legendary Lulushi saze and have toured abroad widely with Albanian groups. Pëllumb Meta is a Tirana-based multi-instrumentalist and member of the Tirana Ensemble; a virtuoso on all manner of flutes and pipes with an extraordinarily wide repertoire of songs and tunes from all Albanian regions.

Matumbi were one of the top British reggae bands of the 1970s and early 1980s, and are best known as the first successful band of guitarist and record producer Dennis Bovell.

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