Tumi Mogorosi Group Theory: Black Music Import LP

Tumi Mogorosi

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Import Vinyl LP!
For Fans of John Coltrane, Max Roach, Donald Byrd, Abbey Lincoln & Art Blakey!
Stunning New Album from South African Drummer Tumi Mogorosi!

Group Theory: Black Music is a stunning new statement from South African drummer and composer Tumi Mogorosi. Standing in the lineage of South African greats such as Louis Moholo-Moholo, Makaya Ntshoko, and Ayanda Sikade, Mogorosi is one of the foremost drummers working anywhere in the world, with a flexible, powerful style that brings a distinctive South African inflection to the polyrhythmic tradition of Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and Art Blakey.

Since his international debut on Jazzman Records in 2014 with Project ELO, Mogorosi has been in the vanguard of the South African creative music scene's burgeoning outer-national dimension, taking the drummer's chair in both Shabaka Hutchings' Shabaka and the Ancestors formation and with avant-garde noiseniks The Wretched, who featured on Brownswood's acclaimed South African showcase, Indaba Is.

Group Theory: Black Music moves an established format dramatically forward with the addition of a nine-person choir. Their massed voices soar powerfully above every track as a collective instrument of human breath and body and enter the album into the small but significant number of radical recordings to have used the voice in this way, such as Max Roach's It's Time (1962), Andrew Hill's Lift Every Voice (1970), Billy Harper's Capra Black (1973), and Donald Byrd's I'm Trying to Get Home (1965).

Features a cross-generational lineup of celebrated South African musicians including guitarist Reza Khota, pianist Andile Yenana, and vocalists Gabi Motuba and Siyabonga Mthembu. Also features Lesego Rampolokeng. For fans of: Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim), Shabaka Hutchings, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Donald Byrd, Abbey Lincoln, Art Blakey.


  • Vinyl LP
  • Reverse-Board Gatefold Jacket
  • Custom M3H/NS Inner Sleeve
  • Import


Andile Yenana piano (A4, B1, B3)
Dalisu Ndlazi upright bass
Gabi Motuba vocals (B4)
Lesego Rampolokeng vocals (A4)
Mthunzi Mvubu alto saxophone
Reza Khota electric guitar
Tumi Mogorosi drums
Tumi Pheko trumpet
Siya Mthembu vocals (B1)
Brenda Thulo vocals
Cecilia Phetoe vocals
Charles Shikwambana vocals
Fortunate Jwara vocals
Noluthando Biyana vocals
Sibongile Mollo vocals
Steve Mthombeni vocals
Tebogo Magwe vocals
Themba Maseko vocals, conductor
Thulisile Ntetha vocals


Side A:

  1. Wadada
  2. The Fall
  3. Panic Manic
  4. Where are the Keys? (feat. Andile Yenana & Lesego Rampolokeng)

Side B:

  1. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (feat. Andile Yenana & Siya Mthembu)
  2. At the Limit of the Speakable
  3. Thaba Bosiu (feat. Andile Yenana)
  4. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (feat. Gabi Motuba)

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