Storytelling is the main theme that runs through Makhathini’s latest album Ikhambi. The album is an exercise in connecting the listener to spirituality through music.
Ikhambi’s 13 tracks are a narration of the journey to spiritual awakening. Each track takes its name from a specific part of the journey.
For example, three distinct yet linked melodies forming part of the Impande story, outline the journey of a young man that wants to speak with his ancestors, the sacred ones, to find his origins.
The three songs titled Impande first, second and third movements follow the young man’s journey.
The album is played by Makhathini and The Cure Collective, each of the members of the group bringing a unique element to the music, be it the transfixing rhythm that’s created by the conga and djembe drums or the haunting sounds created by the flutes and harp.
Makhathini on piano plays like he’s communicating directly with his ancestors.
Some stand-out tunes include the opening track Amathambo, umlahlankosi and the Impande movements. Jazz vocalist Omagugu makes an appearance on the album as well, providing spoken word and vocals on the album.
Sakhile Moleshe, also a vocalist - remember the vocals on Goldfish’s Fort Knox - makes an appearance on the album. Ikhambi is a full package, of music and storytelling that creates the ultimate auditory experience.