One Take Sessions #2 is brought to you by MELO-T. The Zimbabwean-Canadian musician wasted no time when he saw the first release of One Take Sessions which features MAP resident DJs / C0-founders, Pithra and JFUN. MELO-T decided to throw caution to the wind and share with us some unreleased sounds and we couldn’t be more delighted to share them with you!
This two song preview starts with “What You Won’t Do” a track that samples the 1978 hit by Bobby Caldwell which was also featured on the 1998 release by 2 Pac “Do For Love”. Next up is “Endless Summer” which has all the makings of the potential 2020 summer club quarantine anthem. Just remember you heard it here first!
Tumelo “MELO-T” Ponalo can’t imagine a time before music. For as long as the Zimbabwean-Canadian musician can remember, music has always been there, serving as a driving force of creativity and self-expression. As a young child, MELO-T recalls being intrinsically drawn to the rhythms made by the Marimba, mbira instruments and Ngoma drums, and inspired by the catchy and upbeat tunes heard from pop stars on the radio. Now living in Ottawa, Canada, MELO-T has all but lost the musical sounds and cadence native to his home country. As an established and highly sought songwriter and producer, under his musical project and label “Music by Melo,” he unleashes his creative birthright and makes music that transcends both demographics and borders. Similarly, as a DJ, known as “MELO-T,” his original mixes regularly serve as the soundtrack to packed venues and vivacious dance floors.
Drawing inspiration from South African DJ Black Coffee and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and Sango, MELO-T’s music embraces a variety of distinctly unique genres—hip-hop, reggaeton, Latin music, and R&B, to name a few—into one pure and melodic sound known as “Afro Fusion.” Not to be confused with Afro Beats, the increasingly mainstream genre crossing airwaves from Africa, Afro Fusion is a delicate blend few have managed to master. This rare sound is just one of the many reasons why MELO-T remains one of Ottawa’s hottest artists. And his talent hasn’t gone unnoticed; over the years, his originally produced music has earned a spot on the turntables of popular Canadian DJs, including Rise Ashen, Trevor Walker, JFUN, Akpossaul, Ray Ray and DJ Kam.
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