Sheer Sound

April 2, 2014

Bra Hugh Masekelas latest – a music video tribute to Bra Alf Kumalo

Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela will celebrate his 75th birthday on April 4th in New York City with a concert performance at Lincoln Center for their Jazz At Lincoln Center series, with featured guests Paul Simon and Sibongile Khumalo.

In addition the ageless Masekela will be releasing his latest music video, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”. Taken from latest album “Playing At Work”.

The video is a unique township mbaqanga take on the Bob Dylan classic. It is also a moving tribute to Bra Hugh’s lifetime friend, and legendary South African photographer Alf Kumalo.

The video features never-before-seen footage of Bra Alf Kumalo, at work in his darkroom and shooting street scenes in Alexandra Township.

The video also includes an incredible montage of some of Bra Alf’s most iconic pictures spanning the last 50 years of world and South African history – a dizzying array of images that capture some of the most important moments and icons in our country, and the world’s, history. As well as striking photographs of the ordinary men and women who crossed Bra Alf’s path.

Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Ruth First, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Father Trevor Hudddleston, Miriam Makeba, and Muhammad Ali are all featured in private and public moments, at ease in the eye of Bra Alf’s lens.

The most telling part of the music video is a picture of a young 16-year old Hugh Masekela leaping in the air, clutching the trumpet that had been sent to him by Louis Armstrong. This iconic image became the starting point of a life-long friendship between the two young men, both of whom went on to change the world in their respective ways.

The video was directed by Brett Rubin alongside cinematographer Robert Wilson, art director Nicole Van Heerden and editor Tom Glenn. The video was produced by House of Masekela in association with Vatic, and is endorsed by the family and estate of Alf Kumalo.

March 31, 2014

Jeremy Loops Album Trading Change Debuts at No. 1 on iTunes

Trading Change, the debut album by Cape Town musician Jeremy Loops, has climbed straight to No. 1 on the iTunes SA charts on release day.

The album, which features the singles Power, Mission to the Sun (ft. Jamie Faull) and Down South (ft. Motheo Moleko), was released on 31 March on iTunes SA, with the CD release set for 7 April across stores nationwide, and a worldwide release tentatively scheduled for May 2014.

Trading Change flew to its No.1 position ahead of  the formidable Now series (Now 66) as well as new albums by international favourites Toni Braxton and Shakira. Speaking on the albums impressive sales debut, Jeremy Loops said ‘This is Crazy! We hoped the album would be well-received, but this initial response is simply overwhelming. I’m still taking it all in.’

The album’s official launch party will be held at his Kirstenbosch show on 6 April, closing out Old Mutual’s annual Summerset Concert series and Johannesburg at Katy’s Palace on the 23rd April.

Jeremy Loops will tour Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom in May in support of the album’s release, with additional European tour dates being finalised.

Download Trading Change today: www.bitly.com/loopsalbumitunes

Tracklisting:

  1. Sinner
  2. Power
  3. Down South ft Motheo Moleko
  4. Trip Fox
  5. Mission ft Jamie Faull
  6. Lonesome and Blue ft Adelle Nqeto
  7. Skinny Blues
  8. Higher Stakes
  9. Running Away ft Motheo Moleko
  10. Killer Killer
  11. My Shoes ft Motheo Moleko
  12. Basil

January 3, 2014

RIP Shaluza Max

Shaluza MaxAfter a long battle with Kidney failure, Sheer Sound is sad to announce the passing of prolific composer, singer and songwriter Shaluza Max.

Shaluza Max was a visionary artist whose tenor voice could easily adapt to a range of vocal expression. Strongly rooted in African tradition, Shaluza Max incorporated contemporary jazz with global rhythms that is voracious and versatile. Born in Kwa-Mashu, Durban began his musical career at the tender age of 14 singing in classical choirs.

At the age of 20, Shaluza saw himself touring the world playing to sold out stages with Mbongeni Ngema’s Sarafina whilst being the cast vocal coach. After his stint with Sarafina, Shaluza continued to hone his talent as a solo artist and featuring with several artists such as the Late Busi Mhlongo.

Max co-wrote and co-produced the soundtrack of the celluloid version of South African classic, Jock of the Bushveld. His voice can also be heard on the children’s cartoon hit, The Lion King.

Shaluza Max has the smile which would light up a room and would surely missed by all!!!

Funeral arrangements and memorial service information would be announced shortly.

Rest in peace Shaluza Max!!!