Sheer Sound

September 5, 2014

Buena Vista Social Club goes gold in SA

 

Sheer Sound and World Circuit are very pleased to announce Buena Vista Social Club has gone GOLD in South Africa after 17 years. Recorded in just six days in 1996 with a stellar cast of Cuban musicians, Buena Vista Social Club has become a musical phenomenon.

Sheer Sound’s relationship with World Circuit stretches back to 1994 when Talking Timbuktu was released and then took off and got the world’s attention with a Grammy win. That same year Sheer began it’s indie label and now 2 decades later is celebrating it’s 20th year. It seems fitting that it would celebrate it with the achievement of Buena Vista Social Club going Gold in the Territory in the same year. Released in South Africa in 1997 making it 17 years to hit the 25 000 mark (Gold status in SA). What is quite remarkable though is that it is most likely the first Import product (finished goods or Indent as it is sometimes known) in South Africa ever to do so, as the title was never locally pressed with product shipping in from the UK.

The team at Sheer is ecstatic with this achievement and it is very pleasing to see it continue to reap rewards and get the accolades it so richly deserves. It is now an iconic album. An example of what can be achieved through beautiful music and collaboration and surrounded by amazing musicians and individuals with a humble story.

Hats off to Omara Potuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Ry Cooder, Juan de Marcos, Eliades Ochoa and the rest of the wonderful band and those dearly departed Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Compay Segundo, Cachaito Lopez and each and every past member. Well done!

Thanks and congratulations also to the World Circuit team (past and present ) Nick Gold, Claire McFadden, Jenny Adlington, Matt Robin, Seb Mann and to my Sheer Sound colleagues Damon Forbes, Alex Zarmakoupis and Kenny Tlale.

Rob Cowling
General Manager Sheer Sound
South Africa. 31 August 2014

Buena Vista Social Club

August 18, 2014

Sipho Gumede – Live Legend

Sipho Gumede - Live LegendJazz legend. Multiple Awards Winner. SA Music Icon. Gold sales status. Sakhile band member and foremost exponent of the bass guitar as a lead instrument.

This is a celebration of the best of Sipho Gumede Live.

A 20 track double disc of live recordings taken between 1997 and 2003 (Including the ultra rare What’s your name girl originally released as Banana City Jive in 1991).

Sipho Gumede passed away tragically in July 2004.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of his untimely death.

Tracklisting Disc 1:

01. Ubuntu
02. Dunbar Road
03. Blues for my Mother
04. When days are dark, friends are few
05. Hammersdale
06. Township Jive
07. Song for Johnny Dyani
08. Don’t mess with me
09. Mantombi
10. Please don’t dance

Tracklisting Disc 2:

01. Trust no one
02. What’s your name girl?
03. Peacocks today, featherdusters tomorrow
04. Alone in a strange place
05. Down freedom avenue
06. Cato Manor
07. Tugela river
08. Positive Energy
09. I Love You too
10. Jessica

August 15, 2014

Kyle Shepherd Trio Dream State CD Cape Town Launch

Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream StateThe Cape Town launch concert of the Kyle Shepherd Trio’s Double Album ‘Dream State’ will happen on Friday 29 August 2014 at UCT’s SA College of Music.

The launch of ‘Dream State’ marks the 5-year Anniversary of Shepherd’s much-lauded Trio.

The concert, presented by fineART Music and generously sponsored by Ultra Event Technical Solutions and Dunstone Wines features Shepherd, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award (SBYA) winner for Jazz and African News Network, ANN7’s 2014 Young South African of the Year Award Nominee, on piano, together with two of South Africa’s most celebrated musicians, namely, Shane Cooper – the 2013 SBYA recipient – on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.

‘Dream State’, a 21-track double disc album of Shepherd’s original compositions, features Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper on double bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums. The pre-eminent SA saxophonist, Buddy Wells, features on five of the tracks.

In this studio recording, the Trio, rather magnificently captures the fluidity, intensity and inventiveness of its live performances that has entranced audiences across South Africa and abroad. View the Official ‘Dream State’ EPK Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtOj4D_ZUaw

In her review of the official launch concert held at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 26 July 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote in Business Day that “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow. Dream State joins an impressive 2014 list of albums of the year.”

In the album’s liner notes, renowned arts journalist, Percy Mabandu succinctly described the ethos of the trio in this way:

“There’s a palpable connectedness they share as players, a connection that also touches attuned audiences at their live performances too. This band is on a search for more than beautiful notes. They are asking more of the music. Its corporeal and ethereal aspects are invoked into the simultaneous sound ritual. Each performance takes on the nature of a meditation and as Zim Ngqawana said, ‘the music must lead us towards ourselves’. ”

‘Dream State’ which was recorded by Peter Auret at the Sumo Sound Recording Studio, mixed by Pål Svenre (Sweden) and mastered by Tim Lengfeld at TL Mastering, is the 27-year old pianist’s 4th Album. His previous critically acclaimed releases, ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and South African History !X, have all garnered South African Music Award nominations.

Since the release of his debut album in 2009, Shepherd’s international career has advanced remarkably with performances, either as a solo pianist or trio, quartet and other formats in France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Denmark, South Africa at The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and The Joy of Jazz Festival, Zimbabwe at The Harare International Festival – HIFA, China and India.

The twenty-seven year old virtuoso pianist will embark on a Solo Piano Tour of Japan in September 2014 which will include a performance at the prestigious Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Japan on Sunday, 07 September 2014; after which he heads for the USA with Kesivan & The Lights for a show at Carnegie Hall, New York on the 30th of October 2014. The Kyle Shepherd Trio is billed to play at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Sandton, on 27 September 2014.

Copies of the new CD will be on sale at the launch concert and will be also be available at most major retail stores in South Africa and downloadable via all major digital platforms worldwide, during August 2014.

CONCERT INFO:

– Date: Friday, 29 August 2014
– Time: 20:30
– Duration: 80 min (one set only)
– Venue: UCT, SA College of Music (behind the Baxter Theatre), Lower Campus, off Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, Cape Town.
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