Sheer Sound

January 11, 2013

The passing of Musician, Xoli Nkosi.

Xoli NkosiSouth Africa loses yet another highly gifted Musician. Xoli Nkosi was a specialist as a Synthesized Keyboard Playerb & equally becoming a respected Pianist. He was an emotive Vocalist as well as a gifted Composer & Arranger. After graduating from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Nkosi dedicated his career to supporting many established and developing Artists with the same passion & humility.

Xoli Nkosi has been highly instrumental & selflessly involved in developing a new generation of young Professional & semi-­Professional musicians who come from the Township of Duduza, Nigel.

He was held in high esteem by his peers across the music industry. Xoli performed and/or recorded with many top Artists such as (The late) Sipho Gumede, Siphokazi, Concord Nkabinde, Andy Narell, Khaya Mahlangu, Joyous Celebration, Mama Abigail Kubheka, (The late) Prince Kupi & many more.

Xoli also released one solo album under his own name in 2004, namely Sangena. This album was co-produced with Andy Narell, and was released by the Sheer Sound label to substantial critical acclaim.

Xoli Nkosi left us after a very brief illness diagnosed as Guillain-­-Barré Syndrome. A disorder that causes the immune system to attack the outer nervous system. This rare disorder occurs to 1 in every 100 000 people. Nkosi, born 20th August 1975 met his untimely death on the 10th January 2013. He is survived by his wife Happy & their 2 children. May his soul rest in peace!!!

MEMORIAL SERVICE:
Sunday, 13th January 2013.
Time: 3 – 7pm
Venue: SIYAFUNDA, CTC. (Known as The Resource Centre) Duduza.

FUNERAL SERVICE:
Tuesday, 15th January 2013.
Time: 7.30am – 12.15pm
Venue: GYMNASIUM HALL, Duduza.

December 13, 2012

International Exhibition of Black Music extended to January 2013

The International Exhibition of Black Music currently on at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg has been extended to run through to January 2013. A entertaining and interactive experience this is a must attend for all music lovers.

More information: www.blackmusicworldwide.com/

International Exhibition of Black Music

November 13, 2012

Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa

Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Bruno Mars, REM and Fleet Foxes are just some of the superstar artists featured on this great release.

Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the latest project from Artists Project Earth (APE) and features high profile western and African musicians collaborating on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. APE travelled to Mali to record African musicians, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, Ali Farka Touré Band, and Rokia Traoré. Sessions also took place in Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland. Members of Miriam Makeba’s band and Senegalese musicians also added their brilliant musicianship to the collaborative tracks.

‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the long-awaited follow-up to the 2006 smash ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba’, its successor ‘Rhythms del Mundo: Classics’ in 2009, and 2011’s ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Revival’, all of which were released in aid of the charity Artists Project Earth (APE).

Formed in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in 2004, APE was the brainchild of founder Kenny Young and aims to raise awareness and funds for climate change and disaster relief projects.

To date the organization has mobilized some of the world’s biggest artists to help champion their cause and has provided funds to support over 300 projects worldwide, such as:

  • Reforestation initiatives in the UK, Africa, Mexico and Brazil
  • Wetland conservation in Uganda and orangutan conservation in Sumatra
  • No Tar Sands, Anti-Fracking and Biofuelwatch campaigns
  • A Special Award for the global Transition Towns movement
  • … and in times of need, to help alleviate those suffering from natural disasters.

Funds raised from this campaign will support organisations working throughout Africa to mitigate the impacts of climate change and drought.

Kenny Young, Founder and Trustee of Artists Project Earth said, “Artists Project Earth is funded entirely by sales of Rhythms Del Mundo albums. If you value our work addressing climate change and environmental justice, then please do make a donation to this good cause by purchasing a copy of our new album. Unlike most charitable donations, you get something tangible and enjoyable in return – as well as the knowledge that you are actively supporting some really well-respected organisations and projects. We are known as the ‘Fairy God-Funders’ of the climate change movement – please help us to continue spreading our magic!

Album Tracklisting:

1. Viva La Vida (Africa Mix) – Coldplay
2. I MissYou (Africa Mix) – Beyoncé
3. She Said (Africa Mix) – Plan B
4. I Need a Dollar (Africa Mix) – Aloe Blacc
5. Not Afraid (Africa Mix) – Eminem, TS1
6. Timshel (Africa Mix) – Mumford and Sons
7. Is This Love? – Rokia Traore
8. Under the Bridge (Africa Mix) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Mykonos (Africa Mix) – Fleet Foxes
10. Losing My Religion (Africa Mix) – REM, Ali Farka Toure Band
11. I Am Because – Shanade
12. Grenade (Africa Mix) – Bruno Mars
13. John and Yoko – Rokia Traore

Check out the full video for COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida #RhythmsDelMundo African reworking:

About Artists Project Earth:

APE has funded over 300 projects and awareness-raising initiatives around the world that combat climate change and develop local resilience and solutions to climate injustice – and it also gives emergency funding for natural disaster relief.

www.apeuk.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArtistsProjectEarth