Sheer Sound

May 13, 2013

Herbie Tsoaeli scoops the Best Jazz SAMA

Herbie Tsoaeli -   African TimeSheer Sound Congratulates SAMA 19 winner for BEST JAZZ:

Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time

A well-deserved win for an amazing album with depth and scope, from an artist with extensive experience, pedigree and class [his dues in this industry duly paid]. True and definitive recognition and acclaim for an undeniably brilliant talent, and album – that embodies and personifies Herbie Tsoaeli and all his varied experiences and expressions of love, life – and everything else and in-between. Well done!

Well done also two our other two very deserving nominees in this category: Kyle Sheperd for “South African History !x” [his third SAMA nomination], and Tutu Puoane for “Breathe” [previous 2 x SAMA winner for “Best Vocal Jazz”].

kyleBOOKfinTutu Puoane - Breathe

May 10, 2013

Up close with Earl Klugh

Earl Klugh

Master guitarist EARL KLUGH has been lauded first as a prodigy and groundbreaker, then a defining figure, and ultimately, as one of the true statesmen of contemporary jazz. Known for his great tone, and heralded by Modern Guitar as “one of the finest acoustic guitar players today”, Klugh worked with George Benson and Return to Forever in the ‘70’s before striking out on his own. His breakthrough came with 1979’s “One on One” a Grammy winning collaboration with Bob James (Fourplay). Since that time the guitarist has amassed 12 Grammy nominations, most recently The Spice of Life.

Not surprisingly, the adult-aimed radio stations that have followed Klugh’s music through 23 Top Ten Billboard Jazz Chart albums (five of them No. 1). Driftin’ is also an iTunes Bestselling Jazz Song and is one of Billboard’s Hot Smooth Jazz Songs.

Up Close With Earl Klugh is brought to you by Breakout Management partnering with Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre on the 16th and 17th May 2013. Two nights that are not to be missed by the fans whereby Earl Klugh will be sharing his story of music lifetime. Soothing and entertaining the audience with his well known contemporary hits also displaying some of his recent material.


March 27, 2013

Herbie Tsoaeli, Kyle Shepherd & Tutu Puoane nominated for South African Music Awards

Sheer Sound proudly announces and recognises it’s SAMA nominees:

Herbie Tsoaeli, Kyle Shepherd and Tutu Puoane

Sheer Sound once again dominates the Jazz category of the South African Music Awards (SAMA 19). We wish all 3 very deserving nominees the very best chances of success in taking home the silverware on the night.

Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time

Seasoned veteran, and newcomer as a solo artist at the same time, double-bass man Herbie Tsoaeli pools his abundant talent, experience and expertise gained over so many years, and alongside so many greats – to create an album of diversity in terms of the variety of jazz stylings it offers – but complete perfection overall as a comprehensive South African jazz snapshot from the past to the future / from the smooth all the way through to the Avante Guarde – and all in between.

This album has been a very long time in the making and seeing release. Eagerly anticipated by so many, it does not disappoint, and has definitely been well worth the wait.

Kyle Shepherd - South African History XKyle Shepherd – South African History !X

Two time SAMA nominee and piano virtuoso, poet and activist, Kyle Shpeherd sees a third SAMA nomination (for his third album). “South African History !X” is a journey of sound; exploring, experiencing, uncovering and celebrating the moods and emotions involved in our complicated and dynamic historical journey.

‘X’ in mathematics has always alluded to the unknown. the “X’ sound in Southern African languages and culture (from the Khoisan through to the Nguni language groupings) is incredibly prevalent, and can be tracked back to the very origins of man. Witness and enjoy the amazing depth, compositional and performance skill that Kyle Shepherd embodies – and offers in such abundance – on this album.

Tutu Puoane – Breathe

Presently based in Belgium, two-time SAMA award winner (vocal jazz) Tutu Puoane sees just acclaim and recognition for yet another magnificent album offering with this nomination.

Vocally focused jazz, with haunting background jazzy music created alongside husband Ewout Pierreux and the rest of her quartet, makes for a truly special listening experience – packed with emotions and overlapping textures – for which Tutu Puoane has become well known and seriously acclaimed.