Category Archives: Jazz

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!!!

Kyle Shepherd is the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz!

Sheer Sound is proud to announce that Kyle Shepherd has been named the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz! The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards recognise young South African artists who demonstrate outstanding artistic talent.

The twenty-six year old Cape Town-born virtuoso has already released three critically-acclaimed South African Music Award-nominated albums, namely ‘fineART’, ‘A Portrait of Home’ and ‘South African History !X’, and is steadily gaining a reputation internationally as one of South Africa’s most influential and inventive Jazz pianists and composers of his generation.

Shepherd is set to launch his debut solo piano album, which was recorded in Japan in September 2012, in the East- Asian country during November 2013.
Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has also performed in Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, China, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with notable concert appearances at the 2013 Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), Der Sendesaal, (Germany), Reformierte Dorfkirche Kleinhüningen (Switzerland), Hallenbad Kultur Am Schactweg, Wolfsburg (Germany), Klubschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China) and The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark).

Jazz E and fineART Music in association with The Wits Theatre (with support from Sheer Sound) will present The Kyle Shepherd Trio featuring Shepherd on piano, Shane Cooper (the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Jazz) on double bass and Jonno Sweetman, at the The Atrium, Wits University on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8pm. Bookings can be made via Strictly Tickets, online at or by calling 082 553 5901.

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