Category Archives: Jazz

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.


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.

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!!!

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

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