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Michael Franks – Time Together

Michael Franks - Time TogetherMichael Franks has mesmerized an national and international legion of fans with his one-of-a-kind artistry, seamlessly weaving lyrics of stunning sensuality, wit, reflection and literary eloquence over music that tastefully utilizes top shelf shadings of jazz, soul, pop, chamber and music from around the globe.

With a career spanning close to 40 years, and having sold millions of albums and performed to sold out concert uadiences all over the world, Michael Franks is the quitessential romantic jazz poet. His impeccably warm, serene vocals combined with sophisticated, witty lyrics and heartfelt melodies have resulted in modern classics like “The Lady Wants To Know”, “Popsicle Toes”, and “When Sly Calls”. Superstars from Diana Krall to The Carpenters to Patti LaBelle have covered his songs and he has performed with everyone from Patti Page to David Sunborn.

It’s been 5 years since Michael Franks has graced us with a new album, and “Time Together” was certainly worth the wait. Produced by the like of Gil Goldstein (Esparanza Spalding, Chriss Botti, Gill Scott) and Chuck Loeb (Fourplay) and featuring such legendary musicians as Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, John Mayer, Elvis Costello), Davis Spinoza and Jason Mraz.

Dark Day for South African Jazz

Zim NgqawanaSheer Sound is very sad to report that the rumours regarding the passing of an amazing visionary, educator, innovator, man and musical talent are indeed true:

Zimasile “Zim/Zimology” Nqgawana (51) passed on this morning [10 May 2011] around 10am, after having suffered a major stroke on Saturday during his band rehearsals for an upcoming show…

He is survived by a wife and 5 children. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to them; and all else who feel this loss as deeply as we do –

Indeed a massive and gaping hole is now left in the South African musicscape. Rest in peace bra Zim – we will all miss you and your intoxicating sounds – those, like your soul, will live forever!

Biographical details are HERE for further background information as to Zim’s many impressive achievements in his relatively short lifespan.

According to Muslim custom, Zim’s body will be laid to rest today. Details regarding the funeral arrangements are a little sketchy. As far as we are able to advise through communication with the family at this juncture there will be a gathering at Zim Ngqawana’s home in Troyville, whereafter a procession will head to West Park Cemetary in Montgomery Park to lay his body to rest at 8pm.