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Sheer Sound recognises its SAMA Award Nominees

Adam Glasser – nominated in the “Best Jazz” category for the album “Mzansi”

An album which The Sunday World proclaims is ‘an inspired record that captures the essence of South African jazz’. That Gwen Ansell says “deliberately confronts listeners’ perceptions of musical categories and what does and does not belong in the box. Glasser wants us to sit up and acknowledge the validity of the South African jazz heritage”. An album that may well earn Glasser repeat SAMA honours, having scooped a previous award in 2012 for his debut album: ‘Free at First.’

Glasser has recently performed at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival [30th March] with a lineup including Khaya Mahlangu, Pinise Saul, and Bheki Khoza. The outfit is scheduled to perform at “Bushfire Festival” (Swaziland, 27th May) & “Hilltop Live” ( 2nd June). Adam Glasser has also managed to secure sponsorship from Honer mouth organs – and has recently conducted successful harmonica workshop at the Trevor Huddleston Centre in Sophiatown, as well as in Gugulethu (29th March).

Joe Shirimani Na Vana Va Ndoda – nominated in the hotly contested “Best Traditional Music” category for the album “Banana”.

The undisputed King of Shangaani disco is now back to music after a noticeable gap – where he studied and became a fully fledged traditional healer. Joe goes head to head with various big names, from divergent cultures and musical backgrounds, to fight for top honours on the night. Sheer Sound wishes him well!

King Barella – Return of the King

King Barella - Return of the KingGauteng based kwaito artist signed to the successful production team of Hithouse Records – Robbie Malinga and Mjakes Thebe. The follow up album to his 2009 debut, which featured YFM no. 1 hit “1 day one day”. The artist is endorsed by Orlando Pirates and already a favourite in the Soweto region.

If you thought Kwaito is overshadowed by house, think again. King Barella a Soweto born 29-year old Kwaito artist and songwriter begs to disagree. King Barella is not a stranger to the industry. While he was out and about with his life during his Kwaito singer wanna-be days as a young boy. He was a member of famous group Getsa getsa led by Doc Shebeleza.

He was also part of TS Records as the member of ‘Izinyoka’ album. This time around, Mzansi will be blown away by King Barella’s message on a number of tracks in this album. He adds, “I truly believe this is my time to shine. I know with a track like Sgebengu, Izinto zanzimali , Hamba Phas’ and the controversial song Dunusa, a lot of people will relate to the message and not only sing along but they will also dance and enjoy it in different places of entertainment.”

Adam Glasser – Mzansi

Adam Glasser - MzansiWinner of 2010 “Best Jazz” SAMA for his debut solo album “Free at First”. Adam Glasser comes with a remarkable pedigree and some amazing experience! Please do read on around this impressive individual:

Son of Stanley ‘Spike’ Glasser, who was musical director of ‘King Kong’, Adam was exposed and fell in love with quality SA jazz at a tender age. Hanging at Dorkay House in the ‘70’s with a myriad of jazz legends – Adam at this time also freelanced with Martha Reeves and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Introduced to Dudu Pukwana by bassist Ernest Mothle, Adam joined Zila in 1985 where he met Lucky Ranku and long time vocalist and collaborator Pinise Saul. The group toured Spain, Italy and Belgium. It was Dudu who first recorded Adam’s composition ‘August One’ – (now on the syllabus of the Associated Board of Royal Schools Music) – & featured on the album Zila ’86.

In 1990 Adam became pianist and musical director for the Manhattan Brothers. This led to a 16 year collaboration and several gigs and albums…

Through the 1990’s Adam increasingly specialized in the rarely played chromatic harmonica. This led to albums, films, tv sessions and deputizing for Stevie Wonder. Adam has also performed and recorded with the likes of Sting, the Eurythmics, Toots Thielemans, Incognito, Chaka Kahn as well as the London Philharmonic/ BBC Symphony and the Welsh National Opera Orchestras.

Adam Glasser with his second solo offering ‘Mzansi’ presents a mixture of straight ahead jazz, covers of South African jazz hits, as well as original compositions – all driven by Adam’s distinctive chromatic harmonica and amazing production expertise. This album features an all star SA jazz cast including: Fana Zulu (bass); Basi Mahlasela (perc); Kaya Mhlangu (sax); Sydney Mavundla (trumpet); Rob Watson (drums); David Serame (vox) – to name a few