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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!

Sheer Sound signs Kyle Shepherd

Sheer Sound is very proud to announce the signing of highly acclaimed South African Jazz pianist and composer, Kyle Shepherd.

Sheer Sound now represents both of Kyle Shepherd’s amazing, and SAMA nominated, albums: “fineART” & “A Portrait of Home”; as well as his eagerly anticipated brand new studio album: “South African History !X”, due for release to trade end March.


In essence, Shepherd’s latest release “South African History !X” represents a profoundly fitting soundtrack to the history of his home country, South Africa:

“x in mathematics represents the unknown. For my generation of young South Africans, large parts of our history still remain unknown. Many of us are, however, committed to knowing ourselves through knowing our country and the truth around its history. Like all my work, this still remains a sincerely musical statement, with the music also offering a path to self-discovery.” Kyle Shepherd

Throughout the 13-track album, tracks such as “Sound Portrait of a Modern African Man”, “Xan Do Do – with piano improvisation” (featuring a sample of the Bushmen of the Kalahari) and the 3-part “Cape Genesis Suite” comprising the pieces: “Xam Premonitions”, “Slave Labour” (featuring the legendary Zim Ngqawana [R.I.P]) and “Cape Flats Lament”, poignantly and succinctly trace important landmarks in his country’s history, from its ancient beginnings, through periods of colonial and apartheid oppression into the modern era of liberation and globalisation.

While naturally drawing on the rich tapestry of traditional South African music and Jazz, Shepherd’s musical works also point towards the evolvement of his own authentic voice, which, as renowned South African Jazz guru Gwen Ansell aptly put it, “live in the jazz world but are never imprisoned by it“.


Both of Shepherd’s previous Albums ‘fineART’ and ‘A Portrait of Home’ attracted South African Music Award nominations, and drew considerable recognition worldwide from respected jazz critics and discerning music listeners alike.

Shepherd’s stature as a performer at home and abroad has grown tremendously over the past few years – and has led to celebrated performances in Japan, Holland, France, Belgium, The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), the Århus Jazz Festival (Denmark) as well as The Cape Town International Jazz and Joy of Jazz Festivals in South Africa.

In a move that will see Shepherd’s music being distributed globally, his independent record label, fineART Music has signed a worldwide licensing and distribution deal with Sheer Sound – with exclusivity being granted to Sunnyside Music in the USA & Templit Ltd in Germany. A Japanese distributor will be announced shortly.


Thursday, 5 April 2012 at 8:30pm at the Baxter Theatre (Concert Hall), Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Tickets are R 90 (R 80 students and Pensioners) and available from www.computicket.com

The concert line-up is formidable, with Shepherd (piano), Buddy Wells (sax), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums), who all feature on the new album; as well as Darren English (trumpet/flugel horn) and Ethan Smith (alto sax).

The new album will be available for sale on the night.