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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.

Bholoja’s Swazi Soul

Bholoja - Swazi SoulBholoja is Swaziland’s fast rising & shining star – fast making impact and name for himself in South Africa, Africa and France!

His intriguing and easy listening blend of afro-pop, traditional music and afro-blues (with an even more vibey and personable stage show); his combining of strong messages of hope and emotion through the perfect vehicle of a haunting voice and impressive vocal range:

“…, but THE performance of the festival- the one that blew this writer away- goose bumps and all: Bholoja! Playing a unique blend of Swazi Soul with an entrancing stage performance, dollops of good humour and rich lyrics – it took only one song to stir the crowd into a rapturous frenzy!” John Cohen on Bushfire Festival.

Bholoja already has the interest and attention of the South African public and media and marketplace after playlisting and touring, likewise 3 tours to France over the last 6 months have a lot to say about his quality and appeal!

His album ‘Swazi Soul’ is out 31 May 2011.