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Buena Vista Social Club goes gold in South Africa

 

Sheer Sound and World Circuit are very pleased to announce Buena Vista Social Club has gone GOLD in South Africa after 17 years. Recorded in just six days in 1996 with a stellar cast of Cuban musicians, Buena Vista Social Club has become a musical phenomenon.

Sheer Sound’s relationship with World Circuit stretches back to 1994 when Talking Timbuktu was released and then took off and got the world’s attention with a Grammy win. That same year Sheer began it’s indie label and now 2 decades later is celebrating it’s 20th year. It seems fitting that it would celebrate it with the achievement of Buena Vista Social Club going Gold in the Territory in the same year. Released in   South Africa in 1997 making it 17 years to hit the 25 000 mark (Gold status in SA).  What is quite remarkable though is that it is most likely the first Import product (finished goods or Indent as it is sometimes known) in South Africa ever to do so, as the title was never locally pressed with product shipping in from the UK.

The team at Sheer is ecstatic with this achievement and it is very pleasing to see it continue to reap rewards and get the accolades it so richly deserves. It is now an iconic album. An example of what can be achieved through beautiful music and collaboration and surrounded by amazing musicians and individuals with a humble story.

Hats off to Omara Potuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Ry Cooder, Juan de Marcos, Eliades Ochoa and the rest of the wonderful band and those dearly departed Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Compay Segundo,  Cachaito Lopez and each and every past member. Well done!

Thanks and congratulations also to the World Circuit team (past and present ) Nick Gold, Claire McFadden, Jenny Adlington, Matt Robin, Seb Mann and to my Sheer Sound colleagues Damon Forbes, Alex Zarmakoupis and Kenny Tlale.

Rob Cowling
General Manager Sheer Sound
South Africa. 31 August 2014

Buena Vista Social Club

Jeremy Loops Album Trading Change Debuts at No. 1

Trading Change, the debut album by Cape Town musician Jeremy Loops, has climbed straight to No. 1 on the iTunes SA charts on release day.

The album, which features the singles Power, Mission to the Sun (ft. Jamie Faull) and Down South (ft. Motheo Moleko), was released on 31 March on iTunes SA, with the CD release set for 7 April across stores nationwide, and a worldwide release tentatively scheduled for May 2014.

Trading Change flew to its No.1 position ahead of the formidable Now series (Now 66) as well as new albums by international favourites Toni Braxton and Shakira. Speaking on the albums impressive sales debut, Jeremy Loops said ‘This is Crazy! We hoped the album would be well-received, but this initial response is simply overwhelming. I’m still taking it all in.’

The album’s official launch party will be held at his Kirstenbosch show on 6 April, closing out Old Mutual’s annual Summerset Concert series and Johannesburg at Katy’s Palace on the 23rd April.

Jeremy Loops will tour Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom in May in support of the album’s release, with additional European tour dates being finalised.

Download Trading Change today: www.bitly.com/loopsalbumitunes

Tracklisting:

  1. Sinner
  2. Power
  3. Down South ft Motheo Moleko
  4. Trip Fox
  5. Mission ft Jamie Faull
  6. Lonesome and Blue ft Adelle Nqeto
  7. Skinny Blues
  8. Higher Stakes
  9. Running Away ft Motheo Moleko
  10. Killer Killer
  11. My Shoes ft Motheo Moleko
  12. Basil

Alison Moyet – Live in South Africa

Alison Moyet