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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!

Joe Shirimani na Vana Va Ndonda

Joe Shirimani na Vana Va Ndonda - BananaFresh Shaangan traditional, electro and Disco, from the undisputed king of modern Xitsonga music. This album was carefully and cleverly crafted, composed and produced to cater for a broad market base of both young and old.

After a long break from the music business (while focusing on Sangoma studies) Joe Shirimani has proved that he is still the undisputed king of Xitsonga music as both a producer and a recording artist.

2011 has marked a big year for Joe Shirimani. He has this year reopened his recording studio, and released a classic award winning album “Joe Shirimani na Bangoni Bandawu” [nominated for the “Best Xitsonga Album” category (2011 SATMA AWARDS); winning an award for the “Best Xitsonga Disco” Album, and another for “Best Producer” at the M.L.fm Awards].

Joe Shirimani, together with his protégé Prince Rhangani, also discovered and produced an award the award winning “Best Xitsonga Male artist” of 2011 – Benny Mayengani (Tiba Ben)

After huge success on the albums released early this year, and market pressure for more of their kind, Joe Shirimani together with Prince Rhangani, Benny Mayengani and his younger Brother and Sister took time from their busy schedule to work on this new project.

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.