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Sound Portraits From Contemporary Africa- Double Disc

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Kyle Shepherd was invited to be the curator of the 49th SWR NEW Jazz Meeting 2016 in Germany.

For this exciting project entitled ‘Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa’, Shepherd, together with four of South Africa’s most progressive young Jazz musicians met up with the internationally acclaimed guitarist, Lionel Loueke [Benin / USA] to explore new dimensions of Jazz from an African perspective.

“It’s an incredible honour. I mean this is the 49th edition – and if I think of some of the names of artists that have curated the NEWJazz meeting in the past, I feel very humbled to be on that list.” said Shepherd, for whom the opportunity of performing with Loueke has been a life-long dream.

This episode of the prestigious 2016 NEWJazz Meeting comprised four days’ of rehearsals in the broadcasting studios of the Südwestrundfunk, followed by concert tour in the broadcasting area from 25 to 27 November 2016.

This Double Album comprises the best performance tracks recorded during the concert tour!

LABEL: SWR JAZZHAUS

COMPOSERS:

KYLE SHEPHERD* & LIONEL LOUEKE

MUSICIANS:

Kyle Shepherd –  piano & keyboard

Lionel Loueke  –  guitar & vocals

Mthunzi Mvubu –  saxophone,

Shane Cooper –  bass

Jonno Sweetman – drums & percussion.

PRODUCTION:

Executive Producer: Matthias Lutzweller

Label Producer: Ralf Dombrowski

Producer: Günther Huesmann

Recording Engineer: Oliver Bergner

Recording Venues: 25 Nov 2016 at  Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, 26 Nov 2016 at Sudhaus,Tübingen & 27 Nov 2016 at Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

Mixing & Mastering: Manfred Seller

Editor & Artistic Director: Günther Huesmann

Album Artwork & Layout: Nik Merkulou/ www.shutterstock.com & Günther Huesmann

℗2016, SWR ©2017, Naxos, Made in Germany

Lionel Loueke appears courtesy of Blue Note Records

*Kyle Shepherd´s Publisher: Dr Doctor Music [Admin: Sheer Publishing]

TRACK LISTING

CD1

  1. Wassoulou* – 9:33

  2. Re-invention / Johannesburg*  – 20:35

  3. Loueke* – 11:07

  4. Farafina – 13:44

  5. Quidah – 14:44

  6. A Long Way From Home* – 8:14

Total Duration: 77:59

CD2

  1. Marikana Cannot Be Forgotten* – 3:40

  2. Salaam (Peace on Earth)* – 10:11

  3. Flying Without Leaving The Ground* – 12:07

  4. Blackbird – 3:33

  5. Guri Kamma* – 9:12

  6. ICU, Part One* – 11:22

  7. ICU, Part Two* – 05:46

  8. Tin Min – 3:55

  9.  Xamissa* – 11:35

  10. Oumou* – 6:15

Total Duration:  77:38

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