May/June 2008 Newsletter

I confess that as much as I adore Cape Town, winter is a difficult time. It is cold, dark and rainy! So I try and find things to keep me warm. The obvious are the duvet, dvd's and hot chocolate but this year I chose to go into the studio!

We have started recording for the next album and it was an intense but cosy two weeks in May. Paris's studio in Fishhoek is like being in another part of Cape Town all together. It is peaceful and positioned in a beautiful spot overlooking the bay of Fishhoek. Most of the time as I drive over Ou Kaapseweg or along the coast road, there is no cellphone reception so it gives me time to listen to music in the car or just think of the task ahead.

Cape Town is truly blessed to have such talented musicians living in her city and I am blessed that they agreed to play on the album. My task as a producer is made so much easier when these guys come to the studio with no airs and graces, just great musicianship and we often had the take in 3 go's. So much so that we often did another take just 'for luck!'. The energy was amazing and kept me focussed. I am still high from the music we have created so far. We are not finished yet but we are well on our way.

I have been saddened like so many others by the xenophobic drama that has unfolded in various parts of the country. It worries me that as Africans we have so many challenges everyday, the last thing we need is to be fighting amongst ourselves. The response by South Africans on the ground has been amazing and extremely generous which is heartwarming. Africans must stand together side by side if we are to be taken seriously by the rest of the world. Violence is never the answer.

There is a lovely Nigerian saying that says " He who forgives gains the victory"

We haven't been performing much but it looks like there are some exciting gigs coming up in the months ahead so keep an eye on the gig guide.

I did play an interesting gig last week at my old Alma Mater UCT with Mdu Mtshali on keys, Tony Paco on drums, Helder Gonzaga on bass guitar. I had a lot of fun and thank you to these guys for making such an effort.

"You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla"
- Congolese saying