November and December 2009 Newsletter

While South Africa and Cape Town in particular has been gripped in World Cup 2010 fever, I have had a most interesting November and December.

I started November in the studio in Fish Hoek. I got a 'bee in my bonnet' about remixing some of the songs from Vol 1 and Vol 2 and they have come out very well. I am very excited.

Then the long awaited video for Otupam was shot but this time will be to the remix version. It was great fun and huge thanks to Pipas Forjaz and Mickey Fonseca for their hard work. Fellas, despite the slight drama at the end it was fun! Thank you to the people of Maputo who joined me on the ferry and in the market. Muito Obrigado.

I played at a great function for CineVideo and attended a stunning party for Vodacom. I flew to Johannesburg for a birthday party and then back to Maputo for the 4 hour inaugural LAM flight to Luanda. We were flown business class and the service was amazing. I was in the company of top Maputo businessmen and politicians.

Back in Cape Town I attended a most interesting function where I had to supply an angel which was auctioned for a most worthy cause "Make-A-Difference". My angel was a beautiful white wire lady with a saxophone and she stood on one of my CD's.

On the 26th, I performed with John Hassan and Xolisa at the Hudson. Thanks to Gerald and Carol Philips for having us and for their support of me over many years.

I flew back to Maputo on the 27th to attend the Escola Nacionale de Musica annual concert. Oh goodness, what a special night. I was so emotional. It was very special and I was so honoured to be involved with such a fantastic bunch of special people. 600 mums, dads, sisters and brothers came to listen to their siblings. CCFM was overflowing with proud families. What a night. It was also a pleasure to see representatives of government and corporate Maputo who came to see what the school is doing.

Saturday was the fun party at the school that was great. All the students and teachers attended and had loads of fun dancing and cutting the cake. I had a fabulous lunch with them.

I was very honoured to be asked by the United Nations Aids representative in Maputo to create a song for International Aids Day. The song is called Silent Voices and was sung by students of the Escola Nacionale de Musica for the Mozambican president on December 1, 2009.

Another highlight is that our album Vol 2 Citizen of the World has been nominated by The Independent Music Awards in the category best Album Art for the photography by Zwelethu Mthethwa.

'Reflecting a broad spectrum of the global and independent music scene, a eclectic mix of self-released and independent label talent from six continents were named by Music Resource Group as Nominees for the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards. With over 250 nominees in the running, the winners in the categories of Song, Album, Design and Music Video categories will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges. For the past 10 yeas, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through the Independent Music Awards. Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musicians' Atlas, The IMA uses its unrivalled access to performance, promotion and distribution opportunities to connect winners and nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities'

As December starts drawing to a close, I wish you all a healthy, happy 2010 and may it be prosperous for us all.

Feliz Natal,