“This is an album which presents Kyle Shepherd, who has only just passed the age of just 30, as a major creative figure from the South African scene, and has given him an ideal context in which to prove again how good he is. The opportunity to have Loueke alongside him means that the music can roam in many more fascinating directions. I have listened about five times so far, and this album is still revealing more.….”
Sound Portraits From Contemporary Africa
SWR NewJazz Meeting 2016
Kyle Shepherd was invited to be the curator of the 49th SWR NEWJazz 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
KYLE SHEPHERD* & LIONEL LOUEKE
Kyle Shepherd – piano & keyboard
Lionel Loueke – guitar & vocals
Mthunzi Mvubu – saxophone,
Shane Cooper – bass
Jonno Sweetman – drums & percussion.
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]
- Wassoulou* – 9:33
- Re-invention / Johannesburg* – 20:35
- Loueke* – 11:07
- Farafina – 13:44
- Quidah – 14:44
- A Long Way From Home* – 8:14
Total Duration: 77:59
- Marikana Cannot Be Forgotten* – 3:40
- Salaam (Peace on Earth)* – 10:11
- Flying Without Leaving The Ground* – 12:07
- Blackbird – 3:33
- Guri Kamma* – 9:12
- ICU, Part One* – 11:22
- ICU, Part Two* – 05:46
- Tin Min – 3:55
- Xamissa* – 11:35
- Oumou* – 6:15
Total Duration: 77:38