Crossover: (Video) Sterling EQ – Weeping (ft. Muzukidz) (2019)

Cape Town’s acclaimed, SAMA award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ has released a music video epic of their rendition of the Dan Heymann song “Weeping”. The video, shot in the heart of Cape Town, stretching from Khayelitsha to Table Mountain, features the all-woman trio as well as a group of children from Muzukidz, a local organisation that offers violin tuition to children from low income township families.

The video follows the story of one of the children and her mother, journeying from their humble home deep within the township, to their respective destinations in town. The wonderful story of hope and opportunity that is revealed, is juxtaposed with the mother character’s slog, while her connection with her daughter remains a strong thread throughout.

“Arranging a song that is larger than life and steeped in history, is a good challenge. Our rendition of Weeping is simplistic and humble, reflecting the beauty of the melody and allowing the listener to feel the gravity of Heymann’s composition, and to reassess where we currently stand as South Africans, perhaps”, says Bruwer. “The video is very close to our hearts and we are delighted to feature the beautiful and talented MUZUKIDZ in this South African story of hope, sacrifice and opportunity. We have poured our hearts into this short film and we can only hope that South Africans will resonate with the sounds, the feelings and the messages of hope, without having to deny the pathos therein.”

Thanks for the beautiful description to Carina Bruwer. For more details about the group please visit their website. 🙂

African: (Video) Ndlovu Youth Choir – Shape Of You (Cover) (ft. Wouter Kellerman – Flute) (2018)

Can participation in a music program change the lives of even the world’s most disadvantaged children? The choristers of the Ndlovu Youth Choir are living proof that it certainly can. This vibrant youth choral ensemble chants, harmonizes, and tip-toe-taps their way through a powerful 11-language repertoire that includes a sampling of all things South Africa: from isicathamiya (is-caht-a-MEE-ya), the a cappella genre accompanied only by body percussion, made famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to ancient tribal chants, contemporary gospel, Afro-pop and Afro-jazz from the repertoires of Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and uplifting choral music written exclusively for the choir. (Youtube Video Description)

Founded in 2009, this exuberant group has toured southern Africa and Europe with their multi-sensorial performances to significant critical and audience acclaim. The members are selected by audition from the young people from the Ndlovu Care Group, a community program providing healthcare, early childhood education, after-school activities, and more to rural Moutse, Limpopo, South Africa. Program directors find that, because of the time commitment of the choir, as well as the values of self-discipline, self- confidence, and leadership that participation imbues, choristers have lower rates of drug use, delinquency, and teen pregnancy than their peers. (Youtube Video Description)

Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman received a 2015 Grammy® Award at the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Winds Of Samsara reached #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart and also peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 International Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014, winning both the ZMR ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best World Album’ awards. Kellerman’s newest album LOVE LANGUAGE was released in August 2015 and debuted at nr 1 on the World Music Billboard charts in its first week. Love Language draws influence from Senegal and Spain, Cuba and India, Greece and the United States. (More on Wouter’s official website).

Arabic: (Video) The Ayoub Sisters – Tamally Maak & Nour El Ein (Amr Diab Cover) (2016)

Sarah and Laura Ayoub perform their arrangement of Amr Diab’s ‘Tamally Maak’ & ‘Nour El Ein’. They are joined by Giulio Romano Malaisi (guitar) & Daniele Antenucci (percussion) in the atmospheric setting of Cafe Momo, London.

Since making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Scottish – Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub have had a meteoric start to their career. Discovered by Mark Ronson and now signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM; the multi-instrumentalist sisters recorded their debut album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart.

The duo have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, The Embassy of Egypt, The Cairo Opera House, touring with choirmaster Gareth Malone and a record-breaking debut in China of 13 performances in 4 days. More on their official website.

Original versions of the songs by Amr Diab:

Tamally Maak, also often Tamally Ma’ak is an international Arabic language song by the Egyptian pop star Amr Diab in 2000 from his album of the same name.

“Tamally Maak”, meaning “Always with you”, is written by Ahmed Ali Moussa and the music for the song was composed by Sherif Tag. Original arrangement was by Tarek Madkour. The very popular video was filmed in Czech Republic and the instrumentation prominently included the classic guitar. (Source: Wikipedia)

Nour El Ain (Light of The Eye) is Egyptian singer Amr Diab’s most successful album. It was released in 1996 and became a tremendous success not only in the Middle East but worldwide. The title track and its English version “Habibi”, was an international phenomenon, becoming a crossover hit in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Argentina, Chile, France, and South Africa. The song was remixed by several European arrangers and has become a big pull on the dance floors of Europe. The video clip, also produced by Alam El Phan for the song “Nour El Ain”, was one of the most lavish and expensive productions in Egyptian pop music at the time. “Nour El Ain” was at the time the best selling album ever released by an Arabic artist. (Source: Wikipedia)

Experimental: (Video) Tinariwen (+IO:I) – Sastanàqqàm (I Question) (2017)

Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed in 1979 in Tamanrasset, Algeria, but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001 with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions, and with performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Their popularity rose internationally with the release of the critically acclaimed Aman Iman in 2007. NPR calls the group “music’s true rebels,” AllMusic deems the group’s music “a grassroots voice of rebellion,” and Slate calls the group “rock ‘n’ roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn’t just metaphorical.” (Wikipedia)

A thousand miles from their homeland in northern Mali, across a vast expanse of desert, the music of Tinariwen has found shelter in the hearts of six young musicians from M’hamid el Ghizlane. They were only boys when the desert rockers first visited their home, back in 2006, but they saw an immediate reflection of their own dreams and aspirations in the music they heard. In the years that followed they learned the Tinariwen songbook note for note, word for word, even though they couldn’t speak a word of Tamashek, the language of the Touareg.

When Tinariwen returned to M’hamid in 2016 to record a new album, those young disciples from M’hamid had achieved a remarkable mastery of the desert guitar repertoire. The torch had been passed from hand to hand and heart to heart across the great desert. The young musicians from M’hamid were invited to perform Abdallah’s ‘Sastaqanam’, standing in for their older brothers and playing with uncanny fidelity. But first the members of Tinariwen wrapped new turbans around the heads of their young acolytes, marking not only the passage from boyhood to manhood according to ancient desert custom, but also the transmission of their music across the generations, a transmission that is taking place in the hearts of youth from every corner of the great Sahara. (Youtube Description)