Huge thank-you to Rob Garratt at Time Out Dubai for this EP feature!
Nkosi’s Haven is an NGO in South Africa who provide care and support for HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not).
We had the opportunity to visit the Nkosi’s Haven village in Alan Manor, Johannesburg. The village covers 2.5 acres of land, and it houses 31 mothers and 98 children, of which roughly half are orphaned.
As soon as we arrived the community made us feel really welcome, and the children just wanted to hug, play, sing and dance…
We sang UNITE with the children singing the chorus and played some music games. Jus Rolle gave the kids a motivational speech making them smile and encouraging them to nurture their talent and perform with confidence.
Music can have a healing power, it really does change lives.
There is proof of that at Nkosi’s Haven… :)
Listening to James Pants. So raw, I LOVE it…
and this song ‘Flyin’ high’ by Delicate Steve.. (great name btw) puts me in a nice place.
Well, I meant to blog a bit more while here, but the week disappeared.. leaving already tomorrow! :-(
We finished the E.P recording, now just some extra strings, horns, perhaps a choir ;-) and then the final mixing and mastering.
We’ll be looking at Feb time for the official release :-) *smiles*
I have to stop thinking about having the final thing out there because its like waiting for Christmas when you’re 4 years old!!!
Have some more footage from the studio, just awaiting the edits. So will post them as the conclusive part 3 very soon!
In the meantime, remember this drink=========== the BEST cider in the world!!!
Here I am in London town, recording my debut E.P at Miloco studios, Shoreditch!
We’re recording 5 tracks that I’ve pre-written, produced by Adam Nicholas and Colin Emmanuel.
I’m super excited because I started working with these guys 4/5 years ago, and then time just passed and it seemed like we’d never properly release the music we created..
But we picked things back up a earlier this year.. and with the help of MICHECK ENT. gathered the momentum back up and decided to re-visit the songs, and make it happen!
I still love these songs and wanna put them out there and see what happens.
I hope you enjoy them too!
Music coming soon!!
For now here are some pics from the session :-)
Who said 13 is an unlucky number? ;)
Had an incredible photoshoot for MICHECK!
Photographer, hairstylist, make-up artist.. all did a wonderful job!
I did my own styling with my new Miami purchases. (Those shopping trips paid off ;))
Here are a few behind the scenes camera phone shots..
Can’t wait to see the professional final product :)
Will blog on those when they’re done!
Part 2 of the day was back at Jazz in the gardens/ soul in the gardens ;)
What a line-up!
I’m a massive fan of Musiq Soulchild.. he is a real artist!
About to release his 6th album.. and such a humble presence.
What a voice! damn!!!!!!
(In a musical- non romantic sense ;))
His music makes you feel..
Then EN VOGUE!
Such beautiful women! What voices!!!
The songs took me back…
Went a bit crazy when they performed “Whatta man”!
and of course.. “Giving him something he can feel”
Then the legendary Gladys Knight.. damn! She even brought on one of the Pips!!
She was AMAAAZING!!
what can I say!
She covered “If you don’t know me by now” and “End of the road”
Nearly cried there! ;P
This is one of my favourite songs..
She is still looking and sounding as beautiful as ever, and she has so much soul and character!
Love her <3
…Legend after legend…
the ISLEY BROTHERS!!
Damn, the band was incredible!!
I dont really know what to say..