Monday, July 10, 2006
M.E.L.T. making Busi Mhlongo Live DVD
Robert has spent most of the last 12-years working closely with many of the most important traditional and cultural musicians from South Africa, and so he has so many stories to tell.
He is coming down from Cullinan to work with Murray Anderson from Milestone Studios on the final edits of a DVD of Busi Mhlongo Live, and I will definitely be joining them in the studio for that!
Busi has been one of the few artists that I have ever heard that brought me to tears during a sound check. She was part of the final presentation evening, in November 2003, to FIFA in South Africa's bid for the 2010 World Cup. We had a big marquee stretched out on the front lawn of the main house, at Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West, and I was the only person there to witness her.
She was performing songs from her internationally acclaimed album Urban Zulu, and the power and beauty with which she expressed herself was just too much for me!
Produced by former Soul II Soul producer Will Mowat, this album was just one of the many many successful recordings to be released under Roberts label, as it is still considered to be one of the most exciting World Music CD's to be released from South Africa. Busi spent 2 months on the # 1 spot of the Billboard's World Music charts...
This is why I am so excited - being able to watch some of the process, watch the masters at work.
I will definitely get some footage for Peak, so keep an eye out here!