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Jasper’s Acolytes debut single

New production venture Jasper's Acolytes is a nostalgic folk project that harks back to the acoustic folk music of the 1960s. The focus is on melodies, harmonies and acoustic instruments with minimal production and a warm analogue sound. The project aims to recapture the simpler sounds of simpler times with covers of classic songs as well as moving original compositions. Debut single sleeve (c) Songwrights Publishers. The first song, a cover of the folk classic Green Leaves of Summer, will be released on the 7th of October 2022. Lyric video >>  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CEc_h4vbEZc Music link - after release
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McCully/Mackay return to their prog roots with new single "The Elixir of Life"

Cape Town  duo McCully/Mackay's varied output to date includes everything from heartfelt, anthemic rock to quirky synth-pop, but progressive music was always the foundation upon which Tully McCully and Gordon Mackay built this project. The band's latest single 'The Elixir of Life' is an expansive and haunting ballad and a return to the 70s progressive sound in a surprisingly literal way. The song was written by Tully in 1969 when he was 16 years old and despite featuring occasionally in the live repertoires of his various bands since then, it has never been recorded or fully realised until now. Artwork Laura McCullagh (c) 2022 "I was very inspired by Emerson, Lake and Palmer" says Tully "and I had a very specific idea for the kind of keyboard parts I wanted on the song. Nobody was ever able to play those kind of parts though, until I met Gordon. That's when I knew it was finally time to record it. I sent him the track without any keys or any instructi

Mystery Lesley Rae Dowling Single - a stunningly clear and emotional performance

Almost all  Lesley Rae Dowling (LRD) songs are lyrically a mystery. But a mix-up on the digital release of her  Split album resulted in another mystery. Three of her songs seemed to have gone missing. The delivery of a new production helped clear up the case. Tully McCully (McCullagh), long time producer of the singer-songwriter, while going through his archive, stumbled upon fragments of some of the early recordings he had made with the diva. Previously, in 2020 he got his hands on the multitrack tape of half of her When the night comes album and he did remixes of four songs. In 2021 he found some of her studio demos and created two new productions with them. None of them were the missing tracks. Single cover (c) Songwrights Publishers This year he worked with some out takes of a song that was recorded around the time of her self titled debut album but only made it onto her Split album some years later. A version of the song appeared to be one of the missing works from the catalogue

The Adams Legacy - Collaboration tribute single

The son of the late Cape Town superstar balladeer Zayn Adam, is Danyaal Adams. He has put together a sound recording tribute to his dad, featuring many regional artists who knew, worked with and respected the artistry of his father. The result is a kind of We are the World style anthem written specially for the project by Zahir Samsodien and produced by Taurik Blignaut, titled You're not a lone .  It took him over a year to get all the artists on board and to complete the production to his satisfaction. The single sleeve, (c) Songwrights Publishers  The release, issued under the artist name  The Adams Legacy , is slated for the 2nd of September 2022. It is hoped that it will help promote a tribute concert he is planning in their home city for 22rd October 2022. The show date was changed from this weekend due to building operations at the venue. Performing on the recording are Glenn Robertson, Madeegah Anders, Nuraan Boltman, Nur Abrahams, Fagri Isaacs, Cole Adams, Azra Adams, Zah

Chirkutt sneak out a new single

Bangladeshi folk rockers, Chirkutt sneaked a quick release last week with the track, Dekha Hok Dekha Hobe .   The song was written by lead singer Sumi. Release date - 22/7/2022 Link to music >>  https://open.spotify.com/album/6vAjfwaYBniINWz5TDYqV3?si=mZYtbvHnQqKNBWMnE7PuUA Missing text - please refresh your page!

Cape Zeebra - part 2

 In the early 1980s the Cape Town based songwriters Louis Ribeiro and Brian Sepel were a pretty active team. They wrote songs together, they also performed live and in the studio together. Both artists have since passed away. The last album they did together under the band name Zeebra was a little surprise for the local music industry. Actually it was also their only full length album. Titled Uncertain Age  it won a SARIE Award (the South African Grammy of the day) for the best rock album recorded in 1983, to the envy of many of the old hands in the game then. Cover art by Pat Humphreys (c) Songwrights Publishers  As the duo Beanstalk they released two singles on the Mountain Records label. Louis was not only a writer, he was a powerful ballad singer. This talent is very clearly illustrated on the Uncertain Age album. They recruited Phil Smiedt on bass, Savy Grande on Drums, Gary Horn on saxophone and one or two guests and booked into Jerry Barnard's B&S Studios. Murray Stew

Falling Mirror single - honours the passing of their drummer, Patrick Humphreys

Falling Mirror to release "Time – The Thief" In honour of the recent passing of iconic drummer Patrick Humphreys, Falling Mirror producer Tully McCully has released 'Time - The thief', a remix of the band’s classic track 'Time (is a Thief) ". "This is the first track we recorded as Falling Mirror" says Tully, "from Zen Boulders released in 1979. For the remix we've given the drums a lift and used modern technology to clean up the mix". Sleeve art L McCullagh (c) Songwrights Publishers The song is described by Tully as "Nielen [Mirror]'s take on the elasticity of time and the changeability of human nature. I've always thought it was one of his best vocal performances". The lyrics gain new poignancy in the light of the recent and tragic loss of Patrick, which comes nearly a decade after the sudden loss of fellow founding member and renowned guitarist Allan Faull, who provides the track's iconic guitars, a timeless s