DJ Qness Records Vocals at The Cooler

L-R Singer Maleh, DJ Qness and Liswa

DJ Qness dropped by recently to record vocals for a new track he’s working on. I often do this for house and hip hop artists who know that a great vocal recording adds heaps of production value to their projects for relatively little cost. These artists take all the time they need to perfect their beats and rehearse before coming to The Cooler to take their tracks to the next level.

Cooler Afro Soul

L-R Co-Producers Xolani Thabethe and Bafana Nkosi, Noxolo Hlatshwayo and Thabo Mpowa

Sheer Sound artist Noxolo Hlatshwayo has recorded three songs for her soon-to-be-released debut album at The Cooler. Production of the project lay in the capable hands of Bafana Nkosi and Xolani Thabethe who did an excellent job building the tracks using a combination of programmed and live elements. Add Noxolo’s beatiful voice and a generous helping of Cooler magic to the mix and the result is a rich, Afro Soul sound that I expect will be all over the South African airwaves this summer. Best of luck to you Noxolo.

UNICEF WASH

Parched Earth from Leonie Marinovich on Vimeo.

I recently did audio work on five films that are part of a UNICEF campaign called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – http://www.unicef.org/wash/). The documentaries were shot in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria and it’s shocking to see the unsanitary conditions under which billions (!) of people live. Almost a billion people don’t even have clean water to drink and it’s killing them.

All the videos are informative and beautifully shot, but I liked the Nigerian one in particular because the central character is an amazing woman who likes to use the word sh!# to endear herself to the children in the villages she visits. She obviously has a great sense of humor, but is also very strong and determined. At one point she says “When we first came to the villages it was not a small thing. There was talk of war.”

My contribution to this worthwhile project was to record the voice-overs, mix the audio and compose music for two of the pieces (Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia). I can compose in most popular genres and produce in any.

I am also building a library of African music, so if you are a musician who plays traditional instruments and you live in the Johannesburg area, please give me a call.

Global Girl Media – Kruger

If You Can Dream It… from GlobalGirl Media on Vimeo.

Global Girl Media (www.globalgirlmedia.org) came all the way from Los Angeles, USA to train 20 South African girls to be reporters during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The world’s largest sporting event proved to be an excellent learning opportunity and the students covered some interesting topics.

Taking a look at the local music scene was one of their main objectives and the girls landed interviews with the legendary Hugh Masekela and Kruger (Boy Zulu), a Cooler Productions artist (Kwaito, Hip-Hop). The Kruger piece, which features some brilliant commentary by yours truly, can be viewed above.

It was nice to meet you girls and I’m glad you had fun in the studio. I think you all can look forward to bright futures. And if you are a South African girl interested in pursuing a career in the media, I suggest you look up Global Girl. Maybe you can convince them to come back for another course!

Redhand Champions Healthy Breasts

Redhand had the distinct pleasure of playing to benefit The Breast Health Foundation this past Saturday. The gig was held at The Blues Room in Sandton and we shared the stage with several great local bands. We have organizer Kevin Pillay to thank for our inclusion in the concert. It was a blast. Thanks also to the other bands, the photographers, The Blues Room, and Carmen Reed at The Breast Health Foundation. Not one of you is a boob.