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Jimmie Earl Perry’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Jimmie Earl Perry, Musician, Performer, UNAIDS’ South Africa Goodwill Ambassador and Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/Aids Management’s Educational Theatre and Creative Arts Programme releases a new album

Cape Town, April 23, 2010

Jimmie Earl Perry
Jimmie Earl Perry

The FIFA World Cup, the Icelandic volcano eruption, the release of the 2nd Jimmie Earl Perry album in South Africa… can we really handle all of this? Yes We Can!!!!! Jimmie is about to erupt on the music scene with a new album featuring the iconic South African mega group “Ladysmith Black Mambazo”. Joseph Shabalala and Jimmie have forged a dynamic relationship through music and their advocacy on HIV/Aids awareness and education.

The Power of the Dream”, Jimmie’s first South African produced album released in 2006, is still on the shelves and can be downloaded online. The new album of 11 tracks, titled “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, with familiar songs interpreted in only the way Jimmie can and new original material, will take listeners on a nostalgic and emotional journey. Tracks include Michael Jackson’s monster ballad “Man in the Mirror”; Whitney Houston’s “Step by Step”; “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” with Ladysmith Black Mambazo; and Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody”. These and the other thoroughly enjoyable and unexpected songs on the album will motivate every listener to dance, contemplate, pray, jump for joy and sing along with every note.

Jimmie says he invited other notable friends to collaborate on this project in different ways. “Inaya Day, the US based soulful dance vocalist, who has been continually charted in the music magazine, “Billboard”, with number one hit dance tracks for the last 5 years, is featured along with Sharon Kips, the Netherlands’ X-Factor winner who lent her voice and performance on a live track, “Up Where we Belong”. Kat Dyson, the sought-after female guitarist who has been in the folds of Prince, Zucchero, Sheila E, B.B. King, Oleta Adams, Cindi Lauper and many others, weaved her magic on several tracks, while Cape Town’s R&B and Gospel singer/songwriter Wilmot Fredericks and songwriter/pianist Andrew Ford both submitted new original songs tailored especially for the album.” The album was recorded at the South African Broadcasting Corporation‟s (SABC) Cape Town studios in Seapoint and Stellenbosch University’s Konservatorium studios. Pre-production started in November 2008 and has been a labour of love for all involved.

Jimmie Earl Perry has been producing the album together with the executive producer, the Africa Centre for HIV/Aids Management’s music production arm, Africa Centre Music Productions. This album, released in November 2010, will contribute to the education and awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa and around the world. Music has always been a forceful motivator for people to become more responsible and to take action on any issue that affects society.

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Anthea Abraham
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(updated by Brian Currin)


Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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