Cape Town, April 23, 2010
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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(updated by Brian Currin)