In a world that goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds, Leo Dale joins forces with some of Australia’s finest musicians – Ray Pereira, Doug de Vries and Zvi Belling to sing about the pace of change. On a bed of Afro Brazilian rhythm.
When I was in India a couple of times last year, I caught up with my old friend from Melbourne – Simon Hewitt. In October, I recorded an EP for him in Ganeshpuri. Here are a couple of the audio takes that ended up on the release that I managed to video as well.
Lamine Sonko singing about the Senegalese traditional wrestling game. The names in the song are the big wrestling champions in Senegal. Pape Moussa Sonko (Lamine’s brother) is mentioned in the song, he is a wrestler and also a very famous dancer.
Fiona Roake made the trip across the Tasman from New Zealand to Australia in the mid 90s to study theatre. In this song she combines her lifelong love of music and spoken word to capture the feeling of losing your motherland when you call a new place home.
David Bridie sings The Centre Cannot Hold from the Fiasco album by My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
David says of this song -
From the W B yeats poem..”things fall apart, the centre cannot hold”..a war reflection..pretty simple tune, just blocked piano and droning strings … listened to Robert Wyatt’s “stalingrad” off “nothing can stop us” and then saw a doco set in Kabul in the winter time during the current war .. the parallel struck me…. there’s lighter songs on the album, this aint one of them:)
Mal Webb sings his song – Ad for beer – featuring vocal, guitar and some of Mal’s evolved vocalisations. He wrote it after Chick Ratten of the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy told him his music was “not a good ad for beer” and made Mal realise who his audience REALLY was . . . Good on you Chick !
“You’re a freak” – Ani DiFranco
“I didn’t know beatboxing could be so musical” – Mark Holden
“He’s like Bobby McFerrin, Aphex Twin and Cole Porter playing scrabble” – B. Freely
“An enormously accomplished singer… from jazz to African yodelling”
- John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.