Newsletter : May 2012

Sheer Publishing Newsletter
Brown Dash
KWAITO FRATERNITY LOSES A SHINING STAR!Sheer Publishing is saddened to announce the news that long time client and South Africa’s local industry gem has passed on.Brown Dash real name Sphiwe Mpamile passed away on the same day as the 6th year Anniversary of the passing of the late great Brenda Fassie on the 9th of May.Brown Dash was a vital and instrumental member of the Kwaito fraternity, who brought South African audiences to their feet with songs such “Vum Vum”, “Phans Komthunziwelanga” and “Puff n Pass.”Brown started his career as a member of the popular kwaito outfit Ama’skumfete where the likes of Doc Shebeleza got their start and won several South African Music Awards for his outstanding work

From all of us here at Sheer Publishing we say Lala Kahle (RIP) Sphiwe “Brown Dash” Mpamile!

Salam Music Expo in Dakar
Sheer Publishing recently attended the Salam Music Expo (aka the African Music Show) in Dakar, Senegal.Spread over three days, this well planned exhibition brought together hundreds of music professionals from Senegal, as well as the rest of Africa and Europe and featured many exposition stands, many music concerts, meetings and workshops.For more information on this and similar African Music Industry events visit the website Music Expo in Dakar
Ghana AwakeGHANA AWAKE APPLICATION GOES LIVE ON ITUNESSheer Publishing recently opened a branch in Ghana, has released a compilation of some of Ghana’s top musician showcasing the incredible music to the rest of the world. Featuring music from artists such as A.B Crentsil, Rex Omar, King Ayisoba and Malik Issah the compilation in causing quite a stir internationally.Ghana Awake has recently become an app for Iphones, Ipod and Ipads available on the iTunes store. The app is available for free so go get it now … Click Here


Thomas Mapfumo and Maria de Barros visit the office

Thomas Mapfumo, or “the Lion of Zimbabwe” as millions have dubbed him, was born in 1945 in Marondera, a small town south of the Rhodesian capital (now known as Zimbabwe), Salisbury(now called Harare). As Thomas first worked with the band called the Acid Band, and then with the Blacks Unlimited, his creativity soared. He had begun to sing using Shona lyrics and traditional Shona rhythms as the revolution in Zimbabwe flared. Thomas’s lyrics reflected the concerns of the people around him-hardships in the rural areas, young men heading into the bush to fight Zimbabwe’s bitter war for independence, and a rising sense of indignation at white rulers who had systematically devalued Shona culture for four generations.

The latest release from this World Music superstar (details and background below) is titled “Choice Chimurenga”. It aims to pool the very best of Mapfumo’s incredible body of work from recent times whilst he has been living in the USA as an exile and working with the “Anonym Records”label there. Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited shared the stage in Salisbury (now called Harare) with Bob Marley and the Wailers.

His tours have taken him to the finest World Music venues, WOMAD three times, Summerjam in Germany, The Cactus Festival, The Houston International Festival, Detroit’s Symphony Hall, Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, The Grassroots Festival, Bright Moments, all over the USA, yearly from 1998 through 2003. His live shows transfix the audience, taking them to his plane of musical spiritual possession; they dance until the lights come on, and go home smiling.

The electric mbiras lay the beat for the guitar, bass, and drums, which pulse out the Chimurenga style, both masters and creators of a unique musical genre. The full band explodes with energy, the smaller groupings smoulder and ignite. It’s the ROOT of the Roots, something that must be experienced.

Thomas Mapfumo will be going on tour in the US to promote his latest offerin “Choice Chimurenga”. We urge those in the States who has never seen a Thomas Mapfumo live performance to definitely catch it when he lands in your city!