Kupi - Loxion
Africa's government-sponsored Arts Alive festival invited Andy Narell
to come and play in September 1999. He never expected to play in front
of more than eighty thousand. Two albums on the Heads Up Records label
were the result: "Smooth
Africa" and Andy
Narell's "Live in South Africa". But the cooperation
between Sheer Sound and Heads Up Records and their contributing
artists is much more intensive. In July 2002 Andy Narell
produced Prince Kupi's debut album "Loxion". Most of you
will certainly know Andy Narell by his favorite instrument: the steel
pans. On this album he is mainly playing Fender Rhodes. What you can
await: Contemporary jazz with strong South African sound.
The title song Loxion reveals Prince
Kupi's two outstanding skills: guitar playing and singing. His model
is Jimmy Dludlu, a member of McCoy's band. Prince
was drawn to Jimmy's character in his playing, similar to that of
George Benson. His second idol is Louis Mhlanga with his scat
The South African flavor turns on with Botsotsi.
The song is especially recommend to fans of percussion music.
Concerning the title "Bo-Tsotsi"
I suggest to read C. Glaser's book about the Youth Gangs of Soweto.
It's also a traditional folk tune that was in the townships when
Prince Kupi was growing up.
is deeper into the jazz. Marcus Wyatt is playing the muted trumpet and
Sydney Mnisi the sax. Prince Kupi shows his bluesy style.
Mahamba Uzobuya has more of the
typical South African character with quick guitar riffs and melodious
If you miss Andy Narell's steel pans, on Ozone
Layer one can listen to his music. Don't
wonder about the title. Prince Kupi comments: "We want people to
be aware of the threat to the ozone layer."
Fine slow smooth jazz is presented on Life
Is Good. Marcus Wyatt's affinity to Miles
Davis is obviously.
the name of the band Prince Kupi was leading in Durban. May be you was
the lucky one attending their performance in the Polo Lounge or Rivets
of the Durban Hilton Hotel. Now listen to this tune with a special
Salsa feeling. Ba'Agisane is taken from a Tswana word meaning "neighbours".The
c-jazz quintet Ba'agisane performed most of their own material which
reflects diverse musical influences such as standard jazz, Latin and
contemporary as well as Afro-centric mbaqanga and Afro-fusion. They
have played on South African television and appear on the CD Trios
Plus produced by Darius Brubeck.
is dedicated to Prince Kupi's sister. Nomsa is a popular given name in
South Africa. A laid-back tune with much feeling.
When musicians have
the groove together they usually say it's in the pocket. Livin'
In Da Pocket
proofs this truth. This piece could also be on Ronny Jordan's new
Song For Bheki
is dedicated to Bheki Mseleku, a South African musician who recorded
albums like "Celebration",
"Meditations", "Timelessness", "Star
Seeding" and "Beauty of Sunrise". He fuses African
elements with jazz arrangements and strong piano playing. If you know
Bheki you will understand this tune. An untroubled cheerful piece, a
remedy of soul.
With "Loxion" Prince Kupi will soon find a great
community of fans worldwide.