Today we want to strike a blow for new, exciting, South African music and at the same time ask you to take a little time and a little money to help this very promising artist to realise her dream. Her name is Asanda Msaki Mvana, she comes from East London in the Eastern Cape and this is her story:
“In 2013 I launched my EP “Nalithemba“. It has been two years since that project, and since I took the leap and fully immersed myself in music as a full time singer/songwriter. The journey has been incredible, and so much growth has come since and from that EP, that I feel the time is right to share with you a full-length studio offering. I invite you to be a part of Zaneliza: How The Water Moves.
The making of this album is almost complete and the music exists! Musicians, who are also dear friends of mine, joined me in my home town from different parts of the country to record the bulk of the album at the Miriam Makeba Performing Arts Centre (ECAVC), a place which has shown me much support and is very close to my heart. In December 2014, I began the recording process with a session at Peter Aurets studio. Three months later, we now have one more Joburg session left in order to add the last layer of flute, harp and cello. This campaign is mainly to bring to fruition what has been created, and to ensure great post- production takes place to honour the creativity that has already been shown.
I have had the pleasure of working with a wonderful production team consting of Nduduzo Makhathini (Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Music 2015) and Cobus Van Dyk, who co-produced my EP “Nal’ithemba“ with me. The amazing Gavan Eckhart of Soulfire studios will be mixing and mastering this album. He has worked with artists like Ray Phiri, Miriam Makeba, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Marcus Wyatt, Freshly Ground and Bongeziwe Mabandla, to name a few, and has had projects that he has worked on be nominated for SAMAS and Grammies. This project is in good hands.”
This is a BIG vision, and big visions require big funding. Recording an album is expensive. In order to raise funds there’s now a campain on Indiegogo, where you can buy anything from a digital album download, to beautiful artworks and piano lessons. The album is planned to launch on 25 September 2015. Help Msaki realise her dream. $10 is not a lot of money to be able to say that you were there, before she made it big 😉