The A-List of Bay Area Counterculture
Brick & Mortor Music Hall
1710 Mission Street (at Duboce)
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Ticket Price: $15 advance; $20 doors
This event is 18 and over
Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The band’s musical style seamlessly blends elements of traditional South African music (such as kwelaand African folk music), blues, jazz, amongst other genres. Fronted by vocalist Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) & Josh Hawks (bass) is complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.
In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, followed by their second studio album Nomvula in July 2004. The catchy single ‘Doo Be Doo’ of the album was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006. At the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen, Freshlyground became the first South African musical act to receive honours from MTV, when they received the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act. The success of Nomvula was followed by that of Ma Cheri – Freshlyground’s third studio album, released in September 2007. In 2008 the Recording Industry of South Africa awarded them the coveted Best Duo or Group South African Music Awards (SAMA). In the same year, their 2007 album Ma’ Cheri won the prestigious Album of the Year SAMA, as well as Best Adult Contemporary Album: English, and Best Engineer.
Now, with their fourth studio album, Radio Africa (2010), Freshlyground is preparing to broadcast their unique sound, a sound that has turned the seven-piece into one of South Africa’s most treasured acts, to the rest of the continent and the world.
A song by Colombian pop star Shakira and Freshlyground was the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song, titled “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, is based on “Zangalewa”, a popular Makossa African soldiers’ song by Golden Sounds. “Zangalewa” was a hit single in Colombia in 1987. Shakira and Freshlyground performed the song at the live at the FIFA Kickoff Concert and the Word Cup Final game between Spain and the Netherlands which broadcast to over a billion people world wide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a host of new fans across the globe.
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