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Sea Waves – Sipho Gumede

Sea Waves – Sipho Gumede

New Eras - Sipho Gumede

New Eras – Sipho Gumede

Sipho began his musical life in Kwazulu Natal playing on a guitar made from an old oil can. When he was introduced to American jazz music he started to work on mixing the American jazz sound with African sounds. On his 9th album ‘New Era’ we find the piece called ‘Sea Waves’. By this stage of his career, he had forged sufficient links in the Jazz world to have some international Jazz stars record with him, such as Joe McBride, Andy Narell and Wayne DeLano, the latter’s sax being a prominent part of this song.

Sipho himself was mostly a bass player and his work thuds away throughout under DeLano’s sax while a township-in-the-eighties-sounding synth melts the African influence into what would otherwise be a more western jazz piece.

The song is a laidback piece reimiscent of Grover Washington Jr. and would work well as something to help you unwind at the end of the day (along with a nice glass of red wine). ‘Sea Wave’ reached number 6 and had a 4 week run on the SA Rock Digest charts in 2000.

Where to find it:
New Era – Sipho Gumede (2000), Sheer Sound, SSCD 058


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