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Melanie Scholtz

Our Time

Melanie Scholtz’s latest offering , Our time, speaks of heritage and ancestry. An answer to the call to receive the baton being passed down from one generation to the next, Our time, is the multi award winning jazz artist’s fifth solo release. Produced by Bokani Dyer, fellow Standard bank Young Artist award winner, the album features a stellar array of amazingly talented young musicians among others Shane Cooper, Benjamin Jephta, Marlon Witbooi, Kissangwa Mbouta, Gorm Helfjord,John Hassan, Justin Bellairs, James McClure, Siya Charles, Riccardo Morretti and Jitsvinger. The sound of this album draws from old and new. Ranging from Motown ,to jazz to hip hop to create a Neo South African hybrid. The addition of...

Melanie Scholtz

Living Standards

An album recorded in three different countries over the space of a year. The musicians hail from Norway, Sweden and South Africa. A fresh twist on old standards, the album boasts modern takes on classics such as “Comes Love” and “In the wee small hours”. It also features works by South Africa’s own jazz royals Carlo Mombelli and Buddy Wells with original lyrics paying homage to the new South African jazz standard. A wide variety of instrumentation is used on this album. The Swedish musicians featured are Johan Horlen (alto sax), Martin Sjostedt (double bass), Kjell Ohrman (piano and B3 Hammond organ) and Moussa Fidera on drums. Once again joined by Jo Fougner from Norway...

Melanie Scholtz

Freedom’s Child

Freedom’s child was born out of a need to collaborate, create and facilitate change. Melanie Scholtz went on a soul stirring journey using the words of James Matthews as a muse for a new album called Freedom’s child. The album was written over 2 years and was recorded in 2011 thanks to the generous support of the British Council. Produced by Mark Fransman fellow Standard Bank Award recipient, the album also features acclaimed British saxophonist, Soweto Kinch as well an array of South Africa’s finest jazz musicians. BUY THE ALBUM...

Melanie Scholtz

Connected

Connected is my second solo album It was my first endeavour as song writer and lyricist. This album for the first time featured my band, The Love Apples. This is an ever changing collective of musicians that come together and play my latest collection of compositions. The Love Apples for this collection of music was Andrew Lilley on piano, Charles Lazar on double bass, Jonno Sweetman on drums, Norwegian musicians, Gorm Helfjord on guitar and Ole Jorn Myklebust on trumpet. Special guest , also from Norway, Jo Fougner on Double bass on a fusion of Scandinavia and Africa on the track "Intliziyo yam ", a Scandinavian Christmas song set to Xhosa lyrics. Expect to meditate to...