Must Listen: Jesse Clegg Feat. Shekhinah – Breathing

I’ve been a fan of Jesse Clegg for some time now. His honest, raw but real talent is undeniable and he’s a really great dude too. There’s more to his music than what meets the eye and he takes this craft, this talent of his really seriously. So he’s always on my radar… As is former Idols star Shekhinah.

Last year Shekhinah took us Back To The Beach with fellow Idols friend, Kyle Deutsch. It became one of the biggest songs of the year, and I reckon it’s going to win big at this year’s SAMAs (this weekend in fact). And because the SAMAs will be taking place in Durban, how fitting would it be if Shekhinah and Kyle open or at the very least, perform the hit song at the awards?

I digress, though… So what happens when you team Jesse Clegg up with Shekhinah? You get this – a song called Breathing. Exquisite sums it up pretty well for me. How do you feel about the song?


Prime Circle launch “Let The Night In” in Jozi

South African rock band, Prime Circle have a new album. It’s called Let The Night In and to mark the occasion, the guys decided to do what they do best… rock out. They decided to mix it up a bit and host the launch at Montecasino’s Teatro theatre. When I heard it would be there, I thought it would be a bit weird to be listening to a rock band from the comfort of um… a chair, but man oh man was it good. These guys have upped their game, their production and they’re sounding incredible. Great night, lots of energy and it was good to see Jesse Clegg on stage too. Want to find out more about the new album? Tune in to my show, The Buzz on Cliff Central next Tuesday at 11am, because Ross will be joining myself and Jennifer Su in studio. For now though, here are a few pics from the gig last night:

Jesse Clegg talks Life On Mars

South African singer/songwriter Jesse Clegg has just released his brand new album. It’s called Life On Mars and is the follow up to his hugely successful album, When I Wake Up in 2009. The album went platinum, scored him two South African Music Award nominations and it also saw him traveling to New York City, where he performed on the 46664 Mandela Day concert. Check out my video interview with him above.

While that album was very popular in terms of its radio singles, Jesse says on this album he’s taken a more alternative approach on this one. He traveled to Canada, where he worked with Grammy winning producer Dave Bottrill in his Toronto studios. Jesse told me that Dave was super impressed with how “complete” the project was and that’s because Jesse had been working on the new material for over three years. The two sat and debated the songs for hours on end too because Dave wanted to make sure that Jesse understood his music and could intelligently answer any questions regarding the material. It also helped in the recording process in that Jesse could “feel” the song and really get to grips with the various emotions attached to their meanings.


1. Clarity

2. Life On Mars

3. In Black And White

4. Slow Burn

5. The Great Escape

6. Disappearing Act

7. Winston (Another Time)

8. Trouble In Paradise

9. Head Versus Heart

10. Hey

You can download his album at the Omusic Store now, but you must know that you’re missing out on the album packaging. Each of the ten tracks have an accompanying postcard in the album sleeve. That gives you the option of changing the album cover to suit your needs. It’s really great and i’m certain the star will get a lot of praise for not only his music but also for the album packaging too. In short, this album is very deep, thought out and it shows a great maturity in not only Jesse but in his music too. It’s a great local album

Idols Top 8 song choices

Adeline Mocke will be singing a song by Nianell called “Who Painted The Moon”.
JVB: good song choice. It’s a difficult song, but it’s different to what she did last week and it will show of a different side to her voice. Versatility.

Boki Ntsime is taking on Liquideep’s “Fairytale”
JVB: Clever. We know how the votes are going and I think Boki is choosing good songs that will keep the voters interested in him. This song has huge crossover appeal and I hope he’ll crack it.

Jess Yallup chose the Just Jinger ballad “What He Means”
JVB: Jess has a dedicated and loyal fan base. Add a Just Jinger song into that mix and you’ve got something good going on. I’m not too familiar with this song, but I’m curious to hear her version

Elvis Blue will be taking on Malaika’s “Destiny”.
JVB: Interesting!! Tshidi from Malaika has quite a high range. So I wonder if Elvis is going to change the arrangement like he has done in previous weeks.

Jamie-Lee Sexton takes on the Clout hit, “Save Me”
JVB: Hmmmm… I don’t know this song. I don’t know how many young voters will know this song either, but she has been saved enough times to assume she has quite the following so let’s see.

Sindi Nene will be performing her version of Mango Groove’s hit “Moments Away”
JVB: Nice song choice. Mango Groove is always popular and I think her voice will suit this song. Surprised she’s not doing a Brenda Fassie song though. Especially with all the recent comments from judges Mara and Randall…

Lloyd Cele takes on the Parlotones’ hit “Push Me To The Floor”
JVB: Again, like Boki, this is a clever song choice. It’s contemporary, fun and nice to jam to. I think he’ll do it justice.

Pieter West chose Jesse Glegg’s “Today”
JVB: Great. Great. Great song choice. Like Jesse, Pieter has a raspy voice. I might be jumping the gun here, but this could be his week to shine!

Joburg Day

Love Love Love Joburg Day… It’s a brilliant day in the sun, filled with loads of talent and it’s heaps of fun. The show is presented by regional station, 94.7 Highveld Stereo. Details:

1. 17 October 2009.
2. R200 per adult, including Computicket charges (13 years and older)
R70 for kids under 12 years old, including Computicket charges
3. Riversands Farm, Fourways Johannesburg. Nice venue. The Coca Cola Zero Festival was there this year, so it’ll be cool.

The line-up is as follows:
* Flash Republic
* Prime Circle
* Zebra & Giraffe
* Dr. Victor and the Rasta Rebels
* Jamali
* Jason Hartman (Idols 2009 co-winner)
* Sasha-Lee Davids (Idols 2009 co-winner)
* Jody Williams (Idols 2008 winner)
* Johnny Clegg
* aKing
* Danny K
* Jesse Clegg

Here’s what went down last year:

Jesse Clegg kicks of live music career

He is fast becoming a household name in the South African music industry and I really and truely believe he has an international appeal too. I’m talking about Jesse Clegg, the two-time SAMA nominated star. He kicked off his live music career last week at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Braamfontein and I think he did an awesome job. Check out the video above by my colleague Paul Takahashi and be sure to get your hands on a copy of Jesse‘s debut album When I Wake Up, in stores now.

SAMA Nominees out

The Times/ Alon Skuy
The annual South African Music Awards are going down in the first week of May and the nominations are out. Leading the pack is electro-jazz outfit Goldfish with 8 nominations. WELL DONE the Fishies. Their album Perceptions Of Pacha is one of the best local albums I have ever heard, honestly and I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so. Other nominees included Idols 2007 winner, Jody Williams for her album Just Gonna Be Me and newcomer Jesse Clegg. Lira, The Parlotones (currently on tour in the US), Zebra & Giraffe, The Gang Of Instrumentals and Da L.E.S are all nominated too! Full list of nominees coming, but there you have it… the big SAMA nominees announced tonight. Be sure to check back in here for more news, as we head up to South Africa’s big music night, going down soon.

To celebrate the Fishies, here is a video of their’s:

Full nominees:

Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors Usuku Iwe Nkosi
Rebecca Malope Ujehova Ungu’ Madida
Solly Moholo Oa Ntaela Moya
Veliswa Umhlobo
Winnie Mashaba Ke Rata Wena

Hugh Masekela Phola
Judith Sephuma Change Is Here
The Moreira Project Volume 2 Citizen Of The World
Zamajobe Ndoni Yamanzi
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