Sarah Jane Morris writes:
It has been an intense year writing and touring with several different projects, including my usual band of Tony Remy, Henry Thomas, Tim Cansfield and Martyn Barker, Michael Rosen, Annie Whitehead and John Eacott. We are in the process of recording an album, which is influenced by the melodies and rhythms of African music. We would like to add a South African choir, a singer from Zimbabwe, a Senegalese singer, a kora player from Mali and many more guests including Courtney Pine on bass clarinet, to help make the album complete. To make this possible we are collaborating with Pledge Music to raise the money.
To help you can pledge to buy the signed CD, or to come to a Pledgers-only concert at The Hippodrome, Leicester Square on Thursday 24th April. You can pledge for a bass lesson with Henry Thomas or a guitar lesson with Tony Remy, or a singing lesson with myself. You can pledge for a concert in your own home with Tony Remy and myself, a chance to come and be part of the recording or mixing at Yellow Fish studios, near Lewes, Sussex or pledge for a download of the CD. We are offering individual ringtones, a meet and greet for UK or Italian concerts and a name dedication on the album.
The songs and music will do much to celebrate the people of Africa whilst dealing with human rights, the rise in homophobia, my childhood, love, motherhood and corruption. The music will make you dance the lyrics will occasionally make you think. I don’t have answers but I do have stories.
We hope to release this album at the end of June and will be launching it in Italy with a concert at the Auditorium in Rome in Sept 2014 and three nights at The Blue Note in Milan.
We are performing four concerts at Ronnie Scotts, Frith St, London on 3rd and 4th January 2014 to preview songs from the forthcoming album. Our guests will be Adriano Adewale on percussion, Suntou Susso on kora and the Janine Johnson vocal trio. We have many special guests lined up so please come and hear us.
If you would like to make a Pledge then please PLEDGE HERE