Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela!
With love, Melanie Scholtz, Robbie Jansen (who lives on in all of our memories), Randolph Hartzenberg, Nick Carter, Aki Khan, Amanda Tiffin, Mark Fransman, Andrew Lilley, Shaun Johannes, Kevin Gibson, Tina Schouw, Monique Hellenberg, Jeremy Olivier, Valmont Layne, Donal Slemon, Mike Blake, Brendon Kierman, Mark Ginsberg, Speedy Kobak, Kevin Cook, Piet de Beer, Annemi van der Merwe, Cheryl de Havilland, Neo Muyanga, Matt Allison, Ricardo McCarthy, Keith Davies, Abdul Burton, Ian Chitundu, Jess Brown, Fabrice du Pont, Bob Ludwig, Ian Henderson, Eastern Acoustics, and me.
Note: Nelson, Born in the Land of the Sun, is a South African "struggle song" from the 1980s. It was re-recorded, two years ago, by the musicians, singers, composers, arrangers, and engineers listed above, to be offered as a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday. (He's 92, today.) It's a song that touches all South African hearts, especially in those of people from Cape Town and the Cape Flats. This new version of the song features the soulful voice of rising South African diva, Melanie Scholtz, and sax and flute solos by the late, great, Robbie Jansen. Lyrics are by Randolph Hartzenberg and Nick Carter; music is by Aki Khan, Nick Carter, and Neo Muyanga. The track was recorded in Cape Town, mixed at pureMIX Studios, in New York City, and mastered by Bob Ludwig, of Gateway Mastering. Video was edited by Ian Henderson.
You can read a story from the Cape Times about the song and see some of my photos from the recording session by clicking here.