Kwela

by Deane Ogden

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In this dynamic follow up to his 2013 surprise hit world music debut, Deane Ogden dives deep into the rapturous and melodic rhythms of South Africa with KWELA. Written and recorded in Johannesburg and Cape Town (utilizing his signature method of "backpack" mobile recording), Ogden has fashioned a fluid and harmonious synthesis of South African textures, funk-oriented grooves, perfect pop sensibilities, and detailed percussion.

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released August 4, 2015

Written and recorded July 2013 through December 2014

Written, produced, engineered & mixed by Deane Ogden
Mastered by John Elleson-Hartley
Additional vocal design by Eduardo Tarilonte

Art direction and design by Ryo Ishido
Photography by Fajar Indra Permana and Curdie Mwetobu
Photography assistance by Yudi Nugraha
Album art concept by Deane Ogden, Ryo Ishido, and Curdie Mwetobu
Styling by Heri Permadi and Demi Lenginun

Cameroonian language translation by Kara Malbe
Massai & Kenyan language translation by Adimu Oyenusi
Swahili & Lugandan language translation by Marlie Nelson-Price
Tswana & Afrikaans language translation by Jordynn Towne & Veronica Look

West African contracting by Deedi Ibim and Sarinjo Safre
South African contracting by Gig Jooste and Nathan Kalenga

Horn arrangements by Jim Clybourn and Deane Ogden

The Soweto Horns

Jim Clybourn: trumpet
Nathan Kalenga: tenor and alto saxophone
Reli Oongomi: trombone
Bonny Deevers: baritone saxophone

Choir arrangements by Gig Jooste & Deane Ogden
Choir direction by Deane Ogden

Cape Town Junior Chorale

Unathi Abraham, Ntombil Bokeena, Thandiwe Cronje, Gabrianne Gowers, Mathilda Greyling, Annabelle Isaacs, Megan Jooste, Terrance Jooste, Britta Nelson-Price, Patricia Odendaal, Tyler Rosali, Sipho Solomon, Christopher Thom, Albi Toosa and Ceela Wiid.

Kinshasa Chamber Choir

Bimoko Aoro, Ariane Kabwe, Rochelle Martin, Rasion Martinez, Seko Ndango, Kenge Sakombi, and Zeb Verdier.

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Deane Ogden Los Angeles, California

Deane Ogden is an American recording artist and multi-instrumentalist whose music has been described as “a well-established aesthetic of evocative world textures and compelling pristine pop rhythms.” (The Village Voice)

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