KWELA is the title track and lead single from Deane Ogden's forthcoming album of the same name.
Written around the world and recorded in the vibrant wondrous landscape between Johannesburg, Nairobi and Capetown, KWELA is a rapturous celebration of the colorful sounds and cultures of South Africa combined with Deane’s modern funk underpinnings and pop-oriented songwriting. Turning again to the mobile recording methods he employed for EASTERN CHRONICLE (2013), Ogden worked with numerous African and South African musicians on the album including the Nairobi Hand Drum Ensemble, Capetown’s Mack Chibesa, the Soweto Horns, Deryn Cullen, Temwani Kalenga, the Capetown Junior Chorale and Johannesburg vocalist Jordynn Towne.
released May 19, 2014
from Deane Ogden's forthcoming world music album "KWELA"
Vocals recorded in Congo-Kinshasa, Africa; Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa
Music recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa; London, UK; Hamburg, Germany; Jakarta, Indonesia
Deane Ogden: drums, percussion, electric and fretless bass guitars, electric lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, bass bolon, bone horn, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, mbira, melodica, mvet, ngoni, pennywhistle, recorder and synthesizers
Mack Chibesa, Deedi Ibim, Jordynn Towne and Deane Ogden: vocals
Glen Doll: harmonica
Mike Holt: electric lead guitar
Panos Kolias: accordion
Jo "Bombo" Zegwe: rhythm guitar
Mack Chibesa, Rianne Fenneller, Nathan Kelenga, Deedi Ibim, Kayodi Tatenda, Jordynn Towne and Deane Ogden: background vocals
The Soweto Horns
Jim Clybourn: trumpet
Nathan Kalenga: tenor and alto saxophone
Reli Oongomi: trombone
Bonny Deevers: baritone saxophone
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)