Music, Uncategorized

Ncamisa Nqana 

  
You could almost always guarantee that where she is present there is laughter and a whole lot of noise. In my first year in the Jazz & Popular Music department I knew Ncamisa as the girl who set the music building alight (not literally) with her quircky dances, fits of laughter and friendly banter with almost everyone. I had no clue as to what lay beneath all that sass. 

And then I heard Ncamisa perform ‘Body and Soul’ for a peer’s recital performance/exam and I was taken aback. Her rendition was almost flawless, shaming some singers who came before. This was jazz… We started talking and soon became friends. Ncamisa would assist me with music theory and backing vocals for live gigs. One of the few people who would give me feedback regarding the flaws in my performance, and I could walk away feeling enlightened, a better vocalist, as I knew it always came from a good place with the intention to help me grow. 

Many of us constantly nagged Ncami about going solo. Personally, I now feel I was still not aware of the magnitude of her talent. When I saw the poster with the details of her performance, my heart leaped. I had heard Ncamisa perform some of her original pieces at a charity event organized by her older sister (also a musician), family and I. Her writing was impressive. Her co composer is Teboho, who is also her and my pianist, ( His feature is coming soon). Now lets skip to the good part. 

Friday night, the stage was embodied with greatness. Clean jazz tones, creative lyrics, humor, classic vocals, a warm and put together band. Ncamisa had her moment and lived her truth. After what had been an intense week, my heart was lifted. Not only by seeing a good friend finally live her dream but what a worth while, quality performance. I cant really describe it, so here are a few snippets. 

Her name is Ncamisa Nqana, find her and follow her musical journey. 

 Link to Ncamisa’s biography will be added soon    

 

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Music, Uncategorized

Lu Chase media launch 

  

It was quite an intimate affair. Guests quietly mingled in the foyer of the Yamaha World venue, while waiting to meet and hear from Lu Chase in the venue’s theatre. Welcome drinks and finger foods were served as we waiting for the grand performance. I spotted the likes of RJ Benjamin as well as a few industry practitioners.     I was in attendance with my friend and assistant Katlego Katly Sethlare, and together we eagerly waited for the music to begin. The event’s commencement ran slightly over time, but we soon found it was all worth the short wait.  

 
We were met inside the intimate venue by grandeur. With her strong and well rehearsed band behind her Lu Chase shared with her audience her big voice, big personality and true passion for the music . Her sound, she has classified as ‘Soul’ but one cannot miss the tempo and excited aura of Rock n’ Roll. Through costume changes, choreographed musical movement of wings and songs that kept you on your feet, Lu Chase kept us well engaged and entertained. The set was not long, but its impact was felt.  Here is a short snippet, with a dash of long legs for effect

I met with Lu Chase to chat for a bit and below is a snippet of what I discussed with this talented South African beauty.  

• Tell me a little bit about yourself, where you come from and if it is allowed, how old you are 

I am 33 years old, I’m from Cape Town born and bred, but I now reside in Johannesburg and I absolutely love it here. It has really shifted my perspective on my brand and my industry quite a bit. I started off working in Musical theatre when I was 5 years old. So from 5 until 1997 when I performed for Quincy Jones I was doing musical theatre. After that I started a couple of bands and I was the head writer for a couple of labels, so I was writing songs straight out of high school, for a German label. I never thought that I would be the person in the front because my self esteem was so low, but through self discovery and costant seeking of the spiritual self I’ve now gotten to a place where I am ready to front. 

• Was music always your first choice and why or why not? 

It was always my first choice. As I said I suffered from really low self esteem so I didn’t think that I was worth it but, the very first thing I remember, being 5 years old, being pushed onto stage by my aunt and I had to sing a song. I got onto stage and I was so scared, but they gave me the mic and the light went on. The second that light went on I felt so safe. Im sure you can understand, its that feeling of absolute safety. There is nothing I can compare it to, its like home. So I knew at the age of 5 but, growing up in the area and community where I grew up, everyone always wanted me to sound like someone else. And so I always tried to sound like someone else. And then I did that show for Quincy Jones in 1997 and I said to him “everyone wants me to sound like singers you’ve produced before” but I don’t sound like Diana Ross or Tamia, my tone is so husky  and so dirty and he said ” But thats your tone. No on is going to come from America to South Africa to buy what they can buy in America honey”. So I said ok, and that set me off on a path of distinction. 

• Who are your 3 biggest musical influences and why? 

Prince! Prince just brings it man. You know he plays every instrument? And his ear is so tuned. He will go into a mixing studio and say “could you please cut 5mhz off the end of that bass roll” and if you don’t do it he will come back, listen and say ” well its good but I don’t hear that 5 mhz gone”. As horrible as he was, Ike Turner. Tina Turner has the voice that she does because she was blessed with it, but Ike Turner is the reason Tina’s voice came out the way it did. The musicallity around it just absolutely amazing. There are so many others that my brain is going like ‘ting’. I also love Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

• How would you describe your genre of music? 

Its Soul. It’s pure soul. Soul with a sprinkle of Rock n’ Roll. That is what it is. 

• Please tell us about your debut album, when it will be available and where we can find you on social media etc… 

Social media http://www.facebook.com/luchase  On Instagram it is @luchase26 Im born on the 26th of May not because I am a gangster. Twitter @msluchase. My album will be released at the end of Spring. It is my favorite season and a time for people to get social here in South Africa. The album is titled Soul’d Out because it’s all Soul. My first single has been released to radio stations, they are taking their time with it but coupled with the music video we have shot I hope it will take off. It is called ‘By my side’ and you can find it on 750 online platforms. Simply google Lu Chase – By my side and you will find it.  

 Thank you Lu Chase for the good music and the invite to enjoy not only your music but your being as a performer. 

Thank you Goldie Styling for allowing me to cover this event. It was a total pleasure. 

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Keep an eye out for Lu Chase’s upcoming album. Follow her on social media and check out her live performances. She brings a lot of heat to the stage. Something for the soul, rock n roll and live music fans to enjoy. 

Thunzy for Goldie Styling 

  

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