Buy a CD To date Buskaid has recorded 4 CDs, with a fifth, Crazy due for release later this year (2007). The first, A Sowetan Kid's Christmas, was recorded eighteen months after the Project's inception. The vibrant second album, Soweto Dance, recorded under the direction of Rosemary Nalden, is a very special contribution to South Africa's rich and diverse musical culture and highlights the extraordinary talent there is to be found in South Africa. The irrepressible spirit, found on our third CD 
Tshwaranang, is expressed by one of our members Jackey Masekela When Africans are happy; they sing. When they are sad; they also sing. Our Buskaid Live! (double album) is the album Buskaid fans worldwide have been waiting for - a compilation of extraordinary live international performances by the Soweto-based Buskaid Ensemble between 2001 and June 2005.
As Buskaid is an educational organisation, the CDs it produces demonstrate very clearly the development of the Ensemble from year to year. It is fascinating to hear the difference between those recordings made in 1998 and 2000 and those of the later live performances.

 

Buskaid Live! (Double album)
Buskaid Live! (Double album)
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Buskaid Live!, a compilation of extraordinary live international performances by the
Buskaid Ensemble between 2001 and June 2005 was released in late 2005.

 

This double album features a breathtaking rendition of Griegís Holberg Suite,
as well as the romantic slow movement of the Elgar Serenade, recorded in
Southwark Cathedral in 2002 by the Ensemble under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner,
who won the prestigious Gramophone Award for 2005. In addition,
the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink sings Handel arias
and Spirituals in a performance recorded in London in 2001.

 

Also featured are talented soloists from within the Ensemble, including
the charismatic vocalist Teboho, the wonderfully earthy singer Mathapelo, exciting
lead violinists Samson and Kabelo, and the haunting sounds of cellist Innocentia.

 

The Ensembleís Director, Rosemary Nalden writes in the booklet -
ĎAs an overview of our studentsí grasp of music style these recordings could scarcely
provide a more comprehensive range of examples.í Composers include
Biber, Farina, Mozart, Bartok, Massenet, Albinoni, Tchaikovsky, and Purcell,
as well as those from the lighter side, such as John Williams, Hoagy Carmichael,
Timothy Kraemer. And of course  there is also  quite a bit of that vibey Kwela!

 

All the tracks on this double album were recorded by top engineers and producers
at Buskaid concerts, and combine the spontaneity and excitement of live performances
with the musicality and attention to detail which have become Buskaidís hallmark.

 

An added bonus is the beautiful packaging of this double album, designed
by the London-based South African Aubrey Kurlansky. The 34-page booklet is full
of beautifully reproduced photographs of the young musicians, and also contains
imaginative - and sometimes witty - sleeve notes written by the Buskaid students.

 

These high quality recordings encompass an amazing range of composers and musical styles (including Biber, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Grieg, Tshaikovsky, Bartůk, as well as some new  Kwela), whilst the albumís packaging, designed once again by Aubrey Kurlansky, is very striking indeed. Included is a 34-page booklet of photographs, information, and sleeve notes written by our students. The CD production and booklet design were funded by Siemens, with Supporting Grant Funding from Business and Arts South Africa.