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.
Crazy, which certainly marks a shift from the style of previous Buskaid
recordings is finally available! This compilation of Timothy Kraemerís brilliant
and original string arrangements of favourite classic pops including Mamma
Mia, Sweet Dreams and many others, also includes several witty arrangements
by Bill Thorp, of Broadway hits such as Letís Do It and Makiní Whoopee.
Three of the ensembleís musicians also feature as vocal soloists in such favourites
as Georgia, Fever, Son of a Preacherman and Bridge over Troubled
Water . The fresh and energetic sounds of this wonderful group of
musicians are complemented by stunning packaging designed by London-based SA designer
From the initial recordings which took place in the UK in 2004, until the
final couple of numbers recorded in Johannesburg in 2008, a period of four
years elapsed, during which there were inevitably a number of changes to the
membership of the Ensemble. Crazy is therefore not only a vibrant
collection of classic pops played by a group of talented young township musicians,
but also a unique musical document which reflects the shifts and changes which
are an inevitable feature of a project such as Buskaid.
To listen to selected tracks from Crazy please visit www.timothykraemer.com.