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album art Warm Hearts Kwela
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Released: Mar 12, 2013 | 3:52 AM
Category: World
Application: Logic Pro/Studio
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3 [use AAC]
File Size: 6.94 MB

Plays: 1389
Downloads: 12
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Tuesday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
An upbeat song, inspired by a fantastic vacation in South Africa a few years ago.

Kwela is a music style that started in the townships in South Africa in the 50s. It is originally based around simple guitar and penny whistles and normally follows a I, IV, I(6/4), V - chord progression. Since then the style has been developed by groups like Mango Groove.

I have given the style my own variation here. Heavy on drums and penny whistles naturally. But lots of other instruments. Two scarbee bases (fat and slap), ukulele, Rhodes, piano, a little synth pad, acoustic guitar, melodica, pluck piano (sounds like an African home made string instrument), mandolin, kora, African marimba, bolon, African percussion, and an African food market. 22 tracks.

Crank that volume up and make some space on the floor to dance. Here we go! Warm Hearts Kwela, sent from the cold north.

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thsantac Artist

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This gave me the warmth I need on this snowy day in Paris smiley Really enjoyable music Kenneth.
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Wonderful Happy track smiley

Love it!

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it lived up to its name very well...a multicultural sound that could be enjoyed worldwide
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Oh boy! Felt like I was there! Nice mix and a great sound from all those different instruments.
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Very fun and upbeat!
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Your world experience really shows in the variety of your music. I feel like I should just copy and paste "awesome song" to everything I hear from you.
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music_man Artist

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you certainly have your own signature style kenneth. a south african town with joy. do you generally put your songs together with midi playing each part? it sounds really good.....and seems you have a good sound library too. thanks for sharing.


MM
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Super cool smiley
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Kenneth ... I really like how you diversify. This will broaden the scope of your music, and maybe mine too! i like this...reminds me of Zydeco music...the washboard is central to the percussion. Very enjoyable, my friend.

Stan
Last edited by Lagusaya2, 4 years ago.
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This song makes me happy.
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Another great track, Kenneth. Such delightful, catchy melodies! I was bouncing right along with this one.
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Very delightful listen ! Love the positive vibes and fun groove. I much enjoyed !
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waveman Listener

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cool and authentic ken, the picture tells the story too. a friend of mine went also couple years ago, and the pictures I seen are unbelievable beautiful. theres one pic in particular similar to the one you have there where seemingly in the middle of the forest, off the back of a truck a bar opens up and people started partying and dancing. I liked the voices you inserted into the mix and the percussions are driving along nicely, good one
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I like very much the musics which you compose. I also like your way of looking for the inspiration to varied sources. The most nice is that tempts me to make music and to work on my own compositions. Thanks for this motivational song!
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thsantac wrote:

This gave me the warmth I need on this snowy day in Paris smiley Really enjoyable music Kenneth.


I must agree. It was also a snowy day here in Copenhagen, so it was nice to have a bit of African warmth!
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I'm loving the vocal chitter chatter in this one, gives it so much flavour. A real jaunty fun tune, Kenneth - it reminds me of a hornpipe. With an African twist! Gorgeous fat sounds - you always write the most joyous melodies, and this is no exception. You must be a very happy person smiley
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I love music with lots of atmosphere within it which this has in abundance. I remember some of those old records in the early sixties by US Bonds and Daddy G and the church Street Five where it always sounded as though there was a party going on. I suppose it's that live feel you get from it. I very much enjoyed this recording.
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I was just telling someone that i learn SO much on icomps! Thanks for exposing me to something new, Ken.

smiley
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Lively & cheerful. Very nice mix. Excellent blend of instruments.
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Great fun, Very happy. It emulates the spirit of true folk music very well as depicted in your photo. Very friendly round-robin distribution of lime light or responsibility for melody. No wuwuzela invited, I'm happy.
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well that bass beat really sets this apart.
so many exotic voices - so many i never heard!
yes indeed, it's heart warmer, Kenneth.
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Anne
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Very, very cool. I like this, there are a lot of influences at work I can tell. Well played and recorded! Nice melody!

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This is great! I really enjoyed how you have given this a "worldly" sounding production. You just can't help smiling with these uplifting melodies. Bravo Kenneth!
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ldecarmine Artist baie mooi very beautiful
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Very cool track, fun and joy filled music, lov it...
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,am this is good love the melodies
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Upbeat, jaunty, lively & smile inducing. Sounds of celebration & coming together. Love the 'market crowd voices', great addition. Adds to the putting the listener 'there' element. Great work Ken.

Thanks for sharing with us, masterful original composition, vision, performance & production.
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Super catchy song Kenneth! I really like the progression. You really put the whole package together nicely. Wonderful!
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Lovely work Kenneth. Great to see you taste so many style and do them so well my friend.
Cheers,
Charlie
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I learn something new everyday, thanks Kenneth!
@woofer3 Quarter to Three!
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Yes, THIS IS AFRICA!!!!

Great Composition!
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Yes! Yes! Yes! Most excellent and good feeling tune. Superb way to collar the vibe and happy feeling in one piece of music!
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Nice!, Love the bass sound !
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Warm hearts, cool music, excellent sounds!
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This is awesome, Ken !

Very refreshing song smiley

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Great tune Keven! Nice steady back and forth beat. I suppose a penny whistle cost at least a nickle today. But ta dut ta da da's (i.e a piece of rolled up newspaper in which one yells ta dut ta da da into for cheap attention) for pretty much nothing smiley My parents gave me one for Christmas every year and I can play it well.
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GReat song very happy sound
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The kind of music that ought to be played whenever there is too much sorrow. Can melt the sadness in an instant. Well done.
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Love the ukelele flavour, gives it a truly world whirl. Captures the kwela spirit. Greetings from beautiful SA!
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Thank you so much for the nice comments. I was especially nervous if I had anyone from Africa laughing at my attempt, but it seems like I got away with it OK smiley

I had little time to listen to your stuff last week, but I caught up today and I have listened and comments on all of your songs like I always do. And a true pleasure it was. Such fine artists you are. A true joy and inspiration.
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A summery, warm and happy feel good tune!!
Of course with your trademark very, very catchy melody smiley
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You got my vote. You totally got that S. African dance rhythm. Along with your good sense of melody you've got a winner. I'm sure that this would be/is popular right there in country. I certainty love it.

Russ smiley
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Uplifting happy tune, excellently done, with craftsmen- and musicianship, bravo!!
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I enjoyed this one. A great song for summer... I think it is well played and well recorded. Love every little thing in this one.

Wayne
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ExperienceSelvan76 Artist Lovely arrangement of instruments and production. That's the technical side of it which sounds just great. But I think what's most important is how your song literally teleports us, the listeners, to a particular culture and time with the aura of South Africa without fail. Now that is pure ability, something sincerely for me to learn here Kenneth. Vert well done indeed, thouroughly enjoyed this song smiley
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