Hot off the heels of the first single BE WHEN DONE John Ellis releases the second single off of his African blues album NATIVE.
The song ( written by John Ellis) features John Ellis on guitar and vocal, David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins: Zulu concertina and Barry van Zyl: percussion
“Native” is the fifth full-length studio album from South African singer-songwriter John Ellis.
The ex-Tree63 front-man has been on an extended hiatus from music since 2015, and has not written or released new music since the delayed releases of “Tells” and “Growing Silent”, his two 2017 albums which both contained older unreleased material.
“Native” is an album of modern South African blues songs. Inspired by some of the experiments conducted during the 2011 recording of his “Rural” album, John recorded “Native” with a wide variety of South African musical collaborators. The songs draw on traditional early blues forms for their inspiration and feature some of the traditional sounds of South African music.
“Native” was recorded in Durban in 2021 and features musical contributions from David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins, Maqhinga Radebe, Johnny Clegg drummer Barry van Zyl, Burton Naidoo, members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladysmith Black Mambazo percussionist Njabulo Shabalala and Beeskraal concertina maestro Regardt de Bruin, amongst others.
BUY / STREAM THE ALBUM HERE – https://johnellis.bandcamp.com/album/native
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