When I receive an album to master I’ll work on it and usually be done in a day. Not the case with Deane Ogden’s latest album project Kwela. I’ve loved being part of this album for just over a year and seeing it grow into what you’ll hear.

Following on from his 2013 solo album Eastern Chronicle, a world music album written and produced on a mobile recording rig while traveling through the Orient and South Pacific Islands for eighteen months, this time Deane journeyed to Africa for his Kwela musical inspiration.

This album sees Deane beautifully blend South African styles and performers with 80s style pop for a wonderful world fusion! A labour of love crafted for your enjoyment!!

Pop over to iTunes now and experience it now!! Kwela by Deane Ogden.

You have to see the list of people that were involved in this album.

Kwela Credits

Written, produced, engineered, and mixed by
DEANE OGDEN

Mastered by
JOHN ELLESON-HARTLEY

Horn arrangements by
JIM CLYBOURN and DEANE OGDEN

Additional voice design by
EDUARDO TARILONTE

Art direction and design by
RYO ISHIDO

Art design concept by
CURDIE MWETOBA and DEANE OGDEN

Portrait photography by
CURDIE MWETOBA

Cameroonian language translation by
KONDRI MALBORO

Massai & Kenyan language translation by
ADIMU OYENUSI

Swahili & Lugandan language translation
by MARLIE NENI-BRYSON

Tswana & Afrikaans language translation
by JORDYNN TOWNE and VERONICA LOOK

West African contracting by
DEEDI IBIM

South African contracting by
GIG JOOSTE and NATHAN KALENGA

Musicians

DEANE OGDEN: drums, percussion, electric and fretless bass guitar, electric lead, rhythm, textured and acoustic guitars, cat gut and keytone guitar, array mbira, balafon, balu and dualah flutes, bass bolon, bone horn, kora, koramand, marimbas, ngoni, recorder, reed pipe, vocoder, Hammond B3, Multi Moog, Synthaxe, Wurlitzer 200 electric piano, piano, keyboards and Fairlight programming

ZEP BABIAN, MACK CHIBESA, BRONSIL CHIPO, DEEDI IBIM, NATHAN KALENGA, TEMWANI KALENGA, KAYODI TATENDA, JORDYNN TOWNE and DEANE OGDEN: lead vocals

ROB EISLER and STEVE OUIMETTE: rhythm guitars

ILONGOMO BENDABO: penny whistle

GLEN DOLL: harmonica

ROB EISLER, MIKE HOLT, and JO “BOMBO” ZEGWE: lead electric guitars

PANOS KOLIAS: accordion

SIMON HARRISON: Nyangile soundbox and African fiddle

NTOMBI BOKEENA, RIANNE FENNELLER, MATHILDA GREYLING, GABRIANNE GOWERS, DEEDI IBIM, ANNABELLE ISAACS, KATHLEEN ISAACS, MEGAN JOOSTE, TERRENCE JOOSTE, NATHAN KELENGA, TEMWANI KELENGA, BRITTA NELSON-PRICE, PATRICIA ODENDAAL, TYLER ROSALI, SIPHO SOLOMON, KAYODI TATENDA, JORDYNN TOWNE, and and DEANE OGDEN: background vocals

THE SOWETO HORNS

JIM CLYBOURN: trumpet
NATHAN KALENGA: tenor and alto saxophone
RELI OONGOMI: trombone
BONNY DEEVERS: baritone saxophone

I was doing some mixing over the weekend and, due to seeing one of Waves’s often sales, I thought I’d give the Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter a shot at it’s bargain price. (I may have also bought a couple of more toys in the sale!).

Here’s the Waves blurb about the AVA Exciter

When it was originally introduced in the mid-1970s, the Aphex Aural Exciter® brought its distinctive sound to select sessions by leading recording artists, traveling from studio to studio as an exclusive (and expensive) rental unit.

A true groundbreaker, the original Aural Exciter was highly regarded for its ability to increase and enhance presence, brightness, and detail on vocal tracks and masters alike. It was even credited as a “session player” on popular albums by the likes of Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor.

Modeled on one of only a few tube-powered units ever made, the new Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter plugin delivers all the unique character of the rare original hardware unit, with all the advantages of software.

Out of 38 tracks in the mix I was working on I used the Exciter on 5 as an insert on each track. I really love the simplicity of throwing an effect like this into play and, after a few tweaks, create a sound that I’m happy with.

You can add a little sparkle to the part or completely change the sonic character and crafting the sound to fit best in the mix.

I definitely would recommend this plugin to add some polish and character to your mixes.

I’m also liking the Waves Licence Centre that authorises the plugins on your computer. My studio Mac Pro is running Waves Mercury on an iLok (which I’ve never had an issue with) but I like that I don’t need an iLok on my Macbook Pro.

Once you’ve bought, downloaded and installed the plugin(s) you open up the WLC and say which computer to authorise et voila!

I’ve loved working with Stephan Baer on his recent project of which this gorgeous track, Sirens Of Pandora, is from.

It features the performing talents of Uyanga Bold, Oliver Sadie and Deane Ogden.

Lots more to come in the future! Enjoy 🙂

Copyright © 2015 Stephan Baer

Last year I worked with the awesome Mike Holt by mixing and mastering this track that he wrote with the very talented Laura Conway. Laura’s amazing vocals were recorded by Éanán Patterson.

Mike is now able to share the track online so enjoy listening to it below 🙂

World In Your Hands is available for licensing through Eon Sounds Productions.

There are certain occasions in the studio when I’m mastering music and I just smile throughout the session.

One of those moments was today whilst working on JoJo Desmond‘s latest EP Walk Before You Run, from the moment of seeing the mixes with headroom, through to her wonderful performances and the playing of the performers, and the laid back funky feel the tracks have. I love my job!

The four songs are Common People, Lonely Heart, (Without You) By My Side, and Sad State Of Affairs which were written by JoJo and Wayne Morgan who also produced, recorded and mixed the EP.

James Wilson was on drums and additional keys for Sad State Of Affairs were performed by Craig Smith. Mark Walker engineered and mixed the tracks at Couch Studios, Warrington.

JoJo will soon be supporting The Three Degrees on dates throughout January and February. She’s a talented lady!

Some projects are really interesting and this one for composer Roma Yagnik certainly ticks that box.

I mastered this wonderful composition for her installation project that was part of Enchanted Parks 2014. The music accompanied stunning visuals by Chris Lavelle and was projected onto the Victorian Gothic Mansion Saltwell Towers for a live audience of 21,000 people over 5 nights Commissioned by the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council.

Here’s the fantastic preview montage by Silver Screen of Dos Brains’ album Fearless that I had the pleasure of mastering.

Here’s a little teaser for what’s to come for 2014 from Dos Brains. Here’s the full cue of their placement for the Hunger Games Catching Fire Int. TV campaign written by Dirk Ehlert.The track is from the industry release “Below The Horizon” which I had the great pleasure in mastering.

There are tons of new cues and albums already in the making covering a very broad range of styles from Emotional Drama, Heroic Action cues through Pop and Organic Uplifting up to Hard and Dark Hitting Orchestral Rock Tunes.

A fantastic mix of music to come for this year with loads of collaborative work with some of the finest musicians!

It was a pleasure to work with composer Marco Frydshou by mastering this track for him.

It’s an ad spot for Danish Vocational School & Technical College “Hansenberg“.

Produced by WEITER