Songstress bringing eclectic sound to town

Unathi Jongihlathi

AWARD-winning singer-songwriter Laurie Levine is promoting her latest offering, Border Crossing, in Nelson Mandela Bay today.

Border Crossing, Levine’s fourth album since she released her debut CD, Unspoken, in 2007, weaves tales of travel, friendship and humanity into a bold musical offering.

“It signals a new direction for me, as I have been working with new musicians with whom I have never worked before,” Levine said.

The featured talent on this album comprises of Tebogo Sedumedi on bass guitar and backing vocals; Justin Badenhorst on drums, and Tshepo Monareng on keys.

True to its title, Border Crossing also goes on an adventure in search of other sounds that serve the Johannesburg artist’s tales of emotional dislocation, leaving, homecoming and love.

While retaining her folk roots, Levine has broadened her sound to embrace swamp rock and Memphis soul in the new offering.

“It is going to be my second time performing at the Music Kitchen. I’m looking forward to meeting people and performing there,” she said.

Levine will belt out at least nine songs from Border Crossing and a few tunes from her older albums. “I will be performing with Erika Strydom.

“She will be playing an electric guitar and I will be playing the acoustic guitar. We do beautiful harmonies together,” Levine said.

During the course of her trio of albums – Unspoken, Living Room (2009) and Six Winters (2011) – the singer-songwriter has taken her original material to a growing fan base, earning multiple accolades along the way.

Levine said her buoyancy was echoed by Border Crossing’s producer, Dan Roberts, whose work on Six Winters earned him a best producer gong at last year’s South African Music Awards.

Strydom said it had been amazing performing with Levine. She also said people had shown enthusiasm when they hit the stage.

“They really love her songs.”

The Music Kitchen’s Mark Dorward said people were in for a treat tonight.

Levine is on a nationwide tour promoting her latest album. The tour kicked off last month at the Oppikoppi Festival in Northam, Limpopo.

Levine will also perform at Potter’s Place in Jeffreys Bay at 8pm tomorrow night and at Murambi Country Kitchen in East London at 3pm on Sunday.

Today’s performance starts at 8pm and tickets cost R60.

For more information and bookings, contact Dorward on (041)364-1964.

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