|| Title: Ralf Gum – Progressions
|| Vocals: Various Artists
|| Producer: Ralf Gum
|| Released: 2019-03-01
|| Label: GOGO Music
Progressions is the highly anticipated fourth studio album from German born, South Africa residing House Music star Ralf GUM. A journey through exquisite soulful, afro and earthy grooves, Progressions features popular singles Back To Love feat. Joseph Junior & Ayanda Jiya; A Time And A Place feat. Lady Alma; and We Repeat feat. Paul Randolph. It also includes Ralf’s brilliant new collaboration with South African superstars Mafikizolo on their new single Uyakhala (a spiritual song inspired by a Setswana folk song with the belief that it takes a village to raise a child; or a person is a person through other people). Also on the album is a feast of heavyweight talent including regular cohorts NY Songbird Monique Bingham and US trumpet player and singer Kafele, alongside wonderful vocal talent such as Bongi Mvuyana, Tony Momrelle, Ayanda Jiya and Portia Monique.
Ralf Gum shares his personal view on the new album:
‘ Progressions captures a lot of life changes for me Land now finally feeling fully settled in my South African environment, I am grateful how the album both lyrically and musically reflects the different moods and experiences I have lived through during the last 4 years, all thanks to my amazing collaborators.’
The album boasts some heavyweight German and South African musicians including co-producer Michael Ehnes aka Nivalito, strings by Susan Mouton and Evert van Niekerk (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra), various percussion players and Flutist and Saxophone player Mthunzi Mvubu, among others. With four years in the making to get depth, not only in music, but lyrically too, topics on Progressions resonate profound messages that touch socio-political topics as much as joyful aspects of life. Packed into Ralf’s ever evolving and unique production style, this stellar body of work reflects on the progression of an artist who found himself long ago, but continues to reinvent himself.
German producer / DJ Ralf GUM began his musical career in 1990 putting on guests such as Frankie Feliciano and Mousse T at his residency in his hometown Würzburg as well as playing further afield in Asia, North and South America. In 2001 he launched GOGO Music, a highly acclaimed label synonymous with global soulful talent and Ralf’s own brilliant output. Ralf has released 3 albums to date – his 2008 debut, Uniting Music, containing the timeless masterpieces such as All This Love For You and bestseller Kissing Strangers. His gold selling classic Never Leaves You, which included the official South African chart #1 single Take Me To My Love; and In My City, which was selected dance album of the year by iTunes in 2014. In 2008 Ralf was invited to play in South Africa for the first time, where he instantly became a fav and regular on the Motherland’s scene. So much so, that Ralf relocated to South Africa in 2012, becoming one of the most pivotal contributors and ambassadors, spurring the growth of the vibrant SA house scene and scooping award nominations in the process.
Ralf GUM will be touring extensively in autumn 2019, starting with a South African tour across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban from March 01 to April 22, then Europe where he will be at Djoon among other top venues from April 26 to May 04, before moving on to North America for one week, then finishing off the tour on the 18th of May in London.
Progressions will be released on March 1st 2019 on GOGO Music.
Posted on : 2019-02-26