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Progressions

Ralf GUM

GOGO Music
GOCD 011 | 2019-03-01  
'Progressions' is the highly anticipated fourth studio album from German born, South Africa residing House Music star Ralf GUM. A journey through exquisite 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". 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.

"Progressions captures a lot of life changes for me and 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." - Ralf GUM

The album boasts some heavyweight German and South African musicians including co-producer Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes, 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 Wuerzburg 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 '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 where he toured extensively, he also met and released music from many locals including the now superstar Black Coffee and 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.

Tracklist

01 Back To Love feat. Joseph Junior & Ayanda Jiya 6:04
02 Used To Be feat. Bongi Mvuyana 5:21
03 Claudette feat. Monique Bingham 6.21
04 Uyakhala feat. Mafikizolo 8:07
05 We Repeat feat. Paul Randolph 7:50
06 A Time And A Place feat. Lady Alma 6:55
07 Ready For Love feat. Tony Momrelle 5:15
08 Dancing feat. Ayanda Jiya 6:25
09 After Midnight feat. Portia Monique 5:59
10 Dreamstate feat. Kafele 7:18

CREDITS:

Back To Love (Joseph Junior, Ayanda S S Jiya, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Joseph Junior and Ayanda Jiya.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Woodblocks, Djembe, Bells, Roland SH 101 Leads: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes, Piano, Lead Synth, Synth Strings: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Bass: Krischan Frehse.
Cymbals: Kekelingo.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951101. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

Used To Be (Bongi Mvuyana, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Bongi Mvuyana.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Skyndeep, Woodblocks, Fender Rhodes, SH 101: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer, Organ: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Additional Congas: Bongani The Sessionist.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Trumpet: Kafele Bandele.
Violin: Evert van Niekerk.
Horn arrangement by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by Copyright Control, GU Music Publishing.
ISRC: DEY161951102. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

Claudette (Monique Bingham, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Monique Bingham.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Woodblocks, Claps, Bells, Synthesizer, Juno 106, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Claps: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, Boonoonoonos Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951103. P&C GOGO Music 2019.


Uyakhala (Theo Kgosinkwe, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Maracas, Woodblocks, Udo, Afuche, Moog Voyager, Marimba, Synthesizer: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes, Piano, Clavinet, Organ: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Congas: Gontse Makhene.
Cymbals and Snare: Kekelingo.
Flute and Saxophone: Mthunzi Mvubu.
Violin: Evert van Niekerk.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by Sony ATV, Copyright Control, GU Music Publishing.
ISRC: DEY161951104. P&C GOGO Music 2019.


We Repeat (Paul VanBuren Randolph, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Paul Randolph.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Woodblocks, Udo, Afuche: Ralf GUM.
Upright and Electric Bass: Andre Nendza.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Fender Rhodes, Organ: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Vibraphone: Mathias Haus.
Violin: Evert van Niekerk.
Cello: Susan Mouton.
Trumpet: Kafele Bandele.
String and Horn arrangement by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by RVP Publishing BMI, Copyright Control, GU Music Publishing.
ISRC: DEY161951105. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

A Time And A Place (Alma Horton, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Written by Alma Horton, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert.
Lead vocals: Lady Alma.
Background vocals: Lady Alma and Ayanda Jiya.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Woodblocks, Djembe, Skyndeep, Juno 106, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Organ, Lead Solo: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Violin: Evert van Niekerk.
Cello: Susan Mouton.
String arrangement by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by A-Drenaline for S.O.P.O publishing ASCAP, GU Music Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951106. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

Ready For Love (Tony Momrelle, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Tony Momrelle.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Tambourine, Aputia, Woodblocks, SH 101, Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer, Organ: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Violin: Evert van Niekerk.
Cello: Susan Mouton.
String arrangement by Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by Three Wise Men Songs/ CO BMG, GU Music Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951107. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

Dancing (Ayanda S S Jiya, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Ayanda Jiya.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Woodblocks, Marimba: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Piano, Organ, Minilead, Synth-Horns: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by Copyright Control, GU Music Publishing.
ISRC: DEY161951108. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

After Midnight (Portia Monique Smith, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Lead vocal and Background vocals: Portia Monique.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Woodblocks, SH101, Marimba: Ralf GUM.
Synthesizer: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Congas: Gontse Makhene.
Acoustic and Electric Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951109. P&C GOGO Music 2019.

Dreamstate (Kafele Bandele, Michael Ehnes, Ralf Benkert)
Lead vocals and Background vocals: Kafele Bandele.
Produced by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Drum programming, Percussion programming, Shaker, Bells, Woodblocks, Juno 106, SH 101, Moog Voyager: Ralf GUM.
Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer, Lead, Organ, Synth Horns: Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes.
Guitar: Philipp van Endert.
Trumpet and Horn arrangement: Kafele Bandele.
Mixed by Ralf GUM at GOGO Music Studios.
Published by GU Music Publishing, Copyright Control.
ISRC: DEY161951110. P&C GOGO Music 2019.


P&C GOGO Music 2019


Label Contact: GOGO Music, Am Heegring 25, 97450 Arnstein-Gaenheim, Germany.
www.GOGO-Music.net, contact@GOGO-Music.net
Artist Contact: www.RalfGUM.com
Mastering: Masterlab.de
Artwork & Design: AKA / Annika Kaltenthaler, www.AnnikaKaltenthaler.de
Photography: Kabelo Meko, www.behance.net/Mekophotography
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