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Gardens of Eden feat. Zonke / Trip To Lyon (Incl. Ralf GUM and Sai & Ribatone Remixes)

Black Coffee, Zonke

GOGO Music
GOGO 042 | 2010-05-10  
GOGO Music proudly presents this dope EP by Black Coffee with remixes by label head honcho Ralf GUM and Sai & Ribatone.Black Coffee is one of the leading proponents of South Africa’s house scene. He’s a reserved, studiously academic character, who’s inventive, imaginative and a boldly educated re-interpretation of classic South African music is radically at odds with the many flash-in-the-pan hit-chasers that populate the dance music genre. Either as one-part member of the unfashionable urban soul trio Shana, or as one of the few Club DJs in his country who genuinely understands the precise function of a music deejay: he does not simply re-mix songs; he re-interprets their previously unimagined musical possibilities and therefore quietly reclaims the composition as his own. 2003 saw Black Coffee starting to put his first project together and he instantly proofed that if you have real skills when it comes to producing, it won't take much for you to achieve your goals. After all he's managed to penetrate the music industry with only a desktop computer, some music-making software and a lot of passion. Since then his career took off like a rocket not only in home-country. After releases on Realtone, Kronologik and other labels, Black Coffee’s final international break-through came when GOGO Music released his single ”Turn Me On”. The song became number one on for three weeks and was a global club-hit. Black Coffee lately started his label Soulistic Music, where he released his album “Home Brewed” of which both tracks from this EP are taken from. He is currently nominated for 4 South African Music Awards with his album and contributed an amazing remix for our previous single by Rocco & C. Robert Walker, too.

“Trip To Lyon” is a fierce deep dub tune that showcases Black Coffee’s inimitable ability to combine a few elements in an intelligent way and to build up the tension to a real peak frenzy – perfect for the dance-floor! For “Gardens of Eden” Black Coffee worked together with vocalist Zonke. Her name is nothing unknown in the music scene; she has breathed life into many songs over the years on albums by the likes of Thebe, the late TK, Loyiso, Skizo and Mafikizolo. She has on top of that contributed to the potentially massive hit, “All in the way’” with Frank Roger. With these achievements, one can easily say that Zonke is overloaded with an amazing talent complimented by endless experiences. Something that sets her apart from other artists is that her style of music has been predominantly laid back, on a soulful live vibe, with the feel of the well know acid jazz innovators Incognito.

Ralf GUM once again contributes to the release with his outstanding remix skills and delivers a wicked peak-time rework of “Gardens of Eden”. Ralf’s producing music since 1993 and worked with notable artists as Inaya Day, Michael Procter, Beady Belle, Wunmi, Concha Buika or the fascinating Monique Bingham. He released on and remixed for many top labels like Mn2S, Papa, Tommy Boy, Deep Sugar, Sole Music, Look At You or Defected, but not only convinces as a producer – as well his DJ-sets have helped him building up his reputation as legendary house artists. He played at more than 350 German and international spots, including gigs all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, the United States and Southern African states.

The second remix of “Gardens Of Eden” comes from Sib & Ribatone who already cemented their ability to compete amongst the best with only a few releases under their belt. They are the original producers of the hit song “Sunday Showers” that was remixed by Kentphonik for his 2007 album. It was further reworked by Dj Rork and Casamena for Stalwart. They collaborated with Rebecca Knight on Guilty Secret released on Ministry of Sound and worked with Keith Thompson on Thoughts of life released on Walking Monster. For this release they take “Gardens Of Eden” on a smooth broken beat vibe.

This EP follows up the great success of Black Coffee’s “Turn me on” and the latest GOGO Music smash-releases “Complicated” by “Ralf GUM feat. Kafele” and “Hard time for lovers” by “Rocco & C. Robert Walker” in an excellent way.


1: Performed by Nkosinathi Maphumulo and Zonke Dikana. Music by Nkosinathi Maphumulo and lyrics by Zonke Dikana, Produced by Nkosinathi Maphumulo, courtesy of Soulistic Music. Under exclusive license to GOGO Music.

2 & 5: Remix and additional production by Ralf GUM and Michael 'Nivalito' Ehnes. Drum programming and percussion: Ralf GUM. Fender Rhodes Piano, Moog, Organ, Strings, Synthesizer: Michael Ehnes. Guitar: Pierre Wrobbel.

3: Performed by Nkosinathi Maphumulo. Music by Nkosinathi Maphumulo. Produced by Nkosinathi Maphumulo, courtesy of Soulistic Music. Under exclusive license to GOGO Music.

4: Remix and additional production by Sai & Ribatone. Drum Programming & Percussion by Sai (Sandile Mavuso). Keyboards: Ribatone (Mahlatse Riba). Arranged by Sai & Ribatone. Mixed by Sai.

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Gardens Of Eden published by Soulistic Music and Leely Music Publishing.
Trip to Lyon published by Soulistic Music.
P&C GOGO Music 2010.
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