This exquisite singer-songwriter’s music fuses elements of folk and African soul in the most authentic presentation to be experienced in a live performance setting. This is a unique voice deserving of a discerning ear.
Her debut album titled UNEARTHED was released earlier in the year with much support from top local brands Heilie Clothing, and eco lodge & day spa, Thaba Ya Batswana who immediately identified with the organic nature of her compositional style and innate creativity.
If you love good music and believe in supporting true talent then don’t miss Ternielle Nelson’s Live and Unplugged performances this month.
Unplugged at The Vault
A Solo, Acoustic Performance by Ternielle Nelson
Date: Saturday 13 Nov 2010
Time: From 18h30
Address: Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments [cnr Marshall and Ferreira Str, Marshaltown, Johannesburg]
Entrance Fee: None – however dinner & performance venue seating booking is still essential – call Monique on
Tel: 011 429 2600 / Cell: 0832919569 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Live at The Blues Room
Ternielle Nelson (vocals & guitar) accompanied by Sam Ameshi (bass) / Sam Ibeh (drums) / Darlington Okofu (piano) / Ponsho Maeso (vocals)
Date: Thursday 18 Nov 2010
Time: From 19h30
Address: Village Walk, Sandton
Bookings: Tel: 011 7845527
Entrance Fee: R 100
Audience can expect a spontaneous intimate set with Ternielle Nelson’s personal poetry and story telling intervals between songs and one or two possible guest artist appearances.
More about Ternielle Nelson…
The Durban-raised, Joburg-living singer and songwriter’s talents were first spotted by SA music scene veteran, Selaelo Selota, who noticed her during a year-end concert at the Central Johannesburg College where Nelson was studying. The multiple-award winning artist and producer later urged Nelson to enter the studio to record her debut.
“I think that the fact that I play guitar and write my own songs impressed Selaelo,” Nelson explains. “But I like the fact that he waited a bit for me to develop my craft after first seeing me in 2004, because it was only towards the end of my studies that he suggested I come into the studio.”
With ‘UNEARTHED’ Nelson has crafted a sound that’s uniquely hers, untainted by the need to be like anyone else in the South African or global market. Much of this has to do with Nelson’s determination not to take the route into R&B that many expect of someone with who grew up in Newlands East in Durban and was “fed” an endless diet of the genre.
In a set of songs she loosely terms ‘Tribal Folk Pop,’ Nelson shows off the melodic and lyrical strengths that belie her youth. A fine example of this is ‘No Condition’, one of the album’s most elegant songs. Beautifully served by Malatji’s sensitive piano-playing and the most restrained of rhythm sections, the song spotlights the simplicity of what love really can be, if allowed. Just as memorable is ‘Inspire Me’, which has a terrific hook that could easily land the song on radio, ready to capture the hearts of music fans across the land. It’s the same with ‘Core To My Soul’, a nakedly truthful song of adoration that’s as catchy as they come.
Given the organic-feel of ‘UNEARTHED’ it’s no surprise to find that Nelson co-wrote every song on the album with Selota, except for ‘Zwi Do Luga’ and ‘Core To My Soul’ which were songs written by a college friend of Nelson’s, Tendani Makhuba. Also contributing was Robin Kohl who recorded mixed and mastered ‘UNEARTHED’, providing the perfect match for Selota’s production. Bolstering Nelson on guitar and lead vocals and Selota on guitar are Malatji on piano, Ameishi Ikechi on bass, Samuel Ibeh on drums and Basi Mahlasela on percussion.
“Unearthed has a very significant meaning for me, in terms of where I am in my life and my career,” she says. “It’s a sign that I am set free and dug out and not succumbing to the norms in society and also the norms that are expected of me. I define myself not as a coloured woman but, as my song says, as an African Woman who is able to rise above the difficult cycles of my life. Unearthed is the word I choose to use as a sign of new things and possibilities as I journey through this daily”.
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