South African Recording Artist Wouter Kellerman Tops Billboard Charts!
JUNE 18, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) — Winds of Samsara (www.windsofsamsara.com), the first collaboration between award-winning South African flutist Wouter Kellerman and award-winning Indian Composer/Producer/Artist Ricky Kej debuts at #1 on iTunes New Age Sales Chart. Two years in the making, the boundary-breaking New Age album spotlights the musical, cultural and political connections betweenSouth Africa and India from Nelson Mandela to Mahatma Gandhi. It boasts performances by more than 120 musicians from five continents and pushes theboundaries beyond what the New Age genre has ever produced. Winds of Samsara Mastering Engineer is 3-time GRAMMY® winner Gavin Lurssen (expat) (including 2001 Album of the Year for O, Brother Where Art Thou? and 2008 Album of the Year for Alison Krauss & Robert Plant’s Raising Sand). A deluxe edition will be available later this year and includes a 5.1 HD Surround Sound mix by GRAMMY®-winner P.A. Deepak (2009 Best Sound Track Album Compilation from Best Picture Oscar® Winner Slumdog Millionaire). “Winds of Samsara” is distributed by Listen 2 Africa, a global company founded by GRAMMY®-winning producer and recording industry veteran Dave Love. Artists such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela and other top talentfrom this musically and culturally rich region of the world are a part of Love’s ongoing commitment to southern Africa.
South African Recording Artist Wouter Kellerman Tops Billboard Charts
Globe-trotting South African flautist and composer and producer Wouter Kellerman’s new collaborative album “Winds of Samsara” has debuted in the No. 1 position on the Billboard New Age sales chart in the USA this week. A landmark achievement for a South African artist and album release.
The album also features at No. 18 on the all-category Billboard Heatseeker album sales chart. This chart reflects the week’s top-selling albums by new or developing acts, defined as those who have never appeared on the top 100 of the Billboard 200 or the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Country Albums, Latin Albums, Christian Albums or Gospel Albums.
The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs or albums in the United States. The results are published in Billboard magazine and are highly influential in the music industry worldwide.
“Winds of Samsara” is released by South African independent label Next Music in association with Wouter Kellerman. In the United States, the album is released by Listen 2 Africa. Worldwide digital distribution is through The Orchard. The album is available worldwide on iTunes and in leading local record stores.
About The Album Winds of Samsara:
A truly global effort, Winds of Samsara is the dream of Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej, an unlikely but star matched collaborative duo. Drawing from disparate cultures, the pair has melted their creative influences into the strange and wonderful sonic gumbo contained within Winds of Samsara. The album speaks to themes of peace and positivity, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition, and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in the New Age/ World genre.
“Making this album has challenged us as artists to push borders aside and have the one common thread through the universal language of music. We’ve recorded in L.A., Seattle, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Bangalore, Bulgaria, full orchestras on most of the tracks, choirs in Australia, India and the U.S., and we’ve used instruments in unexpected ways such as a Dobra, pedal steel guitar and complete string sections playing in Classical Indian styles. The album’s messages of world peace and positivity ring true from the core of the collaborative process and the authenticity of the talented musicians who transcended borders and cultural barriers. What bound us all together was the desire to create music that could help affect positive change in the world, and we hope people are moved by the end result.” Quoted by Wouter Kellerman.
The album was mastered by 3-time GRAMMY® winner Gavin Lurssen (including 2001 Album of the Year for O, Brother Where Art Thou? and 2008 Album of the Year for Alison Krauss & Robert Plant’s Raising Sand). A deluxe edition of Winds of Samsara will be released later this year and includes a 5.1 HD Surround Sound mix by GRAMMY®-winner P.A. Deepak (2009 Best Sound Track Album Compilation from Best Picture Oscar® Winner Slumdog Millionaire).
About Wouter Kellerman:
Wouter Kellerman’s album “Two Voices” won the 2011 South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album, reinforcing Kellerman’s standing as one of South Africa’s most innovative musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shangai, New York, Sydney and beyond including an appearance in front of 700 million people as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony.
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