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April, Allou (South Africa)  
Allou April © S.Gordon 2005
GUITARIST Allou April got his start over 15 years ago playing with garage bands from the tender age of 16. After moving from his hometown of Saldanha to Cape Town in the 1970's, he was discovered by some of the city's top gospel bands, and so began his career as one of the most sought after session musicians in the Mother City. He later moved on to playing in clubs, doing standards with instrumental jazz bands.

Over the years, Allou has developed his own unique style of guitar playing that reflects the many eclectic genres within the South African music environment. He has become a significant voice within South Africa on the contemporary African and jazz music landscape.

Allou says "I find it important to project my personal passion through the music of Cape Town, Africa and also the international jazz genre. The time is ripe to share this music with the rest of the global community by encouraging the meeting of different cultures which adds many more dimensions to the world of music."

Genre: jazz, klopse / goema
Allou has had the opportunity of collaborating with many outstanding musicians such as Sibongile Khumalo, Robbie Jansen, Hotep Galeta, Joe McBride and Al Jarreau. Sheer Sound proudly presents his long-awaited debut album, Bringing Joy.

His debut album reflects on various styles, including funk, goema, gospel, township contemporary, and R&B, and is a collection of the best material from compositions he has been putting together for the past 10 years.

Allou April © S.Gordon 2005
Allou says of his music that it "Covers a wide range of experiences that reflect my roots and place in the new world." This album features, amongst others, pianist Andile Yenana, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, Basi Mahlasela on percussion, Robbie Jansen on saxophones, and R&B songstress TK.

"He is destined with his majestic guitar playing to become yet another consummate professional and role model for any young musician interested in the guitar." - Sandile Memela - City Press

This Biography provided by Sheer Sound

new album "Colourful World" released

  Recordings : April, Allou
Colourful World

Colourful World - 2005
Bringing Joy

Bringing Joy

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