Albert Meintjies is no stranger in the music scene and has been active since 1996. Highlights in his long-standing career include his performance with New Porn alongside Arno Carstens, supporting the Metallica tour. He also shared the stage with some of the top artists in South Africa like Albert Frost, Anton La’mour, Karen Zoid, Greg Georgiades, Valiant Swart, Shaun Morgan (Seether), Hugo De Waal , Lani van der Walt, Greg Georgiade, Steve Newman, Guy Collins, Gerald Clark, Piet Botha, Gian Groen and Moseu Kettlele just to name a few.
With his unique voice, brilliant songwriting and exceptional guitar techniques, Albert Meintjes has entertained audiences in London, Croatia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Cuba, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Egypt, Belgium, The Netherlands, Nigeria and Kenya. This month Albert is proudly making his introduction as a solo artist with the release of his debut music video, ‘Dune 45’, featuring Kobus de Kock Jnr (from the Black Cat Bones) off his upcoming debut album ‘The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place’.
The music video was directed by Loedi van Reenen and shows an array of breathtaking scenery that inspired ‘Dune 45’.
The album is a musical memoir of Albert’s life changing trek through the dunes of Namibia and has significant narrative exploring the impact that the region’s wide open starry skies and the magnificence of the landscapes, has on transforming one’s soul. Each track accounts for the mystical places he visited while touring the country in 2016. The short behind the scenes travel-doccie which is also narrated by Albert, offers a special look into this incredible journey and its release will be announced. ‘Dune 45’ was composed on the iconic Dune 45 and also features in the making-of documentary.
Albert Meintjes is also one of the first musicians worldwide to be featured on Layar, an augmented reality app and global leader in AR and interactive print which will allow users and fans an unprecedented experience with his music and content. This feature will be accessible at the time of the official album launch.
‘The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place’, started off as a singer songwriter approach to capture the sights, sounds and feeling of the different locations, and has grown into a full band production featuring guest musicians Albert Frost, Kobus de Kock jnr, Chris van der Walt, Nick Bekker, Andre Kriel, Gideon Meintjes, Alouise and Ashley Holton Jacobs adding their melodies, rhythm and feel to the pictures Albert created.
“There is just something about traveling the open road. The rhythmic sound of the wheels dancing with distance, and the wind whispers the untold stories of travellers throughout the ages. In my mind I have conversations about opinions, mistakes and dreams, as memories come and go. And I am chasing the silence beyond the horizons where a calm sense of freedom takes control of my soul.
This is the album and story of my journey through Namibia in search of music and inspiration.” – Albert Meintjes
The album will be available on iTunes next month. Albert is officially launching ‘The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place’ at this year’s celebrated STRAB festival taking place between 24 and 28 May. Albert has released two albums with Scicoustic (of which Albert has been the frontman for the past sixteen years) and one album as Algrecko featuring Greg Georgiades.
You can catch Albert Meintjies LIVE and buy the album at one of these upcoming shows:
- Wednesday, 26 April 2017 – Fairy Knowe, Wilderness, Western Cape
- Friday, 5 May 2017 – The Jamjar Lounge, Lydenburg, Mpumalanga
- Sunday, 7 May 2017 – The Cockpit Brewhouse, Cullinan, Gauteng
- Friday, 12 May 2017 – Cafe Barcelona, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Saturday, 13 May 2017 – Die Stoep, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
- Sunday, 14 May 2017 – Bohemian Groove Cafe, Kaapschehoop, Mpumalanga
- Saturday, 20 May 2017 – Road To STRAB, Klitsgras Drumming Circle, Pretoria, Gauteng
- 24 – 28 May 2017 – STRAB Festival (Official Album Launch Event), Ponta Malongane Resort, Mozambique
- Friday, 16 June 2017 – Klitsgras Drumming Circle, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Sunday, 18 June 2017 – Otterlake German Restaurant, Kameelfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng
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