Albert Meintjes’ debut solo album

The wait is over and music fans can now escape their busy lives for a moment  with this week’s announcement of the official online release of Albert Meintjes’ debut solo album, ‘The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place’. Prepare to be transported to another world through the power of sound.

Stream and download the full album here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1226018088

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 first track released to radio titled, ‘Travelling On’ has been very well received and has so far been enjoying rotation on Radio Today(DStv AUDIO CHANNEL 869), Mix FM, Caledon FM, Sunshine Radio 100.6FM and Maties FM. Make sure you tune into Smile 90.4 FM this coming Sunday evening where music show host, Phil De Lange will be chatting to Albert about the release of his solo music.

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. Last month Albert made his introduction as solo artist with the release of his debut music video, ‘Dune 45’, featuring Kobus de Kock Jnr.

The music video was directed by Loedi van Reenen and shows an array of breathtaking scenery that inspired ‘Dune 45’.

Watch the music video here: https://youtu.be/28zv3M19Gk8

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 musician in South Africa 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 is now accessible to download on all major mobile app platforms.

‘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, Jorik Pienaar, 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

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.

“What a cool session with Albert Meintjes, always a pleasure to work together. I’ve always loved his songwriting and this album is pure Meintjes, so prepare to be taken away on a beautiful musical journey by one of the best artists in South Africa.”

  • Albert Frost

“The spirit of the desolate places Albert Meintjes drew on for inspiration shines brilliantly on Dune 45. Haunting stuff! Being part of the song was something between a fantastic learning curve and a zen-like musical experience. A pleasure”

  • Kobus de Kock jnr.

“I had the great pleasure of working on this amazing album. Marrying accomplished songwriting with expressive arrangements and soulful playing,

Albert takes you on a road trip to places you’ll be revisiting in your imagination – the vibe is addictive.

The Very Silence of waiting in this place is an album not to be missed and it has made a deep impression on me”

  • Tim Lengfeld (TL Mastering)

‘The Very Silence of Waiting in This Place’ is also available at all of Albert’s upcoming shows.

Albert has released two albums with Scicoustic (of which Albert has been the frontman for the past sixteen years), one album as Algrecko featuring Greg Georgiades.

Albert 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, 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.

Albert Meintjes Album Launch Tour – Gig Guide:

Saturday, 20 May 2017 Road To STRAB

Venue: Klitsgras Drumming

Address: Garsfontein Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

Time: 18:00 till late

Admission: R80

Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed

Venue contact: 083 311 0025

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1265700233548935/

STRAB Festival – Official Album Launch Event

24 – 28 May 2017

Venue: Ponta Malongane Resort

Address: Kosi Bay Ponta Malongane, Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

Admission: SOLD OUT

Performance time: TBC – https://strab.co.za/

Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/632029390331545/

Friday, 16 June 2017

Venue: Klitsgras Drumming

Address: Garsfontein Road, Pretoria, Gauteng

Time: 18:00 till late

Admission: R80

Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed

Venue contact: 083 311 0025

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/286926205083224/

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Venue: Otterlake German Restaurant

Address: Plot 26, Kameelfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng

Time: 13:00-16:00

Admission: Free entrance

Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed

Venue contact: +27 84 321 7719

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034743996754307/

Links:

Website: http://albertmeintjes.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/albert.meintjes.9

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scicoustic

https://www.reverbnation.com/scicoustic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8w9IEA2iWQ

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