We were very privileged to host Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics, for a four-day recording session. Visitors to the studio during this time included Anant Singh and Ahmed Kathrada. Here is the press release:
“Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor – whose bandmate Freddie Mercury died of an Aids illness – were lending their musical support to fight Africa’s HIV crisis.
The rock legends are in Cape Town, South Africa to work on tracks for a project involving Nelson Mandela.
South African statesman Mandela is leading a battle to tackle the Aids epidemic which has left millions of children as orphans.
May and Taylor are working with Eurythmics star Dave Stewart on the tracks with South African musicians.
Artists such as Bono have written the tracks, as well as the late Joe Strummer, who wrote a Mandela tribute song before the Clash star’s death in December.”
- Simpiwe Matole, Mandla Lande and Michael Ludonga from Amampondo playing African drums and percussion
- Spencer Mbadu on bass
- Vaughan Fransch on trumpet, and Ivan Mazuze on sax
- Johnny Clegg on guitar, Zulu accordion and vocals, and his guitarist Andy Innes
- The St Cyprians Church Choir, under leadership of Duke Ngcukana
- Mziyanda Mbuthuma (“Mzi”) from Ghetto Muffin rapping
- Mudbone singing wonderfully
- Dave Stewart’s guitar
- as well as Brian May’s guitar and Roger Taylor’s drums
Everything was taken back to the UK for further editing.
Here is a picture of the three UK stars on the Milestone Studios roof, with Table Mountain in the background.