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.
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 many stations in South Africa.
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.
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.
‘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.”
“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)
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.