Silence Seen

by Xander Ferreira

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South African visual artist and musician, Xander Ferreira, formerly known as Gazelle, became one of the country’s most recognized musicians, known especially for his popular fusion of contemporary electronic sounds and traditional African music. Celebrated for his flamboyant stage persona and enigmatic performances, he took to the stage in 17 countries around the globe. His musical journey has seen him collaborate with artists like Peaches, St. Lucia, Findlay Brown and The Bloody Beetroots.

After Gazelle’s success, Xander moved to New York where he embarked on a journey to create, what he calls,
“A reverse version of Paul Simon’s Graceland”, in turn fusing African sounds with a variety of American musical styles.

Following his relocation to New York, Xander teamed up with
Steve Williams on Drums (De La Soul, Sade, Digable Planets),
Paul Frazier on Bass (David Byrne, Chic, Chaka Kahn, Arrested Development, Digable Planets)
and David Bailis on Guitar (John Forte, Pimps of Joytime)
to form a new group for a solo project. Xander’s signature new sound is a fusion of influences ranging from South African traditional music, Afrofunk, 60’s Pop, Soul and Psychedelic Rock accompanied by an undertone of Electronic sound.

With regular shows at Mercury Lounge, Baby’s All Right, Nublu and Le Poisson Rouge, Xander has established himself solidly in the live music scene of New York. This May, Xander is releasing his debut EP with three new recordings. The songs speak of the painful introspection that is sometimes necessary in the struggle to find a sense of place. Being an immigrant in the United States as a 10th generation African born Caucasian of mixed heritage, Xander’s dream is to build cultural bridges through his music amidst a divided United States and taking this spirit into the rest of world.

lyrics

LYRICS:

Silence is something you see
Never ever comfort me
Darkness is something you feel
Never Ever seemed so real

Would I ever let it go
All the things I seemed to know
Would never be the same again
Who says the same is good

In your hands how could it be
Even if I could have seen
I lose control
I don't want to lose control

To let go of everyone
All your fears to be alone
Alone, You will never be alone

Would I ever let it go
All the things I seemed to know
Would never be the same again
Who says the same is good

In your hands how could it be
Even if I could have seen
I lose control
I don't want to lose control
X2

Control, Control, Control, Control
Control, Control, Control, Control, Control.

Would I ever let it go
All the things I seemed to know
Would never be the same again
Who says the same is good

In your hands how could it be
Even if I could have seen
I lose control
I don't want to lose control
X2

Control
I don't want to lose control
X2

credits

released May 18, 2017
Vocals: Xander Ferreira
Guitar: David Bailis
Bass: Paul Frazier
Drums: Steve Williams

Written by Xander Ferreira
Produced by Xander Ferreira & The True Tones
Mixed by Eber Pinheiro at Funky Pirata
Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Studios
Recorded at Atlantic Studios and Afrohappyflow Studio

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