Leaping straight onto the No.1 spot on iTunes [South Africa] on day of release Ralf GUM’s third album ‘In My City’ has become one of the most celebrated albums of 2014 in South Africa
Moulded with his soulful, organic signature sounds,‘In My City’ is a tapestry of beautifully weaved songs and features local South African and international artists – established and upcoming.
These include top drawer artists such as the inimitable Hugh Masekela. Ralf, who grew up listening to Hugh and many years later upon meeting, the two clicked instantly and whipped up two songs forthe album: the gorgeous love song ‘With Her Hand’ and voices the topic of over population on ‘In The City’.
“In My City’ is a very personal project for me. I intentionally put the skyline of Johannesburg on the cover as a tribute, South Africa is the most vibrant dance nation I know globally. I am grateful to be a part of its heartbeat and feel that I spiritually and musically now live in a place which I really call home. I am #InMyCity.” – Ralf GUM
Other artists elsewhere on ‘In My City’ such as UK soul architect Omar with groovy ‘Love Core’ and Londoner Dele Sosimi (Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti) on the Afrobeat outing ‘Bi ‘na ba n’jo’. The US queen of vocal House Monique Bingham lends her distinctive vocal tones to ‘The Pap’.
Together Ralf and Monique have penned previous hits such as ‘Take Me To My Love’ which subsequently became an official chart #1 in South Africa.
There is also a refreshing assemblage of newer generation artists. The album introduces Lee Bling on ‘The Best Thing’. Rising soul star Portia Monique sings on the first single ‘Free (Is All I Wanna Be)’.
South African actress and Osunlade collaborator KB makes a return to house music on ‘My Angel’, while previous collaborators Parisian Jocelyn Mathieu and Kafele of the 2010 uber-hit ‘Complicated’ return with their magical tones.
The album is produced together with long-time collaborators Phil Kullmann aka Raw Artistic Soul and Michael Ehnes, a compelling reflection of German-born Ralf GUM’s universal take on the soul genre.
Editor’s Sidenote: South Africa has been Ralf’s home and vantage point for three years. “It is a beautiful country with a ‘joie de vivre’ and of course there is a love for real House music here. ‘In My City’ couldn’t have been made in a more apt place and time”. Ralf GUM 2014