Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hinds Brothers Debut Nominated for SAMA 2014 (South African Music Award)

Two years in the making, the Hinds Brothers debut 'Ocean of Milk' has become an album of the heart with a living tale. Produced by the brothers themselves, the album was recorded in no less than 7 studios in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria, and features 19 of South Africa's top musicians. It was mixed by award winning producer Dan Roberts and mastered in New York by Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, Roky Erikson). 

'Ocean of Milk' has a wholly cohesive depth to it that resonates with the great albums of yore, while brothers Aden and Wren Hinds' beautiful songwriting and arrangements are artfully complimented by the lush and acoustically textured production. The harmonic resonance of the two distinct voices, together with their reflective and honest lyrical sensibility communicates true profundity - bringing meaning and nourishment to an art form that has been somewhat neglected in recent times.

Now at the very beginning of 2014 there has been alot of good news and hype surrounding the Durban brothers, with the recent announcement of a record deal with Sheer Records, South Africa's biggest indie label & now the latest news that Ocean of Milk has been nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) in the category of Best Adult Contemporary Album of 2014. 

Ocean of Milk is available at

 "We are very, very stoked to announce that 'Ocean of Milk' has been nominated for the Best Adult Contemporary #SAMA award 2014! Huge thanks to everyone involved in the making of this epic labour of love, we are very proud..." - Hinds Brothers

 art form that has been somewhat neglected in recent times.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Sober Hearts Africa founder and friend of South Sea, Zola Songo talks 'Chords for Compassion'

Sober Hearts Africa is a non-profit organization based in Durban,South Africa, that aims to inspire disadvantaged young people to reach their potential. We achieve this aim by engaging youth in music, film, recreational camps and team building workshops. 

The purpose of the 'Chords for Compassion' project is to create a life changing, perspective challenging experience for youth from diverse backgrounds. The project was inspired by the need to develop greater understanding and empathy within South African society. Our extended objective is to inspire the youth to engage more in the high of creativity rather than crime or drugs. We intend to unveil the power they all possess to create, despite their circumstances.

Music will be used as a therapeutic tool. Rather than emphasizing on a tangible musical output our main focus is to create collaborative relationships through a playful and open-minded setting. This way we will break down unfounded opinions and prejudice.

We will be collaborating with schools and teachers to involve South African youth between the ages of 14 and 16, from various racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Watch the promo video here :


  • Our one-day workshops will include 20 participants from 4 different schools. 
  • The first session will consist of icebreakers and team building activities, in order to form trust and create an open, fun and inspiring atmosphere.
  • After a joint lunch break the teenagers will be split into two groups and tasked with writing and recording a song. A professional musician will facilitate the process of songwriting and recording. We will encourage simple musical elements such as beat-boxing, solos, rapping, a capella, clapping and any creative sounds the young musicians can come up with.
  • At the end of the workshop there will be a debrief session reviewing the accomplishment and the journey made.
Though we will impact the lives of the immediately involved participants and staff, we also want to spread the message further. We will do this by having all activities filmed and cut into a documentary, which will be available in the public domain. It will especially be useful for teachers and students nationwide in lessons such as arts and culture or life orientation.
The film will also be used for future fundraising in order to create a sustainable continuation of the workshops. 

Check out the Chords for Compassion campaign here:

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Hinds Bros Announce Record Deal, A New Track, Plus 'Ocean of Milk' Re-Release in 2014 with Sheer Records

Article taken from an entry in the Hinds Brothers news blog, 'The Wanderer Journal'. -

So we realize it's been a little while since we gave you an update on what we've been up to friends. Life moves along faster than ever, and we're already well into the year 2014, wow! Among other things, we need to fill you in on a new track we recorded while on tour in December (that we'd like to give away free to our loyal fans), a record deal and the 2014 re-release of our debut album 'Ocean of Milk'.

We ended 2013 with a mellow acoustic tour of the Cape, and had some great shows in Cape Town, The Crags and Knysna among other places. But along with a great show in Port Elizabeth, we managed to find an hour or so to record a song that we originally planned to be on 'Ocean of Milk' but somehow didn't make the cut. 'Gone & Grey' was recorded at Tanglewood Studios by John Dirker. We did a live take (which John filmed as well) before we had to race off to perform in Plettenberg Bay that night. We're really stoked with how it turned out, you can see the video here:

Soon after returning from the Cape Tour, in early January as the heat was rising on the East Coast of Africa, we finalized and signed a licensing deal for 'Ocean of Milk' with South Africa's most successful independent label, Sheer Records. With the signing of the album over to Sheer, there will also be a 2014 release date, and the record will finally be available in the best music stores nationwide, as well as iTunes etc. In addition, we still have a few copies of the limited edition digipak left, which will be available at our shows or over here -

We look forward to connecting soon again, big love from us!


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