Louise du Toit is an award-winning South African recording artist, who has chosen to use her music and creative skills to spread a worldwide message of environmental and wildlife preservation. "Ode to Magnificence" consists of 12 haunting songs, written by the artist to raise awareness about the plights of different animals subjected to severe suffering and persecution, many of those on the brink of extinction.
The title track of the album is one of four tracks dedicated to the magnificent wolf, all with very different approaches. "Ode to Magnificence" is a vocal recording reminding chants of Native America; "For Every Fallen Wolf" is an acoustic ballad which portrays the artist's ability to magically weave her voice into her piano performance, creating a unique unity between the vocals and instrument. "Howl Across America" is a powerful song, urging the listener to take a stand against the persecution of the exquisite wolves; "Ode to the Wolves" is an ethereal ballad which provides her with the opportunity to use the delicate high range of her voice in a challenging way.
The third track, titled “When Darkness Falls”, is a lyrical and ethereal tribute to the beautiful whales roaming the oceans; the fourth track, "Ode to the Amur Leopard", is dedicated to the extremely rare and highly endangered Amur leopard, with a chilling atmosphere taking the listener straight to an eastern forest on the mountain slopes of Jilin in China. The fifth track, “The Time Has Come”, is a song that the artist wrote for WEEAC, wholeheartedly supporting them in their noble efforts to globally oppose all forms of animals abuse and cruelty. On this track, the singer uses her voice in a very pure way, accompanied by an emotional string orchestra, creating an effect as if the song is being performed in the dome of a cathedral.
“Pawfect Nation” is the seventh track, written for the brilliant South African organization with the same name, giving vital protection and shelter to stray animals in Durban. In this rock influenced song, the artist portrays a different side of the life of stray animals, concentrating on their vulnerability and struggle to be recognized as sentient beings, requesting humans not to pass them by when they are in need of salvation. The eighth track is titled “We Are Just Like Them”; in this song the singer decisively speaks out against the use and wearing of fur, accentuating the fact that fur belongs solely to those who were born with it: "We don't have the right to wear their skin, we are just like them; we don't have the right to take their lives, to kill and to condemn."
The tenth track, “When I Surrender”, is a soft ballad which is also the soundtrack of her video, “Save the Chimpanzees”, stirring strong emotions in the listener while revealing the fragility of these amazing, sensitive animals, which share more than 98 percent of the genetic code of humans. “Seals of Nam” is the eleventh track, written specifically to support the worthy organization with the same title; it is an acoustic ballad which was recorded with piano and vocals only and which has a certain raw quality to it, projecting the hard-hitting message against the Namibian Seal slaughter in a powerful way, while keeping a soft and tender atmosphere to enhance the defenselessness of the tiny baby seals.
The final track on the album is “Vivus Sectio”, a strong composition opposing vivisection and scientific experiments on animals in all its forms. The song has chilling, honest lyrics, narrating the story of a beagle, living his whole life in a scientific laboratory as a helpless victim of animal experimentation.
Louise du Toit is also the creator of more than 30 videos, aimed at raising awareness about the protection of the environment, the plight of animals in their struggle for survival, as well as focusing on the equality and freedom of all living beings on earth. All twelve tracks on the album have been used as soundtracks for her videos, to enhance the power of the messages in her songs. The videos can be seen at her YouTube channel.
For the full biography of Louise, visit her ARTIST PAGE.
Reviews for Louise du Toit, from artists and world-renowned musicians, include the following:
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO (July 18, 2008) “I read, posted and checked out your MySpace page. Great work, both musically and artistically. I put you in my Top friends list. Good luck in all things musical. Regards, Michael Angelo Batio
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO (October 28, 2008) “…I listened to your songs again today. You have great music…”
ZEN RELAXATION: (February 23, 2012) "You unconditional love & passion for animals is touching as is the captivating sound of your voice and great music as well as the artistic genius in your video creations. Thanks for touching my spirit FOR "To touch someone'... "
GEORGE LYNCH (August 23, 2008) “Rock on!!!”
RON RUTHERFORD (March 2012 - "Ode to Magnificence") Louise, you've done it again. This is a brilliant, masterful and commanding communication of the true spirit of this universe. Wolves, other sentient beings and our "true destination will only become visible when humans discard their imaginary fear, false legends, phantasmal myths, to seek the truth." Well said, my fellow artist and crusader for magnificence, well said, and thank you for your continuing, tireless efforts on behalf of us all."
DARIUS BRUBECK (August 4, 2008) “Good to hear from you and you look great…”
PIERRE BENSUSAN (March 20, 2009) “…Thank you for visiting my page and for your warm comments. I had the chance to visit yours and listen, and really like the feel of your voice and songs. Hope our paths will cross sometimes in the near future…”
ROBIN NOLAN (March 15, 2009) “…keep spreading the love! You are so kind!”
TREE TOBIN (January 2012) "Louise, your work is poignant, important and gorgeous... you are my hero of activist music...BECAUSE it is so beautiful it cannot be ignored..."
AOEDE (October 8, 2011) “My Heart is a Sea-lovely feel, melody and energy Louise! Beautiful!”
JON MULVEY (September 1, 2008) “Beautiful Music! Beautiful Art! You are a Beautiful person, and a wonderful Talent…And your photos are so reflective of your artistic sensibility. Such a strong connection between the art, music, and photography. A rare gift indeed. When I visit your albums, I just fall in. I can’t seem to comment on just one, or another. Quite remarkable!!!”
LULO REINHARDT (May 24, 2008) “…good sound…”
AURELIE DECAMPS ( June 15, 2011) “Hello Louise! I met you with Aineshana! What an incredible voice you have! So sweet and at the same time powerful. Makes think of Loreena McKennitt! The same magic! The same poetry!! Bravo! Amitiés depuis le su...”
ROBERT CONTI (February 14, 2009) “Without doubt, your face was made by the hand of God himself. The smile on that face is peace, love & happiness - all in one! Warm regards, Robert Conti, Las Vegas, NV USA”
SALARIATUS (October 9, 2011) “Wonderful experience listening to your glorious songs! Your voice is like honey.”
CLAUDETTE LANDSBERG ( March 12, 2012) "Nothing compares to the love and dedication you put in every moment of your life for you fellow earth-dwellers. I have great admiration for you. Thank you for being such a symbol of hope for me..."
PAT DICKENS - SEALS OF NAM ( March 2012) "Your song allows us to reach a completely different audience. It is a wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring piece."
THE SONGWRITER - JACI (August 3, 2009) “Love that new song…simply breathtaking…you move like the wind through my hair…enchanting my senses to want more and more…you’re wonderful…keep up the illuminating work…your beauty is what keeps this planet alive…”
MERU MATU (April 18, 2008) “Your music is AMAZING my African Sista!!! I feel it to be a cross between Sade and Lisa Stansfield, who are two of my personal biggest inspiration…I love the song, love the video, love the locations, you look amazing and so beautiful and I am so happy to have watched the video and that you shared it with me.”
BAZ CORDEN (May 23, 2008) “…you have a beautiful voice and it's inspiring to see how much you like to create. A true artist. Awesome…”
ALPHONSE MOUZON (July 24, 2008) ”You are so beautiful and talented!”
STUDIO SALTA (May 20, 2008) “…Fantastic beautiful voice!”
EDDIEZ (July 29, 2008) “Came by to Listen to Your Music...Breathtaking...Just Beautiful…”
NAJAM SHERAZ (July 23, 2008) “…great music…wonderful singing…congratulations Louise…”
VIVIANA MAJKIC (August 30, 2008) “…What an interesting artist, beautiful, inspirational voice, and a lot attractive girl.... You seem very special, really.”
FRANK MAYNARD (February 20, 2009) “…U Sound GR8…”
BRATT SCOVIL (May 23, 2009) “…thanks so much for hooking me up to your world of excellent music! I am still enjoying your creativity and style of sound…”
BILLY JON (June 9, 2009) “…really nice music Louise”
RICHIE WALKER (June 22, 2009) “Louise, Love your music and such a beautiful voice...”
THE LONZO DOG BAND (July 14, 2009) “I would not expect anything less from the dynamic soul you are...Awesome!!!”
CIJAY (July 19, 2009) “…Lovely music from a lovely person!”
KENNETH (W) “Not only are you the most beautiful woman I've ever met online, but you're also the most gifted…Your work is tremendously awesome, and if I had my own radio station, I'd be playing your style all the time over here, and I am sure many would be calling in asking how they could get it. I am sooo faithfully in love with your music...the music is hip and your voice is relaxing and full of energy…This is the stuff I love to listen to…and we need to spread the word about you. You are a gift from Heaven...”
ELIJAH SAINT (July 20, 2009) “…Your vocals are smooth and rich finalizing it with meaningful and impressive song writing. The production is awesome…”
MICHELLE VEENEMANS (August 4, 2009) “…dis heerlik om jou te leer ken!! Jy doen fantastiese werk!!...”
DZ (August 17, 2009) “Louise, I LOVE your music!!!!! You are beyond amazing and talented.”
CORNELIUS KRISSILAS (September 10, 2009) “…And your ethereal, enchanting voice Louise interprets the song with such sweetness that we are uplifted and soar enraptured in Heaven where the celestial Choirs hush their singing to listen to a terrestrial Angelic voice singing!”
STILTSKIN ZE LIKEN (September 23, 2009 “Wow! The You Tube video is fantastic, great stage presence. I love the hint of Celtic music in the song…Great cinematography, so refreshing to see such a humble person as yourself so gifted and talented and yet down to earth and hands on in your promotion…Talent and personality what more could one expect from a world class act such as yours…”
SUAMI (September 23, 2009) “Congratulations, your new video is excellent, and the song is superb!!!”
RON RUTHERFORD (September 23, 2009 “…absolutely fabulous!”
CHRISTOPHE LEU (September 23, 2009) “A real pleasure to look at your video! I love this kind of music, with Irish and medieval influences. Your singing is great, with a Kate Bush touch. Congratulations!”
JOHN EARL WATLEY 111 (September 23, 2009) “…The video is excellent…well put together…everyone in the video has got the vibe…wow…what a lovely voice you have…”
STEFAN LINDGREN (September 23, 2009 “…a beautiful song Louise…”
BILL ROGERS (September 23, 2009) “…You are such an amazing beautiful talented woman…”
INA (September 22, 2009) “You beautiful singing forest fairy...a feast for the eyes and ears...”
NIGEL HOLT (September 22, 2009) “Lovely Louise! Your video is cool…love the big production song...your vocals are fantastic...you are a super star and beautiful too…”
LE KIWI (October 5, 2009) “Excellent video thanks Louise...you look & sing so divine...very catchy song also. I'm very impressed with the high standard of music & production so well done…”
CH2 GUITAR DUO (October 5, 2009) “…Beautiful!...beautiful and soulful…”
WALT (October 5, 2009) “…Impressive music and video…Great groove & forward momentum in your material…”
NOLVIDO OUAE (September 30, 2009) “…I love very much your video clip, the song, your voice... your soul!!! You are wonderful!!!!!!!”
KIKE GOYA (September 29, 2009) “…Your video deserves just two words: Wonderful and beautiful... as you... and your friendship!! Congrats for your work!! Excellent!!”
MERU MATU (October 5, 2009) “…I love the song, love the video, love the locations, you look amazing and so beautiful and I am so happy to have watched the video and that you shared it with me.”
LARRY FLET (October 18, 2009) “…You have a very nice voice; you sing well, you are deliciously beautiful!”
GERMAN BENSE BOSSA NOVA (October 24, 2009) “I saw your video, AMAZING!!!!...love it so much!”