The Poppy Seed continues to grow; This EP marks the start of her journey in Southern Africa. The title is a word play on the both the fact that she has completed four piecesso far and is sharing that milestone. The other reference is to the South Africa way of having several expressions for now; There's 'Just now', 'now now', 'now' 'right now' all with different meanings and none of them actually meaning immediately! So 'Four For Now' is a humourous take on Poppy Seed's early encounter with South Africa, a place that has become very close to her heart and soul.
The first track 'Durban Renaissance' is a brief overview, first impression, loaded of course with poetic undertones. It is optimistic with intensional uplifting Reggae vibe, riding a rhythm provided by producer Paul Hussey.
'Marikana' A deep and mournful poetic and musical masterpiece inpsired by the unfortunate incident at Marikana Mine, Sept 2012 in South Africa which resulted in 35 miners being shot to death by police. 'it was a deeply disturbing event, the images of which sent shockwaves through the souls of us all.. ' 'This piece demanded to be written and kept me awake at night until it was finished. We went to the locations to involve the 'Lamontville Voices of Angels' a collection of humble and talented young men' Poppy originally wanted this piece to be a large collaboration with several South African artstes invloved but the political sensitivity at the time caused most to decline; It was too soon. However for Poppy Seed recording and releasing the piece in the moment was crucial to capture the mood and document this terribly sad event. Its live debut took place at the Poetry Africa Festival Oct 2012. Disturbing yet moving for the live audience, 'Marikana 2012…' made its mark to a great reception.
BIG UP to the Lamontville Voices of Angels who then lent their voices to take part in th remix of 'Motherland'. This piece started its journey in London where the original Poppy Seed band played on the track. The original soundtrack being inspired by and then becoming the title track for the famous Pan African Film Documentary 'Motherland' by Owen Alik Shahada. The remix once getting to South Africa included the choir and other adjustments but equally stunning Epic piece of music and well crafted deep lyrics that only the melodic genius of Poppy Seed can muster.
The 4th Track on the EP is a lament to all the Women who have ever had reason the complain about a 'Pain in her back;' A staggering amount apparently. It is light hearted yet serves as a symbolic comparison to the weight carried by women. it is a universal shout out to women of all walks of life, races and persuasians who all say 'Yes ,Amen to that sister' when they hear this tune. Joined on Saxaphone by the hugley accomplished Salim Washington (recently relocated from New York to SA), Poppy Seed is in good company for those jazz tinges that she loves to incorporate in the repertoire. Needless to say this is a musican that is likely to show up again on the ever extending family of musicians who are part of the Poppy Seed family. Also playing on 'Marikana' as well as 'Pain in her Back', is the steady stealth - Ildo Nandja on Bass from Mozambique also based in SA (no pun intended), who has shown up more than once at the Poppy Seed home studio, Jambila Music, headed by her husband and Engineer Paul Hussey. 'This EP is put put there with love and Light. Enjoy'
'Four for Now' is a work in progress. When it grows up it will be the promised collaborative album for 2015. The long term plan still is to collaborate with various artistes to create the 'Cool Lab Oration' ; a wonderful experiment with words and Music set to create a STIR!