Josh Groban covers South African freedom song, Weeping
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Josh Groban has recorded "Weeping", a freedom-song familiar in South Africa, for release in November, 2006, on his album, "Awake".
Groban is a native of Los Angeles, California, and, early in life, displayed a tremendous gift for singing.
Later, Groban enrolled in the famous Interlochen Arts Camp, where Groban took singing lessons outside of school for the first time.
Soon Groban was introduced to famous arranger/producer David Foster by his teacher, and worked for Foster as a rehearsal singer.
Thus, while filling in for Andrea Bocelli, Groban got "noticed" while running through a song with Celine Dion.
After one year at university, Groban left when Warner Brothers Records offered him a deal.
Groban's self-titled debut album followed in November, 2001, and reached "double-platinum" sales.
Earlier in 2001, Groban had also made a guest appearance on TV's "Ally McBeal" series.
In 2002, Groban teamed up with Charlotte Church to perform "The Prayer" at the Winter Olympics closing ceremonies,
and Groban's own "Josh Groban In Concert" special was aired on PBS.
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, was another event at which Groban performed.
"Closer", Groban's follow-up album, appeared in November, 2003, and, in two months, had climbed the Billboard charts to number one.
From that album, probably the best-known song was Groban's version of "You Raise Me Up".
The soundtrack to the movie "Troy" is another project on which Groban subsequently performed,
as well as a performance by Groban in the the animated feature "The Polar Express".
In November, 2004, a second live DVD from Groban, Live At The Greek, appeared.
TV appearances including The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live followed for Groban.
"Awake", Groban's latest album, has now been completed, for a November, 2006, release.
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, written by
(sometimes mis-spelled as
), is a
famous protest song
that emerged from the
South African anti Apartheid movement
during the mid-1980's, and this
song of freedom
has been recorded by many artists, including noted South African band
and, more recently,
, in a collaboration with
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
, who has previously released a solo recording of this
song of protest
contains are among the most-recorded
freedom song lyrics
to have come out of South Africa.
The Weeping song
(rights to which are partially controlled by
) led to a February, 2006, encounter between singer Josh
and songwriter Dan
(occasionally mis-spelled as
) at New York City's Sony Studios, a legendary institution which has given many a
to soar. It was a thrill for Dan to hear his anti
being recorded by such a high-caliber team. Having been a musician in contact with various
during the Freedom-Struggle in South Africa, when examining the
, Dan was thrilled to feel the connection of his
lyric to protest song
tradition. When the time came to add backing vocals, nobody needed to teach
Vusi Mahlasela lyrics
, having already performed it live so many times, and this new rendition of Dan's familiar rhyming-
lyric protest song
the song freedom
to reach many new listeners. Many
were inspired by the
anti Apartheid movement
and Dan is proud that his
has been so well-received, particularly when there are already so many wonderful
protest song lyrics