Having just returned from a US tour that – among other places  – saw them play to a jam-packed Apollo Theater, South African Freshlyground can now add another impressive achievement to the many they have accomplished already:

That of reaching #1 on the iTunes World Music charts in the US!

freshlyground_03It is really pretty astounding for a band that – despite their successes elsewhere – has never had an official release in the US until now. This proves yet again that Freshlyground’s formula is winning people over wherever they go, and that whenever people are exposed to them they react with genuine enthusiasm and delight!

It also proves that the band has managed to renew & reinvogorate themselves by changing focus and processes for their latest & 5th studio album entitled “Take Me To The Dance”. Produced by Steve Berlin, the band members of Freshlyground have credited him in helping them achieve a richer, more layered sound than they had been able to on their own so far. Their ability to incorporate multiple stylistic directions into one cohesive, positive and charming whole is all Freshlyground though.

The album was recorded in the amazing Karoo desert north of Cape Town – watch a video from the making of the album here.

You can watch the official video to the title track here.

NPR’s All Things Considered have just released a great review of the album here

Pri’s The World also did a great piece on Freshlyground – listen, read & watch here

Afropop gave the album a very nice review here

And here‘s a review from a concert they just played in Botswana, that – to us – really captures what Freshlyground is all about!


“Take Me To The Dance” is available through these stores:

Wommusic Webshop
 : $9.99 (mp3/320), $10.99 (Apple/Lossless), $11.99 (CD)

ITunes : $9.99 (download)

Amazon : $11.98 (CD)

Freshlyground’s band members are:

Zolani Mahola – lead vocals
Josh Hawks – bass guitar & vocals
Seredeal Scheepers – keyboards & percussion
Kyla Rosesmith – violin & vocals
Simon Attwell – flute, mbira, harmonica & saxophone
Julio Siguaque – electric & acoustic guitar
Peter Cohen – drums

Wommusic is representing Freshlyground as agents in the Americas & Asia. Please contact us if you are interested in booking Freshlyground in any of these territories.

Follow Freshlyground on Twitter: @freshlygroundsa – and please find them on Facebook here.