One of the most fabulous albums I’ve ever heard. This is a true testimony of what a global project sounds like. Don’t miss the chance to listen this album it can change your life!
Based in the UK, the two musicians set out to create a multimedia project that would encompass a CD, DVD and cinematic presentation that would offer a complete artistic statement. The project offers music, digital video footage shot over the course of six months by Catto and Bridgeman, images, rhythms and spoken word content.
For more info on the album, see 1 Giant Leap (album).
A Making Of was also shown on the Discovery channel, which featured some of the effort involved in finding and working with the musicians and other people involved in the project. As far as is known this is not available for purchase.
The first double-Grammy nominated project features contributions from Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Eddi Reader, Tom Robbins, Brian Eno, Baaba Maal, Speech, Asha Bhosle, Neneh Cherry, Anita Roddick, Michael Franti and other artists and authors.
The band’s theme for the project is “Unity Through Diversity”.
1 Giant Leap’s “My Culture” video for their first top ten single, featuring Robbie Williams and Maxi Jazz from Faithless received extensive airplay.
The band was signed to the Palm record label and its eponymous CD was released on April 9, 2002. Since then, in 2004 they moved onto to a deal with Simon Fuller and 19 Productions to make a second film and album, entitled What About Me? This time instead of focusing on Unity and Inspiration, Jamie and Duncan decided to find the same uplifting message through the darker doorways of Shadow, Shame, Pain, Anger, Us & Them, Conflict, as well as more general themes such as Freedom, Sex and Love. They traveled further than before, this time including China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and the Middle East as well as their usual haunts in nine African nations and all over India and Europe.
1 Dunya Salam (feat. Baaba Maal)
2 My Culture (feat. Robbie Williams & Maxi Jazz)
3 The Way You Dream (feat. Michael Stipe & Asha Bhosle)
4 Ma’ Africa (feat. The Mahotella Queens & Ulali)
5 Braided Hair (feat. Speech & Neneh Cherry)
6 Ta Moko (feat. Whirimako Black)
7 Bushes (feat. Baaba Maal)
8 Passion (feat. Michael Franti)
9 Daphne (feat. Eddi Reader, The Mahotella Queens & Revetti Sakalar)
10 All Alone (On Eilean Shona)
11 Racing Away (feat. Grant Lee Phillips & Horace Andy)
12 Ghosts (feat. Eddi Reader)
Produced by Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto.