Archive for January 8th, 2022

Desmond Meyer – Don’t Worry

DontworryIn 1993, to escape from the institutionalized injustices of Apartheid, Desmond Meyer joined Eugene Wareley in Switzerland. Following a tour in Northern Italy with Jamaican reggae great Winchester, Desmond also joined the African formation Shake the Tree, which included two performances at the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival. During the late nineties, Desmond performed in various music studios and projects, including performances with South African veteran Tefo Hlaele as a support band for Yusso Ndour in the Kongresshaus Zurich.

Desmond’s debut CD, which he recorded in the latter part of 1999, clearly illustrates his quest for musical explorations while simultaneously paying homage to his roots. His music has been heard in numerous venues, especially in his homeland South Africa, evoking interest from major local labels. Following his involvement in several projects with Jamaican bassist Leon Ducan, Desmond joined the band, Vital Roots. It is during this time that he was nicknamed “Dazzy Roots”, a name that remains to this day. Vital Roots also conducted multiple Swiss tours which included a memorable performance at the renowned Montreux Jazz festival.

Being a family man with 3 daughters, Desmond has worked as a Swiss banker for 11years while continuing to pursue his musical career. His hard work has enabled him to finance the second CD, Now That We’re Free, which was created under his own Khoibeat-Productions label. His new album Don’t Worry (2021) is a reaction of the current circumstances.

Sandy Shore ( comments: “Collaborating with 13 well-oiled musicians from all over the globe, including keyboard and hitmaker Greg Manning the ultra-groovin’ Meyer creates a vibrant cornucopia of funky and exotic styles ranging from tight, bright sax and guitar-driven Smooth Jazz to free-flowing, percussive African jams paying homage to his ancestors as well as lost friends and family.”

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