Watershed, one of South Africa’s most loved rock bands, has been nominated for yet another South African Music Award (SAMA) as their sixth studio album, Harbour, goes head to head for Best Adult Contemporary Album – only seven months after its release.
With two previous SAMAs and five nominations behind their name, Watershed is honoured to be up for yet another award and excited to celebrate the South African music industry with fellow local artists at this year’s event.
Craig Hinds, singer and songwriter for Watershed says, “It’s always a great feeling to be recognised for something we are so very passionate about and we’re thrilled to be celebrating the SAMAs 25th anniversary this year in their 25toLife programme that will take a look back at all its past ceremonies”.
So, what differentiates Harbour from the rest?
Harbour boasts ten tracks that are acoustic in nature and current in their appeal; teaming up with fellow band member and producer, Gideon Botes, to conceptualise a great new album for 2019. “It took us a while to complete the album because we had to find the time in our differing schedules to get together in one city to work on it. But the extra time spent on it did allow us the freedom to listen thoroughly through each track and tweak where it was needed. In the end, when you score a SAMA nomination, you know that all the hard work has paid off”, says Hinds.
The first single off the album, Mountainside, is already receiving massive airtime and is climbing the charts. And the band recently took the decision to release two new tracks to the airwaves, Where to Now and Out the Window, featuring the powerhouse pop sensation Lira. Hinds adds, “Out the Window is your typical love song. Raw. Beautiful. I couldn’t imagine working with anyone but Lira on a song like this. She’s such a pro! We had such a great time in studio together”. Where to Now, on the other hand, is the perfect blend of new-age country and beautifully woven acoustic rock. “This song is more lighthearted. It’s about a group of friends enjoying themselves and asking the question ‘why go anywhere when we’re having such a good time right here, right now’… The song is set on the south peninsula of Cape Town – a place we’d like our fans to experience through sound, of course,” concludes Hinds.
Their breakthrough song, Indigo Girl, placed them on top of the charts across the globe, sealing their golden status as one of South Africa’s best rock and acoustic bands. Their hope is that Harbour will follow in these footsteps – that fans will love it and that it bags another SAMA.
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