Freedom’s child was born out of a need to collaborate, create and facilitate change. Melanie Scholtz, Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2010, went on a soul stirring journey using the words of James Matthews  as a muse for a new album called Freedom’s child. The album was written over 2 years and was recorded in 2011 thanks to the generous support of the British Council. Produced by Mark Fransman , fellow Standard Bank Award recipient, the album also features acclaimed British saxophonist, Soweto Kinch as well an array of South Africa’s finest jazz musicians.

The album serves to highlight and document our history as a people through the words  of James Matthews and the compositions of Melanie Scholtz.

The personelle on the album :
Mark Fransman (producer and piano), Brydon Bolton - double bass, Kevin Gibson - drums, Ronan Skillen - percussion
Special guest: Soweto Kinch - alto saxophone;
James Matthews - spoken word
Melanie Scholtz (compostions and voice)