Catch Ananda Project at House 22 this weekend

ananda project house 22 15th June

Chris Brann started producing music in 1994, teaming up with DJ Deep C (Chris Clarke) and Udoh (Chris Udoh). The trio started producing tracks together under the name Wamdue Kids, releasing house music EPs on Detroit label Acacia Records . The trio remained together until 2000, releasing tracks under the names Wam Kidz and Wambonix. Since then, Brann has worked alone as a producer, employing vocalists and instrumentalists according to his needs. Vocalists Gaelle Addison  and Terrance Downs , in particular, have been regular contributors to many of Brann’s tracks.

While still affiliated with Clarke and Udoh, Brann started producing tracks on his own, using a variety of names, the most prolific of which are Wamdue Project, Ananda Project and P’Taah. Brann has mentioned he finds house music too easy to create and has experimented creating music with influences from many subgenres of electronic music, such as deep house , downtempo , techno  and drum and bass .

Ananda projects Chris Brann

Chris Brann is better known for the hit “King of My Castle “, released in 1997 under the name Wamdue Project. Originally produced by Brann as a downtempo piece, it achieved worldwide fame thanks to a remix by Roy Malone  in house form. “King of My Castle” sold two million copies worldwide and is reportedly the best-selling single ever for the Strictly Rhythm  label, as well as eaking at number one in the United Kingdom and a number three in Germany in 1999. A followup Wamdue Project single, “Where Do We Go”, hit number nine on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play  chart in 1998. One more single (“You’re The Reason”) achieved success in Germany and the United Kingdom, in lower chart regions (number fifty five) and (number thirty nine). A 2000 rerelease of “King of My Castle”, with new remixes, hit the top spot the following year. Wamdue Project famously appeared on the initial nominations list for ‘Best British Newcomer’ at the 2000 Brit Awards, before embarrassed organisers were forced to withdraw the nomination on account of the fact that Brann is American.

Under the Ananda Project guise he has put out many projects collaborating with various musical artists some of these have grown into hits that have blessed the house floors of South Africa , one noticeable hit which made serious noise on the airwaves was the track “Kiss, Kiss,Kiss”, he has toured the country in early 2009 even staging a performance at the Cape Town Jazz festival


Chris Brann is in the country currently working on some various studio projects with some of South Africaʼ s legendary House Music producers such as Mbuso. While in the country he has shied away from the public eye, keeping in studio, but for one night only he has decided to grace the stage before he heads back overseas to give party goers a taste of the what he has to offer ,at Tshwaneʼ s home of house music “House 22” this Saturday 15th June 2013. Be sure not to miss this musical journey, where he will supposed by some of Pretoria’s House stalwarts Mbuso (phezulu), Malankane, Sisco Umlambo and Miggs.


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