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2009-12-04 00:00

AS all producers worth their salt know, it’s the vocals that sell a song. Gavin Anderson, better known as music producer ftse 100, is driven by this philosophy.

“I am not after any personal publicity — in fact, it is my intention that ftse 100 should remain as faceless and nameless as possible,” said Maritzburg-raised Anderson about his work and his new website (www.ftse100studio.co.za).

“This, in itself, can generate publicity, as in the case of J. D. Salinger and other reclusive writers. I intend that the singers who work with me will provide the faces and the public front to my music — they are both younger than me and sexier than me.”

Anderson, who writes and produces all the ftse 100 songs, explained that two of his albums, which will be released on iTunes and other online stores, feature Maritzburg vocalists Arifani Moyo and Caitlin Kilburn.

Both performers are graduates of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and are well-known in local KZN theatre circles — Kilburn recently performed in the Pig ’n Whistle show, Dancing in the Street, and Moyo had a role in the UKZN student film, Wounded.

“Arifani is a truly fantastic vocalist who has an intuitive understanding of my songs,” ­Anderson said.

“You will encounter a website that is worth bookmarking, as it is to be refreshed quarterly with new material and selected free mp3 downloads from the ftse 100 catalogue,” he said about the website.

“And, over the next 12 months I will be giving away all tracks from my albums, Transit Lounge and The Cost of Living. The latter ­features Lank Malenky on first guitar.”

You can visit http://www.myspace.com/ftse100studio to find out more about ftse 100 and the artists featured on his songs. You will also be able to listen to the Song of the Damaged Man (featuring Arifani Moyo), one of the new songs which will be ­appearing on ftse 100’s new albums.

Anderson has also had positive feedback from a digital distribution company, which distributes content throughout Africa, for Bafana Bafana Style, a track he has prepared for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.

“This particular company holds rights of association with the Bafana Bafana mark, so it is uniquely well positioned to distribute the track, which comprises ftse 100’s contribution to the dance floors and entertainment platforms of the forthcoming 2010 Big Event.

“The track was written and produced with the foreknowledge that the Bafana Bafana players have asked for a motivational song. Unashamedly patriotic, the lyrics to the track are sure to elicit comments.”

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