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Most recent release, The Forgotten Song (with Rickard Åström, 2014)
Own, some co-written songs
I first heard of her from a compilation album she was on. It's called Forces Favorites and consists of several South African acts singing songs protesting apartheid and enforced conscription into the South African Defense Force which was responsible for enforcing apartheid laws. It was released by Rounder Records in America (#4023) on LP. I've never seen it on CD. The song that Jennifer sings is called "Suburban Hum" and it's 7 minutes and 14 seconds full of powerful images; vulnerability, confusion, sarcasm, wit, defiance and sadness. It's quite amazing, and even though apartheid has officially been dismantled in SA, the song still packs a wallop. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Hand Around The Heart seems to be the only material currently available
1986; reissued 1994 [no date on cd]—Shifty Records/Tic...Tic...Bang!—BANGCD 005
In South Africa, and some online sellers carry it
Highly recommended for pop fans
Jennifer Ferguson—vocals, piano, synthesizer
Peter Mclea—arrangement, synthesizers
I fell in love with "Suburban Hum" on a sampler long ago, and had been looking for her work ever since. It took me a while and a lot of email exchanges but I finally got this. It seems to be a compilation of her work. At first I thought it was going to be pretty conventional, but her songs always take an unexpected turn, and her songs and her voice have warmth that is catching. Delightful. Sentimental but not sappy. (Neile)
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