South Africa-Based Set Due March 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Savoy Label Group's new dance-oriented label, Savoy Jazz Worldwide, will kick off a series of groove-based releases in 2006 with PALACE LOUNGE PRESENTS CAFÉ d'AFRIQUE, a compilation put together by the South African producer Andrew Mitchley for Palace Lounge. Aimed toward listeners craving downtempo beats, CAFÉ d'AFRIQUE brings together the cream of the South African and European dance music scenes. Producers, bands, songwriters and exquisite female vocalists all come together seamlessly in this non-stop mix. CAFÉ d'AFRIQUE is a fresh musical addition to the "chill out lounge" genre offering up a distinct and seductive palette of vocals and jazz-inflected electronica. Already the #1 selling dance music collection in South Africa, CAFÉ d'AFRIQUE will be available in US stores March 28.

The artists showcased on CAFÉ d'AFRIQUE including, Cofield Mundi, Dino Moran and Goldfish might may not be immediately recognizable, but they are held in the highest esteem in South Africa as they are "Best Pop Album" SAMA nominee, internationally renowned DJ and jazz/electronica stalwarts respectively. The series has always been the best-selling compilations in the genre in South Africa and these artists are finally getting a long-overdue introduction to US listeners.

The complete track listing is as follows: "Hip Hip Chin Chin" Club des Belugas; "Vuna" Dino Moran featuring Mother Nature; "Dream" Goldfish; "How Do You?" Ellora Ghosh; "Count Me Out" Cofield Mundi; "Why Do You Love Me?" Joe Public; "The People vs. Life" Steady Wisdom; "Crushed Beyond Repair" KJ Stone featuring D; "Mood Blender" Social Scientist; "Hands on Miracle" The Mitchley Ziggy Exchange featuring Amy Elle; "Café Rue" Chris Palmer featuring Michael Allen; "Mona Lisa's Smile" Firstly Famous; "Give It All Back" D'Sound;"Into the Sky" Iridium Project; "Burnt Toast" Breakfast Included.

Says Josh Sherman, Sr. Director of A&R/Marketing for Savoy Jazz Worldwide, "'Palace Lounge Presents Café d'Afrique' was a great voyage of discovery for the label, as it features a mix of fantastic artists who are largely unknown here in North America, but are stars overseas. Every track is so strong, we believe people just need to hear the album to fall for it."

Savoy Jazz Worldwide is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Newly reorganized and now headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has re-emerged as a significant creative force with a stable of newly-signed platinum-selling artists.

Contact: Kurt Nishimura
(310) 558-3000 x203