Shaker was recorded during 1999 with the able assistance of Bill Stunt from the CBC. Most of the original tracks were recorded at the Sound of One Hand Studios in Ottawa. The CD was mixed at the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studios by Ken Freisen and the members of Cheza. On this album we tried to go for a live sound — several of the songs were recorded on the spot with few overdubs. This album features songwriting from four of Cheza’s members and arrangements by the band.

Languages on this CD include: French, Swahili, Portuguese and English. Stylistically there is soukous, reggae, folk, and some sounds from Southern Africa.

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Track List

Track Title Length Download
1 Musique Du Monde 3:49
2 Pilipi 2:52 MP3
3 Shaker 4:28
4 Sokomoko 4:27 MP3
5 Rhythm Stick 3:24
6 Ça c’est ma Blonde 4:56
7 Tusherehkee 6:00 MP3
8 Open for Business 2:57
9 Losing You 4:16
10 Tubarao 3:53
11 Discovering Africa 4:29
12 Mziki Wa Dunia 3:04

Cheza members at the time of Shaker recording:

P. K. Giunta: bass, vocals, keyboards
Rob Graves: percussions, kalimba
Stella Haybukhai: vocals
Dave Hubenig: drums, vocals
Neema Mugala: vocals
Christian Patterson: guitar
Paul Weber: vocals, guitar

Song Writing Credits
Tracks 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12, lyrics by Paul Weber
Tracks 2, 4, lyrics by Stella Haybukhai
Track 5, lyrics by Paul Weber and Stella Haybukhai
Tracks 5, 9, lyrics by Christian Patterson
Track 7, lyrics by Neema Mugala
All tracks music by Cheza
All songs SOCAN

Musical guests:
Fred Guignion, lap steel, track 7
Ras Kagiso impala, keyboards, track 8
Brian Magner, saxophone, tracks 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12
Sifa choir, vocals, track 11

Other credits:
Cover art: Erin Robertson
Design and layout: Erin Robertson
Photography: Joanne Aube

Produced by Cheza and P. K. Giunta, engineered by Lee Lavergne, P. K. Giunta, and Paul Hogan: tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12
Produced by Bill Stunt and Cheza
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 8, 10,
Recorded at: Sound of One hand studios
Mixed at: the Bathouse, Kingston
Mixed by: Ken Freisen and Cheza
Edited and mastered at: Sound Of One Hand Studios

Thanks to:
Bill Stunt, Michel Pixel, Zitani Nel, Dave Desormeaux, Ontario Arts Council, CBC Radio, Joe Reilley, The Bathouse Staff, Wolfgang, Mclaren Arts, Kevin Mcdonough, friends.