2020

Wendy Oldfield
Played drums and percussion on Wendy Oldfield’s new album “Salt”
Produced by Matthew Fink.

ShenFM
Played percussion, co arranged and produced all vocals for the amazing DJ, guitarist and singer ShenFM on his new album soon to be released.

2017 /2018 / 2019 /2020

The Cedric Samson school of drumming:

The art of playing a drum kit,
African drums, conga’s, bongo’s, cajon and percussion.

The Mo Happy school of drumming for children,
Teaching them the art of rudiments and rhythm.

The art of composing, singing, arranging and producing.

2016

Red Tape Riot:
Arranged and produced the single You and Me for SA’s new band on the block Red Tape Riot which went to # 4 on the SA charts.

2014

Breast Cancer Campaign song for South Africa
“Women take care”

Composed, arranged and produced.

2013

The Love Project
Life. Opportunity. Vision. Enhancement

For Singers, songwriters, musicians.
An Artist development, mentorship and recording project.

2012

Dali Tambo is back with his hit show People of the South. He knew exactly where to go when he needed a brand new theme song. Cedric produced a range of jingles including a full 3 minute version for the new show.

2011

Nelson Mandela 93rd Birthday and Mayors Gala Concert:
Band Leader and Musical Director for the gala performance of his Grammy nominated song Father of our Nation with the CT Philharmonic Orchestra plus a host of SA Diva’s. Orchestra arranged and conducted by world renowned conductor Jeremy Lubbock.

2010

FIFA World Cup: Wrote the title track for the Long street, Cape Town FIFA draw.

 

EXPERIENTIAL EXPERIENCES

An experiential experience is all about combining and igniting the five senses, from sight and sound, to touch, taste smell in one event. I get the audience excited through perfectly matching my audio composition with the visual execution. I also believe that for impact, less can be more, depending on the venue, set size and structure”.

Nelson Mandela’s 93rd Birthday Legacy Concert and The Mayors Gala Dinner City Hall CT July 2011.

The legacy concert was very moving and a stellar performance all round…

To kick-off, we did not have a whole lot of time to rehearse the 110 strong performers for my dedication to Madiba.

I had four days to get all rehearsals done in different sections and then rehearse on stage for lighting and sound. I had to go out of town to rehearse my 40 piece choir twice and teach them the melodies plus have their choir master conducting.

I rehearsed my six piece band with three backup singers plus the Diva’s Jennifer Jones,

Vicky Sampson and Sibongile Khumalo on stage for set up, cameras and placement for two days plus a three hour rehearsal with the Orchestra conducted by world renown Orchestrator Jeremy Lubbock..

I then brought 20 Jembe playing kids on stage for the finale.

I rehearsed the kids at their school for an afternoon.

The excitement and performance was a show of absolute passion and musicianship to a full house……

Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert at the JHB Stadium August 2008….

This was one of my most special performances ever…..

78 people on stage. I only had three days to rehearse, plus a dress rehearsal prior to the show for cameras, sound and lighting….My band were incredible, all 12 players plus 3 back up singers, plus the choir that I rehearsed in Soweto for two nights.

 

The Diva’s, Jennifer Jones, Vicky Sampson, Josie Fields, Judith Suphuma,Thandiswe were an amazing vocal ensemble that propelled the excitement of the packed Stadium..

The most wonderful part or our performance was having Madiba sitting ten feet away from me as I played for him and all performers acknowledging his presence and watching him and Graca enjoying his tribute….

 

Alicia Keys MTV Staying Alive Aids Concert Cape Town Stadium  SA. 2002

The funny thing is, I only met Alicia in Cape Town prior rehearsals for her show.

I had spoken to her via a good friend Lee Blake in LA to find out what she wanted to do for her performance. When she was told that I was Miriam Makeba’s producer, she had to have Miriam perform the finale as a duet plus the Swaziland Redemption Choir whom I had just completed two performances with at th U.N. and Capital Hill Washington DC.

I flew into CT with Miriam from NYC and my choir flew in from Swaziland. We had a day to rehearse with Alicia and her band as I was choir director for the finale performance with Alicia and Miriam, a stunning all round performance.

 

Memorable Experiential Experiences

One of the highlights of my career was Miriam Makeba’s performance at the Hollywood bowl, 2001  a three-night, sold-out concert. “This was actually an event due to the magnitude of the stage which was 30 metres wide and 20 metres deep. It had a 90-piece orchestra, a 70-piece choir and a 12-strong back-up band. We also closed the show every night with a fireworks display in front of 15 000 cheering fans.
Miriam had just received news that her new album Homeland had been nominated for a Grammy, best world music album.

One of my all-time favourite  was the launch of the Lost City at Sun City, which I co-produced, co-wrote and staged with Jean-Michel Jarre. “Another epic event! Imagine the calls of the wild blaring through a massive audio rig with lasers depicting the animals in the sky, African drums beating all around you, while in the distance you could hear the Zulu warriors marching down from the Pilansberg Mountains with torches and beating drums to do a dance battle at the Valley of the Waves. I had such a fun time choreographing the battle with sound, lighting and phenomenal visuals to create an explosive audio-visual spectacle for the audience. It was all rehearsed to absolute timing and precision. The show closed with the warriors dying on the battle field with a massive fireworks explosion while the big, rich sound of melting lava oozed loudly from the many speakers we had placed all around the mountains. It took three weeks just to prepare the show!”

Another Experiential Experience was held in Atlanta Georgia in 2006 at the Zoo’s auditorium for the opening of the Africa Channel. “This was a ‘less is more’ show in its purest form”, The set was small and accommodated just 500 people. So we used a giant screen as a backdrop and projected an African tapestry behind the performers – so the audience were instantly ‘transported into the wild. The sound and lighting was spectacular. I also brought two of my favourite African singers over from JHB, Innocent and Margaret, who were dressed in traditional African outfits and cross-pollinated them with 60 traditionally-dressed Atlanta Gospel Choir. The title theme was We Are Africa. The show only lasted 15 minutes .  The performance received  a standing ovation.