There’s a new, unofficial soundtrack charting music’s role in one family’s story, as well as our country’s wider history. It’s Keenan Meyer’s debut album ‘Alchemy of Love’. From taking up piano at the age of eleven, his transformation to a mature artist has been meteoric.

While South Africa may have gained global recognition for exporting one of the greatest artistes in the dance music scene, we also pride ourselves in our incredibly gifted pianists and jazz sensations. 

Born and bred in the City of Gold, composer, pianist, and all-round musician, Keenan Meyer is surely an artiste we’d want to keep an eye on. With a sharp ear for music that runs in the family and acclaimed influences by the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim, this young talent has always been destined for greatness.

From being a classically trained pianist at a very tender age, to debuting his first album, The Alchemy of Living at just 25 years old, this muso has been on almost every jazz lover’s lips. 

Although the production of the album has reached foreign soil, Meyer takes great pride in his roots, and he makes it known by passionately encompassing it in the sweet melodies of his unique sound both on and off stage.

 A project which he describes as a dedication to his ancestors. After over a year of its release, this beautiful body of work still promises to evoke nostalgia and an escape into the musician’s upbringing.

Aside from being blessed with an incredible voice, he also possesses the brains to match. A top scholar from the 10th grade in high school attaining top honours in music, academics, and overall achievements. 

And as if that wasn’t enough, Keenan bagged his honors degree at the University of Pretoria in 2018. A refined collaboration of academic knowledge and years’ worth of classical training. 

With talent so richly diverse in artistry, one can only imagine what’s more to come from the ever astonishing, Mr. Keenan Meyer.

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