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Chris Letcher


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Chris Letcher is a singer-songwriter and film composer based in Johannesburg and East London UK. His latest album Spectroscope come out in Sept 2011. Press here:

Recent work as a film composer includes a score for Ntshavheni wa Luruli’s film Elelwani (currently nominated for Best Music Score in an African Film 2013), a collaborative score with Sub Pop’s Spoek Mathambo for Black South-Easter (premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 ) and a score for the BBC feature film Challenger starring William Hurt.

Chris is a member of Bow Arts Co-op.Letcher played with Urban Creep, one of South Africa’s biggest bands during the late 90’s before going solo. Frieze, his 2007 album made it into best albums of the last decade in the Sunday Times and the Mail & Guardian. The film Chris Letcher scored, My Black Little Heart, made one of the top films of 2009 the South African Sunday Independent. Letcher is currently scoring director Claire Angelique’s follow up film, Place of Bone.Chris has just finished the score for an adaptation of DH Lawrence Women in Love for the BBC. Chris recently working with Dave Matthews and Xavier Rudd on a track for Vusi Mahlasela’s album. He is also currently studying towards completion of his Doctorate in Music Composition at the Royal College of Music in London

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  • oywidapoodles

    I'm glad other people mentioned John Vanderslice. I'm constantly thinking his songs are by JV (like about two minutes ago with "If Nothing Else" :P) Love them both.

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • roirizla

    special agents all the way

    12 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Troegie

    Love him. Its as if his music is too real. Dark pop?

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Kupes

    Love the new songs. If ur new to Chris Letcher - try to check out the two excellent albums he made in South Africa with Matthew van der Want, as Van de Want/Letcher -- Bignity and Low Riding.

    22 Jun 2008 Reply
  • apathic

    Yes, a bit John Vanderslicey...

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • chenque65

    Sound great, just discovered this guy today. Reminds me actually of John Vanderslice.

    31 Jan 2008 Reply
  • tkdcoach

    Chris Letcher has a big fan in me. Playing Deep Frieze for all my friends (esp. those who love Jason & the Argonauts lol) and the rest of the record is also very good as am finding out day by day.

    24 Jan 2008 Reply
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