Rootsprings vision is to produce recordings by local musicians and to help create a healthy, sustainable and professional South African music industry, rich in diversity and respectful of its legacy. Much like a tree, we draw from the strength of our roots in both legacy and experience, while we nourish a sturdy structure for a variety of artists, yielding beautiful fruit.
I was born into a house full of music and musicians. My dad Keith, always had musicians coming round to practice, record, play or just to hang out. I think I hated school just because it was so much more fun being at home! When I was 12, my parents took my brother and sisters out of school and we toured round Southern Africa for a year doing shows in all the cities and dorpies. We had many other musical adventures including working on cruise ships, which as a young teenager was an amazing experience for me.
My dad went on to setup a little recording studio in our home, where at a very young age I was already getting experience in the recording process. I loved it all. I didn’t realize at the time how fortunate I was… Music was as much part of my life as water and air!
I was also very fortunate, (thanks to Bertie Lubner), in the early 80’s to be able to go and study Music at Berklee college of music in Boston. I was largely musically illiterate when I went there, so this was life changing stuff for me on many levels.
Through-out the years I have played guitar with countless musicians in many bands in many places around the world, and this has mostly been a source of great joy to me. Bands like Fat City, Keep the Change and the Zub Zub Marauders. I have also spent many hours in recording studios and in the 90’s I worked at SABC as a music producer and got invaluable experience. This included producing live radio broadcasts of many local and international musicians and bands, including Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, Jackson Browne, David Gates, and many, many others!
I have also worked in the corporate sector as a composer and musical director, not always as nurturing but great experience none the less!
I feel most fortunate and grateful for all of this, and even more so to be involved as a director of Rootspring productions along with my very dear friend Nino Rivera. We have begun a new and very exciting journey which will no doubt be filled with amazing musical experiences for us and for many musicians and music lovers!
My name is Antonio Rivera, I was born in Genova, Italy in 1950 and imported to SA at the tender age of 13 months. I have always had a deep love for music inspired by my mother, Gabriella. My father, Paolo Rivera, was an Italian Civil engineer and the mastermind behind Tiber (a name inspired by Italy’s major river), a highly successful property development company upholding the highest of standards. A man with huge drive and passion and a pioneer in his field… but had little time for the bohemian life of music which I so craved. When I was 10 years old I met the Blundell Family, and I was warmly welcomed into a home filled with music. I would spend much of my time there! Keith Blundell (AKA Eyebrows) was like a second father to me as he greatly encouraged and nurtured my journey as a musician. His son Jonny and I made an instant connection and our great friendship has thrived ever since. 50 years later the Invenario Trust was born, our fathers’ gift allowing us to keep the music alive via the flow of Tiber. If it weren’t for these two great fathers, Rootspring would not be here today. Rootspring’s aim is to find South African song writers, poets, composers and unheard of musicians; direct, produce, record and promote their artistry to the highest level. Rather than managing artists, we focus on quality production and local networking. We want to help the musicians under the umbrella of Rootspring to feel supported and engaged with other highly experienced musicians through open collaboration. Jonny Blundell now works full time recording and collaborating for Rootspring and I am moving to Cape Town from my farm in the Drakensberg so as to be at the source of all that springs forth from this tree of life!
Since before I can remember, music has always been something special that my father and I shared. Jonny gave me faith in music, and taught me that no matter how disillusioning or frightening it may feel, one should always have faith in ones own natural gifts and abilities, and allow these gifts to carry you through life, contrary to what society may tell you is or isn’t possible (And I quote a line from a track titled “Mia”, that my aunt Caroline composed: “The voice of truth is hard to hear.. she speaks like silence to noisy fear”.)
Following one’s own truth is so important. And music is the truth that everyne here at Rootspring lives.
When the opportunity arose for Rootspring to open it’s doors it was like a dream come true.I feel so incredibly grateful to be acting as PA for this wonderful company. I get to hear incredible music blossom from the studio every day and be part of something I truly believe in.
I look forward to hearing more, learning more and being part of a team that creates incredible heartfelt projects.
Thank you Invernario & thank you Rootspring.
I’ve always been aware of the fierce pull towards creating and being involved with music and the arts. I remember clearly as a little girl being able to express this feeling and desire to connect with that side of me. It wasn’t easy at all following this calling as my family had other expectations, including the struggles of being an artist in this country, but I had no choice. Music for me is more than just a personal journey, being able to share it with others is the magic that comes with it. But being able to assist other musicians from that point of sincere understanding as a fellow musician is truly a blessing! When I joined the Rootspring team I was overjoyed. It was an opportunity to actively contribute to the industry in a bigger more selfless way.
Rootspring to me is more than just a record label, this is a place for our musicians to truly feel like what their doing is the best gift there is, regardless of societies outlook. I’m grateful to have found this family and the good work makes me feel like I am a part of something truly beautiful.