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Hitting the right notes in new book


Ulagh, the Musician, musicology master’s degree alumnus and Nelson Mandela University jazz vocals part-time lecturer recently launched her first book, a novel titled, ‘Dying for a song’. 

The novel was inspired by her own experiences as an international traveling entertainer. She is especially fond of the Middle East and loves the mystery and suspense genre.

“I love foreign cultures and traveling and wrote the book I always wanted to read - a great mystery where the main character is a musician, and a flawed character with a few secrets,” Williams said.

As the daughter of a prolific Eastern Cape artist and a respected educational psychologist, Williams grew up in a house full of books, and inherited her parents’ love for reading, particularly suspense and mystery genres.

She is also the founder of the production company TwoTone Music along with her husband Gareth Williams, who is a fellow alumnus. , Their company specialises in high-end corporate entertainment and musical production.  

“At the moment I am lecturing part-time at the university, running my music production company TwoTone Music, and adding the finishing touches to a music album or original songs and also spend a lot of time producing and directing shows for national and international clients,” she said.                                     


Between all this Williams intends completing many other goals. “I am hoping to find the time to complete the sequel to the book, which is about halfway done, get the album done this year and also hard at work producing shows for overseas clients which will provide career opportunities for local talent, something I have done for several years,” she said.

Her playlist features Frank Sinatra, Brenda Fassie, Earth Wind & Fire and Bruno Mars and her favourite fiction authors include Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Linda Fairstein and any suspense thriller, which is well researched and informative. 

The Williams pair are also involved in music development and outreach in the Nelson Mandela Bay area, and are both in demand as musical directors and producers. 


Photo by Fredlin Adriaan (The Herald)


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