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James David Catto (born 14 August 1968 in London, England) is a former and founding member of Faithless. He was the one of two vocalist (along with Maxi Jazz)', art director and video director of the band before leaving in 1999 to form the double-Grammy nominated, global music and film collective 1 Giant Leap. His last album with Faithless was Sunday 8PM. He is also known as a photographer, script editor, and creative catalyst.
When Catto and Duncan Bridgeman formed 1 Giant Leap, they toured to such nations as Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe, equipped solely with a digital video camera, a laptop and a vision to explore 'The Unity in the Diversity'. They released their first album in 2002. It was nominated for 2 Grammys in 2003, sold over 300,000 albums, and won numerous awards globally.
They collaborated with such artists as Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Stipe, Bono, Susan Sarandon, k.d. lang, Tom Robbins, Dido, Brian Eno, Tim Robbins, Daniel Lanois, Yoko Ono, J. P. Donleavy, Naomi Klein, Oumou Sangare, Billy Connolly, Baaba Maal, Rokia Traore, DBC Pierre, Neneh Cherry, Robbie Williams, Lila Downs, Bob Geldof, Neale Donald Walsch, Stephen Fry, Gita Mehta, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Speech, Mahotella Queens, and Michael Franti.
In 2004, Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment backed the production of the 2nd 1 Giant Leap film, TV series and CD, What About Me?. The project was released on DVD on June 2008 in the UK and won the Grand Jury Best Documentary at Red Rock Film Festival at the first screening in America at the end of 2008, has received numerous recognition and additional screenings including a special screening at the DocMiami International Film Festival in 2010.
They traveled across 50 countries and five continents recording music and interviews.
It features Tim Robbins, Daniel Lanois, k.d. lang, Susan Sarandon, Zap Mama, Bob Geldof, Noam Chomsky, Billy Connolly, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Courtney Love, Carrie Fisher, Bhagavan Das, Ram Dass, Oumou Sangare, Rokia Traore, Stephen Fry, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Franti, Michael Stipe, DBC Pierre, Will Young, Ram Dass, Daniel Lanois, Maxi Jazz, Oumou Sangare, Mahotella Queens, Stewart Copeland, Lila Downs, Ramata Diakite, and others.
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