Destination South Africa (Part 2)

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One episode was not enough, so we needed more time to cover the South African scene. This week we look back at an earlier phase of the history of jazz in South Africa, focusing on some foundational bands and musicians, and the musicians they inspired both in South African and elsewhere.


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Winston Mankunku Ngozi "Yakhal' Inkomo" from Yakhal' Inkomo (Gallo) 0:16
  • Host talk 8:49
  • The Manhattan Brothers "Vuka Vuka" from The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers -Their Greatest Hits (1948-1959) (Gallo) 12:20
  • Hugh Masekela & The Zulus "Za Labalaba" from Hugh Masekela Presents the CHISA Years: 1965-1975 (Rare & Unreleased) (Chissa) 14:48
  • Johnny Fourie "Autumn in New York / Manhattan" from Once Upon a Time (M.E.L.T. 2000) 17:54
  • Manhattan Brothers "Tula Ndivile" from The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers -Their Greatest Hits (1948-1959) (Gallo) 23:02
  • Various Artists "Sad Times" from King Kong Original Cast (Gallo) 26:09
  • Host talk 30:07
  • The Jazz Epistles "Carol's Drive" from Jazz Epistle Verse 1 (Gallo) 34:45
  • Dollar Brand "Tintiyana" from Lions Abroad (Black Lion) 39:55
  • Ernst Reijseger "Gwidza" from Colla Parte (Winter & Winter) 44:11
  • Host talk 49:13
  • Hugh Masekela "Mami Wata" from The Boy's Doin' It (Verve) 50:31
  • McCoy Mrubata & Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades "Extra Chilli" from Vivid Afrika (M.E.L.T. 2000) 54:35
  • Hotep Idris Galeta "Cape Town After Midnight" from Malay Tone Poem (Sheer Sound) 1:01:25
  • Host talk 1:08:14
  • Mario Pavone "Monk in Soweto" from Toulon Days (New World) 1:10:15
  • Bheki Mseleku "Monk's Move" from Beauty of Sunrise (Verve) 1:17:06
  • Dollar Brand "Light Blue" from Lions Abroad (Black Lion) 1:23:25
  • Host talk 1:30:09
  • Jean Toussaint "What Goes Around" from What Goes Around (World Circuit) 1:31:53
  • Alan Skidmore featuring Amampondo "Sunstorm" from The Call (Provocateur) 1:37:32
  • Julian Arguelles feat. Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Django Bates & Steve Arguelles "Mra Khali" from Let It Be Told (Basho) 1:41:09
  • Host talk 1:47:42
  • Loose Tubes "Open Letter to Dudu Pukwana" from Open Letter (Editions EG) 1:50:48
Photo credit: Jürgen Schadeberg


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