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Marabi to Miriam Makeba

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Join us for part one of an eight-part series exploring the past and present of South Africa's Jazz scene. In this first section, we look at the early pre-Jazz musical roots in South Africa, exploring marabi, ghoema, and isicathamiya, and find out how these styles came to inform a uniquely South African take on Jazz!

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  • Thomas Mabiletsa "Zulu Piano Medley No. 1" from From Marabi to Disco (Gallo Music Publishers) 02:43
  • Barry van Zyl and the Bo Kaap Collective "Alibama" from Goema Music from Cape Town (ARC Music Productions) 06:26
  • Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds "Mbube" from From Marabi to Disco (Gallo Music Publishers) 12:52
  • Merry Blackbirds "uMajaji" from Marabi Nights (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press) 16:32
  • Willie Gumede's Swing Band "Mabuza" from Marabi Nights (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press) 19:42
  • Bulawayo Street Rhythms Band "Skokiaan" from Jazz Offerings from South Africa (Gallo Music Publishers) 22:58
  • Ntemie's Alexandra All-Stars "African Jive" from Township Swing Jazz! Vol 1 (Gallo Music Publishers) 26:40
  • Jazz Dazzlers "De Makeba" from Township Swing Jazz! Vol 1 (Gallo Music Publishers) 29:22
  • The Manhattan Brothers "Jikela Emaweni" from The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers (Stern's African Classics) 35:10
  • The Manhattan Brothers "Baby Ntsoare" from The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers (Stern's African Classics) 37:48
  • Dorothy Masuka "Hamba Notsokolo" from Hamba Notsokolo (Gallo Music Publishers) 41:40
  • Dolly Rathebe "Tlhapi Ke Noga" from Township Swing Jazz! Vol 1 (Gallo Music Publishers) 44:20
  • Nancy Jacobs and Her Sisters "Meadowlands" from From Marabi to Disco (Gallo Music Publishers) 48:55
  • Dorothy Masuka "Themba" from Hamba Notsokolo (Gallo Music Publishers) 51:18
  • Miriam Makeba "Inkomo Zodwa" from The Very Best of Miriam Makeba and the Skylarks (Gallo Music Publishers) 55:17
  • Dark City Sisters "Sekusile" from Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens (Virgin Earthworks) 57:47
  • Spokes Mashiyane "Ace Blues" from King Kwela (Gallo Music Publishers) 01:01:04

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