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Hotep Idris Galeta

Pianist-composer-educator Hotep Idris Galeta ‘Cecil Galeta’ was born on 7 June 1941 and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. However, he was more commonly known as Cecil Barnard; Barnard was his father's first name. Galeta used the name Cecil Barnard until he left South Africa in 1961. He legally changed his name to Hotep Idris Galeta in the late 1980s when he embarked on a personal spiritual quest. He embraced and explored aspects of the Islamic mystical tradition called Sufism. For the purposes of this biography he will be referred to simply as ‘Galeta’. During his teenage years Galeta was drawn into a very active nucleus of South African jazz musicians, among them; Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Gertze, Makaya Ntoshoko and many other notable South African musicians. Bassist Lamie Zukufu exposed Galeta to the music of Bud Powell and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker when he was sixteen years old. Dollar Brand (now known as Abdullah Ibrahim), played a significant role in Galeta’s early musical development, both as a friend and as a role model. Dollar Brand exposed him to the music of Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. Geleta also spent a lot of time with the pianist Chris McGregor and the saxophonist Dudu Pukwana. These two musicians opened his ears to the music of Herbie Nichols and Ornette Coleman, which changed his musical concepts quite drastically. By the turn of the 1960s, South Africa had institutionalized apartheid and instituted martial law, driving most of these musicians abroad. Galeta was no exception, under an assumed name (Cecil Barnard was the name he used when he left South Africa) and with the assistance of underground connections, he left by boat for Southampton (England) in 1961, shortly after the Sharpeville massacre. When he arrived in England he made his way to London, where he met some members of the cast of the South African jazz opera ‘King Kong’, which had been playing at one of the theaters in London's West End. Galeta lived with a number of South African expatriates in London for a year. He then traveled to the United States, arriving in New York in the summer of 1962. In the USA he expanded his horizons through both formal and informal education. In 1967- 1968 he played in Hugh Masekela's band, including a notable performance at the 1967 Monterrey International Pop Festival. Galeta first met Hugh Masekela in the late 1950s when he was a member of a group called ‘The Jazz Epistles’.

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The Development of Jazz In South Africa

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South African jazz has had many elements contributing to its evolution and development, the most prominent and significant being the rich eclectic cultural diversity of the country's inhabitants and the influence of African-American culture upon it over the years. These two variants, coupled with an environment of legislated racism and gross human rights violations, created the unique artistic forge and mould responsible for the evolution of South African jazz. The first informal contact the inhabitants of Cape Town ...

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Hotep Idris Galeta Takes It Home

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Despite more than three decades on wax, pianist Hotep Idris Galeta has largely escaped the public eye. Perhaps that's not too much of a surprise, given his rather unassuming nature and the fact that he's never had much of an itch for the spotlight.

Galeta (b. June 7, 1941) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. During his teenage years he was drawn into a very active nucleus of South African jazz musicians. Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand) ...

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Album Review

Hotep Idris Galeta: Malay Tone Poem

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It's bitterly ironic that the greatest statesmen of South African jazz made their seminal contributions elsewhere. Witness Hugh Masekela, whose exiled voice on the trumpet was heard around the world: “Grazing in the Grass"--a major hit! Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim took his earthy sound abroad and recorded prolifically with players from everywhere. The list goes on and on.

Though not as well known, pianist Hotep Idris Galeta is yet another expatriate who took his music to the United States ...

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South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Honors President-Elect Barack Obama with New Album

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Honors President-Elect Barack Obama with New Album

Source: All About Jazz

South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta honors President-elect Barack Obama with Funkin' for Obama, made available for download on CDBaby today, and featuring the Cape Town Digital Jazz Band.

The South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta was born in Crawford, Cape Town and grew up exposed to the rich music culture in and around the city. After meeting Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand, at a high school jazz concert, the two became close friends and Brand ...

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South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Will Appear on WBGO December 11

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Will Appear on WBGO December 11

Source: All About Jazz

South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta makes a rare United States appearance this weekend, December 13-15, at Shutters Cafe in New York City. In preparation for the event, he will appear on New York's jazz station WBGO at 2 pm, Eastern Standard Time, where he will discuss the upcoming concert, as well as chat about his recent work in jazz upon returning to South Africa after many years in exile. To listen, tune into 88.3 FM, or go to ...

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From Cape Town to Midtown: Onaje Allan Gumbs and Hotep Idris Galeta in Piano Duo Series

From Cape Town to Midtown: Onaje Allan Gumbs and Hotep Idris Galeta in Piano Duo Series

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

From Cape Town to Midtown Jazz and the African Diaspora New York and South Africa unite for the Holidays as Bronx-based pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs and South African pianist Hotep Idris Galeta pair up for three unique duo concerts December 13-15 at Shutters Cafe in New York, melding the American and South African jazz traditions in a one-of-a-kind series, presented by Inja Yami Production and Rose Petal Entertainment with support from A.C. Pianocraft. On Thursday, December 13, the two pianists ...

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Holiday Jazz on 34th Street, Featuring New York's Onaje Allan Gumbs and South Africa's Hotep Idris Galeta

Holiday Jazz on 34th Street, Featuring New York's Onaje Allan Gumbs and South Africa's Hotep Idris Galeta

Source: All About Jazz

New York and South Africa unite for the Holidays as Bronx-based pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs and South African pianist Hotep Idris Galeta pair up for three unique duo concerts December 13-15 at Shutters Cafe in New York, melding the American and South African jazz traditions in a one-of-a-kind series, presented by Inja Yami Production and Rose Petal Entertainment with support from A.C. Pianocraft.

On Thursday, December 13, the two pianists perform together without accompaniment, presenting their own highly original brands ...

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Onaje Allan Gumbs Joins Forces with Stage Actor Obba Babatunde and South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta

Onaje Allan Gumbs Joins Forces with Stage Actor Obba Babatunde and South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta

Source: All About Jazz

Pianist, composer, and arranger Onaje Allan Gumbs will take part in two major musical collaborations in the upcoming months. On September 20 at the famed Apollo Soundstage, Onaje and the esteemed stage and film actor Obba Babatunde will reprise their successful collaboration from Onaje's latest album Sack Full of Dreams. Onaje and Obba will by joined by actress and vocalist Ebony Jo-Ann for the concert.

On December 13-16, Onaje will team up with the South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris ...

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