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Robin Fassie

Being one of South Africa’s most promising musical talents, Robin Fassie, nephew of SA Pop legend Brenda Fassie, moves steadily towards becoming one of the finest young jazz musicians on the scene today. Already an outstanding trumpeter, his relaxed mature and soulful style combines sensitivity and flair with great skill. Honing his skills from the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music as well as the University of Norway, Grieg Akadameit. He’s had the privilege of recording, performing and doing tours with well-respected and award winning musical artists in South Africa, to name a few: Nduduzo Makhathini, Bokani Dyer, Jimmy Dludlu, Beatenberg and Black Coffee. With all this experience he has now begun to polish his own sound in variousmusical styles, as well as electronic music production with his newly formed trio ИLite.


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Asher Gamedze: Turbulence And Pulse

Read "Turbulence And Pulse" reviewed by Chris May

South African drummer Asher Gamedze's Turbulence And Pulse is a magnificent, gutsy, stirring piece of work, authentic to its core. It resonates, almost without mediation, with Black American jazz as played by bands led by Charles Mingus and Art Blakey circa 1960. And therein lies a story, for Black South African jazz has seen its compass complete a 360-degree revolution since it emerged in the 1950s. In a good way, Turbulence And Pulse marks that full-turn of the circle. Bear ...

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Shane Cooper & Mabuta: Finish The Sun

Read "Finish The Sun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

On Mabuta's debut—Welcome To This World (Afrosynth Records, 2018)—South African bassist, electronic musician and composer Shane Cooper introduced ears to a leading-edge ensemble intent on delivering trippy, dance-friendly designs. Now, with this second album, he doubles down on that core concept, delivering a heap of hip groovers which draw strength from Pan-African influences and ride high in the atmosphere, twirling atop a rotating cast of drummers plucked from points across the eastern hemisphere. Kicking things off with ...

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Nduduzo Makhathini: In The Spirit Of Ntu

Read "In The Spirit Of Ntu" reviewed by Chris May

There are strong links between London's alternative jazz scene and the parallel and burgeoning one in South Africa. A case in point is the connection between South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and British tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings. Makhathini and Hutchings' similar ages and overlapping, cosmologically informed takes on jazz meant they were almost certain to meet on the international stage at some point, and having met, would take things further. Indeed, that happened, and serendipity brought ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Turbulence And Pulse

International Anthem / Mushroom Hour


In The Spirit Of Ntu

Blue Note Africa


Finish The Sun

Dox Records


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