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Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

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AAJ: How do we tie all of these concepts together and build a framework for understanding your latest album, Ikhambi?

NM: Well Ikhambi is also a search for identity, a restoration of crucial elements of my cultures and histories that have been forgotten. My core idea here is finding alternative ways of thinking through and about Jazz in South Africa within ancient African knowledge systems, towards a 'new' language. So I situate the themes and concepts mentioned earlier in what I do, as a tool to creating a familiar context for my music drawing from my upbringing. But most importantly what links all my work are the healing properties of music and Ikhambi is a more intentional effort to channel that vibration.

Selected Discography: Nduduzo Makhathini, Mother Tongue, (Gundu Entertainment, 2014); Nduduzo Makhathini, Sketches of Tomorrow, (Gundu Entertainment, 2014); Nduduzo Makhathini, Listening to the Ground, (Gundu Entertainment, 2015); Nduduzo Makhathini, Matunda Ya Kwanza, (Gundu Entertainment, 2015); Nduduzo Makhathini, Icilongo: The African Peace Suite, (Gundu Entertainment, 2016); Nduduzo Makhathini, Inner Dimensions, (Gundu Entertainment, 2016); Nduduzo Makhathini, Reflections, (Gundu Entertainment, 2017); Nduduzo Makhathini, Ikhambi, (Universal Music, 2017).

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