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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 had ...

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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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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 ...