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The African Jazz Pioneers: The Best Of

Read "The Best Of" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It’s always fascinating to hear how musicians from other countries have taken “America’s music” — Jazz — and adapted it to suit their ethnic and cultural heritage. This is especially true when one considers the music of Africa, one of the primary wellsprings of Jazz’s syncopated rhythmic patterns. Rhythm is what African ensembles are about, an observation that is emphatically underscored by the African Jazz Pioneers (from the Republic of South Africa) on this collection of some of their best ...

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The African Jazz Pioneers: The Best Of

Read "The Best Of" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's always fascinating to hear how musicians from other countries have taken “America's music" - Jazz - and adapted it to suit their ethnic and cultural heritage. This is especially true when one considers the music of Africa, one of the primary wellsprings of Jazz's syncopated rhythmic patterns. Rhythm is what African ensembles are about, an observation that is emphatically underscored by the African Jazz Pioneers (from the Republic of South Africa) on this collection of some of their best ...

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African Jazz Pioneers: Afrika Vukani

Read "Afrika Vukani" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Although these days Africa, as well as humanity at large, is rightly concerned about contagions of all sorts, some infections can be quite beneficial. Good music, for example, has always been viral in nature no matter where it comes from, what languages coalesce in it or which influences entwine in its social and cultural genetic codes. One, therefore, could say that once such musical expressions make their way to our brains, an infection has occurred. Vaccines, on the other hand, ...


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