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Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2015

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa
March 27 & 28, 2015

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place over two jam-packed nights, on five simultaneous stages. Now in its sixteenth year, it also includes a number of ancillary events during festival week: ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Publish the Quest Grooves on Inspiration from Southeast Asia to the Pulse of Africa

Femi Kuti waxes poetic with Seattle’s Publish the Quest members and bellows, “Gimme horns! Gimme horns!” opening the groovy pan-world pop band’s new album Then What!? (Late Night Sessions), and leading into the “Gimme hope! Gimme hope!” of Jacob Bain’s unrelenting optimism. Before you know it, you’re on your feet ready to dance and to sign ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oliver Mtukudzi at Yoshi's San Francisco

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Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Yoshi's Jazz Club
San Francisco
July 21, 2013
“Where we come from," the guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi tells the audience at Yoshi's in San Francisco, “music is like food. You can have it for breakfast, lunch and supper. Where we come from, you don't have to sing a song ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Max Wild: Tamba

Read "Tamba" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Alto saxophonist Max Wild's Tamba, his ObliqSound debut, combines classic musical themes and devices from Zimbabwe and South Africa with illuminating arrangements and improvisations from contemporary jazz. “My connection to Zimbabwean music defines me. Once I stopped trying to sound like a 'jazz' musician and let my inspiration come out freely, I was able to let ...

Mama Africa

Read "Mama Africa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If you wanted to travel to--oh, let's just say--Tanzania and then from Tanzania to India, then to Puerto Rico, to England, then Spain, to Peru, then to South Africa, to personally experience their musical varieties both garden and exotic, you could do it by cashing in, with rounding, about 28,690 frequent flier miles.

Or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oliver Mtukudzi: Tsimba Itsoka

Read "Tsimba Itsoka" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

For better or worse, everyone leaves a mark on the world. That's the underlying theme of Oliver Mtukudzi's Tsimba Itsoka, which means “No foot, no footprint. Though only his second release since joining the Heads Up family in 2005, it's far from being a new thing for the Zimbabwe native.

Nicknamed “Tuku by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oliver Mtukudzi: Nhava

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It's been thirty years since Oliver “Tuku Mtukudzi released his debut single, and in that time the Zimbabwean superstar has managed to cement a very distinctive sound. Together with his Black Spirits band, Tuku has developed a fusion of traditional Shona music with other southern African idioms, colored by faint blues and country overtones, that somehow ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Oliver Mtukudzi: Nhava

Read "Nhava" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The Heads Up Africa series has featured such artists as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there's nothing not to like about this music emerging from Southern Africa. This hit parade continues with Zimbabwean guitarist/vocalist Oliver Mtukudzi's Nhava. The album ("carrying bag in Shona) is a collection of advice, encouragement, and wisdom for travelers ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Oliver Mtukudzi: Shanda

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He made the cover of Time magazine in March of 2003, and he's attracted a lot of listeners outside the following in his home country, but it's an unfortunate fact that most people haven't ever heard of Oliver Mtukudzi.

When John and Louise Riber decided to make a movie about the Zimbabwean pop star, ...