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Dennis Mpale: The Man Behind the Trumpet

Read "The Man Behind the Trumpet" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

The late Dennis Mpale was one of South Africa's greatest trumpet players. Chronologically, he entered the picture shortly after Hugh Maskela and worked with artists from Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa to Mackay Davashe and Kippie Moeketsi. Like many of the musicians of his generation, Mpale left South Africa to live in exile in London, not ...

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Pat Matshikiza: Seasons, Masks And Keys

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Seasons, Masks And Keys functions as a retrospective of pianist and composer Pat Matshikiza's career. It is a long-overdue attempt to bring more recognition to this highly influential, yet underrecorded figure in South African jazz. Although nobody questions his status as one of the genre's great figures, given his 1975 landmark recording Tshona!, Matshikiza recordings are ...

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West Nkosi: Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits

Read "Sixteen Original Sax Jive Hits" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Before he died from injuries sustained in a car crash in 1998, West Nkosi produced hit records for renowned South African bands Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. A household name in South Africa, Nkosi was best known as a producer, but he also achieved popularity as an alto saxophonist and pennywhistler.

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...