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Destination South Africa (Part 1)

Read "Destination South Africa (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Over the past three weeks we've focused on Africa's influence on jazz music. We played music by international jazz musicians who were inspired by Africa as well as music by jazz musicians from Mali to Tunisia and from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe.

Now what about South African Jazz? Well, we left South Africa for last ...


Audioguide: Hugh Masekela Mix

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Hugh Masekela passed away just a few weeks ago at the age of 78, leaving a powerful legacy of music and activism. This month's mix showcases ten key moments in his musical life, handpicked from his 40 ...


Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

Read "Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It can be overwhelming to keep up with the artistic growth, creative reach, and constant development that marks the career of Nduduzo Makhathini. In the past four years, he has released eight solo albums, all exploring remarkably different territories and demonstrating a ceaselessly probing mind and inventive creative urge. In addition to that, he has emerged ...


Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2

Read "Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 1-2" reviewed by Barry Witherden

Part 1 | Part 2

Some three-and-a-half minutes into Release, the Deram recording of Mike Westbrook's seminal suite mixing Swing classics with Westbrook originals, after a scorching solo by John Surman on “The Few," an alto saxophone cadenza emerged from a free ensemble passage: the tone was penetrating, incisive, severe, the phrasing intense, passionate ...


Live From Old York: Laura Jurd, Annie Whitehead, Brooks Williams & Koshka

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Laura Jurd's Dinosaur
National Centre For Early Music
November 11, 2016

Dinosaur are one of the UK's fastest rising new bands, although their recent re-naming hides a few years of history as the Laura Jurd Quartet. The London foursome still look even younger than their actual ages, thus qualifying as ...


The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum

Read "The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Early one August morning in 1964, seven people crossed the border by train passing from South Africa into Mozambique. It was an unusual group of people--five black men, one white man and one white woman. Any “mixing of the races" was, of course, immediately suspicious in apartheid South Africa. The six men--Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Dudu ...


Canto Generàl: Rebel Flames

Read "Rebel Flames" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Uno dei migliori CD usciti nel 2015, anzi forse il migliore tra gli italiani, è questo live di Canto Generàl, ospite alla batteria Louis Moholo-Moholo, con un repertorio anche per questo interamente dedicato al periodo d'oro di quel jazz sudafricano di cui proprio Moholo è l'unico sopravvissuto.

Il lavoro -registrato in realtà nel 2007, ...


Alexander Hawkins - Louis Moholo-Moholo alla Sala Vanni di Firenze

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Musicus Concentus
Firenze, Sala Vanni

Per il quarto e ultimo appuntamento di Superjazz, di scena a Firenze due musicisti ben distanti tra loro per generazioni, ma assai prossimi per taluni aspetti della loro sensibilità musicale: il giovane pianista britannico Alexander Hawkins e il settantaquattrenne batterista sudafricano Louis Moholo-Moholo.


South Africa at the South Bank

Read "South Africa at the South Bank" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The Dedication Orchestra and Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
The South Bank Centre
London Jazz Festival
November 15, 2014

The London Jazz Festival is now in its twenty-second year. It's a vast, sprawling event and its venues criss-cross a city that never quite seems to end, whilst its musical styles span ...


Talos Festival Bande 2014

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Talos Festival Bande 2014
Ruvo di Puglia

Se ogni festival che si rispetti ha una sua fisionomia più o meno chiaramente orientata, l'identità del Talos di Ruvo di Puglia corrisponde pienamente a quella del suo direttore artistico Pino Minafra: ne riflette infatti la personalità passionale, le convinzioni, l'impegno socio-politico a favore ...