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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz in Exile, Part Two

Read "Jazz in Exile, Part Two" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South Africa's Jazz enters a period of exile following the Sharpeville Massacre. In Part Two of Jazz in Exile, we'll examine more closely the artists who leave South Africa for Europe, learn about their stories, and hear their music. Playlist Blue Notes “Ntyilo Ntyilo" from Blue Notes for Johnny (Ogun Records) 01:49 Brotherhood of Breath “Mra" ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting

Read "Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Now approaching a decade of operations, Matsuli Music has placed itself at the frontline of reissuing some of South Africa's most influential, important, and yet nevertheless now difficult-to-find albums in pursuit of its stated mission: “The Fight Against Forgetting." Indeed, to that end, founder Matthew Temple has done extraordinary work, as thanks to his efforts, classic ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Sathima Bea Benjamin: 1936-2013

Sathima Bea Benjamin: 1936-2013

Jazz artist Sathima Bea Benjamin's contribution to jazz was immense and her death was a sudden and sad day for music, say her family and friends. Benjamin, 76, died in her Claremont flat on Monday. The songstress was the former wife of jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim and the mother of musician Tsakwe Ibrahim and internationally renowned rapper Jean ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Sathima Bea Benjamin Performs at Sweet Rhythm

Sathima Bea Benjamin Performs at Sweet Rhythm

The legendary South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin performs at New York's Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club on Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Joining Sathima are pianist Stephen Scott, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer George Gray.

Praised by Jazztimes as “South Africa's greatest living jazz singer," vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin has established herself ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin Interviewed at AAJ

Vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin Interviewed at AAJ

Sathima Bea Benjamin's amazing life reads like the plot to movie. She took time out of her busy schedule to recollect her life's journey from her childhood in pre-apartheid South Africa singing during movie house intermissions to self-imposed exile in Europe where she and pianist composer husband Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) were discovered by Duke Ellington. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sathima Bea Benjamin: Song Without End

Read "Sathima Bea Benjamin: Song Without End" reviewed by Maxwell Chandler

Sathima Bea Benjamin's amazing life reads like the plot to movie. She took time out of her busy schedule to recollect her life's journey from her childhood in pre-apartheid South Africa singing during movie house intermissions to self-imposed exile in Europe where she and pianist composer husband Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) were discovered by Duke Ellington. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tsidi Will Join Sathima as Her Special Guest Tonight at Sweet Rhythm Sets at 8 & 10PM

Tsidi Will Join Sathima as Her Special Guest Tonight at Sweet Rhythm Sets at 8 & 10PM

Tsidi Will Join Sathima as Her Special Guest
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sathima Bea Benjamin
Stephen Scott - piano
Buster Williams - bass
George Gray - drums Tsidi Celebrating The Reissue of “A Morning In Paris" , Her Debut Album Featuring Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Abdullah ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Legendary Duke Ellington Jazz Performance in Stores Today

Legendary Duke Ellington Jazz Performance in Stores Today

South African vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin's long-lost debut album, A Morning in Paris, recorded in 1963, produced by Duke Ellington, and featuring Sathima in performance with Duke, Billy Strayhorn, and Abdullah Ibrahim sharing piano duties, is once again available, released in stores today.

Sathima Bea Benjamin will celebrate the CD's release at Sweet Rhythm on Wednesday, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sathima Bea Benjamin: A Morning in Paris

Read "A Morning in Paris" reviewed by Donald Elfman

This recording belongs alongside the famous Reprise recording of Duke Ellington Presents the Dollar Brand Trio (Warner Bros., 1963)--now Abdullah Ibrahim. It comes from the same period and introduced the world to Ibrahim's then girlfriend, Beattie Benjamin (now Sathima Bea Benjamin). Actually, Benjamin heard Ellington in Zurich and convinced him to come hear Brand perform. Ellington ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Hip Hop Artist Jean Grae to Perform with Her Mother, Vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin

Hip Hop Artist Jean Grae to Perform with Her Mother, Vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin

The New York-based hip hop star Jean Grae will join her mother, the legendary South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, onstage at New York's Sweet Rhythm jazz club on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. This concert will mark the first time the two have performed together.

The performance also celebrates the re-issue of Sathima's 1963 debut ...