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South African Jazz: Articles

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This special section is devoted to South African jazz, which has prospered for several decades and developed a distinctive character all its own. AAJ: SA was created in 2002 and has since been updated with a continual stream of new material.

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Political History


CD Reviews




Festival and Concert Reviews

2005 Cape Town International Jazz Festival (March, 2005)

by Nils Jacobson

Hugh Masekela at SOB's (April, 2006)

by Seton Hawkins


A Galaxy Cooking Session with Hugh Masekela

by Struan Douglas and Iain Harris

Louis Moholo Interview

by John Eyles

Zim Ngqawana Interview

by Nils Jacobson

Hotep Idris Galeta Takes It All Home

by Nils Jacobson

Abdullah Ibrahim: African Magic

by Andrey Henkin

Encore: Selwyn Lissack

by Andrey Henkin


South Africa: Hats and Hepcats

by Struan Douglas and Iain Harris

South Africa: A Legendary Legacy

by Struan Douglas and Iain Harris

South Africa: Acid Jazz

by Struan Douglas and Iain Harris

The Life and Times of South African Jazz

by Philip A. Songa

The African Side of Jazz

by Philip A. Songa

Musical Inspiration and South African Jazz

by Javier Antonio Quiñones Ortiz

The Cape Town Jazz Scene

by Sathima Bea Benjamin

Book Reviews

Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

Soweto Blues: Jazz and Politics in South Africa

Label Profiles

Sheer Sound South Africa

Nkomo Records


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