South African Jazz: CD Reviews

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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

Note: the reviews listed below are organized in alphabetical order by artist. Multi-review articles are also indexed in this collection; for the full length versions, please see bottom of page.

African Jazz Pioneers
Afrika Vukani (Gallo Records)
The Best Of (Gallo Records)

Suthukazi Arosi
uBuntu (Sheer Sound)

Gito Baloi
Herbs & Roots (Sheer Sound)

Sathima Bea Benjamin
Musical Echoes (Ekapa)
Musical Echoes (Ekapa)
Musical Echoes (Ekapa)
SongSpirit (Ekapa)
SongSpirit (Ekapa)

Gloria Bosman
Tranquility (Sheer Sound)
Emzini (Sheer Sound)

Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim
A Celebration (Enja/Justin Time)
African Herbs (As-Shams)
Anatomy Of A South African Village (Black Lion)
Black Lightning (As-Shams)
Blues for a Hip King (As-Shams/EMI)
Good News from Africa (Enja)
Mannenberg (As-Shams)
Underground in Africa (As-Shams/EMI)
Best of (As-Shams/EMI)
Ekapa Ludumo (Enja Records)
African Magic (Enja/Justin Time)
African Magic (Enja/Justin Time)
African Magic (Enja/Justin Time)
Re:Brahim (Enja/Justin Time)
Streams of Consciousness by Max Roach/Abdullah Ibrahim (Piadrum)

Kevin Clark
Once Upon A Song I Flew (Independent)

Johnny Dyani/Okay Temiz/Mongezi Feza
Music for Xaba (Sonet/Antilles)

Mongezi Feza
Free Jam (Ayler)

Four Forty
Us+Them=1 (Sheer Sound)

Fra Fra Sound
The African Journey (Sheer Sound)

Hotep Idris Galeta
Malay Tone Poem (Sheer Sound)

Sipho Gumede & Pops Mohamed
Kalamazoo 2 (Sheer Sound)
Kalamazoo 4: New Crossings (Sheer Sound)

Sipho Gumede
African Sunrise (Sheer Sound)

Paul Hanmer
Window To Elsewhere (Sheer Sound)
Naivasha (Sheer Sound)

Robbie Jansen
Nomad | Jez (Mountain Records)

Jazz Epistles
Jazz in Africa, Vol. 1 (Camden/BMG)

Moses Khumalo
Mntungwa (Sheer Sound)

Child of the Soil (C-Lota Records)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Raise Your Spirit Higher (Heads Up)
Raise Your Spirit Higher (Heads Up)

Selwyn Lissack
Friendship Next of Kin: Facets of the Univers (Goody)

Miriam Makeba and the Skylarks
Volume 1 (Teal)
Volume 2 (Teal)
The Definitive Collection (Wrasse)

Manhattan Brothers
The Very Best of the Manhattan Brothers (Sterns Africa)

Winston Mankunku Ngozi
Yakhal'Inkomo by Mankunku (Teal)
Molo Africa (Nkomo)
Molo Africa (Nkomo)
Jika by Winston Mankunku and Mike Perry (Nkomo)
Abantwana Be Afrika (Sheer Sound)

Musa Manzini
My Bass (Sheer Sound)

Hugh Masekela
Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela (Blue Thumb)
Revival (Heads Up)
Hugh Masekela Presents the Chisa Years 1965-76 (BBE Records)

Pat Matshikiza
Seasons, Masks And Keys (Gallo Records)

Shaluza Max
Impilo (Sheer Sound)

Chris McGregor
Blue Notes in Concert, Volume 1 by Chris McGregor and the Blue Notes (Ogun)
Traveling Somewhere by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (Cuneiform)
Traveling Somewhere by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (Cuneiform)
Bremen to Bridgwater by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath (Cuneiform)

Louis Mhlanga
Shamwari (Sheer Sound)
Shamwari (Sheer Sound)

Themba Mkhize
Lost & Found (Sony)
Tales From The South (Sony)
Hands On (Sony)

Dennis Mpale
The Man Behind the Trumpet (Gallo)

Gwigwi Mrwebi
Mbaqanga Songs

Andy Narell
Live in South Africa (Heads Up)
Live in South Africa (Heads Up)

Zim Ngqawana
San Song (Sheer Sound)
Ingoma (Sheer Sound)
Zimology (Sheer Sound)
Zimphonic Suites (Sheer Sound)
Zimphonic Suites (Sheer Sound)
Zimphonic Suites (Sheer Sound)
Vadzimu (Sheer Sound)

West Nkosi
16 Sax Jive Hits (Gallo Records)

Makaya Ntshoko
Makaya and the Tostsis (Enja)

Dudu Pukwana and Spear
In the Townships (Caroline/Virgin/Earthworks/Atlantic)

Melanie Scholtz
Zillion Miles (Loudberry)

Sheer All Stars
Indibano (Sheer Sound)
Live (Sheer Sound)

Society Vibes
A New Hope (Sheer Sound)

Soweto Drum Ensemble
Tales of the Drum (Sheer Sound)

Wessel van Rensburg/McCoy Mrubata
Kulturation (Grasland Records)

Various Artists
African Jazz 'n' Jive (Gallo)
From Marabi to Disco: 42 Years of Township Music (Gallo)
The History of Township Music (Wrasse)
Long Walk to Freedom (Wrasse)
Natural Jazz (Wrasse)
The Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network)
The Rough Guide to South African Gospel (World Music Network)
South Africa Jazzin' and Jivin' (MELT 2000)
Smooth Africa II: Exploring the Soul (Heads Up)
Africa Straight Ahead (Heads Up)
Johnnie Walker Jazz Impressions At the Green Dolphin (Sheer Sound)
Tales of Afrojazz S.A. (Sheer Sound)
Tales of Gospel S.A. (Sheer Sound)
Tales of Urban S.A. (Sheer Sound)
Tales of the Marimba (Sheer Sound)

Quintet Legacy (Sheer Sound)
Quintet Legacy Vol.2: Songs For Our Grandchildren (Sheer Sound)

Marcus Wyatt
Gathering (Sheer Sound)
Africans in Space (Sheer Sound)

Andile Yenana
We Used to Dance (Sheer Sound)
Who's Got the Map? (Sheer Sound)
Who's Got the Map? (Sheer Sound)


Gwen Ansell, Soweto Blues: Jazz and Politics in South Africa (Continuum, 2004)
Hugh Masekela and Michael Cheers, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela (Crown, 2004)


Out of Print: South Africa
by Andrey Henkin

Rare Dollar
by Jeff Kaliss

South African Jazz: A Global Village
by Chris M. Slawecki

South African Music Compilations
by John Eyles

Zim Ngqawana: A Vision of Sound
by Mark Corroto

South Africa: A Fresh Crop
by Nils Jacobson

South Africa: Voices On High
by Nils Jacobson

South Africa: Sheer Sound
by Nils Jacobson

Abdullah Ibrahim: A Celebration & Re:Brahim
by Nils Jacobson

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