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Bokani Dyer

Bokani Dyer is a multi-award winning Motswana-South African pianist, composer and producer. In 2013, Dyer won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships competition. His recent career highlights include playing at the opening of the London Jazz Festival (2015), showcasing his Trio at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany (2016), headlining the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (2015) and an artistic residency at the Bird’s Eye jazz club in Basel, Switzerland (2014). Dyer has recorded three jazz albums - Mirrors (2010), Emancipate the Story (2011 - recorded during his time as Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year) and World Music (2015) which was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2016 South African Music Awards

Album

Finish The Sun

Label: Dox Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Finish The Sun; Where The Heart Is; Umshana; Spirit Animal; Kucheza; Joburg Poem; Flow; The Walk;

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Article: Album Review

Shane Cooper & Mabuta: Finish The Sun

Read "Finish The Sun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


On Mabuta's debut—Welcome To This World (Afrosynth Records, 2018)—South African bassist, electronic musician and composer Shane Cooper introduced ears to a leading-edge ensemble intent on delivering trippy, dance-friendly designs. Now, with this second album, he doubles down on that core concept, delivering a heap of hip groovers which draw strength from Pan-African influences and ride high ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere

Read "African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere" reviewed by David Brown


This week, South African jazz artists to African sounds in jazz, a vocal tangent, and finally, a Dizzy atmosphere. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live At The It Club (Complete) (Columbia) 00:15 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" from Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) 01:50 Nduduzo Makhathini “Amathongo" from In ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Dina Ramirez, Lee Pardini & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we go from Wynton Marsalis' ruminations on the status of our society, to Teodross Avery's and the Analog Players Society's reflections on Monk. In between a world tour with stops in South Africa, Guatemala, Norway, Canada, and on two sides of the country, LA and NYC, for another great tasting menu of the best ...

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Article: Interview

Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith

Read "Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


Known for years as an outstanding saxophonist and first-call collaborator in a variety of top South African Jazz ensembles, in recent years Sisonke Xonti has rightly earned acclaimed for his own talents as a bandleader and a composer. Notably, Xonti's 2017 debut release Iyonde not only provided a stellar showcase for his superlative horn ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis

Read "South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


As sure as the sun will shine on Chapman's Peak and the winds will sweep over Table Mountain, South Africa will continue to flourish and birth new music worthy of worldwide attention. The West may typically pay little to no mind to South African jazz and the artists who shape it, but that has yet to ...

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Neo Native

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Neo Native; Dollar Adagio; Fezile; Kgalagadi Intro; Kgalagadi; Waiting; Nguni; Xikwembu; Chikapa; Mutapa; Gono Afrobeat; Light; Fola; Oumou.

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Article: Year in Review

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory--first recent, then distant--but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of ...

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Article: Album Review

Mabuta: Welcome To This World

Read "Welcome To This World" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


If the eyes are the windows to the soul and a portal opening to reality and closing on dreams, then the eyelids can be seen as the gatekeepers to such worlds. Mabuta--a genre-merging band taking its name from the Japanese word for eyelid--has a keen understanding of that concept. Shane Cooper, the mastermind behind this group, ...


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