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Hotep Idris Galeta

Pianist-composer-educator Hotep Idris Galeta ‘Cecil Galeta’ was born on 7 June 1941 and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. However, he was more commonly known as Cecil Barnard; Barnard was his father's first name. Galeta used the name Cecil Barnard until he left South Africa in 1961. He legally changed his name to Hotep Idris Galeta in the late 1980s when he embarked on a personal spiritual quest. He embraced and explored aspects of the Islamic mystical tradition called Sufism. For the purposes of this biography he will be referred to simply as ‘Galeta’. During his teenage years Galeta was drawn into a very active nucleus of South African jazz musicians, among them; Dollar Brand, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Gertze, Makaya Ntoshoko and many other notable South African musicians. Bassist Lamie Zukufu exposed Galeta to the music of Bud Powell and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker when he was sixteen years old

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Claude Cozens: Reimagining Rhythm

Read "Claude Cozens: Reimagining Rhythm" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

The Cape Jazz sound of South Africa is known to international audiences primarily thanks to the music of pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. However, the music and traditions of Cape Town and the Western Cape run much deeper, reflecting an extraordinary, sometimes contradictory, and exceedingly complex set of cultures and traditions reflected in the area. Within this environment ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination South Africa (Part 2)

Read "Destination South Africa (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

One episode was not enough, so we needed more time to cover the South African scene. This week we look back at an earlier phase of the history of jazz in South Africa, focusing on some foundational bands and musicians, and the musicians they inspired both in South African and elsewhere. Playlist Ben Allison ...

NEWS: RECORDING

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Honors President-Elect Barack Obama with New Album

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Honors President-Elect Barack Obama with New Album

South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta honors President-elect Barack Obama with Funkin' for Obama, made available for download on CDBaby today, and featuring the Cape Town Digital Jazz Band. The South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta was born in Crawford, Cape Town and grew up exposed to the rich music culture in and around ...

NEWS: RADIO

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Will Appear on WBGO December 11

South African Pianist Hotep Idris Galeta Will Appear on WBGO December 11

South African jazz pianist Hotep Idris Galeta makes a rare United States appearance this weekend, December 13-15, at Shutters Cafe in New York City. In preparation for the event, he will appear on New York's jazz station WBGO at 2 pm, Eastern Standard Time, where he will discuss the upcoming concert, as well as chat about ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

The Development of Jazz In South Africa

Read "The Development of Jazz In South Africa" reviewed by Hotep Idris Galeta

South African jazz has had many elements contributing to its evolution and development, the most prominent and significant being the rich eclectic cultural diversity of the country's inhabitants and the influence of African-American culture upon it over the years. These two variants, coupled with an environment of legislated racism and gross human rights violations, created the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hotep Idris Galeta Takes It Home

Read "Hotep Idris Galeta Takes It Home" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Despite more than three decades on wax, pianist Hotep Idris Galeta has largely escaped the public eye. Perhaps that's not too much of a surprise, given his rather unassuming nature and the fact that he's never had much of an itch for the spotlight. Galeta (b. June 7, 1941) grew up in Cape Town, ...

Malay Tone Poem

Label: Sheer Sound
Released: 2002
Track listing: Malay Tone Poem; Monk In Soweto; Bolero For Nefertari & Jazz; Harold's Bossa; Knot The Blues; Rendezvous In Congo Square; Shawn's Uhadi Samba; Blues For Mongezi; Jazz Hip-Hop Afrikan Rebop; Cape Town After Midnite.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hotep Idris Galeta: Malay Tone Poem

Read "Malay Tone Poem" reviewed by AAJ Staff

It's bitterly ironic that the greatest statesmen of South African jazz made their seminal contributions elsewhere. Witness Hugh Masekela, whose exiled voice on the trumpet was heard around the world: “Grazing in the Grass"--a major hit! Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim took his earthy sound abroad and recorded prolifically with players from everywhere. The list goes on and ...


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