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Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons

Read "Carlo Mombelli: Angels and Demons" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

One of music's criminally underrated geniuses, South African electric bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli has carved out a most extraordinary performing and writing career in music. Throughout his four decades as a performer, Mombelli has forged one of the most distinctive electric bass approaches in Jazz, established himself as South Africa's most exceptional composer, and has ...


Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

Read "Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Even the most cursory listen to South African music yields an embarrassment of riches in the realm of guitar talents. Indeed, throughout the country's musical history innovative figures have forged a near universe of unique approaches to the instrument, fusing the many musical traditions of Southern Africa with popular styles into a staggering array ...


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 ...


Vuma Levin: Musical Painting

Read "Vuma Levin: Musical Painting" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South African guitarist and composer Vuma Levin has been receiving significant accolades in local and international circles, and it's easy to see why. A thoughtful, intelligent improviser and bandleader, Levin is also a highly thought-provoking composer, one intent on exploring the music's role in commenting on and shaping societal discourse. Indeed, with last year's ...

Once Upon a Time

Label: MELT
Released: 2007
Track listing: 01. The Touch Of Your Lips; 02. Love Letters; 03. I’ll Remember You; 04. Here’s That Rainy Day Again; 05. Autumn In New York/ Manhattan; 06. Our Love Is Here To Stay; 07. Goodbye; 08. I Should Care; 09. All The Things You Are; 10. Skylark; 11. It’s You Or No-One For Me; 12. Unforgettable; 13. Song For V; 14. Here's That Rainy Day (Reprise)


Johnny Fourie: Once Upon a Time

Read "Once Upon a Time" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Johnny Fourie è un chitarrista bianco sudafricano ingiustamente poco conosciuto che ha lasciato questo pianeta sempre più turbolento verso fine agosto 2007, alla bella età di 70 anni. Era infatti nato il 18 maggio 1937 a Postmansburg, nel distretto di Hay che si trova nella parte occidentale del paese che se ne sta in fondo al ...


Label: Prestige Records
Released: 1972
Track listing: Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; Cause I Love Her; Lowdown*; Speedball*. * Bonus track on CD reissue


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