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Linda Sikhakhane

Linda Sikhakhane is a South African born saxophonist, composer and arranger. He was born in Umlazi Township near Durban where his love for music was triggered at an early age. This saw him attending music classes at the age of 10 in Junior Primary and later took up jazz lessons under the tutelage of Dr Brian Thusi at the Siyakhula Music Center in his neighborhood . He obtained a Diploma in Jazz /Popular Music at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal under Prof Mageshen Naidoo in 2012. Sikhakhane has played and recorded with respected South African and international artists such as Brian Thusi,Barney Rachabane, Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli, Andile Yenana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Afrika Mkhize, Sibongile Khumalo, Gregory Potter,Reggie Workman and many more.Sikhakhane won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship in 2016 and in 2017 released his debut album titled 'Two Sides ,One Mirror' . Linda re-located to New York in 2017 and enrolled at The New School University as a transfer student to complete his Bachelors degree in jazz ,he is studying with the great Billy Harper, David Schnitter & Reggie Workman.

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In The Spirit Of Ntu

Label: Blue Note Africa
Released: 2022
Track listing: Unonkanyamba; Mama; Mathongo; Nyonini; Emlilweni; Amathambo; Abantwana Belanga; Omnyama; Senze’ Nina; Ntu.

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Nduduzo Makhathini: In The Spirit Of Ntu

Read "In The Spirit Of Ntu" reviewed by Chris May


There are strong links between London's alternative jazz scene and the parallel and burgeoning one in South Africa. A case in point is the connection between South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and British tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings. Makhathini and Hutchings' similar ages and overlapping, cosmologically informed takes on jazz meant they were ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq

Read "Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed & Benoit Delbecq" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The lineup for this edition of OMJ is like a menu in an ice cream shop: so many flavours to choose from. The AACM is alive and well in the excellent new release for Astral Spirits by Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas R. Ewart & Mike Reed, power guitar from Slovenia's Samo Salamon with a French quartet, ...

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Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet, Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’

Read "Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet,  Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Faced with a New Year's Eve show, this one was extended by two hours, and the last three veered off into dancin' territory. There were some new releases sampled though. In hour one, Finnish pianist Kari Ikonen displays his considerable talents and his “maqiano" for playing Arabic half-tones, on his solo excursion Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions, ...

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Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii

Read "Linda Sikhakhane, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Satoko Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Things get a little rockin' this time out with the powerful guitar of Raoul Bjorkenheim and a top Italian quartet digging into the music of John Coltrane. Then he's front and center in the J&F Band, a mostly Italian ensemble, led by legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe and bassist Joe Fonda (and Joe sings! Who ...

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An Open Dialogue

Label: Skay Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Codes of Light; Umkhokheli; Amakhosi; Timelessness; Tlhatlha Matjolo (Amenless Prayer); Ziyokhala Ziyotheza Sokela; Saziwa Nguwe.

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Linda Sikhakhane: An Open Dialogue

Read "An Open Dialogue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane released Two Sides, One Mirror (Skay Music, 2017), it was a statement of arrival, marking his ascendancy within the jazz ranks in his native South Africa, and departure, signaling a move to the United States that would result in studies with tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter Charles Tolliver, bassist Reggie Workman ...

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Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty

Read "Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


On July 23, 1968, a now-legendary recording session took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, one that would ultimately prove a defining moment in the country's Jazz history and development. Led by tenor saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi, a quartet that included pianist Lionel Pillay, bassist Agrippa Magwaza, and drummer Early Mabuza would record the album Yakhal' Inkomo. ...

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Two Sides, One Mirror

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Ezinkalweni; Influential Moments; Hidden Love; Two Sides,One Mirror; Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili; Ukamadinana; A Night in D.C.; Dance for Trane; Inner Freedom; Closer to the Heart.


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