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Jazz of the New South Africa, Part 1

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South Africa celebrated its first democratic elections in April 1994, entering a new phase of its history. During that decade, an incredible new array of Jazz artists emerged in the country, exploring Jazz's role in the New South Africa. Playlist Bheki Mseleku “Closer to the Source" from Celebration (World Circuit) 2:03 Paul Hanmer ...

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Bokani Dyer: African Piano

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Throughout this decade, pianist, composer, and bandleader Bokani Dyer has stood as one of the most formidable and creative keyboard talents in South Africa today. Raised in a musical family--his father is the legendary saxophonist Steve Dyer--Bokani Dyer quickly demonstrated an extraordinary musical vision and identity of his own. Indeed, albums of his, notably Emancipate the ...

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Matsuli Music: The Fight Against Forgetting

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Now approaching a decade of operations, Matsuli Music has placed itself at the frontline of reissuing some of South Africa's most influential, important, and yet nevertheless now difficult-to-find albums in pursuit of its stated mission: “The Fight Against Forgetting." Indeed, to that end, founder Matthew Temple has done extraordinary work, as thanks to his efforts, classic ...

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Jason Reolon: Raising the Bar

Read "Jason Reolon: Raising the Bar" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South Africa may well be in the midst of its third jazz renaissance. While the late 1950s saw the rise of legendary artists such as Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Philip Tabane, the early 1990s marked the emergence of trailblazers Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Zim Ngqawana. The past five years have born witness to a surge ...

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South African Pianist Jason Reolon Interviewed at All About Jazz...And More!

South African Pianist Jason Reolon Interviewed at All About Jazz...And More!

South Africa may well be in the midst of its third jazz renaissance. While the late 1950s saw the rise of legendary artists such as Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Philip Tabane, the early 1990s marked the emergence of trailblazers Moses Taiwa Molelekwa and Zim Ngqawana. The past five years have born witness to a surge ...

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Moses Taiwa Molelekwa: Darkness Pass / Genes and Spirits

Read "Moses Taiwa Molelekwa: Darkness Pass / Genes and Spirits" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Esponente di punta del jazz sudafricano degli anni ‘90, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa (1973-2001) era un pianista dotatissimo quanto onnivoro musicalmente. Un artista completo, che pur restando fedele al jazz ed alla propria tradizione musicale, amava di volta in volta incorporare i più disparati suoni delle contemporanee realtà afroamericane. Abdullah Ibrahim, suo mentore ideale, è il punto ...

Darkness Pass

Label: Grapeshot
Released: 2004

Genes And Spirits

Label: Grapeshot
Released: 2000


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