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Robbie Jansen

With a career spanning over thirty years, Robert Edward Jansen became a legendary fixture of the Cape Town music scene. The virtuoso alto saxophonist, flute player, arranger and composer was proficient on several instruments and in a variety of genres, and played with many of South Africa’s most illustrious bands, including Pacific Express, Sabenza, and Juluka.. His status as a guru and forerunner of the unique brand of port music known as Cape Jazz cements him as one of the greatest life-long contributors to South African culture. Born in Cape Town in 1949, the self-taught musician’s first instruments were the concertina and mouth organ

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Dan Shout: In With a Shout

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While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with ...

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Dave Ledbetter: Diversity and Unity

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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 ...

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Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty

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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. ...

Nomad | Jez

Label: Mountain Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Elsies Toe; Welcome Home; Grassy Park Requiem; Cape Joy; Sommer Ghoema; Song for Carmine; Redemption Song; What's Going On; What's Going On (shortened version).

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Robbie Jansen: Nomad | Jez

Read "Nomad | Jez" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

A new album by saxophonist Robbie Jansen is unquestionably cause to celebrate. His two previous releases as a leader, Vastrap Island and Cape Doctor, were both essential additions to the South African jazz record canon. And while the title of Nomad | Jez might suggest a diverse range of music, Jansen actually stays near to home ...

Vastrap Island

Label: Chrysalis
Released: 1989


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