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Multiaward winning young jazz pianist and vocalist, Thandi Ntuli, was born in Soshanguve, one of the country’s largest townships. Located north of South Africa’s administrative capital Tshwane. The rising star started playing the piano at the age of 4. However, it was only in high school that she developed any real desire to become a professional musician. Thandi Ntuli is the niece of multi- instrumentalist and lead vocalist of the historic Afro fusion band Harari, Selby Ntuli. In 2014 she released her debut record, The Offering independently and has since come to be recognised as one of the voices of modern South African Jazz


Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Indaba Is

Read "Indaba Is" reviewed by Chris May

There are probably several reasons why American jazz made the deep and lasting impact it did on South Africa in the 1950s. One may be that the colonial regime which was imposed on the country during Europe's pan-African nineteenth-century landgrab was among the most vicious of them all, and persisted the longest through the apartheid system ...


We Are Sent Here by History

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: They Who Must Die; You’ve Been Called; Go My Heart, Go to Heaven; Behold, The Deceiver; Run, The Darkness Will Pass; The Coming of the Strange Ones; Beasts Too Spoke of Suffering; We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood); ‘Til the Freedom Comes Home; Finally, The Man Cried; Teach Me How to Be Vulnerable.


Article: Album Review

Shabaka And The Ancestors: We Are Sent Here by History

Read "We Are Sent Here by History" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Even as Shabaka Hutchings moves the evolution of jazz forward, We Are Sent Here By History laments the present-day conditions of conflict, suffering, parity, and the struggle to survive. The saxophonist's breakthrough album came with his Sons of Kemet on Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse! Records, 2018). He also leads the jazz/electronica hybrid The Comet ...


Article: Interview

Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith

Read "Sisonke Xonti: A Leap of Faith" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Known for years as an outstanding saxophonist and first-call collaborator in a variety of top South African Jazz ensembles, in recent years Sisonke Xonti has rightly earned acclaimed for his own talents as a bandleader and a composer. Notably, Xonti's 2017 debut release Iyonde not only provided a stellar showcase for his superlative horn ...



Label: Ndlela Music Company
Released: 2018
Track listing: DISC ONE: #1 The Void (Intro) #2 Exiled #3 Freefall #4 Abyssinia (Intro) #5 Abyssinia (feat. Tlale Makhene) #6 What's Left? #7 Umthandazo Womzali #8 The Void (feat. Lebo Mashile) DISC TWO: #9 It's Complicated, Pt. 1 (feat. Vuyo Sotashe) #10 It's Complicated, Pt. 2 #11 Rainbow (Skit) #12 New Way #13 13 #14 Cosmic Light (Benji's Meditation) #15 Cosmic Light


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz of the New South Africa, Part Two

Read "Jazz of the New South Africa, Part Two" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

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 Hilton Schilder “Email to the Ancestors" from No Turning Back (Mountain Records) 1:11 ...


Article: Interview

Thandi Ntuli: On Exile

Read "Thandi Ntuli: On Exile" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

South African pianist, composer, and vocalist Thandi Ntuli entered 2018 not with a bang, but with a thermonuclear blast. At the close of 2017, she had been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in Jazz, anointing her as the latest figure in an incredible lineage of South African ...


Article: Interview

Bokani Dyer: African Piano

Read "Bokani Dyer: African Piano" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

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 ...


The Offering

Label: Thandi Ntuli
Released: 2014
Track listing: #1 Lonely Heart #2 Contemplation #3 201AA #4 Umthandazo #5 Uz'ubuye (Intro) #6 Uz'ubuye #7 H.T #8 The Offering #9 Sangare #10 Love Remembers #11 In Between Spaces


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