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MUSIC: Sa reedman’s new album is a revelation

MUSIC: Sa reedman’s new album is a revelation

People were listening to (Duke Ellington and Count Basie) at home because we felt this is our music and these are our black heroes. The attraction … was that the rhythms were more like our mbaqanga. Author GWEN ANSELL, Associate of the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University of Pretoria SO said the late South African jazz trumpeter Johnny Mekoa. He was describing how, in his 1950s childhood, Black South African jazz fans explicitly heard African roots (mbaqanga is a form of South African township jive) in the American jazz they played. That sense of shared cultural history has persisted,…
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South African reedman Linda Sikhakhane’s new album is a revelation

South African reedman Linda Sikhakhane’s new album is a revelation

People were listening to (Duke Ellington and Count Basie) at home because we felt this is our music and these are our black heroes. The attraction … was that the rhythms were more like our mbaqanga. Author GWEN ANSELL, Associate of the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University of Pretoria SO said the late South African jazz trumpeter Johnny Mekoa. He was describing how, in his 1950s childhood, Black South African jazz fans explicitly heard African roots (mbaqanga is a form of South African township jive) in the American jazz they played. That sense of shared cultural history has persisted,…
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