Story of SA Jazz Volume Two nears completion

Research is done in the formation of a real and presentative appraisal of Southern Africa’s urban sound … :

Book series Story of SA Jazz : Volume One : Volume Two … & Volume Three (forthcoming) is archived at afribeat.com L ow res images are at the following link https://www.flickr.com/photos/afribeat/albums :

From 2017 – 2019 about two dozen articles appeared in Business Day Newspaper, African Independent, Mail and Guardian, Sawubona, Downbeat and Pacific on the topic of South African Jazz … here are some of the links :

The raw interview material together with at least a further two dozen interviews is currently being compiled into Volume Two with a release date set for September 2019 ::: … All research is deposited at ILAM International Library of African Music for educational, development, promotional, inclusive and expansive reasons:

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-11-13-like-father-like-son-glasser-claims-his-musical-heritage/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-10-19-sas-photographic-history-could-be-lost-to-future-generations/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-04-19-diverse-musicians-connect-and-create-to-the-sound-of-one-beat/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-03-12-godfather-of-mother-city-hip-hop-has-blazed-creative-trail-for-scores/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-02-21-marrabenta-festival-a-celebration-of-mozambican-folk-heroes-and-musos/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-02-09-new-makeba-box-set-a-definitive-collectors-item/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2018-01-24-bra-hughs-trumpet-blast-rings-on/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2017-03-15-festival-reawakens-the-rhythm-of-mozambiques-marrabenta/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2017-05-16-germany-trumpets-unity-via-jazz/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/books/2017-06-19-book-review-jazz-clubs-feverish-years-recalled/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2017-07-26-rise-and-fall-and-revival-of-sas-king-kong-show/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/arts-and-entertainment/2017-08-10-art-puts-african-choir-in-the-frame/

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/2017-11-09-one-mans-quest-for-freedom-after-freedom/

African Independent

http://www.africanindy.com/chillout/africas-sax-men-cometh-8306005

http://www.africanindy.com/chillout/africas-grandest-gathering-8415331

https://www.africanindy.com/culture/the-prince-of-nigerian-jazz-10837136

 

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Story of South African Jazz and ANFASA

Story of SA Jazz Volume Two receives seed funding : 

In South African jazz, the barriers that separate performers from writers, promoters or technicians are very quickly eroding. A knowledge of all aspects of the music world is an advantage.

Volume one of the Story of SA Jazz explored the link between festivals, education, music business, political expression and virtuosity. Volume Two extends on these themes and adds copywriting, archiving, improvisation and jamming :: !

Thank you to ANFASA Norwegian embassy and SAMRO foundation for this 25k award to trigger more stories from the genre of SA jazz :

The story of South African jazz is built on a succinct timeline that traces the evolution and involution of SA jazz through five distinct ‘rays’ of jazz from the early days, through exile and inxile to the current days… and beyond. We are in the 5th ray.

Quting from Volume One : “Jazz is a unifying language. It brings people together and provides the vocabulary to have a great musical dialogue. SA jazz is a transformative shift to sharing. It is uBuntu in action.”

By listening to the voices and identities of those who dared to express themselves there is a path laid out for one to find one’s own voice and identity.

The music has the power to bring change. Change is the alchemy of the music we call South African jazz …

In South African jazz, the barriers that separate performers from writers, promoters or technicians are very quickly eroding. A knowledge of all aspects of the music world is an advantage.

Volume one of the Story of SA Jazz explored the link between festivals, education, music business, political expression and virtuosity. It was successfully released in 2014 and has filled a demand for the book at independent book stores, festivals, universities and libraries.

Volume Two extends on these themes and adds copywriting, archiving, improvisation and jamming.

The role of international musicians and locations has always had a tremendous effect on the Story of South African Jazz. Where Volume One looked at the effect of London and France through the Blue Notes, Volume Two continues this into Italy as well as the new trend of Switzerland and possibly also Norway.

There is an urgency to document our living music legends. Where there is a legend who has maintained his or her truth there is gold, greater than all the royal palaces of the world. These are the sound brahman, the healers, the wisdom keepers, the alchemists who make my life journey (and possibly yours) unique and meaningful.

The Story of South African jazz is built on the website and content portal afribeat.com which was launched on April 1st 2000. It is a free platform for African Jazz, uBuntu and Music education that has birthed many creative projects that have empowered many people, such as archive Africa, dancing with the diaspora and wondergigs.

Barney Rachabane meets The Minister of Arts and Culture

Barney Rachabane
Barney Rachabane

Some call it the indestructible beat of Soweto. Some call it from marabi to disco. Some call it the raucus township pop jazz sound. Some call it soul, mbaqanga or jazz. And for someone like Barney who has lived through all the era’s from pennywhistle jive, through explosive inxile jazz, and driving soul music, it is all that and more.

Barney Rachabane is regarded as “the most soulful saxophone player in the world.”
Barney Rachabane born in Alexandra township 1946, grandson of a reverend, is self taught and self actualized in every way. He is a man who found himself through jazz music and the melting pot of consciousness expressed through the melting pot of music. He was an inxile, he never went in for politics and is grateful that instead have having to suffer exile, he could build a home and a family which he has done very well.

One wonders why the minister has called him in. Perhaps they will be naming a road after him to add to Ntemi Piliso Road and Miriam Makeba Road and Mahlatini avenue. Now we can have a Rachabane highway!

We are looking forward to more performances of the Barney Rachabane Sextet; a powerful show full of musical delight and surprise …

This show highlights Barney Rachabane’s sixty year career at the top of South African music with some of his most stirring compositions performed together with the compositions and performances of his super talented musical offspring, his daughter, songstress Octavia Rachabane and grandson, bebop saxophonists Oscar Rachabane; in a dynamic, delightful and musically decadent sextet.

Barney Rachabane: Saxophone
Octavia Rachabane: Vocals
Oscar Rachabane : Saxophone
Thato Modise: Bass
Tseko Motaung: piano
Pat Ngwenya: drums

The show can be introduced by jazz playwrite and actor Thami Sikhosana with scripted passages from the book The Story of South African Jazz, Volume One and Two “The Real Thing” by Struan Douglas …
Thami Sikhosana: narrator
Struan Douglas: script writer