"Soundtrack of the Revolution" As Sisonke Msimang, writer of 'Always Another Country', eloquently puts it in four words. Soundtrack of the Resistance. A genre formed, moulded, re-invented to fight against an oppression; a musical method of a struggle visualized in blocks, cross-rhythms, chromatics, lydians and vamps - audible artworks designed to shout out the injustices.
South African jazz was born into the Apartheid system and with its' birth came the growing of a bitter confrontation. Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chris McGregor, Jonas Gwanga, Kippie Moeketsi. Names that list on in creating a musical form glued by a shared struggle.
This mix is in celebration of the otherworldly talent that has come out of South African jazz. A salutation.
This mix is dedicated to all South African women taken from us by Gender Based Violence and Femicide.
Words cannot illustrate the pain, the sorrow.
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01. 00:00 Shane Cooper & MABUTA - Beneath the Waves
02. 05:03 Thandi Ntuli - Exiled
03. 11:22 Mankunku Quartet - Yakhal' Inkomo
04. 13:55 Letta Mbulu - Setho
05. 18:13 Gwigwi Mrwebi - Mra
06. 21:24 Malombo Jazz Makers - Matshenyogo
07. 26:12 Khan Jamal - Tjader
08. 32:56 Andile Yenana - Oasis
09. 38:24 Bheki Mseleku - Beauty of Sunrise - Instrumental
10. 43:58 Ndikho Xaba & the African Echoes - Zulu Lunchbag
11. 46:15 Gibson Kente - Saduva
12. 48:47 Abdullah Ibrahim - Calypso Minor
13. 53:36 McCoy Mrubata – Makwedini