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© Ben Robertson 2006 - 2014

AFRICAN JAZZ

a concise guide to African jazz


This website about jazz from sub Saharan Africa was established in 2006.


It is suggested that newcomers and anyone seeking an overview of the subject look first at Frequently Asked Questions



What’s new?


31st July 2014 - An Apology , Verckys and The Verdict added


30 th June 2014 - The Poet and The Prince, Simaro and Mabiala:  living legends of T.P.OK Jazz; Part One – Simaro at 75 added


31st May 2014 - Fraco’s Prince, Youlou Mabiala – A Prologue added


18th May 2014 -  Bokani Dyer’s debut at The Vortex and the future of African jazz in London added


30th April 2014 - South Africa’s 2014 jazz awards added


31st March 2014 - Time to eat hat: new releases from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Geydu Blay Ambolley, Jimmy Dludlu and Carmen Souza added


28th February 2014 - Battle of the Divas: Angelique Kidjo and Tutu Puoane go head-to-head added.


31st January 2014 - Abdullah Ibrahim’s place in jazz history & a review of “Keeping Time 1964 -1974: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Bruce Huntley” edited by Chris Albertyn added, featuring reviews of recent albums by Ibrahim, Shane Cooper, Cape Jazz Band and Norman Chauke



29th December 2013 - 2013 recommended recordings including albums of the year, some recent books; quotation of the year; an overview of the year entitled The end of the beginning for African jazz added. Plus, Facebook like button and site logo introduced.


16th December 2013 - Tabu Ley Rochereau: In Memoriam  added.


6th December 2013 - Nelson Mandela remembered in South African jazz added.


30th November 2013 - Le Grand Kallé’s empire: the seismic shift in jazz - A review of the double album “Le Grand Kallé:His Life, His Music” added.


31st October 2013 -  Homage to Tony Allen: a review of his autobiography  added.


30th September 2013 -  review entitled Central African roundup: Papa Noël and a black box brimful of Tshimnagolagy added.


31st August 2013  - review entitled The Brotherhood of Breath vs Bopol - a roundup of recent reissues added.


31st July 2013  - review entitled The Jazz Maniacs behind Molelekwa’s “Rapela” and  Sathima & Abdullah Ibrahim’s  “Africa” added.


5th June 3013 - review of South Africa’s jazz awards and an article about John Coltrane in African jazz added.


17th  May 2013 - review of new albums byTrio Kazanchis., Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba,  Les Tambours de Brazza, Monoswezi,Norman Chauke and Steve Dyer added.


17th April 2013 - discography of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa updated to mark what would have been his 40th birthday. The revised discography includes five newly added items: tributes by Lwanda Gogwana and Lil Noise plus cover versions of “Genes & Spirtits” by Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata; “Ntate Moholo” by Stiff Pap & the Gang featuring the late Moses Khumalo and “Rapela” by Sawadu featuring the Cameroonian master kit drummer Brice Wassy.


9th April 2013 - review of new albums by Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis, Louis Moholo-Moholo &  Wadada Leo Smith, Ablaye Cissoko &  Volker Goetze, Lil Noise and Nomfundo added.


1st March 2013 - review of new albums by Salif Keita, Lágbájá, Ferre Gola, Tsepo Tshola & Reddy Amisi added.


4th February 2013 - reviews  2013 added featuring Hugh Masekela’s new double album “Playing  @ Work,”  Professor’s “The Orientation”  plus new releases from Peter Nthwane and Zamajobe.


15th December 2012- Recommended recordings ,archived reviews for 2012 and details of some recent books added.


In December 2012 the site was redesigned and restructured to make finding one’s way around the site easier. All the previous content can now be reached from the menu bar which appears at the top of the page.


Readers who are familiar with the site’s previous structure and would prefer to find their way around the site from the old home page narrative should click here.