The joy of jazz

Having only begun in 1999, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival has rapidly developed into something of a grand-eloquent event featuring a sound of attraction for refined music aficionados writes Ziphilele Moyake.

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Is There a Future For Digital Music in SA?

Despite high levels of e-commerce related anxieties induced by technophobia, the potential of digital music downloads seem set to grow.

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Jazz Column: Jazz On the Fringes of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

In an article titled The Jazz Side of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, Don Albert writes: “Long before Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was translated into the 13 official languages of South Africa, Charlie Haden and Carla Bley rendered it to the language of jazz.”

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Jazz Column: Scratching The Surface

The Manhattan Brothers were arguably the first signpost of jazz’s fruitful beginnings in South Africa. A vocal quartet, which, at some point, roped in a poor tap dance routine into the fray of their stage renditions to improve on their monotonous singing performances.

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