I'm looking for stuff that is literally African jazz (Mulatu Astatke, Hugh Masekela) and other stuff that is heavily influenced by African sounds (so Herbie Hancock's Headhunters would fit here, as would Randy Weston's African Cookbook). Some fusion stuff I think would fit here (Weather Report I think? A lot of Wayne Shorter stuff...) I am keeping the criteria purposefully broad as I'm really looking for great stuff you guys would recommend more than a comprehensive list acc to strict guidelines.
― Mordy, Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:52 (six years ago) link
i've been enjoying Tony Allen's new one -- a tribute to Art Blakey, so it combines the Blue Note thing with an afrojazz vibe.
― tylerw, Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:56 (six years ago) link
Tony Allen also has a full-length album of original music coming out on Blue Note in September. It's great. In the meantime, here are some recent (2015-2017) releases...
Zem Audu, Spirits - a Nigerian saxophonist who grew up in London, then moved to NYC. Kinda afro-funk-hard bop.Camilla George Quartet, Isang - another Nigerian saxophonist from London; album opens with a modal bop tune called "Mami Wata" and closes with an Afrobeat version of the same tune.Sons of Kemet, Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do - sax, tuba, two drummers. Afro-Caribbean jazz with, obviously, tons of rhythm.
― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:01 (six years ago) link
― sleeve, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:02 (six years ago) link
xp oh nice -- glad that allen is still out there (and sounding pretty great)
― tylerw, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:03 (six years ago) link
Art Blakey's Drum Suite is a very early example of African influenced jazz as well as being a class album.
― calzino, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:03 (six years ago) link
Art Ensemble of Chicago
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:05 (six years ago) link
^^^ that was my first thought but they seem maybe a little... abstracted?
― sleeve, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:05 (six years ago) link
yeah some of it def is, but they have a very broad and deep discography
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:07 (six years ago) link
The AEOC did an album called The Art Ensemble of Soweto with the Amabutho Male Chorus. I've never heard it.
― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:09 (six years ago) link
their approach is v different from, say, a band playing saxophone solos over a particular set of African rhythms (altho sometimes they do that too!) but they are definitely representative of a specific kind of intersection between American jazz and African music
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:09 (six years ago) link
this one got a fair amount of hype, but if you haven't heard it, it's great: https://hailumergia.bandcamp.com/album/tche-belew
― tylerw, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:11 (six years ago) link
this has lots of good stuff on it: https://strut.bandcamp.com/album/next-stop-soweto-vol-3-giants-ministers-and-makers-jazz-in-south-africa-1963-1984
― rob, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:11 (six years ago) link
Which albums in particular shakes?
― Mordy, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:12 (six years ago) link
Salah Ragab is great too; usually gets compared to Sun Ra, who he played with at some point, but it's pretty unique imo: https://www.discogs.com/Salah-Ragab-And-The-Cairo-Jazz-Band-Egyptian-Jazz/release/992757
― rob, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:14 (six years ago) link
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) - African Marketplace
― busy bee starski (m coleman), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:18 (six years ago) link
good call on Ragab!
― sleeve, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:19 (six years ago) link
I have to think on it a little bit Mordy, some of the stuff is very noisy/avant-garde + tribal rhythms/percussion and then as they move into the 80s some of it becomes less harsh and a little more recognizable as "world music" (as it was understood in the 80s) but I have to listen/dig in a bit to think of what might best fit the bill here
In general they're great and I've never really heard an album I didn't like, they were v consistent in terms of quality.
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:24 (six years ago) link
Batsumi - BatsumiDollar Brand Duo - Good News From AfricaPyramids - LalibelaHal Singer & Jef Gilson - Soul of Africa
― Number None, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:31 (six years ago) link
This is one of my all time favorite albums: Pharoah Sanders and Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, Trance of the Seven Colors. North African Gnawa music with face-ripping free jazz sax on top.
― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:37 (six years ago) link
Got to be some Yusef Lateef on here, Eastern Sounds maybe? Fucking awesome album is that.
― calzino, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:38 (six years ago) link
yeah I thought of that too, similar to AEOC in a lot of ways
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:54 (six years ago) link
I guess I'll just err on the side of listing my favorite AEOC albums and let others sort out to what extent they are African, musically speaking:
Message to Our FolksBap-TizumUrban BushmenGo HomePeople in Sorrow
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:58 (six years ago) link
Pleased to already see Abdullah Ibrahim and Yusef Lateef mentioned. I knew the good people of ilm wouldn't let me down.
I would like to throw out an in-general mention of Ahmed Abdul-Malik. He is mostly known for being the bassist in Thelonious Monk's group for a while in the early 60s, but his own albums are super eclectic and definitely fit the parameters here (I mean, really: he plays oud!). This compilation is wonderful.
― he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Thursday, 27 July 2017 21:10 (six years ago) link
That Tony Allen track is really good. The version of Moanin' they do is really groovy.
― earlnash, Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:56 (six years ago) link
― the late great, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:07 (six years ago) link
I haven't really listened to this much, but the lineup is certainly interesting: Louis Moholo Octet – Spirits Rejoice!
Bass – Harry Miller, Johnny DyaniDrums – Louis MoholoPiano – Keith TippettTenor Sax – Evan ParkerTrombone – Nick Evans, Radu MalfattiTrumpet – Kenny Wheeler
― Pataphysician, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:29 (six years ago) link
Also, I enjoy the self-titled album by Ndikho Xaba And The Natives.
― Pataphysician, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:35 (six years ago) link
This compilation has some good pointers: Spiritual Jazz - Esoteric, Modal And Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968-77 (https://www.discogs.com/Various-Spiritual-Jazz-Esoteric-Modal-Deep-Jazz-From-The-Underground-1968-77/master/121695).
― Pataphysician, Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:38 (six years ago) link
― no lime tangier, Friday, 28 July 2017 02:35 (six years ago) link
Speaking of Dudu, this set from Capetown 1964 is kind of unbelievable http://electricjive.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/dudu-pukwana-and-jazz-disciples-1964.html
― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 28 July 2017 09:22 (six years ago) link
it's funny, going back to my AEOC I realize it's actually pretty difficult to pinpoint any aspect of their sound as being specifically African. There's obviously lots of attempts to *evoke* Africa what with the face paint and the percussion instrumentation and song titles and whatnot, but so much of their music is so abstract and open that I'm hard-pressed to point to anything they play that's based on actual African musical styles
so idk maybe I rescind that suggestion
― Οὖτις, Friday, 28 July 2017 15:45 (six years ago) link
This album is really good; I reviewed it for The Wire.
It's a two-disc set of recordings from 1959 by the Idrees Sulieman Quartet with Oscar Dennard on piano. The first disc was recorded in a radio station studio in Tangier; the second is a bootleg from a party at what is believed to be Quincy Jones' apartment.
― grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 July 2017 16:15 (six years ago) link
Although my knowledge of it is not very deep, the BYG/Actuel scene seems ripe for this sort of harvest.
Grachan Moncur III's two albums for the label have been compiled onto one disc that is excellent.
Clifford Thornton's Ketchaoua is as unique as anything else he did.
And Sunny Murray's Hommage to Africa is closer to straight up free jazz, but worth a listen, I think.
Maybe someone else with more expertise in the label's output can help?
― he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 28 July 2017 17:52 (six years ago) link
you are correct austin
― the late great, Friday, 28 July 2017 18:23 (six years ago) link
thx everyone for suggestions so far - finding tons of wonderful stuff here. it's been pretty warm recently and idk this music sounds especially good while i'm driving around sweating w/ my windows down.
― Mordy, Friday, 28 July 2017 19:43 (six years ago) link
People need to post more here! Here's a couple of finds recently (I haven't listened carefully to all of these yet):
Khan Jamal Creative Arts Ensemble - Drum Dance to the MotherlandKhan Jamal Quintet - Balafon Dance (only some tracks)Chico Freeman - Kings of MaliThe Ensemble Al-Salaam - The Sojourner
And there's also this mix of spiritual jazz, some of which is relevant: https://archive.org/details/BlackClassicalSpiritualJazz19552012
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:04 (six years ago) link
^^^possibly the greatest compilation ever imo
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:08 (six years ago) link
wow that looks great
― sleeve, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:10 (six years ago) link
I just discovered that there's a second volume! https://archive.org/details/Astrosonics-Doctrine-Spiritual-Jazz-Volume-2
It's unfortunately split up into separate files.
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:12 (six years ago) link
Oh, and with regard to the first volume, the tracklist is posted below in the comments without any time markers. Long ago, I recorded a few time markers for things I recognized (I'd likely recognize more now). But here's what I had, in case it helps to identify other stuff (key: "hour:minutes"):
Elvin Jones Love Supreme (~0:38-0:44 minutes in)Roy Brooks and the Artistic Truth Black Survival (~4:29)John Coltrane Om (4:51)Pharoah Sanders: Red, Black & Green (~6:12)John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Pt. 1 Acknowledgment (6:34-6:35)Pharaoh Sanders Prince of Peace (8:58-9:05)
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:20 (six years ago) link
yeah over 24 hours of music, over half of which I can't identify since matching up the track listings provided is m/l impossible
but it's insanely great, I dip into it all the time
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:22 (six years ago) link
I forgot to mention this blog that I discovered: http://adarkershadeofjazzinn.blogspot.ca/
It has that Khan Jamal Balafon Dance album.
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:24 (six years ago) link
Drummer Eric Harland is leading a really hot band for two nights at the Jazz Standard next week - Walter Smith III on tenor sax, Taylor Eigsti on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass. (Both Smith and Raghavan also play in Ambrose Akinmusire's band.) I'm hoping to catch one of their sets.
― grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:51 (six years ago) link
Oh, I should update about seeing Ambrose Akinmusire: fantastic! It was all stuff from the live album. The only weakness really is the piano player, which also struck me with the live album. He certainly fits well at times, but his soloing and accompaniment often didn't seem to gel or just seemed a little like he's fresh out of music school. Everyone else was great. Akinmusire is a really sensitive player, for lack of a better description.
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 18:58 (six years ago) link
ive enjoyed a lot of what i've heard from akinmusire
― marcos, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:11 (six years ago) link
Oh, I meant to post that in the Rolling Jazz thread, as it doesn't really fit in here!
― Pataphysician, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:13 (six years ago) link
Yeah, my post is also in the wrong thread.
― grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:49 (six years ago) link
good link regardless!
― sleeve, Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:27 (six years ago) link
I can't believe I didn't think of this one until just now, but Cannonball Adderley's Accent On Africa is perhaps a bit campy, but still totally great.
― he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 6 August 2017 15:55 (six years ago) link
(not that fela isn't great obv just that i'm not 100% sure fela should be in this thread's remit but i wanted to share good music)
― Mordy, Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:21 (four years ago) link
Since there's been lots of talk about Khan Jamal, worth mentioning the Sounds of Liberation record, too?
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:46 (four years ago) link
i also want to heartily rec one of my favorite records, period, and that is The WELS Concert by Brotzmann/Gania/Drake... think it fits the parameters, but i remain somewhat of a dabbler in the jazz scene, so feel free to correct me.
anyway, this is the record that made me really "get" jazz of a certain type, and i still blast it all the time.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:50 (four years ago) link
He was briefly mentioned by the late great upthread, but Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids' "An Angel Fell" from last year is highly recommended
― rob, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:58 (four years ago) link
― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:37 PM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink
recently got into this via a reissue by a german label that popped up on maybe the forced exposure e-letter or something similar.
love the record, which you can stream on youtube anyway, but this vinyl is dog shit
― budo jeru, Monday, 11 November 2019 01:51 (four years ago) link
This is one of my all time favorite albums: Pharoah Sanders and Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, Trance of the Seven Colors. North African Gnawa music with face-ripping free jazz sax on top.https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/the-trance-of-seven-colors🕸― grawlix (unperson), Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:37 PM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglinkrecently got into this via a reissue by a german label that popped up on maybe the forced exposure e-letter or something similar.love the record, which you can stream on youtube anyway, but this vinyl is dog shit
― willem, Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:24 (three years ago) link
This is new to me and pretty great: Beaver Harris (Shepp's drummer, amongst others) with Grachan Moncur on trombone.
Can't find the killer opening track on YouTube, but it is on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7KmCzaCqmRyZCvBUyZI11i?si=FmVNEWmiSb-EDwVipKaVRg
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:49 (three years ago) link
Shocked this was bumped but not to note how dope the new Shabaka and the ancestors album is
― Mordy, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:28 (three years ago) link
xp zehra sent me a replacement copy, which indeed sounds amazing. i’m not sure what the issue was with my copy. but yeah it sounds like they put a lot of effort into the mastering / pressing, everyone i know who has a copy loves it, i take back what i said
― budo jeru, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:33 (three years ago) link
it sounds quite angry and dope as fuck on my first listen. the London Jazz/Shabaka thread was bumped this morning!
― calzino, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:38 (three years ago) link
Just got my copy of the Shabaka disc in the mail. They're supposed to play NYC on 3/30; no idea if it's still happening or not.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:40 (three years ago) link
Shabaka/Ancestors album is great and I was going to see them at Big Ears in two weeks and now I'm even more bummed than before that that's not happening.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:51 (three years ago) link
Shabaka record is really good, London jazz is one of my big listens atm.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 19 June 2020 13:23 (three years ago) link
There's a new Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids album coming in July or August; it's called Shaman! (punctuation in original). Good stuff as always.
I recently bought some South African jazz on Bandcamp. I particularly recommend two big band albums by Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - One Night in the Sun and Into Dust/Waltz for Jozi. They feature African instruments (a banjo-like thing in particular) mixed with big band, and a singer who switches back and forth between English and Xhosa.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 19 June 2020 13:28 (three years ago) link
pretty excited for that Ackamoor. I just picked up the "Music of Idris Ackamoor" comp on bandcamp today
― dip to dup (rob), Friday, 19 June 2020 14:18 (three years ago) link
so i found this a few days ago. some e-digging led me to this, which i ordered immediately. am presently awaiting its' arrival with much enthusiasm.
― Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 4 July 2020 17:35 (three years ago) link
This morning, when I went to start the car, I had forgotten that the first seven or so minutes of Pharaoh Sanders' "Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt" had played in the car yesterday, and the iPod started in the middle of the track.
This meant that I really started cruising as the piano's melodic line comes in. The sun was shining. I turned it up way too loud and people on the street were staring at me, but one guy yelled, "PHARAOH! YES!" as I went by.
― healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:29 (three years ago) link
Bandcamp had this on their best reissues list. South African (lightly funky) jazz:https://wearebusybodies.bandcamp.com/album/heshoo-beshoo-group-armitage-road
Really enjoying it
― rob, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 20:59 (two years ago) link
Ah, I just realized I already know one of these songs, "Emakhaya," from the Next Stop Soweto comp
― rob, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:03 (two years ago) link
ah i just saw the reissue lp in the shop the other day, but grabbed this other south african jazz reissue instead. maybe i'll go back and see if it's still there!
― the late great, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:04 (two years ago) link
ah ah ah xp
― xzanfar, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:06 (two years ago) link
That looks great, tlg, thanks! Gonna queue that up next. I am definitely ordering this Heshoo Beshoo, I can't resist the thrill of paying in Canadian dollars
― rob, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:10 (two years ago) link
― but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, June 19, 2020 9:28 AM (five months ago)
This was good! Ackamoor's trio of 21st-century albums is an extremely impressive late-career run, though I'd suggest newbies start with We Be All Africans
― rob, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:13 (two years ago) link
I've been listening to a South African saxophonist named Teaspoon Ndelu - mostly stuff from the 1970s and 80s. Nice jazz-funk with some disco elements. This album, from 1988, is solid, but the reissue (which is what you get here) also includes his first album, Magic Man, from 1973, and that's the good shit.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 21:32 (two years ago) link
I found the song I will be listening to on my porch every night this summer. Unfortunately not on YouTube. Thembe Mkhize, Emakhuzeni (stimela sase msawawa)
― Heez, Thursday, 6 May 2021 13:37 (two years ago) link
― Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:39 (two years ago) link
― Heez, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:41 (two years ago) link
man that's stunning, thanks for sharing
― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Thursday, 6 May 2021 15:18 (two years ago) link
Yes, thanks!Some notes from last year's Top 20:Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela, Rejoice: some tracks a little too much like lesser or style-sound reliant variants of others? Maybe a couple, but overall groove and style-sound (what they do and how it's produced, lightning in a shapely bottle) hooks abound between the twin leads of flugelhorn (mellowness netted and pushed and pulled and slid through) the loping, splattering, slinking, stinking, whatever's right for drums, with bits of tenor sax, keys, vibes at times hang-fly (to steal an ancient Village Voice-quoted term of Steve Coleman's) Calm and tireless, enough space in there, none wasted.
Felt lousy all morning---then I heard this! Legendary vibraphonist and "Father of Ethio-jazz", Mulatu Astatke joins forces with Melbourne-based eight-piece Black Jesus Experience on their latest album To Know Without Knowing, an absorbing nine-track assembly of majestic Ethiopian melodies and hip-hop-infused jazz and funk grooves. Also: Latin, reggae extrapolations, 16-bar blues (as a bed for much else), instrumental inflections from at least five different countries of origin, cool but committed female voices, incisive rap, psychedelic guitar (one trip, but that's enough, for "Living On Stolen Land" (Ain't it graaand"): Its moody 6/8 vamp in D is a gateway, yes.) And they've got wedding song, a send-off to the afterlife, other serious fun---that flugelhorn omg:https://mulatuastatkeblackjesusexperience.bandcamp.com/album/to-know-without-knowing
Asher Gamedze, Dialectic Soul--->AG: "Fundamentally, it is about the reclamation of the historical imperative. It is about the dialect of the soul & the spirit while it moves through history. The soul is dialectic. Motion is imperative. We keep moving." For instance, in the opening "Emergence Suite," tenor sax and trumpet can seize on moments all they like or or must, while bass & drums are like,"Yeah, yeah, that's good, that's good, come on now, mind your head, good." Also perfectly supportive of, never submissive to horn comments and slender, strong singing in "Siyabulela." Then a witty, fabulistic stroll through enormity in "Interregnum," where "the hopscotch ended much as it began" along the way (Don't worry, that's almost all for the voices). "Eternality" is more work-out than bliss-out, but good between the couch potato headphones. "Hope In Azania" is adrenaline afterglow in second wind, not too hopeful, but reasonably so it seems; oh yeah Speculative Fourth" does eventually let a human sing along some more with the horns, for a little while, sorry anti-voxxers*. https://ashergamedze.bandcamp.com/album/dialectic-soul
*Some people on Rolling Jazz really aren't into vocals
― dow, Thursday, 6 May 2021 18:18 (two years ago) link
Also, speaking what Tipsy Mothra said upthread, ouis Moholo and Dudu Pukwana are mentioned above, but the whole universe of music that came out of The Blue Notes and their coterie is amazing. The Blue Notes recordings themselves are basically mid-60s Afro bop, and they're great, but after they moved to England they all did so many different things: Brotherhood of Breath, Spear, Assagai, Harry Miller's Isipingo and the totally essential "Blue Notess for Mongezi." Just a remarkable constellation of players, exploring a wide range of stuff and bringing South African influences into all kinds of settings., this is a very intriguing roadmap:How South Africa’s Blue Notes Helped Invent European Free Jazz By Piotr Orlov · September 16, 2020https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/blue-notes-south-african-jazz-guide?utm_source=footer
― dow, Thursday, 6 May 2021 18:29 (two years ago) link
lol at "anti-voxxers"
― rob, Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:26 (two years ago) link
had never heard of Tlokwe Sehume & Medu from South Africa but this kept popping up while i was listening to random Eddie Harris tracks on youtube
― made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 4 September 2022 10:21 (one year ago) link
I see Johnny Dyani was mentioned upthread but not this particular album (which was on a lot over the summer). Whole album is great but this track in particular is pure gold.
― Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 5 September 2022 18:59 (one year ago) link
Thanks, need to check some more of his----meanwhile, something I posted about on Rolling Jazz 2022:
...jazz is where you find it, and I'm smitten by this Sudanese ballad: hybrid guitar, normie rhythm guitar, bass, perc., just the right bits of tenor sax (most other tracks are faster, equally thoughtful grooves, and the finale has its own dynamic):
― dow, Monday, 5 September 2022 20:48 (one year ago) link
― dow, Monday, 5 September 2022 20:50 (one year ago) link
Ghanaian saxophonist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is doing highlife versions of jazz tunes on his album Hi-Life Jazz, which comes out October 7. Here's his version of "Round Midnite" (how it's spelled on the album):
― but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 5 September 2022 20:54 (one year ago) link
xpost Right after the one I posted on RJ, budo jeru added:
― dow, Monday, 5 September 2022 20:55 (one year ago) link
xpost Ambolley too! We're cooking this afternoon.
― dow, Monday, 5 September 2022 20:56 (one year ago) link
Saw some thread on Twitter about modern South African jazz but I can’t find it now. Any recommendations?
― Heez, Sunday, 19 November 2023 14:25 (one week ago) link
― Nabozo, Sunday, 19 November 2023 14:33 (one week ago) link
That in the spirit of ntu album was mention on that thread
― Heez, Sunday, 19 November 2023 14:54 (one week ago) link
two other recent favs
Ayanda Sikade - UmakhuluLinda Sikhakhane - Isambulo
if you don't get a response from unperson on this thread, try asking your question on the rolling jazz thread
― budo jeru, Sunday, 19 November 2023 15:45 (one week ago) link
― budo jeru, Sunday, 19 November 2023 15:50 (one week ago) link
Really loving this record
― X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Sunday, 19 November 2023 17:04 (one week ago) link
Nduduzo Makhathini is fantastic, as others have said — in addition to his latest one, In the Spirit of Ntu, check out Ikhambi (the first thing I heard by him) and Listening to the Ground.
Tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane (a dude) is really good, too; his albums Two Sides, One Mirror and Isambulo are traditional (if Coltrane-in-1964 is a tradition) but worth your time.
I also like saxophonist Sisonke Xonti; wrote about him here.
I interviewed drummer Ayanda Sikade for Bandcamp last year; that was a thrill. He's a super nice guy.
Trumpeter Ndabo Zulu's Queen Nandi: The African Symphony is really good, too; I wrote about that here.
― Tahuti Watches L&O:SVU Reruns Without His Ape (unperson), Sunday, 19 November 2023 22:06 (one week ago) link
This Josh Abrams & Chad Taylor record is a nice one from a few years ago
― bbq, Sunday, 19 November 2023 23:27 (one week ago) link
unless i'm mistaken, neither of them are south african?
― budo jeru, Monday, 20 November 2023 04:38 (one week ago) link
They are not. I guess I was just recommending “other stuff that is heavily influenced by African sounds”
― bbq, Monday, 20 November 2023 16:17 (one week ago) link
gotcha. this would be the thread for that ;)
― budo jeru, Monday, 20 November 2023 16:23 (one week ago) link