• Cool jazz, free jazz and evolving jazz conventions

    By Zuko Komisa The late 1940s came with a changing tide that gave birth to an original style of jazz music called cool jazz, a sound which was a reaction to the then popular and funky fast paced bepop movement. This was done using slower, relaxed and softer sounds. Pioneers of Cool Jazz Lester Yo...

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  • Best of Kaya Live and Unplugged

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  • Latest Podcasts

    Get the latest from Linda Nzuzo, Brenda Sisane and Colin Kgari      

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  • Jazzuary Art Exhibition – ‘Considering Genius’ – Artists’ Interviews

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  • Jazz Documentaries

    Jazz Legends in Their Own Words  A journey into the BBC archives unearthing glorious performances and candid interviews from the golden age of jazz. Featuring some of the greatest names in American music, including the godfather of New Orleans jazz Louis Armstrong, the King of Swing Count Basie, ...

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  • Jazz Theory – Syncopation

    Syncopation Despite the freedom and improvised nature of jazz music, there are several common elements that help to define something as being jazz. One of the more technical elements is called syncopation, or an unexpected rhythm on the off-beat. Western music is built upon several expectations. ...

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  • Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

    Title – Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela Author – Hugh Masekela & D. Michael Cheers Publisher – Crown Publishing Group (2004) Genre – Biography and autobiography Review  – “Hugh Masekela is a giant of jazz and a pioneer in bringing the voice and spirit of Africa to the West...

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  • The Ultimate Jazzuary Syllabus

    Still Grazing, the Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela This autobiography chronicles the life story of the jazz giant from his life in South Africa to his adventures in the United States. It gives details of Masekela surviving life under Apartheid and introducing African music to Americans with Miri...

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  • Jazz on Film: Drum

    Drum, the 2004 film was set in Sophiatown, a rare melting pot during the Apartheid era in the 1950's. This was the one of the first areas where liberal white people and black people could and would interact socially; and what defined that age beyond Apartheid was the jazz music. Capturing the liv...

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