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Recorded in Istanbul in 1976, this obscure gem captures a group led by Turkish drummer Okay Temiz and South African pianist and bassist Johnny Dyani, each getting a side-full of their own arrangements. Consider Don Cherry (whose "Marimba, Goddess Of Music” is adapted here) at his most unfettered and you’ll have some idea what to expect. Spaced out, funky, exotic and bursting with enthusiasm and energy, this is a daring, eclectic and wildly successful feat of fusion.
Reissue of a 1992 spiritual jazz classic from South Africa, emerging from a somewhat intense time for the country with a striking joy and humanistic power. Bheki Mseleku’s first major release is indeed a celebration, of musical influences ranging from local townships to international variations on jazz. Reissued by Matsuli Music.
An artist ahead of his time, the tragic passing of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa in 2001 meant that the South Africa pianist never got to see the exciting developments in jazz over the next few years. He would surely have approved of the vibrant combinations of jazz, electronic and club music styles springing up all over the world in 2018. Genes And Spirits, with its combination of Kwaito, jungle, jazztronica and more, can take credit as a formative record of this new style. Now reissued by Matsuli Music, this vinyl edition comes with the bonus track ‘Wa Mpona’ and liner notes by Gwen Ansell.
Pacific Express come roaring back from 1976 South Africa with the reissue of their debut Black Fire. They created a fiery, pioneering sound which cooked together a potent stew of Latin, R&B, soul, pop, rock and jazz. The blend was irresistibly funky with a militant swing; the mood was defiantly upbeat and optimistic in the face of the troubles of the time. Remastered LP on Matsuli.
We have a spiritual-jazz masterpiece for you -- remastered from the original tapes and reissued in deluxe repress form -- from Sathima Bea Benjamin. Originally recorded and released in 1976, African Songbird is a supremely arranged and lushly orchestrated journey. Benjamin's vocal soars and swoops over sublime keys, flute and trumpet for some graceful Cape Town swing. LP on Matsuli Music.
Born in 1934 in South Africa, Ndikho Xaba was exiled to the US, Canada and Tanzania from 1964 to 1998 picking up political, spiritual and musical urgency as he went and translating those ideas through his South African roots. The influence of Sun Ra (The Natives having shared a bill with them on more than one occasion) is always present bringing an adventurous musical weirdness to this already powerful blend of soulful, cultural and political ideas.