African Jazz 'n Jive

Shuffling drum beats, serene horn lines, and sweet vocal melodies all come together in the vintage sounds of township jive and South African jazz. Featured on the superb African Jazz n' Jive compilation, these styles originally evolved out of a complex web of local and global influences. From traditional Kwela flute music and improvisatory Marabi, to bass-heavy Mbaqanga and very influential American jazz recordings, both township jive and South African jazz were born. On African Jazz n' Jive (subtitled An Authentic Selection of South African Township Swing Classics From the '50s and '60s), 24 cuts from prominent South African artists who contributed to the scene are presented. A self-described "mix of Mbaqanga, Marabi, and North American swing music," the CD includes such noteworthy musicians as alto sax player Kippie Moeketsi, tenor sax player Mackay Devashe, Hugh Masekela, and Jonas Gwangwa. Celebrated vocalists the Manhattan Brothers, Dolly Rathebe, and the Skylarks (including a young Miriam Makeba) punctuate the cuts on the CD. A swing-ska number by Reggie Msomi's Hollywood Jazz Band and a choral recording by Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds -- which was actually recorded in 1939 -- are extremely noteworthy despite their somewhat out of place inclusion on a compilation of jazz-oriented tunes from the '50s and '60s. Steeped in South African and African-American traditions, the propulsive tunes on African Jazz n' Jive should have you at least nodding your head and tapping your feet in time. As stated in the CD's liner notes, "If you don't tap your feet to this music, you're probably dead." ~ John Vallier
Artist(s):
Various Artists
Format:
CD

Short Description

Shuffling drum beats, serene horn lines, and sweet vocal melodies all come together in the vintage sounds of township jive and South African jazz. Featured on the superb African Jazz n' Jive compilation, these styles originally evolved out of a complex web of local and global influences. From traditional Kwela flute music and improvisatory Marabi, to bass-heavy Mbaqanga and very influential American jazz recordings, both township jive and South African jazz were born. On African Jazz n' Jive (subtitled An Authentic Selection of South African Township Swing Classics From the '50s and '60s), 24 cuts from prominent South African artists who contributed to the scene are presented. A self-described "mix of Mbaqanga, Marabi, and North American swing music," the CD includes such noteworthy musicians as alto sax player Kippie Moeketsi, tenor sax player Mackay Devashe, Hugh Masekela, and Jonas Gwangwa. Celebrated vocalists the Manhattan Brothers, Dolly Rathebe, and the Skylarks (including a young Miriam Makeba) punctuate the cuts on the CD. A swing-ska number by Reggie Msomi's Hollywood Jazz Band and a choral recording by Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds -- which was actually recorded in 1939 -- are extremely noteworthy despite their somewhat out of place inclusion on a compilation of jazz-oriented tunes from the '50s and '60s. Steeped in South African and African-American traditions, the propulsive tunes on African Jazz n' Jive should have you at least nodding your head and tapping your feet in time. As stated in the CD's liner notes, "If you don't tap your feet to this music, you're probably dead." ~ John Vallier

Product details

Composer:
MOYO
Label:
Gallo
Sound Type:
Stereo

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Disk 1

  • 1. U.S.A. Special - U.S.A. Special
  • 2. Daddy Wami - Ntemie's Alexandra All Star Band
  • 3. Holilil - Skylarks
  • 4. Beer Club - Orlando Six
  • 5. Dinoksa - Elite Swingsters
  • 6. Banana - Ba Rustenburg - Spokes Mashiyane
  • 7. Emsengeni - King Jury And His Band
  • 8. Ubuhlungu - The Four Yanks
  • 9. Clarinet Kwela - Kippie Moeketsi & The Marabi Kings
  • 10. De Makeba - Jazz Dazzlers
  • 11. Something New In Africa - Solves Whistlers
  • 12. Ndenzeni Na? - Father Buddleston Band
  • 13. Baby Are Yeng - Nancy Jacobs & Her Sisters
  • 14. Mbube - Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds
  • 15. Omnyakane - Royal Players
  • 16. Tlhapi Ke Noga - Dolly Rathebe
  • 17. Loafers Corner - Orlando 7
  • 18. Vuka Vuka - Manhattan Brothers
  • 19. Ngihamba Ngedwa - Dorothy Masuka
  • 20. Midnight Ska - Reggie Msomi's Hollywood Jazz Band
  • 21. Walk To Dube - Snqamu Jazz Band
  • 22. Kwela Blues - Lemmy 'Special' Mabaso
  • 23. Emaxabeni - Havana Swingsters
  • 24. Kwela Kong - The King Kong Cast

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