About Afribeat

The Story of South African jazz is built on the website and content portal afribeat.com which was launched on April 1st 2000. It is a free platform for African Jazz, uBuntu and Music education that has birthed many creative projects that have empowered many people, such as archive Africa, dancing with the diaspora and wondergigs.

afribeat.com content portal; cultural agitation; arts exchange, knowledge network and publishing centre established 01.04.2000 : With a network of authentic African musicians, griots and sonic warriors and healers travelling the world sharing the spirit, soul and sunny side of Southern African music and with generations of international travellers visiting the beautiful destinations of Southern Africa for festivals and general entertainment, our music centred creative economy is in a vibrant space. With 20 years experience in online content generation, afribeat has witnessed the power of the internet as a medium of manifestation: Injustice is met through online petitions, it is the distribution vehicle of the bridging finance, it has the capacity for free and fair media. afribeat spear headed by the resurrection of the link between artist and audience and archives and audience. afribeat.com is the host and founding creator of many archives, recordings, books and initiatives and has benefits from extensive global access and collaboration.

Afribeat Mission Statement :
Music embodies the power of the now and the spirit of ubuntu, In Africa it is music that stopped the war in Casamans and it is music that stopped the spread of disease in Senegal. Music is one of our most powerful weapons toward ourselves and a vision of ourselves as sharing, peaceful beings of ‘higher' intent. And music is blessed mostly by the support it receives to get instruments to those that require, rehearsal spaces, performances spaces and collaborative learning experiences all the way round. Networks of families, friends, organisations and governing bodies sharing in the joy and laughter that music inevitably creates through funding and support is helping us all express the beautiful music within.

Founding Director: Struan Douglas was born in Umhlanga Rocks Kwa Zulu Natal to Tessa and Robert Douglas in 1976. His early years were dedicated to sport. A near death experience in 1988 shifted his interests from sports to humanities. After graduating from UCT (University of Cape Town South Africa) with honours in religion and philosophy, he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in South African jazz and African music. He created the recording archives Archive Africa, Wondergigs and Goema Captains of Cape Town. The website afribeat.com was launched in 2000 and is a content portal helping people tell their stories.

He has authored, edited and published books including; Shadows of Justice, Airborne to Africa, The New South Africa and the friends around her, and The Story of SA Jazz, Volume' s 1 3 and To the Peace on Earth.

Founded 01.04.2000 © Struan Douglas 2018 All Rights Reserved