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“The whole story of this jazz thing is it never finishes.” Elias 'S'dumo' Ngidi

LIVE
... telling the story through live music events ...
BOOK ONE
... interviews and opinions in publish and print ...
BOOK TWO
... interviews and opinions in publish and print ...
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... from the career of a jazz journalist ...

About the book, The Story of SA Jazz Volume One: A COMPILATION OF COMMENTARIES AND INTERVIEWS FOR THE JAZZ ENTHUSIAST THE MUSIC LOVER. Interviews with Moses Molelekwa, Robbie Jansen, Barney Rachabane, Ezra Ngcukana, Miriam Makeba, Louis Moholo, Theo Bophela, Hugh Masekela, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Carlo Mombelli, Marcus Wyatt, Claude Deppa, Morris Goldberg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Moses Khumalo, Vince Colbe, Mr Brookes, Mac Mckenzie and the Goema Captains of Cape Town. Together with running commentary of a life lived and learned through the lens of heart centred South African jazz musical vibration.

This book covers topics such as The South African Jazz revolution, the golden moment of NOW; the romantics of District six, Sophiatown and Umkhumbane; Humanity in exile; Xhosa Africa Cape Jazz; South African Jazz and the revolution in the recording industry; Guru master relationships; the Spirits of Tembisa & healing destinations ...

The Story of SA Jazz Volume One is a great journey into exposing one of the most profound musical languages to ever come out of this country. Jazz it is said is the classical music of the 20th century. Through a collection of interviews, articles and commentaries, 'The Story of SA Jazz Volume One' exposes the extraordinary role South African musicians have played in the development of jazz music and humanity worldwide. The hard copy of the book (backed up in slide film and mini disks) is deposited at ILAM (International Library of African Music) where it is made permanently available to education.

The Story of South African Jazz traces South African jazz music through a series of rays of musical development. The ray of musical development is a build-up of a collective expression that marks a cycle or an age. A measurement of roughly 15 years distinguishes one ray from another. 15 years is also roughly the length of time for a musician to fully develop his / her technique.

About the author: The Story of SA Jazz is written by Struan Douglas. Struan is the founding director of music portal, www.afribeat.com online since 01/04/2000. Struan has contributed on South African Jazz for a variety of publications since being a columnist for Big Issue magazine 1999 - 2000, Downbeat magazine 1999 and Sawubona 2003. Some of the magazines like Bejazzed and Directions that he contributed for are no longer in publication. He wrote regularly for Independent newspapers countrywide and the Mail and Guardian. He has provided interviews for radio.

Quoting from the introduction to the book: "Our Story of Southern African Jazz' is a story that IS because it is a story that has become its writer. I was awakened by the patience, understanding, tolerance and forgiveness of many jazz professors, jazz ambassadors and jazz warriors. There is truth, acceptance, warmth, generosity and transformation in this music. As much as my life has been formed and shaped by SA Jazz, SA Jazz has been formed and shaped by different lives lived in every multi coloured shade of human experience."

Overview to the launch concerts: The Story of South African jazz is built upon the stories of many great musicians and pioneers. The launch of the Story of SA Jazz is both a book launch and a presentation focused on live performance, sharing and enjoyment. So many musicians have made this book a reality that the launch is merely a platform for saying thank you and at the same time celebrating their work. The launch concerts are not only a celebration and closure for the successful self publishing of the Story of SA Jazz, it is a platform for respect, tribute and opportunity and material for Volume Two ...

Development and Education : The Story of South African Jazz is the foundation for a great journey into exposing one of the most profound musical languages to ever come out of this country. The mandate of this book is a recognition of the fact that ‘jazz is the classical music of the 20th century’ and furthermore an expose of the extraordinary role South African musicians played in this. The Story of SA Jazz presents a number of archives of recorded SA Jazz and overviews of the development of SA Jazz. The hard copy of the book (backed up in slide film and mini disks) is deposited at ILAM (International Library of African Music) where it is made available to education. 

... Some of the great interviews published in The Story of South African Jazz Volume One ...
Vince Colbe
; Mr Brookes ; Dennis Constant Martin ; Thandi Klaasens ; Dolly Rathebe ; Theo Bophela ; Ezme Matshikiza ; The Manhattan Brothers ; Miriam Makeba ; Hugh Masekela ; Chris Macgregor ; Louis Moholo ; Sathima Bea Benjamin ; Abdullah Ibrahim ; Lucky Ranku ; Claude Deppa ; Morris Goldberg ; Lars Rasmussen ; Ezra Ngcukana ; Winston Mankunku ; Mike Perry ; Elias Ngidi ; Barney Rachabane ; Robbie Jansen ; Feya Faku ; Ready D ; Moses Molelekwa ; Moses Khumalo ; Carlo Mombelli ; Johnny Fourie ; Marcus Wyatt ; Gito Baloi ; Madala Kunene ; Jack Von Poll ...

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