Struan Douglas is a South African based African cultural writer, performer, presenter, activist and educator. Douglas has honours in Philosophy and Religion from the Social Sciences Department UCT 1999. He studied music and has RSM5 in theory and trumpet performance Ukusa UKZN (2012). Since 1999 the career path of music journalism has allowed for contributions to a plethora of publications with a focus on music, culture, liberation history and social development through festivals, events, education, best practice and know-how in the industry and education. afribeat.com is the publishing imprint of Struan Douglas :
contact : struan (at) afribeat.com
About: Together with running commentary of a life lived and learned through the lens of heart centred South African jazz musical vibration, 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 from the best of all generations, this volume exposes the extraordinary role South African musicians have played in the development of jazz music and humanity worldwide.
About: An expansive, deep-prying chronicle of Southern African music, that in urban settings and modernisations metamorphosed into African Jazz. A tumultuous journey from the villages, into mine compounds, into performance halls, into distant lands and continents. Volume Two of this popular handbook series on South African Jazz Music, musicians and self discovery draws on the lived experience and oral history of many music masters. This is an educative sojourn into the unified source of music. South African jazz is a unique and all inclusive channel to real freedom, touching down in all the major cities, Cape Town, Jozi, eThekwini, London, Basel and New York. “It is a spirited record and memory of many musicians. Together with Volume One, this book is must collection for all music schools, and should be included in reading lists of music schools." Macingwane