Sausage Film Company

Sausage Films produces audio visual works for better accessibility of South African Jazz and freedom culture to a include wider young and old audiences across gender, age, and colour.

Sausage Films was formed in 2020. It is a collaboration between Struan Douglas, author of Story of South African Jazz Book Series, published by and multi-media producer, poet and military veteran Vusi Mchunu to elevate the stories of South African Jazz and freedom culture. Paying homage to the pioneers and legends of South African Jazz and freedom who left a legacy of sacrifice, self-expression, wisdom and bravery.

  • South African Jazz Audio Visual
  • Liberation History Foundation
  • Freedom Memory and Heritage

Music Free Learning ATTUNEMENT

From the early beginnings of our urban music, through the nuances, improvisation and inspiration that makes us unique all the way into the epicentre of the South African music industry, season one offers scholars, teachers and enthusiasts the tools to begin to feel the music of this country.

Music Free Learning ASSIMILATION

Season Two is in development preparing to dig deeper into the langth and breadth of this beautiful authentic diverse and highly informed South African music. In season two of this interactive education project, the audience continues to meet, engage ad learn from some of the finest ideas and voices of South African music.

Executive Summary

The Story of South African Jazz has played a central role in the development of the multi-cultural and globally relevant South Africa we have today. South African jazz has had several generations of strong musical development in all corners of the world and has a rich potential for making an impact on future generations in historical, heritage and music education.

The intention of the Sausage Film Company is to launch a series of South African Jazz audio visual episodes to share the mentorship, humanity and intelligence behind the unique style of Jazz thinking, being and living that has developed out of South Africa.

This is both a historical legacy project respecting and honouring the greats of our jazz story and it is a living heritage project, showcasing the dynamic roots and routes of this music.

Sausage Film Company lends itself to an online (social media, app and website) platform for learning more about SA jazz. This will be presented in a modern, multimedia, youthful and exuberant way.

Primary Goals Sausage Films provides an inclusive baseline research to South African Jazz, as a musical, social and economic platform. Sausage Films aims to alter the stereotypes. Gender, race, class, socio-economic standing, region and ability/disability are replaced with an inclusive, allencompassing accessibility.

Sausage Films presents a style of “Jazz Thinking” centred around Change. Jazz in South Africa has triumphed. It has healed the identity crisis, isolation, political oppression and depression.

Sausage Films aims to bring upliftment through knowledge sharing to an all-inclusive music, arts and culture community. Sausage Films aims to showcase South African Jazz as a unique musical language.

Sausage Films aims to expose and connect to the universal appeal of South African Jazz, that is being expanded in many regions around the world. Sausage Films aims to document the past, present and future appeal of South African Jazz. A knowledge foundation built on the paths of those that have walked before and those that continue to pave bright futures. Sausage Films aims to provide an audio-visual platform to educate young and old on this indigenous knowledge that is South African Jazz.

Sausage Films are in production for a series of films aiming to connect South Africans and music lovers all over with this unique story called South African Jazz.

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Vusi Mchunu

Founding Director
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Struan Douglas

Founding Director

About the directors

Vusi Mchunu

Vusi Macingwane Mchunu is an author, historian, poet and cultural activist. He brings a mentorship approach to African indigenous knowledge systems, through creativity. He has helped transform many cultural heritage spaces around the country and is a jazz afficionado. Vusi holds a Master of Arts degree from the Free University of Berlin. He has been Executive Chairman of House of Memory(2007-2014). This heritage consultancy provided professional solutions to clients in the heritage, museums, exhibitions, public programming and tourism experiences sector for Africa and the world. Vusi has been Chief Director Heritage for the Department of Military Veterans. His books are Stronger Souls, Pipe Dreams and Pleiades-Isilimela. He is a cancer survivor. His M.A. thesis from the Free University of Berlin, Germany ,was: The Harlem Renaissance (1920 - 1935) in New York and the Sophiatown Renaissance in Johannesburg (1944 1966) and the permanent exhibition, ‘Glimpses of South African Music’, at the Downtown Music Hub in Johannesburg.

Struan Douglas

Struan Douglas is a South African based African cultural writer, performer, presenter, activist and educator. He has Honours in Philosophy and Religion from the Social Sciences Department University of Cape toawn, 1999. He studied music at University of KwaZulu natal, Howard College, and has RSM5 in theory and trumpet performance Ukusa UKZN (2012). He is a freelance journalist, specialising in Pan African culture, cultural activist and the producer of four music albums and the author of six other books. His website was launched in 2000 and remains a positive content portal for promoting unique African stories and realities through creativity. Struan is the author of the Story of South African Jazz Books Vol. 1 & Vol.2, Vol. 3 forthcoming. These works bring a much needed structure and deep research into a South African Jazz oral history and general knowledge curriculum.

Script Writing100%
Script Publishing90%
Music Education85%
Music Recording80%
Zulu Translation90%
Film Production75%

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Free-learning?

    Free-learning is a programme developed by Sausage Films to make learning resources available to the future generations in an interactive and informative way. S.A Jazz is now in the schools’ education syllabus: IEB, Grade 11’s learn about Cross-over, Kwaito, SA protest music, Afrikaans protest songs and SA rock. Grade 12’s learn about SA Urban music, Ingoma ebusuku styles including mbube and isicathamiya and early jazz including marabi, vocal jive jazz, kwela and mbaqanga. They also learn about instrumentation, improvisation, rhythm, melody and harmony, marabi progression, characteristics, leading artists, and the socio-political context. The music feelearning programme is suitable to school curriculum for Grades 11 and 12, a bridging course to university and young entrepreneurs and covers many topics of S.A. music, including South African Jazz, traditional, indigenous, modern and futuristic sounds.

  • People ask what is the feminine form of History. It is mystery; MISS-story. Sausage Films brings a focus to the deep mystery of the African way of thinking through a study of the diverse heritage traditions of the regions.

  • As a fighter for human rights, Graham Michael Lesch continued the traditions of his Baba Archie Gumede and Archbishop Dennis Hurley to help recognise the true heroes of the struggle. One of their missions was the liberation history foundation. Sausage Films continues this mission to bring a coherent synthesis to African liberation history.

  • Matshikese was the unique style of Todd Matshikiza – often quipped as “playing marabi” on the type-writer. His rhythmical writing style and the vivid music will be expressed through a documentary that covers the formation of that music in the 1950s. A unique South African style of “Jazz thinking” developed out of the role-model of Harlem in the United States. All African Jazz Musicals and the South African people expressed themselves in a style of “Jazz Being” that developed out of the community practices, social clubs, vital dances and human dramas of the various styles of music including marabi, mabokwe, itswari, and famu. The Jazz Spirit was expressed to the public and the world through musicals from all over the nation; namely King Kong All African Jazz Opera from Johannesburg, Umkhumbane from Durban and District Six from Cape Town.

  • Sausage Film Company draws on the IZAZI ZAKITHI philosophy of Professor Herbert Vilakazi to present an authentic knowledge, philosophy, vision and world view of the African existance, thereby protecting the human dignity, freedom, ecology, environment, health and democracy of the African way of life.