Story of South African Jazz

Volume One

COMMENTARIES, TRIBUTES, PHOTOGRAPHS ARTICLES and INTERVIEWS An open source platform of open minded and open hearted South African Jazz research and story-telling. uMkhumbane, The Golden Era, the Prisoners of Strange, Dancing with the Diaspora, Xhosa Africa Cape Jazz, the great Cape debate and other stories. “South African Jazz has something of its own. To say Cape Jazz is different to Joburg Jazz or Durban Jazz If there is a difference it is in the air.” Robbie Jansen. Featured artists include: Miriam Makeba, Louis Moholo, Theo Bophela, Hugh Masekela, Carlo Mombelli, Marcus Wyatt, Claude Deppa, Sathima Benjamin, Abdullah Ibrahim, Moses Molelekwa, Robbie Jansen, Gito Baloi, Ezra Ngcukana, Feya Faku Mac MacKenzie.


“I have this thing in me that jazz or music chose me. I didn't choose it.” Feya Faku


Jazz is a modern music born out of expressive necessity. The contributions of brilliant pioneering virtuoso musicians whose pure skill, determination, discipline and ability created a musical form that will live on forever. Jazz virtuosos could play like orchestras and express the complete emotional palette of music. Jazz virtuosos were emotional alchemists, turning sadness into happiness. And thus South African jazz forged a path to freedom of the self and a direct line to transformation of the soul.

Story of South African Jazz 1

This collection of insights, anecdotes and guidance is a handbook to ‘playing through the changes of life’.