Archives of recorded SA Jazz and overviews of the development of SA Jazz. A living and dynamic resource that is made permanently available to education. A vast land united from ancient times hosts many different people and many different musical flavours. This resaerch, interviews, comments, anecdotes and collections cover the length and breadth of everything from Malombo Jazz to Xhosa Africa Cape Jazz to Sophiatown Shuffle, Mbaqanga Jazz etc. But it is all jazz, and South African Jazzbecause jazz menas freedom. And freedom is expressed through uBuntu and the friendships formed all over the world for this music.

From the main cities of Southern Africa, from coast to coast, to the rural areas and hinterlands - the musical soud vibration was a big mix up bonded by a spirit of togetherness and self actualisation. These works find their home in mentorship, education, libraries and all music rooms giving service is because reading and learning is the composer for our education system.The music learnings on offer are holistic and include general knowledge and technique on the improvisational quality of the music and the spiritual knowledge of the power of the present moment. Music whispers to us truths that lead us to beauty ... For the fruits to be tender and sweet, the roots are watered with love and joy.


30 years of democracy in 2024 in South African and the international friendships that formed around cultural activism made a huge impact on the democracy we experience today. Jazz Against Apartheid is an innovative initiative right on time to bring great attention to South Africa’s cultural struggle for democracy and the many voices of liberation and heritage on which our freedom is built.

South Africa's culture memory was lost during apartheid but not destroyed. Our directive is to restore these archives through oral history projects, dialogue sessions, interviews, collaborations and engagements will documented and thoroughly archives for education.

The rediscovery of Johannesburg and Eastern Cape as a centres for jazz and cultural collaboration. The profiling the legends of South African jazz history and heritage so the legacy may inspire a feeder system of community centres, emerging and professional musicians. Opportunity for South African musicians in exile, the living greats in South Africa, talented Eastern Cape and Gauteng musicians, rising stars, together with veteran activists and educators to become known and acknowledged.

Skills transfer in Action

There is a wide cooperation and great interest among political, administrative and civil society decision makers, musicians, music educators and enthusiasts to retain this event long-term in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng for the purpose of a varied skills development and stimulus within the creative industries economy. As much as a legacy project like this has the capacity to establish itself as a powerful brand, it will never forget its core focus and founding principle, “Nachwuchsförderung” which means the conscious practice of transferring societal values, knowledge and skills to the next generation through workshops and mentorship. With well-established and highly professional international musicians from Germany, London, Denmark and Canada visiting underserved communities, future talents are being trained, nurtured and developed across multiple outcomes.

Workshops provide music tuition across musical instruments of all categories for all ages with the development of local composers and repertoires.
General knowledge tuition provides a shared awareness of the richness of SA cultural memory and cultural activism. The international cultural exchange provides for opportunities of economic emancipation through building bridges in economy culture and geography.
Professional skills development for musicians through a feeder system from scholar, to student, emerging musician and career. Business development courses for young entrepreneurs in the creative industries with international professionals of diverse skills such as music transcription, festival production, archiving and documentary.
Dialogue sessions of hybrid, online and in-person engagement providing for a group of panellists from Johannesburg, South Africa, Europe and USA to engage around the anniversary of democracy and the role of culture and activism in bringing change. The publishing of new permanent teaching resources, general knowledge and capacity building manuals provides for year round syllabus an outcomes based education opportunities for all ages. A year long engagement for a network of community centres and training academies to develop a self-reliance in their heritage practices so as to contribute meaningfully to the 30 years of democracy in SA celebrations.
The Jazz for Rural Development Entrepreneurial Training together with on-the-job training provides economic emancipation for youth and future generations in the arts industry and is greatly enhanced through access and engagement with international professionals.


  • How does the Story of South African Jazz relate to schools syllabus - grades 10-12?

    1. The Philosophy of Freedom (Philosophical basis of music): South African Jazz is at its core “Just Music” as Robbie Jansen explained and in its broad effect it is “Freedom.” - expresses emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of human experience - communicates a broad range of historical, cultural and socio-economic ideas and issues - unites diverse groups and mobilises community for social equality, healing and human dignity - metaphors of music as life - Intellect and spirit of improvisation and self knowledge.
    2. The Mentorship Approach: South African Jazz meets educational AIMS in the syllabus as well as trans-personal development - technical, performance, improvisational, compositional, diverse knowledge and appreciation. - inclusive human rights, environmental and social justice - indigenous knowledge systems - the tools for self-development.
    3. South African Jazz is built on Traditional African and pre-jazz influences - Indigenous Music, language influence and expert practitioners - Role of ancestors / spirituality / ceremony. - Choral - Maskanda - Goema - Mbube - isicathamiya.

  • Marabi - Vocal and instrumental SA jazz: contrasts -Bands: Jazz Maniacs, Merry Blackbirds, Manhattan Brothers, Dark City Sisters -Singers: Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Thandi Klaasen - Musical Theatre Kwela - Spokes Mashiane, LemmyMabuse, Elias Lerole African Jazz - Jazz Epistles, Todd Matshikiza, Gideon Nxumalo, Philip Malombo Thabane

  • Exiles - Blues Notes, Brotherhood, Union of SA - Avant-garde Jazz a South African etiology Cape Jazz - Abdullah Ibrahim Inxiles -Jazz fusion and the parallel streams of socio-cultural oppression - Winston Mankunku Ngozi.

  • mbaqanga - Graceland: Soul Brothers Fusion - Spirits Rejoice, Sakhile, Robbie Jansen Western Musical Forms - Rock ‘n Pop Afrikaans music - The Voelvry Tour

  • Modern - FeyaFaku, Moses Molelekwa, Voice, Zim Ngqawana

  • SA Music industry - music industry value chain: idea – publishing – performing - record companies in South Africa - music rights - copyright - registration and regulation - Influence of Technology.