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The Jazz Epistles – Vary-oo-vum

“A genuine hard bop session, swinging and persuasive, coming out of South Africa in an era when black musicians weren’t making any recordings, let alone forward-looking modern jazz albums.”

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Sathima Bea Benjamin – Africa

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(17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013) was a South African vocalist and composer, based for nearly 45 years in New York City.

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Originally recorded and released in 1976 on Rashid Vally’s As-Shams (Sun) label.

SATHIMA BEA BENJAMIN – vocal
DOLLAR BRAND – piano
ABDULLAH IBRAHIM – piano
LOUIS SPEARS – bass
BASIL MOSES – bass
LIONEL BEUKES – bass
DOUG SYDES – drums
MONTY WEBER – drums
BILLY BROOKS – trumpet
BASIL COETZEE – tenor sax, flute

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Ibrahim Khalil Shihab – Spring

South Africa’s lost jazz history contains many an overlooked classic. But even within that hidden tradition, there are few albums that suffered such an unlucky fate as Spring, the monumental 1968 debut album by pianist Ibrahim Khalil Shihab, formerly Chris Schilder.

Though Shihab was only twenty-two when Spring was recorded, he was already a lynchpin of the Cape Town scene, and the album was to be his first major statement as leader and composer. It is a magnum opus gilded by the presence of the upcoming saxophonist Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi, who was soon to find huge acclaim with the hit album Yakhal’ Inkomo.