Africa’s interest in and bond with jazz music is significant, and it has resulted in numerous outstanding works through collaborations between jazz and traditional musicians at national, continental and international level.
To celebrate International Jazz Day in Africa, we have curated a playlist of jazz pioneers and contemporary musicians who have successfully taken on the genre and defined a sound for the rest of the world to follow.
The song was released as part of Sibongile Khumalo’s The Essential album in 2017.
Recorded in 2010, the song is by legends Hugh Masekela and Tony Allen. It was part of the duo’s 2020 album Rejoice. Sadly, Masekela had passed away two years before the release of the album.
The Coming of the Strange Ones by Shabaka and the Ancestors
We Are Sent Here By History is arguably one of the most important jazz albums of 2020 involving African musicians, and the selected track here features an whirling conversation between the brass instruments.
‘Yekermo Sew’, which translates to ‘a man of experience and wisdom’ is one Mulatu Astakte’s signature pieces. The featured track is off the Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974 album.
Morwa was released in 2007 on the Collection album and is a great example of South African jazz.
This 1972 single is regarded as one of the first disco records, but its jazz/fusion infuneces are undeniable. ‘Soul Makossa’ is off the late Manu Dibango’s Soul Makossa & Lily album.
The song is part of the band’s debut album Black in Gold, which was released in 2019.
The song is off Nono Nkoane’s 2015 album True Call. In the song, she is reminds the listener of her idol, the late Miriam Makeba.
The instrumental single was released in 1968. Following its release, the song landed at No 1 on the US pop charts and sold more than 4 million copies. It it off his studio albumThe Promise of a Future.
‘Somandla’ is also the title of the artist’s latest album released in 2018. The music video was shot and edited by David Stone.
Source: By Lucy Ilado-www.musicinafrica.net