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The Story of South African Jazz is a book series that includes major research development into the history and development of Jazz music in South Africa. Jazz is particular because it is ancient and modern. 2019 marks the fifth ray. There have been four previous four rays interspersed by roughly twenty years. Each ray is marked by new discoveries. This defines South African Jazz and therefore as much as it is music it is a socio cultural inter-personal evolution toward a liberation through entertainment. #storyofsajazz

About the Series : The Story of SA Jazz is an Open Source Project built on the exchange of giving and receiving. It found its author and now finds its content in a network of spoken words and a collection of interviews, articles and commentaries ...

"Our Story of Southern African Jazz' is a story that IS because it is a story that has become its writer. I was awakened by the patience, understanding, tolerance and forgiveness of many jazz professors, jazz ambassadors and jazz warriors. There is truth, acceptance, warmth, generosity and transformation in this music. As much as my life has been formed and shaped by SA Jazz, SA Jazz has been formed and shaped by different lives lived in every multi coloured shade of human experience."

The Story of South African Jazz is open at both ends: Interviews with musicians, enthusiasts and entertainers is combined with running commentary of a life lived and learned through the lens of heart centred South African jazz musical vibrations:

The Story of South African Jazz is a never ending story: It alwyas harks upon the golden age of the 50s, District six, Sophiatown and Umkhumbane, and the exiles and inxiles of the 60s onwards.

The Story of South African Jazz is a business piece to inspire musicians to enter the industry with knowledge. Education ranks alongside self knowledge as tools of the revolution. Spiritual knowledge of the power of the present moment adds to improvisational quality of the music. The business has changed through a digital revolution in the recording industry and crackdown on corruption in collecting societies.

The Story of SA Jazz is a journey into exposing one of the most profound musical languages to ever come out of this country. Many different people, many different flavours: Xhosa Africa Cape Jazz; South African Jazz; Spirits of Tembisa and Healing Destinations. The music falls under the umbrella genre, jazz. It is all eternal and infinite.

The music is embraced by European countries, America and all sections of Southern Africa.

The Story of SA Jazz presents a number of archives of recorded SA Jazz and overviews of the development of SA Jazz. ILAM (International Library of African Music) where it is made permanently available to education, SABC archives of jazz recordings and IBH archive are all strong foundations.

The Story of South African Jazz is a narrative in learning to play. Every jazz musician learns from elders and thus the musical development follows cycles of time - referred to as "rays." A ray is a build-up of a collective expression that marks a cycle or an age

2000 sat on the cusp of the fourth ray of South African Jazz and was the time zone which Volume One was first written. 2018 sits on the cusp of the 5th ray of South African Jazz and is the timezone in which volume two is written.

About the author: The Story of SA Jazz is written by Struan Douglas. Struan is the founding director of music portal, online since 01/04/2000. Struan has contributed on South African Jazz for a variety of publications since being a columnist for Big Issue magazine 1999 - 2000, Downbeat magazine 1999 and Sawubona 2003. He wrote regularly for Independent newspapers countrywide and is currently contributing to mainly the Business Day. He has provided interviews and programmes for radio has produced several albums and books. is a free resource and portal dedicated to LOVE, truth, uBuntu, peace on earth and many friends #storyofsajazz © 2018 Struan Douglas

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