Our South African Jazz services include syllabus based education, presentation, delivery and tutorial; built on a robust open-source well resourced, South African jazz archive foundation, and living library of joyful and sustainable musical practices. We take the meaning of Jazz to be Freedom and our platform is open to teachers, students, master performers and up and coming practitioners to share the light, knowledge and wisdom of listening.

Music Agency

This music agency is a South African jazz and freedom co-operative linking supply and demand for authentic musical content through a one stop online administrative portal for bookings, licences and releases. A holistic vision of the music industry from live and digital performance, to marketing and database and music rights and legacy has long-term sustainability.

Archiving

Our Story of South African Jazz is built on a foundation of resources, lived experiences, oral history and the wisdom of sharing. Under the title of Archive Africa we offer a repository for everything Jazz & Freedom. Meticulous meta-data and the loving restoration of the audio visual jewels of Africa's culture and heritage preserve a rich and priceless legacy of musical and cultural knowledge.

Audio Visual Education

Taking the success of Story of South African Jazz to a wider audience we have developed an innovative and interactive approach to heritage and music education. The Music: Free-learning project empowering teachers, scholars, students and young professionals with authentic and empowering audio-visual teaching resources.

INSPIRING SA JAZZ QUOTES

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.
SA Jazz has Many different people and many different flavours: Xhosa Africa Cape Jazz; South African Jazz; Spirits of Tembisa and Healing Destinations. It is all eternal and infinite. The music is embraced by European countries, America and all sections of Southern Africa.
From Langa in Cape Town to Umkhumbane, Port Elizabeth and Sophiatown , it was a big mix up, and there was a spirit that bonded everyone together, a spirit of self actualisation. And where there was black urban culture, there was jazz. SA jazz was learnt through mentorship because education ranks alongside self knowledge as tools to bring change. The improvisational quality of the music is grasped from the spiritual knowledge of the power of the present moment.

“A society premised on sharing is the essence of jazz. Jazz is love, jazz is ‘love thy neighbour.’ Jazz is a unifying language. It brings people together and provides the vocabulary to have a great musical dialogue. SA jazz is a transformative shift to sharing. It is uBuntu in action.”

“The whole story of South African jazz music is that it has not been written yet. There are so few books about it. They don’t tell the whole story because it is so complex with different influences like in Cape Town the Cape Malay music, tribal music, tribal dance. There are a lot of influences there. It is hard to detect but it should be done now before a lot of information gets lost.” Lars Rasmussen


“Institutionalised education is about money. True education is about love and it is FREE. That’s what I got from Max Roach.” Zim Ngqawana


“Jazz is becoming world music. The way I understand it is “just music”. Hey man it is jazz music we are jusst talking about music. Wherever it comes from it doesn’t really matter, it is jussst music. Wherever it comes from it doesn’t really matter it is jussst music. So when the Americans say jazzz music, it is jussst music.” Robbie Jansen


“I feel African jazz is African jazz, South African jazz is South African jazz because our jazz is slightly different. I can’t explain it in technical terms. When I can hear it, I can know it. Jazz from Ghana or Angola is very different. South African jazz has something of its own. To say Cape jazz is different to Joburg jazz or Durban jazz I would be overstepping my mark. If there is a difference it is in the air.” Robbie Jansen


“You got to give everybody their due because everybody would contribute whether it was language, food or music. This is how I see the development of anything. Of course when you go to the big factory towns where motorcars are made or where there are railway junctions and forestry’s, you have motor town ‘Motown’ music. Philadelphia. And it would have a certain rhythm. And if you go to Port Elizabeth where they also make motorcars, you go to Johannesburg where there are mines. It resonates. This is why it becomes a global kind of culture and it is not about language. It is about sound.” Vince Colbe


"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand, if you are jazz orientated you are free from apartheid you know what I mean. It’s music and it’s all about truth. It’s quality. You have to come on to me to listen to Jazz. I am more like a doctor. You go to a doctor for an injection. In other words we are doctors to the spiritual world. Monk, the late, he said, ‘We got people who are defining this jazz. That is total shit man, freedom and jazz go hand in hand. If you can explain it, beyond that, then you are confusing yourselves. You just have to dig it or don’t dig it, that’s all. That’s the bottom line about jazz. You as a jazz musician, Cecil Taylor said, you are your own academy that’s it what more do you want.” Ezra Ngukana


“Tradition is a very big word. Nobody knows exactly what it means unless they have read the book by two British historians Terrance Ranger and Eric Hopsbawm. The title is ‘The invention of tradition’. It shows how traditions are invented, constructed and reconstructed, not from nothing, from certain realities which have been transmitted from generations to generations. Whenever someone says this is our tradition. It’s very likely to be something very recently reconstructed for various purposes, but contemporary purposes. That’s one type of discourse on purity.


“There is a sort of globalization about African music were African music never existed. There are so many African music’s, it does not make sense at all to label African music. It makes sense commercially, because people will buy African music whether it is from Senegal or Mozambique. They would not recognise the difference and then they will go to African dance sessions and possibly buy the djembe, and then all that to them, is African. They have an idea of Africa, which is at the same time primitive and pure because it stayed and remained primitive. This was already clearly articulated in ‘The Negro Review’ presented in Paris with Josephine Baker. There is a demand for exoticism which has been there in European and American societies. Discourse in terms of purity and authenticity is just one of the latest of that need for exoticism.” Dennis Constant Martin


“I don’t overcome my limitations. I just play with limitations ... I live my life by being more aware of the spiritual. I am attracted by spiritual masters. The teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krsna of Prophet Mohamed, of all different religions, I am completely open. I am for the union of all religions and also for the union of all the people on earth. Because I feel like, that I think that I attract universal consciousness. So when I am playing I attract people who are inspiring, who want the world to think this way.” Bheki Mseleku


“There are musicians who spiritually are at a very high level. I was concerned what musicians really are. Today you will find musicians are as much in a business as an accountant because you have to sell records. But then there is another point in the music. I went through a couple of books to see how people describe musicians, how people describe music. I haven’t really found a satisfactory answer. I understand it is not in one lifetime that one becomes a musician. It is like becoming a master soul. You are born and you heal people, you can do miraculous things. I believe in reincarnation but not as a continuous thing but you can pass over and you can stay on whatever plane you are but if you want to come back or if you have to come back for whatever reason you can get permission to do that. So I feel that for musicians it is not only in one lifetime that you become a musician. It is going through a couple of lifetimes. I believe this world has been like this before. There have been great cities, everything that is happening now happened before and it is evolving. Even though there are changes in the way people treat each other and look at each other we still face the problems that the older generation and passed generations faced as well. This world may end like the end of the world the first time with the floods and whatever. It can happen again but people will still be people. They can come back. We may be given fresh legs, and fresh water maybe every 500 or whatever years but we will keep on coming back” Moses Molelekwa


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The Story of South African Jazz Volume Two Book

Drawing on the lived experience and oral history of many music masters,this is an educative sojourn into the unified source of music. South African jazz is a unique and all inclusive channel to real freedom, touching down in all the major cities.

The Story of South African Jazz Volume One Book

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.

The Story of South African JAZZ & FREEDOM AUTHORS PRESENTATION

What is Jazz to you? : learning through the lens of the great masters of South African jazz and liberation culture. Our music heroes offer a universal and archetypal experience that can be relevant and helpful to each and every one of us.

Music Free Learning Season Two ASSIMILATION

In Season two of this multi-media free-learning free-wheeling fun and interactive music course we dig deep so asto help the future generations access our full inspiration, joy and excitement.

Music Free Learning Season One ATTUNEMENT

In Season One of this multi-media free-learning free-wheeling fun and interactive music course we attune the ears, hearts and minds to the sound, spirit and style of South African freedom through music, also known as jazz.

Archive Africa

The South African Jazz research is built on a collection of interviews, articles and photographs that are lovingly stored in an archive with the long term foundation of building a heart centred South African jazz musical resource.

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