May '17

Hola mpinji! This is AFROSYNTH, the realest African selection...

Coming up we'll be checking out albums by TERYLENE, THE RIBBONS, BIBBI, POOSH and more.

THE JAZZANIANS - We Have Waited Too Long (1988)

Umkhonto/RPM, UMKH407   
Producer: Darius Brubeck   
Engineer: David Marks       
Recorded at: Sound Crew Studio, KZN


Debut album of KZN-based jazz supergroup formed under the eye of Professor Darius Brubeck, son of Dave Brubeck, featuring young stars like sax and flute maestro Zim Ngqawana (who sadly passed away in May 2011, aged 52), Victor Masondo (bass), Johnny Mekoa (trumpet, trombone), Andrew Eagle (guitar), Nic Paton (sax), Melvin Peters (keys) and Lulu Gontsana (drums).

"The Jazzanians are the first nationally recognised band to emerge from the first university jazz course in South Africa (University of Natal, Durban). They were the first South Africans to perform at the prestigious National Association of Jazz Educators annual conference in Detroit (January '88) and during their trip to the US made their first TV appearances on NBC and CBS.  Six originals and a tribute to Johnny's late mentor, Victor Ndlazilwana of The Jazz Ministers, suggest a rainbow of urban sounds from soul to marabi and of course the kind of jazz that says 'made in RSA'." More about them here.