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AFRICAN JAZZ

a concise guide to African jazz


This website about jazz from sub Saharan Africa was established in 2006.


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2016 - a selection of recommended recordings


Album of the year

McCoy Mrubata - Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015  (DVD, South Africa)


Central African jazz release of the year

Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. - 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley (CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)


East African jazz release of the year

Hailu Mergia and Dahlak Band - Wede Harer Guzo (reissue of virtually unobtainable recordings, Ethiopia)


 Southern African jazz release of the year

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)


West African  jazz release of the year

Kora Jazz Band - Live au New Morning (CD/ DVD set, Senegal)




Newcomers of the year

Best Newcomer

Abraham Ebou Sanyang – featured on Injo by Matuki - (Master drummer/lead vocalist who fronts a UK based Afrobeat/afrofunk outfit, (Gambia)


Other Recommended newcomers

Valerie Ekoume – Djaale (Female vocalist, Cameroun)

It Has To Be Jazz - Spontaneous Combustion (piano/ electric bass/ drums trio, South Africa)

Sibusiso Mkhize - Sound, Love, Peace and Honesty (Trumpeter, South Africa)

Mkizwana Ensemble - African Skies (Ensemble led by double bassist Viwe Mkizwana, South Africa)

Thuto Motsemme - My Dream (Double bass ist/Composer, South Africa)

Nérija – Nérija (all female septet with afrobeat overtones, UK)

Henry Philemon - Man Of Definition (Guitarist, South Africa)



Reissue of the year

Lágbájá - Greatest Hit Nigeria)


Very Highly Recommended Reissues

Amas – Grill (Nigeria)

Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band –Jazz: The African Sound (feat Kippie Moeketsi, etc.) (South Africa)

Hailu Mergia and Dahlak Band - Wede Harer Guzo (reissue of virtually unobtainable recordings, Ethiopia)

Various artists - Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta (4 LP boxed set with hard back book of photos,  Burkina Faso)

Various Artists - Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (2 CD reissue set, Kenya/ Tanzania/ DR Congo)


Highly Recommended Reissues

Black Disco ‎– Night Express (Pos Mohamed, Sipho Gumede, Basil Coetzee, etc.) (South Africa)

Jonathan Butler – Love Songs (South Africa)

Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion (Cameroun)

Don Laka - Essential (2CD set, South Africa)

Miriam Makeba - Live In Tokyo 28 August 1968 (South Africa)

Sam Mangwana – Galo Negro (vinyl, DR Congo)

Joe Mensah ‎– Cry Laughter ( Ghana)

Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Orchestre Super Volcano - Zanzibara 9 - Un souffle frais de Tanzanie (1972-74) (Tanzania)

Sunburst ‎– Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973-1976 (Tanzania)

Pat Thomas  ‎– Coming Home: Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967-1981 (Ghana)

Various artists - Beyond Addis Vol 2 Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves inspired by Swinging Addis (Ethio jazz, France, Germany, Netherlands, etc.)

Various ‎artists – Nigeria Freedom Sounds! (Popular Music & The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63) (Nigeria)

Various artists ‎– Senegal 70 Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70s (Senegal)

Various ‎artists – Togo Soul 70 (Togo)

Various ‎artists – Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Volume 4 (1940-1965) (South Africa)


African Jazz Party Albums of the year


Special award 2010 - 2016

Kabelo - Immortal Vol .3 (afrobeat/ kwai jazz, South Africa)


Comment: more than a year after its release Kabelo’s s Immortal Vol .3 till delights and is this site’s African Jazz party album of the current decade so far.


African Jazz Party Album of the Year

Faya Tess - Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4 ((2 CDs, DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Pasteur Lappé - African Funk Experimentals (1979 to 1981) (vinyl only reissue, Cameroun)

Sam Mangwana – Terre Sacrée Act 4 (4 track CD EP, DR Congo)

Matuki – Injo (afrobeat/ afrofunk, Gambia/ UK )

Various Artists - Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (2 CD reissue set, Kenya/ Tanzania/ DR Congo)


Consider also

Tshala Muana – Lunzenze (CD,   DR Congo)


Artists of the year


Guitarist


Release of the year

Lionel Loueke – featured on Aziza by Aziza:Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland (Benin)



Very Highly Recommended

Kunle Ayo - Live In London (DVD, Nigeria)

Jimmy Dludlu - In The Groove (Mozambique)

Derek Gripper - Libraries On Fire (South Africa

- Dino Vangu – featured on 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley b Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Kunle Ayo - A Tunse: The Revolution (Nigeria)

Kunle Ayo - featured on No Borders by Hugh Masekela (Nigeria)

Tony Dudu – Bim Nió Bai (Guinea-Bissau)

Caen Madoka- featured on Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4  by Faya Tess  (2 CDs, DR Congo)

Caen Madoka- featured on Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 by Faya Tess - (2 CD set, DR Congo)

Henry Philemon - Man Of Definition (South Africa)

Djelimady Tounkara - Djely Blues (Mali)

- Dino Vangu – featured on Terre Sacrée Act 4 by Sam Mangwana (4 track CD EP, DR Congo)


Saxophonist


Release of the year

McCoy Mrubata - Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015  (DVD, South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Mamadou Barry – featured on Tankadi by Mamadou Barry And The Afro Groove Gang (Guinea  Conakry)

Jimmy Mvondo & Mora Beya Maduma - featured on Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley Tess  (DR Congo)

Mccoy Mrubata - Live At The Bird's Eye (2CD set, South Africa)

Freddy Nzeza - featured on Au temps des classiques, vol. 4  by Faya Tess  (DR Congo)

Freddy Nzeza - featured on Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 by Faya Tess - (DR Congo)

Marc Stucki - featured on Skyjack on by Skyjack (South Africa)

Sisonke Xonti – featured on Out Of This World by Siya Makuzeni  (South Africa)

Sisonke Xonti - featured on - Uhadi Synth by Lwanda Gogwana (South Africa)


Trumpet/ Flugelhorn

Release of the year

Hugh Masekela - No Borders (South Africa)


Very Highly Recommended

Lwanda Gogwana - Uhadi Synth (South Africa)

Kaber Kabasele – featured on 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley b Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Sibusiso Mkhize - Sound, Love, Peace and Honesty (Trumpeter, South Africa)

Sakhile Simani – featured on Out Of This World by Siya Makuzeni  (South Africa)


Trombone

Release of the year

Malcom Jiyane -featured on Horn Of Africa by It Has To Be Jazz (South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)

Andreas Tschopp –featured on Skyjack on by Skyjack (South Africa)


Horn Section

Release of the year

McCoy Mrubata (saxes & flute), - Lwanda Gogwana (trumpet) &  Jabu Magubane (trombone) – featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Kaber Kabasele,, Augustin Ndilu (trumpets), Iblo Sax (alto) – featured on 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley b Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)



Piano and Keyboards

Release of the year

Nduduzo Makhathini - Icilongo: The African Peace Suite (South Africa)


Very Highly Recommended

Addoulaye Diabate - featured on Live au New Morning by Kora Jazz Band (CD/ DVD setSenegal)

Paul Hanmer – featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, South Africa)

Hailu Mergia - featured on Wede Harer Guzo by  Hailu Mergia and Dahlak Band(reissue of virtually unobtainable recordings, Ethiopia)

Thandi Ntuli – featured on Out Of This World by Siya Makuzeni  (South Africa)

João de Olivera – featured on Joana’s Steps by João de Olivera & Kutonoka Project (2 CD set, Angola)

Kyle Shepherd - featured on - Uhadi Synth by Lwanda Gogwana (South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Ray Lema - Headbug (DR Congo)

Nduduzo Makhathini - Inner Dimensions with Umgidi Trio & One Voice Vocal Ensemble (South Africa)

Nduduzo Makhathini -featured on My Dream by Thuto Motsemme (South Africa)

Afrika Mkhize - featured on Sound, Love, Peace And Honesty by Sibusiso Mkhize - (South Africa)

Afrika Mkhize - featured on Live At The 2002 North Sea Jazz Festival by Miriam Makeba (South Africa, previously unreleased DVD)

Thandi Ntuli – featured on African Skies by Mkizwana Ensemble (South Africa)

Kyle Shepherd - featured on Skyjack on by Skyjack (South Africa)


Bass

Release of the year

Benjamin Jephta & Andre Abrahamse – featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Richard Bona – featured on  Heritage by by Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano (Cameroun)

Shane Cooper - - featured on Skyjack on by Skyjack (South Africa)

Makabi Flavien – featured on Terre Sacrée Act 4 by Sam Mangwana (4 track CD EP, DR Congo)

Amashi Ikechi - featured on Uhadi Synth by Lwanda Gogwana (South Africa)

Benjamin Jephta – featured on Icilongo: The African Peace Suite by Nduduzo Makhathini (South Africa)

Benjamin Jephta – featured on Out Of This World by Siya Makuzeni  (South Africa)

Caen Madoka- featured on Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4  by Faya Tess  ((2 CDs, DR Congo)

Caen Madoka- featured on Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 by Faya Tess - (DR Congo)

Etienne Mbappe  - featured on How Near How Far by by Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets (Cameroun)

Etienne Mbappe - featured on Headbug by Ray Lema  (Cameroun)

Harry Miller - Different Times, Different Places Vol. 2 (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Viwe Mkizwana  - featured on African Skies by Mkizwana Ensemble  ( South Africa)

Carlo Mombelli - I Press My Spine to the Ground (South Africa)

Thuto Motsemme - My Dream (South Africa)

Fana Zulu – featured on No Borders by Hugh Masekela  (South Africa)


Drums

Release of the year

Kevisan Naidoo - featured on Skyjack on by Skyjack (South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Tony Allen - featured on Tony Allen Experiments by Nu Guinea (Vinyl only, Nigeria)

Bernice  Boikanyo – featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, Swaziland)

Lungile Kunene – featured on  Uhadi Synth by Lwanda Gogwana (South Africa)

Sam Mataure – featured on No Borders by Hugh Masekela  (Zimbabwe)

Louis Moholo Moholo - featured on Different Times, Different Places Vol. 2 by Harry Miller (previously unreleased, South Africa)

Ayanda Sikade – featured on Out Of This World by Siya Makuzeni  (South Africa)

Ayanda Sikade – featured on Icilongo: The African Peace Suite by Nduduzo Makhathini (South Africa)


Percussion

Release of the year

Thomas Dyani - featured on No Borders by Hugh Masekela (South Africa)



Highly Recommended

Tlale Makhene – featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, Swaziland)

Abraham Ebou Sanyang – featured on - (Master drummer/lead vocalist who fronts a UK based Afrobeat/afrofunk outfit, (Gambia)

Moussa Sissokho - featured on Live au New Morning by Kora Jazz Band (CD/ DVD setSenegal)



Vocalist Female

Release of the year

Miriam Makeba - Live At The 2002 North Sea Jazz Festival (South Africa, previously unreleased DVD)


Best new recording

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)



Very Highly Recommended

Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journée (South Africa)

Sarah Ndagire - Sim Sim (Uganda)

Faya Tess - Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4 ( ((2 CDs, DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Valerie Ekoume – Djaale (Cameroun)

Dobet Gnahore - Djekpa La You (Cote D’Ivoire)

Sibongile Khumalo – Breath of Life (South Africa)

Miriam Makeba - Live At The OAU Summit Accra Ghana 1965 (South Africa, previously unreleased CD)

Faya Tess - Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 (DR Congo)


Consider also

Lira - Born Free (South Africa)

Tshala Muana – Lunzenze (CD,   DR Congo)


Vocalist Male


Release of the year

Sam Mangwana – Terre Sacrée Act 4 (4 track CD EP, DR Congo)


Very Highly Recommended (despite poor sound quality)

Ferre Gola – featured on Live Halle de la Gombe by Ferre Gola, Jesus de Nuance & Nika Boronin (download, DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Richard Bona – featured on  Heritage by by Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano (Cameroun)

Luciana Demingongo - Romeo Sans Juliette (2cd set, DR Congo)

Henri Dikongué – Diaspora (Cameroun)

Bheki  Nqoko- Made In Ntuzuma (South Africa)

Gino Sitson - Body & Voice (Cameroun)


Vocal duet/ multi voice group

Release of the year

Canta Nybioma, Elba Top A, Lo Benel, etc. – featured on 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley by Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. (CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)


Highly Recommended

Cast of the musical  - Asinamali by Mbongeni Ngema (DVD, South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata and his band– featured on Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015 by  McCoy Mrubata (DVD, South Africa & Swaziland)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Madjafalao  (Benin)

Faya Tess , Canta Nyboma, Wuta Mayi - featured on Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4  by Faya Tess  ((2 CDs, DR Congo)

Faya Tess , Canta Nyboma, Wuta Mayi - featured on Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 by Faya Tess - (DR Congo)


Big Band


Release of the year

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Madjafalao  (Benin)



Small Band

Release of the year

Lwanda Gogwana - Uhadi Synth (South Africa)


Very Highly Recommended

Henri Dikongué – Diaspora (Cameroun)

Jimmy Dludlu - In The Groove (Mozambique, South Africa, etc.)

Kora Jazz Band - Live au New Morning (CD/ DVD setSenegal, Frace, Cuba, etc.)

McCoy Mrubata - Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015  (DVD, South Africa & Swaziland)

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)

Faya Tess - Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4 ( (2 CDs, DR Congo)



Highly Recommended

Erik Aliana & Picket – Just my Soul (Cameroun)

It Has To Be Jazz - Spontaneous Combustion (piano/ electric bass/ drums trio, South Africa)

It Has To Be Jazz - Horn Of Africa (South Africa)

Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journée (South Africa, Canada, etc,)

Nduduzo Makhathini - Icilongo: The African Peace Suite (South Africa)

Hugh Masekela - No Borders (Nigeria, South Africa,, Zimbabwe, etc.)

Matuki - Injo (Gambia/ UK)

Thuto Motsemme - My Dream (South Africa)

Sarah Ndagire - Sim Sim Uganda)

Nérija – Nérija (with afrobeat overtones, UK)

Skyjack  - Skyjack  (South Africa)


Consider also

Tshala Muana – Lunzenze (CD,   DR Congo & Congo Brazzaville)


Arranger

Release of the year

Richard Bona (Cameroun) & Quincy Jones (USA) – featured on  Heritage by by Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano (Cameroun/USA)


Highly Recommended

Erik Aliana – featured on Just my Soul  by Erik Aliana & Picket – (Cameroun)

Henri Dikongué – Diaspora (Cameroun)

Jimmy Dludlu - In The Groove (Mozambique)

Lwanda Gogwana - Uhadi Synth (South Africa)

Hugh Masekela - No Borders (South Africa)

McCoy Mrubata - Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015  (DVD, South Africa)

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)

Sarah Ndagire - Sim Sim (Uganda)

Gino Sitson - Body & Voice (Cameroun)

Faya Tess - Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4 ( ((2 CDs, DR Congo)


Composer

Release of the year

Tabu Ley Rochereau - featured on 1er Anniversaire de la disparition du Seigneur Tabu Ley b Dino Vangu, Kabert,  Nyboma, etc. CD/DVD set,  DR Congo)


Best new compositions

Henri Dikongué – Diaspora (Cameroun)


Highly Recommended

Lwanda Gogwana - Uhadi Synth (South Africa)

Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley - featured on - Au temps des classiques, vol. 3 : Grand Kalle, Franco & Tabu Ley & Au temps des classiques, vol. 4 by (Faya Tess (2 CDs, DR Congo)

McCoy Mrubata - Live At The Market Theatre International Jazz Day SA 2015  (DVD, South Africa & Swaziland)

Siya Makuzeni  - Out Of This World (South Africa)

João de Olivera – featured on Joana’s Steps by João de Olivera & Kutonoka Project (2 CD set, Angola)

Madilu System & Simaro – featured on Spécial Madilu System & Simaro Vol.5 by  Faya Tess (2 CD set,  DR Congo)



Miscellaneous instruments


Release of the year

Kora

Yakouba Sissokho - - featured on Live au New Morning by Kora Jazz Band (CD/ DVD setSenegal)



Most memorable brief appearances

Release of the year

Afrigo Band – two tracks Oswadde Nnyo (featuring the band’s leader/saxophonist  Moses Matovu) & f Nfunda N'omubi (featuring female vocalist Joanita Kawalya) from Queen of Katwe: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various artists (Uganda)


Very Highly Recomended

Fela Kuti – featured on the track Vernacular by Lágbájá from the album Greatest Hit (reissue, Nigeria)

Hugh Masekela – featured on One Night at Sixty bt Oliver Mtukudzi (DVD also available as 2 CD set, South Africa)


Highly Recommended

Manu Dibango – featured on sax on Djaale by Valerie Ekoume (Cameroun)

Manu Dibango – featured on vibes  on Headbug by Ray Lema (Cameroun)

Hugh Masekela – featured on A Tunse: The Revolution by Kunle Ayo (South Africa)

Letta Mbulu & Caiphus Semenya – featured on Belafonte ...Live! by Harry Belafonte (reissue, South Africa)

Bheki Mseleku – featured with Abbbey Linccoln as co composer of the track Through The Years on Out of This World by Siya Makuzeni (South Africa)

Siphkazi, Judith Sephuma, Steve Dyer &Louis Mhlanga– featured on One Night at Sixty bt Oliver Mtukudzi (DVD also available as 2 CD set, South Africa & Zimbabwe)




27th December 2015 - feature article about this site’s 2015 Album of the Year entitled “E.T. Mensah & The Tempos’ relationship with jazz:  thoughts and a review prompted by ‘King of Highlife Anthology’ ” plus annotated track list for the album added


16th December 2015 - 2015 albums of the year and recommended recordings; some recent books; quotation of the year and overview of the year added


International Jazz Day, 30th April 2015 - Jazz at the 2015 South African Music Awards plus praise for Simphiwe Dana and disdain for xenophobia added


31st March 2015 - Afrigo at 40 featuring reviews of live performances by Afrigo, Galaxy Band and the PSK Trio; new releases from Carmen Souza & Theo Pascal, Wanda Baloyi, Tutu Puoane, Ndikho Xaba & the Natives and the Benjamin Jephta Quintet plus the 2015 SAMA (South African Music Awards) shortlist added


28th February 2015 - A bonanza of good jazz - part two  featuring reviews of albums by Franco, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kyle Shepherd, Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Steve Dyer, Hailu Mergia and Claude Cozens added


31st January 2015 - A bonanza of good jazz - part one featuring reviews of albums by Ray Lema, Herbie Tsoaeli, Lex Futshane and Sipho Gumede added


22nd December 2014 - Recommended recordings 2014 added together with an overview article: The Future is Female,but will there be any recordings? plus Southern African jazz in the 20 years since apartheid


30th November 2014 - Koffi Olomide celebrates OK Jazz genius Franco: a review of the DVD “Koffi Chante Luambo - Live Concert” added


31st October 2014 - Three months on a camel added, featuring reviews of recordings by African Jazz, Tony Allen, Ayetoro/ Funsho Ogundipe, Manu Dibango, Harry Miller, Louis Moholo-Moholo, McCoy Mrubata; Sia Tolno plus the albums “Duduvudu – The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana,” “Les Plus Classiques de la Musique Congolaise,”  the documentary movie “Finding Fela” together with reflection on “Indépendance Cha Cha” and  Africa at the 2014 London Jazz Festival in  the light of the “Exhibit B” controversy and Zambia’s Golden Jubilee


31st July 2014 - An Apology , Verckys and The Verdict  added


30 th June 2014 - The Poet and The Prince, Simaro and Mabiala:  living legends of T.P.OK Jazz; Part One – Simaro at 75 added


31st May 2014 - Fraco’s Prince, Youlou Mabiala – A Prologue added


18th May 2014 -  Bokani Dyer’s debut at The Vortex and the future of African jazz in London added


30th April 2014 - South Africa’s 2014 jazz awards added


3st March 2014 - Time to eat hat: new releases from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Geydu Blay Ambolley, Jimmy Dludlu and Carmen Souza added


28th February 2014 - Battle of the Divas: Angelique Kidjo and Tutu Puoane go head-to-head added.


31st January 2014 - Abdullah Ibrahim’s place in jazz history & a review of “Keeping Time 1964 -1974: The Photographs and Cape Town Jazz Recordings of Ian Bruce Huntley” edited by Chris Albertyn added, featuring reviews of recent albums by Ibrahim, Shane Cooper, Cape Jazz Band and Norman Chauke



29th December 2013 - 2013 recommended recordings including albums of the year, some recent books; quotation of the year; an overview of the year entitled The end of the beginning for African jazz added. Plus, Facebook like button and site logo introduced.


16th December 2013 - Tabu Ley Rochereau: In Memoriam  added.


6th December 2013 - Nelson Mandela remembered in South African jazz added.


30th November 2013 - Le Grand Kallé’s empire: the seismic shift in jazz - A review of the double album “Le Grand Kallé:His Life, His Music” added.


31st October 2013 -  Homage to Tony Allen: a review of his autobiography  added.


30th September 2013 -  review entitled Central African roundup: Papa Noël and a black box brimful of Tshimnagolagy added.


31st August 2013  - review entitled The Brotherhood of Breath vs Bopol - a roundup of recent reissues added.


31st July 2013  - review entitled The Jazz Maniacs behind Molelekwa’s “Rapela” and  Sathima & Abdullah Ibrahim’s  “Africa” added.


5th June 3013 - review of South Africa’s jazz awards and an article about John Coltrane in African jazz added.


17th  May 2013 - review of new albums byTrio Kazanchis., Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba,  Les Tambours de Brazza, Monoswezi,Norman Chauke and Steve Dyer added.


17th April 2013 - discography of Moses Taiwa Molelekwa updated to mark what would have been his 40th birthday. The revised discography includes five newly added items: tributes by Lwanda Gogwana and Lil Noise plus cover versions of “Genes & Spirits” by Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata; “Ntate Moholo” by Stiff Pap & the Gang featuring the late Moses Khumalo and “Rapela” by Sawadu featuring the Cameroonian master kit drummer Brice Wassy.


9th April 2013 - review of new albums by Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis, Louis Moholo-Moholo &  Wadada Leo Smith, Ablaye Cissoko &  Volker Goetze, Lil Noise and Nomfundo added.


1st March 2013 - review of new albums by Salif Keita, Lágbájá, Ferre Gola, Tsepo Tshola & Reddy Amisi added.


4th February 2013 - reviews  2013 added featuring Hugh Masekela’s new double album “Playing  @ Work,”  Professor’s “The Orientation”  plus new releases from Peter Nthwane and Zamajobe.


15th December 2012- Recommended recordings ,archived reviews for 2012 and details of some recent books added.


In December 2012 the site was redesigned and restructured to make finding one’s way around the site easier. All the previous content can now be reached from the menu bar which appears at the top of the page.