Words by Atiyyah Khan
Photographs by Tseliso Monaheng

A compilation of new South African improvised music and jazz is testament to the power of creating in a communal spirit that honours the ancestors with new conversations.

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“Our music is contributive rather than competitive,” the great, late pianist Horace Tapscott said, speaking about the Black community arts movement of south Los Angeles. This forms the core sentiment behind Indaba Is, which is curated by artists Thandi Ntuli and Siyabonga Mthembu and brings together some of the brightest minds and talents in the South African music landscape. The eight-track album is scheduled for release at the end of January by London-based label Brownswood Recordings.

Indaba Is forms part of a series of compilations providing overviews of the jazz scenes in various cities. Previous releases by Brownswood Recordings include We Out Here (2018) in London and Sunny Side Up (2019) in Melbourne, Australia. …


“Guitarist and producer Nicolas Repac makes jazz and world-influenced electronic music that incorporates his own guitar chops alongside samples of classic jazz and other sounds. Although Repac started out as a jazz guitarist in his 20s, he set the instrument aside in favour of more electronic-based world music pursuits and production for over a decade. Returning to the instrument in his 30s, Repac rediscovered his love of jazz and began incorporating his skills as a producer, DJ, and studio professional with his guitar skills.” Matt Collar

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It was after meeting Charles Duvelle, co-founder (with Pierre Schaeffer) of the mythical Ocora Radio France label, in 2015, and his subsequent discovery of the ‘Prophet’ collection, which is dedicated to capturing the rarest traditional music from everywhere on the planet, that Nicolas Repac had a yearning to revisit the dreamy wonderland of his sampling art. …


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Stones Throw is proud to welcome Apifera to the label’s growing roster of jazz innovators. The group is the new project of Yuval Havkin AKA Rejoicer (keys), Nitai Hershkovits (keys), Amir Bresler (drums) and Yonatan Albalak (bass). Accomplished solo artists in their own right, the four musicians have come together for their debut album Overstand, out this January. Named after a variety of bee-attracting orchid, Apifera create organic-sounding structures, harmonies and arrangements intended to reflect the rich variety and equilibrium of the natural world.


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Rob Mazurek is a multidisciplinary abstractivist with a focus on electro-acoustic composition, improvisation, performance, painting, sculpture, video, and installation. He spent much of his creative life in Chicago, and some years in Brazil. Currently he lives and works in Marfa, Texas.

Emerging from the musical nexus of 1990’s Chicago, the Jersey City, New Jersey native has made an indelible impact on creative music over the past 30 years. …


Job title: Account and Marketing Exec
Company: Worldwide FM
Location: London-based
Term: Full-time paid role

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Do you want to be part of the Worldwide FM team?
If you’re as passionate about the music, culture and people we represent as you are about building relationships and marketing, we’d love to hear from you. In this role you’ll manage and develop relationships across a range of partners and run social media and email marketing campaigns to develop our subscription model, alongside looking after all things customer service and fulfillment, with a focus on delivering an excellent experience at all times.

The Account and Marketing Exec will have some previous experience of building relationships with labels, especially within the independent sector, ideally with exposure to working with DSP’s or radio. Previous social media and marketing experience is preferred, along with a passion for customer service, strong time management, organisational skills and attention to detail, and a proactive and positive approach. …


By Atiyyah Khan

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uGaba The Migration is the beautiful, highly anticipated second album by South African saxophonist Sisonke Xonti released in November. This was to be a momentous year for Sisonke, as he was the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz and the year was set to be one full of performances, tours, and other opportunities. Due to the pandemic and the country heading into national lockdown, Sisonke instead focused his energy on writing and recording the album. It features him on tenor and soprano sax, along with Yonela Mnana (piano and vocals), Benjamin Jephta (double bass), Sakhile Simani, (trumpet), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), Tlale Makhene (percussion) and additional lyrics and poetry by Keorapetse Kolwane and Teboho Moleko. The album gets its record release via As-Shams records next year. For now, it is available on all good online platforms. …


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Aulos is a woodwind instrument from ancient Greece, an age-old counterpart to today’s tenor saxophone. In its mythological meaning the aulos symbolises ecstasy and this-worldliness. It was played by the Satyrs who surrounded Dionysos, the god of earthly bliss.

Aulos is Jimi Tenor’s second album for Philophon. The record features musicians seen on his Philophon debut Order of Nothingness. Beside our Finnish singer and multi-instrumentalist we have again drummers Ekow Alabi Savage from Ghana and Max Weissenfeldt from Germany, the latter of whom is the producer of the album.


Charlotte Algar

Just before the release of their new album JID 004, Charlotte Algar spoke to these titans of samba jazz about the politics of bossa nova, the early years of Azymuth and how collaboration is the only way to procure the sounds of the future.

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The release of JID 004, Azymuth’s newest studio album produced by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, saw giants of the Brazilian jazz scene seamlessly collaborate with two legendary hip-hop producers to create something fresh, imaginative and beautiful. There’s a lot to be said for the collaborative nature of Brazilian music. From it’s inception it has been fuelled by intersecting cultures and their respective sounds. Centuries on, this spirit remains at the forefront of the minds of the brightest Brazilian musicians. I spoke to Azymuth (Ivan ‘Mamão Conti’, Alex Malheiros and Kiko Continentino) over video call shortly before the release of the album. …


“Bichos is not only a superb introduction to Raúl Monsalve, it is also a brilliant window into the rich musical history of Venezuela.”

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Ancestral Afro Venezuelan rhythms meet futuristic Latin jazz, raw funk and Afrobeat on Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos’ exhilarating new album, Bichos. Venezuelan bassist Raúl Monsalve leads an all-star ensemble of musical trailblazers including “the voice of Venezuela” Betsayda Machado, singer Luzmira Zerpa (Family Atlantica) and drummer Dave De Rose (Agile Experiments, Moloko, Mark Ronson).

Raúl Monsalve has dedicated much of his life to understanding and learning traditional Afro Venezuelan music, and studying under some of its greatest proponents among the percussionists of his home country, whilst at the same time taking as much interest in the sounds emanating from the fearless edges of jazz, rock and early electronic music. …


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Liraz, the highly touted Israeli-Persian singer, returns with a buoyant and border-busting new album. Shimmering electro-pop meets pulsing dance rhythms and retro Persian sonics. Includes clandestine collaborations with Iran-based musicians and composers.

Liraz has taken her shimmering electro-pop to the underground. She’s turned it into something dangerous and even more beautiful than before. For her second album, Zan (“Women” in Farsi), the Israeli- Persian singer collaborated online with composers and musicians from Iran. Everything had to be secretive to avoid the gaze of Tehran’s mullahs and secret police. …

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