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Various artists (Bokani Dyer, Thandi Ntuli, The Ancestors – Indaba is
(Brownswood Recordings. Album review by Dick Hovenga

Johannesburg’s vibrant jazz scene has been making an impression for many years, but has never before been captured on record with as much energy as onIndaba is . Let the album’s creative producers, pianist/singer Thandi Ntuli and singerSiyabonga Mthembu

both precursors of young new South African jazz, take us by the hand.Saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings has had a great influence on the landscape of contemporary jazz in general. And not only thanks to the albums with his groundbreaking bands Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming, but also because he introduced the new South African jazz scene through his band Shabaka and the Ancestors. On the two albums he has made with them to date ( Wisdom of the Ancients (2016) and We are sent here by history

(2019)), just about every leader of this new scene played with him.

There is a wide range of music in Johannesburg’s jazz scene, with both (South) African origins and a heavily American-influenced sound. The current generation adds fresh elements of hip-hop and R&B, but they also highlight their African origins. And the words spoken have, as always, political and social connotations.Indaba is , released by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, and recorded over five days in August 2020, is a resounding collection of compositions showcasing the diversity of Johannesburg’s jazz scene in all its glory. After last year’s strong albumNew Horizons, Young African Jazz Stars released via Afrosynth Records, Indaba is

is yet another introduction to the kind of bands you immediately want to hear live to feel the optimum vibe. And each of the eight bands on this album leaves a big impression. The album starts well with the cool swing Ke Nako by the pianist Bokani Dye

and his band (video below). Dyer, who started in Cape Town but is now based in Johannesburg, is an incredible pianist who is starting to get noticed around the world. The wonderful group of musicians he has gathered around him play with as much freedom and adventure in the spaces given to them as Dyer responds to them in an unparalleled way. It’s a dream opening.The brother moves on the co-compiler tapeSiyabonga Mthembu carry on with the dreamy but heartwarmingUmthandazo Wamagenge

. Over the sounds of the Rhodes, deep bass, loose drums and guitars playing in harmony, Mthembu seizes the opportunity to shine. A composition that finds its splendid form in soul jazz with spiritual powers. trumpet player Lwanda Gogwana and his group surprise withEverything is fine

. A stunningly beautiful composition that moves from traditional jazz to innovative jazz and connects traditional elements, especially vocals and percussion, with modern classical music. The unfortunate is an impressive group. The sound with effect-laden electric guitars, powerful drums and beautiful, authentic vocals in adventurous blissWhat is History . An energetic jazz set in a landmark statement about black history. Then, Sibusile Xaba withNaftali, Fakazile Nkosi ,and AshK surprise us in Umdali

with traditional sounds which, around the acoustic guitar with incandescent vocals, land in warm and soulful atmospheres.The ancestors , even without the contribution of Shabaka Hutchings, are a wonderful band with a great sense of loose swing. On the extended track Prelude to writing together

they combine their African-influenced soul-jazz sound with resplendent spiritual elements. Equally soulful jazz sounds come from soul and R&B Dikeledi from Thandi Ntuli and his band. The hot-blooded song is a nice continuation of what it already demonstrated so well on its unparalleled, self-released debut.The offering

. What a fascinating singer she is, what a wonderful harmony and flowing band she has. Ntuli is one of the greatest jazz talents of recent years and fully deserves worldwide attention. Abaphezulu through iPhupho L’ka Biko ft Siyabonga Mthembu & Kinsmen ends the album in style. iPhupho L’ka Biko is the band around the bassist Nhlanhla Ngqaqu and always has a selection of guest singers waiting, in this case Siyabonga Mthembu andParents

. Their infectious jazz sound is rooted in South African culture and contains as many traditional elements as adventurous jazz sounds. Indaba is is a wonderful introduction to the Johannesburg jazz scene. A scene that is both wonderfully diverse in its musical visions and with extraordinary quality and depth in its music. Indaba is

will prove to be a turning point in the discovery of new jazz. CONNECTIONS: Indaba is
at Brownswood Recordings



Categories: CD ReviewTagged As: Bokani Dyer, Brownswood Recordings, Dick Hovenga, iPhupho L’ka Biko, Lwanda Gogwana, Sibusile Xaba, South African Jazz, Thandi Ntuli, The Ancestors, The Brother Moves On, The Wretched

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