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Etuk Ubong: EP Introduces a Fresh Trumpet Voice

By Gwen Ansell Once upon a time, the career path for a young jazz player was clear. Pay your dues at a succession of live local gigs in increasingly prominent, demanding and high-priced venues, moving gradually from periphery to city centre. Apartheid smashed that path in South Africa. Racial and residential segregation, public gathering laws, and the smug self-protection of ... Read More »

In the time of Marikana, hipness alone is no longer enough

Early this year, saxophonist and composer Salim Washington (SW) granted Gwen Ansell (GA) an interview prior to his gigs at the Orbit in Johannesburg and the conversation went like this……. GA: Tell us a little about how you got started in jazz? SW: I decided to be a dedicated musician after a friend shared a John Coltrane LP. I was ... Read More »

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