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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 »

From Grahamstown to Sandton: Jazz Festivals with Contrasting Visions

By Gwen Ansell We now have an indication of the programmes for the next two major jazz festivals of the year: the Standard Bank Jazz Festival (June 30 –July 9) in Grahamstown, and the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in Sandton, Johannesburg (15-17 Sept). On this initial showing, greater contrast in curatorial approaches would be hard to imagine. One opens doors on fresh jazz ... Read More »

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