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The African Jazz Pioneers kick it, South Africa style.
Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich; photos: Intuition Records, iStock.
June 15, 2010 From June 11 to July 11, nine cities in South Africa are hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The excitement has stretched from Johannesburg to Pretoria and the world over. In honor of the world coming together to celebrate soccer in the "rainbow nation," here's a chance to sample four South African jazz artists and one of the World Cup performers.
Mulatu Astatke just released a new album with The Heliocentrics.
July 6, 2009 Jazz music was born in America in the early 20th century, evolving out of a meeting of African and European music traditions. Once the style began to develop around the world, jazz found its way back to Africa. Hear five of Africa's best jazz musicians, including Mulatu Astatke.
September 8, 2008 In 1982, the UN began observing "Peace Day" every September at the opening of its General Assembly. In 2002, it officially declared Sept. 21 as a permanent date for the International Day of Peace. In preparation, here are five beautiful jazz performances that celebrate the spirit of the occasion.
August 26, 2007 South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, but he spent much of his life in exile. With inspiration from Duke Ellington and others, Ibrahim's sound became more deeply rooted in Africa. Today, few living composers can match his melodic inventiveness.
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February 3, 2003 Down With Wilco and The Minus Five; Latvian violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer; Celtic country bluegrass from Ponticello; South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim; Folk rock adventurer Patty Larkin; Atmospheric rock hip hop from Sue Garner; The new indie supergroup Loose Fur
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