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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Keeping Time celebrates the public emergence of an extraordinary visual and audio archive begun by Ian Bruce Huntley in Cape Town some 50 years ago.

This limited edition run of 500 opens a window to a little-known era of South Africa’s music history, documenting a generation of jazz musicians in 120 selected and carefully restored colour and bl”jazz scene that persisted in creative defiance of all that grand apartheid threw at it. Many of the photographed live performances are indexed in this book and all will soon become available for free download through Electric Jive.

A handful of the musicians Huntley worked with are still alive today. Some had few opportunities to record commercially - whilst others remain woefully under-documented. Combined with the loss to exile of yet more key people in South Africa’s jazz history, and the few previously accessible recordings from these times, there is a deficit in our historical understanding and resources.

The new-found accessibility of this previously hidden archive gives lovers of South African music, scholars, musicians, artists, anyone who is fascinated with the achievements of a generation of South African jazz musicians, a small but invaluable means towards maintaining memory and articulating lost stories.

Published by Chris Albertyn and Associates in partnership with Electric Jive, this 160 page cloth-bound hard-cover book is printed on high quality art paper and is being sold at the price it cost to produce. In addition to a biographical sketch of Ian Huntley, the book offers a substantial essay by Jonathan Eato, a full discography of all 56 hours of the recordings Ian made, and a comprehensive index.

South African artist Siemon Allen is responsible for the design and layout. Photographer Cedric Nunn has painstakingly restored the images.

40 copies are now available in the USA via Siemon Allen, 90 copies from London and 320 from Durban.

From USA: $59.99 + $4.00 postage (P&P to anywhere else worldwide$35.00)
From Europe: £39.99 + P&P to UK (£5.00); to EU £10.00; anywhere else in the world £20.00
From South Africa: R438.50 + R61.39 VAT = R499.89. P&P R43.00.
SADC: R460.00. P&P R270.00
Rest of World – from South Africa: ZAR470.00. P&P ZAR470.00

To place your order, contact Chris Albertyn on e-mail: 

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