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Friday, May 15, 2015


The Story of South African Jazz by Struan Douglas offers a compilation of commentaries and interviews for the jazz enthusiast and the music lover.

If features interviews with Moses Molelekwa, Robbie Jansen, Gito Baloi, Ezra Ngcukana, Miriam Makeba, Louis Moholo, Theo Bophela, Hugh Masekela, Sathima Bea Benjamin, Carlo Mombelli, Marcus Wyatt, Claude Deppa, Morris Goldberg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Moses Khumalo, Vince Colbe, Mr Brookes, Mac Mackenzie and the Goema Captains of Cape Town.

All these, together with running commentary of a life lived and learned through the lens of heart centred South African jazz musical vibration.

The Story of SA Jazz Volume One offers a great journey into exposing one of the most profound musical languages to have come out of South Africa. Jazz, it is said, is the classical music of the 20th century. Through a collection of interviews, articles and commentaries, the book exposes the extraordinary role South African musicians have played in the development of jazz music and humanity worldwide. The hard copy of the book (backed up in slide film and mini disks) is deposited at ILAM (International Library of African Music) where it is made permanently available to education.

Struan Douglas is the founding director of music portal, online since April 1, 2000.

The Story of South African Jazz Volume One is now available for R200 directly from Struan Douglas on 072 956 8134 or email: or on order from the printer BK Bookbinders on 031 312 2200/1. Also handling copies are Adams Books in Musgrave, Durban; Clarkes Books in Cape Town; and Xarra Books, Love Books and Orbit Jazz Bistro in Johannesburg.