Various Artists - Indaba Is [LP]
Catalogue No.: BWOOD236LP
Release Date: 29th January 2021
Genre: African, Jazz
A1. Bokani Dyer - Ke Nako
A2. The Brother Moves On - Umthandazo Wamagenge
B1. Lwanda Gogwana - All Ok
B2. The Wretched - What is History
C1. Sibusile Xaba with Naftali, Fakazile Nkosi, & AshK - Umdali
C2. The Ancestors - Prelude to Writing Together
D1. Thandi Ntuli - Dikeledi
D2. iPhupho L’ka Biko ft Siyabonga Mthembu & Kinsmen - Abaphezulu
Brownswood are delighted to share this hotly anticipated “unofficial” follow up to We Out Here and Sunny Side Up which respectively showcased music from London and Melbourne. This time we turn our attention to the vital scene in South Africa, one of many effervescent movements erupting around the world . Specially created recordings featuring some of most exciting post rock, avant garde and improvised music emerging from Johannesburg’s scene - the album was curated and produced by Thandi Ntuli and The Brother Moves On band leader Siyabonga Mthembu, and includes turns from such luminaries as Bokani Dyer and Sibusile Xaba. It's an album as sonically diverse as the South African nation itself.
Recorded over a week in June 2020 with South Africa just emerging from Lockdown and in the shadow of the global BLM movement - questions about lineage, community and spirit thread through the tracks – not just communities of descent or language, but the communities being built now through collective creation. The persistent fractures in South African society that were deliberately engineered by apartheid, results of an attempt to impose unitary, racially-constructed identities on all. All the tracks in this collection challenge that: they demonstrate the unifying power of collective music work.
The act of gathering to record in a time of isolation becomes one of anchoring and care, creating an energy field and capturing a living culture of making music. It is one in which bands exist to birth musical concepts as opposed to being static monoliths. Indaba Is propels a collective of musicians to the precipice of a new frontier. South Africa’s incredible jazz heritage becomes the departure point, as opposed to a tether.
PRESS/ONLINE: Marketing Highlights - Front Cover feature of The Wire Magazine (UK), Reviews confirmed in Downbeat US, DJ Magazine, All About Jazz, Uncut, and more.
Vinyl Factory - https://thevinylfactory.com/news/brownswood-south-african-jazz-new-compilation-indaba-is/
News 24 - https://www.news24.com/arts/music/indaba-is-the-spirit-of-black-community-in-song-20201228
New Frame - https://www.newframe.com/indaba-is-a-black-community-sonic-movement/
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