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Thanks Flurin! I think perhaps I did forget to mention it...but we’re all very proud of this one. This was one of those magic nights that you can have at Café Oto, and thank goodness we had the microphones up..!

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My copy arrived today along with the new Threadgills. Looking forward to spinning all three 

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1 hour ago, Clunky said:

My copy arrived today along with the new Threadgills. Looking forward to spinning all three 

Ha, same here! Three Threadgills actually as I was still missing out on "Old Locks" too.

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Bheki Mseleku - Celebration
and
Moses Taiwa Molelekwa ‎– Genes and Spirits

have been recently repressed by Matsuli Music!

 

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Moses Molelekwa is amazing!

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like most of the Matsuli catalogue, these are also on spotify... the Molelekwa album is very much of it's time (late 90s) but definitely interesting... tragic life story...

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Following up on some older posts regarding the electricjive site, can anyone comment on their experience with mediafire? My malwarebytes explodes when I have tried to follow the download links, though I have done so much more recently than the posts that cited electricjive.  Any comments or advice would be welcome.

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On 2/10/2019 at 5:46 PM, erhodes said:

Following up on some older posts regarding the electricjive site, can anyone comment on their experience with mediafire? My malwarebytes explodes when I have tried to follow the download links, though I have done so much more recently than the posts that cited electricjive.  Any comments or advice would be welcome.

I assume you have the premium version of MalwareBytes that provides real-time monitoring. I don't have much experience with that version, but if you're going to be accessing blog links to any of the various cloud storage services like Mediafire, you should be running two browser add-ins: uBlock Origin and an industrial-strength pop-up blocker like Poper Blocker. That combination will kill almost all of the more egregious attempts to inject ads that border on malware, unwanted redirects, and pop-ups that ignore the built-in pop-up blocking function in most browsers. You can still allow "good" pop-ups on a case-by-case basis. 

 

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20 hours ago, Dave Garrett said:

I assume you have the premium version of MalwareBytes that provides real-time monitoring. I don't have much experience with that version, but if you're going to be accessing blog links to any of the various cloud storage services like Mediafire, you should be running two browser add-ins: uBlock Origin and an industrial-strength pop-up blocker like Poper Blocker. That combination will kill almost all of the more egregious attempts to inject ads that border on malware, unwanted redirects, and pop-ups that ignore the built-in pop-up blocking function in most browsers. You can still allow "good" pop-ups on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Whew...

Many thanks for this info, Dave.  You are correct viz. MalwareBytes though I let my premium lapse.  That's what initially alerted me to the problem, though.

I'm going to follow your advice...and proceed with caution.  Looking forward to hearing some of the material at electricjive.

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I've been given this list of South African jazz artists (I suspect that some might be more mixed genre fusion/pop/mbaqanga) to check out.

The list comes from a South African who was around at the time, and is noticeably different to the Abdullah Ibrahim / Blue Tones heavy lists you tend to get on the west or from émigrés.

The Drive
Sakhile
Sankomota
Mparanyana and the Cannibals 
Stimela
Malombo Jazzmen
Bheki Mseleku

The Dark City Sisters

Kalamazoo

Black Disco
Winston Mankunku Ngozi
Zacks Nkosi

Does anyone know their work or have any records of theirs to recommend? 

The only one I know is Mankuku Ngozi, who received an excellent reissue a whole back.

Edited by Rabshakeh

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Bheki Mseleku was a great pianist I admire (he also could play good sax and guitar), but I think he style was more "mainstream" than South-African flavored.  My personal favorite is Beauty of Sunrise (Polygram, 1997), but couldn't find it on YouTube, so...

 

When I was young I enjoyed Zacks Nkosi's A Tribute To Zacks Nkosi (1975) since a British radio DJ in Japan recommended it on his program.  Not so thrilling or "jazzy", but have a good, relaxed African vibrations.

 

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24 minutes ago, mhatta said:

Bheki Mseleku was a great pianist I admire (he also could play good sax and guitar), but I think he style was more "mainstream" than South-African flavored.  My personal favorite is Beauty of Sunrise (Polygram, 1997), but couldn't find it on YouTube, so...

 

When I was young I enjoyed Zacks Nkosi's A Tribute To Zacks Nkosi (1975) since a British radio DJ in Japan recommended it on his program.  Not so thrilling or "jazzy", but have a good, relaxed African vibrations.

 

Thank you.

The list was given because I had mentioned the classic South African jazz musical King Kong, which launched so many careers in jazz-adjacent South African pop. I'm therefore not all that sure of how many of the names on the list really are jazz, South African pop or just pop. Either way, I love a list.  

I will certainly check out those two that you kindly mentioned.

Edited by Rabshakeh

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I only know Bheki too, well worth investigating.

I'll be interested to hear your impressions as your investigations proceed

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On 24/09/2021 at 3:09 PM, Rabshakeh said:

I've been given this list of South African jazz artists (I suspect that some might be more mixed genre fusion/pop/mbaqanga) to check out.

The list comes from a South African who was around at the time, and is noticeably different to the Abdullah Ibrahim / Blue Tones heavy lists you tend to get on the west or from émigrés.

The Drive
Sakhile
Sankomota
Mparanyana and the Cannibals 
Stimela
Malombo Jazzmen
Bheki Mseleku

The Dark City Sisters

Kalamazoo

Black Disco
Winston Mankunku Ngozi
Zacks Nkosi

Does anyone know their work or have any records of theirs to recommend? 

The only one I know is Mankuku Ngozi, who received an excellent reissue a whole back.

I have four albums of The Drive. They're very, very good at their best, which is frequent enough. And at least moderate at their worst.

I put one of their track on a BFT and it fooled everyone :)

I think...

 

MG

MG

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Which The Drive record is your recommended starting point?

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If you're after specifically JAZZ material, then Tribute to Henry Sithole (RCA) will fit the bill.

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But if you want a bit of soul jazz, then it's  Slow drive to Soweto (Atlas City)

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Let it be me is the cut I put on the BFT.

I see you can't get either on Discogs... Oh well.

MG

 

 

 

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I've been a fan of Bheki Mseleku since hearing Timelessness in the mid 90s when he was on Verve. I was lucky enough to see what I believe was his only US headline appearance at SOB's in NY. Tapestry Works recently released a collection of solo piano recordings that is well worth checking out.

 

https://tapestryworks.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-stars

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On 22/12/2021 at 11:15 AM, aparxa said:

The reissue is out!

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I’d missed this! An excellent record that I will definitely get.

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Fine recent reissues!

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