Around this time every year I miss the place where I was born and grew up. (I make it there every other December). Right now I am in northern Wyoming where it is cold and snow turned to ice means downhill skiing (about which I blow hold and cold) is out of the question. So what I do is play lots of music from Cape Town. Like this ten:
(1) First up is guitarist Mac McKenzie (who fronted the original black South African punk band in the 1970s and 1980s) and the Goema Captains of Cape Town with their song “Goema Goema”:
BTW, I first heard McKenzie do this song live in Cape Town in 2002. The song features Zolani Mahola (she of Freshlyground) and (the late) Alex van Heerden (on trumpet) and Robbie Jansen (on sax).
(2) “Healing Destination,” the title track of Mac McKenzie’s 2004 album (vocalists on the track Ernie Deane and Mahola). The other musicians are (the late) Van Heerden on trumpet and Jansen on saxophones. The video contains footage of District Six, the community at the center of the original New Year’s Day Carnival, before the white government forcefully removed them and dumped them in ghettos far away from the city.
(3) Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) with “Jacaranda Blue Suite”:
(4) Kyle Shepherd performing his arrangement of the Afrikaans “folk” song, “Die Maan Skyn so Helder Vanaand” (The Moon Shines so Bright Tonight). He is accompanied by Shane Cooper (on double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (on drums). I think Kyle Shepherd is the best jazz musician out of the south at the moment.
(5) The Kyle Shepherd Band performing “Goema” in Cape Town. His band consists of Buddy Wells (tenor saxophone), Ethan Smith (alto saxophone), Lwanda Gogwana (trumpet), Shane Cooper (double bass) and Jonno Sweetman (drums).
(6) Kyle Shepherd teaming up with rapper Jitsvinger in Amsterdam.
(7) Video of live performance outside Cape Town by rappers Brasse vannie Kaap. The video features the group’s Mr Fat, who passed away in 2008.
(8) Forgotten Frequencies, the 2008 project of Real Rozzano and DForm.
(9) Winston Mankunku Ngozi’s “Yakhal’ Inkomo,” first recorded in 1968.
(10) Finally there’s Terror MC with “Liberate Yourself.”