South African Jazz Collection (Download)


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Original Tunes by South African Composers.

A South African first and a must for all jazz players, this electronic 168-page pdf book includes 68 vocal and instrumental compositions, featuring some of the greatest jazz tunes of all time.

Play classic South African jazz like a pro, from songs like Meadowlands (Strike Vilakazi), Pata Pata (Miriam Makeba), Ntyilo Ntyilo (Alan Silinga) to Lakutshon’ Ilanga (Mackay Davashe) and Angola (Bheki Mseleku). More contemporary pieces include Genes and Spirits (Moses Molelekwa), African Eyes (Shannon Mowday) and Awakening (Marcus Wyatt).

The songbook includes an overview of local jazz history, as well as biographies and breathtaking photographs of the composers by Rafs Mayet and Tina Smith. Read about the events that shaped the development of jazz in the country and the immense opportunities the coming of democracy brought to jazz professionals in present day-South Africa.

The book references compositions by:
Abbey Cindi, Alan Silinga, Allen Kwela, Allou April, Andile Yenana, August Musarurwa, Bheki Mseleku, Busi Mhlongo, Caiphus Semenya, Carlo Mombelli, Chris McGregor, Chris Schilder Darius Brubeck, Dudu Pukwana, Duke Makasi, Errol Dyers, Feya Faku, Gideon Nxumalo, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Kesivan Naidoo, Kippie Moeketsi, Kyle Shepherd, Louis Mhlanga, Mackay Davashe, Marcus Wyatt, Mark Fransman, McCoy Mrubata, Mickey Vilakazi, Miriam Makeba, Moses Molelekwa, Ntemi Piliso, Paul Hanmer, Peter Segona, Philip Tabane, Reza Khota, Robbie Jansen, Shakes Mgudlwa, Shane Cooper, Shannon Mowday, Steve Dyer, Strike Vilakazi, The Manhattan Brothers, Todd Matshikiza, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Zakes Nkosi and Zim Ngqawana.

The South African Jazz Collection was made possible through our partnership with RMB, a division of FirstRand Bank.

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More about us:

Colin Miller, the publisher and compiler of the South African Jazz Collection, studied jazz at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. Currently director of Global Arts at the College of Arts & Sciences and adjunct faculty in the School of Music at the University of Delaware in the US, he has published various original South African compositions, including the Cape Jazz Song Book and South African Big Band scores.

Adéle Prins from PR/NS has 20 years’ experience in information design with a special focus on editorial, marketing and print design in the arts and non-profit fields. A visionary, intuitive designer, artist and musician, she promotes creative thinking and uses design as a way to foster academic thought.

1 review for South African Jazz Collection (Download)

  1. Marita Nortjé

    My students and the local community absolutely love the music from the South African Jazz Collection. These jazz classics can be performed by musicians of all ages on different instruments and the history section and photographs provide insightful teaching material, exposing students to an important cultural development that greatly influenced the African-American diaspora. This valuable book is highly recommended for all jazz musicians and educators.

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