Category Archives: african music

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How I spent 1988

So, 26 years ago I was a student in Jazz at the University of KwaZulu Natal with Darius Brubeck. This CBS documentary is the tour by the Jazzanians to the US at the end of […]

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“Sun People”: fresh music of a bright, warm, optimistic Africa.

Soulful vocals, scintillating guitars, vivid whistles, warm reeds, and stately African strings: “Sun People” is my 6th collection of media-friendly music for production library Mama Dance. A fresh and optimistic conception of African music and […]

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The Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards 2013

I scored the music for the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which took place on Tuesday 5th November at a gala dinner at the City Hall, Cape Town. Filmmaker Marisa van Jaarsveld had this to say about […]

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Mama Dance Composer Interviews – Nic Paton

As part of the Pianism launch, there is a write-up on South African Industry portal Film Contact and a video interview by Mama Dance’s visionary founder, Craig McGahey.

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KFC Journey of Hope

Using the track “Wonder” from “Twana Toons”

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Sports Power – Africa Scores

My latest production-ready themes form part of a new compilation on Mama Dance (MDML045), called “Sports Power – Africa Scores”. This is a high energy compilation of South African sporting themes, geared at the “Big […]

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Symphony of Science : Children of Africa “Singabantwana beAfrika” Remix

These beings with soaring imagination Eventually flung themselves and their machines Into interplanetary space [Carolyn Porco] John Boswell’s  amazing anthropological melodisation mashup project “Symphony of Science” features many top scientific voices singing a stunningly fresh […]

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“Twana Toons” : African kids moods and themes

The fruit of the last few months is a new album of production music on Mama Dance entitled “Twana Toons”. From the coy to the exuberant, the quizzical to the triumphant; from playful grooves and […]

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