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Jazz Epistles' legends brought to life in a book

4 April 2018 3:03 PM
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Hugh Masekela
Trumpeter Jonas Gwangwa
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Nandi Molefe has documented the history of South African jazz musicians in a book titled Jazz Epistles, The Living History.

Author Nandi Molefe speaks about the launch of a book which narrates a historical account of the story of the legendary Jazz Epistles.

The book titled Jazz Epistles, The Living History will be launched on Wednesday.

Molefe says the book was born out of a reunion performance which The Jazz Epistles held in 2016, their first performance in 59 years.

Molefe speaks to 702's Azania Mosaka about the importance of the preservation and promotion of South Africa’s heritage and arts.

Every single band member in their own right had amazing opportunities by using the international jazz world and finding spaces to showcase the unique African flair and African sounds.

Nandi Molefe, Author

What I mention in the book is that the three members who are famous - Jonas Gwangwa, Hugh Masekela, and Abdullah Ibrahim - have their roots in the church in terms of how they learned the music.

Nandi Molefe, Author

Even though they were still up and coming, these were the coolest jazz musicians. They came together and became a force to be reckoned with.

Nandi Molefe, Author

A portion of the proceeds from the book sales will go towards the charities belonging to the members of the Jazz Epistles.

The book is available on a pre-book and is also available in most book stores.

To hear more about the Jazz Epistles from author of the book Nandi Molefe, listen below:


4 April 2018 3:03 PM
Tags:
Jazz epistles
Hugh Masekela
Trumpeter Jonas Gwangwa
Jazz music

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