Stories

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Essential to the goal of making South African swing music more available to a larger audience, is capturing the stories that surround it: the artist biographies, the song meanings, and the historical context in which this music was originally created and enjoyed. We sought to do this through the album liner notes and the creation of an online resource (you’re … Read More

Art

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Inspired by the visuals of Drum magazine and the iconic photos of 1950s Sophiatown, we sought to incorporate art into the celebration of South African swing music. We curated an art exhibition with Youngblood Art Gallery in Cape Town to coincide with the album launch during the Mother City Hop festival. We asked local artists to submit any form of … Read More

Music

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The absence of sheet music and high-quality original recordings for original South African swing songs is a major barrier to preserving and celebrating the genre. The primary goal of our 2018 crowdfunding campaign was therefore to make South African swing music more available and accessible for anyone to dance to, listen to, and play, and by: 1) transcribing a selection … Read More

Project Goals: Preserve, Revive, Celebrate

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With so much history, knowledge, and culture at stake, the the aim of the Echoes project is to pay tribute to the musicians, dancers, and other South Africans who were part of the swing era, and ensure that their legacy lives on for a new audience of jazz lovers, history buffs, cultural aficionados, and swing dancers.  As an organization dedicated to … Read More

A little history: Sophiatown

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Like the Harlem neighbourhood of New York that ushered in the wave rise of African American art, music, and literature during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, Sophiatown was the centre of South African jazz culture from the 1930s-50s. Known as Little Harlem, it was the training grounds for jazz legends like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, and Spokes Mashiyane. And it was the … Read More