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Cape Town Swing on Fine Music Radio

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Editors note: This post was first published in 2019, following the release of the album Echoes of Sophiatown. We are re-publishing it in anticipation of the next chapter of the Echoes project, with the intention of bringing CTS newcomers up to date. Last week we sat down with Rodney Trudgeon of Fine Music Radio, Cape Town’s premier station for classical …

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Echoes of Sophiatown: Preserve, Revive and 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 organisation dedicated …

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Sophiatown: Where South Africa Started Swinging.

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Little Harlem. While New York had the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, here in South Africa, Sophiatown ushered in a new wave of music, dance and culture. Known as Little Harlem, Sophiatown was the centre of South African jazz culture from the 1930s to 50s. It was the training ground for jazz legends like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, …