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