ECHOES NEWS

  • Bra Hugh makes the Google Doodle
    Just days after the Cape Town Jazz Festival - arguably South Africa's biggest jazz bash of the year -...
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ECHOES NEWS

  • Bra Hugh makes the Google Doodle
    Just days after the Cape Town Jazz Festival - arguably South Africa's biggest jazz bash of the year -...
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STORIES

Artist Biographies


Learn more about the jazz legends of the South African swing era featured on the Echoes album.


  • The Manhattan Brothers
    Joe Mogotsi, Ronnie Sehume, Rufus Khoza, and Nathan Mdledle
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  • Ntemi Piliso
    The man from Third Avenue
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  • The Skylarks
    Mummy Girl Nketle, Mary Rabotapi, Miriam Makeba, and Abigail Kubeka
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  • Zacks Nkosi
    Zig Zag Zakes
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  • Dorothy Masuka
    Mam Dorothy
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  • Dolly Rathebe
    It's Dolly!
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  • Spokes Mashiyane
    King Kwela
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  • Lemmy Mabaso
    A teenage penny whistle hero
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  • Kippie Moeketsi
    Jazz in Africa
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  • Miriam Makeba
    Mama Africa
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MUSIC

Song Stories


Find out about the lyrics, artists, and stories behind the songs.


  • Orlando
    Composed by Johanna Rhadebe Performed by Miriam Makeba and The Skylarks
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  • Sweet Talk
    Composed by Jim Shepard and Red Foley Performed by The Manhattan Brothers
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  • The Jumping Jive
    Composed by Joe Liggins Performed by The Manhattan Stars
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  • Clarinet Kwela
    Composed by Kippie Moeketsi Performed by Kippie Moeketsi and the Marabi Kings
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  • Tlhapi ke Noga
    Composed by Sam Maile Performed by Dorothy Rathebe
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  • Blackpool
    Composed by Zacks Nkosi Performed by Zacks Nkosi and His Sextet
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  • My Parents
    Composed and performed by Dorothy Masuka
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  • Be My Guest
    Composed by Joe Mogotsi, Rufus Khosa, Nathan Mdledle, and Ronnie Sehume Performed by The Manhattan Brothers
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  • Third Avenue Special
    Composed by Ntemi Piliso Performed by Alexandra All Star Band
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  • See You Later
    Composed by Dan Hill Performed by Lemmy Mabaso
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  • Chobolo
    Composed and performed by Spokes Mashiyane
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  • Baby Ntsoare
    Composed by Joe Mogotsi, Rufus Khosa, Nathan Mdledle, and Ronny Sehume Performed by The Manhattan Brothers and Miriam Makeba
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PROJECT

The Echoes Journey


Read about the project developments from planning to funding to execution.


  • Echoes album drops!
    After months of transcribing, translating, and practicing the songs at the centre of the Echoes of Sophiatown project, the...
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  • Introducing: The Echoes of Sophiatown Project
    Echoes of Sophiatown is an ongoing Cape Town Swing initiative that arises from an urgent need to preserve, celebrate,...
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  • Campaign Update: We made it!
    A huge thank you to the more than 200 people from around the world who’ve helped us reach our...
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  • Campaign Update: R13000 raised in under 24 hours + new perks
    We are almost 24 hours into the campaign and we've raised over R13000! A huge thank you to everyone...
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  • Campaign Update: 20% Funded(!) and a quick taster from one of the songs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dskcj4H_hWQ Thandeka gives us an update on the indiegogo campaign and a little vocalsample from Baby Ntsoare, one of the...
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  • Campaign Updates: 30% and some tunes!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cCU3sadcc4 30% FUNDED! We've been getting a stream of donations from all around the world and a lot of enthusiastic support....
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  • Campaign Update: 9 days left and we're almost at 60%
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbsuMSN55ms Meadowlands was an anti-apartheid song by Strike Vilakezi written in protest to the forced removal of the residents of...
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  • Campaign Update: 3 days left, 80% raised!
    Hi Folks, We've just reached 80% of our target - so close to making this project a reality!So far we've had...
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  • Campaign Update: The echoes are getting louder!
    Hi all you wonderful supporters of this project, We've been swamped with preparations in the last few weeks, so apologies...
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  • Campaign Update: Echoes of Sophiatown launches this Saturday
    Hello everyone, We couldn't be more excited to send this update. After months of music transcriptions, song translations, band practices, research...
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  • Campaign Contributors
    From the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the first project milestone, we received donations from 253 people across 24 different countries to support the...
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  • Song Sponsors
    In order for South African swing music to be performed and recorded by a new generation of musicians, the...
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  • Sources of Information and Inspiration
    In the lead-up to milestone one, as we were preparing to record the Echoes album and launch the blog,...
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  • The Echoes Album Crew
    The album at the centre of the first project milestone was a collaborative effort, involving a large team of...
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CONTRIBUTORS

Th people behind the project


  • Campaign Contributors

    From the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the first project milestone, we received donations from 253 people across 24 different countries to support the...

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  • Song Sponsors

    In order for South African swing music to be performed and recorded by a new generation of musicians, the...

    Read More
  • Sources of Information and Inspiration

    In the lead-up to milestone one, as we were preparing to record the Echoes album and launch the blog,...

    Read More
  • The Echoes Album Crew

    The album at the centre of the first project milestone was a collaborative effort, involving a large team of...

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CONTRIBUTORS

Make a contribution

The first phase of music transcriptions and recordings was made possible through the generous donations of swing dancers and jazz lovers from around the world.

If you would like to make a donation or contribute to the project in another way, your support would be most welcome and appreciated.

PAYPAL: info@capetownswing.co.za

DIRECT BANK TRANSFER:
Name on account: Cape Town Swing
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Account number: 62527638780
Branch code: 250655
Account type: Cheque

Please use "Echoes donation" in your reference.


Get in touch

Our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in September 2018 drew support from 24 countries!