Echoes of Sophiatown

Preserving, reviving, and celebrating South African swing music

Echoes of Sophiatown is a transcription project to revive, transcribe and preserve the unique South African swing music from the 1930s-50s. Funded on Indiegogo by swing music enthusiasts around the world, the project has concluded its first chapter with 40 transcriptions and a studio recording with the Pebble Shakers, featuring covers of 12 original South African tunes.

Images from the archives of South Africa's early jazz history, taken between 1930 and 1970

Artist Biographies

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

Song Stories

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


Many of the recordings from this project are available to enjoy on Spotify

Support the Project

Purchase your copy of the Echoes of Sophiatown album by The Pebble Shakers. It's available as a physical CD or digital download. Or get your limited edition Echoes t-shirt. We'll soon be starting Phase Two of the transcription project, which is only possible thanks to your support.