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  • Get you Echoes album now!
    The Echoes of Sophiatown tribute album is now available for sale in the Cape Town Swing online shop! Featuring...
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Song Stories

Learn more about the lyrics, artists and stories behind the songs featured on the Echoes of Sophiatown album.


  • 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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Music News


  • 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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  • 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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  • Get you Echoes album now!
    The Echoes of Sophiatown tribute album is now available for sale in the Cape Town Swing online shop! Featuring...
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Meet the band

The Pebble Shakers are the only Cape Town band that specializes in playing live music for swing dancing and original South African swing music. Formed in 2017, the band has been rocking dance floors near and far with their high energy, unique sound, and sense of joy.

Follow the Pebble Shakers to catch their next show and learn more about their Echoes work.




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Echoes Tunes

Have a listen to samples from the original songs we selected for our first transcription milestone.



Get the Album!

The Echoes of Sophiatown album, featuring 12 of the 37 songs transcribed in the first milestone of the project is available on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Head over to the CTS Shop to buy hard copies and email us (info@capetownswing.co.za) to inquire about a digital download.


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