Jun 13, 2010

the jazz epistles - jazz epistle verse 1

barabara sounds sez:
What a group, what a sound, what a classic! All the way from 1960 and it still has the power to get you up and moving! Dollar Brand (aka Abdullah Ibrahim), Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa, Johnny Gertze, Makaya Ntshoko and Kippie "Morolong" Moeketsi. Listen and rejoice!

There's a great review of this album and the musicians — with some fantastic photos too — at Hub Pages.

The Jazz Epistles, whose core consisted of Brand, Kippie Moeketsi, Jonas Gwangwa and Masekela, had made the first South African recording by black musicians, Jazz Epistle: Verse 1, in 1959; they won first place at the first Cold Castle Jazz Festival two years later. But when given the chance to support the cast of the popular King Kong musical (in which Makeba was the female lead), they jumped on board to tour England. Curiously, less than 500 copies of Jazz Epistle were originally pressed, despite the group's overwhelming popularity. Subsequent reissues have made up for that.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...
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gilhodges said...

An essential stone-cold classic. Anything with Kippie Moeketsi is a treasure. Thanks!

charlie said...

Nice one. Is DB/IA the most blogged jazz musician? Always good, mostly great.

Bill said...

Sounds good! THANK YOU!

Danny O'Dare said...

Wow, this looks great - thanks!!

DANNY

Mimi Soul said...

Wow ! That smell so good ! Thanks a lot

Peace

Max said...

Wow! I'm such a big Abdullah Ibrahim fan and I didn't know about this one! thanks so much, as I anxiously await the download!Thanks, thanks, thanks!

taro nombei said...

thanks for all the comments, always appreciate that feedback.

now the next post will all depend on how Japan fares against Cameroon ;-)

Kostas from Greece said...

Many,many thanks!!!

taro nombei said...

@ Kostas from Greece
You're very welcome. Commiserations on the result the other night!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, but the files don't seem to play... am I doing something wrong ?

Anonymous said...

Thank, but the files will not play.

taro nombei said...

No problem for me. Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

reupped... hope this works better:

http://www.mediafire.com/?lwt1wwmneme

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for your efforts, but the problem remains with the re-upped files i.e. they still will not play nor can they be converted.

taro nombei said...

@ anon
the zip files unpack automatically and there you are with pristine mp3s.
if that's not happening for you, then try some other extraction software. And if it's still not happening, never mind. There are plenty more posts coming down the tube very shortly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again taro nombei.
Have tried with winzip, winrar & 7-zip, all to no avail.
However all the files are m4a, not mp3's, so even after I've tried changing the extension after your above post, its stil the same and according to the metadata the files are 0 Kb.

Still, many thanks for your efforts

taro nombei said...

There's plenty of other extraction software. I use VLC when I face this issue in reverse. Keep seeking and you may find...

Andy said...

I use VLC but if it still won't open I use total recorder to convert it.Thanks for the album it looks a goodie.

roberto t. said...

Thank you very much taro nombei! After the first link I thought I could only smell it, but with the second I can taste it. Great post, a piece of history!

porco rosso said...

How great to be able to hear this classic!
Many thanks for this beautiful share.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Great post and a great blog but it says file is private and does not let me access it.

taro nombei said...

@ Andy, roberto t. & porco
glad you like it!

@ anon
the file was reupped. check out the comment about 8 or 9 above this one!

jojo said...

Hi Taro Nombei,
I am the original Anon from a few posts above who could not get the files to play and now see that I am not the only one to have trouble with them.Does anybody else have comments who have been able hear them play. (total recorder is not freeware, by the way)

jojo AKA anon said...

Dear Taro Nombei,
I have found the answer (the clue being in your latest post)...I did not have an M4a lossless codec installed. Did so, & now all is well... hope this helps others.
Finally, many, Many Thanks for this wonderful post & for putting up with my ignorance.
Great Music !!

boogieman said...

Absolute classic. I bought it in Jo'Burg Airport some ten years ago - and a few others incl. Jazz Offerings and the King Kong soundtrack. There is/was a recordshop in the airport with an excellent selection of SA Jazz. I hasd time to kill and the young vendor was very enthusiastic. Must have bought close to a dozen CD there. Unfortunately I haven't been in that part of the world for a while so I can't tell you if the shop is still there. I have a few rips on my harddrive, I'll see if I can post'em. Cheers

taro nombei said...

@ boogieman
I totally agree.
Most of these albums are OOP (afaik). These rips are from the CD reissues on Celuloid. No idea if they're still out there in S.Africa.
I've got a couple more to post in this series — they'd have been up there already if my computer hadn't died last week. But if you have any more, do let me know.
cheers

Arkadin said...

Thanks for this classic which I didn't know (yeah, it's embarrassing) and good luck to your team - I keep my fingers crossed for Japan!

taro nombei said...

@ Arkadin

cheers brother...
and thanks for the fingers crossed... in the end though it ended :'-(

ryanb said...

thank you!!!

taro nombei said...

@ ryanb
yer welcome

rahmad said...

been looking for The Epistle for so long. very grateful to find this. thx for sharing.

taro nombei said...

@ rahmad

you're welcome. glad you're glad ;-)

Anonymous said...

It's look like a really interesting album. Unfurtunatly it i can't download it because the file is set to private. (When a file is set to private by its owner only the owner of the file can access it.) ?! Thanks

taro nombei said...

@ Anon

Try reading through the thread of comments above.

Rhythm Changes said...

This stuff is eye-popping. Thank you.

taro nombei said...

@ Rhythm Changes
thanks for dropping by — glad you're digging down into the vaults here :-)

kokolo said...

Thank you very much!

Eric said...

I tried to download this intriguing offering and got a message that the download is set to private. Is this download available? If I ask real nicely?? Please and Thank you.

taro nombei said...

@ Eric
seek and you will find...
clue: the 14th comment down
(and sorry I didn't take down the initial link)

Anonymous said...

OK, to make things easier , here's the re-up link:

http://www.mediafire.com/?lwt1wwmneme

your epistles (and even comments) gratefully accepted...

Peter said...

Mmmmm ... looks good.

Surely they meant Jazz Apostles, though ..? :D

Thank you!

taro nombei said...

@ Peter
Maybe they saw themselves as the message, not the messengers.
cheers!

Anonymous said...

Could you repost this, please - the Mediafire link is dead. Would be appreciated - but thank you, whether you can or not.

taro nombei said...

@ Anonymous

OK I'll need to dig this (and the other one) up from the vaults.
Hopefully it won't take me too long.
Keep checking back...

ndhjazz said...

Can anyone please re-up this one?

Thanks,
-ndhjazz-