The Jazzanians – We Have Waited Too Long (Remastered) (1988/2024) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

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The Jazzanians – We Have Waited Too Long (Remastered) (1988/2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:50 minutes | 468 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Ubuntu Music is honoured to release the restored and remastered recording of The Jazzanians, a multi-racial jazz ensemble from 1988 in Apartheid South Africa. We Have Waited Too Long was spearheaded by Darius and Catherine Brubeck. An international edition of their book, Playing the Changes – about their years in South Africa and currently available in that country – and a documentary film, Playing the Changes: Tracking Darius Brubeck, describe a significant passage in South African history (1983 – 2006), and the transformative effect of jazz. These will be released worldwide in 2024.Darius explains the story behind the project: “The Jazzanians were a unique band of exceptionally talented South African students, some of whom were already professional musicians. I launched the first university degree in Jazz at the University of Natal in 1984 and in 1988, the Jazzanians were the first multi-racial student jazz ensemble from South Africa to tour outside the country. They were a huge hit and appeared on national NBC and CBS television in the USA. Following this success, it seemed natural that the band should record, and ‘We Have Waited Too Long’ was the result. Re-releasing it in 2024 honours those Jazzanians no longer with us (Johnny Mekoa, Zim Ngqawana and Lulu Gontsana) and raises the South African Jazz flag. The recording is a jubilant expression of the creative interaction apartheid tried to stifle. The band, their tours and the recording were special projects organized by my wife, Catherine. Compositions by band members represent the quintessential sound of South African Jazz which is totally infectious.”

Darius continues, sharing his views of the music from We Have Waited Too Long: “Given the style and era of this 1988 recording and leader Johnny Mekoa’s superb trumpet playing, listeners will be reminded of Paul Simon’s Graceland and their favorite songs from Hugh Masekela’s massive discography. Alto sax and flute, played by the now legendary Zim Ngqawana, tenor and soprano saxes played by Nic Paton plus Andrew Eagle on guitar complete the front line, a historic formation arranged like a little big band. Melvin Peters (long a top-rated pianist in SA), takes star turns on electric keyboard as well as taking care of the harmonies. Lulu Gontsana on drums lays down danceable ‘Township’ grooves and Victor Masondo’s fretless electric bass supports the band from the bottom up, contributing bad ass, witty fills. Rooted in local African tradition, short melodic phrases are repeated over layers of exciting interlocking parts, while solos reflect the influence of American jazz. Even the two softer pieces (‘We Have Waited Too Long’ and ‘Peace Meal’) combine all these dynamic elements. ‘Bayete’ sets the overall tone and pace with a couple of South African guitar licks that unleash the energy of the whole band as if they had indeed ‘waited too long’. Once they get started, there’s no stopping. The title of the final track, ‘Se Hamba Nabo’ (we go together) implies both an ending of an era and a new beginning. Such was the excitement of South Africa at the end of the ‘80s and this album captures what is great about South African jazz.”

With a captivating blend of traditional jazz elements and modern influences, “We Have Waited Too Long” takes listeners on a musical journey like no other. Each track is expertly crafted, featuring intricate melodies, mesmerizing solos, and impeccable improvisation.

The Jazzanians’ passion for their craft shines through in every note, creating an immersive and unforgettable listening experience. From the energetic and upbeat tunes that will make you want to dance, to the soulful ballads that tug at your heartstrings, this album offers something for every jazz enthusiast.

The exceptional musicianship displayed by each member of The Jazzanians is truly awe-inspiring. Their technical prowess is evident in the flawless execution of complex rhythms and harmonies. Moreover, their ability to communicate with one another on stage creates a seamless synergy that enhances the overall musicality of the album.

“We Have Waited Too Long” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the power of jazz music to transcend boundaries and connect people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or new to the genre, this album is sure to captivate your senses and leave you craving for more.

So sit back, relax, and let The Jazzanians take you on a sonic adventure with “We Have Waited Too Long”. Order your copy today and experience the magic of this extraordinary jazz ensemble.


1-1. The Jazzanians – Bayete (06:31)
1-2. The Jazzanians – Zandile (04:47)
1-3. The Jazzanians – Peace Meal (04:39)
1-4. The Jazzanians – Badisa (06:33)
1-5. The Jazzanians – We Have Waited Too Long (07:57)
1-6. The Jazzanians – The Rainbow (04:07)
1-7. The Jazzanians – Se Hamba Nabo (08:13)

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