Global Music Column – November

Malcolm Jiyane – Umdali

Ever since Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim formed the Jazz Epistles in the 1950s, South Africa’s jazz musicians have reworked the American genre. The country’s sound combines the chromaticism of bebop with a deeply-swung lope; within its economy of phrasing lay anthemic melodies. Multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Jiyane sits squarely within this tradition. Mentored by trumpeter Johnny Mekoa, whose big band he joined at the age of 13, and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa, Jiyane has since made his name as a pianist for Johannesburg-based collective Spaza.

Read the review in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 15/10/21]