'Spaza' is a word for an informal neighbourhood store, commonplace in South Africa. Recording imprint Mushroom Hour Half Hour have announced the latest record to come out of their experimental sound lab, situated in South Africa's Johannesburg. SPAZA is “a band with no permanent personnel, with each line-up assembled for the express purpose of recording improvised or workshopped material.” The tracks making up this eponymous LP are free jams by musicians with individual and collective links to Johannesburg’s jazz, Afro funk and experimental electro scenes.
Debut album written at the birth of his first child. Charismatic guitar savant Xaba reframes maskandi and the avant garde into his own humanist manifesto. With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing.
Marian McPartland Trio: At the London House (Argo, 1958)McPartland was also a synesthete, associating different musical keys with colours, stating that "The key of D is daffodil yellow, B major is maroon, and B flat is blue." McPartland died on 20 August 2013 of natural causes at her home in Port Washington, New York. She was 95 years old