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Duduvudu - The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana

by Various Artists

Duduvudu is a highly acclaimed cd full of the joy and intensity of South African jazz dedicated to the late, great saxophonist Dudu Pukwana with a group of world class European, American and South African musicians, many of whom played with Pukwana.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sekela Khuluma (feat. Rolf Johnson, Mara Fox, Hadley Louden, Jim Peterson, Jim Warshauer)
0:33 album only
2. Diamond Express (feat. Jody Scott, Adam Mori, Pedro Gomez, Bob Menacho, Darren Grant)
6:45 album only
3. Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa (feat. Andrew Scott, Rolf Johnson, Jim Peterson, Hadley Louden, Mara Fox, Jim Warshauer, Dennis Criteser)
6:32 album only
4. Ezilalini (feat. Chloe Scott, Annie Whitehead, Harry Beckett, Pierre Dorge, Jody Scott, Dave Draper, Ntshuks Bonga, Jim Peterson, Thomas Dyani, Nick Stephens)
5:58 album only
5. Mra (feat. Chloe Scott, Josh Jones, Mike Aaberg, Jeff Brennan, Marty Wehner)
3:11 album only
6. You Ain't Gonna Know Me 'cos You Think You Know Me (feat. Jim Peterson, Rolf Johnson, Andrew Scott, Dennis Criteser)
4:47 album only
7. Kweleentonga (feat. Andrew Scott, Jimmy Foot, David Somers, Wayne Wallace, Rudy Ortiz, Ernest Boykin, Ross Johnson)
3:37 album only
8. Sonia (feat. Chloe Scott, Annie Whitehead, Jody Scott, Pierre Dorge, Dave Draper, Jim Peterson)
4:31 album only
9. Angel Nemali (feat. Chloe Scott, Annie Whitehead, Jody Scott, Pierre Dorge, Dave Draper, Jim Peterson, Ntshuks Bonga)
7:23 album only
10. Duet for Dudu (feat. Chloe Scott, Annie Whitehead)
2:18 album only
11. The Bride (feat. Chloe Scott, Annie Whitehead, Jody Scott, Pierre Dorge, Dave Draper, Nick Stephens)
3:24 album only
12. Ezilalini Reprise (feat. Andrew Scott, Rolf Johnson, Dennis Criteser, Jim Peterson, Hadley Louden, Mara Fox, Jim Warshauer)
1:14 album only


Album Notes
Duduvudu is a historic, international, multi-generational collaborative cd project dedicated to the South African Jazz legacy of the iconic saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, with direct involvement of those most intimately associated with him, the legendary Bluenotes (Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, Mongezi Feza, Chris McGregor, Louis Moholo) and the Brotherhood of Breath: Trumpeter Harry Beckett (his last recording session), percussionist Thomas Dyani, bassist Nick Stephens, trombonist Annie Whitehead, and guitarist Pierre Dørge (New Jungle Orchestra), and co-produced by Dudu’s widow Barbara Pukwana. Renowned flautist London-born, San Francisco-based Chloe Scott is the project Musical Director. Executive Producer Andrew Scott has been directly involved with the long, rich heritage of South African jazz since first hearing Dudu Pukwana in 1966 shortly after Dudu and his band mates arrived in London.
The initial tracks were recorded in London in November 2009. Additional tracks were added in San Francisco by some of the Bay Area’s finest. Although there have been a number of recordings dedicated to Dudu and the Bluenotes, this tribute focuses on an area perhaps not explored in depth - the blues/gospel/dance imbued in the music. As out as it gets, the groove is woven throughout.
At times it reminds one of Ed Blackwell with Eric Dolphy or Ornette Coleman. Check out the bass line of Ezilalini, the funk of Diamond Express, the a capella fanfare of Sekela Khuluma, the odd-meter treatment of the classic tune, Mra. Musicians here span an age range of 60 years, yet all respond to Dudu’s music in a fresh way. As you can see from their remembrances in the sleeve-notes, Harry, Annie, and Nick, each who played extensively with Dudu, spoke of the hymnals, the brass bands they grew up with and hear in this music, of the joy, the intensity, the fire, the groove.
Duduvudu has received rave press reviews:
Music - “The music that leaps off the CD is alive, vibrant and full of the character that wrote it all. There is a brilliant sense of groove all through the album, rhythms that defy you to sit and listen rather than dance around the room with the sheer funk of it all. A terrific celebration of the man’s music.”
John Warr - - “The Duduvudu crew have created a strong uplifting brew and this is an honourable homage to Dudu’s legacy. I found the performances totally engaging . . . wild, joyful, spirited, inspirational and playful.”

“Pukwana’s recordings often captured the raw quality of his performance and this is brought joyfully back to life in the spirit of upbeat township jive.” ***** 5 Stars!
“This album is a great one, from the grooving “Diamond Express” to the “Duet for Dudu”. If you enjoy great African music, this album will reside quite comfortably in your collection.
“Duduvudu - The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana is a wonderful reminder of just how right the apartheid authorities were to fear the power of jazz. There is superb musicianship as well as exemplary sleeve notes with moving musicians’ comments remembering Dudu Pukwana.
“The music on Duduvudu conjures up the vibrancy of South African jazz to perfection. Excellent sleeves notes include individual musician’s testimonies on how the music of Dudu Pukwana impacted their lives.”
Financial Times
“Duduvudu pays joyous tribute to the gospel and blues roots and spirit of his music. 4Stars!!” - “This is a heartfelt and deeply funky tribute to the late South African saxophonist.”

DUDUVUDU is #2 on Best Jazz Album of 2104 from Jazz Critic Tom Hull
Jazzwise Feb. 2015
“This tribute makes the point that Pukwana's appeal lay in no small measure in his ability to make multi-layered, expressive music that still retains enormous appeal to dancers. The material captures both Dudu's joie de vivre and his attention to detail. While the swinging, or rather swaying character of township songs remains at the heart of the Pukwana originals, other pieces come from two of the players in the iconic ensemble The Blue Notes, Mongezi Feza and Johnny Dyani-. The shifting harmonic and metric canvas is sufficiently rich to satisfy the most stringent of home listeners. Some of the interplay between the horns is outstanding and the sprightly guitar work of the veteran Danish bandleader Pierre Dorge also adds much to the arrangements, justifying the smiling sorcery of the title. Put a spell on you, Dudu did.”
R2 Magazine - March/April 2015
“Saxophinist Dudu Pukwana was a titan of the jazz world and some twenty-five years after his death his name is still synonymous with South African jazz. It’s surprising therefore that a tribute of this nature has not come out previously. Led by some of the musicians most closely identified with him including trumpeter Harry Beckett, trombonist Annie Whitehead, and percussionist Thomas Dyani, the recordings began in London in 2009 before being added to in San Francisco, all under the direction of flautist Chloe Scott. Amongst them, Pukwana’s Diamond Express, Ezilalini, and Mra are key moments when the music seems particularly imbued with his musical spirit. However it’s the two Mongezi Feza’s songs You Ain’t Gonna’ Know Me . . . and Sonia that stand out for me.
Alongside the music, the homage to Dudu continues in the packaging, with band members giving their testimonials to the man and the impact his music had upon them. These tributes are poignant and heartfelt, as is the music.”

Notes by Andrew Scott, Executive Producer, for a STUDIO 401 Production



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