Tag Archives: Yakhal’Inkomo

Kind of New Standard Issue Jazz

  Gwen Ansell maps out South Africa’s jazz standards Most reference books define a “standard” as a piece of music that is already widely known, performed and recorded by musicians and recognised by listeners. For jazz standards, that shared knowledge is important: it’s what helps listeners appreciate how an improvising musician recasts the tune. But […]

Ownership, Dialogue and Free-form

  Laying claim to the ethereal at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival Statues are just lumps of stone for pigeons to shit on, right? Not quite. As theorists from Ferdinand de Saussure and Julia Kristeva to Roland Barthes and Stuart Hall have made clear, they are also signs, texts and narratives. This year’s Cape […]