Rotating South African jazz ensemble SPAZA will release a new album titled, UPRIZE! via Mushroom Hour Half Hour this October.
Recorded in Yeoville, Johannesburg, during a three-day improvised scoring workshop in 2016, the forthcoming LP soundtracks a documentary film about the 1976 Soweto uprising. The resulting record every bit as impressive as the debut Spaza project, but with a more resonant and mournful sound that honours those who lost their lives fighting against apartheid.
The musicians involved in this particular collection include Ariel Zamonsky (upright bass), Gontse Makhene (percussion), Nonku Phiri (vocals & FX) and Malcolm Jiyane (piano, vocals & trombone).
With the album arriving next month (it’s out on October 16th), SPAZA has shared the first taste ‘Sizwile’, as captivating and beautiful as what’s gone before. The track is a lovely snapshot of everything that makes this shape-shifting collaboration so great.
“Sizwile is a sufferer’s requiem. It is a ripe declaration that time cannot alter the truth. The moment has come for us to grow with our inheritance. We deserve to live differently, right in the middle of our ancestor’s dreams. And they have visited us in this music” – SPAZA.
Having released one of the strongest debuts we heard last year – this is a must-listen!