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ARTIST
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Jazz Fantasia
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LP

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MAR 015LP MAR 015LP
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RELEASE DATE
12/20/2019

Gideon Nxumalo's Jazz Fantasia is probably the rarest release in South African jazz. Along with Chris McGregor, Nxumalo helped pioneer the pre-exile South African jazz sound. Jazz Fantasia -- originally released in 1962 -- is widely regarded as a seminal South African jazz record. The record features legendary jazz altoist Kippie Moeketsi and a very young Dudu Pukwana. Pukwana plays sax in a similar style to Albert Ayler; Moeketsi was a colossal South African jazz figure during this time. Jazz Fantasia signaled Moeketsi's last commercial success before his struggles with alcohol and depression took their toll. The album was recorded at the Great Hall at Wits University in September 1962. It was commissioned by the university as part of an arts festival. With a limited pressing at the time, the album has become a revered foundation of modern South African jazz music, even though it is a rare album to find. Edition of 500.