About two years ago a friend of mine played the most fantastic recording of a 1950s South African jazz band, and it was unlike any African music I’d ever heard! He told me that he’d got it off the internet, but not having a clue how to download music I didn’t pay much attention to what he was saying. It was only when someone started talking about a blog called Electric Jive a few weeks back that I realised that this must be the source of that amazing song, and having gained some (albeit infinitesimal!) understanding of the digital world over the past two years I finally began to understand what it was all about!
Electric Jive sets out to reclaim South Africa’s out-of-print musical past album by album, and for absolutely zero profit – they do it for the love of music – for the love of African music. The blog, which is continually updated, features long-lost recordings and photographs of iconic, as well as little-known African musicians. In the words of founder Matt Temple, “Electric Jive recovers lost outposts and opens space for a deeper, richer discourse and remembering”.
Click here to start the discovery – I’m certain you’ll be as delighted as I was when I first heard these sounds!