Thursday, 6 January 2011
Change through 'African Jazz and Variety'
In this ‘liberal’ approach, the role of music in social change “was to demonstrate to whites that blacks were worthy of better social and economic treatment – in short ‘moral persuasion’; musical performance as an ‘eye-opener’. A second role was to ‘explode the theory’ that ‘the black man is mentally not the equal of the white man’ - as opined by the newspaper Bantu World in 1935 on the eve of black American Paul Robeson’s planned (but then aborted) tour to South Africa.
African Jazz and Variety was hailed by critics ‘as the greatest non-European show they had ever seen.’ In July 1952 the Durban City Hall attracted 55,000 (whites) in the 3 ½ weeks it ran there.
David Serame, who has had a long and distinguished career, modelled himself as a “sob-rocker” in the 1950s. Serame remains active, recently performing on Adam Glasser’s award-winning album “Free at First”. A 78rpm recording of Serame doing great Paul Anka covers can be downloaded from the links provided below.
1. Rock Around The Clock - King Jeff and the African Jazz Troupe
2. I Apologise - Ray Makelane
3. Fanagalo - The Woody Woodpeckers
4. Tell the Lady I Said Goodbye - David Serame
5. Pickin' A Chicken
6. Gumdrop - The Woody Woodpeckers
7. Ebb Tide - Sonny Pillay
8. Six Foot Three - Ben (Satch) Masinga
9. My Yiddishe Mama - Sonny Pillay
here - Mediafire here
David Serame: Rapidshare here - Mediafire here