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Jazz is once again back on its feet in South Africa After many years of cultural oppression due to Apartheid jazz is slowly but surely finding its way back to popularity in South Africa However the road to reconstruction is apparently not a smooth one as many jazz musicians and the entire jazz community are still running into problems in South Africa Despite this the progress that has already been made is incredible and the future of jazz in this region has reached a new level of optimism In the 1920s there was an organist from the Eastern Cape called Boet Gashe who made his money much like the early jazz musicians in America by playing at wild parties in Johannesburgs black ghettoes where the mothers charged three-pence at the door and sold moonshine to keep their families aliveBEBEY-23 Todd Matshikiza legendary composer and music critic f described these events The hostess hunched next to a four-gallon tin of beer in the corner She sold jam tins at sixpence a gulp Gashe was bent over his organ in one OCONNOR-2 corner thumping the rhythm from the pedal with his feet which were also feeding the organ with air choking the organ with persistent chords in the right hand and improvising an effective melody with the left He would call for the aid of a matchstick to hold down a harmonic note You get a delirious effect of perpetual motion -- perpetual motion in a musty hole where men made friends without restraint BEBEY-64 This was marabi music a foundation element of South African jazz and an indigenous product of the urban ghettoes that were a feature of South African cities for much of this centuryKEBEDE-40 Its distinctive rhythms designed to bring some consolation and dignity to otherwise drab and oppressive working class districts can still be heard in the music of jazz men and women who have today become giants in their field Hugh
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