Stereogum’s Best New Jazz for May 2022

Source: Stereogum.

I’ve been a huge fan of South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini since hearing his album Ikhambi in 2018. Since that time, I’ve had the chance to see him live, and had several in-depth conversations with him, first on my podcast in 2019 and again a year later via Zoom, when he, trumpeter Ndabo Zulu, and singer / songwriter / historian / public intellectual Mbuso Khoza talked to me about Zulu’s album Queen Nandi: The African Symphony and about a much broader post-colonialist cultural project they’re all embarked on, together with many other South African artists and writers across disciplines. Like Shabaka Hutchings, Soweto Kinch, and others, Makhathini is embarked on a long project of cultural reclamation and reckoning in a post-colonial world.