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MEDIA RELEASE 26 September 2006

African jazz to be featured on North Shore radio FM 99.3
African jazz will be featured on the North Shore community radio station FM 99.3, once a month as part of the Jazz@5 program with the first broadcast on Tuesday, 31 October at 6.20pm. It will then be heard on the last Tuesday of every month in the same time slot.

The presenter of the twenty minute segment, which will be known as ‘African Jazz Connection’, will be South African-born Rodney Timm, whose interest in Afro-Jazz has been heightened by exposure to the local jazz scene, since he settled in Australia in 1994.

Rodney says that Jazz in South Africa is not a genre, but a way of life.

“It has the structures, influences and compositions based on American jazz, but with the rhythms and beats of Africa.

“It grew from the soulful hymns of the Zionist Church, the rhythms and chants of traditional healers and the brassy guitar and penny whistle jive of the township kwaito music. Added to this melting pot, from Cape Town came the Malay influences of the klopsa banjo”, Rodney Timm said.

African Jazz Connection will feature the great and emerging names from South African and broader African jazz scene. This will include the big band sounds of The African Jazz Pioneers, the steel guitar of Jimmy Dludlu, the unique Cape-influenced style of Abdullah Ibrahim (previously known as Dollar Brand); the diva of South African music Miriam Makeba, the trumpet of the internationally acclaimed Hugh Masekela, the great saxophone of McCoy Mrubata, the recently deceased Sipho Gumede, Winston Mankunku Ngozi and many others.

FM 99.3 is the community radio station located in Chatswood and ‘Jazz@5’, which is the program in which the African jazz segment will be included, is extremely popular and is broadcast every weekday from 5 to 7 pm. The Tuesday night edition of ‘Jazz@5’ is produced and presented by Dennis Rutzou.

Released on behalf of FM 99.3 by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations
For further information contact Dennis Rutzou on 02 9413 4244 or
0411 510 888

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