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Released in 2017, Azah’s debut album Batswadi involves musicians from across the continent (countries such as Togo, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, DRC and South Africa) and brings to the fore common histories, cultures, struggles and spiritual traditions. Azah and his Pan African eight-piece band perform a divergent and all-encompassing music that fuses traditional clinical sounds, into world music incorporating various genres such as highlife, soukoss, jazz, afro-soul, afrobeat, and indigenous folk sounds. In the latter, one can hear the background and influence of malombo (Venda word meaning sprit) sounds, and the kiba expressions of the baPedi people of the Limpopo province, South Africa.

 

His musical impression has a definite element to it, which strives to be spiritually engaging. By adding sentimental ballads, industrial and contemporary fusion sound to funk workouts, the band harmonizes in a trance-like mood, multi-facets of transcended dimensions in the spiritual realm that are esoterically simmering grooves like jazz and fusion outfits.

 

Azah's brilliance was recognised by the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) for ‘Best African Jazz Album’ in 2017 for his album Batswadi.

Discography

Thandiswa Mazwai: Ibokwe (2009)

Simphiwe Dana: Kulture Noir (2010)

Nono Nkoane: True Call (2015)

Philip Nchipi Tabane: Modumo Kgole / Distant Thunder (MSS 001) 2016

Indwe: Indwe (2017)

Azah – Batswadi (2017)

Omar Sosa & Azah: Badzimo (MSS) due for release 2019

Live Performances

 

 

 

Bookings/Performance Options

 

1. Big Band 8+ piece

Purcussiona & Vocal Azah

Bass

Lead guitar

Piano

Talking Drum

Djembe Drum

Bata Drum

Backing Vocals

2. Quatert 6+ piece band

Malombo Drums

Djembe

Talking Drum/Dudun

Bata Drum

Mbira

B. Vocals

Trio 1.

Azah

Upright Bass

Mbira

Trio. 2  Africa Voices

Acapella voices

Solo

Azah

Purcussions/Vocals/Guitar

Reception celebrations after Azah's win for best Africa Jazz Album at the
South African Traditional Music Awards