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.
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
1. Big Band 8+ piece
Purcussiona & Vocal Azah
2. Quatert 6+ piece band
Trio. 2 Africa Voices