The SN Project's South African Jazz is in the midst of "Afrikanization" (Album)

July 9, 2020 | By Aodren

Led by Siphephelo Ndlovu, The SN Project unfolds its jazz variations on a new album, Afrikanization. From the very first notes of the title "The Seeker" which opens the album, we are picked up by the pure voice of the young singer from Johannesburg, who quickly manages to make us forget the few quality problems of the recording.

He then takes us into a jazz that at first glance may seem relatively classical, moreover the purity of the voice that comes to tweak on the side of Barbara Streisand or even Stevie Wonder, the elegant hissing of the South African languages is not for nothing in this displayed classicism... and then, we find ourselves facing vocal passes that double the solo of such or such instrument, and then the drums get excited, the brush starts to sweep the metal, and then there's this trumpet that you can feel fed by Hugh Masekela and Ambrose Akinmusire, and then there's this piano that dares dissonance, that dares blue, that dares jazz, and then there's this sax that comes spinning in the feet of the double bass, and then classicism flies away... and then...

In fact, this Afrikanization of The SN Project isn't so bad, and even turns out to be a pretty good jazz record that promises the best for Siphephelo Ndlovu and his SN Project!

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