EDMUND â€œNTEMIâ€ PILISO JAZZING THROUGH DEFEAT AND TRIUMPH: AN INTERVIEW
Keywords:marabi, African jazz, US jazz, Harlem Swingsters, Alexandra All Stars Band, apartheid, politics, mbaqanga, bebop, African Jazz Pioneers
Associated with the local swing style usually described as African jazz, Edmund â€œNtemiâ€ Piliso was one of the most highly regarded, frequently recorded, extensively consulted and best known South African musicians of the twentieth century. Renowned for his deep knowledge of the urban black South African popular music of his time, as well as for his reflexively intelligent insights into its relationship with mainstream international jazz, he is perhaps more appropriately thought of as an â€œorganic intellectualâ€ of his time, place, and musical culture. The article introduces Piliso and then presents a wide-ranging interview dealing with his life and work. Piliso recounts this history, offering numerous insights into many of the key social, political, and musical developments of his time.
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Interviews by author
Lerole, Aaron. Johannesburg, 15 January 1986.
Piliso, Edward â€œNtemiâ€. Johannesburg, 24 January 1984 to 26 July 1986.