Catalog #AFS 049
ReleaseW 39 - 2020
FormatVinyl - EU2LP
EAN Barcode3481575411625
 € 24,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping


  1. Benjamin Jephta Quintet - Evolution, Pt. 2 (B. Jeptha)
  2. Thandi Ntuli - Cosmic Light (T. Ntuli)
  3. Mabuta - Slipstream (S. Cooper)
  4. Kyle Shepherd Trio - Dream State (K. Shepherd)
  5. Maqundeni (trad, arr L. Gogwana)
  6. Siya Makuzeni Sextet - Out Of This World (S. Makuzeni)
  7. Bokani Dyer Trio - Fezile (B. Dyer)
  8. Vuma Levin - Hashtag (V. Levin)
  9. Reza Khota Quartet - Lost Is a Place (R. Khota)
  10. Zoe Modiga - The Healer (Z. Modiga)
  11. Mandisi Dyantyis - Kuse Kude (M. Dyantyis)
  12. Yonela Mnana - Leagan (Y. Mnana) view


2022 repress

Here’s a record that’s been long overdue - Afrosynth’s ‘New Horizons’, a compilation of contemporary South-African jazz sounds - the very first of its kind.

South Africa’s jazz scene today is a vibrant one brimming with young talent. Several have emerged as bandleaders and composers, while at the same time being members of their contemporaries’ collectives - cross-pollinating each other’s music with various influences and pushing South Africa’s proud jazz heritage into the future.

From the trios of pianists Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer and Yonela Mnana, to the genre-defying exploits of guitarists Vuma Levin and Reza Khota; and from artists inspired by age-old traditions, like Lwanda Gogwana and Mandisi Dyantyis, to the cosmic explorations of Siya Makuzeni, Benjamin Jephta, Thandi Ntuli, Zoë Modiga  and Shane Cooper’s Mabuta - Johannesburg label Afrosynth Records’ this @LP compilation New Horizons highlights some of the country’s most talented young composers and bandleaders, as well as a wider cast of supporting musicians.

The current crop of jazz stylists under the spotlight are visionaries in their own right, exceptionally inventive figures who, while they enjoy the advantage and privilege of tapping into the rich musical heritage that preceded them, have brought to bear their creative impulses to collapse boundaries and push frontiers.


Rush Hour Store Record of the week W39

In case you’ve been living under a rock for much longer than COVID-19 has lasted so far: it’s an exciting time to be alive for jazz enthusiasts, with incredible streams of forward-thinking jazz emerging from all sorts of places, South-Africa being one of the most notable.

Compiled by Mabuta bass player and allround creative force Shane Cooper (check out Mabuta’s 2018 masterpiece ‘Welcome to this World’ if you haven’t already) and Afrosynth labelhead Okapi, ‘New Horizons’ (not to be confused with the recent Bristol jazz comp of the same name) offers a perfect glimpse into the thriving local scenes in all assorted flavors.

Kyle Shepherd’s beautifully striking first chords on opener ‘Evolution part 2’ by the Benjamin Jephta Quintet alone should be enough to warrant the purchase of this veritable treasure box - even before the mindblowing trumpet an sax kick in. 

Shepherd’s inspired piano playing is also key on the soul-stirring ‘Dream State’, the kind of instant classic that makes you stop in your tracks immediately, regardless of what you’re doing. It’s followed by Lwanda Gogwana’s pleasantly upbeat ‘Maqundeni’ and the extraterrestrial spirit chasing of Siya Makuzeni’s haunting ‘Out of this World’.

Other highlights on this impeccable double album compilation include the contemporary postbop sounds of Bokani Dyer’s ‘Fezile’, Vuma Levin’s short and square ‘Hashtag’, The spaced-out jazz psychedelics of Reza Khota’s ‘Lost in a Place’ and Zoë Modiga’s afro-Brazilian flavored London jazz-inspired ‘The Healer’, but I assure you there are no weak moments to be found here. ‘New Horizons’ offers a unique window into a world that’s waiting to be discovered by all.  (by Rogier Oostlander)

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