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Unheard Music, Unseen Images: recordings and photographs from the Ian Bruce Huntley archive

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DatePublished - 20 Apr 2013
Original languageEnglish

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Ian Bruce Huntley is not a name that you’ll find readily in the burgeoning annals of South African jazz unless, that is, you talk to the dwindling generation of jazz musicians who were working in South Africa in the mid 1960s. Tete Mbambisa remembers Huntley as the man who recorded ‘our gold’, and this Huntley did, not only through his photographic work, but also by making audio recordings of various gigs and sessions on a Tandberg 6 reel-to-reel tape recorder. Having privately preserved these recordings for over forty years Huntley has concluded a non-profit public good agreement to make these materials freely available for the first time. The project is driven jointly by Huntley and Chris Albertyn, and Albertyn has begun posting the first digitisations of Huntley’s tapes and photographs on the ElectricJive blog. This session will introduce material from the Ian Bruce Huntley archive and consider how – in the face of increasing political oppression – Huntley documented a community of vernacular intellectuals (Farred) exploring and developing ideas in counterpoint to much of the commercially available South African jazz post-‘Pondo Blues’.

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