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    Giant Steps: Miriam Makeba

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Monday, 13 February 2017 10:42

    They call her Mama Africa. Miriam Makeba was literally born ready to fight her oppressors. Spending the first six months of her life in a South African prison with her mother, who had been arrested during the brutally oppressive apartheid period.

    Giant Steps: Jackie Richardson

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Friday, 10 February 2017 10:38

    Her voice is like a big hug, her spirit is a breath of clean unblemished air, she can belt out a tune that will make every hair on your body stand on end.

    Giant Steps: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:54

    It’s hard to know where to start when dealing with not one but two titans of jazz. Two living legends who make it all look easy...

    Giant Steps: Charles Mingus

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:46

    Throughout the month of February, music student from across the US an d the world are learning the repertoire of a man who once wrote a how to manual on how to train a cat to go to the toilet, a man who was fired by his first big boss, Duke Ellington, a man who wore his heart on stage and struggled with the politics of identity...The man was Charles Mingus Jr. I’ll get back to those  students in a short while.

    Giant Steps: Dinah Washington

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Tuesday, 07 February 2017 12:07

    Just last week I got into a discussion with some friends about the R&B artist Lauryn Hill. Once famous for her incredibly soulful voice and heartrending songwriting...now more often in the spotlight for erratic behaviour - sadly, the state of her mental health as much a topic as her next recording.

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