KWAZULU ZAM (Kwela Style - South Africa) (Ensemble Mix)

KWAZULU ZAM (Kwela Style - South Africa) (Ensemble Mix)

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Part 1: Flute (C), Alto Sax (Eb). Trumpet/Soprano Sax (Bb) Part 2: Trombone (C), Alto Sax (Eb), Trumpet/Tenor Sax (Bb) Part 3: Trombone (C), Baritone Sax (Eb), Tenor Sax (Bb), Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums. Kwazulu Zam was composed using a traditional South African song form called mbaquanga. Mbaquanga is a characteristic South African musical form that utilises a repeated (cyclical) 2 or 4-measure harmonic structure based on I - IV - V - I and I - IV - 1 6/4 - V - I. These progressions are the backbone of South African jazz much like the blues and its variants is to American jazz. The piece is performed in the kwela style which is based on a strong swing feel. The original meaning for kwela during less fortunate times was "kwela-kwela; hurry, hurry, the police are on the way."

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