Gilles Peterson: Cape Town Special // 27-02-17

First broadcast date: 27 February 2017

Gilles Peterson presents the premiere of ‘Cape Town Sounds’, an audio documentary exploring the music of the city and what makes it unique.

As part of Lufthansa’s City of the Month campaign, Gilles travelled to Cape Town in early February, and spent a day skimming the surface of the various musical movements of the city. He heard about the indigenous music of the Khoisan bushmen to Cape jazz, 80s kwaito and bubblegum pop to hip hop and spoken word, all the way through to today’s burgeoning electronic music scene.

To celebrate the premiere, Gilles is joined live in the studio by Cape Town-native Esa, who acted as local guide on the trip.

Gilles and Esa also hosted a Worldwide FM radio broadcast live from Cape Town, featuring many of the guests from the documentary, which you can listen to below.

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Sathima Bea Benjamin – African Songbird [Enja] // US
Horace Parlan – Congalegre [Blue Note] // Japan
BCUC – Yinde [Nyami Nyami] // France
Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal’ Inkomo [World Record Co.] // South Africa

‘Cape Town Sounds’ Premiere
Tony Cedras – Hui Gaeb (Where The Clouds Gather) [Bulldogfish Productions] // Switzerland
Tony Cedras – Untitled Bow recording
Unknown – Untitled Marabi
Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata [Polydor] // Germany
Dollar Brand – Mannenburg [The Sun] // South Africa
Unknown – Klups Kama recording
Tony Cedras – Untitled Bow recording
Tony Cedras – ‘In A Sentimental Mood’ live performance
Jumbo Track – track played at his house
Black Disco – Night Express [The Sun] // South Africa
Unknown – Untitled
Sixto Rodriguez – Sugar Man [A&M] // Italy
Unknown – Untitled
Chiskop – Klaimar [Kaleidosound] // South Africa
Ali Katt – Angel of the Night [Mike Fuller Music] // South Africa
Prophets of the City – ONS Stem [Trutone Music] // South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim – Little Boy [Kaz] // UK
Prophets of the City – Dallah Flet [Ghetto Ruff] // South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim – Kalahari [Soultown] // South Africa
Nonku Phiri – Things We Do On The Weekend [Unknown]
Card On Spokes – Impala Parlour
Winston Mankunku – Yakhal’ Inkomo [World Record Co] // South Africa
Abdullah Ibrahim – Cape Town [Nascente] // UK

The Syndicate – Pezulu [Soul Brother] // South Africa
Narch Beats – Blast [Esa and Pendo Zawose Mix]
Flathela No Mahlekanjalo – Mamakazodwa [WEA] // South Africa
Senyaka – 2 Guys [Eric Frisch Productions] // South Africa
Focus – Hay-Hay [Crown Ruler] // Australia
Thor Rixon – The Drain [Roastin Records] // South Africa

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