SPAZA is a South African Jazz Collective. UPRIZE! is the new album which will be out on October 16th via Mushroom Hour Half Hour. Improvised over several days along to projected footage from the unfinished (at the time) documentary (also titled UPRIZE!) about the 1976 Soweto uprising.
The resulting record continues the magic of their initial LP, with a deeper and more mournful sound that honors those who lost their lives fighting against apartheid.
Part of the principle of SPAZA is that the lineup shifts each time, so you’ll note that while the rhythm section of bassist Ariel Zamonsky and percussionist Gontse Makhene remains intact, Malcolm Jiyane (piano/trombone/vocals) and Nonku Phiri (vocals) have stepped in for the first time here. Audio from the documentary is also included on some tracks.
“Sizwile” is the first excerpt. They explained: “Sizwile is a sufferer’s requiem. It is a ripe declaration that time cannot alter the truth. The moment has come for us to grow with our inheritance. We deserve to live differently, right in the middle of our ancestor’s dreams. And they have visited us in this music”